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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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29th 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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29th February 2012 By jpoole689
Dbx 163a
C&L Dbx 163a

Great little unit for the bottom end.
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29th February 2012 By antony
Beyerdynamic MC834
MIC Beyerdynamic MC834

Beyerdynamic MC834 condensor microphone
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28th February 2012 By jpoole689
Standard Audio Level-Or
C&L Standard Audio Level-Or

500 Series limiter & distortion generator.
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28th February 2012 By mltamisin
Mackie Blackbird
Mackie Blackbird

8 Onyx Mic Preamps. Good software. Firewire.
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28th February 2012 By rubbersole
Manley tube mic preamp
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28th February 2012 By mahasandi
6 microphones compared
MIC 6 microphones compared

Comparing the Sterling ST77, Shure SM7, Blue Woodpecker, Neumann U67 and the Neumann U87 to my Oktava MK-319.
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28th February 2012 By Skyshadow
Hagstrom D2F
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28th February 2012 By Freeloader
Silvertone 1412 10Xl
GTR/AMP Silvertone 1412 10Xl

Silvertone amp with Sure sm7b
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28th February 2012 By pjarrett
Pearl TL66
MIC Pearl TL66

Pearl's small capsule cardioid with a very low noise floor. The TL 66 really shines when it comes to faithfully reproducing percussion and is often used in a pair for drum overheads
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28th February 2012 By Beachmountain
Advanced Audio CM-12SE
MIC Advanced Audio CM-12SE

The Advanced Audio CM-12 is an edge fed, dual diaphragm, tube condenser microphone based on the famous AKG C12 and ELAM 251 capsule design and tube circuitry.
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28th February 2012 By Freeloader
AKG D3600 two-way microphone
PRE AKG D3600 two-way microphone

Twoway dynamic mic. Handles instruments from zither via brass to percussion and kick drum. AKG do not provide info, hence the ebaylink.
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28th February 2012 By Beachmountain
Jerry Jones Baritone Guitar - Single Cut
GTR Jerry Jones Baritone Guitar - Single Cut

Fantastic tone without the cheap shortcomings of a DanElectro.
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28th February 2012 By thinman
Langevin CR3A Large Diaphragm Condensor Mic
MIC Langevin CR3A Large Diaphragm Condensor Mic

Made by Manley, in the vein of a U-87, this amazing mic sounds better than a U-87 on the cardioid setting. Big, round, warm sound; amazing on vocals and just about anything else.
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28th February 2012 By thinman
iZotope Nectar
PLUGIN/FX iZotope Nectar

iZotope NECTAR great for quick vocal fix
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28th February 2012 By bern21
Lucas Limiting Amplifier
C&L Lucas Limiting Amplifier

Terry Manning has stated online the idea behind this compressor: “We started with the 176 basic concept, and then tried as hard as we could to make the best possible compressor, without being slaves to historical authenticity.”
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28th February 2012 By Kris
Groove Tubes/Alesis AM-61 Tube LDC (Cardioid only vers.)
MIC Groove Tubes/Alesis AM-61 Tube LDC (Cardioid only vers.)

A solid tube mic, tends to be best on female vocal sources, though given to sibilance and a little hyped in the highs.
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28th February 2012 By natpub
Line 6 Spider IV
GTR/AMP Line 6 Spider IV

I've used the 120 watt version, beautiful amp.
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28th February 2012 By Lerm7
Gordon Model 5
PRE Gordon Model 5

An American remote controlled mic amp with superb resolution, ease of use and top electronic design.
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28th February 2012 By Plush
Chandler LTD 1
PRE Chandler LTD 1

Pre amp and 10-series equalizer based on the Neve 1073.
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28th February 2012 By Mostai
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