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Taylor

Taylor
July 22, 2014

Focusrite ISA Two Microphone Preamplifier Overview

Debuting in March of 2012 at the Musikmesse show in Germany, Focusrite showed off its new microphone preamp based on the popular ISA One. The ISA One, and subsequently the ISA Two, are based around the ISA 110 which was a microphone preamp and equalizer that Rupert Neve developed for George Martin back in 1985. This makes the ISA Two not just another preamplifier but a preamp that was developed and endorsed by guys who really know their audio. All of the solid state circuitry on the Focusrite ISA Two is faithful to the original design, but the ISA Two gives you an extra, high quality input for your front end. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved here with the Focusrite ISA Two and why you should consider getting one for your studio.

Features

The ISA Two is a dual mono microphone preamplifier. It’s a two channel version …

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Taylor

Taylor
June 19, 2012

Apogee One Review

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 …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 19, 2012

Presonus Tube Preamps V2 – First Look at NAMM

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 …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 19, 2012

Universal Audio Apollo – First Look at NAMM

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) …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011

What’s a preamp? And why do I need one?

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 …