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    Access Analog

    Remote Outboard Processing

    Love the sound of high‑end analogue kit, but don’t have the space or the money to buy it? No problem...

    Reviews Jan 2021
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    Choosing A 500-series Chassis

    Slot Machines

    Not all 500‑series racks are created equal. Here’s what you need to know to make your choice.

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    Various 500-series modules in API rack.

    Choosing 500-series Modules

    Variety Show

    With so many modules on the market, how do you make the right choices?

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    PSP InfiniStrip

    Channel-strip Plug-in

    Want to combine the freedom to choose EQs and compressors with the convenience of a single plug‑in? PSP may have the answer...

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    DPW Design MÖG D-2

    Eurorack Module

    Described as a four-band preamp, overdrive and distortion module, the M G D–2 puts guitar pedal power at the heart of your Eurorack.

    Reviews Jan 2020
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    Sonic Farm Xcalibur JC

    Valve Preamplifier & Saturation Processor

    With its ability to deliver anything from super-subtle saturation to downright despicable distortion, could this be the only valve preamp you'll ever need?

    Reviews Nov 2019
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    Boss Tube Amp Expander | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    There are plenty of very heavily distorted examples already out there to be heard, but I’ve gone for some tones that I think challenge the technology a little more.

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Boss Tube Amp Expander

    Reactive Load & Speaker Simulator

    Widely touted as Boss's response to UA's popular OX, the Tube Amp Expander actually offers a contrasting approach. Will one of them be a clear winner?

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Q. Will the ToneDexter work with an on–board mic?

    Can I get good results on a Dobro that has a Shertler Basik on‑board mic, or will I need a piezo pickup?

    Sound Advice Sep 2019
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    Warm Audio WA73-EQ

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    Find out how just how well this vintage recreation compares with the original that inspired it.

    Reviews Apr 2019
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    Phoenix Audio Ascent Two EQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier, DI & EQ

    Though a great recording front‑end, this versatile and characterful processor could just as easily find a home on your stereo mix bus...

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 & PreQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifiers & Equalisers

    Golden Age's new Premier brand takes their popular Pre‑73 preamps to the next level.

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    Q. Should I connect a compressor to my preamp's insert point or its outputs?

    I've recently bought a Klark Teknik KT-2A compressor to use with my Warm Audio TB12 preamp and noticed the TB12 has insert input and output sockets. What is the best practice when using outboard compressors with preamps when tracking?

    Sound Advice Mar 2019
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    Universal Audio Custom Shop - NAMM 2019

    UA return to their roots with their Santa Cruz-based facility focusing on handmade, high-end analogue...

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    Universal Audio OX

    Guitar Speaker Emulation System

    Don’t have a great-sounding room? Can’t turn your amp up to get the sounds you want? Want to turn down your speaker without sacrificing your tube amp’s tonality? Maybe this changes everything...

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Rupert Neve Designs 500-series

    Analogue Preamps & Processors

    We cast our eyes and ears over Mr Neve’s elegant contributions to the 500-series format.

    Reviews May 2018
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    Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet

    Stereo Mic Preamp, EQ & Distortion Processor

    Intended as a means of adding ‘analogue mojo’, this device has been designed to integrate seamlessly into a DAW-based workflow.

    Reviews Mar 2018
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    Universal Audio introduce Helios Type 69 Preamp/EQ

    Channel strip from revered Olympic Studios desk modelled

    Universal Audio have released UAD Software version 9.5 and, with it, three new plug-ins for their UAD-2 plug-...

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    Sonic Farm Tantra

    Valve Bass Preamp/Amplifier

    Sonic Farm’s latest creation is a processor and amplifier designed to cater for every possible bass guitar recording scenario.

    Reviews Oct 2017
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    Golden Age Project 500 Series

    Mic/Line Preamplifier, EQ & Compressor

    These modules can be mixed and matched to create a versatile, high-quality, Neve-esque channel strip for an impressive price.

    Reviews Sep 2017
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    Sonic Dune 1Q73

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    Serbian company Sonic Dune have augmented the classic Neve 1073 design to offer the user both practical and tonal options.

    Reviews Aug 2017

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