Tag Archives: Monday

New Music Gear Monday: Aston Element Microphone That’s Crowd-Designed

It’s difficult to be surprised by a new microphone these days. After all, the basic designs haven’t changed in more than a hundred years, and for the most part, we just get tiny evolutions with each new model that’s introduced. The new Aston Element microphone is breaking that trend though, as it has a couple … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: Aston Element Microphone That’s Crowd-Designed

New Music Gear Monday: 2gether Audio Space Duck Ducking Delay And Reverb Plugin

Audio ducking, or the process of automatically lowering a sound when another one is introduced, has been around for a long time and you’ve probably never noticed it. How about at an airport when the background music is automatically attenuated when an announcement is made? Or a boardroom where all the other members mics are … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: 2gether Audio Space Duck Ducking Delay And Reverb Plugin

New Music Gear Monday: SamSystems Integral Close Cab Miking System

Mic stands can be a pain because they’re always in the way. Whether in the studio or on stage, you can bet that the stand is going to be hit at some point and the mic will soon be pointing where it’s not supposed to be. That’s especially true for a guitar or bass amp, … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: SamSystems Integral Close Cab Miking System

New Music Gear Monday: PreSonus Studio One 5 Digital Audio Workstation Update

There are a lot of great DAWs on the market right now – so many, in fact, that you probably can’t go wrong if you purchase any of them. There is one in particular that has been steadily growing in popularity and capabilities over the years along and that’s PreSonus’s excellent Studio One. The latest … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: PreSonus Studio One 5 Digital Audio Workstation Update

New Music Gear Monday: Neumann V 402 Dual Channel Microphone Preamp

There are plenty of really great microphone preamps on the market today. So many that it’s difficult to make a wrong choice if you’re willing to spend enough money. That said, it isn’t every day that Neumann introduces a microphone preamp. In fact, the new V 402 is the first stand-alone preamp that the company … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: Neumann V 402 Dual Channel Microphone Preamp

New Music Gear Monday: Massenburg Design Works MDWEQ6 Equalizer Plugin

We all take parametric equalizers for granted these days but the fact of the matter was that it was a rather radical departure in EQ design when George Massenburg first proposed it in his AES paper in 1972. Since then the parametric has become a standard tool in most recording studios (certainly in plugins). Besides … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: Massenburg Design Works MDWEQ6 Equalizer Plugin

New Music Gear Monday: Radial Engineering HDI High-Definition Direct Box

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I’m a big fan of all products from Radial Engineering, but their direct boxes in particular. The JDI has been a long-time a standard for both studio and live and with good reason. It’s built like a tank and will last forever, and … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: Radial Engineering HDI High-Definition Direct Box

New Music Gear Monday: Apogee Clearmountain’s Spaces

Engineer Bob Clearmountain has always been one of the most clever mixers in the business, so much so that other mixers have tried to dissect exactly what he does on mixes for years. Bob pulled back the curtain on his techniques when he released the Clearmountain’s Domain plugin earlier this year. Now just the reverb … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: Apogee Clearmountain’s Spaces

New Music Gear Monday: Avantone Kick Sub-Frequency Bass Drum Microphone

One of the things that engineers have always struggled with was getting enough girth frequencies on the kick drum. This was eventually solved by Nashville engineer Russ Long, who mounted a common (at the time) Yamaha NS-10 woofer on a snare stand and used it as a microphone exclusively on the bass drum. The sound … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: Avantone Kick Sub-Frequency Bass Drum Microphone

New Music Gear Monday: LiquidSonics Cinematic Rooms Atmos Reverb Plugin

When I first started to mix in 5.1 back in the early 90s, there were no tools available. We had to jury rig a multichannel monitor controller and panners, and linking outboard gear together was a real pain. Reverb was especially tough because even with identical units, we never could get the feeling of a … Continue reading New Music Gear Monday: LiquidSonics Cinematic Rooms Atmos Reverb Plugin