Category Archives for "New Music Gear Monday"

New Music Gear Monday: SSL SiX Desktop Mixer

SSL SiX mixer photo on Bobby Owsinski's Blog

When Greg Mackie started the desktop mixer trend in 1991 with his ground-breaking CR-1604, it became quickly apparent that there was a real need for a high-quality, yet inexpensive small mixer. Unfortunately, the 1604 might have been the high-water mark for fidelity in the category way back then, as subsequent products have grown smaller, cheaper […]

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New Music Gear Monday: AcoustiTools Live Sound AR Analysis App

AcoustiTools AR iOS app graphic on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Live sound engineers have struggled with the variance in venues ever since the beginning of the discipline. Whether a sports arena, a roadhouse stage, or a house of worship, every space presents its own unique challenges when it comes to sound engineering and speaker placement.¬†And while there are some great analysis tools available, none have […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Warm Audio WA-251 Tube Condenser Microphone

Warm Audio WA-251 on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking that the last thing the audio world needs is another vintage mic clone. There are already so many good ones available at some great prices. That said, Warm Audio has a way with vintage gear copies that seems to capture the essence of the product that many boutique […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Steinberg Cubase 10

Cubase 10 on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Cubase is a DAW that seems like it’s been around forever and has perhaps the largest paid user base of any platform. One of the reasons for its popularity is that Steinberg developers continue to update it on a regular basis with features that are usually a step ahead of the competition. True to form, […]

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New Music Gear Monday: Softube Harmonics Saturation Processor Plugin

Softube Harmonics Plugin on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

I must admit I’m an old school engineer in that I was brought up trying to avoid distortion at all costs, but that’s not the world we live in today. It’s now pretty common to add texture to a sound by adding distortion and saturation, something that I’ve generally stayed away from in the past. […]

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New Music Gear Monday: SSL Fusion Stereo Buss Processor

SSL Fusion processor on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Ever since mixing went inside the box there’s been a debate over whether outboard hardware processing provides enough of a useful upgrade to the sound of the mix to make it worth the trouble. Outboard gear used for sweeting can include everything from a custom built summing box to individual signal chains for each main […]

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New Music Gear Monday: AEA KU5A Directional Ribbon Microphone

AEA KU5A on Bobby Owsinski's Production Blog

Most engineers love ribbon microphones for their natural sound and the ability to take EQ. Many wouldn’t use anything else in many recording situations like miking brass, percussion or electric guitar amps. Since modern ribbon mics are no longer as fragile as they once were, they’ve found their way into even more applications than ever, […]

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