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  • Electricity
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    Electricity - Making a Studio Pt.2

    05/06/09

    Nothing will work without electricity unless you're jamming at the local drum circles down on the beach. Electrical installation studio power is often overlooked. Studios will setup a “clean feed” that is a separate breaker from the rest of the general power that is being used for air conditioning, lighting and the basic necessities of the re…

  • Studio Considerations
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    Studio Considerations - Making a Studio Pt.1

    04/23/09

    The magic of the recording studio has often mystified even the most seasoned professionals. With all the knobs, switches and buttons on various gear and large format consoles, no wonder confusion sets in to most non-techies. Many people, especially artists, composers, producers, and engineers, will end up putting together their own studio for writ…

  • Introduction
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    Introduction - Using a Mixer: Rehearsals

    02/07/09

    Before you’re ready for arenas and stadiums, where you’d no doubt call on the services of an experienced sound technician, you need to rehearse. And as long as you’re rehearsing you might as well do it in the right conditions: where everybody can hear themselves and in turn be heard. This means adequately controlling sound levels and using your so…

  • M-Audio BX8a Deluxe: The Test
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    M-Audio BX8a Deluxe: The Test - Deluxe with a plain price

    12/27/08

    After having updated its entire range of audio interfaces, M-Audio now looks to update its monitors, especially in the wake of their excellent high-level EXS66 monitors. These updates have had great results on the small Studiophile AV40, so let’s see what’s happened to the BX8a, for which a Deluxe version was recently released.

  • 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…

  • 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?

  • 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 ...

  • 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
    review

    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.

  • Mackie MR8 Monitors: The Test
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    Mackie MR8 Monitors: The Test - Mackie HRs on a Budget?

    08/07/08

    Mackie has a long history with monitors. The original HR824 monitors, now in MKII version, are best sellers and standard fare in many studios, large or small.