“Not Just for Songwriters anymore” by Louis Gentile
The Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Generation is an, “entry-level” part of an extensive line of high-quality audio interfaces. I purchased the Solo after my Black Lion modified mainstay Digi 002r was having compatibility problems with the newer Mac computer I was using. My Digi 002r originally came equipped with Focusrite mic preamps. As with the entire Focusrite line, the Solo features 24-bit/192 kHz resolution.
The name of this plugin reflects its three main purposes: it’s a dynamic equalizer with frequency-matching functionalities. Actually, this plugin features many more options and possibilities, which makes it a very powerful multifunctional audioproduction tool. In-depth explanation of every option and possible production usage would take up a lot of space, so I will restrict this review on marking the basics of most important functions and options.
Important general features. The plugin has usual stereo and mid-side channel routing options, as well as other channel combinations, including surround. Automatic gain compensation (AGC) function equals output with the input gain. On the right side of the panel, the plugin has 8 slots (marked from A to H), for storing and comparison of various eq settings. In most cases, A-B comparison is enough but sometimes is very useful to have more than that.
iZotope’s award winning, research-driven audio technology includes a suite of products that give you new ways of treating your mixes with intelligent tools for modernizing and elevating your sound. Included in their product line is Neutron 2, a versatile mixing plugin consisting of multiple sound shaping modules and powerful audio analysis tools including Track Assistant, Masking Meter and the Visual Mixer.
Neutron 2 is part of iZotope’s line of intelligent DSP plugins for Windows and Mac, available in AAX, RTAS, VST2, VST3 and Audio Unit formats. Plugins are offered separately and in bundles such as the Music Production Suite and 08N2. Each plugin comes in three versions: Elements, Standard and Advanced, each adding additional features. For simplicity, I’ll focus on the Standard level of Neutron 2. The feature comparison charts on the iZotope website will give you details for each version. (more…)
I purchased a Line 6 James Tyler Variax (JTV-69) in January of this year from Sweetwater. In that time I’ve had a chance to get familiar with the guitar and experience its strengths and weaknesses.
First off is the fit and finish. The guitar came from Sweetwater setup nicely. The variax weighed about the same as my USA strat. The neck felt very similar as well. There were no buzzing issues with the neck, and playability was good, but the action could be a bit lower. (more…)