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Focusrite Moves into Commercial Audio with new brand: Optimal Audio

Focusrite Moves into Commercial Audio with new brand: Optimal Audio

Optimal Audio is a new commercial audio brand from Focusrite centred on on controllers, amplifiers and loudspeakers. Here's what we know so far. The post Focusrite Moves into Commercial Audio with new brand: Optimal Audio appeared first on gearnews.com.

Model 84: Softube takes on the Juno-106

Model 84: Softube takes on the Juno-106

Softube takes a time machine to 1984 and comes back with a circuit modelled polyphonic synthesizer reminiscent of the classic Roland Juno-106. The post Model 84: Softube takes on the Juno-106 appeared first on gearnews.com.

Modal SKULPTsynth SE: the same but different

Modal SKULPTsynth SE: the same but different

The Modal SKULPT gets a mild update and becomes the SKULPTsynth SE with a slightly different look and some new presets. Is that it? The post Modal SKULPTsynth SE: the same but different appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Warm Audio WA-67 Tube Condenser Microphone

The famed German ’67 is considered by many to be one of the holy grails in the audio world: without a doubt, it’s a desert island tube condenser mic. Used by the likes of The Beatles, Nirvana and Frank Sinatra, it has truly etched its place into the recording industry...

Behringer MIC300 Tube Ultragain: A portable EUR 49 tube preamp

Behringer MIC300 Tube Ultragain: A portable EUR 49 tube preamp

Behringer debuts its third-generation of portable, inexpensive tube preamps, with less features than the MIC200 but a price that can't be beat. The post Behringer MIC300 Tube Ultragain: A portable EUR 49 tube preamp appeared first on gearnews.com.

Gear Rundown: Prince’s Purple Rain

Gear Rundown: Prince’s Purple Rain

No one will ever match the legacy of Prince. Upon news of the artist’s untimely death in 2016, legions of fans re-sparked an interest in the plethora of music left behind by the virtuosic musician, with significant attention being directed towards his 1984 magnum opus...

Engineering Prince: A dive into the archives with Peggy McCreary

“Hollywood Sound called us and said, ‘Do you have an engineer and a studio available for the weekend?” recalls Peggy ‘Mac’ McCreary of the moment in 1981 that led to her becoming one of, if not the main, recording engineers to work with Prince during his imperial ‘80s...

Gear Rundown: Dr. Dre

Gear Rundown: Dr. Dre

To call Dr. Dre a pioneer of hip-hop would be a gross understatement. Since 1986, the producer, turntablist and MC has been at the absolute forefront of the rap game, with his distinctive, synth-heavy boom-bap production technique setting a standard for beats that...

Sisters With Transistors Documentary

Sisters With Transistors Documentary

Polyend team up with Pete Cannon The film documents the remarkable female composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music...

Sound Objects: Intriguing synth line from Russia and Modular Moon

Sound Objects: Intriguing synth line from Russia and Modular Moon

Sound Objects has collaborated with Modular Moon to create a Eurorack version of Sound Object #5 to add to their growing range of Sound Object synths. The post Sound Objects: Intriguing synth line from Russia and Modular Moon appeared first on gearnews.com.

From Blues To Hip Hop: The Pursuit Of Freedom Through Music

Willie Dixon once described the blues as being “the roots” of all American music. With a history that dates back centuries, it’s certainly a statement with merit. Even so, it can sometimes be difficult to identify influences of the blues in modern music, particularly...

Turn your synths into a UV rave party with Knobotron

Turn your synths into a UV rave party with Knobotron

Fabulously tactile upgrade rings for your knobs which glow under UV light and offer a one-finger turning action. These are radioactive! The post Turn your synths into a UV rave party with Knobotron appeared first on gearnews.com.

