June 19, 2012
Apogee ONE is a one channel interface that converts your analogue signal to digital so that you can record right into your computer via USB. Like the other Apogee products we have covered in the past few weeks this one is designed to work specifically with a Mac but that’s cool because it works with Core Audio Compliant. What that means is that Logic, MainStage, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro, Cubase, Pro Tools and many other software programs will recognize the Apogee One. The unit itself can record at 44.1 or 48kHz which is nice because I could really see editors using this unit as well as music producers. Come to think of it, they really should be marketing this thing to editors more, as an editor myself I would love to be able to just plug a mic in and start recording HQ sound. I couldn’t wait to get it …
January 19, 2012
If you’ve ever found yourself in what I like to call a “preamp pinch,” you’re going to appreciate this. If you haven’t, I am defining a pre-amp pinch as the defining moment in one’s studio growth where the need for an additional preamp arises, despite a bank account screaming “no!” Naturally, as studio freaks are far more focused on polishing our tunes than being healthy or keeping girlfriends from running off with lawyers (or, worse yet, wizards). I typically answer this problem by breaking the piggy bank, running out and picking up the most affordable preamp I can find that will still hold up under inspection.
The Presonus BlueTube and the TubPre have helped me out of Jams like these more than once. Presonus must have sensed that I was ready to get an even better preamp for the same price because they have upgraded both models with their high …
January 19, 2012
Not content with their position as the most likely to get name dropped in the world of DSP plugins, Universal Audio have brought their expertise to the the realm of high end audio interfaces. Meet Apollo, an 18 x 24 Firewire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface. All the specs are there- 24 bit/ 192 kHz sound, great preamps and great converters. One might be forgiven for thinking UA were gunning for Apogee with this one. Well, at least before they look under the hood and see what else is going on.
You guessed it, UA’s DSP plugin system is under the hood! “That’s pretty cool,” you say, “but how is that different from all the other systems that offer DSP in an interface?” Well, the more obvious upshot here is that all that real-time processing means latency free recording, even when using UA’s well loved plugin series. The less obvious (and very cool) …
The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011
When I used to think of preamps, I used to think of them as a lifeless utility device. I suppose they are, ultimately – I’ve never had a conversation with one and they do serve a function. But, preamps also have their own personalities. Let’s go back to how I first really knew they existed.
Way back in time (a land before the laptop computer) I owned an acoustic guitar and bought a pickup to put in the guitar because I was too broke to own both an acoustic and an electric. But, recording the guitar was always awful because I captured a ton of noise and it was always so darned quiet. I don’t even want to tell you what I was recording on, it’s too dark, I can’t go back there – just know that there were about 10 people recording audio on the computer back then and …
December 4, 2010
We are happy to present to you our overview of the Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 and it’s bundled software. There’s a reason why the Presonus Studio Live 24.4.2 Digital and Live Sound Mixer touts one of the longest product descriptions on our website. And there’s also a reason why it continues to win awards at trade shows time and time again. This is not only a digital console that you can use live, but it is also a computer interface that you can use in the studio to record and get your tracks perfect. Then you take those presets and move them to a performance in a jiffy. All you need to do a gig is this console, a computer, and some nice microphones and you are set.
In a word, this thing is “everything” you need. Or should I say two words “Studio” and “Live”? Hmmm…
Just read how …