Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Review

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American-made compressor/boost pedal brings the sustain American pedal brand Pigtronix has long specialised in the esoteric. Big enough to warrant a place on many a pro pedalboard, yet small enough to fly under the radar of many ‘regular’ players, the New York-based manufacturer has slowly carved itself a niche by offering slightly off-the-wall pedals to… Read More

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah Review

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Pedalboard friendly funk machine When it comes to current pedalboard trends it seems that size does indeed matter. We have seen a huge increase in the prevalence of diminutive stompers over the last few years, from the TC Electronic mini range to Electro Harmonix’s marginally larger Nano series. Players have been won over by the… Read More

Doppler Labs Here – Future Sound?

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New project aims to give you volume control on life itself At a gig recently a friend commented about how he had a hard time hearing what was being played. See, my friend wears a hearing aid normally, and had recently been fitted out with a special digital set to help improve the overall balance… Read More

Akai Advance Review

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Controller keyboard to rule them all? The marketplace for USB controller keyboards has never looked so flush. There are controllers for every budget, size or musical requirement, and the competition for attention is fierce. Akai, veterans of the genre, have proven over the years that they can meet the demands of the modern musician with gear… Read More

BOSS RV-6 Review

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Classy new reverb pedal promises ambience aplenty BOSS has released a brand new iteration of what is, certainly in our eyes, a classic stomper. The BOSS RV-6 takes the already excellent RV-5 reverb pedal and propels it toward new frontiers of textural sonic adventure. The RV-5 offered six of BOSS’ lush reverbs in a stereo effects pedal. The included reverb types were… Read More

Fender American Standard Range

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Aspirational axes for the working musician Fender’s American Standard range are the gold label, premier league guitars of your dreams. It’s the guitar your mate’s dad had when you were 14 and starting out, and you weren’t allowed to play. It’s the guitar the player in the big band plays when they’re raking in mega coin… Read More

TC Electronic Ditto Stereo Looper Review

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Looping fun in full stereo TC Electronic has further added to its roster of compact looping pedals. The Ditto range, which launched in 2013, has grown wildly as guitarists recognise the potential on offer from loop pedals. By entering the market with a solid product, which was well made and didn’t cost the earth, the company… Read More

Roland JD-Xi Review

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Portable analogue/digital crossover synth hits the spot The sub-£500 synth space is booming nowadays, with offerings from all the usual names finding favour among musicians. From the evergreen Korg Microkorg through to the superb Arturia Microbrute, there are plenty of tempting options if you’re looking to bolster your rig with all manner of high quality synth… Read More

Focusrite Red Plugin Review

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Classic compressor and EQ make their plugin debut The Focusrite Red range of studio outboard gear has been used in top studios the world over for decades. Introduced in 1994, the entire range, clad in its distinctive red casing, found favour with the professionals on account of its super-high clarity and versatility, pure and simple…. Read More

Blackstar Fly 3 Review

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Mini amp offers great tones and portability from tiny unit Just as a few years ago there was a glut of ‘lunchbox’ style amps which flooded the market, there now seems to be a trend towards amps which are at home in your front room as they are in your studio. We’ve had so-called lounge… Read More