Cableguys release DriveShaper

Cableguys release DriveShaper

Cableguys release DriveShaper "Ultimate distortion toolkit" offers 10 different flavours of distortion, plus multiband processing and extensive modulation options.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/cableguys-release-driveshaper

Eight underrated Australian gear manufacturers you need on your radar

Today, we’re plunging into the guitar and amp world and shining a light on those lesser known brands, or those who came and went with little fanfare. It’s a deep dive into some of Australia’s smallest but best manufacturers that are worth researching further. Read all...

Charvel introduce new Pro-Mod San Dimas bass guitars

Charvel introduce new Pro-Mod San Dimas bass guitars

For those who like their basses to look as loud as they sound, Charvel have launched a flash new range of Pro-Mod San Dimas models, fusing contemporary features with retro aesthetics in spectacular fashion. Check out all the latest in Product News here. Available in...

Midiverse Modular launches with 3 Eurorack modules and a frame

Midiverse Modular launches with 3 Eurorack modules and a frame

Midiverse Modular kicks off their Eurorack module adventure with 3 classics: a Multiple, some Switches and some Attenuators. They also have a rackable frame to put them in. The post Midiverse Modular launches with 3 Eurorack modules and a frame appeared first on...

New Black Series Filters from Erica Synths

New Black Series Filters from Erica Synths

Erica Synths has released a classic analog Low Pass and High Pass VCF in their Black Series of Eurorack modules plus a companion VCF Coupler to add Bandpass and Band-Reject. The post New Black Series Filters from Erica Synths appeared first on gearnews.com.

Free podcasting app from Rode

Free podcasting app from Rode

Free podcasting app from Rode Rode Connect works with Rode's NT-USB Mini microphones, and can accommodate up to six guests simultaneously.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/free-podcasting-app-rode

Kemper, Eventide + more: our top five gear releases of the week

Kemper, Eventide + more: our top five gear releases of the week

With so many brands to keep up to date with, it can be easy to lose track of all the latest equipment launched into the gear-sphere each week. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best product releases that you might’ve missed over the week, including picks from...

Want to have Mixdown Magazine delivered straight to your door?

Would you like to have all of the latest music instrument/gear news, product reviews, artists features and columns delivered directly to your door? For nearly 30 years, Mixdown Magazine has been Australia’s number one musical instrument and audio technology...

Mark Hoppus reunites with Reverb to sell off old music gear

Less than a month after his former bandmate Tom DeLonge took to the platform to sell off his old equipment, Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus is linking up with Reverb to auction off a horde of gear from his home studio. Catch up on all the latest Product News here....

Sontronics Podcast Pro Microphone Giveaway

Featuring an eye-catching red finish, an incredibly tight super-cardioid polarity pattern and an internal pop filter to minimise plosives, the Sontronics Podcast Pro is one of the best podcasting microphones we’ve come across in years. It’s sturdy, reliable and above...

What’s the difference between analogue and digital effects?

What’s the difference between analogue and digital effects?

When we talk about vinyl, it’s never long before adjectives such as ‘warmth’ and ‘natural’ enter the conversation. The analogue format carries with it a sense of authenticity, a richness and depth that is always present, yet difficult to articulate and even tougher to...

Eventide’s mighty new UltraTap Delay shipping now

Eventide’s mighty new UltraTap Delay shipping now

The new Eventide UltraTap Delay pedal comes rushing onto the market a dotted quaver after the MicroPitch Delay, adding more modulation into the mix. The post Eventide’s mighty new UltraTap Delay shipping now appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender expand the Squier Contemporary Series for 2021

With more people playing the guitar than ever before in 2020, Fender have introduced a number of new Squier Contemporary models to retain their stranglehold over the beginner market. Summary Fender have added five new electric guitars to the Squier Contemporary Range....

