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Matt

Matt
October 30, 2014

Universal Audio Apollo Twin Desktop Interface Review

Earlier this year Universal Audio released two new interfaces under the banner Apollo Twin: the SOLO and the DUO. Universal Audio are calling these interfaces, “Legendary classic analog studios on your desktop.” This is because they stand behind the impressive components and signal processing in these interfaces that allow for incredible quality in your home studio productions. These smaller and more affordable interfaces carry the same technology available on the higher end Universal Audio interfaces in the Apollo line.

The DUO has twice the processing power as the SOLO and costs a couple hundred bucks more. This is the only real difference between the two interfaces in the Apollo Twin family so we thought it best to review the Apollo Twin line as a whole. Then you can let your budget or need for more powerful DSP dictate your decision on which is right for you. First lets check …

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Matt

Matt
August 28, 2014

Waves 2014 Labor Day Sale

Waves Software, the company responsible for some of the most frequently used production and live sound plugins, are dropping prices on all of their software plugins. The sale starts today, August 28th, and ends Monday September 1st. The savings are multiplied with the more plugins you purchase. You get 20% off when you purchase 2 plugins, 25% off when you buy 3 plugins, and 30% off for buying 4 plugins or more. This is great for those of you only looking for a couple of the outstanding and popular plugins such as Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter, the Kramer Master Tape, or the H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer.

The discount does not apply to entire bundles like the Mercury or Diamond Plugin Bundles. The advantage to that is you can pick and choose the plugins that you need and get a great discount, without having to purchase the entire …

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Matt

Matt
June 4, 2014

Get to Know Blue Microphones: Baby Bottle, Bluebird, and Spark Review

Founded in 1995, Blue Microphones has become one of the leading manufacturers of studio quality condenser microphones and microphone technologies. In addition to having some of the most popular condenser microphones on the market, they also developed one of the first HD microphones for the iPod and iPhone with the Blue Mikey. Blue Microphones tout their microphone technology as, “perfectly situated to take advantage of today’s increased digital bandwidths. Or to put it simply: the perfect analog devices for the digital age.” This is a welcomed mantra in an age when most everybody is recording into some type of digital medium.

Blue Microphones are certainly built for the 21st century recording environment, but that doesn’t mean they fall short at all in terms of performance and quality. I myself have owned a Baby Bottle condenser microphone for years and it is still my go to microphone for vocals. Let’s take …

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Matt

Matt
June 3, 2014

Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 FireWire Audio Interface Review

Focusrite have become one of the leading designers and manufacturers of audio interfaces in the past year and a half. Some of the most exciting, versatile, useful, and affordable audio interfaces have been coming from them, and they do not disappoint. I myself own a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 and I couldn’t be happier with the performance. Focusrite have unveiled the latest addition to their already popular interface lines with the Saffire Pro 26. This is a 18 in and 8 out Firewire or Thunderbolt interface which features four award winning Focusrite preamps and dual headphone outputs for multiple monitor mixes. Whether you have a home studio or you just want something to track you and your friends, the Saffire Pro 26 provides professional level audio recording but at a price that is affordable on nearly every budget. Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout features on …

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Matt

Matt
November 21, 2013

Presonus Sceptre S6 Studio Monitor Review

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 …