The jump into computer-based recording shan’t be such a daunting endeavor any longer thanks to Spike, Mackie’s new USB recording system. Made up of a nominally sized, two-input hardware interface plus multitracking software and a host of plug-in effects, Spike can turn a computer into a studio right away. It’s MIDI-equipped and the onboard mike preamps are in line with Mackie’s high standards, but we admire its ease of use most of all. Operating a 4-track is more work than this.
Planet Waves Swivel XLR Cables
For the true techies: These microphone cables swivel at the cuff, from an in-line position to a right angle-in two directions. Sounds like a silly feature, but think about how many times your life was saved by a flexi-straw. Spaces behind consoles, rack-mount recording gear and within a drum setup are often mighty tight and unaccommodating for the average, in-line XLR cable. The Swivels come in 10- and 25-foot lengths.