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Shure PGAStudioKit4 Microphone Kit Review

SHURE PGASTUDIOKIT4 MIC KIT PROS: Great selection of mics, all accessories & case included. CONS: None. PRICE: $299 Shure has been making quality microphones for decades at decent prices, all of which feature great sound; they’re a brand that makes them a great choice. Their PGASTUDIOKIT4 is a great package of complementary mics, and accessories […]Read More »

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Headphones Review – $299 PROS: sound great, well built, comfortable. CONS: none. The problem with headphones is finding a set that can work for the studio as well as personal use. Audio-Technica has added the ATH-M70x to their prestigious lineup of headphones, and they’re ready to handle anything that can be thrown at them. […]Read More »

Learn Basic Tape Machine Maintenance & Repairing Tape Decks For A Cause

PLUS: Teaching Valuable Skills to Those Who Face Barriers to Employment Troubleshooting used to be a part of daily life for anyone who owned a piece of electronic equipment – especially tape decks.  There was always a chance of dirty contacts or tape paths, bad tubes, alignment issues, or the ever-present user error. Recently my […]Read More »

Performer's Comprehensive Analog Tape Glossary

Acetate Tape Acetate Tape refers to the material used as the base for tapes manufactured from the early ’50s through the 1970s. During the 1970s, polyester became the preferred base material for analog tape. It’s worth noting that each material has exhibited problems over time. Acetate becomes brittle if the oxide has dried out. The […]Read More »

MUST WATCH: The Suitcase Of Drone - You Gotta See It To Believe It

My name is Randall Taylor and I am an audio + visual artist from Austin, Texas. I make ambient/drone music with tape loops, samples, field recordings, guitar pedals, and live guitar loops. I play these tape loops through old 4 track recorders in a setup I like to call the Suitcase of Drone. In these […]Read More »

Watch the Studio One 3 Launch Webcasts From PreSonus

Well the news is finally out, the next standard in creative music production, Studio One 3 is now available. PreSonus has launched the new version of Studio One with a series of three epic webcasts. Version 3 is a massive release. There’s so much to say about it that each webcast is a little different. Each webcast features a live demonstration […]Read More »

BUYER’S GUIDE: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Tape Machine

WHAT TO WORRY ABOUT Skip a lot of heartache and get a “modern” tape machine – something post 1975-ish (this varies depending on manufacturer) and that is a professional-grade machine.  These will have all the features you need to make recordings, and were built to be repaired, aligned, and heavily used.  They also tend to […]Read More »

Why Ditching Your DAW & Going Analog Renews Studio Focus

The Howling Tongues Get Blown Away By Analog Tape We recorded our debut album to 2” tape on a 24-track Studer at Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN. That whole experience opened our eyes – we weren’t staring at a computer screen and we were thrown into the fire. We weren’t editing, adjusting, shifting, nudging, cutting; […]Read More »

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