Buying an audio plug-in is incredibly easy to do these days, many are available with try-before-you-buy time limited demos to help you determine if “said” plug-in fits your workflow. It’s a very different affair when we are in the market for new piece of studio hardware/outboard gear. In order to get a feel for what sort of hardware could be a suitable fit for our studios we need to put time into researching a variety of products online to be able to hear as many examples of the gear in action before coming to any firm purchasing conclusions. Luckily, over the years, The Production Expert Team has produced countless video reviews featuring a wide variety of cool studio hardware and outboard gear. From mic preamps to effects units, compressors to EQ… check out our Expert Reviews of studio hardware and outboard gear below:
Expert Reviews - Studio Hardware & Outboard Gear
In this video for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Neve 8803 Dual Channel Equaliser. The 8803 is a hand-wired unit built in the companies UK factory based on the EQ section of the Neve 88RS console. James puts it to work on Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Vocals and a full stereo mix to see what the 8803 EQ has to offer.
In this Production Expert video review, we take a look at the VTRC Vari Tube Recording Channel by Tegeler Audio Manufaktur.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Chroma 500 series mic pre/line preamp. The Chroma offers the same A & N modes of mojo mic pre circuit found on its big brother the Silver Bullet but adds the ability to add your own flavour of tone shaping with a "Colour" module.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Convert AD+ from Dangerous Music.
This is a very unique tool, so unique I can't think of any other studio outboard gear available today that comes close to The Sckwerkraftmaschine's feature set, value for money and overall sound quality. This thing is a compressor Swiss Army Knife, watch our video review to find out if you agree.
The Magnum-K is a single channel (mono) 1u dynamics rack unit that features two types of compressors and one Maag EQ2 section.
In this video for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Silver Bullet by Louder Than Liftoff. In this part 1 of 2, James takes us around the unit, explaining the 4 different modes of operation and uses the Silver Bullet in Tracking and Mic Pre mode to show off the Silver Bullets powerful tone blending capabilities.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper takes a look at the Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip. The 6176 features a single 610 tube preamp section and 1176N limiting amplifier that can either be used as two separate units or joined together with the output of the 610 tube preamp feeding into the input of the 1176 Limiter.
In this review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Neve 4081 Quad Mic Pre. This box offers 4 remote-controllable Neve 1081 mic pres in a 2U half rack unit. If it's classic Neve 1081 tone you are after with a modern twist this could well be the unit for you.
In this video James takes a look at the RS124 EMI Compressor by Chandler Limited. This is a compressor like you have never seen or heard before. It is based on 3 units that are kept and used at Abbey Road Studios in London. This is not a compressor to be used gently. It needs and wants to be smashed. James tries these valve compression beast out with Bass guitar to see what he can create.
Any regular readers of this blog will know I'm a huge fan of Maag Audio gear, it's an affair that started with the Maag EQ4 plugin, then the 500 series hardware and was furthered cemented after meeting the Maag team, all super talented and some of the nicest people in the business. Since then we've become good friends who I'm delighted and honoured to know.
So when I found out that they were making a new rack mount 6 band mastering EQ I was excited to get hold of one to try. I was even more excited when they told me I was getting one of the first units in the world... Christmas came early in my house.
Dan Cooper reviews a microphone pre amp that he's been itching to get in his studio for some time. The LEV Solutions Integrity II. Watch to find out what he thinks and to hear a short example recording featuring his talented singer songwriter wife Georgie.