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REVIEW: SONAR Platinum by Cakewalk

Sonar Platinum by Cakewalk – pricing options include full purchase (appx $500) or select the membership model ($49/mo) PROS: Flexible pricing options, plenty of virtual instruments and options, fairly easy to use. CONS: Windows only. Recording software was divided in the past; professional grade that required high powered computers, and home versions that could record, but […]Read More »

WATCH: Get to Know The Shure MOTIV MVi

Our friends at Shure have a helpful video series up on YouTube that all musicians and pro audio users should watch. Next up is a helpful clip that shows off the new Shure MOTIV MVi. The Shure MOTIV MVi Digital Audio Interface connects any standard XLR microphone or ¼-inch plug for guitar, bass or keyboard […]Read More »

REVIEW: Blue Microphones Hummingbird Condenser Microphone

Blue Microphones Hummingbird Condenser Microphone – $299 PROS: Great design, easy to pivot head, excellent sound. CONS: None. Condenser mics are great for picking up the “acoustic-ness” of pretty much everything. Think guitars, drums and stringed instruments. Blue has been making high-end microphones for years and now has a small-footprint condenser that’s on par with […]Read More »

REVIEW: Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Headphones – $349 PROS: Lightweight, great design, excellent audio quality. CONS: Slightly pricey. Headphones in a studio environment are a must – they’re excellent references for audio, but headphones specifically meant for a true audio professional aren’t usually talked about. Audio-Technica’s ATH-R70X will make any listener (audiophile or engineer) think about headphones differently. […]Read More »

What Modern Vocalists Can Learn From The RCA 77-DX Microphone

FLASHBACK: 1954 RCA 77-DX Microphone HISTORY The RCA 77-DX microphone was originally intended for television use, which is why its finish is low-gloss umber-gray enamel – for eliminating glare. HOW IT WAS USED Began for TV and became the “go-to” for most of the early “crooners.” It’s poly-directional, giving the engineer many options and decisions […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: 1987 Tascam Porta Two Cassette Four-Track Tape Recorder

FLASHBACK 1987 Tascam Porta Two Cassette Four-Track Tape Recorder BACKGROUND The Porta Two is a portable cassette four-track tape recorder manufactured by Tascam in 1987. Teac/Tascam are a huge influence in home recording. The Teac 144, the first cassette four-track recorder, was released in 1979. The 144 kicked off the cassette recording revolution. The Tascam […]Read More »

PreSonus Studio One 3 DAW Review

PreSonus Studio One 3 DAW Review PROS: Affordable. Easy transition from other DAWs. No subscription needed. Mac & PC compatible. CONS: None. Home recording with Pro Tools certainly leveled the playing field; any user who laid down their hard earned money could use the same recording platform as professional recording artists and engineers. Like all […]Read More »

A Complete Guide to Plug-Ins For Your Home Studio

A Complete Guide to Plug-Ins For Your Home Studio In the May issue of Performer, I wrote about analog tape machine plug-ins. This month we’re going to focus on plug ins for home studio owners. A home studio can be a million dollar facility owned by a rock star, trust fund kid, etc, or a […]Read More »

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