Saturday, May 25, 2024

REVEIW, BARGAIN, AFFORDABLE APPLE MAC DAW, BUT HURRY, WON'T LAST LONG AT THESE PRICES

APPLE MAC PRO

Apple Computers declared the small shiny wastebasket Mac Pro (often referred to as 'Late 2013'), End-Of-Life back in 2017. These computers were still being manufactured as late as 2017 and the year of manufacture can be determined by the serial number. 

These Mac Pro models were powered by Intel multi-core processors which came in four, six, eight and 12-core models. The computers were built in an assembly facility in Texas with the four core model selling for around $3100 in 2016; I know because I bought a new one in April of 2016 and it has been my main DAW up until April of 2023 when I replaced it with a Mac Studio.

Since these Mac Pro models are powered by Intel processors there will be very limited software for them in the future because Apple has shifted all their design focus to their Native, in-house processor designs. While the new Apple Silicon models offer a great deal of power they don't come cheap. Musicians are notoriously tight with their money which makes these older, discontinued Mac Pro models a veritable bargain. 

WHY AN OLD MAC PRO?

The answer is, LOW total purchase cost for a powerful, stable DAW that will provide several years of use. We'll examine complete system purchase price later in this review. 

Saturday, May 18, 2024

REVIEW SSL 2+ DIGITAL AUDIO INTERFACE, IT'S COMPACT, IT'S BUDGET PRICED, IS IT GOOD?

There are lots of two-channel digital audio interfaces to choose from for your personal studio needs. UK based SSL (Solid State Logic) is one of the oldest pro-recording brand names with roots stretching back to 1969; they are best known for their big, mega-expensive, studio mixing consoles which dominated pop music throughout the 1980's. Several of those big, heat producing beasts are still making hit records by producers like Chris Lord-Alge and Vance Powell. 

So when a company like SSL decides to release a comparatively inexpensive 2-channel digital audio interface, we've got to know, is it any good?

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

KEEPING OLD MAC COMPUTERS ALIVE, LEGACY PATCHER

This post is for a piece of software that purports to keep older Mac computers running, even after Apple drops support for them. Use it and explore it at your own risk.

Legacy-Patcher

I have read good things about this software and may set up an old Mac to test it out. I'll report if I get around to it. Check it out if you've got an old Mac you want to keep alive using newer OS versions.

Good Music and Happy Computing To You!

Friday, May 3, 2024

REVIEW OWC THUNDERBOLT-3 DOCK, EXPAND OR ADD NEW LIFE TO YOUR MAC

THUNDERBOLT AND THE DOCK ON MAC

These days laptop computers come with very few hardware ports on them. Manufacturer's and designers think wireless connections are better but sometimes you've got gadgets that must connect with wired hardware connections; things like multiport audio interfaces, legacy midi hardware, drum machines and keyboards all depend on hardware connections with physical connectors and wire. The Doc to the rescue!

Monday, April 29, 2024

REVIEW MAC OS, THUNDERBOLT-2 AND THUNDERBOLT-3 CONNECTIONS

KEEP YOUR DAW AND OLD COMPUTER WORKING

 GET YOUR CABLE CONNECTIONS CORRECT



2013 Apple MacPro features six Thunderbolt-2 Ports click to enlarge

The Mac Pro (Late 2013) cylinder shaped computer, in spite of its compact, “waste basket” form factor, is still a surprisingly capable computer in 2024. This older computer design was still actively manufactured in 2019. If you've got one you might wish to connect with a newer USB C shaped Thunderbolt-3 audio interface or SSD storage: Or you may have a Thunderbolt-2 audio interface like  the Apogee Thunderbolt-2 Symphony model, and wish to connect to a newer Apple Silicon based computer which has USB-C-shaped Thunderbolt-3 (or Thunderbolt-4) ports. 

In this article we'll explore some of the connection options that can keep your gear recording as the technology universe evolves around us. 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

REVIEW LOCOMOTIVE AUDIO 14B VARI-MU VACUUM TUBE COMPRESSOR, MODERN VINTAGE DESIGN WITH HUGE TONE

Locomotive Audio is a boutique audio equipment builder in St Louis, Missouri (my old home town :-). Their products are hand made in very small numbers so they can deliver old-school quality, beauty and ultra-high performance.

