Reviewed: TC Helicon Go-XLR
TC Helicon is revolutionising broadcasting with the Go XLR. While being a specialist subsidiary of famed TC Electronic, TC Helicon really stand on their own two feet by being a leading producer of live vocal processing such as vocal harmonisers and pitch correction. Now they've made a product designed specifically for broadcasting; radio, podcasting, Twitch, or YouTube and that's just the conventional uses. The Go XLR can also be used creatively to create beats, mix sound for playback or recording, or as a talkback and more.
Reviewed: IK Multimedia AXE I/O Interface
Traditionally, guitarists are known for their penchant towards excess. Whether you own more effects pedals than you do pairs of socks or you simply find it difficult playing a guitar solo that lasts shorter than seven minutes, it’s hard to deny that we often tend to overindulge – which is why so many guitarists are in disbelief when hardware like the AXE I/O from IK Multimedia is released. Surely, a humble audio interface couldn’t be the end game on the never-ending gambit for purity of tone, right?
Reviewed: Audient Sono Interface
Audient is a company known for consistently producing high-quality products that push their own boundaries and embrace change while remaining firmly grounded in their history and holding themselves to a high regard. From their large format consoles to the more recent line of interfaces, such as the ID44, Audient produce top quality products in whatever they put together. That is why the Audient Sono, a partnership with cabinet impulse response behemoth Two Notes Engineering, is really a phenomenal leap forward for guitarists that incorporates a multitude of widely used and loved technologies into one easy-to-use box. Featuring two preamps, headphone and monitor outs, onboard EQ and drive as well as an optical input to expand the inputs available on the Sono, this product, while aimed at a specific market, can really be the catalyst for some amazing sounds and recordings.
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio Series USB-C Interfaces
PreSonus are one of the most consistent companies in pro-audio. Since 1995, they’ve been bubbling away at producing products that meet the needs of engineers and musicians of all skill-levels: ranging from budding bedroom producers laying down demos for future hit songs, to professional engineers working in recording and rehearsal studios. In addition to phenomenal, practical audio interfaces in the updated Studio Series, PreSonus is known for it’s FaderPort products, digital mixers and ridiculously popular monitor controllers - the PreSonus Central Station PLUS is almost as synonymous with top-tier recording studios as Yamaha’s NS-10 monitors.
Reviewed: Steinberg Cubase 10
Favourite DAWs are like opinions: everyone’s got one. At this point, most plug-ins work on both PC and Mac, and all DAWs will work great on most operating systems. DAW choice comes down to workflow and clientele. Who will you be recording? What kind of monitoring options do you need for playback? Do you need multiple I/Os for mixing? Are you recording and mixing or using it solely for mastering?
Reviewed: PreSonus Studio 24
Over the years I have had the opportunity to use and abuse a number of interfaces from PreSonus. While they vary in size and specification greatly, in order to offer the right tools for the right job, they all share a common trait. No matter what your budget is, or your I/O requirements, any PreSonus audio interface is going to be built like the proverbial. Designed for use by audio professionals and home users alike, every device released by PreSonus is always ready for the task at hand and is tough enough to handle any job you want to throw at it. As such, it came as no surprise when I unboxed the new Studio 24 interface this month that I found the unit to be built like a brick.
Reviewed: Mackie Onyx Producer 2•2
Mackie has been a staple company in professional and home audio for a long time. Their famed ‘Big Knob’ series of monitor controllers are used in studios all around the world. Their live consoles mix bands every single day, and their budget studio monitors are a common choice for budding producers and educational institutions. Enter the Onyx Producer 2•2, a USB 2.0 interface with two combo jack inputs, MIDI I/O and a DAW/input mix knob for zero latency recording.
Reviewed: Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB
The Focusrite Clarett range focuses on tour audio interfaces designed to offer the kind of quality and features found in units costing twice the price. The series ranges from the desktop Clarett 2Pre (10-in, 4-out) and Clarett 4Pre reviewed here (18-in, 8-out) to the single-rackmount Clarett 8Pre (18-in, 20-out) up to the Thunderbolt-only Clarett 8PreX, with a very respectable 26-in, 28-out. Aside from the consistent visual presentation, the line is also held together by its reliance on Focusrite’s decades of analogue design experience, along with Air-enabled preamps that reproduce the input impedance, clarity, and frequency response curve of the company’s original ISA mic preamp.