Round-Ups, Reviews, and Ratings

Look below for Round-Ups of audio gear, Reviews of new equipment, or just Ratings of the gear you are lusting about. Here at theDAWstudio we don’t use a 5 Stars or 1-10 scale to rate equipment. We have a more advanced Rating System that helps you differentiate between professional and consumer equipment as well as bang-for-the-buck and quality. Click here to learn more about our Rating System to better understand the Ratings of each piece of gear.

Ratings

AEA R84

API 525

API 560

API 550b

Gear

Gear Lust

What is Gear Lust? Gear lust is a very common phrase used in the audio industry to describe when musicians and engineers irrationally desire that next piece of gear with the vain hope that it will be the solution to...

Internet DAW

An Internet DAW or Online DAW can be used to create music without installing any hardware on your computer. Web-based DAWs allow you to access your project wherever you go. Many are free, but all are simple and easy...

AEA R84

Manufacturer: AEA Model: R84 Large Ribbon Microphone Retail: $1150 USD Street: $1035 USD Category: Microphones Our Description: The AEA R84 is one of the first microphones from the Ribbon Renaissance of recent years. This mic is a throw back to the classic RCA Ribbon...
Prices - In the world of Pro-Audio gear prices fluctuate as much as the market. Pro Audio and Recording Gear pricing doesn't follow the same rules as most other markets. A grocery store for example lists its items at...

Acoustica Mixcraft

Mac: No PC: Yes Linux: No Audio: Yes MIDI: Yes Virtual: Yes Notation: Yes Rewire: Yes Plug-In: VST Driver: ASIO Price: $90 or $165 Acoustica Mixcraft is a newer arrival to the DAW game but has quickly established itself as a player. Mixcraft has found a comfortable spot catering to...
Man Using a DAW

What is a DAW?

...and Which Is The Best DAW…For You? DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation (pronounced “daugh” with a heavy southern drawl or simply spelled out “D-A-W”) and is a system designed to record, edit, and mix digital audio. There are two...
Deciding which DAW is the best really depends on who is asking the question. Which is best for you really depends on what you are planning to work on, how you like to work, where you will work and...

MuTools MuLab

Mac: Yes Win: Yes Linux: No Audio: Yes MIDI: Yes Virtual: Yes Notation: No Rewire: Yes Plug-In: VST Driver: ASIO/Core Audio Price: $79 MuTools MuLab is a modern DAW designed to break out of the old school music production mold. MuLab utilizes more of a non-linear arranging style including Drum-Machine...

API 525

Manufacturer: API Model: 525 500 Series Compressor Retail: $1295 USD Street: $1100.75 USD Category: Analog Outboard Our Description: The API 525 is a 500 series compressor capable of providing amazing punch and clarity from a small package. This compressor takes the API punch to...

API 560

Manufacturer: API Model: 560 500 Series Graphic Equalizer Retail: $945 USD Street: $803.25 USD Category: Analog Outboard Our Description: The API 560 is a 500 series graphic equalizer that is super simple to operate. It is about as easy as an equalizer gets. It...