Hardware Category

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

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

Placid Audio Resonator A and B

A wise man once said “Anyone can use plugins for effects. Set yourself apart by using other means.” Placid Audio make these “other means” with their creative sounding microphones. They have released their new Resonator A and Resonator B microphones. Personally I like the B… and not just because that’s the first letter of my name. We are excited to announce our Resonator Series mics are now officially available! Listen to sound samples of both Resonator Variants: Resonator B Resonator A Although the Resonator can be used live or inRead More

Posted On February 14, 2017By BryanIn Hardware, Latest News

Touch Innovations Kontrol Master

Touch Innovations is a relatively new name to the scene, but as soon as I saw this interface, I loved the look. It takes me right back to endless days in the arcade. These buttons do more than just throw a punch or fire a laser. Plus the name harkens to Mortal Kombat! Kontrol Master has the brains to match the beauty too. I may have to give one of these a try. Kontrol Master provides a revolutionary and unique experience, effectively and effortlessly integrating its user’s second hand into theRead More
We don’t have much to go off of but this is usually typical of the Slate marketing machine, but it seems Steven Slate is on his way to a complete autonomous recording environment. Next up is the DAW. Also on top of an interface, the Small Diaphragm Virtual Microphone will be released at some point as well.   “For twenty years, I have dreamed of bringing the professional studio to anyone who wants to make music. I’m talking about microphone lockers filled with every classic mic imaginable. Tape machines andRead More