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  1. First Listen: A Review of the Universal Audio Arrow Interface

    First Listen: A Review of the Universal Audio Arrow Interface
    Universal Audio just announced a brand new interface called the Arrow that features the same sonic qualities and flexibility as their larger Apollo units. The Arrow features a single UAD-2 DSP chip, two Unison mic preamps, a Hi-Z input and comes in a small sleek package that routes audio and power through a single Thunderbolt-3 cable on both Macs and PCs. Continue reading →
  2. Using Hardware And Software Reverbs In The Studio

    Using Hardware And Software Reverbs In The Studio
    Reverb is something that can be overused very easily in a mix, but when done tastefully, it can add depth and vibe. There are so many options for reverb available these days in the hardware and software domains, it’s pretty easy to find a setting that can fit just right in every mix and on any source. Continue reading →
  3. Recreating The Drum Sounds of “When the Levee Breaks”

    Recreating The Drum Sounds of “When the Levee Breaks”
    If you’ve ever been in a conversation about iconic drum sounds, surely at some point you found yourself on the topic of John Bonham and Led Zeppelin. For decades, Bonham has been acclaimed as one of the best drummers in rock music and musicians all over the globe have been trying to recreate the feel and tone of his performances. This drum tone was the result of a combination of several key elements; amazing playing, beautiful drums, a great live room and some studio magic. I’m sure you’ve all heard stories of how Zeppelin recorded. They would go hide out for months at a time at the Headley Grange mansion in England. In the late 1960s and early 70s, Headley Grange hosted a handful of artists including Bad Company, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton and many more. The mansion was a way for bands to get away from the everyday hassles of the real world and really “live” the music while recording an album. The mansion also comprised of countless rooms, cavernous hallways and echoing acoustics, making it ideal to shape any type of tone from up close and personal to larger than life. Continue reading →
  4. Universal Audio/Urei 1176 Shootout Rev D v.s. Rev F

    Universal Audio/Urei 1176 Shootout Rev D v.s. Rev F
    For decades, the Universal Audio/Urei 1176 has been a favorite compressor for many tracking and mixing engineers because of its ability to add attitude and vibe to any source. They smooth out the peak transients, bring the source to the front of the song and make it sit just right in the overall mix. There have been many revisions to the 1176 over the years, some have been minor adjustments, while others have been a complete makeover to update it to the current standards of the music industry. Continue reading →
  5. First Listen: A Review of the UK Sound 1173

    First Listen: A Review of the UK Sound 1173
    BAE recently announced that they would be releasing a new product line under the banner of UK Sound. The brand’s first product, the UK Sound 1173, is the combination of a Neve 1073 style preamp and Universal Audio/Urei 1176 style compressor in a single space rack module. For the design, world-renowned tracking and mix engineer Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith, Korn) teamed up with BAE and gear designer Michael Stucker to help bring the best of both worlds into a single piece of hardware. Watch our demo video of the UK Sound 1173 and continue reading below to see a full review of this mic pre and compressor combo. Continue reading →
  6. Five Tips For Getting A Snare Drum To Sit Perfectly In A Mix

    Five Tips For Getting A Snare Drum To Sit Perfectly In A Mix
    Getting the snare drum to sit just right in the mix is one of the hardest things to do as a tracking and mixing engineer. Nine times out of 10, the final tone starts at the source, so you’ll want to take some time and get it right while tracking rather than trying to fix it in the mix. In this blog, I’m going to explain a couple different techniques for getting that final snare tone during the tracking process. Continue reading →
  7. Essential Studio Accessories From Vintage King For The Holidays

    Essential Studio Accessories From Vintage King For The Holidays
    As much as we all love the big studio toys like microphones, preamps and consoles, it's just as important to be stocked up on the studio essentials we need to ensure each session runs as smooth as possible. In this blog, I’m going to highlight some of the key items and how they can greatly improve the quality of your studio. Continue reading →
  8. The History Of Pultec And The Storied EQP-1

    The History Of Pultec And The Storied EQP-1
    It's crazy to think that a piece of equipment with such simple controls could change the face of the recording industry. 60 years on and Pultec designed gear is still being used by many of today’s top recording and mixing engineers, whether it be original, reproduction or of the plug-in variety.  Continue reading →
  9. The Power of Burl Audio's Masterful B80 Mothership

    The Power of Burl Audio's Masterful B80 Mothership
    With all of the great converters out there, you might ask "Why Burl Audio?" Read on to learn more about these powerful tools and how they can revolution your studio's audio output. Continue reading →
  10. Four Neve Classics That Will Change Your Studio

    Four Neve Classics That Will Change Your Studio
    For decades, recording engineers have relied on the sound of Neve products to give that signature tone to their recordings or mixes. Neve gear can help add presence, punch and clarity to any recording, the preamps, EQs and compressors have such musical quality to them, they work wonders on just about every instrument and genre of music. Continue reading →

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In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
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The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
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