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There are many Muff variants in the world, but tone purists know what they are looking for… “That” Muff sound is one of the defining charecteristics of a player’s persona. While none is definitively better, different takes on EHX&...
Live Sound
Most musicians who have played live have encountered Mackie’s SRM line of loudspeakers in one of their many forms. They’ve graced stages large and small, always delivering crystal-clear, punchy sound that players and sound engineers alike rely on a...
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
There are many Muff variants in the world, but tone purists know what they are looking for… “That” Muff sound is one of the defining charecteristics of a player’s persona. While none is definitively better, different takes on EHX&...
Bass Accessories
Let me start this review with a disclaimer and then a qualification.  I am not a guitar player.  But, in the last 35 years of my professional experience I have traveled the world playing with some of the best guitar players and I’ve literally r...
Guitar Accessories
A typical comment made after a group of musicians jam is, “Man… that one thing you did in the middle… you should make that a song!” The typical response to that statement is, “Huh? What part?” Most players don’t have...
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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