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409 Opto Compressor Plug-In

by MIA Laboratories  |  reviewed by Chris Hughes

A problem I find with many plug-ins is either a lack or overabundance of controls. I’m either one parameter short of accomplishing a goal, or I tweak functions just because they are available...

DA 87i DIY Kit Microphone

by Dachman Audio  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Dachman Audio is a New York-based company that began by importing and selecting mic capsules for upgrading, replacing, and DIY, and has now added additional premium capsules using American-made...

UT FET47 Microphone

by United Studio Technologies  |  reviewed by Dan Knobler

The allure of a classic microphone design is powerful, and the emotional tug of a modern clone, that closely resembles its forerunner is undeniable – probably more valuable than many of us would...

Epic 5 Active Near-Field Monitors

by reProducer Audio  |  reviewed by Garrett Haines

The Epic 5 is a fascinating powered near-field studio monitor from reProducer Audio Labs of Laupheim, Germany. Its noteworthy appearance features an anodized aluminum front panel that is trapezoidal...

Tupe Plug-In

by Goodhertz  |  reviewed by Gus Berry

Goodhertz is on a mission to help give your recordings vibe and character, and they’re doing a stellar job with the plug-ins they’ve put out so far. Tupe is another brilliant addition to...

dialtune Maple Snare Drum

by dialtune  |  reviewed by Slater Swan

As soon as you get your hands on a dialtune Maple snare drum, you know it’s a serious piece of equipment. At 21 pounds, the weight alone will give you an indication of how sturdy and robust this...

Timeless 3 Delay Plug-In

by FabFilter  |  reviewed by Dave Hidek

FabFilter has a reputation for taking common effects plug-ins, such as compression and EQ, then elevating them to new, mind-blowing levels of utility and complexity. I’m used to thinking,...

Drum Sound and Drum Tuning (book)

by Rob Toulson  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

This book, subtitled Bridging Science and Creativity, covers everything that its title implies: How do drums work? Why tune them? How can we record them? What about mixing drums? Author Rob Toulson is...

Template Mixing and Mastering (book)

by Billy Decker and Simon Taylor  |  reviewed by Larry Crane

It wasn’t until a few years ago, that I finally built my own mixing template for mixing in the box with Pro Tools. I based it on workflows I’d built up in the analog realm, with the goal...

Royal Q & Royal Mu APB Plug-Ins

by McDSP  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

A few months after releasing the MC-3 multi-band compressor plug-in [Tape Op #142] for APB (Analog Processing Box) users, Colin McDowell and the rest of the McDSP crew introduced the Royal Q...

RedNet R1 Desktop Remote

by Focusrite Audio Engineering  |  reviewed by Don Gunn

Focusrite continues to grow its professional line of studio products by introducing the RedNet R1 desktop remote source selector and monitor controller for their Red range of interfaces. Building off...

EXTC-Stereo Effects Reamper

by Radial Engineering  |  reviewed by Dana Gumbiner

This new box from Radial has saved my bacon. I’ve become a bit of an effects pedal hoarder, with a desktop pedalboard rig that has grown to an unwieldy size and become somewhat of a staple for...

Pollock Stereo Optical Compressor

by Hendyamps  |  reviewed by Matt Anderson

Raise your hand if you like gear that sounds colorful and big. Funnily enough, a lot of early engineers would have killed for sounds we take for granted these days, the clean ones that might seem...

ETHOS Broadcast Microphone

by Earthworks Audio  |  reviewed by Geoff Stanfield

Recently, I reviewed Earthworks Audio's USB broadcast mic ICON [Tape Op #142] and stated in so many words that it looked and sounded incredible while being easy to use. Since my initial review, I've...