The 14B Vari-Mu by Locomotive Audio

The 14B is a 2U, vacuum tube powered vari-mu compressor which incorporates original design features with vintage design elements. If you mix outside the box, you'd better put seat belts on your ears because this compressor inserted on the lead vocal track will blow your mind. 

Monday, March 25, 2024

REVIEW WARM AUDIO WA-MPX TUBE PREAMPLIFIER, IS IT GOOD?

 

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I was dead wrong about this piece of gear. When I first saw pictures of the Warm Audio WA-MPX preamplifier I was put off by some of the obvious marketing moves. In this review we'll be looking at the single channel model of this vacuum tube powered microphone and instrument preamplifier.

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The big VU meter on the front is actually the same budget meter they use in the WA-76 compressor with a black plastic shroud to make it look like an ancient Ampex component. It has a switch controlled function called “Tape Saturation” but no recording tape is involved (so why call it tape?). 

If these things bothered you at all, the only thing I have to say after buying and trying the WA-MPX is put any preconceived ideas away because this piece of hardware rocks!

Saturday, March 16, 2024

QUANTASYLUM QA403 MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH ADAPTORS AND CABLES

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The QuantAsylum QA403 Audio Analyzer features eight female BNC panel mount connectors which provide excellent shielding out to 4GHz (plenty high enough for even the highest frequency digital audio recording). The generator outputs are on the left and the analyzer inputs are on the right. 

The BNC connector is not typically used for audio connections in recording studios so how do you connect this box for testing your audio components which might have RCA-Phono, TRS male or female or XLR audio inputs and outputs?

Sunday, February 11, 2024

REVIEW QUANTASYLUM RACK MOUNT KIT

Racking Up QuantAsylum Test Equipment

New QuantAsylum rack shelf on SKB 19" rack

I wanted to pull my QuantAsylum test pieces together into a solid kit that I can transport, plug-in and use conveniently. It took me three tries but I finally got it put together in a nice test kit configuration that sets up fast, has all the connections accessible and protects the equipment during transport. The new QuantAsylum rack mount accessory brought two QA test gear components together to form a sturdy package. 

The assembled system - Click to enlarge

When the system is deployed the laptop sits on top of the rack and all the cables connect easily. One (white) extension cord connects the rack to AC wall power. 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

REVIEW QUANTASYLUM QA472 ULTRA LOW NOISE PREAMP FOR PRECISION EQUIPMENT TESTING

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The recently released QA472 low noise preamplifier provides a reliable way to increase small signals for testing purposes. You can learn more about QuantAsylum by reading the HoT review for the QA403 audio analyzer here

What's new in this latest version of the preamp?

Thursday, February 1, 2024

REVIEW QUANTASYLUM QA403 AUDIO ANALYZER

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What is going on inside your audio equipment? We talk about frequency response, noise floor and dynamic range but where do these numbers come from? They come from the manufacturers of the equipment; but how do you know if these things are true?

QuantAsylum manufactures a range of affordable test equipment. The products are designed and built in the USA. 

The following comes directly from the QuantAsylum website:

QuantAsylum is a portmanteau of the words quantify (to measure) and asylum (protection, shelter, refuge). Since 2010, QuantAsylum has been developing and offering unique products for embedded hardware and software developers.”

I became aware of QA in the final quarter of 2023. I was looking into buying a much more expensive Audio Precision test system to do advanced performance analysis on audio equipment for High on Technology. Is the QA403 a replacement for a modern AudioPrecision system?

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

REVIEW NUX MOD CORE, IS IT GOOD?

 IT'S NU-X (like "New X")

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The Mod Core from Nu>X is a powerhouse of good sounding modulation effects and features.

REVIEW CRY BABY JUNIOR WAH PEDAL BY DUNLOP

NOTHING JUNIOR ABOUT THE SOUND

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Dunlop makes a Cry Baby Wah-Wah pedal for every player and style of music. The Cry Baby Junior is a slightly smaller version of the classic Cry Baby wah pedal. Designed in collaboration with Pedal Train, is this the best wah pedal Dunlop has ever built?

