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#41
PreSonus FP10 Firewire Interface
Price: $400

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tv-0kZF4w8

Pros:
- Outstanding audio quality
- Low noise preamps
- Plenty of inputs and outputs
- On board MIDI
- Coaxial SPDIF

Cons:
- No internal routing
- Drivers were tough to work with
- Poorly mounted Firewire ports
- Front mounted Inputs, Rear mounted power switch
- PreSonus has virtually no customer support...very disappointing.
- Task Manager control utility was very limited (let clock source, sample rate, and buffer.)


My take on it all:

When I got this product, I opened the manual online only to find that it's built around XP and Mac...not Vista or Windows 7. I also felt the controls given to you were very limited as you could only adjust the clock source, sample rate, and buffer size. MIDI drivers install with the driver installer.

I think this unit is great and all in terms of audio quality and function however you may run into driver issues from time to time on some PCs.

It would have been nice to have the audio inputs and outputs on the back so you would not have cables all over your desk. I would have also liked to have been able to control the mix of the outputs however you can only make one mix as there's one playback chip in this old interface.

Overall it's a nice interface for the price but I would not go with PreSonus again for quite a few reasons.

Update: 2/10/2010
So around the beginning of February PreSonus FINALLY got Windows 7 drivers out....took long enough!!!
It still didn't fix my driver/connection issues I had on Vista so I still plan on getting an M-Audio ProjectMix I/O.

Last edited by moody07747 at Jan 5, 2012,
#42
Quote by disuse_PUNK
Sorry, I just wanted to add to this, because I own the same soundcard. This card is amazing, and YES IT IS CAPABLE OF STEREO INPUTS/OUTPUTS WHATEVER. You just have to set it up correctly in the software. The only issue that I've had with this soundcard is that M-Audio failed to explain anything properly and it took me almost a year trying to get it to record stereo tracks.
But yes, it sounds awesome, especially in ASIO with Guitar Rig 2 or Amplitube....provided you set it up right with the necessary gates/compression/filters/EQ. This is a near pro card for only $100


Would you mind explaining how to do this? I've been working on a self-recorded album lately, and I have one of these, and if I could get it to do stereo output I'd love that. Currently using a Lenovo Thinkpad and Sony Acid Studio, but before the end of the year I should be on an Apple MacBook with Garageband, which is what most if not all of it will be done on.

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#44
Name of Item: Vintage fender silverface amps (circa 70s)
Who It Is Made By: Fender
Features:
* Oxford 8EV alnico speaker
* Fender ‘tail’ logo on grill
* 1 6V6GT power tube
* 1 volume, 1 treble and 1 bass control
* 2 input jacks
* Silver face control panel with “Champ Amp” wording
* Black tolex covered plywood case with carry handle
* On / off slider switch
* Mains power indicator lamp
* US mains plug


Cost: Can pick one up for under £400

Why You Like It: I've had three of these in the past, and every one of them was perfect. Probably a bit small for serious gigging, but you can just mic them up and they sound great. Also cracking for studio/bedroom recording - can get a lot of nice sounds out of it without a fancy or expensive setup. What's more, they're cheap!


Picture:

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#46
Behringer C-2 Condenser Mics(Matched Pair)

Includes:
-Crossbar(Stereo Recording)
-Windscreen(x2)
-Clip(x2)

Pros:
-Switchable Between -10Db, Flat, and +4Db
-Handles up to 136Db Sound Pressure
-Small
-Lightweight
-Comes with Hardshell Case

Cons:
-Crossbar does not fit on 1/2" threads

My Opinion:
I like these mics alot. Great Bang For Your Buck.
I bought these mics for $70.00 CAD. They work great for any use. Overhead, Amp, Vocals. The -10Db, Flat, and +4Db is a nice added feature. -10Db we should all know what it does. +4Db tightens the Highs, and smooths out the Bottom-End.
All-In-All, Great Mic.

..I was watching my death.
Last edited by timbit2006 at Apr 5, 2010,
#47
Quote by KetchupLad14
I've pretty much set on it anyway, but does anyone want to do a review for the BR600?



im a little late for this thread, but im assuming you (by now) have the boss br600.
would you recommend it? or is there anything else that is better for a similar price range.

i am almost definately getting this....just want to make absolutely sure its what i want, have been wrong in the past which isnt good lol
#48
ART HeadAmp 6 Pro (With 6 Gear One G40DX Headphones)
Price: $200

Features/Specs:

- 6 independent high-power amplifier channels
- Bass and treble EQ per channel
- Dual function pan/mix control per channel
- Stereo aux input for each channel
- 8-segment LED bar graph per channel
- Headphones can plug into Front or Back panel
- XLR and 1/4" main inputs and outputs
- Parallel main outputs for daisy chaining

