Review: AMS Neve RMX16 500 Series

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Price £1,194 Contact AMS Neve Following the well-received UAD plug-in emulation, the AMS Neve RMX16 is now available as a 500 Series hardware unit. Launched in 1982, Advanced Music Systems’ RMX16 was the first-ever microprocessor-controlled digital reverberation unit. Back in the days when the singles charts were dominated by synth-pop bands such as Depeche Mode, […]

NAMM 2020: Warm Audio’s BUS-COMP is remarkably affordable

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NAMM 2020: Warm Audio has revealed the BUS-COMP, a two-channel stereo VCA compressor with an all-analogue signal path. SSL-style VCA bus compressors, such as Warm’s latest offering, are renowned for their ability to control group and stereo master dynamics while adding depth and tone. Warm Audio’s BUS-COMP strays from tradition, by putting switchable USA-made Cinemag […]

Gear Of The Year: Best outboard gear of 2019

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WINNER: Black Lion Audio Seventeen When it comes to classic studio outboard like 1176, there have been plenty of remakes and clones over recent years. This versatile solid-state compressor/limiters can be used for everything from unobtrusive levelling of vocals and bass to dramatic dynamic compression. Black Lion Audio’s Seventeen is in no way a clone […]

Origin Effects reissues the Cali76-TX compressor pedal

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In celebration of building its 10,000th Cali76 Compact Deluxe, Origin Effects has announced limited reissues of the original full-sized Cali76-TX and TX-L compressor pedals. The two larger originals feature the same compression technology as the Cali76 Compact Deluxe, with the TX version sporting a custom-wound iron core transformer designed to subtly saturate and add extra […]

DynOne 3 brings new, flexible options for multiband compression

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Leapwing Audio’s DynOne 3 has received a major upgrade that completely redesigns the multiband parallel compressor from the ground up. Featuring newly developed algorithms and filters, Leapwing Audio’s mission is to offer high quality, state-of-the-art processing. Multiband parallel processing is useful in any genre of music where low-level subtleties get lost in the mix. “DynOne […]

Roland Cloud intros three new models to its SRX lineup

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Roland Cloud has updated its SRX catalogue with three brand new software models – the SRX Electric Piano, SRX Strings and SRX Brass. The models are created in the spirit of the professional SRX expansion modules that could be used to get higher quality sounds from existing synths, workstations and sound modules. However, according to […]

Review: Baby Audio I Heart NY

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Price $29 Contact Baby Audio Parallel compression, or the ‘New York style’, has become a widely used practice, and has found favour with many. Numerous plugin compressors offer parallel functionality via Mix or separate Wet/Dry controls, but as anyone who has mixed into compression will know, the type of compressor you select presents a whole […]

Gear Of The Year: Vote for the best outboard gear of 2019

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As much as the software world dominates modern music production, we can’t help but still pine for the practical benefits of outboard hardware – not least for its aesthetic appeal! But which of the following will you crown king this year? Scroll to the bottom of this article to cast your vote. Black Lion Audio […]

Chroma+ is a channel strip and buss compressor in a single rack unit

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Louder Than Liftoff has announced a multi-purpose rack unit, and if you have limited space, it could be the only outboard device you need. The company describes Chroma+ as a “stereo/dual mono tracking and mixing channel”, but we’ll unpack what that means. It can be used as a channel strip for recording with compression, EQ […]

UAD 9.10.0 update brings rare UA 175B/176 tube comps & DSP pairing

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Universal Audio released version 9.10.0 of its UAD software & plug-ins. The update spans a pair of rare tube compressors, enhancements to Apollo functionality and a hefty number of bug fixes. Universal Audio 175B & 176 compressors hit the mix Masterminded by UA founder Bill Putnam Sr., the 175B and 176 all-tube compressors appeared in […]