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API 560 EQ

Graphic EQs in a studio? You might be pleasantly surprised       If you were like me when I first got into audio, seeing an API 560 in someones rack in their studio would make you think “Why/when would you want/use a graph...
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SPL Transient Designer

Bring your transients to life with SPL’s transient Designer          SPL is in a league of their own with Transient Designer. It’s a very straight forward, easy to use one trick pony. First released as a hardware rackm...

Acustica Nebula 3 Pro

So in terms of pure sound, these plugins are impossible to beat. Much of the Alex B consoles stuff and eqs are without rival today (June 2013). They are complete and absolute DSP hogs, which is why there is a Server version ava...
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Behringer X32

I’m a full time musician, music teacher & sound engineer. I’ve been running live sound and operating my own project studio for over 2 decades. And I absolutely love my Behringer X32. Having previously used Behri...

Rupert Neve Designs 511 500 series Mic Pre

The definition of bang for the buck. You are getting a Neve designed mic pre with High pass filter and variable silk for the price of many of the lower priced


So you’re looking for a nice big warm tube mic to round out that locker, but not a lot of money to spend.  Here’s one with some serious potential.  Introduced over 10 years ago, the NTK has been a mainstay in the ...

Kush Audio UBK1

This is a phenomenal Plugin Compressor, with a saturation stage and a magic density section. It works great on anything rhythmic as well as bassinstruments or brass. I also like to use it on organ or rhodes sounds and in parall...


Fantastic compressor in hardware form. I love using the hardware on vocals and bass. The model that

Shure SM58 Microphone

This has been the industry standard mic for stage vocal use for a while and for good reason. Though its probably not the best sounding vocal mic in the world, it does not sound bad at all, and its affordability and durability m...

UAD CS-1 Channel Strip

Universal Audio’s CS-1 Channel Strip which comes FREE with each UAD purchase, is a combin...

AKG Quincy Jones Signature Series Q701 Headphones

If I could some up the AKG Q701 in two words, it would be “Pristine Clarity.” If my review was limited to 10 words...
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Waves R Channel

Renaissance processing all in one box       I’m a tremendous fan of Waves’ Renaissance bundle and each o...

Steven Slate Drums

I first ran into Steven SLate at a NAMM show, with his tiny little booth tucked away in the corner of the main hall’s BASEMENT years ago.  Everyone had been drooling over the Oceanway drums which came out around the same...

Roland GR55 Guitar Synth

My GR55 goes to every guitar gig with me now. It does all of the multi-FX, modelling and synth stuff I could ever want. It’s there doing subtle strings in the background, screaming organ in the foreground, looping a cello...

DW Performance series snare 6.5 x 14 Natural

First off, its beautiful. Second, its USA made. Third its sounds fantastic. Purchased this snare as an upgrade for my studios kit. Drums are not my first instrument but I have good ears. I cant eloquently explain the difference...

SoundToys Devil-Loc Deluxe VST plug in

Welcome to the dark side. Stop reading and buy this plug in if you want to beautifully destroy whatever you run through this. Essentially an emulation of the old shure level-loc this plug in features compression (crush), distor...

UAD LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler

Universal Audio’s LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler is a great sounding emulation of the Classi...

Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP

This is the Plugin version of the Kush Audio Hardware Clariphonic. The Concept of parallel Equalization works w...

McDSP 6030

McDSP‘s 6030 Ultimate compressor offers ten different compressors in one easy to use interface. some comp...

Waves H-Delay Analog-style Delay Plug-in

Buy this now while its on ly $49. This is the delay I have been looking for. Capable of all sorts of vintage analog delay sounds with the modern features that make working with it in a daw seamless. The delay time can be set to...
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ValhallaDSP ValhallaShimmer Reverb

Welcome to the halls of Valhalla!…….WAIT FOR IT……wait for it……there the reverb tail is done.    ValhallaShimmer is a very specific algorithmic reverb designed for large, lush, ambient sounds. ValhallaShimmer does ...
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Empirical Labs Distressor

The Swiss Army Knife of Compressors. A Modern Classic       The Empirical Labs Distressor is ...

Sennheiser MD441

It’s hard to know where to start when reviewing a classic that has gone through its paces many times before.  The MD441 is a mic in a class all by itself.  It is technically a dynamic microphone, however you would never...

Steven Slate Trigger

I have a small drum room in my studio.  It’s well treated and actually doesn’t sound bad to spite the lowish ceiling and small size if a really good drummer is playing.  But, let’s face it, the amount of tim...

Laka VUV100 Electric Ukulele

Everyone knows Ukulele’s are fun. Right! Well this electric Ukulele is even more fun, even louder and … it rocks.

Fender Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Short scale Bass

Holy Crap! $180!!!!!!!! Ok so I bought this bass for my studio. The intention was to have a bass that I could leave just hanging on the wall and grab it whenever I had ideas or for teaching so I wouldnt have to get the others o...
UAD ex-1

UAD EX-1 EQ & Compressor module plugin

Universal Audio’s EX-1 takes the EQ & Compressor section from their CS-1 Channel stri...

