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EQ Mag (and the like)
Old 11th August 2005
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EQ Mag (and the like)

What's the point? Every single review is positive...no matter how good/bad the product is. Low end gear can be great, but people have to know the right low end gear to buy. As a whole, a lot of the mid-level and low-level stuff praised in those magazines is at worst sh** and at best "ok."

It seems that it's easy for a kid who sees a few advertisements and reads a few bs reviews to be convinced he's going to be getting a great piece of gear (and wondering why anyone would spend more or get something else).

Live and learn..............praise the gearslutz forum for finding the low-end treasures for us (because EQ mag isn't doing it!)

Old 11th August 2005
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And you might also notice that in the exact same issue of that 'positive review' you'll see full blown, full page adds by the manufacturer that just got the review. heh

We wouldnt want to upset our advertisers now, would we. heh heh
Old 11th August 2005
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I like the producer interviews in mags... Tips & tricks. History of hit recordings.
Old 11th August 2005
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St Croix's articles are pretty entertaining (and sometimes informative).



-tINY

Old 11th August 2005
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I read all those magazines, but only for entertainment value. As you mentioned, the reviews are never honest, nor are they really any help. You almost have to read between the lines to find the real problems in a product. However, I'd much rather ask on here, where advertising can't sway too many peoples opinion. Even the producer articles are starting to turn into advertisments.... producer X says "I love using company X preamps, in my opinion the best pre's on the planet...I use them on everything". Then when you work with producer X you realize he uses 1073's,1081's, and basically used those pre's just to get the article to promote that he worked on a particular record.

Having said all of this, I really do enjoy reading these magazines and I have a subscription to 3 (eq,sos,mix).

TAPE OPP RULES!!!!
Old 11th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tINY


St Croix's articles are pretty entertaining (and sometimes informative).



-tINY

thumbsup definately heh

My Mix subscription just stopped. I thought I´d get over it, but my hands start trembling. I guess it´s these pictures - they are highly addictive.

Bill
Old 11th August 2005
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I think EQ has gotten somewhat better from a year or two ago. It was unreadable then.
Old 11th August 2005
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Yes......Tape Op is the sh*t.....and it's free thumbsup

And I really was just referring to the reviews of the gear, not necesarilly the magazine in general. I should have specified that....I love looking through gear porn haha..
Old 12th August 2005
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Yeah, the reviews are worth ****. You have to be really sensitive and read between lines to get to know the problematic issues.

I like the interviews in Mix.

Bill
Old 12th August 2005
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Yes, you have to read between the lines a bit, but can't we consider that the authors are being "diplomatic"? Maybe that's just courteous writing. So much of what you read on the net on the other hand is ill-informed and downright rude. It's easy to get used to that, but that doesn't mean it's any more "honest".

The other thing about print reviews is that due to limited space I think they only review what they like. Why waste precious pages on ripping gear that won't be of help to their readers anyway?

Just playing devil's advocate here, but I do think you can tell what a reviewer really thinks of gear fairly easily in those print reviews.
Old 12th August 2005
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I don't know about those magazines being dishonest, I just think that it is always easy to say that something is pretty good considering it's low price. What else is there to say about a $100 dollar condenser? Certainly they are influenced to spin things by their advertisers, but I don't know that they are dishonest. That being said, I really haven't read them in a while, but even when I did, I never took the reviews very seriously. Some of the tips and interviews are fun though. It's also nice to see what's new product wise. If I want good advice about budget gear, I usually come here, or TapeOp (when it's up), and have never been steered wrong. Such great purchases have been the RNC, and Wharfedale Diamond 8.2's. Usually when a lot of people on this forum love or rave about something, it is likely to be a very useful piece of equipment, although it might not fit everyone's tastes.

Bart
Old 12th August 2005
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When i was younger I would read guitar magz all the time... I didn't care about the ads, just the lessons. reading Eq or Electronic musician, i feel like I'm reading my mother-in-laws cosmo... Sometimes there are jewels of information, but typically I find myself flipping pages because there is an overwhelming lack of substance, coupled with an overabundance of hype...
Old 13th August 2005
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I've subscribed to every rag that even hinted of audio engineering at one time or another. I guess I like to throw all the tentacles out there and feel around. But there is alot to consider with ads funding the mags and all that. There's no substitute for word of mouth to intrigue , and no substitute for a hands on demo to decide if it's right for you to buy.

Mags are still fun to read on the ****ter, even if they're mostly full of ****.
Old 13th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by groove guru

Mags are still fun to read on the ****ter, even if they're mostly full of ****.
Best...quote....ever.
Old 13th August 2005
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Quote:
Originally Posted by groove guru

Mags are still fun to read on the ****ter, even if they're mostly full of ****.
Old 13th August 2005
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EQ is a toilet rag.
Old 13th August 2005
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What I hate about them all is when they review some software that is multiplatform and only try it on a Windows computer. Invalidates it totally if they don't check it on Mac also. I'm handicapped - can't drive Windows and don't wanna. Or reviewa microphone and only try it on a vocal, when I know for a fact that it is great on violin or guitar, and so on. The reviewer's limited vision will make the review useless.

Mix is the only rag I actually pay for; so glad the rest of them send them free. I hate paying for something that sells me ads. (but at least they are audio ads, and let me see what is out there!) I can't listen to commercial radio or TV cause the ads just drive me away immediately!

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