Archive for the ‘Audio Gear’ Category

Steinberg Nuendo 4

By • Jul 27th, 2008

It’s Post-Time for Steinberg’s promising workstation workhorse In the eight years since its introduction, Steinberg Nuendo has matured into a full-featured, high-end studio and post production workstation system – one that is increasingly recognized by post and studio engineers as an attractive alternative to the reigning Digidesign Pro Tools. A major push towards the post-production […]

Studio Technologies 742 Audio Mixer

By • Mar 21st, 2008

Skokie, Ill.-based Studio Technologies recently introduced two single-rack unit audio mixers specifically designed for use in ENG vehicles: the single-bus model 740 ($995) and a dual-bus model called the 742 ($1,095). Despite their deceptively simple user interfaces, both mixers feature a healthy set of ENG or general broadcast features. FEATURESThe Model 742, reviewed here, is […]

O.C. White Desk-Mount Boom Stand

By • Mar 21st, 2008

  Business is booming – quite literally – for Mass.-based O.C. White. The company manufactures a range of industry-specific lighting and mechanical products with one thing in common: adjustable boom arms. Otis Charles White, a small-town dentist founded his eponymous company in 1894 with his pioneering design for a gas-fueled adjustable dental light. The company’s […]

Joemeek Goes Micro With the MQ1

By • Mar 21st, 2008

Desktop DJs and voiceover artists take note: Joemeek is coming over and he wants to move into your spare drive bay. Fletcher Electronics, based in Torquay, England, is known for its line of bright green preamps and compressors inspired by Meek, the late pioneering engineer. With the introduction of the MQ1 recording interface ($299.99), Fletcher […]

VXpocket 440 Laptop Audio Interface

By • Mar 21st, 2008

  by Stephen Murphy Four years ago, Digigram made laptop and desk-bound computer users stand up and take notice with the introduction of the first professional-grade audio recording interface on a standard Type II PC card. Designed to enable audio production on a laptop computer, the diminutive two-channel VXpocket offered portable performance on par with […]

Primacoustic London Primakit Acoustic Treatment

By • Mar 17th, 2008

With the miniaturization of professional quality recording gear comes the miniaturization of recording spaces. The prohibitive costs associated with building a studio from the ground up combined with smaller space requirements have led many to utilize existing – and typically rectangular – rooms for project and professional studios. Unfortunately, typical home and office rooms are […]

D.W. Fearn VT-7 Compressor

By • Mar 17th, 2008

No one ever accused Doug Fearn of cranking out new products for new products’ sake. In development for nearly 10 years, Fearn’s perfectionist approach to tube circuit design has culminated in the long-awaited release of the high-end VT-7 dual-channel compression amplifier ($4,400). Like Fearn’s earlier vacuum tube preamp and EQ offerings, the result of his […]

API A2D Dual Mic Preamplifier and Converter

By • Mar 17th, 2008

“The world is changing. I feel it in the water. I smell it in the air. I see it in my equipment rack…”Okay., not a verbatim rendition of the opening monologue to the movie Fellowship of the Rings, but here’s the point: a few months ago, the world of pro audio  changed, though hopefully for […]

Benchmark PRE420 Four-Channel Preamp and Mixer

By • Mar 17th, 2008

Syracuse-based Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. has earned respect within the recording community as a manufacturer of high-quality, yet reasonably priced pro audio devices, including microphone preamplifiers, distribution amplifiers, headphone reference amplifiers and AD/DA converters. Benchmark established its reputation by repeatedly emphasizing through its products a focus on quality (and appropriate) component specification, strict design tolerances […]

Sterling Modular GearPod

By • Mar 17th, 2008

Pennsylvania-based Sterling Modular has designed and built high-quality studio furniture and racking systems for nearly 20 years. The company is best known for its higher-end modular desk systems, vintage conso le “housing upgrades,” self-contained roll-around workstation stands and a few specialized third-party collaborations. Several of Sterling Modular’s recent designs – including the Gear Pod adjustable […]