It can be a little difficult to take a set of pro studio monitors named ‘Monkey Banana’ seriously. Fortunately, not everything’s in a name. When I rigged up the Tubro 8s in the studio to the Mackie Onyx Blackbird (replacing the Mackie HR824 MK2s), the results were pretty incredible.
I’ve been working with the Mackie HR824 Mk2s for a few years. So it was a no-brainer to write about them.
Focusrite is an English company that has been making preamps and audio interfaces since 1985. When fishing for an audio interface on their website, you’ll notice their immediacy in telling you that their products sport award-winning preamps. To be honest, with most of their products that I’ve tested, I’ve almost nearly found that great quality they slyly claim. In this review, we explore their latest, most portable spawn, the Scarlett 2i2.
There’s no doubt about it: Pioneer’s “flagship” headphones have proved their mettle over the years, and I’m consistently satisfied with their comfort, sound quality, and versatility of use. Should you buy them? Well, that may come down to a question of price.
The Tannoy Reveal 802 is a fairly new, entry-level set of studio monitors whose design, features and most importantly, sound quality are causing some heads to turn. I genuinely had a good feeling while unboxing the Reveals.
The German company Waldorf is well known for making electronic instruments that deliver a unique analog/digital mix that’s as versatile as a Swiss knife. Their new product, the Streichfett, is a focused one: like Moog’s Little Phatty, except just for strings. The name “streichfett” literally means “spreadable fat”, though “streich” can also mean “to bow” – as in, to bow a violin.
The MiniBrute is Arturia’s first step into the world of analog circuitry. A company that’s well known for its soft-synths and MIDI hardware is finally entering a market in which competitors like Moog, Korg and Waldorf have long reigned.