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                                        STARFISH Guitar Stand by D&A Guitar   In the world of guitar accessories, few gadgets receive less consideratio...
Live Sound
By Chris Loeffler A Brief Overview- The Ins and Outs The QSC TouchMix-16 is a digital mixer designed for live sound applications. It features twenty inputs including 16 mic/line channels, two stereo TRS line channels and a dedicated Talkback Mic input. Four p...
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
Sound and groove workstation / virtual instrument with MIDI files and loops By Phil O'Keefe   It's hard to believe just how rapidly virtual instruments have taken off, and in the process they have become indispensable tools for modern music production. In...
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
Sound and groove workstation / virtual instrument with MIDI files and loops By Phil O'Keefe   It's hard to believe just how rapidly virtual instruments have taken off, and in the process they have become indispensable tools for modern music production. In...
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
Analog delay with modulationBy Phil O'Keefe After dirt (overdrive, distortion and fuzz), one of the most popular effects categories has got to be delay. Guitarists have a lot of options these days when it comes to delay, from rack processors to plug-ins. Of co...
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
                                        STARFISH Guitar Stand by D&A Guitar   In the world of guitar accessories, few gadgets receive less consideratio...
Misc
Let there be light—if you have a USB port   by Craig Anderton     When I saw my first light powered by a USB-port, I was smitten. Whether trying to get work done on a plane without disturbing the grumpy person sitting next to me or running...
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
By Woodwind & Brasswind Contributing Writer - Greg Vail Hal Leonard Charlie Parker Omnibook - CD Play-Along Edition - 3-CD Pack       Let me start off by saying I love Charlie Parker. Much of my early improvisation study came from playing t...
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