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Shure SM58 and Shure SM57 Drop Test – Video

I love this video, Shure Mike from Shure Microphones abuses the SM58 and the SM57 by dropping them of the seventh story of the...
Sonuus i2M Musicport

Sonuus i2M Musicport Hands on Review

Sonuus i2M Musicport Review | Larry H. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Sonuus’s i2M Musicport instrument to computer...
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Blue Microphones Yeti Review

The Yeti is the most advanced and versatile multi-pattern USB microphone available anywhere. Combining three capsules and four different pattern settings, the...

Sontronics DM Drum DM-1B, DM-1S and DM-1T

Sontronics DM Drum Mics | Neil G. Sontronics has released its line of application-specific condenser drum microphones in the DM-1B, DM-1T and DM-1S. DM-1B The DM-1B is...
Audio-Technica 2020 USB Condenser Microphone

What is Microphone Impedance?

The source impedance of a microphone is the equivalent total AC resistance to current flow that would be seen looking onto the microphone’s output. Ideally...
Samson CH700 Studio Headphones

Samson CH700 Studio Headphones Review

Samson CH700 Studio Headphones | Kyle F. Samson’s CH700 closed-back studio headphones offer a low-cost option for anyone in the market for a good pair...

Tascam US-100 USB Hands on Review

Tascam US-100 Review | Ross P. Tascam's US-100 USB 2.0 audio interface offers an affordable option for a quality recording experience.  This compact unit is...

Shure KSM32 Review

I really like my KSM32. As versiatile as this mic is, I wouldn't think twice about replacing my current workhorse studio mic with the KSM32. There are a lot more expensive options, but for the money, I doubt you'll find a better value.

Behringer C-1U Condenser Microphone

The C-1U is a digital home recording or podcasting enthusiast's dream come true. This professional quality condenser microphone is identical to the acclaimed...

Hiel Gear Giveaway!

Heil Sound is giving stuff away! 1- Heil Sound USB microphone preamp adapter 1- Heil Sound Pro Set 3 headphones 1- Heil Sound PR 22 microphone Enter here!       http://www.facebook.com/HeilSound?v=app_469656729726020
TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effects Processor

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effect Processor Review

TC-Helicon VoiceLive 2 Vocal Effects Processor | KC S. TC-Helicon’s VoiceLive 2 is the vocal effects stompbox you’ve been looking for. I’ve seen rack mounts...
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Condenser Hands on Review

The Audio-Technica AT2020 gives vocals and acoustic recordings a sweet kind of warmth, particularly background vocals. The Audio-Technica AT2020's frequency responce is generally flat...
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Marshall MXL V67G Hands on Review

Marshall MXL V67G Review Ideally, we’d all like to get the best equipment we can for as close to free as possible.  More and more,...
Zoom R16 Portable Recorder

Zoom R16 Portable Recorder Review

Zoom R16 Recorder.  Interface.  Controller Zoom R16 – a truly portable, stand-alone recording system that functions as a recorder, audio interface and controller.  Coming in...
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Types of Microphones

Learn about Condenser, Dynamic, Ribbon and Piezoelectric microphones.
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The Difference Between Sound Isolation and Insulation

There is a distinct difference between sound isolation and insulation, the same as the difference between water resistant and water proof.  Insulation absorbs frequencies,...

Mackie Control Universal Pro Hands on Review

Mackie Control Universal Pro | Tim M. The Mackie Control Universal is an iconic piece of equipment.  As a MIDI controller, it competes well with...

Shure Mike Shoots an SM58 and SM57 with a SHOTGUN! – Video

Another awesome video from Shure Mike, this time he takes shots at a Shure SM58 and SM57! Video Courtesy of Shure Inc. You can the the...
AKG Perception 120, P120

AKG Perception 120 Condenser Hands on Review

The Perception 120 looks similar to the Perception 420, other than for its blue-tinted grille, and with the same pad and roll-off switches, the Perception 120...

Shure Mike Drops an SM58 and a Beta 58 from a Helicopter! – Video

This video is awesome, Shure Mike somehow gets a helicopter to let him drop a Shure SM58 and a Shure Beta 58 from over...
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Tascam US-144mkII Hand on Review

Tascam US-144mkII | Ross P. Tascam’s US-144mkII is a 4-channel USB audio interface designed to be used with your home studio or project studio setup. ...

