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.

The Touchscreen Control Surface Revolution

The Touchscreen Control Surface Revolution

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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. 

Expert Review: Mackie DL806 Digital Mixer

Expert Review: Mackie DL806 Digital Mixer

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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.

Hands-On Review: MXL 900 Series Condenser Microphones

Hands-On Review: MXL 900 Series Condenser Microphones

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High-end condenser sound without the sticker shock

Hands-On Review: ART Tube MP Project Series Preamp

Hands-On Review: ART Tube MP Project Series Preamp

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Upgrading a legendary tube mic preamp

Product Spotlight: MXL 7000 Condenser Microphone

Product Spotlight: MXL 7000 Condenser Microphone

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New technology with old-school looks

Hands-On Review: Blue Spark Studio Microphone

Hands-On Review: Blue Spark Studio Microphone

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Great sound plus Focus Control in a budget-priced condenser

Hands-On Review: BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor

Hands-On Review: BBE MaxCom Dual-Channel Compressor

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A must-have live/recording sound processor

Hands-On Review: MXL 990 Condenser Microphones

Hands-On Review: MXL 990 Condenser Microphones

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Raise the bar and lower the price—now try to sing in that position—MXL can!

Hands-On Review: Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixer

Hands-On Review: Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixer

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A low-cost mixer with a surprising array of features

Hands-On Review: Sterling Audio Condenser Microphones

Hands-On Review: Sterling Audio Condenser Microphones

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Serious performance without the serious price tag

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