Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Reviews of recording equipment and musical instruments.

The Best Electric Basses for the Recording Studio

It’s hard to make a great pop song without a great bass line, and it’s hard to do a great bass line justice without a great bass sound. The bass often serves as the soul and the spine of a record, and if it’s not right, nothing is. Although the vast majority of tone lies […]

Also posted in All Stories, February 2014, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Review: IK Multimedia iLoud

Audio technology has become less expensive, more transparent, more powerful and more portable. Perhaps it’s about time that consumer-focused systems started to catch up with professional ones. The new iLoud by IK Multimedia ($299) is one attempt to bring studio-quality sound to consumers, musicians and hobbyists while providing features that are relevant to many of […]

Also posted in All Stories, January 2014, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

2013 New Audio Gear Reviews!

Avid S6 In person

This year, you’ve got not one but two ways to check out an overview of all the best new recording, mixing and audio gear from 2013. First, peruse a list of highlights from the 2013 AES convention in NYC. Then, join Geoff and Eli of the Input Output Podcast as they go in depth on […]

Also posted in All Stories, November 2012, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Picking Your Plectrum: An Audio Comparison of Odd and Unusual Guitar Picks

This is a guest post by guitarist and composer Rich Bennett Keys to the Kingdom In an expectant moment before my first guitar lesson, I quickly grabbed a pick out of the tin at the front desk of my local music store. I can’t be sure if it was a Fender, Dava, Peavey, whether it […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, November 2013 | Comments closed

Make Your Own Gear: An Introduction to DIY Recording Equipment

A few years, ago Peterson Goodwyn of was living in Milwaukee, WI, perhaps an unlikely place to pursue his dream of becoming a recording engineer. Today, he’s putting out easy, introductory-level DIY audio kits, and runs one of the most comprehensive databases of open source DIY kits on the web. Read more about […]

Also posted in All Stories, October 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Big Wins: Audio Upgrades That Really Matter

Reading through audio forums and magazines, it’s easy to become convinced that the next upgrade is the one that will really make a difference, taking your tracks from mundane to impressive. Some upgrades of course, are bound to be more significant than others. This week we asked a handful of busy engineers for some of […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2013, Most Popular, Sub-Feature 2 | Comments closed

AAX and Pro Tools 11: Which Plugins are Compatible and Which Aren’t

Pro Tools 11 is out now, and some users are already adopting early. However, one concern with the new platform is that some plugin developers have not yet ported their software over to PT 11?s new second generation AAX protocol, which runs now at 64-bits. As of press time, a huge number of major plugins […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2013, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

The Best Noise Reduction Plugins on the Market

The best way to deal with a troublesome noise is to avoid recording it in the first place. In a controlled environment, like a recording studio or a film set, you’re blessed with a quiet space, clean power and revealing monitors, so that isn’t too difficult to do. But these days, for better and for […]

Also posted in All Stories, June 2013, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

InputOutput Podcast Audio Gear Review: Brainworx bx_rockrack

  Hosts Geoff and Eli review bx_RockRack, the new amp simulator plugin from Brainworx. Join them for an in-depth audio tour of the plugin with help from guitarist Robbie “Seahag” Mangano. How does it sound? How does stack up against what’s already out there? And how does Brainworx’ proprietary plugin authorization system compare to the current […]

Also posted in All Stories, May 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

The Best Small Tube Amps For The Recording Studio

In the recording studio, you don’t always need a lot of power from a guitar amp. If anything, sometimes less is more when it comes to level, and many seasoned engineers will tell you that some of the biggest guitar sounds can come out of some of the smallest amps. There are a lot of […]

Also posted in All Stories, April 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 2 | Comments closed
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