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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...
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
Few instruments offer a better introduction to the art and craft of playing music than a good keyboard. And as the holidays approach and thoughts turn to musical gifts for the budding musician in your family (or yourself, if you're looking to branch out your t...
Drum and Percussion
Expert Review: ZILDJIAN Project 391 – An limited SoundLab offering. In this installment, we’ll groove the Avedis Zildjian Project 391 Splash and China cymbals. by Dendy Jarrett   INTRO—  The history behind the project   Zildjia...
Modules and MIDI
Multitimbral virtual instrument plugin Xpand is a softsynth that has been around in various forms for a while now. Originally created as a bundled plugin for Pro Tools 7 back in 2006 and later improved, expanded and renamed Xpand!2, it has proven to be a very...
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
I can remember way back to buying my first real bass amp. I was a quick study when it came to playing and quickly outgrew the 8" Gorilla practice amp I used in the bedroom. After a few months of playing I was ready to jam with friends, so I needed something th...
Recording
Multitimbral virtual instrument plugin Xpand is a softsynth that has been around in various forms for a while now. Originally created as a bundled plugin for Pro Tools 7 back in 2006 and later improved, expanded and renamed Xpand!2, it has proven to be a very...
Guitars
                                        STARFISH Guitar Stand by D&A Guitar   In the world of guitar accessories, few gadgets receive less consideratio...
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
Chase Bliss Warped Vinyl By Chris Loeffler   What You Need to Know The Chase Bliss Audio Warped Vinyl is an analog vibrato/chorus effect pedal that uses digital controls to allow a greater level of customization of waveform and effects parameters than is...
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
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...
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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