Reviewed: Waldorf Blofeld Virtual Analogue Synthesiser
It is no secret that I am a fan of Waldorf synthesisers. In the past I have owned the Pulse, a Microwave XT, and a Micro Q, all of which have served me well, especially when I get the urge for that thick and luscious synth-pop sound they do so well. So when the Blofeld first came out a number of years back I got my hands on one, not being able to resist hearing what was on offer. I think it was to the Blofeld’s detriment that it hit the market in a low point for hardware synthesisers and it almost went unnoticed for some time, only getting the attention of Waldorf fans. But now, with the introduction of its bigger, evil brother, Blofeld is back to take over the world once again.
Reviewed: Yamaha A Series Acoustic Guitars
One of the less perverted and more fascinating things the internet is responsible for is shining a light on the least explored secret aspects of human behaviour. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of what has become known as the ‘unboxing video.’
Reviewed: sE Electronics sE8 Stereo Condenser Microphones
There is a lot to be said for quality when it is delivered at a price that is well below expectations. Let’s face it; the team at sE Electronics have proven that they know how to build a good microphone. It’s something they have been doing for a while now and these guys continue to kick goals. But, they also continue to bring out lower priced microphones to meet market needs. To be quite frank, I was initially a little put off by this new microphone set from sE Electronics, purely because of the price-point that it came in at. One gets a little worried when something just seems too good to be true. Considering what I would expect to pay for a quality pair of matched pencil condensers, this set is an absolute steal, coming with all the accessories and none of the cutbacks in sound quality.
Reviewed: Soundcraft Ui24R Digital Mixer
It used to be a case of needing a second mortgage to afford a digital mixer, and then requiring a university degree just to understand how to get the thing running. That has all changed now. The last few years have all but seen the last of analogue consoles in a live environment when bands often need to move from one venue to another and pull a good mix quickly and easily in each one. Not only has the price come down, but so too has the size. The features list and quality, however, has continued to raise the bar. Soundcraft have been at the forefront of this, and the recent range of Ui mixers has set the standard for portable digital mixing.
Reviewed: Washburn Guitars RSG200SWVSK Acoustic Guitar
Washburn have built their entire reputation upon building first-class acoustic instruments. It's part of their heritage, and the company continues to craft fine guitars for a new generation of players.
Reviewed: Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH FR in Natural Ash and Transparent Charcoal
It was a sunny, late winter afternoon. Two earthy cardboard boxes stood like sentinels in the lounge room of a tiny studio apartment in the city somewhere. The tension was palpable as a box-cutter trembled cautiously along the tapeline that held back the lid of Pandora’s box. Somewhere in the distance, the seagull-swooping guitar lines of Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ can be heard. This could very well be San Dimas, California; the mood of unbridled energy nestled quietly inside these two solemn packages belongs solely to that golden period of bleached white beaches, gaudy coloured swimwear and nimble guitar work that is the mid to late ‘80s. Printed bold on the side is the unmistakable guitar shaped Charvel logo that belongs to two PM SD2 shredders.
Reviewed: Sennheiser MK4 Digital Condenser Microphone
It’s been a number of years since Sennheiser first unveiled their original MK4 studio condenser microphone and raised the bar for large diaphragm microphones in a new, lower price-point. This has continued to prove itself to be a very solid workhorse. I use one for a wide range of applications and just love the consistent and level sound it delivers. Well, it’s been around long enough for the team at Sennheiser to consider an upgrade and with that, they have delivered a new take on this quality microphone, making it even more usable to a wider range of musicians. Now, you don’t have to suffer from a poor capsule just because you are not using a dedicated interface with phantom power. The new Sennheiser MK4 Digital gives you the capsule we have come to love, with A/D conversion built into the housing for great quality plug and play use.
Mixdown's Pedal Special: Multi-Effects, Compressors & Preamps
Here at Mixdown we wholeheartedly believe that there’s a pedal out there for every guitarist. A stompbox soul mate, if you will. That’s why we have fought tooth and nail – day in and day out – to put to together the most comprehensive, toe-tingling and tone rich pedal effects special for this month’s issue. From pummeling distortion that leaves you gasping for air, to the purest of sweet delays, our writers have sourced the cream of the crop. So go forth, find your perfect match, and head down to your local distributor.