Saturday, January 6, 2024

REVIEW PRESONUS ERIS SUB 8 COMPACT STUDIO SUBWOOFER

Eris 8 Subwoofer - click to enlarge

Need to put a little boom in your room? This little subwoofer is up to the task so long as you don't need to play too loud.

REVIEW PRESONUS ERIS 3.5 POWERED STUDIO MONITORS, ARE THEY GOOD?

Are you tired of mixing on headphones?
DOES YOUR STUDIO NEED SOME GOOD SPEAKERS, CHEAP?

Presonus offers a small set of powered speakers which sell for $99 almost everywhere, are they any good?

Friday, January 5, 2024

REVIEW JBL 308P AND 305P III SERIES MK II POWERED STUDIO MONITORS

Does your DAW setup need some new speakers?

JBL III SERIES, GREAT SPEAKERS, BARGAIN PRICES

The III Series Mk II powered studio monitors prove that you don't need to spend a small fortune to get great sounding speakers for mixing music. 

In my control room I run five different monitor speaker pairs and use a Coleman speaker switcher to direct which pair is active. In late 2022 when one of my trusty Mackie HR824 (purchased new in 1998) finally died I replaced both with a new pair of JBL 305P. What an improvement!

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

HOW TO FIGURE OUT THE KEY OF A SONG, SET THE RIGHT KEY IN AUTOTUNE™ STYLE SOFTWARE, SET HARMONIZER™

Confused about the Key of a song?

What key is your song written in? Why does it matter?

Some excellent reasons to know the “key” of the song:

Setting the key in AutoTune™-style software sounds more natural than chromatic scale

Knowing the key helps you choose notes for guitar solos

Setting guitar harmonizers correctly so they produce good sounding harmony

So how do you figure all this out without years of boring music theory?

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

WHAT IS LATENCY IN A DAW? WHY DOES IT MATTER? IS A LITTLE LATENCY OK?

Confused by latency?

Latency in a DAW can ruin a song creation by throwing off your timing; how bad things get depends on the amount of latency in the system you're using. Let's examine a topic that all too often gets swept under the rug or buried in a myriad of less important specifications. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

ARTURIA V COLLECTION X RELEASED

 NEW SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZERS FROM ARTURIA

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Arturia has released the latest in their mega pack of software synthesizers, V Collection X. In addition to all the synthesizers in V Collection 9 the new release adds:

Friday, November 3, 2023

REVIEW GFORCE OFFICIAL OBERHEIM OB-X SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER

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Another software synthesizer from GForce has landed, it's the officially endorsed Oberheim OB-X. It runs native on Apple Silicon Mac and it requires MacOS 10.13. For full compatibility details see gforcesoftware.com.

The most important question has finally been answered, how does it sound?

Saturday, October 28, 2023

HOW TO WRITE AND RECORD YOUR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC



This is going to sound like an over-simplification but think about it.....

First, there is the music you play and jam with your friends. Cover tunes? Blues? Country? Rock? Jazz? Bluegrass? Metal?


Why do you play these songs

  • They’re fun? 
  • Your friends tell you “you sound great”? 
  • You get money from bars and restaurants for playing these songs? 
  • Strangers tell you you’re great and want to have sex with you? 
  • They're songs you all know so they allow you to play together?

But what is YOUR music? Where is it? What does it even sound like? Have you ever experienced it? Do you care? 

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

REVIEW AUDIOSCAPE, AFFORDABLE BOUTIQUE AUDIO, HAND MADE IN DAYTONA FLORIDA USA

1950's Gates Sta Level Clone

AudioScape is changing the way many hardware aficionados purchase boutique audio processors. 

WHO IS AUDIOSCAPE?

You can answer the question, "who is AudioScape?" by visiting the company web site. While there you can check out the latest group photo of all the human beings who design, assemble, tweak, pack and ship your AudioScape product(s). 

Saturday, October 7, 2023

STARLINK INSTALLATION AND REVIEW, EXCELLENT SYSTEM FOR MEDIA CREATORS

STARLINK ROUTER, AC POWER AND ANTENNA CONNECTIONS ARE ON BOTTOM

UPDATE 10-23-23, 05-17-24 Scroll to the end of the article to see updates for wifi, mesh, app, solar flares and more.