Waves API 550 EQ (Native)

Awesome EQ’s, you actually get both, the 55a 3 band and the 550b 4 band eq’s. Right now they are only $99 for both, go get them! I dont own hardware 550’s to compare them but I will share my experience with th...

Egnater Tweaker w/ 1×12 ext cab

Finding a single good studio amp can be a real adventure.  You want something that sounds amazing, but something that can be versatile as well so that you don’t need to keep 4 or 5 (or more) amps laying around.  Some ha...

TC Electronic Flashback Delay and Looper Pedal

TC is making great pedals right now. The build and sound quality are excellent and the price is reasonable. Considering the price this delay pedal is incredible. It is a digital delay that models various analog, digital and tap...
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PSP Audioware VintageMeter

(A poem review)   VintageMeter by PSP Widely adjustable and solves a need VU meter, ain’t it great? 32-bit only until update Works on both Mac and PC Runs as AU, RTAS or VST VintageMeter by PSP Download it now – be...
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McDSP ML4000

Total dynamic control when you need serious dynamic control      The McDSP ML4000 replaced my

Sennheiser MD421-II

Another classic from the Sennheiser MD line of mics.  A recreation of the original MD-421, the “421-ii” makes improvements over an older revision of the microphone and brings back this classic sounding mic.  The m...

Ultimate Support MC-125 Studio Professional Boom Stand

In a world where studio boom stands can cost $500 and up this stand is awesome for the price. In fact it was just lowered. You cannot find another stand at this quality in this price range. First the rollerblade wheels are cool...

Vintage AV1H LP Style Guitar

A few years ago I bought this guitar. It’s Vintage AV1 – a Les Paul copy but with only 3 knobs. It has a single volume and a single tone knob. The third knob turns the pickups from humbuckers to single coils … but in ...

Phoenix Audio Drs-1R 500 Series Preamp

This is a fantastic Vintage Neve style pre. Features include 70 DB gain, mic/line switch, High pass filter, phase reverse, mute, di select, 48v.  This is a Neve style pre so it has a gain knob and an output trim. There is a lo...

IK Multimedia – T-racks Vintage Compressors Bundle

To my ear these are the best and most authentic sounding native 1176 and La2a emulations I know. I own a 1176 myself and the shootout was scary close. I use these in nearly every mix I do. Also the 670 has some really nice over...

sE Electronics sE4 Stereo Pair condenser microphones

These mics are awesome. Pro level small diaphragm condenser pair with great shockmounts, stereo bar, and excellent aluminum case for $699. First thing you need to know is they are advertised as small diaphragm mics but they are...

AKG K240

Since there is no category for headphones, I’m placing this in monitors, since technically, these are monitoring devices. The

Royer R-121

An instant classic.  When David Royer brought this mic to market, it was an instant success among engineers “in the know”.  The ribbon microphone picks up audio most closely to the way our ears pick up sound.  An...
Yamaha FC5

Yamaha FC5 Sustain Foot Switch

A simple sustain pedal that works well for me. I personally like the square style sustain pedals vs the piano style with the actual pedal, and this one does the trick. Like most add on devices, make sure it works with your gear...

Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection

I’ve had the Slate Digital VCC plug in now for about 4 weeks and I’ve used it on every mix I’ve done. Having had the time to experiment I feel I can honestly say that it’s well worth the asking price. If...

Vertigo VSC 2 Compressor

I got to use the hardware unit a few times and can honestly say that this plugin has the same feeling to it. To me passing audio through a real hardware unit always is a different experience and sound but still this gets really...

Shure SM7b Dynamic Microphone

Love these things as an all around workhorse. They sound full and seem to work when most condensers do not. I like to hear what vocalists sound through these very often, in contrast something like our

AKG C 214 Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

What a great mic. You cant go wrong with this one. Supposed to be the same capsule as the famed 414 but with cardioid only pattern.  For the money you are getting a pro mic that is never harsh and the right mic for a lot of si...


Two things you should know before I start (1. I love a bargain (2. I’m a fan of tube mic preamps. With that being said, I found myself interested in the ART Pro MPA II. As I always do, (before I make any decision on a pur...

Shure KSM44a

The Shure KSM44a is a large diaphragm side address condenser microphone.  The mic features a 24k gold 1″ diaphragm and 4dB of self-noise and max SPL of 131dB for a total dynamic range of 127dB.  The mic is nothing short...
UAD UA 1176 Collection

UAD UA 1176 Collection

Universal Audio’s UA 1176 Collection is a great sounding emulation of the Classic and muc...

Slate Digital Virtual Bus Compressors VBC

Until recently, the nearest I’d gotten to nice studio compressors, was watching the engineer tweak them while I my band’s songs were being mixed. Now, thanks to Slate Digital, my own recordings, of my bands and othe...

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