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Brandon Hickey

Brandon's love of music and desire to be a part of the music industry initially led to his pursuit of a career in audio recording. Today, he is a freelance engineer who specializes in audio post-production for film and television in addition to mixing and mastering music. He also teaches classes about sound for film at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Arizona. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/brandon-t-hickey/41/361/305/.

Apogee Element 88

Last year I reviewed the Apogee Ensemble, a well-thought-out, feature-packed Thunderbolt 2 interface. The Element Series was designed to take this even further, incorporating analog components on par with those of the Ensemble, an improved software mixer, and a price that targets engineers and musicians for whom the elite Apogee line may have been just out of reach.On the front panel are eight......

Universal Audio Twin MKII Quad

Two years ago, I got to try out the original Apollo Twin Thunderbolt interface. I remember being impressed with the overall build and sound quality, and taken aback by the complexity of the software mixer. My two main complaints were that the converters seemed a bit colored and that the Twin maxed out at two UAD DSP processor chips. When I saw that the Twin MkII shipped in a four-proces- sor......

Tovusound Edward Ultimate Suite

Foley is a rather specialized and precise audio production process, with many inherent challenges. First, quiet is a must. Final, synched sounds often require several passes with several elements. As layers are created, background noise builds. Also, for footsteps, the signature sound that most people associate with Foley, numerous surfaces and shoe types are needed. Few studios can......

Grace Design M108

Most pieces of analog audio gear can be categorized by one of two design philosophies. Either the device is designed to impart a unique color or tone, or it strives for accuracy and sonic purity. Since the 1990s, Grace Design has been creating products that trend toward the latter with great success. The company’s mic preamps, compressor and monitor controllers all have the ability to pass......

CEDAR Audio DNS 2 Dialog Noise Suppressor

When recording production sound or interviews in the field, background noise is a constant reality. Location scouts do their best to find quiet locations before a shoot, gaffers do their best to keep generators at a safe distance from the set, and we all try to wait out planes, trains and automobiles before we do a take. But despite these efforts, noise still rears its head. Years ago,......

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