Hardware Category

Considered by many as one of the most prized weapons in their hardware arsenal, the Clariphonic has proven to add the “expensive” sound most engineers have only dreamed of owning. The plugin version was updated not too long ago to include new features and Gregory Scott didn’t want to leave the hardware out as well. Therefore the Clariphonic M/S was created. Not only does this purveyor of high frequencies get an added Mid-Side mode, but it also includes an optional “cut” feature to the Focus section. Now Pultec style cuttingRead More
  The Internet has brought all new ways of honing mixing skills. Forums, video tutorials, and even sites like this one (everythingrecording.com) offer generic tips and tricks but do not necessarily address mix issues specific to the mix you’re working on.  On the other side of the spectrum are in-house studio workshops, which come with a hefty price tag as well as shortcomings of their own.  Although the classroom setting is much more personal, having other students can both take focus away from each person’s development as well as inhibitRead More
Arturia has ventured far beyond the Virtual Instrument landscape and has made some great looking MIDI controllers. Now they’re releasing a Black Edition in limited quantities. Arturia are set to release a limited number of “Black Edition” KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro sequencer-controllers.  Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and digital worlds, letting musicians control hardware instruments, outboard modules, virtual instruments, and recording softwareRead More
Orange amps have recently ventured into audiophile areas like the O-Edition Headphones (Review HERE). Now they have moved into even more geeky areas with a new Op-Amp Orange Amplification has launched the new Dual Discrete Op-Amp which has been specifically designed for audio use. It is one of the most musically sounding of its kind on the market today. Built to a high specification, the Dual Discrete Op-Amp has been constructed for superior musical audio performance purposes. Unlike existing products, it only contains the gain blocks that are needed toRead More
The Slate Raven is a centerpiece at Everything Recording HQ. This control interface proves to be the one of the most useful pieces of hardware in the studio. Mixing or tracking on the road has become a pain due to this great control surface. Now the software has been updated with one of the most major updates since its release.   Today we are introducing the next evolution of our RAVEN series Multi-Touch Consoles. Introducing RAVEN 3.3, including the first ever DAW Multi-Touch GESTURES, support for Cubase & Nuendo onRead More
Companies like Line6 have existed for many years, trying to emulate the great guitar amplifiers and even though they come close, something is just missing. Kemper shows up and blows the doors off with a whole new approach to getting the perfect amp sound in a digital domain. I know a few people who own one and I’m contemplating pulling the trigger but even as great as this new tool is, getting the perfect sound isn’t necessarily as easy as it is made out to be. Enter Michael Britt… HeRead More

Posted On February 18, 2017By BryanIn Hardware, Latest News, Reviews

Review: Warm Audio WA-2A

Warm Audio has returned with another rendition of one of the most used compressors in the history of recording. The WA-2A, as the name gives away is a true-to-life version of the LA-2A, a tube leveling amplifier that has showed up on countless recordings. Known for its use in smoothing out vocals, solidifying bass, and bringing life to pretty much anything that can be recorded, the LA-2A is a perfect tool for the home studio and major league recording company alike. The problem being with the former is the priceRead More

Posted On February 16, 2017By BryanIn Hardware, Latest News

Warm Audio WA-87 Condenser Microphone

  Our good friends at Warm Audio have ventured into new territory. The WA-87 is their own rendition of the Neumann U87, one of the workhorses in the industry. Instead of costing you an arm and a leg, this $599.00 microphone claims to be every bit of the classic as its predecessors. Hopefully we will get our hands on one soon. The classic ‘87 is arguably the most widely-used large diaphragm condenser microphone in pop recording history.  Rather than base our WA-87 circuit on current incarnations of this mic, we decided to closely follow the early circuit designs that date back nearly half a century.  As is true with many classic microphones, engineers who have worked with different versions of these microphones oftenRead More

Posted On February 16, 2017By BryanIn Hardware, Latest News

Warm Audio WA-412

The WA-12 is a mainstay at Everything Recording HQ (review of MkI HERE and HERE). Why own one when you can own 4 in a 1u rack? The WA-412 provides 4 channels of classic American console preamps in a sleek 1RU design. This style of preamp is often referred to as “the sound of Rock n’ Roll” for its BIG punchy low end and smooth open top end. The price/performance ratio of the WA-412 is almost unfathomable to the experienced studio engineer who has possibly paid much more for preamps of this style during their career. Featuring fully discrete socketed 6-pin opampsRead More

Posted On February 15, 2017By BryanIn Hardware, Latest News

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Zi Vari Z

  The original Cloudlifter is indispensable especially when using the infamous Shure SM7 on vocals. Ribbon mics and dynamics need that extra boost of clean gain to bring out the best quality possible. Now the Cloudlifter Zi features more settings catered to both dynamic and ribbon mics as well as instruments. Different choices of impedance combines with high pass filtering place the tone of your instruments back in your hands and not the snot nosed, stoned sound engineer. Cloud Microphones brings their popular Cloudlifter® Mic Activator® technology to guitar players, bassRead More