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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/.

UAD Apollo Expanded

For the past year, I’ve been running into Apollos everywhere, and it seems like anyone who has heard UAD plug-ins immediately realizes that they can’t live without them and buys an Apollo or a UAD-2 system. Granted, there are plenty of other innovations coming from new-school plug-in manufacturers that do things that could never be accomplished by outboard gear. But when you instantiate a UAD......

Focusrite Saffire PRO 24, 26 and 40

Early on, Focusrite earned the respect of audio pros with the release of serious, professional mic preamps, consoles and rackmounted channel strips. Some pros were disappointed when the company started playing to project studios, feeling that their early offerings in that market fell short of the sound quality associated with the Focusrite name. In recent years, however, Focusrite has blurred......

Prism Sound Titan

Many engineers associate Prism Sound with quality products that are unobtainable due to price. But in recent years, the price tags have begun to come down and compete in the middle of the booming multichannel interface game. With the revamped Lyra 2, Atlas and Titan all currently shipping, the company now has a considerable selection of products in the USB interface market, each varying in I/O......

MXL Revelation Solo Microphone

Here we are, 20 years after the release of the original MXL 2001 microphone, and the company has maintained its place in the budget microphone game, while making some big moves toward the high-end. Its recent tube mics—Genesis, the Genesis II, and Revelation—have aimed to compete with boutique mic manufacturers delivering “vintage” sounds, at not-quite-Neumann prices. That said, the Revelation......

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