Music Production

by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 04/28/2022
I’ve been a fan of Novation since the early 2000s when the company released the virtual analog Nova series. To this day, I still own and love my Nova desktop synth. When I was asked if I was interested in writing a hands-on review of the Novation Peak, I couldn’t say no. The Peak is a hybrid 8-voice analog/digital synthesizer. There are pros and cons to both analog and digital technologies,
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 03/28/2022
When RØDE built the NTH-100 Headphones, it was guided by the belief that every audio creator deserves to hear their sound in a thoroughly rewarding way. From the custom-matched drivers and modular design to innovative features that make you wish this happened years ago, the RØDE NTH-100 command attention without commandeering your budget. Plus, since they were conjured and constructed in-house at RØDE’s facility in Australia, you
by Robert Rives ·Posted 02/28/2022
Musicians, producers, studio owners, and recording engineers looking for a powerful workhorse interface that provides eight high-quality mic preamps, top-tier professional clocking and conversion, and powerful effects processing will want to take a serious look at the new Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core from Antelope Audio. This Pro version updates the original Discrete 8 by adding Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity and improving performance—offering a
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 01/06/2022
When asked by my best friend what things I’d collect if money wasn’t a concern, I replied, “Not cars, not guitars, not VHS tapes of old movies, and definitely not those weird little Furbies. I’d amass loads of headphones like a fiend. I love headphones, man.” So, my collector spirit animal was thrilled to find out Shure was shipping some new headphones—the SRH440A and
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 11/17/2021
With its large touchscreen, 32-bit float resolution to avoid clipping, and tailored modes for podcast, voice, field, and music recording applications, the Tascam Portacapture X8 portable handheld multitrack recorder makes it incredibly easy to capture up to six tracks of detailed, high-resolution audio for common production scenarios. Its detachable condenser mics can be set for a wide or tight stereo image and may be used
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 11/04/2021
Swiftly record two-person interviews, podcasts, and vlogs straight to your smartphone, tablet, or computer with your trusty 3.5mm-equipped microphones and the AI-Micro, RØDE’s latest ultracompact audio interface. Pocket friendly and bus powered, the AI-Micro is perfect for keeping your setup small and simple while maintaining quality and enjoying convenient optimization and expanded functionality through RØDE’s suite of popular apps
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 10/06/2021
Expanding Novation's line of popular and portable Circuit Series music-making machines is Circuit Rhythm, a potent stand-alone sampler and drum machine purpose-built for beatmakers and electronic music artists in the studio, on stage, or anywhere creativity flows. With its eight sample tracks, 32 RGB pads, screen-free workflow, and powering via USB or the internal rechargeable four-hour battery, Circuit Rhythm is a highly capable
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 09/22/2021
A complete and unified system for electronic music production, Akai Professional’s MPC Studio merges purpose-built hardware and potent DAW software, offering fluid creativity and intuitive workflow to all beat makers, remixers, and producers. So, give your mouse a break and stop squinting at your screen; use MPC Studio to take control of your artistic processes while experiencing a new level of power and speed
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 09/09/2021
Focusrite’s Clarett USB Type-C audio interfaces are well respected for bringing studio-level recording quality to artists, producers, and engineers, and the fresh Clarett+ range—the 2Pre desktop 10 x 4 model, the 4Pre desktop 18 x 8 variant, and the
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 07/12/2021
It happens so easily and innocently. One day, you’re laughing at a party while tunes pump through a Bluetooth speaker at the back of a room. The next thing you know, you’ve dedicated an entire room as a temple for the purest, uncompromising audio fidelity, where you sit motionless in a state of emotional euphoria as your favorite songs fill your ears with the vibrant sounds their creators so painstakingly crafted. It’s difficult to know why some become passionately obsessed with the sound of music, while others are perfectly content with the
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 06/23/2021
Putting versatile audio mixing power and user-friendly operability in a portable and ultracompact form factor for all kinds of smartphone-wielding content creators, Roland’s GO:MIXER PRO-X is a welcome addition to the world of mobile audio. Whether podcasting, livestreaming, or shooting music videos and behind-the-scenes footage on a budget, the GO:MIXER PRO-X empowers you with the ability to mix up to seven input sources into
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 04/20/2021
Supercharged with versatile mic-modeling technology that puts an entire vintage mic locker at your disposal and onboard DSP/FPGA chips that power the included plug-in bundle without taxing your computer, the Antelope Axino Synergy Core serves as a premium all-in-one USB microphone and audio interface that’s perfect for artists and producers who want professional studio quality in a single, compact package. Not only is it loaded with features
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 02/04/2021
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
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 02/01/2021
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
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 11/12/2020
Fusing extreme onboard processing, uncompromising sonic performance, and industry-standard Pro Tools software, Avid Pro Tools | Carbon gives artists, bands, producers, and engineers a unified and premium hybrid production system for creating music with a fluid, professional workflow, supercharged plug-in power, and all the I/O needed to run an impressive session.