Charlie Clouser: Scoring

by John Baccigaluppi

Last fall, I had the pleasure of meeting up and chatting with two successful Hollywood film composers (Charlie Clouser & Lyle Workman), each in their respective home studios. Interestingly, what...


Laraaji: True Listening

by Geoff Stanfield

Laraaji (born as Edward Larry Gordon) may be most well-known for his 1980 album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, a collaboration with Brian Eno for his legendary ambient series of recordings, but...

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The Music of JG Thirlwell

by Larry Crane

Composer, musician, and producer James George Thirlwell has been known as JG Thirlwell, Clint Ruin, Frank Want, and most famously, Foetus and its many incarnations. Lately he has been doing quite a...


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LH95 500 Series Inductor EQ

by Iron Age Audio  |  reviewed by Brendan Connors

With the current market for analog audio hardware crowded with clones of coveted pieces, the myriad of redundancies can be a drag once you tire of the usual suspects and begin to seek new tonal...

Element Microphone

by Aston Microphones  |  reviewed by Ben Bernstein

At $199, the Aston Element is a very affordable mic, but by no means is it cheap gear. That is to say, the value at this price point is immeasurable. An expertly crafted microphone paired with a...

B173 MKII Preamp

by Black Lion Audio  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

Four years ago, Black Lion Audio introduced the B173 [Tape Op #100], their single-channel take on a British-style preamp at a wallet-friendly price. Last year, their B173 Quad improved on the design...

500 Series Tie Line Panel

by Bleeding Ear Audio  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

It’s time to open up about those empty spaces in our 500 Series racks – it feels like a sickness inside you, doesn’t it? Every time you see a shadowy gap or blank panel in your rack,...

HDI Studio DI

by Radial Engineering  |  reviewed by Eli Crews

As gear reviews go, this is a pretty easy one to write, as the issue isn’t whether or not this is an excellent product. It most definitely is, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who...


by Useful Arts  |  reviewed by Tony SanFilippo

The Useful Arts BF-S PRO DI is everything you’d expect in a high-quality, all-tube, single-channel studio DI. Besides the IEC power receptacle on the back, all connections are on the front...


CEQ 6-Band EQ

by Terry Audio  |  reviewed by Gus Berry, Adam Gonsalves

I’d been curious about Marshall Terry’s passive/active EQ beast with hieroglyphic-looking markings since before the pandemic hit. He pulled me over to his booth a few years ago during the...

Myrtle Microphone

by Ear Trumpet Labs  |  reviewed by Ben Bernstein

When I was asked to review an Ear Trumpets Labs microphone, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve always been attracted to their vintage-style designs and have had good experiences with their Edwina...

MBC Master Buss Converter

by Rupert Neve Designs  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

For some time now, I’ve been on the hunt for a mastering-grade A/D converter to capture the summed stereo output of my Shadow Hills Industries Equinox [Tape Op #55] for printing final mixes back...

Spencer Tweedy & Lawrence Azerrad

by Mirror Sound (Book)  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Subtitled “The People and Processes Behind Self-Recorded Music,” this is a beautiful, hardbound coffee-table-style tome about making recordings that matter. Featuring excellent photos by...

MorphVerb Plug-In by Muramasa

by United Plugins  |  reviewed by Mike Kosacek

Recently, I read about the MorphVerb plug-in and thought, “Do I need another reverb?” If you are like me, you already have a bunch of reverb plug-ins. But I decided to check it out to see...

Easel Command Module Instrument

by Buchla  |  reviewed by John Baccigaluppi

This is the newly updated and keyboard-less version of the venerable Buchla Music Easel. The original Buchla Music Easel was one of the earliest analog synthesizers. Originally released in 1973, it...

PD-70 Microphone

by PreSonus  |  reviewed by Mike Kosacek

With varying COVID-19 restrictions still in place across the world, home recording and podcasting products are in demand. Broadcast-quality dynamic microphones are many times at the center of these...

Quasar Monitor

by Ex Machina  |  reviewed by Brian Bender

There is maybe no easier font for satire in audio criticism than the floral superlatives assigned to hi-fi speakers and playback equipment. Reviewers write haikus in brown pencil, dithering about the...

OC818 Studio Set Microphone

by Austrian Audio  |  reviewed by Mike Jasper

Recently, I was looking for something completely different in a microphone with $1200 of stimulus money burning a hole in my pocket. So, when I discovered the Austrian Audio OC818 – a...

Mäag Audio MAGNUM-K Plug-In

by Brainworx  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

Before I dive into a ton of information, let me start by saying I may have found my new “desert island” plug-in. In a matter of one week, this plug-in has made my mixes better and...