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Guitar

Friedman Steve Stevens SS100 Amplifier
When guitar guru Steve Stevens set out to improve upon his Marshall Plexi tone, amp builder Dave Friedman was just the right builder for the task.

Kent Custom Cases Shock Rack
When your guitar rig needs to hold some rack-mounted effects processors, shelves for pedals, switching systems, and more, you need a rugged, shock-mounted rack case like this.

Korg SDD-3000 Delay Pedal
If you still haven't found what you're looking for, this may be the programmable digital delay pedal for you!

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.

Bass

Eden Glowplug
Ever wish your solid-state bass amp had just a little bit of tube warmth? Your prayers may have finally been answered!

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

Keyboards

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6
Dave Smith strikes again, this time with Tom Oberheim at his side. The results: classic Oberheim meets modern DSI. What's not to love?

Arturia Keylab 88
Arturia's largest controller is a big step up from its smaller family siblings, with fully weighted keys and a bundle of software sure to inspire creativity.

Kent Custom Cases Shock Rack
When your keyboard rig needs to hold some MIDI sound modules, mixers, and more, you need a rugged, shock-mounted rack case like this.

SKB iSeries Keyboard Cases
SKB's latest keyboard cases are a dream, blending ATA durability with light weight. You need these.

Calzone Custom Keyboards Case
Need to transport multiple keyboards? A custom solution from Calzone may be exactly what you need.

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

Fluid Audio FPX7
New monitor speakers aim to crack the sub-$700 category with an innovative combination of coaxial speaker design and a ribbon tweeter.

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!

NUGEN Audio Master Check
Wondering what the loudness wars are doing to your mixes? Wondering what your mix will sound like when mastered for iTunes? Want to get mix clients to stop demanding overly loud mixes? Read this now!

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

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
New CDs from Susan Hyatt, Dan Reed Network, Jorn, MGT, Roxette, Late Night Cable, Karmakanic, and a very cool audio engineering book from Sylvia Massey!

Check this space every week for additions!

The Not So Distant Past...


Guitar

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

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

IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik 2
Sometimes you just can't convince a real, live orchestra to record with you. Fortunately, we've got Miroslav Philharmonik 2 here to save the day.

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.

Recording

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?

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 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


 

 

   
               
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