Steven Wilson: The Future Bites

by Larry Crane

When we first interviewed Steven Wilson in 2009 for issue #73, he had just released his first solo album, Insurgentes. Since then, his prog rock group Porcupine Tree has been on hold/hiatus, and his...

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Liam Hayes

by Nathaniel Scott Cook

In 2010 on St. Patrick’s day, my friend, Patrick Sansone (of Wilco), took me to watch Liam Hayes perform at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. We were introduced after the show. I had no idea at the...


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Core Sub Powered Subwoofer

by Dynaudio  |  reviewed by Jeremy Wurst

Low end management is the bane of every mixer’s existence. Too much low end can eat up all the space in your mix, and too little makes a mix sound thin and amateur. Depending on your mixing...

Frontier Powered Monitors

by Output  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Once there was an audio software company – now also making studio furniture – that decided to develop a coaxial monitor with a Barefoot wizard named Thomas. If you’re going to make...

Periscope Mic

by Scope Labs  |  reviewed by Slater Swan

The opportunity to play with this one-of-a-kind microphone from Scope Labs has been an absolute pleasure. Their introductory product, the Periscope, stands in a category of its own because of its...


80B 500 Series EQ

by Trident Audio Developments  |  reviewed by Anthony Gravino

When I purchased an unloaded API 1608 [Tape Op #81] console last year, I immediately began searching for a 500 Series EQ that was versatile and affordable, with exceptional sonics. Enter Trident Audio...

TG I51 Dynamic Mic

by beyerdynamic  |  reviewed by Justin Mantooth

When I find a microphone I enjoy, I tend to stick with it for a long time – especially in a specific application. So something I have not done in a few years is audition a new close source,...

456 HD 500 Analog Tape Simulator

by Roger Mayer  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

With the era of analog tape slipping ever further into the past, growing numbers of newer-generation music recordists have had precious little experience with actual tape. Analog tape, though still...

2001 and 990 Mod Kits

by  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

I bought my first large-diaphragm condenser mic in 2004 for about $100: an Apex 420 that (along with many inexpensive mics of that era) was built on the same circuit as the MXL 2001. These accessible...

SketchCassette II Plug-In

by Aberrant DSP  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

My recording world began via the cassette tape format. I had saved money to buy a cheap home stereo cassette tape recorder, and I’d borrow my dad’s deck for recording my sound-on-sound...

Blackhole Reverb Pedal

by Eventide  |  reviewed by Chris Koltay

Reverb can be a divisive and personal issue among engineers and musicians. Everyone has a favorite, and people are absurdly particular and become oddly attached to what works for them, myself...

Stompbox (book)

by Eilon Paz  |  reviewed by Pete Weiss

As a longtime electric guitarist, studio operator, and fan of well-done coffee table books, I must admit to having a somewhat embarrassingly sprawling collection of the latter. There’s no...

Zen Go Synergy Core Interface

by Antelope Audio  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Competition has skyrocketed in desktop interfacing, with multiple manufacturers developing proprietary DSP-powered plug-in technology while simultaneously pushing better quality into smaller,...

DB-25 Mult & XLR/D-sub Input Box

by Redco  |  reviewed by Brian Bender

In case you’ve missed it, Redco is making two inexpensive tools that will turn some blank space in your DB-25 patchbay into something you can actually use. First: a 4x2 mult in a DB-25 backshell...

Clear Mg Pro Headphones

by Focal  |  reviewed by Scott McChane

Headphones, headphones, headphones – I’ve got ‘em hanging from the walls, equipment racks, and underneath desks. I’ve tried in-ears, planars, open-backs, and...

10S Powered Subwoofer

by KRK Systems  |  reviewed by Ben Bernstein

KRK’s 10S powered subwoofer is the company’s latest innovation aimed at enhancing their ROKIT G4 [Tape Op #137] and V-Series [#118] monitoring systems. Built on KRK’s legacy for...

Mastering Limiter

by Bettermaker  |  reviewed by Brian Bender

This is such an interesting time to be making records. Not only has the business changed entirely under our feet, but the broader iterations in technology we’ve witnessed in the last 20 years...

T-Komp Dual Mono Compressor

by TK Audio  |  reviewed by Eamonn Aiken

Thomas Kristiansson has been producing audio gear in Sweden for the past 20 years under the Vintagedesign and TK Audio brands. In recent years, the TK Audio line has defined itself with builds that...

Inspirata Reverb Plug-In

by Inspired Acoustics  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Inspired Acoustics might not be a household name in the music industry, but they have been producing minutely detailed, pipe organ sample libraries since 2005 (used by top tier composers), and are...

A Vintage Odyssey (Book)

by Dan Alexander Audio  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

Ah, vintage recording equipment. Where did this world come from? In the late-‘60s and into the ‘70s, cheaper electronics and manufacturing filled the market of pro audio. As the ‘70s...

P-47 SS Condenser Microphone

by Peluso Microphones  |  reviewed by Daniel Ryan Morse

Nothing captures the boom of a kick drum’s resonant head or the growl of a bass cab quite like a Neumann U 47fet [Tape Op #108]. A well-placed dynamic mic will capture the attack and the mids,...

Live 11 Suite DAW

by Ableton  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

Live 11 is here, with an abundance of new features and enhancements that distinguish Ableton’s DAW and production environment as indispensably unique, even as it deploys elements such as take...

Red 8Line Interface

by Focusrite  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Focusrite has expanded their Pro series of audio interfaces with the new Red 8Line; because of its name, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Red 8Line was a simple 8-channel line level interface....

Symphony ECS Channel Strip Plug-In

by Apogee Digital  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

Apogee Digital has released a simple, stellar-sounding channel strip plug-in. I’m guessing that ECS stands for Equalizer, Compressor, and Saturator, as those are the tools equipped in this...

DUDE Five-Channel Mixer

by Bastl Instruments  |  reviewed by Jonathan Saxon

Pocket-sized synthesizers and drum machines have become popular in recent years. Mixing several of these portable instruments together is fun and can spark creativity. If you are looking for a...

Acoustica Audio Editor

by Acon Digital  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

Acon Digital's Acoustica (not to be confused with the company Acustica Audio) is a powerful audio editing, podcast creation, mastering, and audio restoration editor. The company also offers excellent...