Videos

  • Using Chandler Limited's EMI REDD Microphone On Vocals, Drums And More

    The microphone innovations created under the roof at EMI are many of the same principles and techniques that we still apply in the recording studio today. Alan Blumlein, anyone? With the release of their REDD Microphone, Wade Goeke and the Chandler Limited crew are putting EMI microphones on the map once again.

    For the first microphone to be badged with the EMI logo in 50 years, Chandler Limited teamed up with engineers at Abbey Roads Studios. The resulting EMI REDD Microphone is a large diaphragm tube condenser mic that features a vacuum tube based REDD.47 Mic Amplifier circuit directly coupled to a custom handmade premium platinum membrane capsule. Continue reading

  • Adding Color And Warmth To Recordings With The Elysia Skulpter

    The skulpter from elysia is a brand new 500 Series mic pre that offers a wide range of sound options from extremely natural to full-blown color. Whether you're looking for something that stays true to the organic sound of your source or would like to add some warmth to your recordings, this will give you the tools to get the job done.

    Something that sets the elysia skulpter apart from other mic pres on the market is that it has several unique on-board features. If you're looking for additional sounds for your arsenal, this skulpter features two variable saturation/filter stages and a compressor that can offer a finished sound to your recordings before you ever even make it to the mixing phase.

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  • Vintage King Demos The New Sony C-100 On Vocals And Acoustic Guitar

    It's been quite some time since Sony released the classic C800G microphone. 25 years to be exact! The electronics company has finally followed it up with the announcement of three new microphones, including the recently released Sony C-100 microphone.

    The Sony C-100 is a two-way condenser microphone that features extended frequency response from 20 Hz up to 50 kHz and is perfect for recording vocals, instruments and much more. The microphone utilizes newly created double microphone capsules, a noise elimination structure (similar to the C-800G), and features a selectable pick-up pattern (Omni/Uni/Bi) for miking up different sound sources. Continue reading

  • Fresh Listen: Neve 1073LB

    The Neve 1073 is without a doubt one of the most beloved mic pre/EQs in the history of the recording industry. Since its birth in 1970, when Rupert Neve outfitted his A88 console with the first version of the module, engineers and producers have been transfixed by the grit and bite it can deliver to tracks.

    While the 1073 has seen many different variations, versions, and replicas, none have made more of an impact than the Neve 1073LB. This 500 Series-sized version of the 1073 offers the magic of the original's sound via a 100% discrete audio path and the same design as the classic circuit. Imagine getting the all analog sound of a Neve 1073 for under $1000. It's a reality with the 1073LB. Continue reading

  • Comparing The FLEA 47 SuperFET With A Vintage 47 FET

    In late 2017, FLEA Microphones released their version of the classic Neumann U47 FET microphone dubbed the 47 SuperFETFLEA has taken much effort to match the sound characteristics of the tube U47, while offering the benefits of a FET circuit such as a higher signal to noise ratio.

    With the release of the 47 SuperFET, FLEA has created a microphone that does a great job of matching the sound of its classic predecessor. While it might not sound exactly the same, the mic will allow engineers on a tighter budget to bring the U47 FET sound to their studio for $2,195, a fraction of the cost of the vintage version. Continue reading

  • The Tape Delay And Echo Of Strymon's Magneto

    Strymon Engineering has been a giant in the pedal world for years, thanks in part to classic releases like the TimeLine, Mobius and BigSky. For the brand's first foray into the modular synth realm, Strymon has brought back a favorite element of the BigSky pedal, dubbed the Magneto.

    The Magneto applies an expanded concept of the pedal setting in modular synth form, as it offers up stereo multi-head tape delay via four playback heads and one record head. This tape delay gives you a looper, phrase sampler, vintage spring reverb unit, phase-aligned clock multiplier, chaotic oscillator, zero latency sub-oscillator and more, in one module. Continue reading

  • iZotope Spire Offers New Take On Recording On The Go

    iZotope recently introduced their new interface, the Spire Studio, which gives users an affordable and efficient way to craft songs just about anywhere they go. Instead of simply using your phone to make a demo, the Spire allows you to capture pristine recordings, mix and share, all within their easy-to-use app.

    Let's talk about the specifics of the interface. The Spire Studio features two Grace Design mic pres with XLR/TS combo jacks and a built-in condenser microphone on the front of the unit. Audio recorded through these inputs can be sent straight to the Spire app on your smartphone or tablet via the interface's wireless connection. No cables, no mess, no stress. Continue reading

  • Vintage King Demos The Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box

    Universal Audio has long been known for their incredible analog and digital creations. The OX Amp Top Box brings together the best of both worlds in an innovative tool that will allow guitarists to take their amp's natural sound to another level.

    At its core, the OX acts as a reactive load attenuator, which gives users the ability to channel their amp's sweet spot and then play at a more reasonable volume without changing your tone. By turning the Speaker Volume, you can adjust your output as necessary to the size of the venue you're in, be it bedroom, theatre or stadium. 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

  • Comparing A Vintage Fairchild 670 To The UnderTone Audio UnFairchild 670M

    The Fairchild 660 and 670 vintage compressors are the most sought after and coveted compressors of all time. They have been the top choice for tracking and mix engineers for over five decades because of the signature glow and warmth they add to whatever source you run through them, even if no compression is actually happening. They have been the choice compressor for The Beatles, Pink Floyd, classic Motown records and many more. Loaded with 20 tubes, 14 transformers and miles of wiring, it’s no wonder that the Fairchild has a sound that has been unmatched… Until now.

    UnderTone Audio is a pro audio company run by recording guru Eric Valentine. Valentine has been making records for over 25 years and worked with many of today’s top artists. He has used pretty much every piece of gear on the planet and knows how to create gear that caters to the modern tracking and mix engineer. Engineers such as Greg Wells swear by Valentine’s designs, as Wells traded in his vintage Neve console for one of UnderTone Audio’s custom recording consoles. Continue reading

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