Who here remembers dial-up internet service through the phone company? It was very slow and so boring watching a single jpg image download over the course of a minute in a series of bars and squares. Cable networks finally broke through with something resembling modern internet distribution speed, then DSL from the phone company gave us another path to higher speed access. For years we've been held hostage by the wire needed to get fast internet into the home. Now, Starlink, high speed, bidirectional, direct satellite access is here and it's fast! How fast?

Thursday, October 5, 2023

R.I.P. Glenn Coleman

 LOST A FAMILY MEMBER, RIP Glenn Coleman

I've seen him many times at trade shows. I was in communication with him back in June of 2023 when I was doing reviews of some of his switching and mastering products. He confided to me that he had liver cancer. He sounded strong and on a path to health. Today I was saddened to learn he has lost the fight and left us. 

Glenn was a nice guy, old school, a man of his word. He worked hard to make sure his gadgets worked right. His TC-4 Transfer Console is one of a kind and I'm so glad I have one. 

Pro Audio lost a warrior. R.I.P. Glenn.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

REVIEW GFORCE SOFTWARE GOES APPLE NATIVE, ODDITY AND MTRON UPDATES

TWO OF MY FAVORITES BY GFORCE SOFTWARE RECEIVE GREAT UPDATES

GForce software in the UK has a long history of producing software versions of hardware instruments. 

Their popular and beautiful sounding Mellotron-style instrument is updated to the M-Tron Pro IV, with lots of useful new features and sounds, plus it is now native for Apple processors.

MTron Pro IV

The Oddity 3 is the updated Apple processor version of the GForce emulation of the vintage ARP Odyssey analog synthesizer. Everything about this synth sounds great, new inbuilt effects, new preset browsing and some of the best sounding filters I've ever heard, including hardware and software. 

Oddity 3 from GForce Software

My only complaint about GForce instruments is that they can be extremely processor intensive. How did they perform on the new 20-core Mac Studio?

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

REVIEW WARM AUDIO WA-73 VS LOCOMOTIVE AUDIO WT-72, OUTSIDE THE BOX

SOLID STATE VS TUBE, MASS PRODUCED VS BOUTIQUE

Weight Tank WT-72 single channel preamplifier with minimalist features

The WT-72 is one sweet sounding tube mic preamp. It is designed and built in St. Louis, Missouri by Locomotive Audio.

The WA-273 is a two channel version of the WA-73. This solid state preamplifier was designed with the Neve 1073 as a guide for the appearance, controls and sonics. 

One channel of Warm Audio WA-73 preamplifier

In this review I'll be comparing the sound of a single channel of the WA-273 to the single channel Weight Tank 72-style tube preamp. Can the budget-reproduction of the classic Neve design keep up with the tubular bliss of the Weight Tank 72?    

Thursday, July 20, 2023

REVIEW WARM AUDIO BUS COMP VS SSL BUS+,

 WARM AUDIO VS SSL, SAMSON VS GOLIATH GEAR SMACKDOWN

The Solid State Logic Bus+ in Aux rack at High on Technology Studio

How will the little company from Texas fare against a legendary name like Solid State Logic?

The latest bus compressor from SSL vs the bus compressor from Warm Audio is important data for consumers of gear. $2899 US vs $799 US. 

Both units share some common ground:

  • Both products are derived from classic SSL console bus compressor designs
  • Both are manufactured in China
  • Both feature balanced inputs and outputs

Is the current SSL Bus+ worth $2100 more?

Sunday, July 16, 2023

REVIEW NEVE 8816 VS SOUNDCRAFT GB4-16, OUTSIDE THE BOX

 NEVE VS SOUNDCRAFT

When the Neve 8816 first hit the market I ordered one. I also ordered the 8804 fader package which basically changes the 8816 into a mini Neve console with hands-on faders. Was it a wise investment?

Monday, June 26, 2023

REVIEW ARTURIA SOFTWARE V COLLECTION, VIRTUAL SYNTHESIZER, ARE THEY GOOD?

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THE ARTURIA V COLLECTION REVIEW

If you spent all your time testing and listening to ALL the various synthesizers and presets included in this package of instruments I think it would take a lifetime. It's D E E P !