Pros:
- Well Built
- Very quality amps
- Internal Power Supply
- Plenty of channels
- Plenty of tone and mix controls per channel
- Plenty of volume


Cons:
- Cheap headphones lack clarity and are not built well


My take on it all:
I recently got this amp as I was tired of having to plug into my interface across the room with a long headphone extension cable and running back around to the system to adjust any levels for my monitor mix. I also only had one mix with this setup and yet my audio interface offers 4 stereo outs which could be used for more.
This headphone amp has been a great upgrade for my studio as it allows me to plug headphones in very close to my instruments and adjust not only my level of playback but allow me AND OTHERS to create their own mix with the AUX inputs on the back panel. I found the amp itself to be very well built and quiet.

I would highly suggest this amp even alone however there is an option on some sites to get "6 free headphones" with this amp and that's what I did for about $40 more. Now I wasn't expecting much from these headphones as I know they are cheap but I was still very let down with the sound quality of them as well as their build quality. The only pro is the long 8 foot cord with them however their lack of mids and the cheap plastic really keep me from using them much. Also be aware that they are on-ear design so they don't block sound out well from the room.

If you wan't good sound quality, get either the Sennheiser HD202 MKII or Sennheiser HD280 headphones, I still highly recommend both of these products and use them in my studio.


Last edited by moody07747 at Oct 2, 2011,
#49
Never seen this thread before - great dedication to have brought it back, props to you

Will try and add to this myself soon!
Hey, look. Sigs are back.
#50
Zoom H4n Digital Field Recorder
Price: $300

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnJ1Bab9Pao

Features/Specs:
- Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°
- Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
- Large Orange Backlit 1.9-Inch LCD screen
- 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM or MP3 Recording Modes
- Built-in reference speaker
- Combo style Instrument/Mic inputs
- High quality on board FX
- Low-cut filter to reduce noise
- Onboard tuner and metronome
- Built-in 1/4-20 Mount
- USB 2.0 port for faster file transfer
- USB audio interface capability
- Records on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB for maximum recording time
- Stamina mode enables 10 hours of continuous battery life


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Great sound
- Plenty of inputs
- Outstanding on board mics


Cons:
- A bit high in price
- Signal to Noise ratio goes up with phantom turned on
- Battery life drops to about 1 hour with phantom turned on
- In 4 channel mode, you listen to a mix of the on board and inputs, there is no way to monitor just one set or the other.

My take on it all:
I got this a few days ago as I'm going to be producing a few videos for clients of mine and I wanted to have XLR mic inputs for all my shotgun and lapel mics. It's also a great way to have a backup secondary recorder going in case one breaks down on location. I found the phantom power on board to really increase noise in the chain and it also really kills the AA battery life. Because of those two things, I try to get mics with their own power such as the Azden SGM-1X.

Overall, I'm very happy with the product and it has some amazing features such as on board FX for instruments and vocals. The price could be a little lower but either way, I highly recommend this product.

Audio Samples: (right-click and save as)
Audio Sample 1
Audio Sample 2

1) I used a PRS SE EG Guitar (similar to a strat) directly plugged into the XLR/combo input and went through all the FX presets built into this unit. Some of them sound really darn good!

2) These are some WAV files recorded in both 44100 and the highest sample rate available in the unit of some ambience and other noises I could find out in my neighborhood.

I've got a lot of gear lined up for Gear Review episodes and this is one of them. It may take a while but eventually I'll edit in a video link like my other review threads.

Last edited by moody07747 at Jan 5, 2012,
#51
Sennheiser HD 202-II
Price: $25-50

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbqL5OAFa40

Features/Specs:
- Cable length: 10 feet
- Style: On-ear
- Frequency response: 18 - 18,000Hz
- Jack plug: Mini (with 1/4" adapter)
- Nominal impedance: 32Ω
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 115 dB (SPL)
- Total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.5%
- Transducer principle: Dynamic, closed
- Dimensions: 9.4" x 8" x 3"
- Weight: 14oz.


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Great sound
- Decent at blocking room noise
- Light weight
- Great price


Cons:
- They don't fold up at all
- Not all that comfortable after 1.5 hours of having them on
- Thin cable

My take on it all:
I've been using these headphones for about a month now in my studio. I got them after my Grado Labs SR80s started acting up...some cable short that I can't find.
Well, I've seen these headphones used in radio stations for years and wanted to check out the new MKII version. Overall, I think I'm still used to the sound of the simi-open design of my Grados as talking with these on is like having your fingers in your ears....strange.
But none the less, these are light weight, sound very good, and are marked at a great price. I got mine for just $25 from B&H. The cable is very long but very thin so be careful and don't go about stepping on it! I highly recommend these headphones.
Last edited by moody07747 at Nov 14, 2012,
#52
Sennheiser HD280 Pro
Price: $100

