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G-Storm Electro XaVCF: Oberheim OB-Xa Eurorack filter module

G-Storm Electro XaVCF: Oberheim OB-Xa Eurorack filter module

The G-Storm Electro XaVCF module brings the Oberheim OB-Xa filter into the Eurorack format. With new 1-pole band pass and low pass modes, the XaVCF offers some additional features. The post G-Storm Electro XaVCF: Oberheim OB-Xa Eurorack filter module appeared first on...

Deal: Get over 60% off the Plug And Mix Pro Series plug-in bundle

Deal: Get over 60% off the Plug And Mix Pro Series plug-in bundle

The Plug And Mix Pro Series bundle is on sale for a limited time. At over 60% off, this deal is a great opportunity to add the Emax EQ, OptoMax compressor and Tube Exciter plug-ins to your collection. The post Deal: Get over 60% off the Plug And Mix Pro Series plug-in...

Erica Synths SYNTRX analogue synthesizer: pre-orders are now open!

Erica Synths SYNTRX analogue synthesizer: pre-orders are now open!

Erica Synths has opened pre-orders for the SYNTRX analogue synthesizer. The EMS Synthi AKS inspired synth offers 3 VCOs and an LED patch matrix. You can now pre-order the SYNTRX for delivery in April. The post Erica Synths SYNTRX analogue synthesizer: pre-orders are...

VHT D-Fifty is a 50-Watt hand-wired Dumble amp clone… for $849!

VHT D-Fifty is a 50-Watt hand-wired Dumble amp clone… for $849!

Attention, tone hunters: The new VHT D-Fifty is a 50-Watt is a hand-wired clone of the legendary Dumble amp, one of the most highly sought-after and expensive guitar amps in the world... The post VHT D-Fifty is a 50-Watt hand-wired Dumble amp clone… for $849! appeared...

Deal: Huge savings on the Ina-GRM GRM Tools Complete II bundle

Deal: Huge savings on the Ina-GRM GRM Tools Complete II bundle

Thomann.de currently has a great deal on the Ina-GRM GRM Tools Complete II bundle. For a limited time, you can get the bundle with many specialized effects at 200 Euros off the regular price. The post Deal: Huge savings on the Ina-GRM GRM Tools Complete II bundle...

Project Symbiosis

Project Symbiosis

Project Symbiosis In 1975 hobbyist magazine Practical Electronics published a feature on Symbiosis, an electronic music composition by...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/project-symbiosis

Tosin Abasi to auction over 100 pedals, guitars and amps this month

The Animals As Leaders genius and Abasi Concepts founder will be launching the store next Wednesday on February 26, with most of the gear to hit the block being used heavily on tour with his band. Abasi says that the rising popularity of Abasi Concepts and an...

Hologram Electronics unveil the marvelous Microcosm granular pedal

For those who tend to not stray far beyond a delay pedal, the Microcosm is probably the stuff of nightmares for you - Hologram Electronics gear is notoriously finicky, and you really have to put some work in to achieve those gorgeous ambient tones you hear on demos....

Caribou Seeks Peace Amidst The Chaos

Written during an overly chaotic period in his personal life, Suddenly is like The Life Of Pablo for the introverts: while jam-packed with classic Caribou colour and flair, it’s also an extremely emotional and disjointed feeling release. Every song constantly jolts...

A. Swayze & the Ghosts share new single ‘Mess Of Me’

'Mess Of Me' isn't anything we haven't heard before from A. Swayze, but that's the whole joy of it all: sometimes, you can't beat an exuberant, punky stomper. Frontman Andrew Swayze discussed the inspiration behind the track in a statement released today, saying that ...

Introducing: Nearly There

Tell us a bit about yourself and the Nearly There project. What are we hearing on this new track, and who’s performing it?   After years of working behind the scenes and gracing stages as a session musician I felt it was time to step out and do something of my own. I...

Poll: Is the analog mixer dead for live sound?

Poll: Is the analog mixer dead for live sound?

When was the last time you mixed live on an analogue desk? And when was the last time you saw an analogue desk either at a club or venue? Is the analogue mixer dead for live sound? The post Poll: Is the analog mixer dead for live sound? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Electric Spring – Sonic Exploration

Electric Spring – Sonic Exploration

Electric Spring - Sonic Exploration Electric Spring presents the third annual Creative Coding Lab Symposium plus Modular Meet...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/electric-spring-sonic-exploration

The Chats join Farmer & the Owl’s 2020 lineup

With less than two weeks to go till the festival sweeps Wollongong, few punters assumed that Fat White Family would be replaced on the lineup, so we're sure this will be a happy surprise for many. Given that The Chats have only just gotten off the touring circuit for...

