Microphones: How to choose - Microphone Types
Long the role of the professional sound engineer, choosing the appropriate microphone has now become, with the proliferation of the home studio, the task of the amateur and even the beginner. This choice should depend upon what you’re going to be using the mic for, but also on personal preferences. In this article we’ll be dealing with the two ...
Itsy Bitsy Spider - Line 6's Micro Spider: The Test
Determined not to let Roland’s Micro Cube and Vox’s DA5 be the only contenders for portable-amp champ, Line 6 has entered the ring with its Micro Spider.
MIDI: The GM Standard and its Extensions - GM, GS & XG: A Little History
Many sound cards and synthesizers, as well as most audio software, are compatible with one of the three midi norms (GM, GS, XG). Though MIDI has long since proven its utility, the existence of different standards can be confusing, so this article has been put together in order to clarify a few points.
The Arturia Experience - Arturia's Analog Factory Experience: The Test
Arturia has been showing more and more interest in software/hardware solutions, as can be seen with some of their top of the line projects, such as Origin. The editor also offers a more affordable solution with Analog Factory Experience (AFE), combining v2.0 of its Analog Factory and a keyboard controller made by CME. Let’s see what this temptin...
Tines in Velvet wrapping - Digidesign's Velvet: The Test
Electric Pianos never seem to go out of style; and because they’ve now gone virtual, Digidesign has decided to come out with their own version of these timeless instruments.
Reverb Construction Kit - The Test of QuikQuak's RaySpace
There’s such a plethora of software reverbs, that an editor who wants to be a cut above the rest has to rely on originality. By allowing you to create any reverberating space you’d like, and to precisely define a vast amount of its sonic characteristics, for a reasonable price, QuikQuak RaySpace is a reverb that has a lot going for it.
E-MU Tracker Pre USB 2.0 - E-MU's Tracker Pre - The Test
In a world of myriad low-cost audio interfaces, E-MU has made a bold move with it’s new Tracker Pre USB 2.0. Though somewhat similar to it’s predecessor, the 0202 USB 2.0, the Tracker Pre has created a stir due to E-MU’s new CurrentMorph circuit design, which allows the Tracker Pre to offer +48V phantom power and the use of its converters (24-bi...
Basics of Acoustics: Timbre (II) - Timbre (II)
In part I we gave a "physical" definition for timbre. We stressed its "plural" aspect and discussed the elements which make it up and define it. Above all we discussed the infinite number of possible combinations between these spectral components.
Legends Get a Face Lift - New American Standard Telecaster & Stratocaster Test
Fender has added some new features to a few of its classic instruments and announced the New American Standard series. Here’s a great occasion to come face to face (or body to body) with two of rock’s oldest and dearest friends: the Stratocaster and Telecaster.
The Ultimate Interface? - Test of TC Electronic's Studio Konnekt 48
After years of making hardware and software effects solutions, TC Electronic has released a series of audio interfaces. The Konnekt family is divided into two sub-families, with on the one hand the Konnekt8, KonnektLive and Konnekt24D and on the other hand the DigitalKonnekt X32 and the StudioKonnekt48, a 24bit/192kHz audio interface which will ...