The 250th issue of the HC Newsletter continues to be your weekly source of reviews, techniques articles, cool forum threads, and more - and this issue covers everything from violins to effects to keyboards to drums to MIDI to...well, keep on reading, and find out for yourself.
Welcome to your weekly dose of music gear reviews and techniques! This week we have reviews of Yamaha's mighty oak drums, Redwitc's clever effects, a cool 500-series host from Radial, Dave Smith's outstanding Prophet-12, Bose's midline L1 Model 1S system, Genelec's M40 monitors, and Paiste's latest cymbals...then finish up with info on spectrum analyzers and a new take on picks. Think about the "Dear Musican" editorial, too...are you a victim of "just one more tweak?" Enjoy!
From keys you play to keys to protect your studio—with stops along the way for a great new digital mixer, three cool effects pedals, the Sandberg bass, DJing options, and stupid computer mistakes—this issue has something for everyone. So go ahead: click 'n read!
Five reviews (from tree chimes to synths to effects to headphones), a video preview of Rode's NT1, three techniques articles to help you make better music, Cool Threads, and an editorial that posits a different reason for the record industry's collapse—they're all in this week's HC newsletter. So what are you waiting for? Start reading!
Reviews? We got 'em: Gibson's surprising EB bass, MXL's FET-based re-working of their acclaimed Genesis tube mic, Catalinbread's effects trip into time and space, UVI's resurrection of the toy chest, and Korg's latest 61-note workstation. Techniques? We have those too: tame vibrato, make your own sample-based virtual instruments, capture sounds with ORTF stereo miking, and find out how to make amp sims sound better. Add in Cool Threads and a provocative Dear Musician about the termporary vs. the permanent, and you have a bunch of fun reading ahead.
With all the buzz about the Yamaha CP4 and Rockit G3 monitors, we figured we better check them out. But why stop there? Korg's Beat Boy, Ludwig's innovative P4 practice pad, a comprehensive method book on jazz guitar, and an HC Review Preview of Radial's SixPack round out our reviews. Technique articles cover mixing levels and tips for Ozone 5, and there's even info on an interesting teleconference with Russia on the future of music and technology. Click and dig in!
What was hot at the 135th AES convention in New York City? Find out here, then peruse reviews of guitar gear, soft synths, and cymbals. You'll also find one of our exclusive Review Previews, and three techniques articles that help you make better music. So what are you waiting for? Click and read!
Bass players, rejoice! We have a video preview of Gibson's hot new EB bass, a review of Squier's re-issue of the vintage Bass VI, and a technique article on...recording bass, of course. And there's also a review of Native Instruments' mind-boggling Komplete 9 Ultimate, Cerwin-Vega's P-Series powered speakers, the BBE Sonic Stomp, and Pearl's Horacio Henandez Signature Cowbells - which bring a whole new meaning to "more cowbell." Want a dose of tech, too? Keep your data from destruction with Jon Chappell's article on Windows Backup Strategies, then find out about whacked-out things you can do with today's software...fun stuff!
This week's issue features a mix of reviews and techniques articles - from clever pedals (Mooer and EarthQuaker devices), to KRK's third-generation Rockit monitors, to UVI's cool softsynth and Electro-Harmonix's analog-based Memory Toy chorus. Then find out how not to damage yourself when drumming (and how not to damage your acoustic instruments when the humidity drops), as well as how to do better mixes, change guitar tone for cheap, and place instruments in a soundstage. How's that for variety?
Our reviews put a bunch o' gear under the microscope: Casio PX-5S, Zoom H1, Yamaha 700 series hardware, Native Instruments KOMPLETE Audio 6, Electro-Harmonix 8-Step Program, and there's also a "review preview" of the MXL Genesis FET. Add in three techniques articles and an editorial that questions whether the medium really is the message, and you have another HC Newsletter that's ready to rock!
It's quite a choice of reviews: guitar synth, innovative sound system, MIDI guitar, drums, sample library, and electric bass - but then add in three techniques article and an editorial about a feel-good video that's gone viral for good reason, and you have another Harmony Central eZine. Start reading!
