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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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Taylor

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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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Taylor

Taylor
March 24, 2014

JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors Overview

There are so many choices these days when it comes to a great pair of studio monitors. Most studio engineers will tell you that the most neutral loudspeaker is the old trusty Yamaha NS10. This is certainly correct in a lot of respects, but the NS10 has fallen out of production and your best chance at getting a pair is probably used and no less than $400. That classic technology has of course been ported over to their newer models, but people still love that classic NS10 sound. JBL however saw this as an opportunity to produce a professional studio monitor with the most neutral frequency response and at a price that everyone in the marketplace can afford. Their achievement in pristine fidelity and incredible affordability has culminated in the production of the JBL 3 Series Studio Monitors. JBL Professional was nice enough to invite us into their home where …

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Taylor

Taylor
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 …

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Taylor

Taylor
November 1, 2013

Native Instruments Maschine Studio Review

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. …