Roland expand V-Drum range

Roland expand V-Drum range

Roland expand V-Drum range Three e-drum kits have been announced, each based around the new TD‑50X module.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/roland-expand-v-drum-range

Modal Electronics Cobalt 8

Modal Electronics Cobalt 8

Synth lovers rejoice! It’s never been a better moment in history to be in the synth game. Synth lovers lament! It’s never been a more bewildering time to be in the synth game. The choice is currently astonishing. And affordable. Let’s see, it wasn’t that long ago that...

Deal: Buy a microphone and get iZotope software for free!

Deal: Buy a microphone and get iZotope software for free!

Here's your chance to get iZotope RX 8 Elements and Nectar Elements for free when you buy a microphone for podcasting, streaming and vocal recording! The post Deal: Buy a microphone and get iZotope software for free! appeared first on gearnews.com.

AMSynths teases The Prague: Dual Oscillator Analog Mono Synth

AMSynths teases The Prague: Dual Oscillator Analog Mono Synth

Launching in May AMSynths reveals the first details of their forthcoming analog Eurorack compatible monosynth they are calling The Prague. The post AMSynths teases The Prague: Dual Oscillator Analog Mono Synth appeared first on gearnews.com.

Plugin Alliance introduces Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak

Plugin Alliance introduces Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak

Plugin Alliance has released Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak. The developer says that the new plug-in avoids many of the problems that plague traditional true peak limiters. The post Plugin Alliance introduces Brainworx bx_limiter True Peak appeared first on...

More percussion from Klevgränd

More percussion from Klevgränd

More percussion from Klevgränd Slammer combines traditional drum-kit elements with the sound of household objects being abused.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/more-percussion-klevgrand

What’s the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones?

What’s the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones?

It’s an old conversation, but how many people really understand the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones? Choosing which type to go with will be one of the first choices made when selecting a microphone to use for live or studio performances, and...

Review: Sonarworks SoundID Reference

I should start this review by stating, that in these uncertain times of untreated spaces, cheapo monitoring setups and even worse *gasp* – mixing through headphones – I for one 100% subscribe to the the use of high quality reference and calibration software to extract...

Danny Elfman shares details of first studio album in 37 years

One of the most beloved film and television composers of the modern era, Danny Elfman is set to release his first studio album in almost four decades this year. Never miss an update – sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news, reviews, features and giveaways....

KHDK launches My Big Fatt Rawk, a ‘dickstortion’ pedal

KHDK launches My Big Fatt Rawk, a ‘dickstortion’ pedal

A guitar pedal based on penis jokes, KHDK's My Big Fatt Rawk is the brainchild of Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman and comedian Brian Posehn. The post KHDK launches My Big Fatt Rawk, a ‘dickstortion’ pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

Wavefonix releases 3340 Dual VCO and 2140 LPF

Wavefonix releases 3340 Dual VCO and 2140 LPF

New releases include the CEM3340 based 3340 Dual VCO with parallel oscillators and the 2140 Low-Pass Filter with overdrive and dual compensated FM modulation. The post Wavefonix releases 3340 Dual VCO and 2140 LPF appeared first on gearnews.com.

Sassy Audio Spreadsheet: Is this the nerdiest synth yet?

Sassy Audio Spreadsheet: Is this the nerdiest synth yet?

Enter the ordered, organised and accounted world of the Sassy Audio Spreadsheet - it Excels (!) as a virtual modular synthesizer and actually sounds really good. The post Sassy Audio Spreadsheet: Is this the nerdiest synth yet? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Orobas: Eurorack Tube distortion and VCA now available

Orobas: Eurorack Tube distortion and VCA now available

Fresh from Animal Factory Amplification is the Orobas Vacuum Tube VCA, Saturator and Distortion in one complex and fierce-looking module. The post Orobas: Eurorack Tube distortion and VCA now available appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Sennheiser IE 100 Pro In-Ear Monitors

If you’ve ever performed on a large-scale festivals stage or are even just staunch about getting the best possible live mixes at your gigs, then you’ll understand the vital importance of in-ear monitors for live performance. Catch up on all the latest music gear...

