SAMSON QH4 HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER
One device that often gets overlooked in home recording is the humble headphone amplifier. So much so that it is often hard to find a decent one that is readily available, doesn’t take up too much space and doesn’t hit the hip pocket too heavily. This is where the Samson QH4 is going to make a lot of you smile. It can solve any number of your rehearsal and recording issues. Especially considering many of us are looking for quiet ways to practice and record these days.
Icon iKEYBOARD 4S
I’ve seen a range of different products from Icon over the years, as I am sure many of you have too. If you are looking for well-priced control surfaces that offer you plenty of versatility, these are your guys.
Dynaudio LYD-5 Nearfield Studio Monitors
There is something to say about the quality of products that come out of Denmark. They really know how to build stuff up north, and the team at Dynaudio is no exception. I have always enjoyed listening on their studio monitors, and have over the years tried and tested a great variety of them.
dbx 500 Series Modules
500 modules have taken off like wildfire over the last few years. The ability to swap in and out of lunchboxes in a modular fashion and the often relatively low price means they can be comparable to plugins with the beauty of having hands on outboard gear. Dbx know their way around signal processing and have been in the modular game for decades. To be honest, there’s probably not a decent level studio that hasn’t got (or had) some piece of dbx gear in its arsenal at some stage! It’s no surprise then to see their newest line of 500s starting to fill racks everywhere. Incorporating technology from their highly regarded 900 series and some new twists they’re suitable for live, studio and budgets of all levels.
Two Notes Torpedo Reload
In the last few years, we’ve seen a number of very innovative products coming from French company Two Notes, who have been focusing on speaker emulation and substitution like no other guitar technology company has before. They have delivered a range of load box products that are combined with their Wall of Sound software to perfectly recreate guitar speaker tone and behaviours to use with your favourite amplifiers, without the necessary volume that said amplifiers might demand. I think the most talked about of all these products has been the Torpedo Reload. It’s easy to see why as it’s a bit of a Swiss army knife when it comes to interfacing your guitar amp with your recording system.
Samson S-Max Passive DI Range
There has always been a bit of a hole in the direct input box market, even with plenty of models available from a range of manufacturers, it seems that they all tend to offer much of the same and there isn’t really a range out there that ticks all the boxes unless you are prepared to spend big and get yourself some boutique engineering. Well, Samson have gone and changed all that with their new range of DI boxes in the S-Max series which sees five new products that are going to change the way we think about the common DI.
Sebatron Vamp-four Valve DI
There are a lot of common ideas in the world of studio outboard gear, especially when it comes to microphone preamps, compressors and EQs. And these all have a sonic role as well as an aesthetic role in the studio, especially when it comes to glowing VU meters and full racks. But, every now and then I find myself with a piece of equipment that really does belong in my rack. There are few ideas left that offer some original thought and clever design and, to tell you the truth, I didn’t expect that when unboxing the Sebatron VAMP-four. However, what I found was a real delight.
Solid State Logic 500 Series Stereo Bus Compressor
There are very few mixing consoles that over the years have gained the notoriety and the acclaim that the Solid State Logic G-Series console achieved. The G-Series seemed to be behind just about every hit song in the 80s and continued to deliver results as the demands of music changed over the decades. Today they are a sought after prize and those studios that feature a G-Series do so proudly in knowing what each element of that console can bring to a mix. One such element was the Stereo Bus Compressor found in the centre section of the console and one that to today has never had its legendary sound truly replicated. Until now.