Reviews

Reviews

By George Shilling

Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16 16 channel DAW summing mixer
Dec 23 2007 16 channel DAW summing mixer
Phoenix Audio Nicerizer 16

The Nicerizer series comprises two distinctly different models; the ‘8’ has a slightly different concept from the ‘16’ which we have here. Both are summing boxes for out-of-the-box DAW mixing.

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Presonus ADL 600 Dual channel mic, line, instrument pre
Dec 23 2008 Dual channel mic, line, instrument pre
Presonus ADL 600

The story of Italian-American designer of boutique outboard Antony DeMaria meeting up with PreSonus president Jim Odom at the New York AES Show will be familiar to some readers from

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Prism MMA-4XR 4 Channel Mic Pre Amp
Dec 23 2011 4 Channel Mic Pre Amp
Prism MMA-4XR

This four channel mic preamp is part of the Maselec Master Series, an all-analogue unit designed by Swedish audio wizard Leif Masses. He started out at Abba’s Polar Studios in

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Purple Audio MC76 Mono FET compressor
Dec 23 2008 Mono FET compressor
Purple Audio MC76

I have yet to meet a recording engineer who dislikes or actively avoids using Urei 1176 limiters. Every commercial music recording studio worth its salt usually has two or more

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Ridge Farm
Dec 23 2001 Valve microphone preamplifier & DI
Ridge Farm's Steamer and Gas Cooker

George Shilling reviews the Ridge Farm Gas Cooker at Ridge Farm Studios Copyright 2001.

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Roll Music RMS755 Super Stereo Compressor
Dec 23 2008 Super Stereo Compressor
Roll Music RMS755

Minneapolis-based Roll Music… (which is a different company from Rolls Corp in Utah, here ‘Roll’ is derived from the difference between ‘Rock’ and ‘Rock and Roll’ music) …claim that the

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Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Discrete Analogue Mixer
Dec 23 2008 Discrete Analogue Mixer
Rupert Neve Designs 5088

At 80, Rupert Neve can look back proudly at a career of console design, his CV including numerous models which pushed the boundaries of audio quality and ergonomics. He founded

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 Five Band EQ
Dec 23 2008 Five Band EQ
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033

George Shilling walks through another doorway to find out whether this EQ provides the entrance for classic Neve sounds... The pro-audio industry is littered with remnants of Mr Rupert Neve’s

EQ
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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 Compressor / limiter duo
Dec 23 2008 Compressor / limiter duo
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043

Industry legend Rupert Neve adds a compressor to the Portico series, George Shilling finds the way in. Rupert Neve founded the famous Neve console company many decades ago, and it

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Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser De-esser plugin
Dec 23 2008 De-esser plugin
Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser

New from Sonnox is the Oxford SuprEsser, designed to be “the last word” in De-Essing. A number of plugin designers have recently turned their attention to de-essing, and there are

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SPL Qure Stereo 3 band parametric EQ
Dec 23 2002 Stereo 3 band parametric EQ
SPL Qure

It never ceases to amaze me that many items are sent for review that are either faulty, or fail to include the (often vital) manual. If it happens to me,

EQ
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SPL Tube Vitalizer Stereo program equalizer
Dec 23 2003 Stereo program equalizer
SPL Tube Vitalizer

The Tube Vitalizer looks impressive, with a nod towards vintage valve equipment. It is a 2U steel box, with a bare metal front panel. There are plenty of black knobs,

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SSL Alpha Channel Pre-amp and EQ with digital conversation
Dec 23 2008 Pre-amp and EQ with digital conversation
SSL Alpha Channel

SSL seems an increasingly go-ahead and dynamic company, especially since the last change of ownership. The AWS900 moved SSL on from being the lumbering giant of stratospherically-priced giant consoles, but

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SSL Duende DSP powered plugins
Dec 23 2008 DSP powered plugins
SSL Duende

Duende is a Spanish word – “A mysterious power that all may feel and no philosophy can explain.” But I’m going to try anyway… Duende comes as a 1U rackmount

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SSL Mynx and E Series Modules EQ and dynamics based on the 4000 E consoles
Dec 23 2009 EQ and dynamics based on the 4000 E consoles
SSL Mynx and E Series Modules

SSL’s XLogic X-Rack system is now well established with a large range of modules with the flexibility to cater for all kinds of application, and boasting the major attractions of

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SSL X-Desk Rackmountable line mixer
Dec 23 2009 Rackmountable line mixer
SSL X-Desk

No relation to Monty Python’s Ex-Parrot, nor Nissan’s X-Trail (a derivative of the N-Trail?!), the X-Desk is perhaps an SSL for everyone. Although the price makes it easily the cheapest

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