Bitwig Studio Review : The next generation of music software?


We take Bitwig Studio 1.0, “Designed by musicians, for musicians”, for a test drive Bitwig Studio first came to our attention a couple of years ago, promising a DAW, “designed by musicians for musicians”. Does it live up to the hype? We take it for a test drive… What’s in the box? Bitwig Studio boasts… Read More

Lounge Amps – Compact Amps For The Home Musician

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Amps which prove bigger isn’t always better… There’s a lot to be said for guitarist’s use of ever more powerful, ever louder amplifiers. Just as a Citroen 2CV would do a perfectly reasonable job of getting you to and from the shops to pick up your paper, the whole process would be much more exciting… 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

London Grammar Guitarist Dan Rothman Joins Farida Roster

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The Farida endorsee roster has expanded again, with London Grammar guitarist Dan Rothman! The words, ‘the next big thing’ are used with desperate regularity in the music industry. Every six months (at least), a new band is being touted with this accolade, but the hype generally outstrips their talent. Very occasionally, however, an act appears… Read More

Staying Motivated When You Learn To Play Guitar

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If you want to learn to play guitar, motivation is key – here are some tips to help you stay focused on the goal The first few weeks after you begin to learn to play guitar, are very exciting. You have a great new instrument, and you are taking the first steps towards emulating your… Read More

Second New Bombay Bicycle Club Song ‘Luna’ Unveiled

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A Second New Single By Bombay Bicycle Club from forthcoming album, ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ is revealed Following the release of ‘Carry Me’, and its astonishing interactive video, you’d think Jack, Jamie and the rest of the band be happy to let this dramatic musical change, and technological achievement sink in with its army… Read More

The Evolution Of Beats – Roland TR-808

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Some bits of music gear lay claim to being iconic but few have shaped music like the TR-808 ‘Iconic’ is word that is bandied around a little too freely in the music world. Whether used with reference to musicians or gear, it’s difficult to say whether someone or something truly deserves the accolade. The Roland… Read More

What’s New In Maschine 2.0?

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Native’s production workstation has been updated – so, what’s new in Maschine 2.0? The Native Instruments catalogue is stuffed with an embarrassment of riches these days. Undoubtedly, Maschine is one of its premium ranges, and one whose updates and developments are scrutinised in great detail. The hybrid hardware/ software production workstation has established itself as… Read More

Radical Piano and Radical Keys Offer with Reason


Buy Reason during November and December, and get £139 of Rack Extensions free! It seems that several of our suppliers are entering into the Christmas spirit early this year. The season of giving is expressing its generosity early, and providing offers to put a smile on everyone’s face. The good folk at Propellerhead in Sweden… Read More

New Bombay Bicycle Club Single Launched With Interactive Video

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New Bombay Bicycle Club Single, ‘Carry Me’, is here with an incredible interactive video A new Bombay Bicycle Club single has been launched, the first since 2012’s ‘Beg’. The band has been busy writing and recording the follow-up to their last album, ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, and this new single is the first hint… Read More