MXR 136 Dual Limiter

The MXR 136 Dual Limiter hit the market sometime around late 1980 (if my detective work is correct). Even some 25 years later it is still drifting along the under currents of forum banter and the second-hand market with a small degree of notoriety. Comments often include words of praise and sometimes even prophesy about future greatness…

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Sony DPS-V77 Impulse Responses

For many people the Sony DPS-V77 will be as close as they will get to the famed Sony DRE-2000. We had a DPS-V77 here at Little Devil Studios for a few weeks and took the opportunity to create an impulse response set for about 50 of the programs it contains. While we are incredibly happy…

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Sony DPS-V77 Effects Unit

Sony has quite a history in professional audio equipment. Way back in 1980 they announced the DRE-2000, a digital reverberation unit with wired remote control not unlike the Lexicon 224 or Quad Eight System 5 in appearance. It came standard with 16 bit digital audio conversion and dedicated digital I/O for use with digital systems, and offered…

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Sony Oxford OXF-R3 Digital Console

There remains a special place in my heart for Sony Professional Audio. It is perhaps partly driven by the MCI JH636 desk we are slowly refurbishing bit by bit for the studio, or maybe its the tenacity Sony once had for that unknown element within audio product development. The Sony Oxford OXF-R3 is one of the marvellous epiphanies…

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AKG BX15 Spring Reverb

In 1972, around the time the first digital reverb (EMT 144) hit the market, Austrian based acoustics experts AKG launched the BX range of spring reverberation hardware. The series kicked off with the BX20, a 100 pound refrigerator sized, wooden paneled stereo spring reverb unit that offered a variable 2 second to 4.5 second decay…

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Smart C1

The Smart Research C1 stereo compressor has become a staple in many studios around the world, offering that Solid State Logic 4K console center quad bus compression glue and snap in an outboard 1 unit rack format. While at present there is no lack of SSL style bus compressors on the market in both hardware and…

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