I have been composing with the V Collection since version 8 of the package. I started this review after downloading fresh new versions of the complete V Collection 9 which has been updated for running native on Apple Silicon. Arturia generously gives you 5-authorizations, which lets you install it on several machines, dig into the software and forget about everything else. The newly recoded versions for Apple Silicon seem to be functioning beautifully. I'm using the V Collection with my buffers down at 32 samples in Logic Pro, which yields roundtrip latency of 2 milliseconds and synth output in 1.1 milliseconds through the Quantum Thunderbolt interface. 

This review is mainly going to be ME, cherry picking the meat and potatoes of this instrument collection to help you decide if this software is right for you.  Don't be confused by all the pretty instrument interfaces, these are powerful synthesizers. At the end of this article I'll reveal some secrets I've discovered to make them sound even more like real hardware synths. 

Sunday, June 18, 2023

HOW TO CONNECT BALANCED SIGNAL PROCESSOR TO UNBALANCED INSERT POINT, WHAT IS AN INSERT POINT?

HOW TO CONNECT BALANCED INPUTS AND OUTPUTS TO UNBALANCED INSERT(S)

The Balanced-Insert cable no company offers

CAVEAT: This article will describe a method for making an unbalanced Insert-cable for use with balanced input and output connections like you find on most professional audio signal processing. This Insert-cable will not work with unbalanced inputs and outputs, both input and output must be balanced type circuits. 

I'm going to break this story into three parts. 

Part One will look at and consider "What is an Insert-Point"? You can't use it if you don't know what it is. If you know, then skip to Part Two.

Part Two will explain how to make the "Balanced Insert" cable which will allow you to connect your outboard processing using the unbalanced insert jack on a mixing console. This is a non-standard way of wiring the plugs which connect to the balanced input and output on your outboard processing.

Part Three will explain why this wiring works.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

COLEMAN AUDIO TC4, TRANSFER CONSOLE REVIEW, DO YOUR OWN MASTERING

Coleman Audio TC4, TRANSFER CONSOLE

HANDMADE, PREMIUM COMPONENTS, MADE IN USA = MAX BOUTIQUE

Glen Coleman does not build mass produced equipment, instead he focuses on solutions to problems faced by every audio professional. Is the TC4 something you could use?

COLEMAN AUDIO MS6 LINE INPUT SELECTOR REVIEW

 COLEMAN MS6 = MAXIMUM BOUTIQUE CONSTRUCTION

Coleman Audio gadgets are premium handmade audio solutions, each addresses a specific problem and provides the right answer for recording professionals. Do you need this one?

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

COLEMAN AUDIO SPK5+1 SPEAKER SELECTOR REVIEW

 COLEMAN AUDIO SPK5+1 = BOUTIQUE AND  INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH

This is a very high quality, single-space, 1U, rack mount box with big heavy-duty selector switches to allow you to audition your mix on five different pairs of powered studio monitor speakers. A subwoofer on-off switch is provided so you can add or subtract bass enhancement to your full-range listening experience.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

REVIEW AudioScape BUS COMP vs SSL BUS+

 AFFORDABLE BOUTIQUE AUDIO FROM DAYTONA FLORIDA

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I recently had an opportunity to compare the AudioScape Bus Comp to the latest from SSL, the Bus+. How did the AudioScape do in this Samson vs Goliath smackdown? Read on and find out.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

REVIEW WHAT IS NEVE 33609 BUS COMPRESSOR

 IS THIS THE BEST BUS COMPRESSOR EVER?

Neve 33609/N

You probably never heard a 33609 directly because they're so pricey. There are cheaper bus compressors on the market which do sound good but do they do what the 33609 does? Read on and find out.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

REVIEW API VPR 500 SERIES 10 SLOT RACK

 THE KING OF THE 500 RACK CHASSIS BY API

API invented the 500 series format for signal processors. Each single slot module position is actually the same size that API uses in their world class mixing consoles. The original 6-slot API lunchbox provided a method for users to carry these powerful tone shaping tools from studio to studio.


So how does the modern API 10 slot rack compare to todays competition? Read on and discover why we spent more to get this quality API component. 

Sunday, May 21, 2023

REVIEW MIDAS 512V2 PARAMETRIIC EQ AND MIDAS 522 V2 COMPRESSOR IN 500 SERIES SIZE

Midas EQ and Compressor modules
Quality 500 processing for bargain prices, are they any good?

