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Book Review: The Business of Audio Engineering

The Business of Audio Engineering price check Recommended for you if you are starting out in or considering a career in the audio industry. Alternate title: War Stories – How NOT to get caught in the crossfire. Length: 205 pages split into 15 bite sized chapters and an appendix

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Mix Recipes: Tom EQ and compression

A great drum track is at the core of most modern popular music. Other mix recipes have covered the snare drum and kick drum, and now it is time to talk about toms. The toms can be used to add texture to particular drum fills and section transitions or they can drive an entire song. […]

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Home recording studio on a budget

Computers have made building an advanced home recording studio a reality for many of us. It has also caused a flooding of the market by dozens of products (and more) that all basically do the same thing. The sea of marketing created in this environment has left quite a few home recording enthusiasts scratching their […]


DEAL: AKG Perception 200 condenser OVER

This deal is OVER, and the mic is back to its regular price. The Stupid Deal of the Day is for an AKG Perception 200 condenser microphone. This is a great mic to have in your home recording studio. After an SM57 or three, a decent large diaphragm condenser is the next mic purchase I […]

Gear Announcements Gearbox Line 6 POD

POD X3 flash memory 1.15

Line 6 released a new flash memory for POD X3. The version is 1.15 and it fixes a few of the outstanding issues with POD X3.

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FX Tips – Delay: Extra wide stereo

Here is another stereo mixing trick to go along with the Haas, cross, and panned delay tricks. This technique creates a stereo sound that fills the room and appears to come from all sides of the listener’s head at the same time. The basic idea is to start with a mono track panned dead center […]

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Line 6: POD X3 Pro and other new products

It is now possible to preorder three of these new products with expected shipping dates revealed. Line 6 POD X3 Pro price checkEstimated shipping date: October 27, 2008.Ben’s best guess street price: $700 Line 6 M13 price checkEstimated shipping date: July 25, 2008 ShippingBen’s best guess street price: $500 Line 6 JM4 price checkEstimated shipping […]

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Spotlight: Digitech’s “The Weapon”

price check It is no secret that I’m a big fan of the Line 6 tones and method of doing things. Back before POD XT had the Metal Shop amp pack, there weren’t really any outright, crushingly good metal tones on that unit. I experimented with integrated The Weapon into my setup to fill this […]

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POD Patches – Guitar World (June 2008)

I have been way behind on cooking up some tasty guitar sounds to go along with the June 2008 issue of Guitar World. So in the interest of actually getting these posted there are no sound samples this month. As always, these guitar tones can be directly loaded into any Line 6 product that uses […]

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Bass POD XT presets for GearBox

The Line 6 Edit files used for backing up Bass POD XT patches is incompatible with the more modern Gearbox editor and plugin. This has made the Bass POD XT sounds off-limits to Gearbox users until now. Here are all the factory presets from Bass POD XT Live and Bass POD XT for use with […]