In this article we take a close look at the new Orion 32HD Gen 3 from Antelope Audio. James Ivey and band ‘The Studio Rats’ use the Orion 32HD Gen 3 to record their new track ‘Falling Deeper’ featuring the voice of Abi F Jones.
The team at Tascam are very pleased to announce that they are now including a free, full version of iZotope's amazing Neutron Elements with their SERIES 102i and SERIES 208i USB audio and MIDI interfaces.
Focusrite have worked with Brainworx so that they can offer the bx_console Focusrite plug-in, worth $349, FREE with every Focusrite Clarett and Red audio interface. Check out our article to learn more about the iconic Focusrite console and how you can get the free bx_console Focusrite plug-in…
The Focusrite Group has just announced the acquisition of studio monitor company, ADAM Audio GmbH. This is the first acquisition for The Focusrite Group since going public in 2014 and is part of the Group’s mission to ‘Remove Barriers to Creativity’. We cannot wait to see what new innovations and products will come out of this coming together of Focusrite and Adam Audio.
There are some instruments that are often toted as “difficult to record”. These include, Steel Pan, Vibraphone, Harp, Bagpipes (Highland Pipes) and Harpsichord. Having recently recorded a Harpsichord we have come up with our 5 top tips for recording what some might call challenging musical instruments.
The team at Focusrite are delighted to be able to announce their newly updated Scarlett range of USB-C interfaces. We at Production Expert have been very privileged to get one of the very first of the new 18i20 units into the UK to use in a studio session. We have given it the once over, and it’s time to let you know what we think to the improvements and upgrades.
In this article, we take a quick look at several of what could be called the finest audio interfaces available today. Form factor however is not the defining factor here. We are looking at the ability to configure the I/O and connectivity to our needs in a bespoke unit, not a one size fits all, off the shelf device but something that can be truly customised. The downside to all this flexibility is often an eye-watering price tag.
There is nothing more frustrating than having to carry a fist full of different adaptors and connectors in order to make a nice shiny new Apple MacBook Pro laptops or other USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 equipped computers talk to any of our studio hardware. So here are our list of some of the best troubleshooters and lifesaver converters that are available today to avoid having to carry a pile of little white converter cables that can cost over £50 each.
There has been some fun made of the new Apple Mac Pro 7,1 new style cheese-grater as to whether it could function as a cheese grater as well as a clever ad campaign by IKEA, or whether a cheese grater could become a computer? We have the story, images and a video all for a bit of fun….
In this article, we take a look at our pick of the most popular audio interfaces you can buy today, all of which are designed to live and function on your desktop and not be rack mounted.
It’s been a little while coming but the team at Universal Audio are very pleased to be able to announce that their Ox - The Amp Top Box and the controller software are now fully Windows compatible.
I have had the great pleasure of having one of the new SSL SiX desktop mixers at my studio for the last couple of weeks. During that time I’ve been testing it and putting the SSL SiX through its paces both in the studio and at live events. When it was first launched I think some thought that this is just a small mixer with an SSL badge on it, why buy the SSL SiX when there are mixers with more features and considerably cheaper? Having used it in anger in a variety of applications, here are my 7 reasons as to why you should seriously consider buying the SSL SiX.
The team at Antelope Audio has introduced two updated audio interfaces with some very exciting new DSP technology inside. The new Discrete 4 and Discrete 8 Synergy Core Edition audio interfaces introduce the company’s new Synergy Core DSP technology. This is a pairing of Antelope’s already established FPGA effects processing with a pair of powerful new ARM digital signal processing chips. It looks like these audio interfaces could be the most powerful all-in-one units we’ve ever seen.
In this new series of articles we aim to help people who are starting out in audio production find the best gear for their chosen field of work. We will be covering studio starter kit suggestion for songwriters, loop based producer, voice over artists and more. Before we dive into the gear we want to cover two important aspects of every studio setup, the computer and DAW.
For those of us who are old enough to have really lived with the Compact Cassette it was so much more than just a medium for storing audio. It was how I loaded computer games and it was how I expressed my feelings, yes I’m talking about the legend of the “Mix Tape”. Well, believe it or not, sales of both cassette media and hardware are on the up. In this article we ask if we are on the verge of a Cassette Tape revival?
Some equipment you buy because you like how it sounds. Some equipment you buy because you like how it works and some equipment you buy because it allows you to work faster. And then there is the gear you buy because it does all three. I’m quite new to the Amp/Speaker switcher party, but I’m in now and I’m staying. In this article I’ll tell you how the Amp/Speaker switcher works, show you how they can speed up your recording workflow and tell you about two units I have had the opportunity to try in my studio.
In the first of this pair of articles, I talked about the studio clean-up operation and the physical relocation of my studio toys getting ready for the addition of the Flock Audio Patch into my studio workflow. In this article I’m going to talk about setting up, routing and managing the Patch, some of the choices I had to make early on in the process and how Patch has changed my recording, mixing and mastering world.
In more announcements ahead of the upcoming WWDC, Apple has made several repair and fix announcements, including repair programs for the MacBook Pro Butterfly keyboard and one to address the backlight issues in the 13” MacBook Pro laptops dubbed ‘Flexgate’. In addition Apple has released an update to fix issues with the T2 chip in some MacBook Pro computers.
This article could easily have been titled “the great studio spring clean of 2019” as one of the major issues I had to deal with was a mass of extra cables in my rig. You know the sort of thing that was not really installed properly to “fix” an issue or run in a piece of gear for a demo or review session. But the main reason for this studio overhaul was to install not only a new piece of kit, but also a new and exciting way of working. Introducing the Patch, digitally controlled analogue patch back by Flock Audio.