Audio Recording Product Reviews
The HUB's audio recording product reviews are your best source for no-nonsense gear intelligence when looking for the right sound recording, mixing, monitoring, and mastering hardware and software. Our expert Hands-On Reviews and Product Spotlights give you the details to choose sound recording gear wisely. Whether you're looking for a great audio mixer, condenser mic, microphone preamp, audio interface, studio monitors, or signal processors, count on The HUB. With computer- and DAW-based recording becoming the norm for home studios, we also cover all the software and app-based and sample-based audio production tools that make professional-sounding recordings possible. Whether you are shopping for a simple handheld recorder for sketching song ideas to a full-blown audio recording studio, count on The HUB for the knowledge you need.
By Barry Rivman
Musician’s Friend Senior Staff Writer
In the jargon of producers and recording engineers, equalizers fall into two general categories: "surgical" and "character." The surgical EQ is used correctively, e.g. when you wish to focus on a problem frequency without affecting the neighboring frequencies. Much like a surgeon, you want to go into a narrow band with a very precise cutting tool–an appropriate simile since we primarily "cut" or reduce problem frequencies. Examples would be taming harsh frequencies on cymbals; sibilance or plosives in vocals; fizz or wool on distorted guitars; or overly woofy bass.
Whether for mixing or synth programming, touchscreens are having a major impact
by Craig Anderton
Mixers used to be so predictable: Sheet metal top, faders, knobs, switches, and often, a pretty hefty price tag. Sure, DAWs started including virtual mixers, but unless you wanted to mix with a mouse (you don’t), then you needed a control surface with . . . a sheet metal top, faders, knobs, switches, and a slightly less hefty price tag.
This article previously appeared on Harmony Central—your information source for making better music.
By Craig Vecchione
The Running Man with an Apple
The DL series of compact mixers is Mackie's latest foray into digital mixing for live sound, following if not necessarily replacing the discontinued TT-24. This is a completely new and very compact design that uses an Apple iPad (not included) as the mixing interface.
High-end condenser sound without the sticker shock
Trigger Finger Pro is a hardware/software hybrid controller that readily adapts to just about any workflow, but mastering its interface requires some learning.
Multi-channel Firewire / Thunderbolt Interface
The Focusrite name has an illustrious history, and the company has made some of the most respected large frame mixing consoles and outboard processors ever released. Their Saffire series of Firewire audio interfaces has long been a hit with users too, and today we'll be taking a look at the latest product in that series, the Saffire Pro 26, which is designed with studio recording and live performance use in mind.
Great sound plus Focus Control in a budget-priced condenser
A must-have live/recording sound processor
Raise the bar and lower the price—now try to sing in that position—MXL can!