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Powered speakers come in all shapes, sizes and price points these days, often making it difficult to make a decision when it’s time to outfit your band or venue with a set that will deliver the kind of performance working musicians expect and rely on. Es...
Live Sound
Powered speakers come in all shapes, sizes and price points these days, often making it difficult to make a decision when it’s time to outfit your band or venue with a set that will deliver the kind of performance working musicians expect and rely on. Es...
Strings
Ernie Ball brings a new sonic color to your acoustic palate.                                  &...
Keyboards and Pianos
50 synths for $50... But how do they sound? By Chris Loeffler   Synthesizers have long been the go-to for trippier, “non-instrument” sounds for musicians, and most guitar and bass players have been caught at some point in their life falling f...
Drum and Percussion
Expert Review: MAPEX Armory Snare Series – The Peacemaker 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...
Modules and MIDI
Software drum machine By Phil O'Keefe The humble drum machine really set the world of music on its ears as it started coming of age in the early and mid 1980s, and a generation of musicians grew up with them as practice, composition, recording, and even live p...
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
The Making of Rock and Roll's Greatest Records RevealedBy Phil O'Keefe Most people have little idea of what it's like to work in a major recording studio, much less what it is like to be present when a major hit record is being tracked and mixed. To be fair, a...
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
Attack Equalizer reissueBy Phil O'Keefe Back in the mid  to late 1970s, I remember seeing print ads for the Electro-Harmonix Attack Equalizer pedal in various magazines. It promised to "convert your Les Paul to a Fender" and "your Fender to a Les Paul", a...
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
By Chris Loeffler   Like the benefits authors enjoy writing when they moved typewriters to word processing software, composing music in the digital space offers many advantages to song writers- parts can be instantly moved around, keys changed, and good ...
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 with Lightning Connection for iPhone and iPad By Phil O'Keefe   I don't know about you, but Apple iOS devices are a near-constant companion for me. I always have either my iPhone 5 or one of my iPads on me, or close by, and I use them fo...
Band and Orchestra Instruments
The New Vandoren Saxophone Harness Woodwind & Brasswind Contributing Writer - Greg Vail The new Vandoren Saxophone Harness looks to be a great option for those having neck issues from standard straps, and those looking for a better harness. I have a few s...
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