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Drip Electronics STA-LEVEL Compressor

A review of the Drip Electronics Sta-Level tube compressor.

Dangerous ST-DAC Review (Monitor ST DA Converter)

A very positive review of the Dangerous ST_DAC DA Converter for the Monitor ST controller.

Upgrading your project studio DAW interface to 96KHz

DAW interface options at the dawn of Thunderbolt

The author goes on a search for the best way to get 18 channels of 96KHz audio into and out of a laptop using Avid ProTools 9. There is a requirement to use outboard gear and digital conversion that primarily rests outside of the interface itself – the main goal is to find something that delivers and sends 1s and 0s to and from the computer.

B16 VCA Compressor by Seventh Circle Audio (SCA)

A review of the Seventh Circle Audio (SCA) B16 compressor. Similar to the DBX 160 compressor.

Planet Waves Guitar Tools – iPhone Audio App

The Planet Waves Guitar Tools iPhone app is pretty killer in terms of the user interface and features. Even though it came out in 2010, I haven’t yet found another guitar-focused app quite as useful. Guitar Tools: Chords If you know what chord you want, the Chords section in Guitar Tools is the app for … Continue reading

Fender 5e3 Deluxe Amp Build

Fender 5e3 Deluxe Amp The Fender 5e3 Tweed Deluxe circuit is a classic and one of the best sounding ones out there, especially for small gig and recording studio use. Here’s some details about the latest 5e3 Deluxe amp that came out of the shop. Custom Made Amps I’ve been making custom tube amps for … Continue reading

Fender 5F1 Champ DIY and Top Capacitor Picks

Fender 5F1 Champ DIY Project I had a bit of time between work this week, so I gutted an old Marshall practice amp and started to build a Fender 5F1 Champ circuit in the chassis. The Marshall sounded like you’d expect it to – pure junk, so there were no hard feelings about ripping out … Continue reading

Fishman SA220 Portable PA System

I had the opportunity to use a Fishman SA220 portable PA system for a Willy Porter concert recently and I was impressed with several things about it. I used two of the SA220 units and the sound filled the room nicely – no bad spots or major dropouts as I moved across the room. The SA220s were extremely portable, easy … Continue reading

Top Five Best Microphones for the Recording Studio

My top five favorite microphones for the recording studio are: AKG 451e w/ CK1 capsule Lomo 19a19 Shure SM7 Neumann SM69 SM57 Depending on the day or the mood in the recording studio, I might be inclined to choose some other microphones. For today, here are my top five recording studio mics: AKG 451e with … Continue reading