Thundercat shares new track ‘Dragonball Durag’

The new single follows on from the announcement of his forthcoming LP It Is What It Is, which was supported by lead single 'Black Qualls'. 'Dragonball Durag' tones down on its predessecors hard funk for a much more soulful, jazzy aesthetic, with frequent collaborators...

Neo-soul queen Jill Scott announced to play Vivid LIVE

Leading the charge is none other than Jill Scott, a pivotal figure within the neo-soul movement that swept the globe twenty years ago. Alongside Erykah Badu, Common, D'Angelo and The Roots, Jill Scott popularised the soulful, swung tones that continue to seep into the...

Show & Tell: DRESS CODE’s Ollie Miller

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? My 1978 Fender Musicmaster   How did you come across this particular item? I found this guitar in a guitar called Fannys Guitar Shop in Nashville while i was travelling across America last year. I went to a lot of...

Faith No More confirm Australian tour

While the legendary alternative rock outfit, comprised of Mike Patton, Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin and Jon Hudson, previously headlined Soundwave back in 2010 and 2015, it's been a long time since the band have taken their live show around the country...

G&L celebrate 40 years with the Ruby Edition L-2000

The L-2000 was designed by none other than Leo Fender following his stints with the Big F and Music Man, and was released unto the world during G&L's inaugural year in 1980. It's renowned for its slapability, and many funk and soul players swear by its beefy tones and...

Moog reissue the 16 Channel Vocoder

Although Moog weren't the first to invent the Vocoder - it's been around since 1930, and was famously used to encode classified audio messages by the US military in World War II - there's no denying that they certainly defined it with the 16 Channel Vocoder....

Dr. Z unleash the Z Wreck Jr. 15W amp head

The original Z Wreck amp has earned quite the reputation amongst guitar players, with many favouring its sweet, US-voiced character. It's perfect for mid-gain blues and twangy country styles, and was developed in conjunction with Trainwreck Amps don Ken Fischer and...

Kamasi Washington announces Live At The Apollo concert film

Kamasi Washington: Live at the Apollo Theater is set to hit Amazon Music this Thursday, and was directed and edited by Michael Garber. Watch the trailer for the film below, and listen to Washington and his ensemble performing a new track called 'The Bombshell's...

Are Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer plotting an Australian tour?

The trio of bands - which all share a pretty sizable army of both haters and fans alike - have simultaneously posted a series of emojis to their Twitter accounts which would seemingly suggest an Australian tour could be inbound.   I would hyperlink these tweets, but...

Genesis Pro virtual hybrid synthesizer from producer/DJ Ummet Ozcan

Genesis Pro virtual hybrid synthesizer from producer/DJ Ummet Ozcan

Ummet Ozcan has revealed Genesis Pro that combines many forms of synthesis and innovative ideas into what he believes to be the ultimate software synthesizer. And it's yours for a single Euro. The post Genesis Pro virtual hybrid synthesizer from producer/DJ Ummet...

Mogwai Audiotools MREV Plates: Four plate reverbs for 15 bucks

Mogwai Audiotools MREV Plates: Four plate reverbs for 15 bucks

Mogwai Audiotools has released MREV Plates. The plug-in offers four plate reverbs with modulation and some other cool features. It's on sale right now for just USD 15. The post Mogwai Audiotools MREV Plates: Four plate reverbs for 15 bucks appeared first on...

Behringer’s free online marketplace freemusictribe.com is now open

Behringer’s free online marketplace freemusictribe.com is now open

Behringer's online marketplace for used music gear, freemusictribe.com, has now officially opened its doors. Will it become the new hub for buying and selling gear that the company envisions? The post Behringer’s free online marketplace freemusictribe.com is now open...

Meet Canberra’s coolest new band, Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers

Introduce us to Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers. Who’s in the band and what do you all play?   Anna belts the sing songs and plays a nice yellow guitar named Agnes.  Jaida has huge hands and plays bass, with some cheeky backup vocals from time to time. Scarlett’s guitar...

Eddy Current Suppression Ring announce Melbourne show

The show comes just days after the cult band announced gigs in Brisbane and Frankston, which both sold out almost immediately. They'll be playing with Primo!, Straightjacket Nation and Alex MacFarlane as support acts.     Eddy Current Suppression Ring emerged from a...

