Category Archives: Technology

Why (Almost) Everything You Thought You Knew About Bit Depth Is Probably Wrong

A lot of competent audio engineers working in the field today have some real misconceptions and gaps in their knowledge around digital audio. Not a month goes by that I don’t encounter an otherwise capable music professional who makes simple errors about all sorts of basic digital audio principles – The very kinds of fundamental […]

Also posted in All Stories, Rants and Raves, September 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 3 | Comments closed

Modern Hi-Fi: What Really Happened to the High-End Stereo Market


Old people complaining about ‘the kids these days with their so-called music’ goes back to at least the time of the ancient Greeks, when Plato griped that: “Music was once divided into its proper forms…not permitted to exchange the melodic styles of these established forms and others…The rule was to listen silently and learn; But […]

Also posted in All Stories, August 2013, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Most Popular, Rants and Raves | 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, Gear Reviews, 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, Gear Reviews, 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, Gear Reviews, 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, Gear Reviews, May 2013, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

Analog Analogs: Approximating Vintage Sounds In the Box

Universal Audio's Ampex ATR-102 Emulation

For many, the age of digital audio is also an age of analog nostalgia. Despite the ever-increasing quality of digital audio systems, all those decades of listening to the non-linearities of tubes, transformers, and tape have biased our ears in favor of older, more colored, and more costly recording methods. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer of […]

Also posted in All Stories, April 2013, Beyond The Basics, Featured Stories, Guest Posts | 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, Gear Reviews, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 2 | Comments closed

The Best Snare Drums For The Recording Studio

It’s no overstatement to say that a good snare sound is essential to the backbone of almost any kind of pop record – whether that means hip hop, country, speed metal, R&B, punk rock, psychedelia, shoegaze, adult contemporary, jazz or straight up rock n’ roll. So every recording studio should have at least a couple […]

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

Audio Subjectivists vs Audio Objectivists: A False Dichotomy


There’s a war on in the audio world. A very silly war. It crops up from time to time, wasting energy and helping to polarize opinions about things that just aren’t worth fighting about. I’m talking about the ongoing war between subjectivists and objectivists – And I’m here to demand that you never, ever pick […]

Also posted in Featured Stories, Industry Trends, March 2013, Most Popular, Rants and Raves | Comments closed
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