Audio & music gear reviews

  • When the analog flows in the stream!
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    When the analog flows in the stream! - Review of the Baloran The River analog synthesizer

    03/06/18

    35 years after the release of The Moog Source, the young French company Baloran pushes the concept to the next level. The River, much more than a polyphonic multitimbral analog synth, is made with pragmatism, modesty, talent and innovation. An outstanding musical instrument!

  • The reverb from heaven?
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    The reverb from heaven? - LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven Professional Review

    07/10/17

    The second version of Reverberate, LiquidSonics' flagship product, completely blew us away with its Fusion-IR technology because it actually provided an unheard-of flexibility and audio quality in the small world of convolution reverbs.

  • Yet another step forward
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    Yet another step forward - Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Review

    02/06/17

    Three years ago Universal Audio introduced the Apollo Twin, a more friendly priced desktop version of their Apollo flagship audio interface.

  • Back in white
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    Back in white - Dynaudio LYD 7 Review

    10/03/16

    We are the first to brawl about the lack of innovation among speaker manufacturers. Dynaudio is one of those brands with an undeniable know-how, but whose road map only seems to lead into a desert where you can find a rock or a cactus from time to time...definitely not the best place to be for a thirsty home-studio owner. So it came as a surprise …

  • Ear to Ear
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    Ear to Ear - EarMaster ApS Earmaster 6 Review

    09/22/16

    EarMaster Aps is a small Danish company founded in 1994 specialized in the development of a very particular software: EarMaster, whose goal is to train your musical ear and reading skills.

  • Lone pleasure
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    Lone pleasure - iSolo Acoustic Guitar Microphone Review

    08/10/16

    If you are in the audio world you have surely noticed how crowdfunding campaigns have multiplied in recent years. Everyday there are news stories about "groundbreaking" products on platforms like KissKissBankBank and Indiegogo. This tendency seems to only be going up, so we decided to test ride some of the products being crowdfunded. The first one…

  • Tweed Indeed
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    Tweed Indeed - A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in

    06/16/16

    Universal Audio has released plug-ins for quite a few guitar amps in the last couple of years, but its new Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe is its first foray into the Fender amp world, and it’s a doozy. The plug-in, which is officially endorsed by Fender, recreates a mid-‘50s-era Deluxe model 5E3, a vaunted amp that could deliver everything from warm clea…

  • Mystical Aura
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    Mystical Aura - A review of the Auratone 5C Super Sound Cube

    06/13/16

    You just got your main monitor speakers and are already looking for a second pair? Boy are you a compulsive buyer! What's that you said? Auratone is back with its famous 5Cs? Okay, well maybe just this once I'll turn a blind eye...

  • A Versatile and Affordable Tube Mic
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    A Versatile and Affordable Tube Mic - Review of the Lauten Audio LA-320 tube-condenser microphone

    06/09/16

    The LA-320 is the first mic in Lauten Audio’s new "Series Black" line. Lauten, whose product line also features many high-end mics, have put out a large-diaphragm tube condenser with a price point ($499) aimed at the home and project studio market. Not only that, they’ve hit it out of the park.

  • A Powerful Ambience
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    A Powerful Ambience - A review of the PSP 2445 Digital Reverberator plug-in

    06/06/16

    With the release of version 1.2 of its 2445 reverb, PSP now has the official blessing of EMT, the company that made the outboard reverb units modeled in this plug-in. We figured that was a good reason to take this baby for a test drive.