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McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor review on Sonic Scoop

Our friends over at Sonic Scoop recently got up close and personal with the McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor plugin, a collection of 10 compressors in one tidy package: some based on the classics, and others developed entirely by McDSP. Rather than simply recreate quintessential models such as the 1176, Fairchild 670, or Neve 33609, each...

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Studio Projects CS5 Review

As a rule, I love large diaphragm condensers because condensers tend to be very accurate and the large diaphragm gives their sound a really desirable smoothness.  But cheaper mics can sound harsh or they can lack that true-to-life accuracy.  So you pay for quality, right?  Yes, but you don’t always have to pay too much...

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Stutter Edit Plugin and a new Nord introduced at NAMM

Gigging musicians will want to check out the Nord Piano 88, which has been designed with live performance in mind. This new 88 key stage piano from Nord weighs in at just 39.6 pounds, but it’s heavy on features. In addition to 24 banks of 5 programs totaling 120 different program possibilities, it includes modeling...

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More NAMM 2011: Rupert Neve Portico Plugins and AKG Groove Pack

Steinberg is teaming up with Rupert Neve Designs to release the first plugins modeled after Rupert’s Portico Series analog gear. The 5043 Compressor and 5033 EQ will both be available in VST and AU formats, for a price not yet announced. “Particularly known for designing all-analog signal processing equipment, Rupert Neve has been looking for...

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Softube TSAR-1(R) Reverb Plugin Review

Looking for a high quality in-the-box reverb unit? Bo Boddie has a review on Sonic Scoop of the TSAR-1 Reverb, the latest plugin available from Softube: “In Softube speak, TSAR stands for True Stereo Algorithmic Reverb. Interestingly, this moniker highlights a return to ground-up coding of reverb algorithms, as opposed to the convolution trend over recent years, which involves...

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Audio Repair with iZotope RX 2

iZotope has released the latest version of their audio repair toolkit, with some new features and tools included to help you remove hum, hiss, pops, and any other unwanted noise from your audio. RX 2 and RX 2 Advanced both function as standalone editors, as well as a collection of plugins for your DAW. While...

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Studer A800 Plugin by Universal Audio

Universal Audio now has a plugin version of the Studer A800 tape machine. With a selection of controls to tweak – from tape speed and tape formula to calibration type, hiss, and hum – you can ‘hit the tape’ as hard as you like, and fine-tune the tone. While it’s a multichannel plugin, the handy...

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a Blue Mic for your iPhone

Blue Microphones has put out the second generation of Mikey ($99 list), a stereo condenser mic built solely for the iPod and iPhone. With the ability to record 44.1kHz/16bit audio to your Apple device with its dual cardioid condenser capsules, Mikey is a high-quality device for field recording, interviews, lectures, or getting some song ideas...

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Massive amounts of love

Universal Audio’s Manley Massive Passive EQ plugin has been getting an increasing amount of great reviews since it’s release this spring. It’s modeled after Manley Labs’ Massive Passive hardware EQ: a stereo four-band tube equalizer that is favored by many engineers both as a mixing and a mastering tool. However, the price tag of the...

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Spark by Blue Microphones

Blue Microphones has introduced a new product designed to impress home and project studios with Class A electronics and Blue’s distinct profile at an affordable price point. Set to be available this November, the Spark microphone ($199) is a solid-state cardioid condenser mic suited for use in a variety of applications on vocals and instruments....

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Shure announces Beta 181

Coming this fall from Shure: A compact side-address condenser mic with interchangeable capsules. The Beta 181 will be the company’s first wired mic to have swappable polar pattern capsules (cardioid, supercaridioid, omnidirectional, bidirectional) that attach to the mic body with a locking ring for a secure connection. With it’s extremely compact profile and side-address capsule,...

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ADK S-7 and A-6 Microphones

Over the course of two weeks I anticipated a delivery of two new ADK microphones to be used for a month of extensive testing. This review was done over the course of a month of tracking with various rock bands at Monsterland Recording Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Everything was recorded to protools using high end...

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Auto-Align by Sound Radix

When two or more sources are used to record a single instrument, there is an inherit delay between the tracks, because each mic will be a slightly different distance from the instrument. Examples of this would be a snare top and snare bottom mic; miking a guitar while also taking a DI split; or having...

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