New Beginner V-Drum Kits From Roland

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Entry level excellence There is no shortage of drum kits available for beginners – from the full size, full noise ‘shells and skins’ of an acoustic drum kit to the space saving, low noise convenience of electronic drum kits. Choosing the right kit is usually a compromise between quality and price, particularly when you’re starting… Read More

Review: TC Electronic Mini Flashback Delay Pedal

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A Tardis-like delay pedal for a ‘next gen’ pedal board… The Credentials Taking a few pointers from its larger brother, the TC Flashback delay and looper, the mini version is packed with the following features. Delay, Feedback, and FX Level controls TonePrint-enabled Free TonePrint Editor – create your own custom delay pedal Beam enabled Build… Read More

Boss GT-001 Review

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Lowdown on Boss’ box of desktop tricks The guitar world is changing. On one hand, you have the players who swear by the time-honoured tradition of plugging a guitar into a box which makes things very loud. Relationships with computer-based guitar trickery range from ‘handy to have, but I’ll stick to my proper amp’, through… Read More

Marshall Guitar Pack Review

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A complete guitar starter pack for new rockers? We take a closer look… First impressions Overall, the guitar pack is very well packaged and nicely presented, it’s got the whole “surprise present” look about it if you catch our drift? Unpacking the contents reveal a myriad of different goodies to keep us busy. First up, the guitar…. Read More

BOSS Goes Old School With Its New WAZA Pedals

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The Waza Craft Series promises all Analog components and premium sound quality, so what’s the story? The new BOSS Waza Craft pedals have just been announced with 3 new compacts kicking off the series. Old favourites such as the BD-2 Blues Driver and the DM-2 Delay have been given the “WAZA” treatment and promise to… Read More

Rewriting History – The Return Of Gretsch Guitars

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The long history of Gretsch is a rollercoaster ride of success and setbacks. But where are they in 2014? Fred’s the name Gretsch began their journey in 1883 under the control of German immigrant to the USA, Friedrich Gretsch but it wasn’t until his son (also named Fred) took over, that the company really bloomed…. Read More

The Birth Of The 9 String Electric Guitar

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8 strings not enough for you? How about 9! They’re here! The extended range monsters which seem to have divided opinion amongst guitar players, giving rise to online arguments over their purpose and use. Also, let’s not forget our Bass playing friends whose sonic territory is being invaded, how do they feel about it? But… Read More

New Gear from BOSS

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Ground-breaking new technology and some updated classics, 2014 has been a great year to be a BOSS. New Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor 2014 has seen some ground-breaking new products from BOSS and some incredible upgrades to some classics too, with the addition of BOSS compacts such as the DS-1X et al. For my money, the… Read More

Bitwig Studio Review : The Next Generation Of Music Software?

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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

Musikmesse 2014 – Our Top Picks

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Every year the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt brings us new pieces of gear from every corner of the musical equipment world. This year the show promised a lot and has given us even more with huge releases from Roland, Boss, Akai, Korg and plenty of other suppliers. Check out our top picks below and make… Read More