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Black Star HT5-R Head and Cab
GTR/AMP Black Star HT5-R Head and Cab

The Blackstar HT5-R tube head and matching 12" speaker cab is great for the home recording artist!
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3rd March 2012 By wyattscott
Shure Beta87
MIC Shure Beta87

A versatile mic for most applications.
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3rd March 2012 By bigmoods
Samson s-patch
AC Samson s-patch

Good piece, couple quirks.
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3rd March 2012 By thronechild
Oh Baby!
INT Oh Baby!

No it's not the Gearslutz porn review. It's about a short babysitting gig with an RME BF.
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3rd March 2012 By pjarrett
Malstrom Synth (Reason)
SW Malstrom Synth (Reason)

Malstrom Synth, found only in Reason
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3rd March 2012 By DLR_
UAD Solo/Laptop
PLUGIN/MSTR UAD Solo/Laptop

UAD Solo/Laptop Card. Get FULL ACCESS to UAD plugins on your laptop !!!
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3rd March 2012 By DLR_
Tascam US2400
CON Tascam US2400

USB mixing controller by Tascam. Not in production anymore but sought after by many !
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3rd March 2012 By DLR_
UA6176
PRE UA6176

Mono Tube 610 preamp with an 1176 compressor linkable. Amazing product great sound!!!
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3rd March 2012 By protoolswiz
Cascade Microphones Fat Head
MIC Cascade Microphones Fat Head

Entry level ribbon that does what it should.
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3rd March 2012 By JerryOrdoñez
Presonus Digimax D8
PRE Presonus Digimax D8

An 8 channel digital preamp
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3rd March 2012 By theronaldchase
Guitar Rig 5 Pro
PLUGIN/FX Guitar Rig 5 Pro

A VST amp modeler.
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3rd March 2012 By theronaldchase
Shadow Hills Dual Optograph
C&L Shadow Hills Dual Optograph

Would a squish by any other name sound as sweet? The Shadow Hills Dual Optograph has a musically pleasing preset attack and release time. Fantastic for Vocals, Bass, and clean electric guitar. Knobs and controls are military grade, several filters and 3 different trannies.
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3rd March 2012 By Ollie
Vienna Ensemble Pro 5
DAW Vienna Ensemble Pro 5

The latest update to this groundbreaking Plugin Hosting software, adding stellar features like Audio Input Plugin, Incoming Project Data Behavior, Transport control, and more.
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2nd March 2012 By broadscotch
Kel hm-7u
MIC Kel hm-7u

dual-FET, U/K 47 style vocal/instrument mic
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2nd March 2012 By andrew caramia
AudioBox 22VSL
INT AudioBox 22VSL

The AudioBox 22VSL is the smallest version in the brand new AudioBox VSL series of USB 2.0 interfaces from PreSonus with a price around $199.95 US and 195 Euro.
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2nd March 2012 By Dawfreak
Epihone  les paul standard
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29th February 2012 By kendog
Lexicon MX400 - it is not too good to be true
REV/FX Lexicon MX400 - it is not too good to be true

the lexicon MX400 is an impressive unit for the cost. dual channels, quality sounding effects, spdif, usb access, and an internal power supply.
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29th February 2012 By ntula
Matchless DC30
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29th February 2012 By travisbrown
Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ
EQ Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ

As clean an EQ as EQ gets.
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29th February 2012 By travisbrown
Cakewalk Pentagon 1
SW Cakewalk Pentagon 1

An important synth from early in the VSTi/DXi age--still useful and intelligently designed.
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
3 Zigma Audio  CHI System
1 Attachment(s) MIC 3 Zigma Audio CHI System

Testing of two Zigma mics show them to be faithful in reproducing the tonal character of a variety of acoustic guitars.
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29th February 2012 By jamplo
Lexicon U42S
INT Lexicon U42S

I'm converting from an ADAT 8 Track recording setup to completely computer based recording. I already own a Lexicon PCM80 so I was pleased to see they were introducing USB Interfaces. I picked the U42S but I could have easily picked the U82S for the extra channels, to avoid plugging and unplugging. But now that I've bought it I'll plug/unplug the four channels as needed. I have mic/guitar/Drum L/Drum R so it's enough channels for my "live" setup. In any case I only record one track at a time. It has a solid metal/plastic case which should withstand any bumps. I don't intend to use it for gigs. It has a strip of LED's for each of the four channels, two for the Output and one for the monitor mixer. They're not bad but are not really that accurate - seems like the same number of leds are lit up regardless of the level control know setting until you hit the peak then it lights up all the leds and peaks (more on this later). The knobs, switches, inputs are all high quality. It has two headphone jacks, two instrument jacks (which override the mic inputs 1 and 2) and 4 mic jacks. There are also two main outs which I route to my mixer for mixing/monitoring. The headphone outputs are good - enough volume and you don;t have to crank them to hear the live/recorded mix. There's a level control for each channel. These are not that good - I found the level didn't change a lot until you cranked it - then at the last bit you got a big jump in volume and it overdrove the channel. It was still clean but it overloaded the signal going to the software. I would have liked to see the change in level more even over the range of the volume knob. The monitor mix knob works well - no latency for the live signal and you can blend in the previously recorded tracks perfectly. The sudden jump in volume on the channel volume control worries me. I would have expected it to be a smoother increase overall. I had latency with SONAR 6 PE but I set the AUDIO/OPTIONS/ADVANCED Manual Offset (Recording Latency) to 1000 and every track recorded in sync. The latency was frustrating until somebody on Harmony Central suggested I try this. I would probably buy another one but maybe the U82S for more channels.
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29th February 2012 By ido1957
Korg NX5R
MD Korg NX5R

