OktavaMod Tube Mic Modification Review

When I decided to mod my MXL 990, this video was a factor in deciding to try it out. Michael Joly OktavaMods Michael has been modding mics for about a decade now.  The stuff that he puts out rivals mics 10x more expensive, as our friends at the Deli Magazine show us...
Amplitube: Playing with the Output Section

Amplitube: Playing with the Output Section

How does changing the output of an amp change its sound? Any guitarist knows that 6L6s, solid state, and EL34 amps each have their own sound.  One of the cool things about Amplitube is that it allows you to switch out the output section of your amp on the fly....
Are Amp Simulators Any Good?

Are Amp Simulators Any Good?

You can get usable tones from an amp simulator like Amplitube. I know that this is a sacrilege, but it is possible to get a nice guitar sound from an amp sim.  While my first inclination is always to mic up my amp, and I’d rather just do that if I am working on...
How to Use a Low Cut Filter

How to Use a Low Cut Filter

Why use a low cut filter? We talked about why you should use a low cut filter in a previous piece. Play with it a bit There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to eq. First, decide what you want your instrument to sound like.  Do you want it close and intimate? ...
What is a Low Cut Filter For?

What is a Low Cut Filter For?

A low cut filter makes room for your bass and kick. Your vocals, guitars, snares, and countless other instrument tracks will introduce some unnecessary frequencies into your tracks.  Using a low cut filter on those tracks will free up room for instruments whose...
How Does My Modded MXL 990 Sound?

How Does My Modded MXL 990 Sound?

Can a Modded MXL 990 Compare to a More Expensive Mic? My MXL 990 Mod vs. a Blue Baby Bottle. After I completed my mod, I ran both the MXL 990 and my Blue Baby Bottle through my Apollo Twin to compare.  While the Baby Bottle is by no means an expensive mic, it is a...