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Thermionic Culture’s valve-driven summing mixer gets an update with new Air and Attitude controls. John Pickford feels the analogue warmth…

There can be no denying that digital recording now reigns supreme among professional recording engineers and home recordists alike. The brittle sound of early digital recorders with low sampling rates is now, thankfully, a thing of the past; however, many engineers feel that mixing within a DAW produces a somewhat sterile sound, when compared to mixing through analogue equipment.

Going one step further, there are those who insist that when transistorised recording consoles replaced valve-driven ones it was a backwards step in terms of sound quality. Indeed, the vast majority of electric guitar players still choose to use valve amplifiers for their rich and warm tone and their ability to be overdriven to produce musically pleasing saturated tones. Among tube fans, Vic Keary – the big-boss-man of Thermionic Culture – is something of a valve guru; he’s been designing valve equipment for more than 50 years. His company offers a range of pure valve studio outboard gear, that includes microphone preamplifiers, compressors and equalisers, as well as tube saturation units (the Culture Vulture) and summing mixers.

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It’s celebration time here at MusicTech as we reveal our 150th issue! quite a milestone we’re sure you’ll agree. What an issue we’ve got to celebrate. First we’ve compiled the 150 best gear, studios, quotes and tips from the last 150 issues of MusicTech and we sit down for chats with studio legends Tony Visconti and Bob Clearmountain. We’ve also got a whole host of tutorials, reviews and a brand new feature looking at the six ways to save time when recording.
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