Review of the Nektar LX88 Controller Keyboard

April 23, 2016

The Controller Keyboard market is extremely crowded these days so when I came to choose a dedicated keyboard for my soft synths, it took a while to narrow down my shortlist to a few and then to one, the Nektar LX88. So what does it offer and how does it play (and control). Weighing...
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Review of the RØDE M5 Matched Pair Condenser Microphones

April 23, 2016
M5's in XY configuration

If you are recording acoustic guitar and you want to take capture a good stereo image then one option is to use a matched pair of microphones. The RØDE M5 matched pair are now at such an attractive price point that I felt it was worth investing in a pair to see how they...
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Review of the Fredenstein ‘Bento 10’ 500 Series compatible Rackframe

April 18, 2016

As a long time user of the API 500 Series Lunchbox, I’ve been looking for a 19” rackmount version for quite a while. The Fredenstein ‘Bento 10’ is relatively new on to the market and is one of the very few 10 slot racks with integral mains PSU. So I decided to...
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Review of the Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller

April 16, 2016

Accurate monitoring in the studio is at the heart of producing high quality mixes. Our editor puts the Drawmer MC2.1 monitor controller through its paces ...
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Review of Tracktion 6 Music Production Software

June 27, 2015

Tracktion is a pretty unique DAW in that most of its functionality is controlled from a single screen user interface. Originally released in 2002 by designer Julian Storer and then distributed by Mackie from a number of years, it is now back with Storer under his company Tracktion Software Corporation. Version 6 offers...
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Review of the XILS-lab ‘miniSyn’X’ Synthex synth emulation

May 2, 2015

XILS-lab is a French company specialising in software recreations of some of the most famous classic analogue synths and Vocoders including the EMS VCS3, and the RSF PolyKobol. The miniSyn’X software emulation of the Elka Synthex brings one of the most iconic 1980's era analogue synthesizers to within reach of a much wider...
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Review of the brainworx bx_refinement plug-in

April 10, 2015

Brainworx have gained a strong reputation for innovative mid-side audio processing and many mastering engineers use their comprehensive suite of plug-ins which offer innovative ways to process complex mixes. The latest addition to their plug-in range is the bx_refinement M/S Harshness Control, or probably better described as ‘de-harshing’ as its primary function is to...
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