Audio & music gear reviews

  • A review of the Alesis DM Dock drum interface
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    A review of the Alesis DM Dock drum interface - It's Sittin' On the Dock While You Play

    01/29/15

    Following in the footsteps of its I/O Dock, which provided iPad musicians with a fully featured audio and MIDI interface with a docking slot, Alesis has released the DM Dock. Aimed at iPad drummers and percussionists, it’s an iOS and Mac/PC MIDI interface featuring 13 1/4” trigger inputs. It allows electronic drummers to access drum and percussion…

  • A review of Sound Radix Drum Leveler
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    A review of Sound Radix Drum Leveler - A New Level of Control

    01/27/15

    If you use audio drum tracks in your productions, whether loops or multitrack recordings — you’re likely to have plenty of occasions where you wish you could adjust the levels of a particular drum or cymbal that’s mixed in with other kit elements. Drum Leveler by SoundRadix is a specially designed compressor/expander plug-in that lets you aim at …

  • A review of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi
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    A review of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi - Pi in Your Face

    01/06/15

    For many guitarists, the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the term “fuzz box” is the Big Muff Pi from Electro-Harmonix. With the new Deluxe Big Muff Pi, the company has added some cool additional features to its classic fuzz pedal.

  • PreSonus Monitor Station v2 Review
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    PreSonus Monitor Station v2 Review - Control and Routing

    12/23/14

    There's not much to choose from in the "advanced" desktop monitor controller world ─ meaning controllers that are more than just a volume knob ─ for about $300: Mackie and PreSonus, with their Big Knob and Monitor Station, respectively, have been competing for the market for some years now. So, when one of them updated its controller, we wanted to…

  • Overloud REmatrix Review
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    Overloud REmatrix Review - REmatrix: The Chosen One?

    12/18/14

    Overloud, author of SpringAge and BReverb 1 and 2, extends its range of reverb plug-ins with REmatrix, which includes several convolution engines and an effects chain. Does it simply increase the possibilities of a tried-and-true technology or is it a new approach to the creation of spaces?

  • Guitar modeling and a new cabinet simulator highlight the latest release
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    Guitar modeling and a new cabinet simulator highlight t… - Peavey ReValver 4 Review

    11/30/14

    When Peavey’s ReValver software was first released, it stood out from its competitors because it allowed users to get inside the virtual circuitry and tweak the components. Several iterations later, ReValver 4 introduces some stunning features that again separate it from the pack.

  • Dynaudio BM Compact mkIII review
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    Dynaudio BM Compact mkIII review - Danish Sound

    10/28/14

    Lack of space is a well-known issue for most people living in cities. When you live in a small apartment and you make computer music, every single inch counts. That's why one particular model caught our eye when Dynaudio introduced the mkIII versions of its BM series: The BM Compact mkIII. These seem like a couple of BM5 mkIII speakers that underw…

  • Review of Eventide UltraReverb
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    Review of Eventide UltraReverb - More than Just Another Reverb

    10/26/14

    Eventide’s UltraReverb is an algorithmic reverb plug-in that offers impressive sound quality, sonic control and flexibility, making it a potent contender in the reverb plug-in wars. Not only does it feature reverb, but also a built-in compressor (mainly for compressing the reverb signal) and stereo delay line. As a result, it’s useful both for bre…

  • Waldorf Streichfett Review
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    Waldorf Streichfett Review - Fat Strings

    09/14/14

    Unveiled last spring at Frankfurt, it wasn't until mid-summer that the Streichfett was to be seen in stores. As soon as it came out, we grabbed one and stripped it down!

  • Review of the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo
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    Review of the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo - A Versatile Audio Interface for iOS and Mac/PC

    09/08/14

    More and more audio interfaces are hitting the market that are capable of connecting directly to an iOS device or a computer. PreSonus recently released two such units, the AudioBox iTwo and AudioBox iOne. We’ll focus here on the iTwo, a 2x2 interface sporting two mic preamps.