Novation Launchpad S Overview


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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