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Review: Vintech 473 February 14, 2011

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios, Mixing, Reviews , 3comments

Note:  I wrote this article over a year ago, but never posted it at the time.  I’ve left the original review as is, but added a new section at the bottom, now that I’ve used the unit for a year filled with tracking and mixing.

The Vintech 473 offers 4 channels of Neve 1073-like preamp with shelving EQ in a 2 space rackmount unit.  It uses an external power supply (sold seperately) which can power up to 6 channels of Vintech preamps.

In Use: (more…)

Review: Avid Pro Tools HD Native 9 February 11, 2011

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Avid, Pro Tools, Reviews , 5comments

As a start to my return from hiatus, I thought I’d review Pro Tools HD Native, which I’m currently running with an Avid HD I/O (16×16 analog configuration).

The Review:  Short version – In my experience, Pro Tools HD Native is the perfect stepping stone between high end LE systems and HD TDM systems.  So far in use, it has shown itself to be incredibly powerful and robust – with excellent converters and super low latency to boot.  Highly recommended!

The Review: (more important) Long version – (more…)

Why All DAW Users Should Use a Kensington Expert Mouse February 25, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Computers, Editing, Reviews , 14comments

This is one serious mouse.  This is the single greatest improvement to work speed and fluidity I’ve seen in my setup. (Perhaps with the exception of a fast computer). (more…)

Review: Cascade FatHead II Ribbon Microphones February 1, 2009

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Microphone Techniques, Reviews, Studio Setup , 1 comment so far

The FatHead II is a figure-eight ribbon microphone from Cascade Microphones

Cascade Microphones’ FatHead II is sonically the same as the original FatHead.  However, the FatHead II has slightly different stylings, a larger body, and comes with a shockmount.  Specifically in this review I will be discussing the FatHead II Stereo Pair (street price: around $400).  A single FatHead II retails for around $219.  The FatHead II is a figure-eight ribbon mic, and because of its symmetrical design (unlike earlier FatHeads), it has an identical frequency response on each side.  The FatHead II also comes in three different color options.


Music Reviews: Wild Sweet Orange September 26, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Chit Chat, Digital home recording studios, Mixing, Music Reviews, Reviews , 2comments

Your man about town here with a look at some music that has caught my fancy.

The Band: Wild Sweet Orange

The Album: We Have Cause to Be Uneasy

wild sweet orange


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.

Close up


Line 6 JM4 Looper: Fresh-out-the-Box!!! September 16, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Live Sound, Reviews , 1 comment so far

Hey All,

Your man about town here with some new gear! I just got the Line 6 JM4 Looper and I’m pumped to get to know this jam-packed station. Line 6 recently released this product to compete with the other popular looping stations made by Boss and DigiTech. Line 6 has a great reputation for producing sturdy, high-quality pedals so I am sure this looper will be no exception.

Closed box

The second I got home, I opened the box… (more…)

Line 6 GearBox Gold Bundle: First Impressions August 19, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : plugins (plug-ins), Reviews, Studio Setup , 2comments

Well, I jumped for the GearBox Gold Bundle when it dropped to 100$. Originally up near $500+, it seemed like too good of a deal to pass up. I wasn’t completely happy with the Amplitube demos that came with my Pro Tools setup, so this seemed like a safe upgrade. Registering/getting this to work wasn’t the simplest thing in the world, but once that’s done, its a great product.


Review: Sontronics Microphones August 8, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Reviews, Studio Setup , 3comments

Sontronics sent The Studio Files some microphones for review.

I cannot wait until their brand becomes more widely distributed in the US.


– Music Reviews – August 7, 2008

Posted by Ben Rivet in : Digital home recording studios, Music Reviews, Reviews , add a comment

Hey all,

Your man about town here with an announcement  on the Studio Files’ newest installation… MUSIC REVIEWS.

We are going to be hitting this a little differently than your average critique.  So much work goes into all of the great music that we are hearing these days, but many of those who do that work can be overlooked by the masses. We here at The Studio Files are going to dive deeper into all of this music and really look at what people are doing in the studio. No genre will be overlooked, no producer unnamed, and no synth part ignored. We want people to start talking about who is making the music as much as who’s performing the music…and we don’t just mean Timberland.

Stay tuned for all the reviews to come, and PLEASE, let us know who we should be looking at. Drop us a line and tell us who is making good music these days.

Mix Engineering: A lost art? May 14, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios, Live Sound, Mixing, Reviews , 1 comment so far

Just got finished watching a special guest return performance by Fantasia on American Idol. The most entertaining moment was watching Simon Cowell’s reaction: utter, unadulterated disbelief! I had to agree. It was pretty much a train wreck.

But the most amazingly amateurish performance on display was not behind a microphone, it was apparently behind a mixing board. The mix for live broadcast was stunningly bad. The (obviously pre-recorded) background singers were WAY out in front. The rapper (appearing Romeo-style from the set balcony) was barely audible as well. (more…)

Review: Violet Designs microphones- Some Serious Bang for Your Microphone Buck April 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Reviews, Studio Setup , 12comments

Recently, Violet Designs sent The Studio Files three microphones for review: the Black Knight, the Finger, and the Flamingo Jr. All three of these microphones are a great buy for the home or project studio. I will talk about each microphone individually, and then at the bottom you will find all the audio examples I recorded with the mics. (more…)

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