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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/.

Radial Space Heater Analog Summing Mixer

The Radial Space Heater is a box designed to impart warm, tube-based analog flavor across the inputs of cold, sterile, digital interfaces. Without being a compressor or equalizer, it provides tube-based gain or full-on drive, enriching the harmonic content of signals prior to A/D conversion. ......

dbx 676 Channel Strip and PAU 805 4-Channel Preamp

If there’s no console in your recording workspace, there are two ways to go when purchasing preamps. One option is to buy the cleanest no-frills preamp possible, to which you can add processing, if needed, via plug-ins or separate hardware. But sometimes you need a full-featured channel strip with EQ, compression/limiting, and even a digital back end offering an all-in and portable solution for......

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

Last year I checked out Apogee’s Quartet, a small, sleek, USB desktop interface. The unit sounded great and could easily hold its own against any other product in its class. With so many terrific-sounding interfaces out there these days, that may not have been enough to set it apart. What really stood out in my memory, though, were two things: ......

Gibson Les Paul 8 Reference Monitor

I don’t know what was more shocking about this product when I first saw it: the fact that Gibson was producing a studio monitor, or the fact that it looked like a Les Paul. The idea of Gibson diving into the world of pro speakers was a bit of a surprise, but then the company does own KRK, and has been very active of late. ......

Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder

The new DR-44WL is a 4-channel handheld recorder that builds on the foundation of Tascam’s DR-40. While the DR-44WL features a number of modifications and improvements, none is as intriguing as the inclusion of WiFi technology for remote control and wireless data transfers. This allows users to place the DR-44WL in an optimal location and then meter and adjust levels using the iOS and Android......

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