Bag End InfraSub-18 Pro, PMM-8 Monitors Review

Jun 1, 2011, By Joe Hannigan

From longtime speaker manufacturer Bag End comes a new package designed for a variety of mixing, mastering and reference applications: the InfraSub-18 PRO and PMM-8 powered monitors. Designed to work as an integrated, self-powered turnkey system, this combination of workhorse speakers offers a host of useful features with loads of solid power and crisp detail. ...

Mackie MR5MK2 Active Studio Monitor Review

Jun 1, 2011, By Michael Cooper

Forget everything you might have known about the original Mackie MR5 studio monitor (introduced in 2008). The new MR5mk2 is a whole other ballgame. Among the many design changes, the updated two-way, bi-amplified monitor shows off an all-new silk-dome tweeter and polypropylene woofer. A revamped baffle and eye-catching waveguides contribute to improved imaging and depth. The bass response has been extended, and they can get louder, too, if you want. What’s more, the price has been chopped down to only $199.99 each (MSRP), making these impressive performers veritable trailblazers in their price range. ...

Avid Pro Tools|HD Native With HD OMNI Review

Jun 1, 2011, By Brandon Hickey

There is no question that Pro Tools 9 has been one of the most significant releases of the popular software to date. Long-standing barriers have been broken down, ushering in a new era. Opening up to third-party hardware and unlocking features like the timecode ruler, automatic delay compensation and DigiTranslator in all tiers of the software has, indeed, invited a new school of users. Now, with the release of Pro Tools|HD Native, Avid offers a new and affordable way to use its high-end I/O, including the HD Omni (reviewed here), while promising super-low latency. Pro Tools|HD Native can be purchased with just the PCIe card and software, or as a bundle. (Various bundle pricing at Avid.com.) ...

Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Review

Jun 1, 2011, By Kevin Becka

The ranks of external hardware plug-in accelerators have thinned since SSL went Native-only with its Duende plug-ins in February 2011 and Waves stopped making its APA32 and APA44 units. Still, Universal Audio has been chugging away, developing a wide array of options for those wanting access to its UAD-2 plug-ins, which are only accessible on the company’s proprietary hardware. Universal Audio’s latest effort in this regard was released at NAMM in January 2011 as part of the UAD-2 Satellite Duo and Quad accelerators. ...

Universal Audio 4-710d Preamp/DIs Review

May 1, 2011, By Kevin Becka

I first had the opportunity to review Universal Audio’s 710 Twin-Finity in the summer of 2009. I found it to be a versatile, affordable and innovative take on the tube vs. solid-state preamp. The only complaint I had at the time was that it didn’t come in stereo....

Waves Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Review

May 1, 2011, By Michael Cooper

Originally introduced in the mid-’70s, the Model 402 Aphex Aural Exciter was an instant hit—but you couldn’t buy one. The few units that were built could only be rented at considerable expense. The seminal tube-powered processor, which added musically related harmonics to audio signals, was used on select studio sessions for such icons as Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt....

Dave Hill Designs RA Plug-In Review

May 1, 2011, By Barry Rudolph

RA is a TDM (only) plug-in from Crane Song’s Dave Hill that allows for the manipulation of the ideal linear-transfer function of a virtual amplifier. Running in Mac (and coming to PC soon) Pro Tools hosts only, RA provides four different sections to precisely add generated even and odd harmonics and other distortion artifacts typically brought on by an amplifier overdriven into nonlinear operation. ...

Solid State Logic Nucleus Review

May 1, 2011, By Brandon Hickey

Solid State Logic has a stellar reputation as a manufacturer of some of the recording industry’s most popular large-format mixing consoles, but in recent years, the company has offered products targeted toward personal studios. With its first few releases in this regard, SSL seemed to struggle to find a way to offer an SSL analog signal path with DAW-centric controls while keeping the price tag appropriate to the target market. ...

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