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Cascade Fat Head II Ribbon Microphone

My favorite microphone for electric guitar, hands down. I feel spoiled by having two cascade ribbon...

Blackstar HT Club 40 1×12″ 40 Watt Tube Combo

Bought this amp to add a versatile combo to the studio. Starting with the clean channel, it has two voicings. One is a vintage style fender sound with good breakup controlled by the clean channel volume knob (there is a master ...
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E-MU Xmidi 1×1 Tab Midi Interface

E-MU’s Xmidi 1×1 is a plug-and-play USB MIDI interface that adds a MIDI input and output to your computer. I needed to get midi I/O into my macbook pro and was looking for a low profile solution. Couldn’t be ha...


This is my most beloved piece of gear. It’s so versatile and punchy yet warm just beautiful.  The UBK Fatso is the normal Fatso just with new and heavier compression presets. It works great on drums basses vocals guitars...

Charter oak SA538B

Ok so iv had this mic for a few years and I must say Im a fan.  It has a very “hifi” sound clean full bodied and open.  I wouldn’t say its the most coloured mic iv heard or the warmest but I love it for a cl...

Behringer X32 digital mixing console, in the trenches

I’m new to the site and happy to be the first to review a piece of Behringer gear.  After looking at the Best 50 and Worst 50, I thought sure I’d find something with the “B word” on it.  Well this review is about Behr...
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UAD Ampex ATR-102 Plugin

I think Universal Audio must have had wizards working on this one, because this plugin is s...


The KMI QuNeo midi controller is a great addition to producers and to live performance artist that use midi controller,it responds well to touch,real easy to map and offers a decent amount of functions (Modes) of use for all st...

Universal Audio UAD Pultec EQP-1A Plugin

Though this plugin comes free with any UAD card (pro version costs extra and gives you midrange controls) don’t let that fool you – this is still one serious EQ plugin that I use on almost every mix!    First off, a Pulte...


AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) came out with their ribbon pre a few years back, and after that successful lauch, they ported their high gain unit to the
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Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A Classic Level Collection

Universal Audio’s Teletronix LA-2A Classic Level Collection, in my opinion, is the defini...

Slate Digital FG-X Virtual Mastering Processor

The Slate Digital Virtual Mastering Processor makes my mixes sound massive. In a world where the “loudness wars” still wage battle, this is the laser cannon I need to defend my territory. It’s just utterly fan...

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX – Groove VI for the ages

As you may have gathered from my other reviews I’m a bit of a Spectrasonics fan boy – and with good reason! Not only does Spectrasonics make FANTASTIC products, but they are constantly adding new functionality to their exis...
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Novation 61 SL Mk II MIDI Keyboard Controller

I’ve tried many, MANY midi controllers over the years, and I’m confident to say that the Novation 61 Sl MK II Midi Keyboard Controller is simply the best one I’ve used bar none. It simply has the best semi-weighted synth ...
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Planet Waves NS Capo

Its a Capo, inexpensive, and it does the job very well. JT3Jon OUT! (throws mic down and walks off stage)      Ok, I’ll get into some detail. I must admit I dont use a Capo that much (which is why I went with an inexpe...

Klein und Hummel O300

These are great 3 way monitors that are not being build anymore. Anyways you can get them used or try the new Neumann version. To me 3 way monitors are more revealing and the O300 are very detailed and real sounding. The transl...

Universal Audio LA610MKII Channel Strip

As a film score composer who dabbles in Prog/Symph rock, most of my music is created “in the box” with choice instrumentalists adding overdubs on top of existing material. Though I don’t record often, when I do I need it ...

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Headphones

At this price point, in my opinion there are not a lot of headphone that can touch the sound quality and performance of the Audio-Technica ATH-M5s. I’ve had these headphone for over 5 years now, and they not only sound great,...

Moog Minitaur

I was lucky to get my hands on a Moog Minitaur analog Bass synthesizer form the

Yamaha WX5 Midi Wind Controller: Giving Woodwind Players Access to Infinite Creative Possibilities!

Looking for a way to take those saxophone skills and use them in the digital music scene? Maybe you want to compose music for your school band? Or maybe you want to play some wailing guitar leads in a rock band using those high...