REVIEW WHAT IS AMS RMX16 REVERB

 CLASSIC 80'S REVERB SOUND IS HERE

TRIPLE WIDE 500 SERIES MODULE, MONO-IN, STEREO-OUT

I added another API 500 series rack so I could play with the AMS RMX 16 reverb processor. Was it worth the price of the rack and the module? Read on to find out.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

MAC STUDIO 20 CORE DAW REVIEW, REAL STUDIO PERFORMANCE

 THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

New Mac Studio 20 Core with 128GB DRAM and 4TB SSD

UPDATE: It is now eight-months since the Mac Studio 20-core machine arrived here at High on Technology.  To stress the internal 4TB SSD I've ordered and installed some additional big applications. Superior Drummer from Toontrack was recently joined by the gigabyte-sized Orchestral collection and the hefty East West Choir library along with the revised Arturia V-Collection X and new virtual-synthesizers by GForce. This computer continues to turn in excellent reliable performance. 

As I've noted in other reviews, with this machine adjusted to just 32-samples (1.1ms of latency) I can easily run 20-different synthesizers, all live (no frozen tracks), and move between them while composing without fear of crashes or system problems. No need for tricks or short loading instruments, I simply load and go, the system just works. 

The Mac Studio combined with the Presonus Thunderbolt converters continues to deliver incredible realtime audio throughput across the 32 audio outputs. Virtual instruments on this system feel "realtime" meaning you push the key down on the keyboard and instantly hear the sound without latency or delay effects (just like playing my DX7 or Prophet 6 hardware synthesizers).

The 20-core Mac Studio with extra DRAM and SSD were unquestionably the most expensive computer I've ever purchased for myself but this hardware has opened the doors to so many new composition ideas I have to say, it was worth the cost. 

Additional update tidbits are scattered throughout this review.

ORIGINAL REVIEW STARTS HERE

For my DAW I've been using an Apple Black Cylinder computer since April of 2016. I ordered it from Apple and it has been a reliable digital servant since its arrival in my studio. 

I've just ordered a new Mac Studio, 20 core model with 128GB of DRAM and 4TB internal SSD. It won't be here for 2-3 weeks but it will be the exact configuration I've been dreaming of. In this REVIEW I'll take you along for the whole experience. 

  • Will Apple deliver on time as promised? 
  • Will the machine be great? 
  • How will I connect all the older USB things like dongles, keyboard and mouse? 
  • What about an external hard drive or SSD for music projects to live on? 
  • How will it perform on my virtual synthesizers?
  • Which Mac OS will be installed? Monterey OS12 or Ventura OS13?

Come along for the upgrade ride and find out the answers to these questions and more.

Projected delivery date from my order

Saturday, April 1, 2023

MARSHALL AMPS CLASSIC BRITISH AMPLIFIER COMPANY HAS BEEN SOLD

Details are slim at this point but Marshall Amplification, the company started by Jim Marshall in the early 1960's has been sold to a Swedish company. Marshall family heirs will hold significant stock.

This sale disturbs me at my core. If Jim Marshall were alive I don't think this would have ever happened. 

I hope this actually turns out to be a good thing but I'm doubtful based on my 63 years of experience with guitar and the music business at large. I suspect that social conditions in the UK are making it ever more difficult to run a profitable company based there. In addition, the family heirs are tired of fighting and running the company. 

Friday, December 9, 2022

WHAT IS THE BEST LESLIE FOR GUITAR?

The original Leslie rotating speaker system was packaged in a number of ways. If you're a guitar player who writes and records, and are curious about adding the rotating magic to your tone, this information is for you.

Rear of Leslie 147 system with covers removed for clarity

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

REVIEW WHAT IS WEIGHT TANK VARI-MU COMPRESSOR BY LOCOMOTIVE AUDIO?

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The internet has provided an alternative path for smaller boutique gear manufacturers to deliver their wares directly to the discriminating buyer, years ago we called this “Factory Direct”. 


I was totally unfamiliar with “Locomotive Audio” who manufactures the “Weight Tank” vari-mu tube compressor, but a fortuitous click on a banner ad took me to the Locomotive web site where I started reading about this unique processor. Everything I read about the WT-COMP made me want it, finally I could stand it no more, I ordered it. Was it worth the wait?