Brian May has stuck to his guns when it comes to his choice of guitar and preference of valve amp. There are a few other smaller components which contribute towards the majesty of his sound. In this article we go into detail about his gear, the Brian May signature series products from yesteryear as well as share our thoughts on IK Multimedia’s latest Brian May Collection for AmpliTube.
Recently we were sent a pair of Lauten Audio LS-208 large diaphragm, end fire condenser microphones and to try them out James decided to use them as the overhead mics for a tracking session. In this article, we show how to set them up over the kit and then take a listen to the end result.
In this video we get up close and personal with an outboard EQ that Dan feels has no equal. It represents exceptional value for money, sounds beautiful on just about anything you throw through it and can be tested in your studio with no commitment to buy. For £1,500 this could very well be Dan’s outboard EQ bargain of the century. Do you agree?
If you are considering a new reverb plug-in for your studio then check out these reviews categorised into imitative and generic. We have also included a number of videos which demonstrate the powers of some popular de-reverb plug-ins.
EVE Audio sets a new bar for desktop monitoring with their powered SC203 speakers. Eli has used many small form desktop speakers over the years. Are they good enough to be suitable for mixing as your primary monitor? Check out our article and find out what we think about them.
Earlier this month Acon Digital released a cost effective surround and 3D capable version of their Verberate 2 algorithmic reverb plug-in which supports surround and immersive formats all the way up to 7.1.6 channels. In this article we explore the features in this new surround reverb plug-in, how it works, what it sounds like and what we think of it.
The choice has always been between using compression and limiting for quick control with the risk of unwanted compression artefacts and slow, manual automation passes. WaveRider Tg means you can now have the speed of a compressor and the control of automation, who wouldn’t want that?
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.
In this in-depth article we unpack all the new features introduced with Neutron 3 from iZotope and help you to be able to get the best out of Neutron 3 as well as sharing what we think about this latest release from iZotope.
Back in January 2019 at the Winter NAMM show, our friends at console, mic pre and interface manufacturer Audient announced the new Sono audio interface. Sono forges a new path for the UK based company as it is firmly geared towards guitar players who want to produce high quality recordings with a minimum of extra kit. We have been using Sono not only to record guitars using the built in room, microphone and speaker cabinet simulation by Two notes audio engineering, but also vocals and drums for this demo session. Take a look and listen to how this small, yet powerful interface is able to adapt to all of your studio requirements.
We take a look at the new Gates Bundle for Virtual Mix Rack from Slate Digital. In the video we first test the Drums gate on Kick drum, Snare and Toms, before trying the Classic gate on a Vocal track.
In this video, supported by Antelope Audio, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at some of the latest Antelope Audio gear. James teams up with songwriter and guitarist Paul Sundt and they use the Antelope Orion Studio 2017 to track a song called Crazy Lady. This video is the story of recording this track, and how it was mixed using the new Antelope Audio AFX2DAW plug-in.
There are lots of great audio/music software & hardware products out there in the Pro Audio world. At Production Expert, we review a variety of products designed to make you work smarter and produce better results in your studios. There are occasions when a product is so good we end up buying it for ourselves, these products usually get our Expert's Choice Award (formerly known as Editor's Choice Awards) for being such fantastic products.
I think it’s fair to say we have waited quite a “long time” for the Slate Digital VRS8 Virtual Recording Studio audio interface, the first from Steven and the team. So was it worth the wait? Rather than have just one unit, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on two VRS8 interfaces to use in my studio on a real life session. How did they hold up and most importantly, how do they sound in action?
We've been asked by many people to take a look at the Mac mini 2018 to see if the claims of it being 'awesome' on the one hand or that the 'USB2 audio is broken' are true. There's some merit in other reviews and also in anecdotal evidence from forums and social media, but to be frank, the only way to get to the facts is to test it ourselves. Not only have we tested this Mac mini 2018 on its own but benchmarked it against a Mac Pro Late 2013 to give you a sense of the power under the hood of the Mac mini 2018.
21 feature laden and analog rich plugins designed by the geniuses who have shaped the sound of modern music, could this be the ultimate effects package? Guest contributor DJ Marc JB who is one half of remixers/producers Bimbo Jones shares his thoughts and experience with this Soundtoys 5.
I’m sure like many of you, I was under the impression that “251” style valve condenser microphones were mainly used to record female vocals. John McBride of Blackbird Studios in Nashville is on the record as saying that an original Telefunken 251 is his “go-to” microphone when recording his wife Martina. But how does the new Warm Audio WA-251 stack up as an instrument mic. I invited composer and guitar player Paul Sundt back to the studio to record one of this tracks playing a couple of my acoustic guitars recorded using the WA-251.
Why do we want great studio monitors? That is not an obvious question to answer. On one hand, we want some degree of gratification as we are working on our music. In other words, we want it to sound good. But we also want to make sure we are mixing our music properly so that it will sound great wherever it is listened to. I am going to suggest a third facet. The better our studio monitors are, the more we take them for granted. And that is a good thing! The main thing I want from my monitors is to not think about them. I mean like ever.
Today Nugen Audio has revealing a new and improved version of their clever and deceptively powerful channel ops utility plug-in SigMod. They have made it even easier to use as you can now use VST3 plug-ins inside the signal path of SigMod instead of having to route out of SigMod to process with plug-ins. Check out our exclusive review and learn about a special NAMM 2019 price reduction.