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Mapex SoniClear™ Edge Technology A Sound Advantage by Dendy Jarrett       When one mentions someone having a “sound advantage” over someone else, it means that you clearly have the upper hand. In the case of Mapex, this te...
Live Sound
High-resolution headphones with built-in amplifier  Headphones are one of those things that every engineer and musician needs - even when on the go. Although I still primarily mix on speakers, checking mixes on good headphones has become more important si...
Strings
Ernie Ball brings a new sonic color to your acoustic palate.                                  &...
Keyboards and Pianos
A few weeks back I reviewed Casio's LK-175 keyboard, the mid-range model in the Lighted Keys Series. The series aims to bring a wealth of sounds, playability and learning features to make learning to play as fun and engaging as possible. This week, I'm looking...
Drum and Percussion
Mapex SoniClear™ Edge Technology A Sound Advantage by Dendy Jarrett       When one mentions someone having a “sound advantage” over someone else, it means that you clearly have the upper hand. In the case of Mapex, this te...
Modules and MIDI
There's no shortage of devices out there to interface with your iOS devices for creating music. And that's a good thing, because this whole mobile thing is going to be around for a while, and the devices and apps that fuel our creativity will only get better a...
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
Fender Blues Jr. – The Fargen Hot Mod   By Russ Loeffler                 I bought my Fender Blues Jr. in late 2001 because I wanted a compact, portable amp for casual jam sessions. The Blues Jr. I purcha...
Recording
Is this plugin faithful to the legendary studio hardware reverb? Founded in 1976, Advanced Music Systems (AMS) was one of the early pioneers in the area of digital audio and effects. In 1981 AMS released one of their most successful and enduring products - the...
Guitars
A first acoustic that's easy to play and very easy on the wallet   Learning guitar is a challenging task for many beginners. While learning the instrument at a basic level is not too difficult and is certainly easier than many other instruments, that task...
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
Envelope controlled vocal formant filter In the late 1970s Colorsound released a pedal called the Dipthonizer. This rather interesting pedal acted somewhat like an auto-wah and gave the guitar notes and chords a decidedly vocal quality, with a greater variety ...
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
There's no shortage of devices out there to interface with your iOS devices for creating music. And that's a good thing, because this whole mobile thing is going to be around for a while, and the devices and apps that fuel our creativity will only get better a...
Misc
The electric guitar has come a long way over the last 50 years, rising up from the confines of the rhythm section in the early days of R&B to a full-fledged, versatile instrument that drives the sound of modern music. And perhaps no element of guitar playi...
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
Modified right-angle version of the legendary SM57 dynamic microphone By Phil O'Keefe   Recording engineers are known for having a wide range of opinions when it comes to their preferred methods and tools, and that's certainly true of microphones. Ask any...
Band and Orchestra Instruments
Woodwind & Brasswind: Trumpet Mute Buying Guide By Tony Guerrero The modern-day keyboard player has literally thousands of sounds at his fingertips thanks to electronics and digital technology. But trumpet players don't have to be jealous - while it may no...
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