Category Archives for Gear Reviews

Rode Microphones NT2a Review

There’s nothing wrong with Chinese mics, since they brought the price of large diaphragm condensers into the reach of bedroom studios the world over. Australian microphone company Rode even used Chinese

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MXL 770 vs. 990 – Which Mic is Best?

Comparison shopping is always a good bet when you want to establish the best value. When you’re comparing mics, there’s the added perspective of “best use.” An affordable mic that doesn’t do

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MXL 770 Condenser Mic Review

It’s the golden age of affordable large diaphragm condenser microphones. “Affordable” can be something of an understatement when mics like the MXL 770 have a street price around $70. There’s simply

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Whats the Best Condenser Mic Under $200?

Unless you’re recording exclusively electronic music, you need at least one microphone. In decades past, studio-quality mics were prohibitively expensive for the home recordist. It’s another age, however,

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Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Solo Review

“Thunderbolt” is a word that tends to establish where you sit on the spectrum of home recording enthusiasts. There are generally three levels of user. The novice may not have heard of Thunderbolt or,

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PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 Review

The PreSonus AudioBox USB 96, with a street price under $100, is one of the standouts in the two-channel interface crowd. Here’s why. Ins and Outs Two microphone/instrument channels with auto Hi-Z switching ¼-inch

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Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Review

The way I see it, the Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB 18×8 is aimed directly at the serious home recordist who works mostly alone but does have the occasional need for a big track count. You won’t take

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Recording Interface Review: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

If you’re starting out in the home recording game, you can probably get results from your computer’s built-in sound capabilities, but there comes a point when even the occasional bedroom engineer gets

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Recording Interface Review: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

18 tracks of simultaneous USB audio input for under $500? Yes, please. From a reputable manufacturer of high-quality, great-sounding gear? Pinch me! Yet, that’s precisely what’s on offer from Focusrite

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What’s the Best Vocal Mic Under $100?

A great sounding mix starts with a great sounding recording. Several variables play into achieving quality recordings, such as acoustic room treatment, preamps and interfaces, durable cables, and performance.

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