MXL Studio 1 USB Hands on Review

MXL Studio 1 USB Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices. ...
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Shure Mike Throws a Few Shure Microphones into a Prarie Fire – Video

Shure Mike throws a Shure SM57, SM58, SM86 into a prairie fire just for fun, that sick sick man... You can the the Shure SM58...
Heil USBQ Mic Preamp

Heil Sound Has Just Broken Into the USB Market

Hiel Just unveiled their new USB Mic Preamp, the USBQ, if it's like their mics, I'm sure we won't be disappointed! Official Press Release: Use your...
M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI Keyboard

M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI Keyboard Hands on Review

M-Audio Axiom 25 Review | Ross P. Before you get to the point where you’re convinced all compact MIDI controller keyboards are equal, let me...
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M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Hands on Review

M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 | Chuck F. If you have a pair of M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers, you’re either a distinct breed of music...

Marshall MXL 770 Microphone Hands on Review

Marshall MXL 770 Condenser Microphone Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget...

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Hands on Review

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay | Craig Daniels The fine folks at Boss have taken their reputation for building long-lasting, quality audio products that are easy...

M-Audio Keystation 88ES Hands on Review

M-Audio Keystation 88ES MIDI Controller | Jason S. For a piano player, nothing beats the feel of a real piano.  M-Audio’s Keystation 88ES MIDI Controller...

Marshall MXL V88 Condenser Hands on Review

The V88’s solid construction makes it more likely to successfully endure the rigors of both studio and live applications. The microphone works well in pairs for stereo capture and it performs well as a vocal microphone.

Shure Mike Runs Over an SM57 and an Sm58 with a Tour Bus –...

Shure Mike likes to try to break the SM58 and MS57, lets see if a tour bus will do the trick! Video Courtesy of Shure...

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones Hands On Review

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones | John R. There are $100 headphones and there are $100 headphones - headphones for listening to a singer / songwriter-type guy...
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M-Audio Audiophile 192 Hands on Review

M-Audio Audiophile 192 Review | Tom J. M-Audio’s Audiophile 192 represents the company’s Delta line of audio cards quite well.  A high-definition stereo audio card with...
What is Reverb

What is Reverb?

Reverb or reverberation is a term that refers to the persistence of sound that continues because of its interaction with the surrounding environment even...

Novation Nocturn Desktop Controller Hands on Review

Novation Nocturn Review | Jon B. Novation’s Plug-In Controller is a sophisticated compact way to streamline the performance of your music production or DJ software. ...

What is “Sound”?

Sound Waves Sound is an acoustical energy, a class of physical kinetic energy, is composed of fluctuating waves of pressure in a physical medium such...

What Is A Sound System?

The Audio Signal Even in the hi-tech world today, numerous audio systems of varying types are commonplace in everyday life. Radios and stereos of numerous...
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Understanding Microphone Pickup Patterns

The electrical and acoustical characteristics of a microphone determine the quality of performance and usefulness for a specific application.
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Lexicon MX200 Stereo Reverb/Effects Processor Review

Lexicon MX200 Review | Dustin S. Lexicon’s MX200 Dual Reverb / Effects processor brings to market a flexible, reliable processor, perfect for studio or live...
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Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Interface Hands on Review

Focusrite Saffire 6 USB Interface | John R. Focusrite’s Saffire 6 USB audio interface is at the top of its class in quality and affordability. ...
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What Are Audio Equalizers?

Equalization is a term used to signify a method that adjusts, corrects or modifies the balance of different frequencies within electronic signals.  It is...
PreSonus AudioBox Hardware Software Recording Kit

PreSonus AudioBox Studio Hands on Review

PreSonus AudioBox Studio Review | Jamie S. PreSonus 1 Box is a complete recording solution.  Packaged in an embossed metal box, the PreSonus is basically...

Line 6 POD Studio GX Review

Line 6 POD Studio GX | Jason S. Musicians in need of a user-friendly USB interface for guitar recording are in for a treat with...
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Yamaha HS50M Studio Monitors Hands on Review

Yamaha HS50M 5" Monitors| Jace H. In the tradition of Yamaha’s popular NS10M studio monitors, the Yamaha HS50M 5-inch powered monitor speakers are pro quality...
Samson C02 Condenser Microphone

Samson C02 Condenser Microphone Hands on Review

Samson C02 Condenser Microphone | Jeff M. There’s something to be said for small-diaphragm microphones.  They generally come in small-framed microphones and have a leg...

