BLUE was also showing a more portable iPhone/iPad mic that connects via the 30-pin dock connection. The BLUE Mikey rotates around so you can capture audio from different directions easily. How useful will it be as a pocket field-recording device? We'll be checking it out when it's released.
Cheap and Free, two words that are music to musicians’ ears. In the free category, PreSonus QMix rocks. For users of the fantastic StudioLive mixing boards (see our review of the StudioLive 24.4.2), QMix expands upon the concepts found in the Virtual StudioLive application, but in this case, the software enables musicians to control their monitor mixes directly from their iPhones or iPod touches. With anywhere from four to ten aux sends depending on the model of mixer, this can really free your sound engineer from having to tweak everyone’s mix to taste.
Almost under the radar compared with many other product announcements, we were very excited to discover the new BlueTube DP v2 microphone and instrument preamp. When we reviewed the original two-channel, 12ax7 tube and solid-state preamp (selectable), we found it to be one of the best sounding low-priced preamps suitable for use in studios of any size. The new v2 ups the quality by including PreSonus Class A XMAX mic preamps (as found in StudioLive). A review unit is already on its way to our studio for testing.
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To meet this goal, the XSW wireless mic series was created. Coming in several variants for speaking, live singing, and instruments, the idea is to let musicians get a taste of Sennheiser’s sound quality for under $500.
Universal Audio was turning heads with their new audio interface, Apollo, and rightfully so. As audio interfaces go, this one’s quite sexy, as it features both Thunderbolt and Firewire interfaces in a 1U rack unit that is going to give the competition a run for its money. But the fun doesn't stop with just a great interface, though. The real excitement is that included on board is a UAD-2 DSP processor, which enables recordings to be made through UAD-2 powered plugins! Of course these plugins are also available for mixing and mastering later. We don't see how people who are serious about recording in the home or projects studio can pass up at least looking at this. We're very eager to try it out.
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