PROS: Effortless wireless mixing, iPad integration, Onyx preamps, price.
CONS: None whatsoever.
Okay, let’s start with the negatives…there are none. So let’s get to all the good stuff, shall we? Mackie’s new DL1608 live mixer is the killer app for the touring band that wants great sound, and the ability to control and shape that sound, onstage, in any live setting. Featuring 16 Onyx preamps (plenty for most live acts), sound quality was exceptional at volumes across the board. At first, we were a bit wary of how well the iPad would integrate with the mixer, but once we fired up the Master Fader app and paired the units, usability was seamless and thankfully incredibly easy. In short, it just works. Whew! Continue reading
PROS: Fantastic sound, unique look, no need for shock mounting.
Steampunk has been a popular design aesthetic for years now, usually combining a Victorian appearance with a modern device’s functionality and/or looks. It’s been popular on cell phones, computers, and now microphones. The Edwina model is quite a sight, with its rustic “old-timey” look. Amazingly enough, it fits into a standard microphone stand clip. It’s a condenser mic, with a large, rotating 26mm capsule that also has a pop filter behind the grille. Continue reading
PROS: Sticks picks without leaving residue, reusable.
CONS: Not for use on nitrocellulose finishes.
Loosing a guitar pick mid song is never cool. However, being able to grab a replacement on the fly, is. PicStix has released a new, interesting and inexpensive product to help guitarists in this predicament.
Each pack of PicStix’s adhesive pick holders comes with two strips of a gel-like material that feels tacky enough to hold a pick, but not enough to leave any gumminess on your precious instrument. Just peel one side, place it on a surface, and stick some picks on there. It’s that easy. Continue reading
PROS: Tons of features, plenty of live/recording applications, easy to use.
Mixers almost always seem to be available in a standard set of configurations – 12, 16, 24 tracks, for example. In recent years, certain features and designs have also become standards, as well. Cerwin Vega’s new CVM series of mixers are no exception. Continue reading