Dream Theater announce Australian tour

The upcoming 'Evening With' shows will see Dream Theater perform cuts from their latest record Distance Over Time for the first time in Australia, as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic LP Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory. The instrumental...

Dave Mustaine announces he’s “100% free of cancer”

As reported by NME, Mustaine broke the news while performing at London's Wembley Arena last Friday, saying he needed to go through 51 radiation and nine chemotherapy treatments between his throat cancer diagnosis in June and October 2019. The Megadeth frontman...

Nita Strauss announces Australian guitar masterclasses

The storm, named 'Hurricane Nita' by rockologists, has been documented to have shared the stage with an incredible number of musicians: including R&B star Jermaine Jackson, hard-rockers Femme Fatale, tribute act The Iron Maidens, and was last seen destroying...

Robaux introduces 3PT triple ringed multi-faceted voltage generator

Robaux introduces 3PT triple ringed multi-faceted voltage generator

3PT generates voltages in seven different modes across three channels including chords, random, quantizing, sequencer and modulation or you can grab the knob and control three things at once. The post Robaux introduces 3PT triple ringed multi-faceted voltage generator...

The Return of Vector Synthesis

With the incoming Korg Wavestate re-introducing the term vector synthesis into the modern synth-nerd’s vernacular, it’s high time we explore just what the heck that means, and what it enables us to do. Vector synthesis was originally conceptualised and explored by...

The Heraeus AMLOY: A new 3D-printed guitar bridge!

The Heraeus AMLOY: A new 3D-printed guitar bridge!

The Heraeus AMLOY is the world's first 3D-printed bridge to use amorphous metals. Not only does it look unique, it also enhances the tonal properties of your instrument, apparently. The post The Heraeus AMLOY: A new 3D-printed guitar bridge! appeared first on...

Lego Microtonal Guitar: Blocks as frets, wherever you want them

Lego Microtonal Guitar: Blocks as frets, wherever you want them

The Lego Microtonal Guitar is an ingenious way to allow the use of microtonal scales by using some 3D-printing, and those little Lego blocks we all know and love. The post Lego Microtonal Guitar: Blocks as frets, wherever you want them appeared first on gearnews.com.

Framus detail the William DuVall Talisman D-Series

Following the release of the incredibly luxurious, rather bespoke German-made model of 2018, the D-Series Talisman aims to provide cash-strapped players with an affordable alternative to its speccy predecessor. It boats a 24.75" scale length with a string-thru...

Maxon announce Scott Henderson signature SD-9 distortion

The pedal also features the contributions of Susumu Tamura, the brains behind the classic Tube Screamer pedal. This means you're in safe hands - anything this man touches tends to turn out golden.   Aesthetically, the SD-9SH doesn't look too dissimilar to what you'd...

Are Gorillaz teasing a new track with Tame Impala?

In a teaser posted to virtual guitarist Noodle's Instagram (does it make it a Finsta if she's virtual? I'm really not sure), the cartoon band can be seen driving a Jeep through a psychedelic landscape which bears semblance to the artwork for Tame Impala's 2015...

Watch: Man Builds Microtonal Guitar From Lego

Tolgahan Çoğulu, a Georgian microtonal guitar enthusiast and professor based in Istanbul, has created a classical microtonal guitar with a twist, using Lego bricks instead of a regular fretboard. In the video below, Çoğulu explains that his child gave him the idea and...

Polaris The Death Of Me Vinyl Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is like and share our Facebook page, then sign up to our email mailing list below.        Name Email State Select...NSWVICQLDACTSAWANTTAS Subscribe   Please note - all giveaways are only open to our Australian readers. Winners...

String gauge: Does it matter and should we even care?

String gauge: Does it matter and should we even care?

Does string gauge matter? Yes, says YouTuber Rick Beato. But perhaps not in the way you think. His new video has some fascinating insights into string gauge that many may find surprising. The post String gauge: Does it matter and should we even care? appeared first on...

Neil Young slams MacBook Pro for its “Fisher Price” audio quality

Neil Young slams MacBook Pro for its “Fisher Price” audio quality

Neil Young sparked controversy this week after a vitriolic tirade against the MacBook Pro laptop computer; the guitar legend stated that making music on a MacBook Pro "makes me barf". The post Neil Young slams MacBook Pro for its “Fisher Price” audio quality appeared...

