Submitted November 9, 2020 by Al Taylor in Roosevelt, NY
"Wondering what tomorrow holds..."
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After using this product for a week or so, I am pretty satisfied with what I see and hopeful about tomorrow. The sound quality and on board effects are about as good as any DAW I've seen in action. I miss the days when devices actually gave you an instruction manual instead of having to go online, but after a few hours, you will get the hang of it. There are a few things that you may want to cut off as a default. I laid down some decent vocals only to find out that the Auraverb feature was on by default. My engineer sent me back to the drawing board. After seeing a few videos on You tube, I was off to the races. Now, as far as the Solo Mic with mic modeling. I like it for voice overs and pod casting. I am lyricist/emcee that has a very aggressive flow and style when I rhyme. I feel the mic modeling is good for singing and speaking but has a little while to go before they really can bring out the glow in rap or other genres that are vocal heavy. It's not bad, but when you hear it in comparison to the actual mic that it is emulating, well.. its not the same. I use a Neumann 102 and I can tell you that the weight and brightness of the real thing is closely emulated, but not exactly. If Bently made an affordable option for $20k, you might buy it and tell the valet to bring your Bently, but God forbid a fully loaded Phantom pulls up. I do feel that there is room for mic modeling. Someone who is just that good might override me and prove me wrong. If so, thank you because I'd love to be wrong on this.
The sound tends to have a little feedback when you using the thunderbolt connection. I do have disconnections from time to time. I will contribute these issues to the fact that I am using a Late 2013 MBP i7 16 Gig 1tb.
I feel that the turn knob should have had some sort of rubberized material that make gripping it easier. Its a front face knob on a small device that sits back on most desks, so reaching over to turn the knob is cumbersome at times. The buttons don't feel all that sturdy.
Ease of Use
It's pretty simple once you get it up and running. It's a digital DAW with analog nuances for better or worse.
I'm a little concerned about the buttons. Luckily, you don't really have to mess with them much. Everything can be controlled via User interface on your computer.
Because I got it with the free mic, the value is tremendous. I would have been ok without the mic, but to have a nice piece to add to my locker, can't go wrong.
Haven't had to use customer service.
The Wow Factor
It's a thunderbolt 2 device for a decent price. Once you start using thunderbolt interfaces, you will not want to return to usb 2.
Hip Hop / R&B
Hardcore, conscious, Hip hop is life.
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