Review: PreSonus Studio One 5.2 Professional

PreSonus have been in the DAW world for the past ten years, which by the standard of modern recording software officially makes them a veteran in the space at this point. Catch up on all the latest music gear reviews here. What started as a sister piece to their...

Review: SSL UF8 DAW Controller

Back in 2019, legendary studio icons Solid State Logic shook things up with their excellent SiX desktop mixer, an affordable (at least by high-end studio standards), compact, all-in-one portable desktop mixer solution. It was in many ways a statement of intent from...

Deal: Buy a microphone and get iZotope software for free!

Deal: Buy a microphone and get iZotope RX 8 Elements for free!

Now is your chance to get the iZotope RX 8 Elements audio restoration software for free when you buy a microphone for podcasting, streaming and vocal recording! The post Deal: Buy a microphone and get iZotope RX 8 Elements for free! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Analogue Solutions Leipzig V3

As a desktop device duly delivering a better fit, format-wise, for today’s production preferences, Leipzig v3 takes its design cues from Analogue Solutions’ Impulse Command semi-modular analogue synth. Though looking like this unit, Leipzig retains the same angry,...

Review: Walrus Audio’s ACS1 Amp and Cab Simulator pedal

Review: Walrus Audio’s ACS1 Amp and Cab Simulator pedal

Walrus Audio's latest MAKO Series pedal, the ACS1 amp and cab simulator, was released earlier this year. Did it meet our expectations? Mostly... The post Review: Walrus Audio’s ACS1 Amp and Cab Simulator pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

Moog Sound Studio: The Review

Moog Sound Studio: The Review

The Moog Sound Studio offers all you need to start making music with Moog semi-modular synths. We check out this pricy but fabulous bundle of noise. The post Moog Sound Studio: The Review appeared first on gearnews.com.

Ginger Audio Ground Control is a free Soundflower alternative

Ginger Audio Ground Control is a free Soundflower alternative

Ginger Audio Ground Control is a virtual audio device that lets you send audio from one app to another on the Mac. It's a modern alternative to Soundflower, and it's free! The post Ginger Audio Ground Control is a free Soundflower alternative appeared first on...

SoundGym: new ear training platform launched

SoundGym: new ear training platform launched

SoundGym: new ear training platform launched Online service lets you hone your listening skills using EQ games and challenges.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/soundgym-new-ear-training-platform-launched

K-Devices Shaper 2: Modular multi FX plug-in destroys your audio

K-Devices Shaper 2: Modular multi FX plug-in destroys your audio

K-Devices Shaper 2 is a modular multi FX plug-in that attacks your audio with waveshaper, transform, glitch gate and resonator modules. Turn your tracks into a digital pile of rubble! The post K-Devices Shaper 2: Modular multi FX plug-in destroys your audio appeared...

Circuit Happy ML:2 – 2HP Ableton Link module

Circuit Happy ML:2 – 2HP Ableton Link module

From the company that brought us the Missing Link desktop Ableton Link box comes a Link infused Eurorack clock generator in just 2HP. The post Circuit Happy ML:2 – 2HP Ableton Link module appeared first on gearnews.com.

The 20 Greatest Video Game Soundtracks Of All Time – Part Two

Continuing on from our previous instalment, we’re now heading into boss mode to explore the ten greatest video game soundtracks of all time. From gritty side-scrollers through to immersive RPGs and beyond, join us as we delve deep into some of the best scores in...

SSL introduce new UV EQ and SiX Channel 500-series modules

Legendary UK audio firm Solid State Logic have expanded their 500-series of modules with two new offerings. Catch up on all the latest Product News here. The UV EQ and the SiX CH, which are both based on SSL’s previously released Fusion stereo analogue processor and...