A mediocre ROMpler from Korg.
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
Lollar Special T telecaster pickups
GTR/PDL Lollar Special T telecaster pickups

Brilliant variation on the classic T sound--the full set covers ground from humbucker to plentiful twang.
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
Reverend Charger 290
GTR Reverend Charger 290

Really well-built, extremely playable guitar with a pleasantly thin sound that tends toward the stratty.
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
BeesNeez OLIVER - K47C style tube mic
MIC BeesNeez OLIVER - K47C style tube mic

A $1000 - U47 inspired mic with lots of textured personality.
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29th February 2012 By beju
Akg ck391
MIC Akg ck391

A classic workhorse
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29th February 2012 By andrplx
TC Electronic D-Two
REV/FX TC Electronic D-Two

A tasty box. Well worth a look.
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29th February 2012 By alexvdbroek
Ampeg SVT (original)
BASS/AMP Ampeg SVT (original)

Original Ampeg SVT (1969-1987)
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29th February 2012 By guitstef71
Lowden 25th anniversary Brazilian/Cedar
GTR Lowden 25th anniversary Brazilian/Cedar

Fantastic sounding old growth Brazilian Rosewood Lowden
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29th February 2012 By Zeljko
BRAUNER VM-1 Stereo
MIC BRAUNER VM-1 Stereo

The VM1S is the stereo version of the famous VM1 with 2 AC 701 tubes
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29th February 2012 By Zeljko
Larrivee L-05
GTR Larrivee L-05

Jean Larrivee's signature shape. Very fine, versatile guitar in its price range.
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29th February 2012 By guitstef71
Audio-Technica Pro 37r
MIC Audio-Technica Pro 37r

Popular affordable SDC. Just not for me.
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
Earthworks sr69
MIC Earthworks sr69

A versatile mic, suitable for most basic recording needs.
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
Gik traps 244 bass traps
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29th February 2012 By Magpel
Adk s7b
MIC Adk s7b

A great mic for live guitar.
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29th February 2012 By ACMike
Sennheiser e945
MIC Sennheiser e945

Dynamic Supercardioid Handheld Microphone. $220 Awesome.
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29th February 2012 By Jettison
SLS CT8R studio monitors
MON SLS CT8R studio monitors

The CT8R is a full range 2-way enclosure with an 8" LF driver and a ribbon tweeter delivering exceptionally accurate reproduction at a reasonable price
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29th February 2012 By DrSax
URS Classic Console Strip Pro Plug-In
SW URS Classic Console Strip Pro Plug-In

Very versatile channel-strip plugin with an amazing selection of high quality input, compressor, and EQ options.
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29th February 2012 By mahasandi
Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder
INT Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder

Offering 8 simultaneous inputs, the ability to act as a control surface for a DAW, and recording quality up to 96kHz at 24 bit, the Zoom R16 is a portable powerhouse and economical to boot!
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29th February 2012 By doodude
Vic Firth SIH1 Headphones
MON Vic Firth SIH1 Headphones

They do what they say they do, but for how long?
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29th February 2012 By suburbanbeat
Westone 4
MON Westone 4

My review of the westone 4r
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29th February 2012 By AlexanderDoe
Presonus Firepod
INT Presonus Firepod

reveiw of the firepod/FP10 digital audio interface
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29th February 2012 By suburbanbeat
Crafter JE36/N - Jumbo Acoustic
GTR Crafter JE36/N - Jumbo Acoustic

Jumbo Cutaway, feature packed dark horse
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29th February 2012 By Shetdogs
Sequential Circuits Prophet 600
KB Sequential Circuits Prophet 600

Analog synthesizer with six voice polyphony and the ability to store up to 99 patches. But was it perhaps a little too ahead of its time?
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29th February 2012 By suburbanbeat
Taylor KOA GS Limited
GTR Taylor KOA GS Limited

Cocobolo trim with Koa back and sides & spruce top
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29th February 2012 By Topo
Focal Professional - CMS 65
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29th February 2012 By jpoole689
Thomson M151
MIC Thomson M151

Absolutely useless dynamic, even for the price.
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28th February 2012 By maticomp
Electro-Voice N/D 868
MIC Electro-Voice N/D 868

Dynamic microphone for Kick drum and other applications
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28th February 2012 By jpoole689
Dbx 163a
C&L Dbx 163a

Great little unit for the bottom end.
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28th February 2012 By antony
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