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Tim Dolbear

Tim Dolbear is a musician, producer and audio engineer based out of Eclectica Studios in Austin Texas. A professional musician since age 15, Tim has performed with many top professionals, including Sammy Hagar. Tim is also the North America specialist for Samplitude and Sequoia DAW.

Blue Microphones Hummingbird

The Hummingbird is Blue Microphones’ new small-diaphragm condenser microphone that was designed to provide perfect positioning in hard-to-reach places. The solid, all metal mic is 6.5 inches long, 1 inch in diameter, and features Blue’s B1 cardioid capsule base on their Blue Bottle microphone capsules. The silver grille is an anodized aluminum design that resists corrosion and the occasional......

Universal Audio UAD-2 Plug-Ins

Universal Audio’s plug-in development team must be working overtime as it seems new plugs come out every few months. I recently got my hands on two of the latest releases and gave them a good going over in a range of applications. We have the new Softube plug-in for the UAD format but first up is the Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection. The bundle includes the ground-up rewrite of the 88RS......

sE Electronics sE X1 T Microphone

sE Electronics’ reputation for creating microphones offering quality beyond their price has been buzzing in the industry for a while now. sE makes its own capsules, which are built and tuned by hand; then, tubes and other components are specially selected. The X1 T reviewed here is the tube version of the company’s X1 large-diaphragm studio microphone. In a sidebar, I also review the sE SPACE......

Mackie SRM450 Powered Speaker

Mackie has been making a wide range of live sound products for decades, ranging from small portable solutions to larger event and main stage setups. The new SRM450 powered speakers, touted as portable yet built for abuse, offer high wattage in a professional sounding and self-contained unit for the everyday light and heavy P.A. system duties.  ......

Fostex PX-6 Studio Monitors

Fostex has been doing this pro audio thing for a long while now. My own experience with the company goes back many years and brings back great memories of my Fostex R8 reel-to-reel multitrack. However, the company’s reach has at one time or another extended into nearly every product category you can think of, including many different studio monitors and personal monitoring systems that go back......