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Free Plug in from Sound Toys: Little Radiator March 20, 2012

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital Audio Workstations, plugins (plug-ins), Preamp, social media , add a comment

I really love Sound Toys’ stuff. The Native bundle is hard to beat for creative, warm, inventive and massive sounding effects that are truly inspiring. They offer a 30 day demo on the whole lot, which is truly not enough time to know them deeply, only time enough to know that you have got to have them!

They are giving away a great little plugin called Little Radiator, which is an emulation of an Altec 1566A tube mic preamp. You can use this link to get your unique code and then spread the word however you like:


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Line 6 JM4 Looper: First Impressions September 17, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Editing, Live Sound, Preamp, Reviews , 4comments

Hey all,

Your man about town here with a first (second) look at the Line 6 JM4 Looper.

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ART Tube MP Mic Pre-amp for cheap March 20, 2008

Posted by PJ in : Digital home recording studios, Preamp, Studio Setup , add a comment

The ART Tube MP Mic Pre-amp that Connor wrote about in this article is now available at Musicians Friend for the awesome price of $29.99. Here’s the details:

The original Tube MP made pro-caliber tube preamping available to ordinary musicians and home studios. The MP Studio goes a step further by adding a VU meter for better level control and ART’s OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which controls and maintains the output peak signal to protect hard-disk recording systems and soundcards. The VU meter reflects the impact of the OPL circuitry when it is activated, which allows more effective fine tuning of the audio signal. It is a valuable tool for recording in project and home studios and can also function as a DI box with impedance matching and preamplification for line-level sources. Includes a 3-year warranty.

More details, specifications and reviews are available here.


Project Studio: Affordable Preamps February 15, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital Audio Workstations, Preamp, Project Studio , 15comments

Ah, another great debate. There are so many different preamps to choose from, and so many different sources on which we use them. What is there to look for in a preamp? Honestly, the first thing I look at is price… Doesn’t matter how good something is if you can’t afford it.

Nevertheless, sonic quality and character are very important things to consider. Some preamps are intended to be super “clean”, with the goal of not coloring the sound at all. Others are intentionally “colored”, developing a ‘warmth’ to the sound via EQ or distortion. (yes! ‘warmth’ is actually just a nice word for distortion). There are hundreds preamps to choose from, but I am going to highlight a few that would be great additions to any digital audio workstation setup and available at a project studio price.


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