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FLASHBACK: 1970 Universal Audio 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Rev C)

AKA “The Blackface” Mic Pre ROLE IN HISTORY: It’s classic, used on every important album since 1970. You couldn’t find a studio that didn’t have the blackface back in the day. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: Warm and round is how I’d describe it. It finishes your idea on what the mic should sound like! BASIC FEATURES: It’s pretty […]Read More »

PreSonus ADL 700 All-Tube Mic Channel Strip/Preamp Review

Digital recording gives plenty of clarity, but warmth has always been the secret ingredient that’s most elusive. PreSonus brings that audio glow to the modern age with their ADL 700, an all-tube channel strip/mic preamp. It’s a standard two-space rack unit, with tons of knobs, controlling a compressor, a high pass filter and a 4-band […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: Vintage Teletronix LA-2A

“Legendary Vocal Compressor from the ’60s” YEAR 1962 HISTORY The LA-2A is considered one of the most legendary vocal compressors in recording history. I first learned about it through a friend and mentor of mine, John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr.). In fact, the specific LA-2A that I’ve used in sessions is his […]Read More »

GEAR FLASHBACK: API 550 EQ

“Hand-Wired, Simple Design Minimizes Phase Shift” YEAR: Late 1960s HISTORY: The API 550 EQ was designed by Saul Walker in the late 1960s and was first used in API and custom console designs. It has been a very influential piece of recording gear and has been used on countless hit records. It is a 500 […]Read More »

Review: PreSonus BlueTube DP V2

  Pros: Small size, simple to use, real tube tone, affordable. Cons: None. Price: $229 Digital recording keeps refining itself with software, but the analog warmth was often relegated to expensive tube preamps in expensive studios. PreSonus now combines the clarity of solid state, with the warmth of tubes in an affordable unit. This 1/2 […]Read More »

GEAR GUIDE: Home Mixers

While many programs have integrated mixers that can entail hours of clicking away to make the perfect mix, there are physical mixers that can be used to make the process easier and leave the power of perfection at your fingertips! Since the downturn of the economy, producers are now moving their studios into their personal […]Read More »