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32cs channel strip

by Harrison Consoles  |  reviewed by Kirt Shearer

I remember the first time I saw a Harrison 3232 console when I was a young engineer visiting Southern California. At that point, I didn't have much experience on a large-format analog console. That...

Stretch 500-series dynamics processor

by Standard Audio  |  reviewed by Eli Crews

Standard Audio caught my attention around six years ago when I reviewed the amazing Level-Or [Tape Op #78]. With the Stretch, Standard again took the DNA of some hard-to- come-by vintage gear and...

Vari-Cap instrument cable

by UnderToneAudio  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

It's almost annoying. This is the second UnderToneAudio product I've had my hands (and ears) on, and the second to become immediately indispensable to my recording setup. However, to be honest, I...

X1-R & V1 robotic mic mounts

by DynaMount  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

A year ago, I stumbled across a Kickstarter campaign to build a robotic mic mount. I'd always wanted something like this, where I could remotely move a mic from the control room while actively...

Drum ring damper

by DrumClip  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

DrumClips came to me by way of a professional session drummer I'd worked with recently. During our session together, I walked into the live room with a roll of gaffer's tape — an all too...

RNDI active transformer DI

by RupertNeveDesigns  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

The RNDI is an active, transformer-equipped, direct interface. It not only provides the best-sounding DI signal I've ever heard, but it can also handle line-level signals, as well as the speaker-level...


EQ4M 6-band stereo EQ

by Mäag Audio  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

When F. Reid Shippen reviewed the 500-series Mäag EQ4 [Tape Op #88], he gave the six-band EQ high marks while pondering, "I also have to wonder if the EQ4 might not be a really cool mastering...

ATH-M50x & ATH-M70x headphones

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

Everything I wrote about the sound of the original ATH-M50 headphone model [Tape Op #63] still rings true for its replacement, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor closed-back headphone....

BG-2 tube compressor

by Highland Dynamics  |  reviewed by Brad Allen Williams

When it comes to checking out new recording equipment, we all bring expectation biases. Some really want to believe that the latest truly is the greatest, while others are skeptical of the new and...

N-8 8-channel active DI

by Phoenix Audio  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Some gear in my studio falls more under the category of "problem solver" and less in the "glamorous" camp. The N-8 is a 1RU-height, rackmount, eight-channel version of the stereo Phoenix Audio Nice...

Sparrow ADC mkII , Sparrow DAC

by Black Lion Audio  |  reviewed by Tom Fine

Black Lion Audio, based in Chicago, started out as a "hot-rodding shop," modifying equipment by other manufacturers to improve the sound quality. After gaining traction in the upgrade business, the...


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You See the World

by Shannon Hayden | reviewed by Andy

This is the most picturesque album I've ever heard. The images it invokes, especially when I close my eyes, are strikingly vivid. I first experienced Shannon Hayden's music a couple of years ago, when...