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Social Isolation

by Paul Clark

I’ve spent most of my career in the technology industry, early on as the CEO of a rapidly growing electronics firm, and now as a partner in a company with one of the world’s most...

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Gear Geeking w/ Andy

by Andy Hong

If you've been making music for as long as I have, I bet that some of the headphones relegated to your "box of broken cans" are in there not because they stopped working, but because their earpads are...


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Orbit Turntable

by U-Turn Audio  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

So I was at the studio holiday party a while back. All the kids were looking at the vinyl releases on display. Out of curiosity, I surveyed, "What turntable do you use?" To my surprise, only one...

SR-1A & SR-2N Ribbon Microphones

by Stager  |  reviewed by Adam Monk

There are certain criteria I look for in gear that I choose to use and write about. It has to have excellent value and be useful in a wide variety of situations. Let’s face it. Money is tight...

CM 48T Large-Diaphragm Tube Mic

by Advanced Audio  |  reviewed by Kirt Shearer

It seems like the market has never been more saturated with various types of new recording equipment attempting to emulate vintage gear. Vintage microphone recreations are hot right now —...

Neutron Intelligent Mixing Plug-In

by iZotope  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

If I had to choose a single channel-insert plug-in for mixing, iZotope Neutron would be at the top of my list. Neutron, at its heart, is a multi-module channel strip. It includes four...

Pure Plate Reverb Plug-In

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Plate reverb is undoubtedly my favorite choice for ambience. It’s the agent of antiquity and the steward of soul. Sound is driven into a metal plate, then recaptured as rich clangs and...

Dynamic Spectrum Mapper V2

by ProAudioDSP  |  reviewed by Brad Allen Williams

For reasons that aren’t entirely logical, I find it easier to spend money on hardware than on software. Likewise, sexy products that excel at enhancement and color can often seem more exciting...

ATM350a Instrument Mic Systems

by Audio-Technica  |  reviewed by Andy Hong

The ATM350a is a phantom-powered, small-diaphragm, electret condenser mic with a 12 mm × 38 mm cardioid capsule voiced for close-mic’ing instruments. In many recording...


by Johan Eriksson  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This is a very cool, free piece of software that implements a modular software synthesizer. If that’s all there was to it, I doubt I’d bother writing this review, as there are tons of...

LYD 48 Active Monitors

by Dynaudio  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Ah, monitors... I’ve gone through more than my fair share of them over the years in my pursuit to find ones that I feel comfortable working on for long days, and that also translate well so I...

CA-70 PS2 Mic/Line Preamp

by Coil Audio  |  reviewed by Adam Kagan

Coil Audio is a company in Lawrence, Kansas, that manufacturers retro, vintage-styled, industrial-looking mic preamps, audio transformers, and accompanying power supplies and chassis. Coil’s...

2264ALB Compressor/Limiter

by AMS Neve  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

The 2264A diode bridge compressor/limiter has been the stuff of audio drool forever. The original model was released in 1974, and aside from some faster attack times and the smaller form factor, it...

E27 500-Series EQ

by Avedis Audio  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

When I bought my API 1608 console [Tape Op #81] almost ten years ago, one of the reasons I was attracted to it was the option to put different EQ modules in it. I had two vintage API 550A EQ modules,...

Apollo Twin MkII Audio Interface

by Universal Audio  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Universal Audio has been refreshing its line-up of Apollo interfaces over the past few years, and now the Apollo Twin compact desktop interface [Tape Op #101] gets what UA is calling a...

MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer

by Arturia  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

Rather than do the usual review discussing the feature set and my qualitative judgments of how this synthesizer sounds, I'm going to list eight reasons why I think this instrument is one of the best...