Audio & music gear reviews

  • M-Audio Profire 2626: The Test
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    M-Audio Profire 2626: The Test - M-Audio Strikes Again

    11/28/08

    With no fewer than 26 inputs, 26 outputs, 8 integrated Octane microphone preamps, and ProTools M-Powered compatibility, the latest interface from M-Audio aims to find its niche in the category of intermediate-level FireWire audio interfaces. Should the competition be worried?

  • Line 6's Backtrack+Mic: The Test
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    Line 6's Backtrack+Mic: The Test - Backtrack To Inspiration

    11/22/08

    Unfortunately, we often realize too late that we should have recorded what we just played. How many times have you wished that you could go back in time and hit the record button right before inspiration hit you? Line6 has come up with something along these lines with its portable recorder, the Backtrack, a small device that lets you save a take a…

  • Fender Classics Re-issue Pedals: The Test
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    Fender Classics Re-issue Pedals: The Test - Classics Live Again

    11/08/08

    Though not as well known for their pedals as they are for their guitars and basses, Fender has been making classic pedals for more than 50 years. Following the recent re-issue of the Fender Blender Custom pedal, Fender decided to launch a range of new classic-inspired stompboxes with some vintage tones and looks. Let’s take a closer look….

  • Novation's Nocturn: The Test
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    Novation's Nocturn: The Test - Night Controller

    10/31/08

    Novation is well known for quality keyboards, MIDI controllers and synthesizers, whether it be hardware or software. Does Nocturn, the newest member of the Novation controller family, featuring the Automap system and a low price, live up to the brand’s reputation? Let’s take a look…

  • Audient's Mico: The Test
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    Audient's Mico: The Test - The Mico Dual Preamp

    10/25/08

    When a brand as serious as Audient comes out with a dual mic preamp with tube simulation circuitry, variable phase adjustment and digital outputs for around $1100, one thinks that this type of product may interest more than one home-studio owner. So, disappointment or revelation?

  • SKB's stageFive: The Test
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    SKB's stageFive: The Test - The Pedal King

    10/18/08

    It’s no secret that many guitarists like effects and that some are even addicted to their pedals. But of course there comes a time when it becomes necessary to make all these small boxes easier to transport and connect. That is partly why pedalboards were invented and marketed by brands such as SKB with their Stagefive, which we’ll be taking a clo…

  • TC Helicon's Harmony-G: The Test
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    TC Helicon's Harmony-G: The Test - The G-Spot of Harmony

    10/02/08

    After having delighted singers with their Voicetone pedals, TC Helicon is trying to seduce guitarist/singers with a pedal capable of simulating vocal harmonies that follow your voice and guitar playing. Extraordinary as this may sound in theory, does the Harmony G keep its promises in practice? That’s what we'll see in this test ...

  • Egnater's Tourmaster 4112: The Test
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    Egnater's Tourmaster 4112: The Test - Heavy Weight Sound

    09/27/08

    Making tubes more accessible seems to be the trend these days: in the wake of Fender’s big hit with their 5-Watt entry-level amp, the Champion 600, and Line 6’s collaboration with Bogner to warm up its algorithms to the good old sound of tubes, it’s Egnater’s turn to come out with a product that has a rather aggressive price for this manufacturer,…

  • Olympus LS-10: The Test
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    Olympus LS-10: The Test - Olympic Champion

    09/20/08

    When Olympus, famous for their clout in the photography world, takes on the audio market, we get the LS-10, a portable digital recorder determined to stake its claim in new territory ...

  • Portico Series: The Test
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    Portico Series: The Test - Rupert Neve Designs Portico Series

    09/13/08

    Neve. If there’s one name that causes the studio professional’s pulse to quicken, this is it! Even if the company has gone their own separate way with AMS since 1985, Rupert Neve, creator of the brand, has not hung up his soldering iron and is still creating new modules for his Portico range.