Fender officially launch the Mike McCready Custom Shop Stratocaster

Fender officially launch the Mike McCready Custom Shop Stratocaster

Following its announcement back at NAMM in January, Fender have now officially launched the Custom Shop Mike McCready 1960 Signature: an authentic replica of the Pearl Jam guitarist’s iconic touring workhorse. Summary The Fender Custom Shop Mike McCready Stratocaster...

Rare Waves Grendel DC-2: Drone Commander 2 ready to take control

Rare Waves Grendel DC-2: Drone Commander 2 ready to take control

The Grendel DC-2 is a 2-oscillator analog synth voice for Eurorack with multiple LFOs, 2 filters, LPG and CV-Gate control for generating far more than drones. The post Rare Waves Grendel DC-2: Drone Commander 2 ready to take control appeared first on gearnews.com.

SSL UV EQ and SiX Channel: new 500-Series analog modules

SSL UV EQ and SiX Channel: new 500-Series analog modules

SSL revamps the 500 series with UV EQ and SiX CH, derived from the Fusion and SiX respectively... Oh, and the brushed steel looks pretty swish, too. The post SSL UV EQ and SiX Channel: new 500-Series analog modules appeared first on gearnews.com.

New SSL 500-series modules

New SSL 500-series modules

SoundGym: new ear training platform launched The new processors comprise an EQ inspired by the SSL Fusion, and a channel strip drawn from the compact SSL SiX Console.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/new-ssl-500-series-modules

New SSL 500-series modules

New 500-series modules from SSL

New 500-series modules from SSL The new processors comprise an EQ inspired by the SSL Fusion, and a channel strip drawn from the compact SSL SiX Console.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/new-500-series-modules-ssl

Chatting innovation, sustainability and legacy with Pedaltrain

Some gear companies shoot for financial success – Pedaltrain, on the other hand, simply aim to change the game. For over 20 years, the Nashville-based firm have singlehandedly changed the way musicians approach their pedalboards, with their range of rugged and...

Studio Focus: Salt Studios

Studio Focus: Salt Studios

Salt Studios are a mainstay within Melbourne’s recorded music scene. For 20 years, they’ve provided the Bayside regions with killer-sounding recordings for EPs and albums, and have been at the forefront of voice-over and podcasting even before its recent boom.  We...

Studio Focus: Rockinghorse Studios

Studio Focus: Rockinghorse Studios

Looking to record your next album overlooking the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay? Rockinghorse Studios might just be up your alley. We chat with producer/engineer Nicholas Wilson to find out more about the studios, their recent upgrades and the amazing accomodation...

Studio Focus: Mixed By Zolton

Studio Focus: Mixed By Zolton

From songwriting and production to mixing and beyond, Zolton just keeps on establishing himself as of the most versatile assets available to Sydney’s musical community today. We spoke with the head honcho about his mixing ethos, his studio space in Surry Hills and...

Studio Focus: Empire Music Studios

Studio Focus: Empire Music Studios

Essentially Melbourne’s answer to Sydney’s iconic Studios 301, the story of Empire Music Studios stretches all the way back to the ‘80s, where it was originally founded as Studio 52. Now based in Heidelberg, Empire looks to continue their rich legacy with some of the...

Casio reboot the Casiotone range with three new models

For decades, the Casiotone keyboard range has provided generations of emerging piano players with their first-ever musical instrument experience. Their compact, fuss-free designs and bang-for-buck feature sets have made them a mainstay on the musical instrument market...

Motu Ultralite-mk5 Takes Flight

MOTU is now shipping the UltraLite-mk5, its 18 x 22 half-rack USB audio interface for macOS, Windows and iOS. The 5th-generation UltraLite-mk5 matches the connectivity of its popular predecessors with a total of 40 simultaneous I/O channels, including two front-panel...

New Casiotone series launched

New Casiotone series launched

New Casiotone series launched Casio's three new keyboards are aimed at beginner and casual players, with the flagship CT-S1 employing the company's premium AiX Sound Source engine.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/new-casiotone-series-launched

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