Our friends at AKG take us on a deep dive of the C414 XLS and C414 XLII multi-pattern condenser microphones
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.
We go hands-on with the latest studio microphones from Sterling Audio.
Now available in three strengths to meet any music production challenge
A must-have live/recording sound processor
Raise the bar and lower the price—now try to sing in that position—MXL can!
Our friends at AKG give a rundown on the AKG C314, covering the important specifications, application and some recording samples
Apogee’s Element Audio Interfaces are Thunderbolt audio I/O boxes made for creating music on your Mac.
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.
High-end condenser sound without the sticker shock
Upgrading a legendary tube mic preamp