Deering probably isn't a household name - that is, unless your home is full of banjo players. If that's the case, as one of the world's most respected banjo makers, they probably need no introduction. Their entry level series, the Goodtime line, has been in production for sixteen years now; if you're looking for a great "starter" banjo, the basic Goodtime open-back 5 string model is a honey - read on, and find out why.
iZotope’s Ozone has been a mainstay for “in the box” mastering engineers since the very first version appeared. As computers became more powerful, some adventurous types started using Ozone as a plug-in for individual tracks - but as a mastering plug-in, Ozone wasn’t really optimized for multiple insertions on multiple tracks. So, iZotope put Ozone on a diet, changed the focus to mixing, and created Alloy—sort of an “Ozone’s Greatest Hits,” but created specifically for multitrack mixing applications.
These four new pedals include a separate, independently switchable boost mounted into the same case as the drive or fuzz. The boost follows the distortion in the signal path, so that your volume level increases when you engage the boost instead of having it slam the input of the dirt pedal harder. This lets you keep the same sound, but increase the output level for solos and leads - which can be pretty darn handy.
Sometimes product development teams have their market research done for them. Novation’s UltraNova synthesizer was a hit, which implied that a less expensive yet comparable unit would probably attract a wide audience. Meanwhile, Korg's MicroKorg showed that players could be perfectly content with mini-keys. So why not create an UltraNova with mini-keys . . . and how about calling it, oh I dunno . . . MiniNova?
The EarthQuaker Devices Grand Orbiter Phase Machine is a four stage, all-analog phase shifter with a few additions that take it beyond the norm. Roughly based on both the vintage "orange box" Ross Phaser and DOD 490 Phasor pedals, it offers more control and sonic possibilities than either of those long-discontinued models.