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Reviews

By George Shilling

D.W.Fearn VT-7 Stereo valve compressor
Dec 23 2008 Stereo valve compressor
D.W.Fearn VT-7

Such is his perfectionism, Douglas Fearn spent nearly 10 years researching and designing this stereo compressor. You’ve seen the picture, it’s a 3U case, but in the flesh it is

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Daking 52270 Mic Pre/EQ and 91579 Compressor/Limiter Geoffrey Daking pro audio
Dec 23 2008 Geoffrey Daking pro audio
Daking 52270 Mic Pre/EQ and 91579 Compressor/Limiter

I suspect that many readers outside the US have never heard of Geoffrey Daking. I hadn't. The man himself is a studio owner and 'audio tinkerer'. His units have been

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dbx 160S Two channel compressor / limiter
Dec 23 2003 Two channel compressor / limiter
dbx 160S

The dbx 160 was standard equipment in any studio worth its salt when I started in the business. Not for the faint-hearted, I always suspected that this half-rack, 2U machine

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Digitech Studio 400 Four channel multi-effects processor
Dec 23 2003 Four channel multi-effects processor
Digitech Studio 400

The 400 is a black 2U multi-fx box, fairly shallow in depth. On first glance one is immediately put in mind of the Eventide H3000. However, this unit is about

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DPA 3541 Vocalist and Instrument Microphone Kit
Dec 23 2003 Vocalist and Instrument Microphone Kit
DPA 3541

When scouring the microphone cupboards of the commercial studios I use, I am always delighted to encounter Brüel & Kjær models, (now available under the DPA name). Frequently, these are

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Drawmer Front End One MX60 Mic / line channel strip
Dec 23 2003 Mic / line channel strip
Drawmer Front End One MX60

In the high-end 'voice channel' market, one can easily forget that Drawmer were an early entrant with the Vacuum Tube 1960. They now enter the crowded budget end of this

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E.A.R. / Yoshino 660 Compressor / Limiter
Dec 23 2003 Compressor / Limiter
E.A.R. / Yoshino 660

Esoteric [es–o–ter'ik], adjective inner; secret; mysterious; taught to a select few – This is the dictionary definition of the ‘E.’ of E.A.R. (Esoteric Audio Research), which says much about the

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Eventide DSP 4500 Ultra Harmonizer
Dec 23 2003 Ultra Harmonizer
Eventide DSP 4500

The Eventide name is synonymous with the studio harmonizer. Their more recent designs include many other types of effects, but the pitch-shifter remains central to all 'Ultra-Harmonizer' models. The most

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Eventide DSP 7000 Ultra Harmonizer
Dec 23 2008 Ultra Harmonizer
Eventide DSP 7000

Eventide's Orville is a Rolls-Royce effects processor, with 96kHz/24-Bit capability and multiple audio connections enabling surround-sound usage. But it will be some time until we all work exclusively in a

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Eventide H7600 Ultra Harmonizer
Dec 23 2008 Ultra Harmonizer
Eventide H7600

This new Harmonizer is not quite the top-of-the-range model, that honour goes to the H8000FW, an eight channel unit featuring 5.1 presets. But the H7600 is now the top stereo

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Fat Man
Dec 23 2003 Stereo valve compressor
Fat Man 'Fat One' by TL Audio

I was just a few days into my health diet when the Fat One arrived, threatening to spoil things. The novelty of receiving a cubic container was quite irresistible -

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Focusrite Liquid Mix HD Plug-in Convolution based TDM plugin
Dec 23 2012 Convolution based TDM plugin
Focusrite Liquid Mix HD Plug-in

Since Focusrite impressed everyone with their remarkable hybrid digital and analogue Liquid Channel microphone preamp (using a clever combination of convolution software and emulation hardware), they have brought their ‘Liquid’

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Groove Tubes The Glory Comp Mono valve compressor
Dec 23 2008 Mono valve compressor
Groove Tubes The Glory Comp

The Glory Comp (GC hereon) is a sister product of the ViPre microphone preamp. A similarly over-engineered all-valve design, this new product is equally robust – it weighs a whopping

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Gyraf Gyratec XIV Stereo valve equalizer
Dec 23 2012 Stereo valve equalizer
Gyraf Gyratec XIV

Gyraf are a Danish company who have been quietly making valve-based outboard equipment for over 15 years; it is five years since Resolution last looked at any of their products.

EQ
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Helios EQ1 Lunchbox Classic British input module
Dec 23 2000 Classic British input module
Helios EQ1 Lunchbox

A brief history lesson: The late Dick Swettenham was a maintenance engineer at Olympic Studios in its late 1960's heyday. In the early 1970's he built a rather wonderful desk

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Inward Connections Vac Rac TEQ-1 Modular stepped valve EQ
Dec 23 2003 Modular stepped valve EQ
Inward Connections Vac Rac TEQ-1

The Vac Rac was originally reviewed by Dave Foister in the March 1996 edition of Studio Sound. This revisit is to evaluate the new EQ module, but first, a quick

EQ
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