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

NAMM 2015: New Fender Range

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New Fender models for 2015 – more to be announced! New year, new Fender range. Hot on the heels of Gibson’s new range announcement comes the new models from the ‘other’ big American guitar brand, and there are a few surprises in its ranks. We’ve had word that this isn’t everything that Fender will be… Read More

Ibanez 2015 – New Range Overview

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Just ahead of NAMM, the annual trade show where many big brands announce new products, we’ve received details of the brand new Ibanez 2015 range. New signature models are a big theme this year, with Steve Vai, Paul Stanley and Joe Satriani all amongst the artists getting new releases. The classic Tube Screamer has been… Read More

Our Predictions For Music Tech In 2015

New Fender at NAMM 2015

Gaze into our crystal ball As is standard at the end of a calendar year, we cast our eyes towards what wondrous things we can expect from the next 12 months. In the world of musical instruments, it’s never easy. The industry is (generally) very good at keeping its powder dry and sitting tightly on… Read More

Best Gear of 2014

Gear of the Year 2014

A vintage year for non-vintage gear It’s always fun looking back over the past year and revisiting some of the exciting nuggets of musical innovation we’ve been offered over the past 12 months. And there has been some great gear for musicians to get stuck into too. For guitarists, the drive has been to shrink… Read More

20 Best Apps for Making Music

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Making music, mobile style No doubt many musicians will be receiving a shiny new tablet device for Christmas this year. If it’s your first foray into mobile music-making then you’re in for a real treat, because the sheer amount of creative weaponry at your disposal is staggering. Everything is there from audio oddities designed with… Read More

Gibson 2015 vs. 2014

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Famous range enhanced for 2015 As it continues apace with its plans to annually refresh its iconic range of guitars, Gibson has ushered in a few surprises with its 2015 collection. Sure, the same old faces are still there, from Les Paul Junior through to Standard via the obligatory SGs, but with slight amendments made… Read More

Komplete 10 Review

Komplete 10 Review

Literally every sound you’ll ever need While thinking of things to include in this article, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a fellow gear-nerd. We were discussing various brands of guitar amplifier, including a high-end American brand favoured by Carlos Santana. Said brand had recently released its updated flagship series, and despite… Read More