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REVIEWED: TWO NOTES AUDIO ENGINEERING TORPEDO STUDIO DIGITAL LOADBOX
So much of modern technological innovation is devoted not to pushing sound to bold new frontiers, but to using technology to make it easier and more affordable to get classic sounds. The Two Notes Torpedo is built on the premise that you have an amp that you love the sound of, and it’s at its best when cranked, but it acknowledges that most home studios don’t have the space, soundproofing or understanding neighbours to allow you to hit that sweet spot.
REVIEWED: T-REX NEOCOMP COMPRESSOR PEDAL
Whether you're looking to fatten up the sound of a single-coil guitar, add some girth and warmth to a more brittle instrument or dial in some squashed funk or country tones, the T-Rex NeoComp will get you into the ball park for a wide range of classic compressor tones, while taking up minimal pedal board real estate. And while this pedal is primarily designed for live use, you'll find it's more than just a one trick pony – proving its worth as a vocal compressor, and particularly working well with acoustic guitars.
REVIEWED: AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-DSR7BT WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Before you get any preconceived ideas about what you can and cannot expect from Bluetooth wireless headphones, you need to stop and take a listen to the new Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT headphones. What Audio-Technica are striving to achieve with these sleek looking units is to supply a high quality audio signal, just as what you would expect for critical listening and deliver that without the need to be constrained by cables or leads. I was sceptical myself, having always supported the concept of keeping a leash on your audio signal, but with the advancements in wireless audio in recent years, Audio-Technica have taken their technology to make use of a Bluetooth transmitter with a whole new level of quality.
REVIEWED: MOOER OCEAN MACHINE DUAL DELAY REVERB AND LOOPER PEDAL
With over 25 years and 30 releases under his belt, Devin Townsend has cemented himself as a legend in the progressive rock/metal world. A common thread across all of his work has been his use of expansive reverb and delay. It’s clear as day when you listen to any of his projects that these effects are an integral part of his signature sound. With that sound in mind, Mooer Pedals have stepped up to the plate and come out with the Ocean Machine, Townsend’s signature delay, reverb and looper pedal.
REVIEWED: ERNIE BALL TAP TEMPO SWITCH
Milo and Otis; Scooby and Shaggy; Avocado and non-homeownership. History is up to its gills with classic duos that, once paired become inseparable and as a result greater than the sum of their parts. The delicate ecosystem at the feet of almost every modern sonic warrior is no exception. Combinations ranging from two overdrives stacked on top of each other to the humble one-two punch of tuner and reverb are the entranceway to a bottomless rabbit hole down which new and improved corners of the tonal universe abound. Where time based effects are concerned however, it is all too easy to become lost in the wilderness, throwing everything around you into an off-axis whirlpool of clashing tempos, phase issues and countless other horrors. The remedy is one of the simpler yet probably most effective pairings going; your favourite delay or modulation and it’s trusty side-kick, the Tap.
REVIEWED: iZOTOPE RX6 ADVANCE AUDIO REPAIR SOFTWARE SUITE
I’ve been through a few versions of iZotope’s award winning audio repair software in recent years. This may not be something that everyone thinks of when setting up their digital audio workstation, as most people concentrate on amassing synthesisers, sound banks, preamps, EQ and dynamic plugins all designed to work at the front end of their audio production. But what iZotope realised some time ago was that there were a lot of issues with recorded audio that often needed to be fixed later when re-recording was not an option. So they delivered us RX audio repair solutions, which have grown over the years to become a production suite of tools that is almost invaluable for post-production sound design and mixing. But with the latest release of RX6 Advanced, the flagship product in the range, there are now even more tools that work well in a studio environment for recording instruments and voices alike.
REVIEWED: YAMAHA MX88BK SYNTHESISER
I always enjoy new product time from Yamaha when I get to discover yet another development in their keyboard and synthesiser family. This month is no exception with the new MX88BK landing in my office ready to be put through its paces. Having already seen and used the MX61, this was one keyboard I was looking forward to getting my hands on to see how the upgrade to a full 88 notes was going to work, making this a keyboard that would appeal to a greater audience then the previous two smaller models.
REVIEWED: FENDER CLASSIC DESIGN ACOUSTIC SERIES
Fender’s Classic Design series of entry-level range acoustic instruments is aimed at providing first-time players a taste of all the availabilities offered by premium instruments at an affordable price. The series has since undergone a few changes: new offerings, redesigns and features. It appears Fender is striving to reduce the gap between the basic and premium model guitars by including features needed but seldom provided to lower range acoustics. It’s a value adding exercise sure to gauge the interest of first-timers. MIXDOWN took four models – CD-60SCE, CD-60SCE-12 string, CC-60S and CD-140SCE to suss Fender’s latest offering.