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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...
Live Sound
Four 1,250-Watt Channels with DSP Processing, but only 22 Pounds?   Many of us use powered speakers, but there are a huge number of passive boxes in use, and we need to power them with something. We all like to get more from less, right? Why not have four...
Strings
Ernie Ball brings a new sonic color to your acoustic palate.                                  &...
Keyboards and Pianos
Roland Redefines Bread and ButterBy David BryceThere is a set of sounds that pretty much every keyboardist needs to have under their fingers in live situations: pianos (acoustic and electric), organs, clavs, strings, brass, bass and a few others. Almost every ...
Drum and Percussion
Expert Review: MAPEX Armory Snare Series – The Exterminator 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 Armory snare dr...
Modules and MIDI
  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...
Bass Guitars
A bass that can do it all...or at least come close enough for jazz.By John McVarish I’m making a list So what does a demanding bassist require and how much are we (my significant other and I) willing to spend? First off, I’m old school and have nev...
Guitar and Bass Amps
One look at the artists page at Ashdown's website is enough to let you know that there's a rich legacy of bass tone in place. From their high-end tube-driven models to the smallest practice amp, Ashdown amps have a reputation for delivering solid, well-defined...
Recording
If you want to learn how to do something right, it always pays to listen to the Masters...By Phil O'Keefe   Very few engineers can claim to have had as big an impact on recorded music as Bruce Swedien. Nominated for 13 Grammy awards, Bruce has won five. A...
Guitars
  The original Univibe was one of the first modulation effects available to guitar players, and the fact that it is STILL the go to circuit for warbley, watery guitar tones is a testament to the original design. Meant to mimic a Leslie rotating speaker, ...
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
Vintage inspired pedal with fuzz and vibe By Phil O'Keefe   Denmark's East Sound Research and their Carl Martin brand should need no introduction to most people who are reading this. Their high-end effects are coveted by guitarists around the world. Part ...
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
This revamped version of this classic, affordable studio mic is also one of the quietest microphones in the world By Phil O'Keefe   The original Rode NT1 was first released way back in 1995. An updated version, the NT1-A, was released a couple of years la...
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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