Spruce up your Moog Minitaur or Sirin with these handy overlays

Spruce up your Moog Minitaur or Sirin with these handy overlays

Oversynth has released a bunch of new overlays for the Moog Minitaur and Sirin synthesizers. They include the additional functions that arrived with the version 2.0 firmware. The post Spruce up your Moog Minitaur or Sirin with these handy overlays appeared first on...

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson range: More than just a new headstock!

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson range: More than just a new headstock!

Check out these new Epiphone "Inspired by Gibson" guitars! We have all the specs on the new Epiphone electric range including a new headstock shape, new finishes and both classic and modern designs. The post Epiphone Inspired by Gibson range: More than just a new...

Alanis Morissette unveils Bluesfest sideshows

The Canadian hero will be taking her live show to both Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, celebrating 25 years of her classic LP Jagged Little Pill in style this April. She'll also be accompanied by none other than Julia Stone, making for a...

Seymour Duncan release Brad Paisley signature La Brea pickups

The Seymour Duncan La Brea pickups are voiced to provide a heaped spoonful of bright, clucky twang, but also feature a tight low end to round out the full frequency spectrum. The bridge pickup uses alnico IV rod magnets and vintage era-correct cloth push-back wire,...

Ernie Ball introduces eight new string sets for 2020

The new sets are expected to debut in March, and flesh out the brand's custom string gauge offerings further than ever before. If you were stoked to see the addition of the Primo, Mammoth and Mega Slinky sets from last year, this new drop will make you a very, very...

DMAs announce third LP The Glow

Slated for release around the country via I OH YOU on Friday April 24, The Glow was recorded and mixed in conjunction with Grammy Award winning producer Stuart Price, and promises to be the Sydney trio's most ambitious effort to date.   The band have accompanied the...

The Amity Affliction Merch Pack Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is like and share our Facebook page, then sign up to our email mailing list below.    Name Email State Select...NSWVICQLDACTSAWANTTAS Subscribe   Please note - all giveaways are only open to our Australian readers. Good...

Faith No More tease Australian tour

Although nothing official has landed just yet, Frontier Touring have just posted a teaser clip to their socials which prominently features similar artwork to that utilised by Faith No More in a campaign from last year. Check it out below     It's worth noting that...

ADDAC217 Quad Gate-to-Trigger for firing things properly

ADDAC217 Quad Gate-to-Trigger for firing things properly

We often see Gates and Triggers as the same but when firing envelopes or drum modules it can really make a difference. The ADDAC217 will ensure a short sharp trigger hits all the right places. The post ADDAC217 Quad Gate-to-Trigger for firing things properly appeared...

Fender Player Series Silverburst HH Telecaster released in Europe!

Fender Player Series Silverburst HH Telecaster released in Europe!

Fender has announced that its Player Series Silverburst HH Telecaster will go on release in Europe! With twin humbuckers, expect a guitar that packs a punch. And we think it looks amazing. The post Fender Player Series Silverburst HH Telecaster released in Europe!...

Acustica Emerald 2: All the rare vintage German EQs you need

Acustica Emerald 2: All the rare vintage German EQs you need

The Emerald 2 suite is based on a series of rare German processors (2x EQs and a filter) made in the 60s and 70s, which look and operate like lab equipment. The post Acustica Emerald 2: All the rare vintage German EQs you need appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender announces change in international ownership

For those who aren't acquainted with Servco or TPG Growth, they're both big dog investment companies based overseas. Servco, who've been involved with Fender to some degree since the 1950s, oversee a portfolio of brands in Hawaii, while TPG Growth literally owns $60...

My Rig: Tim Maxwell (Loser)

We recently caught up with Tim, who was again on the road, this time in the lead up to the release of Loser’s much anticipated debut album Mindless Joy, to shoot the shit on modelling, multi-effects and the gear that made Mindless Joy.   Reverend JetStream 390    ...

Ibanez reveal the new Bass Workshop EHB1000 series

Comprised of three models, including the multi-scale EHB1005MS, the headless EHB range is touted by Ibanez as being the "next-generation" of their bass manufacturing. They all feature chambered American basswood bodies and a five-piece roasted maple/purpleheart neck,...

Tool announce support act for Australian tour

Author Punisher is the one-man industrial project of Tristan Shone, a mechanical engineer and artist from San Diego. Shone literally creates his brutal, sheering sounds from actual machines he's designed himself; fabricating 'Drone Machines' and 'Dub Machines' from a...

