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“A blend of cutting edge tech with the tones of classic studio hardware. Apogee’s FX Rack provides EQ and compression – and for the first time – can run natively on your Mac.”
“In conclusion, if you’ve been waiting patiently to take the dive into Apogee’s pool of FX Rack plug-ins but didn’t have the processing power before, now is definitely the time to step off the plank. Either way you look at it, this is a super exciting new development in the world of Apogee, and we can’t wait to see what comes next from the company.”
“The Pointer Sisters sang, “I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it.”
Well, so am I! Why? Because Apogee has released its DualPath FX Rack.
“There’s no doubt that the FX Rack plug-ins are of a quality that matches and maintains Apogee’s reputation, and are well-chosen as initial releases. But what’s really exciting about Apogee’s venture into software is that it’s open to all, not just those who’ve invested in Apogee hardware.”
“I was immediately attracted to ModEQ 6, a six-band parametric equalizer with both proportional and constant Q modes available. All six bands have a full 20Hz to 20kHz range that overlap each other.”
“What makes the HypeMiC remarkable is its built-in analogue compressor of a quality normally found in extortionately priced studio condenser mics, now in a tiny USB package.”
“Apogee have now announced native versions of these plug-ins in AAX, VST and AU formats for macOS only. This combination of DSP and native versions of these plug-ins means that the flexibility of dual path monitoring is now possible.”
“The compression alone is worth the price, but when you throw in the improved tripod, the pop filter, and the carrying case, it starts to feel like a bargain. If you’re definitely sticking with a USB mic and not going the professional XLR route, the HypeMiC is a compelling option, and an Editors’ Choice.”
“More than anything, the appeal for me with this microphone is its ease of use. It’s so small and light that I can use it to walk and talk my way through a show like CES or MWC. Ambitious content creators can combine the HypeMic with their smartphone and produce some fabulously high-quality videos.”