I often get to the point in a mix where having just eight faders & controls, on a small surface or touchscreen, starts to seriously impinge on my speed and efficiency. There are always compromises with small control surfaces. Has iCon managed to make these compromises in the right places?
Any Monitor Speaker Can Sound Good In An An-echoic Chamber, But How Good Are Genelec’s “The Ones” 8331 and 8341 SAM monitors in a challenging environment? Has Genelec re-written the rule book for rear ported monitors? Check out my review to find out…
Unity Audio are a small British company that have made a successful transition from high-end audio gear distribution into high-end monitor manufacturer. They currently make a range of 4 near to medium field monitors with accompanying subs and accessories and they were kind enough to send me a pair of their Super Rocks to review.
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 video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Delta II and Sigma II handmade ribbon microphones by British microphone manufacturer Sontronics.
Post-Production Specialist Alan Sallabank, reviews the Signum Audio Bute Loudness Suite - a new collection of intuitive loudness management tools.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new LCT540 Subzero (540S in the UK and Europe) 1-inch condenser capsule microphone by Lewitt. In this review James shows you some of the key features of the 540S then lets you hear how it sounds on drum overheads and nylon and steel string acoustic guitars in a short demo track.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look and listen to the new 3 Preamps you Will Actually Use by Arturia.
In this video review for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look and listen to the Series Black range of condenser microphones by Lauten Audio.
I think I have said many times now, in articles and on the Podcast that it's the little things in our studios that make little differences and that lots of little differences add up to a big difference in our sound. The little gizmos and gadgets that fix a specific problem or issue. CRS from Norway have designed the Cymbal Resonance System that can be quickly fitter to all professional cymbal and percussion stands and just makes your instruments sound better.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert team member Kevin Becka puts the Wavesfactory SPECTRE plug-in through its paces. This unique processor introduces sophisticated harmonic content to your tracks ranging from chocolatey tones to outright bit-crushing anarchy.
It was a little under 2 years ago, back in April 2016 that James first reviewed the Focusrite Red 4Pre and to say he was impressed and loved it would be an understatement. Little did he know then that the Red range would grow to include the Red 8Pre, reviewed in May 2017 and now the new Red 16Line the latest in the Focusrite Pro Red range.
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.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor, James Ivey takes a look at the new Hammer Audio HA-872 condenser microphone.
Post Production Specialist Alan Sallabank reviews the Source Elements Source-VC Volume Controller AAX Plug-in and iOS app remote, capable of 7.1.2 monitor control.
In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey looks at the final microphone in the Audio Technica 50 series the 5040. The AT504 is once again a quad rectangular diaphragm microphone but this has no transformer in its output stage thus giving it a very very high output.
In this video review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the new Classic Tubes 3 collection for the Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System.
When I left the band I had been playing with back in May after 13 years, I thought, and secretly hoped that would mean I would not be travelling as much as I had been. Well, it turns out that I am still travelling quite a bit and while these days filming and recording a great deal of material and valuable data needs somewhere safe to keep it while I am away. Enter the very solid, very tough and very speedy Envoy Pro EX SSD from OWC.