Boss Tone Central and Tone Studio

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Going deep with Boss’ new editor/librarian software With its penchant for valves, magnets and other generations-old technologies, the guitar world has always eyed newer, modern tools with more than a hint of suspicion. Like an iPhone user walking into a Nokia 3210 fan club meeting, there’s always been an air of “that’s not how we… Read More

Home Recording Studio Setup

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Setting up a basic home recording studio So you’ve learned a few chords and scales, composed a selection of melodies and have pieced together the basics of your first fully-fledged songs. Be a shame not to get them recorded, wouldn’t it? Fortunately, this is a lot easier than it perhaps seems at first. In days… Read More

Electric Guitar Strings Guide

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How important are guitar strings to your tone? The answer is…Very! Read on to find out why. We all know that a great proportion of our individual guitar tone is in our fingers, coupled with the tonewoods used to build the instrument, the structure and material of the bridge system and in the case of… Read More

Five Great Pro DJ Controllers


Digital technology has changed DJing at all levels – here are five great pro DJ controllers Is there anything that digital technology can’t do? It has revolutionised just about every aspect of the modern world, and music is no exception. The DJ world has been turned upside down by modern, computer tech (reluctantly, in some… Read More

What Factors Affect Pickup Tone?

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There is such wide variety of sounds possible from them, but what factors affect pickup tone? There are such a wide variety of tones possible from the different pickups available, that you’d be forgiven for thinking that each is a completely individual design. However, there are key aspects of their design that dictate the kind… Read More

Acoustic Folk Set-up For Under £500

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You might have noticed that folk has had something of renaissance of late. You may be thinking that adding a folk ‘flavour’ to your music might require a sizeable investment. Well, you’d be wrong. If you fancy adding a touch of folk to your band without blowing your life savings, you could pickup the entire… Read More

What Is A Drum Trigger?


In this age of digital drums, they seem to be everywhere – but what is a drum trigger? The age of the digital drum is undoubtedly upon us. These days, however, many drummers use a mixture of real drums and digital drum sounds. How do they do it? Well, it’s all down to drum triggers…. Read More

Five Great Compact Audio Interfaces

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As the mobile production set-up becomes the norm, we take a look at five great, compact audio interfaces… As the portable recording rig becomes an astonishingly powerful reality (and rapidly becomes the norm), there are certain bits of gear that are essential to these new, pared-down set-ups. The hub of everything is, of course, the… Read More

Five Great 2014 Gibson Models

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It’s that time of year when suppliers refresh their range – Here are five great 2014 Gibson models to whet your appetite! Once the excitement of Xmas and New Year has subsided, you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit flat. Thankfully, the NAMM 2014 show arrives at the end of January, with a whole host… Read More

Guitar Tech Explained

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Recently, there’s been an increase in the number of guitar tech loaded instruments – here’s what it all means… Guitarists can a pretty traditional bunch when it comes to technology. It wasn’t too long ago that electric guitars were looked upon as ‘toys’ compared to their acoustic counterparts. Since then everything from effects, to guitars… Read More