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New Music Gear Monday: BAE Hot Fuzz Guitar Pedal

BAE Hot fuzz

There are tons of guitar pedals available, and so many in the distortion/overdrive category that selecting just one to use is almost overwhelming. That said, you have to take notice when a high-end pro audio manufacturer like BAE Audio introduces one. The company’s Hot Fuzz isn’t your typical distortion pedal though, and that’s exactly what […]

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Don’t Look Now But Audio Tubes May Be In Jeopardy Again

audio tubes

Things looked bad for vacuum tube-based audio gear once upon a time as both American and British tube manufacturers shut down their plants to go solid state. Luckily, the slack was taken up by tube plants in Russia, China and Yugoslavia, and the audio and MI business never missed a beat. Things might get tight […]

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New Music Gear Monday: PLUS Pedal Instrument Sustainer

PLUS pedal

Pedals, pedals everywhere. Guitar players have tons of them and are always buying more. The majority of new pedals are derivative of a few trailblazers that have come before however, and it’s hard to find something that’s truly new. It seems there was a new idea for a pedal right before our eyes all along […]

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July 13, 2017

Royal Studios – A Look At Some Memphis History

Royal Studios Memphis

With commercial studios in large cities succumbing to high real estate costs and lower budgets, it’s always great to hear about a “vintage” studio that is still rolling (and rolling tape) after all these years. Royal Studios in Memphis was the home of producer Willie Mitchell during the heyday of the Memphis Sound, and his […]

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4 Good Reasons For Hanging Your Microphone Upside Down

Hanging Microphone

Everyone has seen the photos of the vintage large-diaphragm tube microphone hanging upside down in front of the vocalist like on this famous photo on the left, and while it looks very cool, there really was a method to the madness for placing it like this. It’s not something that’s regularly taught in schools or […]

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Fox To Bury Mics On The Field For The All Star Game

All Star Game buried mics

The Major League Baseball All Star Game will have something new this year as Fox plans to expand the field audio coming from the players. This is made possible by a new type of microphone that can actually be buried on the field. The company plans on burying 13 of them on the infield, outfield […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Touch Innovations Kontrol Master Controller

Kontrol Master

Working with a mouse or trackball is second nature for some people, and torture for others. As a result, a number of different types of controllers have come to market recently, but most center around the fader, with other functions being secondary. The fact of the matter is that we use all those other functions […]

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9 Mics Compared On The Trombone

trombone mic comparison

Many of you reading this may not be recording a trombone anytime soon, but I thought that this comparison of 9 different mics was interesting nonetheless. Paul The Trombonist played into a number of mics that varied greatly in price so you could hear the difference between them. There’s no conclusion on the video about […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Waves Brauer Motion Autopanner Plugin

Waves Brauer Motion plugin

Autopanners are pretty cool in that they can add motion to an element of a mix to make it more interesting. Most autopanners are pretty much a variation on the same theme however, going left to right at either a predetermined speed or dynamically induced by the program material. The new Waves Brauer Motion plugin […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-Zi Mic Activator

Cloudlifter CL-Zi

Some microphones just don’t have enough output when you need it, causing you to crank up the preamp and the noise along with it. Cloud Microphones released a solution for this a few years ago with its Cloudlifter, and now it’s gone another step with its new Cloudlifter CL-Zi, which is finally shipping. The original […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Softube Tape Plugin

Softube Tape plugin

One of the byproducts of recording on tape is the fact that it added some glue to the mix that engineers have found lacking in the digital world. As a result, tape saturation plugins have become standard in many mixer’s plugin lists, and they’re getting more and more sophisticated every day. The latest tape emulator […]

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What’s The Top DAW? It’s Not An Easy Answer

FL Studio DAW

We live in a golden age of audio software. Just about any digital audio workstation that you buy is easy to use and has more power than almost any analog studio, and the plugins available are nothing short of spectacular. The only problem is that there are so many DAW packages available that it’s difficult […]

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