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The NAMM Show 2017
Another year of gear lust and envy, as our editorial team tackles the greatest show on Earth to bring you the latest gear news.

Guitar

Peavey ReValver 4
Major upgrade to Peavey's amp and effects modeling software includes amp and instrument profiling!

Ibanez RG1070 Guitar Goes Burlesque!
Not only is the RG1070PBZ Premium guitar's burled top gorgeous, but the guitar lives up to its hot looks with a great vibe and sound.

Hot Sake!
Totally Wycked Audio has an excellent overdrive/distortion pedal for those of you looking to add something special to your tone vault.

Hot Fuzz!
Need a little less gain than an overdrive/distortion pedal provides? Need a little more fuzz in your heavy tone? Vintage drive is yours for the taking in this fantastic pedal from BAE.

Bass

Peavey ReValver 4
Major upgrade to Peavey's amp and effects modeling software includes amp and instrument profiling!

Trace Elliot Transit B Preamp/DI Pedal
Classic Trace Elliot tone delivered in a fabulous floor box, complete with essential effects and DI features.

Fender American Professional Series
Torn between a Jazz Bass and a Precision Bass? Not sure how they differ? Check out these two rock-solid choices from Fender.

Serious about the Peavey Cirrus!
We were excited last year when Peavey announced the impending return of their flagship bass line, Cirrus. Was it worth the wait?

Keyboards

PolyKB III
XILS-Lab's latest update to their PolyKB III, a fantastic soft synth model of a rare European synthesizer.

UVI Urban Suite
Need some classic drum machine beats and analog bass grooves? Check out the Urban Suite collection from UVI for something... retro fresh!

Radikal Technologies Accelerator
Odds are good that you didn't even know this virtual analog polysynth existed. What can this producers' secret weapon do for you?

Drums

Craviotto Butternut Snare Drum
Boutique build. Boutique sound. Solid shell. Butternut wood. Check out this beautiful snare from the master craftsmen at Craviotto.

Yamaha Recording Custom
The legend is back! Did Yamaha and drummer Steve Gadd manage to improve upon this timeless, classic kit?

Tama Starclassic BB Hyper-Drive
Solid performing pro drums with Tama's latest innovations, at a price that is just right for the working musician.

Zildjian Travis Barker Double Mallet
Blink and you just might miss these hard rocking stalks of hickory that double as both mallets and sticks.

Recording

WaveLab Pro 9
Audio mastering and editing has an all-in-one solution that can handle virtually anything you throw at it.

Shure SRH1540 Headphones
Another premium headphone from Shure... how does it compare with the other excellent models in the line?

KRK V8 and V4 Monitor Speakers
If you're in the market for some professional studio monitors that won't break your project studio budget, KRK's new V8 monitors should be at the top of your shopping list.

USB & ThunderBolt Audio Interfaces
Looking to update your studio with a new interface and preamps? We went head-to-head with three of the latest and greatest: PreSonus Studio 192, MOTU 1248, and the Antelope Orion Studio.

Live Sound

Etymotic Research
High-Fidelity Earplugs

Finally, earplugs that protect your hearing without killing the quality of the sound!

Listening To and Reading

Latest CDs and DVDs
New CDs and DVDs from Fire Garden, Kansas, Kee Marcello, Marillion, The Mission, The Neal Morse Band, My World, Operation: Mindcrime, Ted Poley, Paul Simon, Toto, Devin Townsend Project, John Wesley, Withem.

Check this space every week for additions!

The Not So Distant Past...


Guitar

Mezzabarba Mzero Overdrive
From classic hard rock to modern high gain, Mzero packs massive boutique punch.

Hughes & Kettner Triamp Mark 3
When you're unwilling to compromise tone and functionality, you can't go wrong with the fantastic Hughes & Kettner Triamp Mark 3. Truly one of the greatest high-gain amps ever built.

Bass

Tech 21 VT Bass 500 Amp
Tech 21's first compact amp built around a class-D amplifier sounds fantastic and carries a ridiculously low price tag. What's not to love?

Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
Tech 21 takes their industry standard DI and improves it for use with five- and six-string basses.

NS Design WAV4 RADIUS Bass
If you need a modern, versatile bass with tons of style, tone, and feel, which also presents a solid value, you must check out this fantastic instrument!

Keyboards

StudioLogic SL88 Grand & SL88 Studio
If you've been searching for a MIDI controller that works with your racks full of MIDI sound modules as well as your computer-based soft synths, these just might be the controller keyboards for you.

Moog Mother-32
This semi-modular analog synth from Moog sounds great, is fun to use, and is priced for anyone. Who says your mother isn't hot stuff?

Drums

Tama BB156 Bell Brass Snare Drum
This monster of a snare drum sounds just as special as it looks. Does it belong in your drum kit?

Recording

Warm Audio WA-2A Optical Tube Compressor
Warm Audio created a replica of the legendary LA-2A compressor. Is it just as good? Almost as good? Even better than the original?

PreSonus DigiMax DP88 8-Channel
A/D/A Converter with Remote Preamps

Great sounding and easy way to add a bank of eight digitallly controlled preamps to your studio and/or audio interface.

Live Sound

Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Microphone
The first revolutionary design change to a handheld microphone in nearly 100 years yields awesome results on stage and in the studio!

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

Mobile

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

Listening To and Reading

Latest CD and Book Reviews
Great new musical releases from Susan Hyatt, Late Night Cable, Dan Reed Network, Roxette, Jorn, MGT, Karmakanic, engineering book by Sylvia Massy.


 

 

   
           
   

     
   
 


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