Kali Audio announce the WS-12 subwoofer

Designed primarily to supplement the company's previously released studio monitors, the WS-12 is powered by a whopping 1000 W Class-D amplifier, and utilises a 12 inch driver to pound out a frequency response of 30 Hz - 160Hz. It's housed in an 18mm thick, 29...

Teisco’s New Interface Pedal Brings iOS Apps to Your Pedal Board

Teisco’s new Interface pedal is a fresh idea that could be the solution many are looking for when it comes to integrating their DAW or iOS apps into a live performance rig or creative workflow.   It’s a simple idea — a pedal that when engaged, The post Teisco’s New...

Gibson CMO was behind ‘Play Authentic’ campaign last year

Gibson CMO was behind ‘Play Authentic’ campaign last year

Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian admits that the controversial Play Authentic YouTube video featuring Mark Agnesi was his idea - seven months after it created a tsunami-sized backlash. The post Gibson CMO was behind ‘Play Authentic’ campaign last year appeared first on...

UJAM Finisher Neo: three knobs for instant gratification?

UJAM Finisher Neo: three knobs for instant gratification?

With only three knobs, UJAM Finisher Neo doesn't look like a typical multi-effects plug-in. But the developer says that it produces a wide range of effects, while letting you focus on your creativity. The post UJAM Finisher Neo: three knobs for instant gratification?...

Mixdown’s Top Jobs In The Music Industry (This Week)

CUSTOMER SERVICE LIAISON - UNIFIED MUSIC GROUP (Melbourne) Local heavy label UNIFIED need you! They're on the look out for a capable, trustworthy individual to come aboard and assist with customer communications in Melbourne.   Tasks Include: Acknowledge, respond and...

Between The Buried and Me, 20 Years and Onwards

Vocalist Tommy Rogers says that the band is still as hungry as ever to push their boundaries and avoid the pitfall that is becoming a legacy band.   “I think a hungry is the perfect word for it,” he says. “I think a lot of bands turn into legacy bands because they...

Polaris’s Journey Through Purgatory

Since the release of their first LP, The Mortal Coil back in 2017, they’ve been making the rounds, supporting the likes of Architects and Parkway Drive, as well as embarking on their fair share of sold-out headline shows around the country and headlining Australia’s...

Tripping Out With Kikagaku Moyo

The band, whose name translates to 'geometric patterns', have toured non-stop, released four albums and two EPs, and spawned a record label in drummer Go Kurasawa's and guitarist Tomo Katsurada's co-run Guruguru Brain.   Much of that success was down to early push and...

The Amity Affliction Are Back On Track

Despite an extraordinary touring schedule by a band, hive-minded and rarely apart, the writing process for The Amity Affliction’s latest album begins quite humbly and solitary with guitarist Dan Brown.   “I live on a laptop and I do everything with a bunch of...

Morcheeba Keep It In The Genes

Even after their moment of chart success ultimately faded, however, the London-based outfit still continued to tour globally and serve as a key draw at festivals great and small. Even if those encountering them for the first time only knowing that one song, Morcheeba...

Sleaford Mods’ Deep Discontent

The English duo of vocalist Jason Williamson and instrumentalist Andrew Fearn has been aggressively yet cleverly ripping apart the ruling classes, societal norms and austerity-era politics across 13 years and 11 albums, but not everything is as simple as it seems,...

MIDI Manufacturers Association votes unanimously to adopt MIDI 2.0

MIDI Manufacturers Association votes unanimously to adopt MIDI 2.0

At the NAMM show, the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) had their annual general meeting where they unanimously voted to adopt the complete suite of MIDI 2.0 specifications. The post MIDI Manufacturers Association votes unanimously to adopt MIDI 2.0 appeared first...

ADDAC604 Dual Filter pulled from the guts of the 4 Voice Cluster

ADDAC604 Dual Filter pulled from the guts of the 4 Voice Cluster

Pulling the filter out of the ADDAC105 4 Voice Cluster because it sounded so good and deserved to be a module in its own right. The ADDAC604 Dual Filter offers two mono or a stereo multimode filter. The post ADDAC604 Dual Filter pulled from the guts of the 4 Voice...

