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  1. Radial Engineering Announces New PreComp 500

    The PreComp is a single wide module, designed to fit the popular 500 series rack format. The design begins with a high performance preamp equipped with Radial's unique Accustate gain control that simultaneously sets the output and sensitivity to maximize signal-to-noise at all levels. This is particularly important when recording in the digital domain where background noise can often be...
  2. Mixing Board Breakdown: Part III - Split Consoles, Routing and More

    This is a continuation of an earlier article. You can check out earlier segments below: Part I: Introduction and Basics Part II: The Input Stage Auxiliary Sends Moving on to the next important piece on a mixing board, the number of auxiliary outputs highly depends on the intended use of a mixing console, although the normal range is somewhere between...
  3. BBE Blacksmith Distortion Pedal Review

    The BBE Blacksmith Distortion @ $99.99 If there’s one single type of effect that the stompbox industry loves to churn out more than anything else, it’s most definitely the distortion pedal. It seems like we can’t go two weeks before another contender enters the ring! Not that it’s a bad thing, we’re all for choice and competition, but with so...
  4. Mixing Board Breakdown: Part II - Input Stage

    The Input Stage Taking a look at the very first element that a signal hits in a mixer, the input stage, you’ll find an onboard microphone preamplifier. How a mic preamp is designed is a strong indicator of the sound and character of the entire board, and any loss in quality at this initial stage can never be regained, making...
  5. Mixing Board Breakdown: Part I

    This Peavey PV6 might look a bit sparce but it has all of theessentials needed in a mixer inside its compact frame. I remember the first time I took a look at a professional studio mixing board. It was the mid ‘80s and society at large was falling in love with a little old lady and her heartwarming obsession with...

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