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Microphone Month

Live Sound Product Reviews

Hands On: Gruv Gear Club Bag, Sliiv, and Bento Boxes

We all take gear on the go. Whether you're simply carrying your laptop around, putting together a mobile studio, taking gear to a gig, jam, or session, or traveling around the world, you want your gear to arrive... Read more »

Hands-On Review: TC-Helicon Play Acoustic

Great sound for voice and guitar in one box If you are a singer/songwriter and you like to get out there and perform, then I'm sure you want to have the best sound possible. You put in countless hours working on... Read more »

Hands-on Review: Yamaha MG06X and MG16XU Mixers

The MG06X — A Great Sounding Compact Mixer If you do solo gigs then you know what a hassle it can be to have to lug a bunch of gear around. You don't need enough gear for a whole band, you just need a few... Read more »

Hands-On Review: Wampler Velvet Fuzz

Wampler designs pedals from the ground-up to be what guitar players want; plug them into any guitar and amp combination and get the killer tones you're expecting to hear. On top of that, all of the range and... Read more »

Hands-On Review: TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play Electric

If you are a singer and have not heard of or tried out any of the TC-Helicon vocal processors, then you are really missing out! TC-Helicon is in the business of vocals and making it so singers can have the sound... Read more »

Hands-On Review: Blue Mo-Fi

Blue is well known for crafting excellent microphones that each carry their own cool twist; they look unique, they sound unique, and they're must-haves for any mic locker. So it's no surprise that when Blue... Read more »

Hands On: Eventide H9

Lush. That's the word I would use to describe the effects produced by the Eventide H9 harmonizer effects pedal. Eventide, of course, is well known for their high-end rackmount studio effects processors. In the past... Read more »

Hands On: Bose L1 Model 1S with B2

Bose has made serious inroads into the world of live sound reinforcement with their amazing L1 speakers, which feature a line-array arrangement of multiple small drivers. Using a line array allows Bose to carefully... Read more »

Hands On Review: Mackie DL1608

In my previous iOS update, I talk about using your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a remote control or control surface for your music equipment and software. It’s a great concept that has a lot of benefits, both live... Read more »

JamHub Review

Let me be perfectly clear: The JamHub is not just another musical tool; it is a key ingredient for a more enjoyable quality of life. Bold statement? Yes it is; but for me (family activities aside), I find that... Read more »

Hands On Review: tc electronic BG250 and BH250

For years, bassists suffered immensely, forced to haul around massive cabinets and heavy amp heads in order to get the tone and volume they required. But today, that’s all changed. Using modern technology... Read more »

Hands On Review: Planet Waves American Stage Cables

Think that the guitar cables you use don’t affect your sound? Think again! There can be significant interaction between your guitar’s passive electronics (pickups, volume and tone controls) and the cable you use to... Read more »

Hands On Review: RJM Music Technology Tone Saver

Maintaining your guitar tone in the face of the harsh environment of a loaded pedalboard and long cable runs can be a challenge. While one long cable may not trash your sound, and one pedal — even a poorly designed... Read more »

Hands On Review: SKB 3i Cases

A few years ago, when I was traveling with my classical guitar, I stood in an airport baggage claim and watched the handler bounce my guitar case across the floor. I vowed I would never risk an instrument like that... Read more »

Manley Variable Mu Review

The Manley VariMu is an American success! It's hand-built right here on U.S. soil, and sought after the world over. When handling the unit, you can immediately tell it was built and intended to last to give you... Read more »

Ableton Live 8.2 Suite Review

When I first started using live, I thought of it as primarily as a DJ/loop-based performance instrument and not as a studio production tool. As I delved into it though I soon learned it was that and a whole lot... Read more »

Hands On Review: Bose L1 Model II with ToneMatch

Playing live music is full of equipment challenges. And though it seems counterintuitive, playing in a small room is often more complicated than filling a stadium with sound. My folk/Americana trio, the Gimcrack... Read more »

Synth Tricks: JamHub

As I enter my 50th year of life, I find myself thinking about what is important to me and, more specifically, what situations provide the most memorable fun and enjoyment. Family activities aside, I find that... Read more »

Hands On Review: Compact Recording Interfaces with StudioLive Flexibility

PreSonus raises the bar for affordable audio interfaces, with their new AudioBox VSL lineup. Available in 2-, 4-, and 18-channel models that come loaded with PreSonus’s award-winning Class A XMAX preamps, there’s an... Read more »

JamHub BedRoom Review

Let me be perfectly clear: The JamHub is not just another musical tool; it is a key ingredient for a more enjoyable quality of life. Bold statement? Yes it is; but for me (family activities aside), I find that... Read more »

HANDS ON: Korg MR-2

The whole category of handheld digital recorders has exploded. No matter what your price range or what feature set you're looking for, there's a compact stereo recorder out there waiting for you. A prime example is... Read more »

HANDS ON: Dangerous Music BAX EQ

There are two approaches to equalization: precise, tightly controlled "surgical" EQ that is used to correct problems and broad-stroke "shaping" EQ that is used to tune the overall frequency balance and tonality of a... Read more »

HANDS ON: Miktek C5MP

You can never have too many great mics! Fortunately, great new companies, such as Nashville-based Miktek, are keeping us well supplied with excellent transducers. For this "Hands On," I reviewed the C5MP, a matched... Read more »

HANDS ON: Primacoustics Recoil Stabilizers

A studio monitor system, by its nature, is a system. It's more than just a pair of speakers. The room, the electronics driving the monitors, the placements, and more can all impact the sound that your monitors... Read more »