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Guitar

Fender American Elite Stratocaster
What looks like a Strat, sounds like a Strat, plays better than a Strat, and yet, still IS a Strat? This is Fender operating at a whole new level of excellence.

Knaggs Kenai T3
This boutique beauty is more than skin deep, with depth in all the details.

Ibanez RGIF7 Multi Scale
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding electric guitars with fanned frets. Is there merit to the madness? Find out here!

Bass

Ibanez GWB35FD Gary Willis Bass
This signature bass would be fantastic even if it cost double the price. For now, it's a steal.

TC Electronic BH800 & K-Cabinets
The latest compact bass amp from TC Electronic doesn't skimp on tone, and the new K-series cabinets are simply divine.

Pedal Phython
Simple and affordable solution to make custom snakes out of your long cable runs to/from pedalboards.

Keyboards

Ultimate Support V-Stand Pro
Innovative design offers eerything you don't find in an Apex column.

Korg Kronos 2
Can a workstation equal or even outdue the finest dedicate synths and stage pianos? If you're talking about Korg's mighty Kronos, the answer is a definitive Yes.

NI Komplete Kontrol S49 MIDI Controller
Native Instruments has released a fantastic line of professional MIDI controller keyboards, along with one heck of a great software bundle.

Yamaha Reface Series Keyboards
Four mini keyboards with big, big sounds. Go ahead and love them as much as you can.

Sequential Prophet-6
The truest successor to the legendary Prophet-5, this analog polysynth is a dream come true.

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
The mother of all soft synths has recently undergone some big upgrades. Find out all about this monster soft synth.

Recording

Focusrite Clarett 8PreX
Project studios will find much to like about this multi-channel, Thunderbolt preamp and audio interface.

Pro Tools 12
You were just getting to know version 11, and then version 12 came along, and with it many additional features. Here's Part 2 of our in-depth Pro Tools coverage, looking at the specific changes in Pro Tools 12.

Cytomic The Glue
It's not easy to make your in-the-box mixes stand up against output from big hardware... but this secret weapon is sure to help your mixes out.

Live Sound

Shure Beta 87a & 87c Microphones
Two microphones, nearly identical, but with very different results. Which one will benefit your vocalist?

Cerwin-Vega XD5 Desktop Speakers
& XD8s Subwoofer

Need a set of decent speakers and sub for your non-studio computer workspace? Most desktop computer speakers suck. These don't.

Mobile

IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo
New, premium mobile audio interface serves double duty on your laptop, too!

Listening To and Reading

Latest CDs, DVDs, and Books
Great new musical releases from Dream Theater, Steven Wilson, Jane Getter, The Mute Gods, Simple Minds, Jordan Rudess, Dream Eternal Bliss, Coldplay, Rush, Pagan's Mind, Casualties of Cool, Jane Getter Premonition, and books from Mark Vail and Howard Massey

Check this space every week for additions!

The Not So Distant Past...


Guitar

Paul Reed Smith P245 Electric Guitar
Rock on, with this awesome PRS single cut, solidbody, electric guitar with Piezo acoustic output.

Mesa/Boogie Mark Five. Mark Five 25... and 35
Flagship Mesa amplifier and its baby brother... and middle child, too!

Calzone (Anvil) Escort Amp Head Case
You bought a killer amp head and now you need to cradle it in some outstanding protection. You can't go wrong with a custom case like this from Calzone.

Bass

Fender Rumble 500 and 210 Cabinet
Let's get ready to rumble! Fender's latest bass amp packs classic Fender tone into a highly portable and extremely inexpensive package.

Fender American Standard Dimension IV HH

Crave that classic Fender tone and playability but tired of the same old look? Check out the new Fender Dimension bass. It's got what you crave... and more!

EBS HD360 Bass Amp
When it comes to modern, high-fidelity bass tone, EBS delivers pro results in the HD360 that really showcase your instrument's natural tone beautifully.

Keyboards

Kurzweil Forte Stage Piano
Fully weighted keys, top-shelf sounds. Could this become the master keyboard for your rig?

Physis K4/K5 and K4EX/K5EX Controllers
Have you been trying to find a professional MIDI controller to manage all of your MIDI sound modules as well as your virtual instruments? There is nothing else on the market today like the Physis controllers.

Recording

Eventide Blackhole Reverb
If you loved what the Space pedal did for guitars, just imagine what that incredible, cavernous, Eventide reverb can do for entire mixes in the studio!

IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R200 Speaker Stands
Are your monitors sitting right on your desktop or mixer deck? You're compromising their sound. Fortunately, IsoAcoustics has an ideal solution to clean up your bottom end.

Eventide H3000 Factory
One of the most essential studio effects processors of all time has been virtualized in this essential studio plug-in.

Mobile

Korg iM1 Synth for iOS
If your studio lacks a classic Korg M1, no problem! Korg just released a spot-on recreation for the iPad!

Arturia iSEM Synthesizer
Aturia does a great job recreating vintage synths, and this latest synth for iOS delivers the classic Oberheim SEM.

Listening To and Reading

Latest CD and DVD Reviews
Great new musical releases from Agent Fresco, Duran Duran, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Five Finger Death Punch, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, House of Lords, Kamelot, Roger O’Donnell with Julia Kent, Scorpions, Spaghetti Eastern Music, Spock’s Beard, The Murder of My Sweet, The Who, This Oceanic Feeling


 

 

   
               
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