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Kevin Becka

Kevin Becka is an audio engineer, educator and technical editor at Mix magazine. Kevin has also been the editor of Pro Audio Review and Audio Media magazines.

Radial EXTC and Tossover 500 Series Units

I love it when gear makes me think in new ways. The 500 Series Radial Tossover and EXTC do just that by offering HPF and LPF splitting of a track and the ability to port +4dBu audio to and from unbalanced, instrument-level effects, also known as guitar pedals. While these two can be used separately, in the spirit of NAMM and alignment with our guitar pedal roundup in this issue, I’m pairing......

AES 2015

The 139th AES Convention rolled into the Javits Center in New York City over Halloween weekend, and the mood and energy were upbeat from morning press conferences on through to late night Afterglow parties. Panels were filled, downstairs demo rooms showed off a range of monitoring options, and the exhibit hall was busy. Here are a few of the many new product introductions that caught our eyes......

Favorite Gear From 2015

Audio pros are passionate about gear, and our tastes tend to be broader than most. We’re more like food and wine lovers who relish the nuance of taste rather than sports fans who stick to a single team. But it’s tough to keep up to speed with everything in the audio universe. So, in this last issue of Mix for 2015 I thought I’d poll friends, Mix reviewers and other pros to see what’s made them......

The Latin Grammys

Certain words bring certain images to mind. In music, when you think of “Grammy” you probably think of the February awards show at the Staples Center in L.A., where artists like Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran share the spotlight. ......

Audio-Technica AT5045 Microphone

While rectangular capsules on mics aren’t new, they are relatively new to Audio-Technica. The company’s first product featuring this interesting design was the AT5040, which debuted in 2012 with four tightly spaced rectangular capsules in the same body. The fixed-cardioid AT5045 reviewed here sports a single rectangular capsule in an attractive, slender body. ......

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