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Friday, December 4, 2009

Gear Hits of the Noughties

Kevin Becka, the tech editor at Mix Magazine, recently wrote an interesting post entitled "Top 20 Gear Hits of the Noughties" that was pretty cool, so I thought I'd reprint some of them that I thought significant with some comments (in italics). If you following the links, you'll get more info from Kevin on the product.

Pro Tools HD – Digidesign’s 2002 hardware upgrade brought high resolution audio to the industry’s top DAW. Yes, this version truly made a difference in that there were a lot of questions regarding the sound quality of Pro Tools until HD came out. None now, it's the standard!

Apple Logic Pro – After the purchase of Steinberg, Apple puts its stamp on this popular music production tool making it a contender for top affordable native DAW. Don't know about Logic Pro as a game changer per se, but the fact that you can get great performance from a native (using only the host computer without the aid of additional processing cards) DAW certainly is.

Celemony Melodyne – The only competition for the ubiquitous Auto Tune app brought us a new way to correct pitch. The latest version of Melodyne is nothing short of amazing, providing some great forensic tools  not usually associated with pitch correction.

JBL LSR6328P monitors  – Once the studio monitoring champ, JBL made a solid bid for the title again with these great sounding speakers. Don't know how much of a game changer they are, but they're my choice and the ones I use every day.

Royer SF24 – Royer provided an easy way to record with ribbon mics in stereo without having the gain and impedance issues of a passive ribbon. Of all the new mics on the market today, one of the few that have become true recording standards have come from Royer.

Plugins – Many companies defined this category in the noughties including WavesSonnox, Focusrite, McDSP, Bomb Factory, TL Audio,SoundToysPSP, URS, IK Multimediabrainworx, Universal Audio,iZotope and more. Just as Pro Tools HD changed the way we thought about the sound of a DAW, the same can be said for the latest generation of plug-ins. No one even compares the sound to hardware anymore.

Digidesign VENUE and ICON – Digidesign went from 0 to 60 in record time with their live sound and studio consoles. Absolutely true. They became a real player in sound reinforcement seemingly overnight.

Now that the industry has made the conversion from hardware to software, more and more we see products that are evolutionary instead of revolutionary. I think a good case can be made for some of the above to be put in the revolutionary category. Wonder how many we'll see in the 10's?


ilterocktive said...

Interesting list... I must say :)
I think Mr. Becka is still talking about the 'big studio' toys, because a lot has changed during this time (2000-2009). Like where we make our recordings. Majority of people moved the recording to their homes, and I don't see -almost- any of those products as revolutionary, or as `evolutionary`. Melodyne being the exception.
And there's one major mistake in that list as well... mentioning of Steinberg in the item of Apple/Logic... Steinberg has nothing to do with these brands, except for being the major competitor of Logic. :) Funny how Steinberg appeared in the list...

Other than that... hail Mr. Owsinski! I'm a big fan! :)

Bobby Owsinski said...

Good catch with Steinberg and Apple. I think what Kevin meant with that mention is the fact that host-based computing is now practical with Logic, Cubase and Nuendo.

The Venue was pretty revolutionary for sound reinforcement and I'm still pretty surprised that it was adopted so quickly.


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