Magnetic Effects Dual Drive Combines Rat & Tubescreamer Tones

If your pedalboard is struggling for real estate yet you still want to access the classic drive tones of the Ibanez/Maxon Tubescreamer and the ProCo RAT, then the new Magnetic Effects “Limited Edition” Dual Drive boutique pedal may be just what you are looking for. ...

Analogvibes Tube Program EQ Kit: Build your own Pultec EQ

Analogvibes Tube Program EQ Kit: Build your own Pultec EQ

Fancy a Pultec EQ, but can't afford one? Build your own! The Analogvibes Tube Program EQ Kit contains everything you need to build an authentic Pultec EQP-1A replica. The post Analogvibes Tube Program EQ Kit: Build your own Pultec EQ appeared first on gearnews.com.

Kali Audio WS-12: a subwoofer for studio and live applications

Kali Audio WS-12: a subwoofer for studio and live applications

Kali Audio has released the WS-12 powered subwoofer. The company claims that the WS-12 not only works well with studio monitors, but is also suitable for live sound applications.  The post Kali Audio WS-12: a subwoofer for studio and live applications appeared first...

Expressivity: The Final Frontier In Electronic Music

MPE   The MIDI Polyphonic Expression protocol isn’t new anymore, but its implementation feels like it’s just starting to find its feet. Rather than being restricted by the original MIDI control standard that has a limited selection of controls for each note hard-coded...

The Modern Drummer

Sonic The Drumhog   This isn’t an easy one to crack. The very nature of new sonic abilities excites many but for others, it’s a daunting idea – one that can just turn people off trying altogether. Some of us prefer the old way – acoustic, natural, vintage whilst some...

Future Bass

Old school vs new school These debates have raged for years with a number of viewpoints. There are those who swear by their vintage bass and rig and dismiss the need for new gear. ‘Fender (or insert a multitude of brand names here) got it right originally, nothing...

An Obitube-ary To Valves

The main knock on modelling and profiling is that “it’s digital, and not the same as a valve amp”. This statement is true and I get the fact that some players still prefer the sound and feel of a tube amp. No problems at all here! It’s then interesting to delve a...

The Story of the Million Dollar Quartet

By all accounts, it was by pure chance that Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley found themselves together in a recording booth at Sun Studios that day. The rock and roll haven belonging to music mogul Sam Phillips was already playing an...

Reviewed: Sennheiser HD25 Light Headphones

In one of those perfect moments of cultural serendipity, the initial release of the HD25 just so happened to coincide with the advent of Germany’s underground techno scene and the parallel emergence of Acid House in the UK. It was a match made in heaven. The HD25’s...

Reviewed: Zoom LiveTrak L-8 Mixer

When I first opened it up, I must admit I was a little disappointed with the build quality. Although you can’t expect studio-level components when this whole console costs only a couple hundred more than the Zoom H6 handheld recorder, the faders and knobs especially...

Reviewed: NUX Mighty 8 BT

The MightyBT seems to pack a punch for quite a few different reasons, so let’s start with the first channel, which is designed for the electric guitar. It has a gain control, three different settings (clean, overdrive and distortion), a tone control, level control and...

Reviewed: Fender American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

However, when Fender debuted the Acoustasonic Stratocaster at NAMM – and then shipped one directly to my desk a mere week later – I must profess to being quite curious. Wary, but curious nonetheless. Familiarity is something I tend to crave in a new instrument, so as...

Reviewed: Ashdown Tone Pocket

The Tone Pocket, as an interface, offers 44.1kHz and 48kHz recording, at 16-bits. Data is transferred via USB 2.0, so it will be compatible with almost everyone. The unit responds from 20Hz all the way up to 20kHz, so you can be sure that whether this unit is coupled...

Reviewed: Fender Player Series Lead II & III

Despite being seen in the hands of prominent artists like St. Vincent, David Byrne and Eric Clapton, these axes never achieved mainstream popularity in their teething years. The guitars were only in production between 1979 and 1982, and were eventually replaced by the...

Reviewed: Ashdown Studio 8 Bass Amplifier

At face value, the Studio 8 is a 30 watt amplifier with EQ and a line in. The only Volume is a master volume control, providing an overall master for both bass/instrument input (via a ¼” jack) and line input mix, such as a smartphone or computer for playback of a...

Reviewed: Pioneer DJ DDJ-200 Controller

With streaming music taking over digital downloads and physical music purchases as the preferred way to consume media, this controller is Pioneer’s solution for DJ’s. Boasting connectivity with iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Beatport Link and SoundCloud Go through apps such...

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