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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...
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: MAPEX Armory Snare Series – Tomahawk We pry open the weapons cache and review the arsenal of Mapex Armory high caliber Snares by Dendy Jarrett   ARMORY ARSENAL INTRO   Mapex recently introduced a series of five Armory snare drums...
Modules and MIDI
  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...
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
Stereo microphone for iOS devicesBy Phil O'Keefe   Apple's iOS devices such as the iPhone 5 family and various iPads have been extremely popular with consumers, and their wide range of music and recording related apps have made them just as popular among ...
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
Organ Machine effect pedal for guitar, bass and keyboardsBy Phil O'Keefe  Guitarists can be rather weird sometimes. For example, consider our fascination with (some would say jealousy of) the sounds keyboardists can generate with electronic organs and rot...
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
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...
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
  There are few musical innovations that have defined an entire genre of music and the new AIRA series from Roland pay homage to a group of hardware instruments that have done exactly that. The Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, as well as the TB-303...
Microphones
Stereo microphone for iOS devicesBy Phil O'Keefe   Apple's iOS devices such as the iPhone 5 family and various iPads have been extremely popular with consumers, and their wide range of music and recording related apps have made them just as popular among ...
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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