Four reviews, a "review preview" video, four techniques articles to help you get the most out of your gear, and even a provocative "Dear Musician"—that can only mean it's time for this week's newsletter (or what some people are starting to call an "online magazine"...). Enjoy!
This issue marks something new - a transition to three more featured articles a week, in addition to Dear Musician and Cool Threads. This will let us have a better balance of reviews and techniques articles, as well as highlight articles that were posted a while ago, but have since been updated. So, sit back and enjoy an effects pedal roundup, exclusive coverage of Sabian's innovative Cymbal Vote cymbals, a look at a hot new EDM sample library, a way to make your mandolin or ukulele sound much better, the science of how to make sure you get the best take from a performer, and...well, that's too much to cover in this introduction, so just start reading! And yes, this is starting to look a lot like an online magazine...hmmm...
Chris Loeffler reviews an echo pedal with a twist - the Lovepedal Gen 5 Echo Analog Delay - and then checks out some cool lighting effects from American DJ. Phil O'Keefe probes T-Rex's Fat Suga, as well as takes a video first look at the Fender American Vintage 63 Precision Bass. And as you'll need an amp for your effects and bass, you'll want to see why Jon Chappell was so impressed with the Peavey Vypyr VIP 2. Finally, Reason fans will appreciate Craig Anderton's Technique piece on how to use the Combinator feature.
We have an exclusive for you—a first look at the T-Rex Fat Shuga pedal. Phil O'Keefe also dives into the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar, while Chris Loeffler not only reviews the BearFoot FX Mint Green Mini Vibe, but does a roundup of four (count 'em, four!) pedals from Mooer. Dendy Jarrett covers the latest cymbals in Sabian's Xs20 series, and just in case your studio's giving you a hard time, find out how to avoid stress in the studio.
We start off this newsletter with a close encounter with former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, then transition into reviews of Korg's KingKorg, IK Multimedia's iRig MIX, QSC's GX5 power amp, and even throw in a book review, some event coverage, and a techniques piece on step sequencers.
This issue features reviews of the Gibson SG Standard with Min-ETune, QSC K10 powered speaker, Ibanez Artstar AF155 hollowbody, Tech 21 Oxford Character Series pedal, Mooer Pedal Yellow Comp Optical Compressor, and the Drum Wallet Snare Dampener. And while these are all finished products, the Dear Musician leader talks about products that aren't finished - and what this means to the industry. So settle back, relax, and soak up the latest from Harmony Central.
Reviews, reviews, reviews: A "Harmony Central Meets the Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar" meet-and-great video with Phil O'Keefe, who also reviews MXL's Revelation Solo - with Revelation sound, but a lower price (and while we're on the subject of vocals, check out our techniques article on "16 Quick Vocal Fixes"). Our favorite Gadget Guy, Chris Loeffler, seeks out some audiophile earbuds and also checks out Magnetic Effects' White Atom Fuzz (do atoms really come in different colors?), while Dendy Jarrett finds some surprises in Pearl's 930 Series drum hardware.
We start off with the concept of House Concerts - is this the wave of the future for indie artists? Next up, Phil O'Keefe does another in his series of popular "HC Meets the..." videos, this time turning his attention to E-H's 8-Step Program. He also reviews the T-Rex Magnus (boutique multieffects, anyone?), while Dendy Jarrett reviews the updated Zildjian Gen16 hybrid cymbals. Chris Loeffler turns his expert eye to the Schecter Hellraiser C-7 and the Bearfoot FX Sparkling Yellow Overdrive 2, while Craig Anderton tells you how to create multiband distortion. And Cool Threads? Yup, we got 'em!
We kick off with an assessment of Summer NAMM (surprise!), then segue right into the reviews: A new Phil video on the Ibanez AF155, followed by his full review of Gibson's hit J-35 acoustic. Then pedal reviewer extraordinaire Chris Loeffler offers his take on two new pedals - the Wampler Sovereign Distortion and the Magnetic Effects Electrochop tremolo. Then are the Technique articles that help you make better music, and finally, we round out this week with a bunch of Cool Threads that, in typical Harmony Central community fashion, address a bevy of interesting topics.
