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Expert Review: ZILDJIAN Project 391 — A Limited Edition SoundLab offering In this installment, we’ll groove on the Avedis Zildjian Project 391 crash cymbals. by Dendy Jarrett     INTRO—  The history behind the project &nbs...
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
Portable keyboards can be a great entry point for beginning musicians who want to learn their way around a keyboard, as well as an affordable tool for established musicians looking to do the same. There's no denying that understanding a piano's layout can help...
Drum and Percussion
Expert Review: ZILDJIAN Project 391 — A Limited Edition SoundLab offering In this installment, we’ll groove on the Avedis Zildjian Project 391 crash cymbals. by Dendy Jarrett     INTRO—  The history behind the project &nbs...
Modules and MIDI
Virtual SEM synthesizer expander module for iPad By Phil O'Keefe The original Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module) was first released way back in 1974 and was the very first Oberheim-branded synthesizer. With no keyboard of its own, it was intended to be...
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
Virtual SEM synthesizer expander module for iPad By Phil O'Keefe The original Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module) was first released way back in 1974 and was the very first Oberheim-branded synthesizer. With no keyboard of its own, it was intended to be...
Guitars
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...
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
Organ Machine effect pedal for guitar, bass and keyboardsBy Phil O'Keefe  Guitarists can be rather weird sometimes. For example, consider our fascination with (some would say jealousy of) the sounds keyboardists can generate with electronic organs and rot...
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
Stereo Microphone with Lightning Connection for iPhone and iPad By Phil O'Keefe   I don't know about you, but Apple iOS devices are a near-constant companion for me. I always have either my iPhone 5 or one of my iPads on me, or close by, and I use them fo...
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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