Behringer PP400 Phono Preamp Hands on Review

Behringer PP400 Phono Preamp | Dale C. For crate diggers like myself, nothing says cool like introducing innocents to records they have neither seen nor...

Technical Problems with Wireless Microphones

There is a calculated transmission loss between transmitter and receiver through use of an instrumentation antenna. Less transmitter power is required for...
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Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 Headphones Hands on Review

Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 | Jason S. Audio-Technica offers exceptional noise cancellation ability with their travel-ready ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint® In-Ear Headphones.  Engineered for comfort, the ATH-ANC3s are...

Line 6 POD Studio UX1 Hands on Review

Line 6 POD Studio UX1 | Al J. Musicians in need of a user-friendly USB interface for guitar recording are in for a treat with...

Sontronics teams up with Audient

This might be a little late, but still good news! Thursday 1st March 2012: BRITISH BRANDS JOIN FORCES British microphone brand SONTRONICS is proud to announce...
Marshall MXL 603s

Marshall MXL 603s Microphone Review

MXL 603s Condenser Microphone The Marshall MXL 603s is a small-diaphragm condenser microphone well-regarded for use in typical Small Diaphragm Cardioid microphone applications such as...
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Balanced and Unbalanced Connections

An unbalanced connection uses two wires; one wire carries the signal, and the other wire in the ground.  A balanced connection is a three...
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M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Hands on Review

M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 | Chuck F You may have read our article in high praise of M-Audio’s Studiophile AV 40 powered speaker system.   Surely...

Shure KSM44 Condenser Hands on Review

 Shure KSM44 Review | Greg P. The KSM44 is the second product in Shure’s series of high-quality studio condenser microphones – falling between the KSM32...
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What is Audio Mixing?

Audio mixing is a process where multiple recorded sounds are adjusted or combined into one or more audio tracks or channels to create a...
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BLUE BlueBird Condenser Microphone

Designed to offer superb sound and maximum versatility, Blue Microphones' Bluebird is a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser that can handle everything...

What is Audio Mastering?

The Art of Mastering Your Audio Audio mastering is one of the basic post-production components of preparing professional music recordings such an album, radio or...
Behringer Podcastudio USB

Behringer Podcastudio USB Hands on Review

Between blogging and podcasting, it’s never been easier to become ghetto famous in your own particular niche. For those who think they have the golden pipes and dynamic on-air personality it takes to engage and inform an audience, Behringer has...
Marshall MXL USB.008 USB Condenser Microphone

MXL USB.008 USB Condenser Hands on Review

MXL USB.008 Review Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices.  MXL’s...
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AKG Perception 420 Review

AKG Perception 420 Review AKG microphones has replaced the Perception 400 has been replaced by the Perception 420 studio condenser microphone, and is a dual-diaphragm,...
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Microphone Frequency Response

Learn what a Frequency Response is and how it will help you with microphone selection
Focusrite Octopre MKII

Focusrite OctoPre MkII Hands on Review

Focusrite OctoPre MkII | Mike J. The Focusrite OctoPre MkII hails from the UK-based musical equipment manufacturer Focusrite has built their reputation designing high-end audio...
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MXL USB.009 USB Condenser Hands on Review

MXL USB.009 Review Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices.  MXL’s...
Audio-Technica ATH M20

Audio-Technica ATH M20 Headphones Review

Audio-Technica ATH M20 | John R. There’s always room in my bag for my laptop, my mp3 player and my Sennheiser HD 280 full-size headphones. ...

MXL USB.007 USB Condenser Hands on Review

MXL USB.007 Condenser Review Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices....
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Microphone Proximity Effect

Proximity effect is an increase in low frequency response when the microphone is close to the sound source, and often effects directional microphones more...
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Microphone Transient Response

Transient response is the measure of a microphones ability to capture a very sudden sound “attack”. The limitations of a microphones transient response are...

Focusrite Octopre MKII Dynamic Hands on Review

Focusrite Octopre MKII Dynamic | Mike J. Since the mid 1980’s UK-based musical equipment manufacturer Focusrite has built their reputation designing high-end audio hardware and...

MXL USB.006 USB Condenser Hands on Review

MXL USB.006 USB Review Marshall has created its MXL line of condenser microphones with the express goal of providing quality, multi-purpose products at budget prices....

