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Cloudlifter Review Using RE27 Mic

Spoken word and noise floor tests comparing the EV RE27 with and without a Cloudlifter. Is lowering pre-amp gain worth the price?

Word on the street is that you don't need a Cloudlifter Mic Activator while using an Electro-Voice RE27N/D microphone. However, to get the desired input levels, I had to run the Mackie Big Knob Studio+ pre-amp at about 90-95% gain. This seemed like a lot and I was afraid I was introducing quite a bit of pre-amp noise into my recordings.

In steps the Cloudlifter. Offering a 20-25 dB increase of ultra-clean gain for dynamic and ribbon microphones, I can now lower my pre-amp gain to 50-55%. But what does that actually sound like with the EV RE27?

Audioblast HQ-4 XLR Noise Test

GLS Audio, Monster, and Blue XLR cable noise measured against Audioblast HQ-4 Star Quad XLR cable. Five mic cables go head to head to see which carries the least noise.

A review of the Audioblast HQ-4 Star Quad XLR microphone cable. This test proves it–quality Quad XLR cables make a significant difference in noise reduction over standard XLR cables. Perfect for voice overs, spoken word, audiobooks, and precision recordings, the Audioblast HQ-4 XLR cable offers superior noise rejection and the lowest noise floor.

Vizio M65D0 LED Driver Board Replacement

Backlight Out On Your TV? Try This Before You Replace The LED's!

If an entire quadrant of the LED backlight on your TV has gone out, it's possible that you have a driver board failure and not burned out LED's. Look for a uniform outage, not sporadic dimming or a single dim line (suggesting LED individual lights or entire LED strip failure). If your outage looks similar to mine, taking up 1/4 of your screen, try replacing your LED driver board.

Jeep WJ Center Console Molle Panels

1999–2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ center console MOLLE panel installation and review.

Ridged plastic MOLLE panels for attaching pouches and gear for easy and quick access on the the center console. Product made by Echelon Design Works.

DIY Adjustable Speaker Mounts

Perfect for mounting speakers at your desk.

Using gas spring computer monitor wall mounts, these speaker cradles lined with acoustic foam hold your studio monitor or speakers and allow a full range of adjustment.

Episode 4 of User Illusion Podcast with SW Hammond

Episode 4 – User Illusion with SW Hammond

Exploring the philosophy behind the concept of “Why?” and the two questions we are really asking when we use the word “why”. Answering both sets of questions–"How Come?" and "What For?"–yields design and purpose.

How To Calibrate Studio Monitors

A quick guide to calibrating studio monitors. Equalizing volume with an SPL meter app and finding the triangular sweet spot.

All studio monitors need to be balanced and setup properly before you begin using them. Use the free NIOSH SLM app to read the dB of each speaker to ensure they are both putting out the same level of volume. Speaker position is important as well. For the best stereo image, create a triangle betweeen the two speakers and your listening position.

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