Top 5 Free Compressors: The best freeware plug-ins that sound as good as hardware

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The sound quality of free plug-ins has come a very long way in the past decade. Freeware used to be somewhat synonymous with effects that sounded inferior, forcing you to shell out precious budget on paid plug-ins and preventing you from investing in other areas of your recording setup – but this is no longer […]

Summer NAMM 2019: Avid debuts the S4 and S1 control surfaces

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Avid has announced the S4 and S1 control surfaces at Summer NAMM 2019. The Avid S4 is designed to make the workflow of the Avid S6 available to “smaller facilities and project studios”, according to Avid. The S1 is a compact 8-fader controller for use with an iPad and the Pro Tools | Control app. […]

AKG takes aim at creators with K361 & K371 closed-back headphones

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Coming from HARMAN-owned AKG are the new K361 and K731 closed-back studio headphones. A combination of compact design and studio-worthy sound, they are meant to serve both professional and lifestyle applications – says the manufacturer. The main target audience these headphones are aimed at, though, is the slew of content creators – artists, engineers, podcasters, […]

ADAM Audio becomes part of the Focusrite Group

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The Focusrite Group has acquired ADAM Audio. The Berlin-based manufacturer of studio monitors joins the Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation and Amplify Music brands. It is the first acquisition for the Focusrite Group since the company went public in 2014. We usually focus on the products, like the new ADAM T10S subwoofer or the 3rd generation […]

Kemper Profiler OS 6.0 adds Ionosphere and Formant Reverbs

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Kemper has just announced its new Profiler OS 6.0 with two new reverb algorithms that add a different string to the system’s bow. The Ionosphere and Formant Reverb ar enow available via the OS update. Kemper Profiler OS 6.0 – Ionosphere & Formant Reverbs “Big studio machine-grade reverb effects” is how Kemper describes the new Ionosphere and Formant […]

ADAM Audio T10S: A compact powered subwoofer for your nearfields

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ADAM Audio has introduced the T10S powered subwoofer. The compact 10″ woofer is designed to enhance the bass response of nearfield monitors, specifically the company’s own T5V and T7V. If you have a pair of small monitors and the bass doesn’t quite cut it, it may be worth a look. 10″ powered subwoofer The ADAM T10S […]

PreSonus keeps its studio monitors going with new Eris XT 5 and 8-inch models

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PreSonus has begun shipping its Eris XT series active studio monitors. Their updated specs include an entirely new elliptical waveguide design and larger enclosures, all meant to improve audio reproduction. Eris XT According to the blurb, the new waveguide brings enhanced high-frequency response with a 100 degrees-wide horizontal sweet spot and 60 degrees of vertical […]

Focusrite introduces 3rd generation Scarlett audio interfaces

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Focusrite has launched the 3rd generation of its successful Scarlett audio interfaces. The new lineup comprises the Focusrite Scarlett Solo, Scarlett 2i2, Scarlett 4i4, Scarlett 8i6, Scarlett 18i8, and Scarlett 18i20. Among other improvements, the microphone preamps now feature a new “Air” mode. Here’s what’s new. Focusrite says that the 3rd generation Scarlett interfaces are […]

The Black Lion Audio B172A compressor is both – 1176 and LA-2A

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Want an 1176, and an LA-2A, but can’t afford either? Then you’re like most of us. But don’t worry, because now you can have both – in a single unit! The Black Lion Audio B172A is an 1176-style FET compressor on one side, and an LA-2A style optical compressor on the other. It also gives […]

Sonarworks Reference 4.3 update adds dark mode, usability improvements

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Sonarworks Reference 4 is one of the leading speaker and headphone calibration systems on the market. A major revamp of the Systemwide app aside, the freshly released version 4.3 comes with a good number of meaningful usability improvements. The addition of Dark Mode is the most visible among them, but it’s not all. Sonarworks has […]