Review

Reviews

By George Shilling and Russell Cottier

McDSP AE600 Active EQ plugin
Feb 28 2016 Active EQ plugin
McDSP AE600

The AE600 is the latest in the line of active EQs from this Silicon Valley based plug-in company. Offering six bands of both active and fixed EQ this is more than just your average plug-in.

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Waves Cobalt Saphira Harmonic synthesis plugin
May 30 2015 Harmonic synthesis plugin
Waves Cobalt Saphira

The idea of bringing to market a plug-in that is deliberately difficult to hear but easy to feel is no mean feat. However this is ostensibly what Waves has done with the Saphira, the first plug-in from the new Cobalt series.

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Antelope Audio Satori Monitor controller with talkback and four headphone amplifiers
Jan 12 2015 Monitor controller with talkback and four headphone amplifiers
Antelope Audio Satori

You may know the work of Igor Levin from his Aardvark convertors that created a buzz in the early days of computer-based recording. His Antelope Audio company has likewise become known for its attention to minimising clock jitter with ‘atomic clock type’ technology.

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Tim de Paravicini and his 1-inch stereo recorder
Dec 23 2013
Tim de Paravicini and his 1-inch stereo recorder

In the music industry, there are two types of people: those who cannot wait for every new software update and aspire to own every piece cutting edge technology, and those who prefer the tried and trusted, only accepting 'new' when it has really proved itself...

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Audient Zen Analogue recording console
Dec 23 2012 Analogue recording console
Audient Zen

It’s not often you get the chance to review equipment that is named after the editor of the magazine, so the email with the subject “Zen for review” initially led me to some mistaken assumptions.

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AnaMod AM670 Stereo Limiter
Dec 23 2012 Stereo Limiter
AnaMod AM670

So, here we go again with yet another Fairchild 670 recreation. Only, hold on, this one really doesn’t feel quite right. Yes, they’ve made a good stab at the front panel, but this thing is almost as light as a feather.

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AnaMod ATS-1 Two channel analogue tape simulator
Dec 23 2012 Two channel analogue tape simulator
AnaMod ATS-1

AnaMod was founded in 2006 by two industry veterans, Dave Amels (formerly of Bomb Factory, Voce and others) and Greg Gualtieri who is currently president of Pendulum Audio. The company has a unique ethos, with a fascinating approach to design.

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API 1608 16 channel recording console
Dec 23 2012 16 channel recording console
API 1608

The 1608 is a small format recording console based on the 1604 which API produced in the 1970s and early 1980s. Although I have never encountered one in the UK, examples in the USA are still cherished and lovingly restored.

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Cartec EQP-1A Mono valve equalizer
Dec 23 2012 Mono valve equalizer
Cartec EQP-1A

Surely the audio industry’s most copied product, in hardware and latterly in software, is the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer.

EQ
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CharterOak SCL-1 Stereo compressor
Dec 23 2012 Stereo compressor
CharterOak SCL-1

CharterOak have been making boutique microphones since 2002. Endearingly, rather than boosting his ego, founder Michael Deming, (an engineer and producer of some note), named the company after a local Connecticut landmark.

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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’ convolution technology to a popular audience with the compressor and EQ emulating Liquid Mix, a...

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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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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, with rock-solid sound quality and low latency.

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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 in 2002. From May 2009 Phoenix units have been built in California.

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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.

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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.

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