You want reviews? Done. Phil O'Keefe meets Gibson's hot J-35 acoustic and also checks out Marshall's JVM215C, while Chris Loeffler turns his attention to the MXR Super Badass Distortion and Schecter Damien 6 Platinum FS-R. Meanwhile, Jon Chappell tells recording fanatics how to do "spot editing" in a DAW, as well as how to fashion custom padding for gear storage - for next to nothing. And of course, you'll find another provocative Dear Musician, and a bunch of Cool Threads for your forumizing enjoyment.
Phil takes center stage this issue, with a review of Fender's Cabronita Telecaster Thinline and a video where he checks out MXL's Revelation Solo mic—the Revelation "for the rest of us." Then find out the basics of mastering, learn the secrets of making expressive drum loops (not an oxymoron!), get the details on managing your gear's information, and finally, Jon Chappell tells you how to make sure your iOS device doesn't run out of power at potentially embarrassing moments. And have you submitted your emoticon requests yet? Better hurry—the deadline is July 11.
Settle back and enjoy the latest: the real deal on changing tubes, the lowdown on the Bose Lq Model L1S, tips for using a control surface with Pro Tools, secrets of dynamics processing for guitar, adventures in lo-fi for bass players, and tips you need to know about wall warts and line lumps. Also check out the Dear Musician op ed piece on "Too Old to Rock and Roll?," all the Cool Threads, and a heads-up on the latest site improvements,
It's another feature-packed issue of the newsletter--starting with thoughts about copyright, then transitioning into reviews of the Korg iPolysix and Peavey Musebox, a video first look at the Marshall JCM215C, a technique article on how to make more expressive synth parts, the scoop on XY miking, and even some helpful hints on whether to generate portable power for your outdoor gigs with gas or electricity. And what would a Harmony Central newsletter be without some Cool Threads? Keep reading...
We have three reviews on tap this week: The Eris speaker line from PreSonus for home studio and multimedia applications, Peavey's AmpKit LiNK HD for home or mobile use, and the Focusrite iTrack Solo Audio Interface for mobile devices. Also, check the provocative "Dear Musician" about subscription-based software, six cool forum threads, and some good news about emoticons.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...we've cut the Newsmakers section to make more room for spotlighting recent content, including reviews, technique, and hot tips. There are reviews of the Electro-Harmonix Talking Pedal (no moving parts!) and a link to the Albeton Live 9/Push pro review, technique articles on how to make beats that get the dance floor moving and another on backing track basics, a thought-provoking article about how to take control over technology instead of having it take over you, and a hot tip on creating templates for different audio interfaces that will help you speed up the recording process - and minimize error messages. And of course there's Cool Threads, Riffs from HC, and a Dear Musician that wonders whether "music-making for the masses" is an illusion. Read on!
You've probably heard about the Kemper Profiling Amp, but does it live up to the hype? And what about Arturia's V Collection 3.0—can it really give you the magic of analog synthesis in a digital plug-in context? Check out not just the reviews but also, the new format for the "expert" reviews (as opposed to the User Reviews and forum-based Pro Reviews). We've streamlined them into more of an "executive summary" that tells what you need to know and limitations, with an expanded "resources" section that tells where to find additional material like downloadable trial versions, videos, manuals, audio examples, and more. This issue also tells how to enlarge the embedded images in files, and contemplates whether your career could get a global boost as the world becomes ever-more wired.
It's another HC exclusive: Phil O'Keefe twisted a few arms at GC, and came back with one of the very first MXR M69 Prime Distortion pedals. So what does he think? You'll find out in this issue, as well as the Truth About Guitar Cords, this week's hot tip, Cool Threads from the forums, this week's newsmakers, and more news about some of the changes at Harmony Central.
Find out how multiband processing can spiff up processing in your DAW, how vocoders can spice up your music, and how to aggregate audio interfaces on both Mac and Window. Then check out the hottest threads from the forums, this week's newsmakers, and welcome back Chris Loeffler - and if you're not a huge fan of copy protection, Dear Musician tackles this thorny subject.
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