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In-Depth Reviews

A section for in depth reviews of items - more detailed than customer reviews on the products pages.

  • MACKIE ONYX BLACKJACK REVIEW

    Posted on April 14, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Remember those little black liquorice flavoured chewy sweets that used to be available for a penny from your local corner shop? They were the ones you used to buy as a kid as a last resort if all the Fruit Salads and Apple flavoured ones had run out, and they turned your tongue, teeth and gums a dark black/purple colour so your mum could always tell that you had blown your pocket money on junk yet again! They were called Blackjacks as well, and as far as I’m aware they still make them… although of course their price has now risen, and they don’t feature that little sweetie-man cartoon on the paper! Well, yeah, not too sure where I was going with that… just went into reminisce mode and started writing… never a good idea! But I guess you’re more interested in learning about the Mackie Onyx Blackjack rather than retro sweets? So that’s what I’ll fill you in on… although if anyone else wants to join my nostalgic look back at sugary treats from the past, feel free to post your suggestions as a comment at the bottom of this blog (anyone for Nerds, Runts or Opal Fruits? Or this advert....)

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, interface, mackie, onyx

  • M-AUDIO VENOM REVIEW - TONY LONG

    Posted on April 11, 2011 by Tony Long

    You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.

    M-AUDIO VENOM - INTRODUCTION

    M-Audio are a company who design and import a range of audio products such as DAW interfaces, monitors, mics, MIDI controllers, Digital Pianos and DJ software and controllers. They are a business unit of Avid Technology and were formerly Midiman. They mainly manufacture in China but have independent offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Japan and France. At NAMM 2011 they announced a small affordable Virtual Analogue Synth called The Venom which no doubt will be in direct competition with Roland's GAIA Synth and the new Novation Ultranova and comes with a similar price tag! M-Audio are claiming that the Venom (unlike the competition) has an aggressive new unique sound that will make it stand out from the rest, with the warmth of the Classic Analogue keyboards combined with some cool modern digital processing. It is the first-ever M-Audio hardware synthesiser, and with the exception of the price, it will no doubt draw some comparisons with the range of Access Virus Synths.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with m-audio, synth, synthesiser, venom

  • ROB PAPEN BLUE REVIEW

    Posted on March 29, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Following on from my recent SubBoomBass blog post, I decided it would be useful to give you a little look at another Rob Papen product… Blue! I’ll admit now that I haven’t been using Blue for as long as I've been using SubBoomBass, so the information in this post may be a little less detailed, but hopefully I will be able to give you a little insight into how the Blue virtual instrument comes across from a beginners point of view…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with papen, rob, software

  • ROB PAPEN SUBBOOMBASS REVIEW

    Posted on March 25, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    I think that Rob Papen’s SubBoomBass has one of the most descriptive product names I have ever come across… it pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin! If you want light, floaty, angelic pad sounds, then SubBoomBass probably isn’t going to be the virtual instrument you reach for… but if what you are looking for is deep, heavy, wall-shaking, unique sub sounds, then SubBoomBass certainly won’t disappoint! It’s time to crank up those speakers and watch your wall-hangings vibrate!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with software

  • UAD-2 REVIEW

    Posted on March 23, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    If you don’t know what UAD-2 is, then I will give you a little warning. You need to think long and hard… if you take the blue pill (and you don’t read this review), then you will wake up in your bed tomorrow and will be able to go naively and happily about your day in your usual way. If you take the red pill (and read on), then you WILL want this product, and it will tear you up inside day in, day out until you get your hands on one! So choose wisely… as they say, ignorance is bliss…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with audio, duo, omni, quad, satellite, uad-2, universal

  • MOTU AUDIO EXPRESS REVIEW

    Posted on March 21, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    MOTU Audio ExpressWhen MOTU began designing their latest product, they state that they had one goal in mind… to design the ULTIMATE personal studio interface! That’s not to say that the idea was to create something that cost a bomb and could do absolutely everything… the intended outcome was to build a product that was perfect for the small home studio, was housed in a simple box, was easy to use, and was within the price reach of us mere mortals… and what the MOTU team came up with was the fantastically competitive Audio Express

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Live Sound and Light, Recording and was tagged with audio, audio express, firewire, interface, motu

  • DAVE SMITH INSTRUMENTS MOPHO KEYBOARD REVIEW

    Posted on March 9, 2011 by Dave Gale

    DAVE SMITH INSTRUMENTS MOPHO - INTRODUCTION

    If there is one category of synthesiser which is as popular now as it has ever been, it’s the Analogue Synth, although as any synth-head knows, 'Analogue' doesn’t always mean 'Analogue', as there are often contemporary twists on the theme which can interfere with the sonic form. So when I heard that Dave Smith, the legendary synth designer who gave us the equally legendary Prophet 5, was back in the business of making synths, I was exceptionally keen to find out more.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with dave smith, instruments, keyboard, mopho, synth

  • ROLAND BOSS DR-880 DRUM MACHINE

    Posted on March 8, 2011 by Tony Long

    You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.

    Well here is a Blast from the Past. I am writing this review because despite the fact that I have written to Roland and Boss on the matter of upgrading this machine, 6 years have passed and this is still their top drum machine - why is that? Whilst I know I like hardware drum machines, a great many people prefer to use software but this machine was aimed at a slightly different market - the guitarist.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Drums, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with Boss, drum, guitar, machine

  • OMNISPHERE 1.5 UPDATE

    Posted on March 3, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Calling all Omnisphere users! Prepare for a monster update that will blow your mind! Calling all non-Omnisphere users! It's time for an update that may well tempt you reconsider your virtual instrument of choice...

    SPECTRASONICS OMNISPHERE 1.5 - WHAT IS OMNISPHERE?

    You mean you actually don't know what Omnisphere is? Where have you been living? Oh well, I guess I will have to fill you in!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with omnisphere, spectrasonics, update, video

  • FOCUSRITE VRM BOX REVIEW

    Posted on February 23, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    I happen to live in a block of flats populated by old people. Nothing wrong with that...they are all very nice people...but it does have one major downside...when the clock strikes half past 9, it's time to turn down the music for fear of an angry knock on the door...

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with box, focusrite, interface, review, technology, vrm

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