News From Winter NAMM 2012 Day 1: Behringer

Behringer Going Digital? Behringer unveiled a few products for the  live sound arena, the Digital Snake S16, the Eurolive B115MP3 and the iNuke NU4-6000 All new...

What is a Wireless Microphone?

A wireless microphone is essentially a scaled down version of a commercial broadcasting system.  The speaker talks into a microphone, the signal is then...
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KRK Rokit 5 Studio Monitors Hands on Review

KRK RP5G2 Rokit 5 Review | Dan N. I learned early on in my musical career that there are few things more important to your...

PreSonus AudioBox USB Hands on Review

PreSonus AudioBox USB Review | Joe G. The PreSonus AudioBox USB recording interface is a bus-powered system designed to enable that roving poet the ability...
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Microphone Overload

Distortions in a sound system are all too often blamed on the microphone. In fact, it is rarely the microphones fault, but the preamp it is connected to...
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Native Instruments TRAKTOR AUDIO 2 DJ Interface Review

Native Instruments AUDIO 2 DJ Interface | Ryan C. Native Instruments has imagined the TRAKTOR Audio 2 DJ Interface – big sound from a small...
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Tascam DP-03 Portastudio Hands on Review

The Tascam DP-03 Portastudio is an 8-track multitrack digital recorder that goes back to the days of faders and knobs for that old school studio feel. A step up from the DP-02 which recorded audio on its 40GB hard drive, the DP-03 records CD quality music...

Heil Sound just announced the release of their new PR35.

Heil Sound just announced the release of their new PR35. Checkout the whole story here!

Phantom Power

Condenser microphones require power to their amplifiers to work properly. This is achieved by running a DC voltage directly down the microphone cable.
M-Audio Firewire 410

M-Audio Firewire 410 User Review

FireWire 410 is a FireWire-compatible audio/MIDI interface that has it all—power, flexibility, compact size and low price. FireWire 410’s 4-in/10-out configuration complete with preamps is perfect for personal recording, routing discrete outputs to a mixer, or directly driving a surround sound system. The on-board ASIO 2-compliant mixer and software control panel provide total routing flexibility—including monitoring with external effects. You also get ultra-low latency software monitoring and near-zero latency hardware direct monitoring—and two headphone outs with independent level controls let you collaborate with a partner anywhere, anytime. FireWire 410 can even be completely bus-powered for total mobile operation (6-pin FireWire port required)

Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor Hands on Review

Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor | Craig Daniels Every now and then, a vocalist needs to the stompbox experience.  The Boss VE-20 vocal effects processor...

18th July 2012: SONTRONICS ISSUES FLOOD WARNING

Revered producer, engineer and mixer Flood (aka Mark Ellis) is the genius behind many a classic album, including U2¹s Joshua Tree, The Killers¹ Sam¹s Town and...
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Marshall MXL 604 Microphone Review

Marshall MXL 604 Condenser Microphone Marshall's MXL line offers a fine selection of condenser microphones, each designed with specific goals in mind. If you’re in the...

Denon DN-HC1000S Hands on Review

Denon DN-HC1000S Review | Jack D. The life of the DJ is forever evolving.  Certainly one of the more underrated musicians, but that’s an argument...

Microphone Output Level / Sensitivity

Because microphone elements are very small, the electric signal generated is very small in comparison with line level devices such as instruments and mixing...

Behringer HPS3000 Headphones Hands on Review

Behringer HPS3000 Headphones | John R. Behringer’s High-Performance Studio Headphones are a low-cost option for anyone in the market for a solid pair of dynamic...
M-Audio Oxygen 49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller

M-Audio Oxygen 49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Review

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Review | Paul G. Meet the third generation of M-Audio’s Oxygen keyboard controller series.  An inexpensive answer to a number of controller...

Shure Mike Shows How to NOT Clean a Microphone – Video

Shure Mike dunks an S57 and an SM58 in a pint of Guinness with the help of Flogging Molly You can the the Shure SM58...

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 Hands on Review

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 | Mike J. For almost thirty years, the audio geniuses at Focusrite have been building interfaces using their superb preamps. Their...
Akai Pro LPK25 MIDI USB Keyboard with Computer

Akai Pro LPK25 MIDI USB Keyboard Review

Create melodic and harmonic riffs in seconds, anywhere, with the Akai Pro LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard, a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of...