Studio & Home Studio reviews

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • True Blue
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    True Blue - A review of the PreSonus R80 studio monitors

    11/24/15

    PreSonus recently added to its growing line of studio monitors with its new R-Series, active near-field monitors that feature AMT tweeters, and come in two sizes, the R80 (8” woofer) and the R65 (6.5” woofer). We got our hands on a pair of R80s for this review.

  • Why Not Add Eight?
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    Why Not Add Eight? - A review of the Audient ASP800 8-channel mic pre and ADC

    10/15/15

    Not long ago we reviewed iD14, a two-channel audio interface from the British console maker Audient, which features the same type of mic preamps that are in its mixers. Audient recently started shipping the ASP800, an eight-channel mic preamp and analog-to-digital converter that connects to the optical input of the iD14 or any other interface with…

  • A Bird in the Stand
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    A Bird in the Stand - A review of the Blue Microphones Hummingbird

    06/11/15

    A mic with a swiveling capsule is not a new concept, but it isn’t something you typically find in a mic as affordable as the Blue Hummingbird. The swiveling feature is no gimmick — it makes a big difference in mic positioning, both in terms of physically being able to place the mic where you want it, and in the ability to find the best placement f…

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

    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…

  • Danish Sound
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    Danish Sound - Dynaudio BM Compact mkIII review

    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…

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

    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…

  • It Takes Tubes to Tango
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    It Takes Tubes to Tango - Review of Mojave Audio MA-300

    06/10/14

    Mojave Audio, the company started by renowned microphone designer David Royer (also of Royer Labs), has built a reputation for making high-quality, reasonably priced mics. Here, we review the MA-300, a multi-pattern tube condenser.