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.

AKG C414 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The AKG C414 Microphone: Great Sound Meets Versatility

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Our friends at AKG take us on a deep dive of the C414 XLS and C414 XLII multi-pattern condenser microphones

Sterling Audio Hands-On Review

Hands-On Review: Sterling Audio Recording Microphones

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We go hands-on with the latest studio microphones from Sterling Audio.

Komplete 11 Release

Product Spotlight: Native Instruments Komplete 11

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Now available in three strengths to meet any music production challenge

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!

AKG C314 Condenser Microphone

AKG C314: An Affordable and Versatile C-Series Condenser Mic

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Our friends at AKG give a rundown on the AKG C314, covering the important specifications, application and some recording samples

Apogee Element Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Product Spotlight: Apogee Element Thunderbolt Interface

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Apogee’s Element Audio Interfaces are Thunderbolt audio I/O boxes made for creating music on your Mac.

Hands-On Review: A Designs HM2EQ Hammer Equalizer

Hands-On Review: A Designs HM2EQ Hammer Equalizer—The Path to Higher EQ

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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.

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

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