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East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold Complete Review

The Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Gold Complete blew my mind. When I first started playing with it, I couldn't believe the lush violin strings, the realistic winds, and powerful percussion instruments. This is a... Read more »

REVIEW: IK Multimedia StealthPedal

  You're a guitar player, right? If you wanted to be a recording engineer, then you'd be one! But being a guitar player doesn't mean you don't want to make great recordings of your music. So, wouldn't it be... Read more »

REVIEW: Peavey Vypyr 120

Having built both highly successful tube and solid-state guitar amps, Peavey is uniquely positioned to translate their years of experience into the modeled-amp world. How many years? Let's just say that my first... Read more »

Moog Little Phatty Stage II Review

The Little Phatty is a bit deceiving out of the box. It's a relatively small and lightweight unit, almost seeming like a toy. But the build quality is great and the keys have a nice feel to them. The I/O of the unit... Read more »

Taylor 314ce Review

From the first moment, this guitar lay perfectly in my hands, exploding with colorful sounds as I took my first strum, and there was an immediate connection. It has been six years from that day and my Taylor 314ce... Read more »

Neumann KM 184 Review

A first physical encounter of the KM 184 can be deceiving. It's a small and lightweight microphone, unlike its sound. Based on the legendary KM 84 from 30+ years ago, the KM184 continues the legacy of Neumann's... Read more »

HANDS ON: Creation Station 2009

Sweetwater's Creation Station computers have offered tremendous performance for recording studios, musicians, and composers for many years now. The Creation Station line of computers combines the service and support... Read more »

Wechter Guitars Deluxe Pathmaker Thin Line 3120T with 3-Band System Review

When I got home with this guitar I was overwhelmed. I knew nothing about a guitar whatsoever! So I started with the "Anatomy of a Guitar" and gathered many different resources throughout the Sweetwater Sales staff... Read more »

Moog Little Phatty Stage II Review

After years of hearing Moog synths played in live bands and recordings, I was excited to get my hands on this Little Phatty II. As I took the synth out of the packing box I was struck by how sturdy it felt. It... Read more »

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Review

The emergence of the "refined" keyboard workstation in the late 1990s opened up a whole new set of doors for musicians everywhere. Not only was the sound quality impeccable, but the multi-voicing and sequencing... Read more »

Line 6 POD X3 Live Review

I have to admit that I was a little bit skeptical about modeling. I mean, how could digital anything sound as good as plugging into a Marshall, Vox, Fender (insert your favorite here), amp. Plus, this claim about... Read more »

PreSonus FaderPort Review

I've wanted a control surface for my Pro Tools system for quite a few years now, but could never afford a full 8-fader bankable control surface like the Command 8 or a Digi 002/003 Factory system. However, my... Read more »

Taylor 814ce Review

Earlier this evening, I pulled out my cherished Taylor 814ce and put a new set of strings on it. Then I played my favorite Am9 chord and in an instant I remembered why I bought this same guitar 13 years ago: The... Read more »

Roland SPD-S Sampling Pad Review

Throughout my career as a keyboardist and occasional music director, I've always been the one in the band charged with responsibility to figure out how to recreate an artist's recordings in a live situation. Once... Read more »

M-Audio Fast Track Pro Review

As an audio engineer having worked on various large-format consoles from the NeoTek Elite, to an SSL, I knew I couldn't afford to purchase one for myself. So when I first received the Fast Track Pro I was skeptical... Read more »

M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe Review

I've used this product for quite some time now in my own home project studio running with Pro Tools, and as the main outputs of my entire computer, through the DigiCore Audio driver, so these monitors have been... Read more »

Kurzweil PC3X Review

Before opening the box of the PC3X I imagined becoming intimidated by gadgets and lights. I guess when I hear the term "workstation" I have a preconceived notion that I will need to spend days just to figure out how... Read more »

Korg M3 73 Review

Imagine carrying a long cardboard box into your home, opening it and pulling from it the control panel from the cockpit of a space shuttle. That was my first experience with the Korg M3-73. With the touch of a few... Read more »

Roland RMP-5 Rhythm Coach Review

When I first received the Roland Rhythm Coach, I believed I had a fairly decent sense of rhythm and could keep a beat. However, after using it, I've realized how much I need this machine. As a practice pad and... Read more »

Mackie U.420 Review

The Mackie U.420 is a great little 4-channel stereo line mixer, but there's a lot more under the hood! Out of the box, I was impressed with the construction and feel of the mixer. The knobs in the audio chain are... Read more »

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Create Review

After discovering the VoiceTone Create, all I could think about was how I had never thought of it before. Guitarists have been using effects to push the limits for years and years, but I've never seen a vocalist... Read more »

HANDS ON REVIEW: Like an old, well-worn friend….

                A few months ago, Sweetwater's Fender rep called me up and told me that the company was coming out with some interesting new guitars and basses. He asked if I... Read more »

DigiTech RP350 Review

I received the DigiTech RP350 about a year ago as a gift and have found it to be a great add to my pedal collection. As a guitar player, the amount of effects that one could put in their chain is astounding. It can... Read more »

Fender Road Worn Jazz Bass Review

Like a lot of players I know, I'd always hoped to come across an old Fender that had that "old school" look and sound. When Fender introduced their Road Worn series, a 3-color sunburst Jazz caught my eye. Could this... Read more »