The Most Versatile Pickup Combination Ever?

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All the tonal options you may ever need For it’s 2015 range, Fender has clearly focused on versatility. If the range tells us anything, it’s that the company is pitching their newest models as ‘all things to all players’ on account of the myriad pickup configurations on display. You see, everyone knows a Strat has… Read More

Novation Launchkey Mini Overview

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Novation Launch family welcomes keyboard controller to its ranks Novation is really going all-out with its Launch range of products. Already we’ve seen a new version of the famous Launchpad controller, along with a superb new audio interface with integrated USB hub. Well, you can add a rather natty looking USB MIDI keyboard controller to that… Read More

The World’s Most Iconic Microphone

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Shure’s masterpiece stands the test of time 2015 seems to be a good year for anniversaries; only recently we covered the fact that Martin’s famous D-35 acoustic had reached the 50 year milestone in its long, rich history. Well, this month that figure is bettered by perhaps the single most recognisable piece of musical equipment… Read More

Martin D-35 Turns 50

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Happy Birthday to Martin’s classic dreadnought 2015 is a special year for Martin Guitars. The American company is marking the 50th anniversary of one of the music world’s best known instruments; the D-35. Martin itself is a lot older, dating back to 1833, but it was in 1965 that perhaps the company’s best known guitar was born…. Read More

Novation Launchpad S Overview

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Updated Ableton controller hits the right buttons If you have any interest in electronic music, or any recording in general, you’ll be familiar with Ableton Live. Or, more specifically, you’ll be aware of one of its main selling points; it’s clip-launching session view. Pieces of audio or MIDI are recorded into boxes which, when lined… Read More

Roland TR-8: 7X7 Expansion Review

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AIRA drum machine broadens its horizons Ever since its release last year, the Roland TR-8 has been flying off the shelves as a new generation of electronic musician starts to tap into the Roland’s amazing heritage of drum machine technology. The AIRA range, which included updated versions of the TB-303 and System 100 synths, has… Read More

AIRA: Famous Users

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Rebooted Roland range finds favour with diverse roster of artists It was late in 2013 that people first started hearing rumours of a new range of products from Roland. The brand which has such heritage in electronic music was causing quite a stir on message boards and forums, in anticipation of what may be following. Following… Read More

NAMM 2015: Nord Electro 5 Announced

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One of the earliest announcements of those expected at the NAMM 2015 show comes from Swedish synth and stage piano experts Nord. The Nord Electro 5 has been built by taking the already amazing Electro 4 model and upgrading every aspect possible to create one of the most well-rounded live performances keyboard currently available. Piano… Read More

Gibson G-Force: Under The Hood

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Rise of the machines There’s been a lot of talk in guitar circles about Gibson’s decision to include, as standard, its G-Force tuning system on the vast majority of its 2015 range. The headstock mounted auto-tuner takes away the freedom of the player. It assumes we don’t already know how to tune a guitar, or… Read More

Boss RC-1 Review

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Compact pedal offers great introduction to looping As far as pedal revolutions go, looping takes some beating. There are pedals of all shapes and sizes, which offer all kinds of added functionality and effects. Yet there has also been a wild simplification of the looper, which has resulted in pedals like the TC Electronic Ditto… Read More