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Did you know that the Dangerous Music D-Box is the perfect companion piece for the Universal Audio Apollo Firewire/Thunderbolt audio interface? Check out this video for a complete guide to how to make the connections and put the two pieces to work together!
Position your Native Instruments Maschine at the perfect angle with this purpose-designed stand. The Maschine Stand works with both the original Maschine and the new Maschine 2, and safely holds the controller at a 15-degree angle — ideal for accessing all the controls, programming beats... Read more »
Apple has just announced the new iPad Mini and iPad 4th Generation, and Mackie is already evaluating compatibility with the popular DL1608. The company expects the Master Fader app to work perfectly with the new iPads, and that wireless control will work equally well. Mackie is at work on... Read more »
Q: What do the Gibson Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute mini humbuckers sound like compared to the 490R/498T pickups found on the Les Paul Studio '50s Tribute? I've never played mini humbuckers before. A: Mini humbuckers are tonally sort of a cross between a humbucker and a single-coil, in the same... Read more »
Q: The Device Link cable that came with my iTrack Solo audio interface is really short. Do they make a longer one? A: The iTrack Solo cable was designed specifically to adhere to Apple's rigorous testing of official iOS accessories. However, you can use a 30-pin extension cable to increase the... Read more »
If you've got a loaded pedalboard, one of the problems can be that the pedals in the second row are hard to access without messing up the settings of the pedals on the front row. That problem is history with the StageTrix Pedal Riser, a simple device that elevates your stompboxes one inch, and... Read more »
The Spaces feature in Mac OS X allows you to create virtual desktops for your computer that you can easily and quickly switch among using key commands or other methods. You can load a program into a particular Space, so that it's fast and easy to navigate from program to program without your... Read more »
Q: Are all 500 Series modules really compatible with one another and with the different chassis from various manufacturers? A: As long as the module(s) in question adhere to the API-developed 500-series standard, there should be no compatibility issues. The vast majority of modules do stick to... Read more »
Q: I'm miking a piano using a pair of condenser mics placed in the piano, back from the hammers, but I'm getting a lot of mechanical noise from the piano itself, which is audible in the track especially as the keys are released. How can I remedy this? A: Pianos, like all instruments, do make... Read more »
Q: Do I have to run my Focusrite Forte interface with the power supply, or can it run off of bus power? A: You can power the Forte either way. However, if you run off of bus power, the outputs are limited to -18dB and phantom power will be disabled on the microphone inputs.
Q: The Roland Integra-7 has two sets of stereo inputs, one set on the back and one set on the front. Does one take priority? In other words, if I plug into both, which one works? A: Both sets of input jacks on the Integra-7 are active all the time. If you plug external signals into both, the... Read more »
Q: What can the inputs on the Roland Integra-7 be used for? A: Stereo external signals may be connected to the front and rear panel inputs on the Integra-7 and routed through the unit's Motional Surround processor for spatial processing and 5.1 surround output.
Q: Do I need a driver installed on my computer to hook it up to the USB port on the Roland Integra-7? A: The USB port of the integra-7 will provide MIDI input and output to your computer without installing a driver — just plug it in. However, to stream audio from the Integra-7 into your... Read more »
Q: I want to update the operating system on my Roland Integra-7, which you do by transferring a file from your computer onto a USB thumb drive, then plugging the thumb drive into the Integra-7. The Thumb drive has to be formatted for the Integra. The problem is that my Mac isn't seeing the... Read more »
Q: I was trying some of the key commands on my Mac after reading your Tech Tip on adjusting contrast. But somehow I flipped my screen so that it is reversed colors. Help! A: You may have accidentally hit the key command for reversing black and white on the Mac screen, which is... Read more »
There's nothing worse than showing up for rehearsal or gig and finding out that something on your guitar or bass needs to be adjusted, or you break a string and want to clip the end off or need to pull a bridge pin on an acoustic, or one of a million other scenarios occur where it sure would be... Read more »
Get your drums in tune the easy way! The Overtone Labs Tune-Bot clips onto your drum's rim and intelligently measures the pitch at each lug as well as the overall tuning. This makes it easy to tune your drums correctly and consistently. You can even save up to 80 presets with your preferred... Read more »
We're often asked what we recommend for cleaning and conditioning an unfinished guitar or bass fretboard (such as a rosewood fingerboard). Both Planet Waves and PRS make great products for this purpose: PRS Fretboard Conditioner Planet Waves Lemon Oil Planet Waves Hydrate
Get your laptop, computer/video monitor, or iPad up and off your desk with the Gator G-ARM 360-Desktop articulating arm! The G-ARM clamps to your desk and allows you position your laptop, tablet, or monitor anywhere you like. It can clamp to just about any flat surface and can be adjusted in... Read more »