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Reviews

By George Shilling

Joemeek MeekBox VC2 Valve channel strip
Dec 23 2003 Valve channel strip
Joemeek MeekBox VC2

I have long been a fan of Joe Meek's productions. I even went to a Joe Meek Appreciation Society event a few months back. But until recently I had not

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Joemeek MeekBox VC6 Input amplifier and channel strip
Dec 23 2003 Input amplifier and channel strip
Joemeek MeekBox VC6

Since the introduction of the Joemeek Compressor a few years ago, Joemeek have been steadily increasing their range. They have found a particular niche with the all-in-one type of processor

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Joemeek SC4 DAD and C2 Joemeek compressors
Dec 23 1999 Joemeek compressors
Joemeek SC4 DAD and C2

To the casual reader, it must seem like there is a new Joemeek product almost every month, and perhaps that is not far off the mark. Far from resting on

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Klark Teknik Square ONE Splitter Active signal splitter
Dec 23 2011 Active signal splitter
Klark Teknik Square ONE Splitter

Whenever out on a mobile recording job, it has always been reassuring to encounter Klark Teknik splitter units when interfacing with the house system. Klark Teknik have been in business

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LA Audio Classic Compressor Two channel compressor
Dec 23 2003 Two channel compressor
LA Audio Classic Compressor

There are currently available many compressors and other outboard devices which use vacuum tubes and which have fairly hefty price tags. Some of these units have a limited range of

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LA Audio Millennium Series UK designed audio equipment
Dec 23 2003 UK designed audio equipment
LA Audio Millennium Series

Outboard equipment - "Toys" to use the technical term - I love them. Big ones, small ones, red ones, blue ones, (thank you, Dr.Seuss!), and especially ones with lots of

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Lexicon MPX1 Stereo multi-effects processor
Dec 23 2003 Stereo multi-effects processor
Lexicon MPX1

Hot on the heels of Lexicon's mid-range multi-fx PCM80 came tc's reply: the M2000. This incorporated many of the PCM80's innovative features, along with the much vaunted Wizard feature, and

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Lexicon PCM 90 Digital reverberator
Dec 23 2003 Digital reverberator
Lexicon PCM 90

Lexicon's top of the range 480L and its predecessor the 224X have for over ten years been held in the highest esteem. No high-end studio looks complete without the familiar

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Mackie 1604-VLZ 16 channel microphone / line mixer
Dec 23 2003 16 channel microphone / line mixer
Mackie 1604-VLZ

Without doubt, Mackie mixers have empowered an army of musicians and DJs to record their efforts with greater control and flexibility than could ever be imagined ten years ago. They

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Manley Massive Passive Stereo valve EQ
Dec 23 2003 Stereo valve EQ
Manley Massive Passive

Manley have established a mighty reputation for their no-compromise outboard equipment. The attention to detail is astonishing, the manuals informative and entertaining, and the sound quality undeniably superb. So why

EQ
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McDSP Retro Pack EQ, compressor & limiter plugin bundle
Dec 23 2012 EQ, compressor & limiter plugin bundle
McDSP Retro Pack

McDSP have for over a decade been providing plugins which are much loved by professionals. In particular, the long-established FilterBank EQ and CompressorBank plugins are standard requirements for many mixers,

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Mutronics Mutator Stereo analogue filter, modulation and envelope follower
Dec 23 2008 Stereo analogue filter, modulation and envelope follower
Mutronics Mutator

It is not uncommon these days for record producers to have ProTools systems with software plug-ins to digitally emulate analogue effects. There are also many studio units with digital gates,

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Neumann TLM 103 Large diaphragm condenser microphone
Dec 23 2008 Large diaphragm condenser microphone
Neumann TLM 103

Georg Neumann started making microphones in 1928. His first microphone, the CMV3 condenser was way better in sound quality and noise performance than the recording formats of the time. Neumann

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Neve 8801 88R console channel strip
Dec 23 2008 88R console channel strip
Neve 8801

This is a product that now seems obvious, and although there have been board room and financial shenanigans, one might wonder why it has taken Neve so long to produce

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Neve 8803 Dual channel equalizer and filter
Dec 23 2008 Dual channel equalizer and filter
Neve 8803

The 8803 crams two channels of EQ into a single rackspace, so by definition the controls are fiddly compared to vintage Neves, but miniaturisation is ever-popular; even Rupert himself now

EQ
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Phoenix Audio DRS-Q4M Mono mic pre & 4 band EQ
Dec 23 2012 Mono mic pre & 4 band EQ
Phoenix Audio DRS-Q4M

Phoenix Audio’s DRS-2 and DRS-1 microphone and instrument preamplifiers have been delighting audio professionals for a number of years, and I have been a regular user since reviewing the DRS-2

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