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcCanBsyMTI

Features/Specs:

- Style: Circumaural, closed-back Over-Ear
- Frequency Range: 8Hz - 25kHz
- Impedance: 64 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 102dB SPL/mW
- Maximum Input Power: 500mW
- Connectors: 3.5mm stereo mini plug with screw-type 1/4" adapter
- Cable Length: 10' (coiled)
- Weight: 7.8 oz (without cable)


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Great sound
- Great Ambiance Blocking
- Heavy Duty Cable/Connectors
- User replaceable pads
- 3-way folding for easy transportation/storage

Cons:
- A bit heavy
- Shorter cable
- Slightly bulky

My take on it all:
These things not only have a 2-year warranty, but are built like a tank! I've been using the schools HD202s for a long time while doing video production jobs for them as a student. Now that I'm out of college, I have a pair of my own. These things block room noise like crazy and sound fabulous. The price isn't all that bad either!
If you are looking for a set of headphones just to listen to music on or for production style work, these will cover you without any complaint.


Last edited by moody07747 at Dec 26, 2012,
#53
Audio Technica AT831B Lapel
Price: $170

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG5gVUG2c0o

Features/Specs:

Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz - 20 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical): 101 dB, (@ Maximum SPL)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 65 dB, (A-Weighted)
Maximum Input Sound Level: 126 dB, (@ 1 kHz 1% THD)
Power Requirements: Phantom: 9 - 52v DC or AA Battery
Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
Output Connector: Male XLR
Low Frequency Roll-Off: -6 dB / Octave @ 150 Hz
Applications: Vocal, Instrument (Especially Guitar)
Dimensions: Microphone: .98 x .39" (25 x 10 mm) LxDiameter
Power Module: 3.27 x 2.48 x 0.87" LxWxD
Cable: 6' (1.8 m) Long


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Great sound
- Great Ambiance Blocking
- Heavy Duty Cable/Connectors
- Small Size

Cons:
- none

My take on it all:
This microphone is best suited for interview videos where you are not worried about the audience seeing a small mic clipped on the shirt. It also works well for acoustic guitar as it includes an instrument clip. Personally I love this microphone and run it into a Zoom H4n recorder for my video production projects.
Last edited by moody07747 at Nov 14, 2012,
#54
ADJ Mega Par Profile
Price: $100

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWd3HWhCo90

Features/Specs:

Ultra Slim compact design
108, 10mm LEDs
Runs Cool
DMX Control with 7 Channels
Master Slave and Sound Active Modes
Beam Angle: 30°
Weight: 3 pounds
3 pin DMX interface
Pass though cable technology
Power Draw: 18 watts


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Bright
- Compact
- Cost
- Low Heat
- Long Life

Cons:
- Plastic Case
- Bracket design hits C-clamp as it's not indented like later units produced.

My take on it all:
This is a great light for those who want to do some basic uplighting and add some pop to a setting. They don't flood stages like a par64 but are plenty bright and the low heat/low power input is for sure a better thing overall. At just $100, you could buy/use/install multiples for sure!


Side note:
Hi everyone! Long time no post!!!
I have been chillin around SocialBlade for way too long and have trips coming up, keep an eye on my vlog youtube channel to stay in tune with my life if ya want lol
#55
Heil Sound PR-22 UT
Price: $115

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejGD3mZ_Zfg

Features/Specs:
Transducer: Dynamic
Pickup pattern: Cardioid
Neodymium magnet assembly
Frequency response: 50Hz-18kHz
Impedance: 600 ohm, balanced
Output level: -55dB @ 1kHz
Output connection: 3-pin XLR
Weight: 14 oz.


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Great sound
- Great off axis rejection
- Price

Cons:
- Handling Noise
- Cheap Clip is not sturdy at all...

My take on it all:
This is a mic I use DAILY in studio, and I find it brighter than the standard you see day in and day out, (the Shure SM58). I do dislike the fact that the handling noise isn't all that great but other than that, I've yet to find a complaint!
#56
Welcome back Moody (or did you just leave recording?)
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#58
Quote by moody07747
Sennheiser HD280 Pro
Price: $100

Video Review::
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Features/Specs:

- Style: Circumaural, closed-back Over-Ear
- Frequency Range: 8Hz - 25kHz
- Impedance: 64 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 102dB SPL/mW
- Maximum Input Power: 500mW
- Connectors: 3.5mm stereo mini plug with screw-type 1/4" adapter
- Cable Length: 10' (coiled)
- Weight: 7.8 oz (without cable)





The ones I have are really tight on me, and I've a pretty tiny head lol. It's great for blocking out outside noise, but it does get rather uncomfortable after about 30 minutes or so. I mostly use it only when I'm recording and have to take periodic breaks before it starts to hurt my ears/temples.
#59
Quote by Time Seller
The ones I have are really tight on me, and I've a pretty tiny head lol. It's great for blocking out outside noise, but it does get rather uncomfortable after about 30 minutes or so. I mostly use it only when I'm recording and have to take periodic breaks before it starts to hurt my ears/temples.


