November 21, 2013
It seems like every major pro audio manufacturer has a studio monitor within their product catalog, so how are you supposed to know which ones are the best? If you are mixing and making music professionally or even doing it for fun, then you really want the flattest response possible. It seems that more and more consumers want to get the studio monitor that’s going to have the best response for mixing down a final piece of content, whether that be your pet project or your professional work. With all of these options out there and everyone claiming to have the best on the market, how do we decide which ones to get?
One contender that debuted earlier this year was the Presonus Sceptre S6 Studio Reference Monitors. When I initially saw them on the NAMM show floor I was a little skeptical of the design until I read more …
November 1, 2013
It’s been quite a long time since we have seen anything drastically new from the Native Instruments line of Maschine groove production controllers. Sure we got the Maschine Mikro and two new versions with the MK2 line, but these added only slight improvements to workflow and left a lot of active Maschine users (myself included) wondering if there was ever going to be anything substantially different on the horizon. Well those questions can now be answered with the latest controller in the Maschine line, the Maschine Studio.
There are tons of new features on the Maschine Studio which, in my opinion, really improve the sound design process because it gets your eyes and your hands off the computer screen and mouse and onto the actual controller. That’s not to say that this was not achievable on the Maschine MK2 or even the first Maschine, but it was not perfect. …
September 10, 2013
Last week we ran a performance styled demo of the Nektar Panorama P1 in use with Ableton’s Push. This week we are back with an overview of the unit. Overall, we found ourselves in familiar territory with the P1, and think it will meet the needs of a different group of users than the P4 and P6 had done. We didn’t go into detail on the control system as much this time, as we had covered that in our P4 overview. Let us know if you have any questions about the Panorama series. If last week’s performance demo made you wonder about the differences between the more modular P1 and the P6/P6, be sure and take a look at the P4 Demo as well.
To pick up a Nektar Panorma P1 for yourself, head on over to UniqueSquared.com.
The Nektar Panorama P1 is the third controller in the
June 13, 2013
RME has a reputation for being one of the leading companies when it comes to high quality, analog to digital converters within their audio interfaces. A lot of high quality interfaces stop right there with the microphone preamps and the AD conversion. RME goes that extra step on the Fireface UFX by including all kinds of internal settings from FX controls to an internal DSP for recording without a computer. You also have options for adding external hardware to up the ante and give you a large volume of inputs and control. The RME Fireface UFX has been out for a couple years now, but we rediscovered its power when comparing it to the large volume of audio interfaces coming from various companies. A lot of the newer interfaces are trying to incorporate a level of portability with quality, but many fall short when compared to the RME Fireface UFX.
Of course …
June 6, 2013
Having been working with MIDI since the early 90s, I have sequenced using multiple methods, from CV to computer based sequencing. Hardware sequencers held a special place in my heart, but it sure was nice to move operations over to a computer and no longer be toting disks full of SysEx and other off proprietary data around. That said, as time has gone on, I have found my favorite work environments to work in to be Reason and Ableton. Sometimes I start a project in one and finish it in the other, sometimes I ReWire Reason into Ableton, and sometimes projects happen fully within one or the other. However, since Live 9 came out, I’ve been doing almost all my work in Ableton. It isn’t because I lost any love for Reason, and I am loving version 7 so much I am currently ReWiring it into …