Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Antelope ups the ante with its latest compact audio interface, the Discrete 4 Pro Synergy Core. Building upon the success of the Discrete 4 Synergy Core, this Pro version includes redesigned AD/DA converters and improved software features. The interface has also been upgraded to the blazing fast Thunderbolt™ 3 and includes a standard USB 2.0 Type-B connector. Expect ultra-low-latency
At one point in the not-so-distant past, you either needed a decked-out analog studio or a painfully expensive digital audio workstation to attain the type of sound deemed to be at the professional level. Much to the collective rejoicing of songwriters, producers, musicians, audio engineers, and content creators literally everywhere, that can be filed away as a memory of the olden times. Thanks to clever tech and manufacturing by brands such as Universal Audio, Antelope, Apogee, and more, there are powerful audio interfaces that contain high-
Throughout the history of modern recording, Tascam has been there for countless consumers and professionals alike—and now the company has something sure to ignite in our modern digital age: the Tascam Mixcast 4, a tabletop mixer and recorder geared for the podcasting space. With sound effects, independent headphone outputs, and remote guest support via mix-minus functionality, the Mixcast 4 is perfect for multi-person panel podcasts
There I was, three years of audio digital engineering to my name and wondering why nothing I bounced ever sounded as good as what I heard in the session itself. Inside my DAW, the mix would feel wide and sound impactful. Then, I’d render the track, and find myself gut-punched by the washed-out sound of the finished product. Lifeless. Harsh. Unacceptable.
What is a summing mixer anyway?
A neophyte still—and banging my head against the digital wall of fixed-point architecture, where harsh digital clipping can be an immutable problem—I called up
Antelope Audio has taken the award-winning tech behind its Orion 32 interface and melded it with the company’s powerhouse Synergy processing, all to give professional mixing rooms and production facilities the Galaxy 32 Synergy Core—a multichannel audio interface with 32 channels of analog I/O, HDX ports for Pro Tools users, Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity, Dante, Antelope precision clocking, and high-end AD/DA converters. With all this tech
With the Zen Q Synergy Core, Antelope brings you almost everything you’d want in a desktop audio interface: console-grade analog preamps, cutting-edge analog emulation software, essential I/O for recording and mixing, expandability to accommodate room to grow, and the precision clocking fro which Antelope is famous. Start with this Thunderbolt™ 3 interface, and you’ll muscle your way into a formidable, professional studio setup for years
Designed to be the audiophile-quality centerpiece of a mobile recording setup, the Apogee Electronics Duet 3 is a 2 x 4 USB Type-C audio interface bringing Apogee's legendary sonic performance and intuitive operability to an ultracompact, elegant, and durable form factor for musicians, producers, and songwriters in pursuit of their best sound no matter where they are. While the low-profile exterior combines an aluminum base with a
Don’t let your mouse and keyboard slow your flow; work faster in your DAW and let your focus stay on the sound with the Solid State Logic UF8, a highly customizable USB Type-C control surface that can scale up to meet the needs of expanding setups and sessions without dominating your desktop. Whether you run Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One, Cubase, Nuendo, or several at the same time, the UF8 is poised to
Combining the legacy of classic Baxandall equalization with the flexibility of mid/side processing, the Heritage Audio SYMPH EQ provides capable master bus tone shaping for finessing a final mixing, sweetening stems, or mastering your own material. When the song's sound needs musicality more than parametric surgery, look to the SYMPH EQ to impart its natural sonic character without artifacts or undesired phasing. It offers high- and
When it comes to live sound mixers that punch above their class and perform day and night, Mackie immediately comes to mind. Though it has been quite a while since we've seen an analog Mackie mixer emblazoned with the Onyx name, the new Onyx Series will be a welcome sight for touring bands, engineers, home recordists, and content creators. These premium analog mixers combine upscale audio performance with powerful USB multitrack recording and playback, and since
Designed for anyone, from professional engineers to home recording artists, Steinberg11 is a complete music-production environment that combines sophisticated audio and MIDI tools with pristine audio quality. Offering a fast, flexible, and intuitive workflow, this powerful software can be
Rupert Neve is so venerated in the world of audio gear that his name rings out two times over: Say the name “Neve,” and you immediately conjure the mojo of vintage 1970s sound in all its glory; say “Rupert Neve Designs,” and you summon an image of striking modernity—of the most transparent, yet versatile tones in today’s hardware marketplace. With new offerings in the Rupert Neve Designs family, this titan of the pro audio industry is bridging the gap between his vintage flair and his modern adaptability.
First on the docket is the
If you’ve found your way to this article, you’re probably feeling pretty frustrated and confused right now. Ten minutes ago, you were in your home studio with an incredible-sounding mix, and now you’re in the car listening to the same track, only it sounds like an atrocious flabby mess. Did I copy over the wrong file? Is my car stereo broken? If you can confidently answer “no” to these questions, then congratulations. I am pleased to inform you of an
Mixing in headphones is a somewhat controversial topic in the pro audio world. Some producers and engineers mix primarily in headphones (often out of necessity) and others denounce the practice as entirely useless, preferring to work only on studio monitors. But I think that everyone can agree that a sound mix, whether it’s a song, podcast, video, or other, needs to sound good on headphones and on larger speakers. For me, and many other engineers, that balance is often
PreSonus Studio One has quite the reputation in the world of digital audio workstations (DAWs); being the only DAW that can take a producer from inception to dissemination of DDP master files has its appeal for self-starters, especially in the electric genres. Now PreSonus is releasing Studio One Version 5, and it’s jam-packing this software with everything but the kitchen sink. From writing musical notation to performing, from creating vibey mixes to sending off error-free masters,