They do loosen up over time, I've got to re-do that video...had copyrighted music on it and may have the source files to re-edit.
#60
Blue Yeti Pro
Price: $250

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vyr2yKVsTQ

Features/Specs:
Sample Rate: 192 kHz
Bit Rate: 24bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sensitivity: 4.5mV/Pa (1 kHz)
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Great sound
- USB Connection with high sampling
- Flexible pickup patterns

Cons:
- Handling Noise
- Best in a quiet room
- Price

My take on it all:
This mic was given to me for review and I was somewhat impressed with the audio quality and features, but the downfalls are it's price, the fact that it picks up a lot of room noise (typical condenser) and large size. I think the regular Yeti is a better choice between the Yeti and Pro versions but don't expect to get great sound from this if you are a gamer or podcaster unless you are in a treated room.
#61
Blue Mikey Digital
Price: $100

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoy4ogtc2co

Features/Specs:
Transducer type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient
Polar patterns: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz
Sample Rate: 44.1kHz/16 bit
Weight: .18 lbs.
Dimensions 2.5” (L) x 2.5” (W) x .5” (H)


Pros:
- Easy to use
- Improoved Sound
- Decent Features
- Pivot Mount

Cons:
- Handling Noise
- Wind Noise
- Price
- Old Style Connection

My take on it all:
This is another loaner product Blue Mics gave to me for review and I must say, save your money on this one!
I thought it was going to be a fantastic mic...and it does in fact improve your recording quality with it's stereo capsule array however it does not fit the price of $100 as it lacks in areas such as wind noise, software it works with, and the older style connection which is now just about discontinued.
I tried to say something nice about this one, but every now and then I come across one that I just don't have anything nice to say and this is one of them.
#62
Boss TU-3 Tuning Pedal
Price: $100

Video Review::
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A4bLsAH5Uw

Features/Specs:
Transducer type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient
Polar patterns: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz
Sample Rate: 44.1kHz/16 bit
Weight: .18 lbs.
Dimensions 2.5” (L) x 2.5” (W) x .5” (H)


Pros:
  • Accurate 21-segment LED meter
  • New High-Brightness mode enhances meter visibility outdoors
  • Fast Accu-Pitch technology accurate to +/- one cent
  • Allows tuning of Guitar and Bass with multiple tuning types
  • Dual outputs allow for true bypass or mute mode which can be used at same time
  • Dual power jacks allow the ability to power other pedals with optional power supply



Cons:
  • Eats batteries (so be sure to unplug input cable at end of use!)


My take on it all:
This is something I picked up when I went to a guitar center with my cousin. I have been meaning to pick up a dedicated pedal as my Yamaha Magicstomp was not accurate eough. Long story short, this thing has a TON of features and tunes your guitar or bass really fast and accurate. I think it's a great product. I did think my unit was defective after running through 2 9v batteries in 2 days, but turns out the manual says it's still running unless the input cable is unplugged! ....so yea, be sure you unplug that unless you run off of 9v outlet power like I just ordered.
Overall, a great product and much improoved over the TU-2 unit, and I'd highly suggest buying it.

Video review soon to come!

Last edited by moody07747 at Feb 16, 2013,
#63
PreSonus StudioLIVE 16.0.2
Price: $1,000

Features/Specs:
16 Total Input Channels
16 Input & 16 Output FireWire Interface
8 Mono Mic & Line Input Channels
4 Stereo Line Channel Inputs
Compact Size
XMAX Class A Mic Preamps x12
32-Bit Digital Effects Processors x2
Full Dynamics Processing
iPad, iPhone or Laptop Remote Control
Mac & Windows OS


Pros:
  • Great sound quality
  • Outstanaing routing
  • Ability to remote mix with Apple products
  • Firewire out of each channel including playback of each channel



Cons:
  • Limited to Apple for external/wireless mixing/control
  • Firewire can be picky on some computers (Check firewire comparability)
  • Shows as only one playback and recording source in Windows (compared to old FP10)


My take on it all:
I had gotten this mixer in studio and within 1 week of owning it, I sent it back. I loved the features but it did not work well with my computer under two approved firewire cards. I had random pops, dropouts of audio, static....was all just too random to track down even after going over with PreSonus support.
Don't get me wrong, these products work fine in some cases, I've used these boards in the past at venues that have them installed, but for me they didn't work nor did it fit my setup.

Video vlog with further thoughts coming soon...

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