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Seven high-quality virtual instruments in one powerful bundleBy Phil O'Keefe   When a company offers a software bundle, the value of it really comes down to how many of the bundled programs appeal to you; after all, if you're really only interested in one...
Live Sound
By Chris Loeffler A Brief Overview- The Ins and Outs The QSC TouchMix-16 is a digital mixer designed for live sound applications. It features twenty inputs including 16 mic/line channels, two stereo TRS line channels and a dedicated Talkback Mic input. Four p...
Strings
Ernie Ball brings a new sonic color to your acoustic palate.                                  &...
Keyboards and Pianos
  From the earliest days of synthesizers, the quest of every keyboardist was to find the best piano patch.  And, all those patches were horrible in those days, even with grainy 8 bit samples on machines that cost more than a starter cottage.&nb...
Drum and Percussion
Expert Review: ZILDJIAN Project 391 – A Limited Edition SoundLab offering. In this installment, we’ll groove the Avedis Zildjian Project 391  Hi-Hat cymbals. by Dendy Jarrett   INTRO—  The history behind the project   Zild...
Modules and MIDI
Seven high-quality virtual instruments in one powerful bundleBy Phil O'Keefe   When a company offers a software bundle, the value of it really comes down to how many of the bundled programs appeal to you; after all, if you're really only interested in one...
Bass Guitars
For me, the acoustic bass is an instrument that has never seemed to click. I've played several over the years that I enjoyed, but never could find one that provided the proper balance between acoustic sound, plugged-in options and playability that suited me. I...
Guitar and Bass Amps
What does it mean when Fender releases two new amp lines with similar price points?   By Chris Loeffler   A Tale of Two Amps Choosing a quality practice or starting amp can be daunting, so when legendary amp maker Fender releases two distinct amp ser...
Recording
Seven high-quality virtual instruments in one powerful bundleBy Phil O'Keefe   When a company offers a software bundle, the value of it really comes down to how many of the bundled programs appeal to you; after all, if you're really only interested in one...
Guitars
What does it mean when Fender releases two new amp lines with similar price points?   By Chris Loeffler   A Tale of Two Amps Choosing a quality practice or starting amp can be daunting, so when legendary amp maker Fender releases two distinct amp ser...
Bluegrass and Folk Instruments
Does Deering's most affordable professional-grade banjo measure up to professional expectations? By Phil O'Keefe   The Deering Banjo Company is an American small business success story, having been started as a family-operated business by Greg and Janet D...
Effects
Deluxe version of the classic Big Muff with added features and flexibility By Phil O'Keefe   Few pedals can claim the kind of longevity, popularity, and influence that the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi has enjoyed. First released way back in 1969 and embra...
Bass Accessories
Guitar accessories aren't always the sexiest products we get to review. Most are functional and do what they say they'll do, so it becomes an exercise in assessing structure and strength. This time around, however, a unique product came my way that really expa...
Guitar Accessories
Iconic Sound Light Lead Optical Analog Cable A New Way to Connect With Your Amp By Chris Loeffler   Please note this technology is a working prototype... Iconic Sound is currently working to license this products technology. Think of it as a sneak peek of...
Misc
Let there be light—if you have a USB port   by Craig Anderton     When I saw my first light powered by a USB-port, I was smitten. Whether trying to get work done on a plane without disturbing the grumpy person sitting next to me or running...
Controllers
Line 6 Sonic Port VX iOS Interface and Microphone Studio-Quality Recording... Anywhere By Chris Loeffler From the beginning, Line 6 has been in the game of pushing the boundaries of what a guitar player can do with digital technology by marrying a reverence f...
Microphones
Large diaphragm cardioid tube condenser microphone By Phil O'Keefe   When it comes to condenser microphones, possibly the most famous models of all time are the Neumann U47, and its close sibling, the U48. This groundbreaking large diaphragm condenser was...
Band and Orchestra Instruments
By Woodwind & Brasswind Contributing Writer - Greg Vail Hal Leonard Charlie Parker Omnibook - CD Play-Along Edition - 3-CD Pack       Let me start off by saying I love Charlie Parker. Much of my early improvisation study came from playing t...
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