Shure SM57

If you’re involved in any kind of studio recording or live performance, you’ve either seen, used, or already own at least one of these mics.  This classic cardioid mic is legendary in its ability to handle just abo...

UAD RS-1 Reflection Engine

Looking to give a source space, but not have it “washy.” The Universal Audio’s RS-1 R...

REAPER Digital Audio Workstation by Cockos

Having used very very old DAW software for a couple of decades. I thought long and hard about what software I should upgrade to. I read every article I could, I checked out the various software options in person by visiting fri...
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Soundtoys Decapitator

The brutal beating of analog gear, for your convenience       Soundtoys is one of my favorite plugi...

Radial ProRMP Re-Amp box

The Radial ProRMP is a 100% passive box that allows you to re-amp audio. Re-amping is the process of taking any already recorded sound (or VI instrument) and sending it out into an amplifier in a room, allowing you to then capt...
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Novation ZeRO SL MkII Midi surface controller

ZeRO SL MkII is an awesome piece of kit that has become an integral part of my work flow. I was in the market for a midi control surface that I could program to control my numerous virtual instruments and plugins. What lead me ...

Universal Audio Apollo Audio Interface / UAD card

“This is science fiction people” – Fab Dupont – NAMM 2012   Ever wanted to track with high quality UAD plugins, but couldn’t due to the latency they caused in your DAW? How about wanting to actually track with U...

Focal CMS 65 monitors

This is what monitoring is all about. Focal cms 65’s are big boy monitors at a reasonable price. Stepping up from krk...

Zildjian 13″ Quick Beat Hi Hats

OK, so you’re thinking, “come on, how can someone love their hi hats”. I know you are. So am I. They’re just 2 discs of metal. They’re worn. They’re old. And they can be pretty trashy if you ...

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

In my professional opinion, Spectrasonics is one of the few companies on my list who’s products are instant buys. Everything they make seems to have the “midas touch” in that they are all well thought out, highly inspirat...

Spectrasonics Trilian – putting the “Total” in Total Bass Module

Trilian truly is a total bass module and can cover the full gamut of acoustic, electric and synth bass sounds. The factory library is a whooping 34GB in size and consists of the best acoustic bass I’ve ever heard complete wit...

AKG Perception 170

What can you expect from a microphone that only costs about $100?  Certainly not much, right? Let’s debunk the myth that cheap always means crap right now.  The workhorse of the industry , the Shure SM57/58 are both under $...


Very robust delay that is still rather easy on the CPU. Even has that remarkable SoundToys harmonic di...

Tonelux OTB16 Summing Mixer

Wow! I am one of those people that can tell a difference between in and out of the box. Sorry. I was in the market for a summing box and looking at the usual suspects, dangerous, neve, black lion, etc. But the features and pric...
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APP Studio Ing. MA-1 Germanium Pre

This is an interesting one that not many people will get to see or hear, but it’s a real hidden gem!  A DIY project hailing from beautiful southern Italy, this pre combines the clean snap of an API preamp with the tonal char...

AKG D112

Got Kick!?  This thing certainly does.  The AKG D112.  A stage and studio mainstay for well over a decade, this R...
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UAD 1176LN Limiter Plugin

Universal Audio’s 1176LN is a great sounding emulation of the Classic 1967 hardware. This...


My Focusrite ISA One. It’s my first high quality mic pre. The sound quality is so superior to the int...

Softube Fet Compressor

I absolutely love this compression plugin for compressing bass. It really levels things just as well as any 1176 that I have used. It is also fun to crush things and compress in parallel. I really enjoy most of the plugins that...

Shure Sm57 microphone – Best bang for the buck in the industry?

The SM57 has been a workhorse microphone in both the studio and stage for years, and its no wonder – it can sound good on virtually any source! Granted there are much better sounding mic’s out there that specialize ...

AKG C 1000s

AKG recently updated this classic to a new sleek black body and easier to use on/off switch.  The C1000s is a great ve...
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Apogee One

       Apogee has always been known as a good brand. For years, Engineers have talked nothing but good things when it comes to the apogee line, starting with their great clocking technology (Big Ben) and their great convers...

UAD DM-1 Delay Module

Another free plugin that comes with your UAD purchase, the Universal Audio’s DM-1 Delay M...
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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 ...

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