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Audio news and notable stories

  • Make Noise Introduces Two New Modular Synths Based on 0-Coast

    Over the past few years, Make Noise has become one of the defining leaders of the modular synth movement. Their unique semi-modular synth, the 0-Coast, remains one of our hottest selling synthesizers and has now spawned two modular counterparts, the Contour and Dynamix. Continue reading

  • AMS Neve Debuts 1073SPX at AES 2017

    AES always means lots of exciting gear debuts and AMS Neve has not disappointed in the lead up to the 2017 event. Yesterday, AMS Neve announced that it will be releasing the new 1073SPX, which matches the exact specs of the original 1073, but comes with some exciting modern features. Continue reading

  • Chandler Limited Adds Two New EMI Modules To 500 Series Line

    Chandler Limited, the only brand authorized to develop official equipment from EMI/Abbey Road Studios, has kicked off AES week with a bang. The brand announced two new additions to their EMI/Abbey Road Studios 500 Series line, including the Chandler Limited EMI TG Opto Compressor and Chandler Limited EMI TG12345 MKIV EQ. Continue reading

  • First Listen: A Review Of The Rupert Neve Designs 535 Diode Bridge Compressor

    Prior to the start of AES week, Rupert Neve Designs announced that they would be releasing a brand new compressor. The 535 Diode Bridge Compressor is comparable to the classic 2254, but comes in a 500 series size module and includes some new features. Continue reading

  • Historic Scully LS-76 Lathe From Infrasonic Mastering Goes Up For Sale

    Owned by Pete Lyman and Vintage King Audio Consultant Jeff Ehrenberg, Infrasonic Sound is one of the best-known vinyl mastering houses in the recording industry. Lyman's discography as a mastering engineer includes Grammy-winning albums from Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and more.

    Recently, Infrasonic Sound decided to put their historic Scully LS-76 lathe up for sale. This classic lathe has a unique place in history as its one of the last ever built by the storied brand. Continue below to read an interview with Pete about the importance of the lathe, the technical updates it has received and the role it has played in Infrasonic's success. Continue reading

  • Comparing The New Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone To The R-121

    Last week I was introduced to the new Royer R-10 Bi-Directional ribbon microphone. The R-10 is very similar to the classic R-121 in design. It’s small and lightweight, which allows you to position the microphone without any intrusion, and utilizes the same ribbon transducer.

    Throughout this blog, we’ll look at what makes each of these microphones special in their own regard and pit them against each other in a shootout on some different guitars and amplifiers. Continue reading

  • What Is Parallel Compression And How To Use It

    A few weeks on back on the blog, I wrote about compressors and the basics of using them in the studio. We’re taking it a step further today by talking about a more advanced function of the compressor called parallel compression and some scenarios where the technique is most commonly used.

    Parallel compression uses a send and return setup similar to how you would send signal to an effects processor. It is the combination of the dry signal mixed with a compressed version. In a parallel setup, you can use heavier compression to pull more depth out of the source signal. Since you still have the dry signal in the mix, you don’t hear as much direct compression. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Visits Echopark Guitars At New Detroit HQ

    Trained under legends Leo Fender and Tak Hosono, Echopark Guitars owner Gabriel Currie has spent over 30 years building his reputation as a master guitar builder. It's a claim he can back up. With a client list that includes Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age, Jackson Brown and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, there is no doubt something magical about the six-string creations Currie is coming up with.
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  • Vocal Microphones For Under $2000

    Finding the perfect vocal microphone when you're working within a budget can be a lot easier than you actually might expect. After all, there are classic studio microphones that come in well under the price of some of their more famous counterparts like vintage Neumann U 47s and U 87s.

    In our new blog, we're exploring some great examples of vocal microphones under $2000. With storied mic makers like Neumann and AKG making the list, in addition to newcomers like Aston and Roswell, you'll be sure to find something new for your studio that doesn't completely drain your wallet. Continue reading

  • What Is Waves SoundGrid And Why Do Studios Need It?

    When talking to colleagues in the studio world and comparing how we move audio from one room to another, the terminology that often comes up includes Dante, Sound Connect and AVB. However, if you talk to a live sound engineer, you’re more than likely to hear them mention the term SoundGrid.

    By using SoundGrid technology from Waves, live sound engineers are able to network audio from one console to another and take advantage of plug-in processing DSP at the same time. If this is the case, why is it that predominantly live sound engineers are the only ones taking advantage of SoundGrid? If it works so well, why aren’t more studios utilizing it as being a network audio protocol? Continue reading

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