Thousands of free loops all within a free loop application. What's not to like? Check out our free video tutorial that shows you how to start producing a loop based song using Loopcloud 5 Studio Subscription alongside your DAW of choice and find out what we think of Loopcloud 5.
We test the IKEA SYMFONISK wireless speaker to see if it’s useful in the recording studio. No one in their right mind would suggest mixing on such a device or even mixing for one, but it is prudent to have one to check mixes. We put it through its paces to see if a £99 wireless speaker has a part to play in our workflow.
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?
The Boss Bundle LED Distortion is a perfect recreation of the first "amp in a box" pedal that replicates the tone and distortion character of famous black and gold British guitar amps. In this video, I test it out on a lead guitar, fretless electric bass, and drum buss. In each instance, it's got character and drive to spare.
Antares recently released a new addition to their Auto-Tune range called Auto-Tune Artist that replaces the old Auto-Tune Live plug-in. Rather than just test the new Auto-Tune Artist on its own we thought it would be more helpful to measure its performance and capabilities against a rival real time tuning plug-in, the Waves Real-Time Tune.
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.
Plug-ins that promise to speed up mixing workflows and sound good in the process generally catch our attention at Production Expert. We’ve tested a number of intelligent plug-ins, many of which work quite well though some AI compressor plug-ins can struggle to perform well across a wide range of different mix applications. Sonible, the makers of smartEQ and other intelligent EQ plug-ins has just released their latest plug-in smartComp which promises to dial in automatic compression with results that sound transparent.
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.
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.
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.
The NDH 20s are the first headphones Neumann have ever made. Do Neumann make headphones as well as they make microphones? Julian tries a pair and in this article shares his thoughts and experiences.
HEDD have announced a pair of headphones to complement their growing range of monitor speakers, which like their monitors feature the AMT driver for which they are best known. These open backed headphones feature a redesigned AMT driver which has been adapted to deliver full range performance rather than the HF only duties the AMT tweeters cater for in the monitors.
I was asked by a friend just the other day why I set up my drum overhead mics the way I did. I explained my ideas and methodologies and he said “Haven’t you tried anything more conventional?” This article is the story of my experiments including audio examples for you to listen to and compare for yourself.
Did this recording rig work or did we break it? On paper this rig should work, however, experience has taught us that in the real world these sorts of setups can throw up an issue or two. In this test we placed several microphones around a drum kit in order to test the performance of two Focusrite Clarett’s paired using ADAT connected via USB-C to an Apple iPad Pro 2018 in an input heavy tracking session example.
The team at Slate Digital are very pleased to announce the amazing sounding TH-U Slate Edition guitar amp, cabinet and effects emulations is now available as part of the Slate Everything bundle as well as a stand-alone purchase. I love a good amp-sim so check out the video where I dig in and create 3 very different, yet classic guitar tones.
At NAMM 2019 Antelope Audio announced the Edge Go, a USB microphone which features internal FPGA chips, which allows the Edge Go to process it’s own microphone emulations of many popular vintage mics. But does it work and is it any good? Let’s find out.
Online collaboration makes today's modern music production world go round but it’s not without it’s pain points. The most frustrating aspect of online collaboration is project management, more often than not it’s organised chaos… Not anymore, ladies and gentlemen, welcome Bounce Boss which is a powerful cloud based platform that enables users to manage all their collaborators in one place. Watch our video review to learn more.
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.