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.
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November 13, 2012
Coming off its predecessor the Zoom Q3HD, Samson Technologies (the company that owns Zoom) has released another portable audio/video recorder with the Zoom Q2HD. Zoom has kept much of the same functionality from the Q3HD intact but has also added some new and useful features that a lot of Q3HD users felt were missing. For an overview of the features on the Q3HD that are also available on the Q2HD, check our our review of the Zoom Q3HD. So what’s new on the Q3HD?
Zoom introduced the mid side recording feature on their portable digital audio recorder the Zoom H2n. Be sure to check out our review of the Zoom H2n if you want to know more. For those of you not familiar with mid side recording this is a recording technique that is especially useful for film and broadcast media where recording ambient noise …
July 12, 2012
The Apogee MiC is a portable cardioid condenser microphone that works with iOS devices as well as Mac (and only Mac) computers. It’s incredibly easy to use, the sound quality is great, and it’s so small you could throw it into your guitar case or even in your back pocket. Just like its cousin, the Apogee Jam, it has some built-in features that are very handy. It’s got a design similar to most studio microphones but more importantly, it’s got the same heavy weight as well. It’s got a full metal casing. Unlike some of the the other iOS USB microphones out there, this mic is built to last.…
June 22, 2012
The Duet 2 by Apogee is a portable audio interface renowned for its sound quality. Hook it up to your Mac, and you’ve got the ability to make a professional recording anywhere you can take your computer. And not only does it offer pristine sound, but also advanced features that you don’t see on other interfaces in its range.
When Jeff dropped by our production studio to give me the Apogee Duet 2 for review, he couldn’t stop raving about the digital-to-analog converters in the unit. A while back, he decided he wanted to sweeten his digitally mastered tracks by dumping them onto tape, and he got a 1st generation Duet to make that conversion happen. He only had good things to say about the results. I was excited to get the new and improved Duet 2 fired up for inspection. The sound was amazing. Jeff was impressed. The sound …
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 …