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Microphone Month 2

Latest Product Reviews

Hands On: IK Multimedia Sample Tank 3

IK Multimedia's SampleTank has been a great choice as a software sampler for more than 13 years. It's always been easy to learn, easy to operate, and came with a great library; and several great expansion modules... Read more »

Hands On: Propellerhead Reason 8

Reason 8 is here, and it rocks! Everything in Reason 8 has been streamlined and optimized for a faster, creativity-inspiring user experience. New Features The new Browser window allows one-stop, fast access to your... Read more »

Hands On: iZotope RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced

As recording engineers and recording musicians and songwriters, noise is our enemy. There's gear noise — hiss, rumble, pops, clicks, and hum; environmental noise — many of us record at home in... Read more »

Hands On: The KOMPLETE World of Native Instruments

Imagine how tough it is for the developers at a Native Instruments. You’ve got this package called "KOMPLETE," that comes loaded with basically everything you can think of, including software instruments, sound... 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: Reason 8 Arrives!

Reason 8 is here and it rocks! The software was officially released today, and I've already downloaded my copy and started putting it through its paces. With this release, Propellerhead has drawn the focus in tight... Read more »

Hands On Review: Aguilar Tone Hammer 350

Aguilar has quite a reputation among bassists. Their endorser list is huge and includes every genre of music and style of bass playing you can think of. In short, Aguilar gear is well-respected and very flexible... Read more »

Hands On Review: Gibson Memphis 1959 ES-330 Historic

The ES-330 is unique in its design; it's a thinline, fully hollow guitar with 3-ply-laminate top and back, a trapeze tailpiece, and P-90 pickups. These details allow the ES-330 to carve out its own sonic signature... Read more »

Hands On Review: Digitech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal

Drop-tuning guitars is a practice that has been around a long time and its popularity continues to grow. Whether it's the ability to play certain licks in certain keys or just the sound of the guitar chugging away... 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: DDrum DDTi

DDrum has been in the electronic drum and trigger business since 1983, so they know a thing or two about the subject. They're always on the cutting edge, making new products to help today's drummer stay in line with... 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 Review: Music Man Steve Morse Tremolo

Steve Morse has unbelievable depth, range, and ability as a guitarist, musician, composer, and band leader. So much, in fact, that early in his career he pieced together a custom guitar using the wood, electronics... Read more »

Hands-On Review: Marshall 1962HW Combo

I had the privilege of spending some quality time with the Marshall 1962HW Combo and it was a treat. As a brief history, this is the amp that set a new standard for blues-rock guitar in 1966 when a young Eric... Read more »

Hands-on Review: On-Stage Stands The Mighty Guitar Stand

As guitarists, we are all guilty of laying our instruments on the couch or floor, standing them up in the corner or leaning them against a chair. This vulnerable practice is bad enough at home but unpredictably... Read more »

Hands On Review: Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster

Roland collaborated with Fender and took an American-made Stratocaster to a completely different place by integrating their groundbreaking COSM modeling technology right into the guitar. The G-5A VG Stratocaster is... Read more »

Hands-on Review: Eventide H9 Harmonizer Multi-effects Pedal

If you've ever been interested in Eventide's amazing time-based and ambient effects, their H9 Harmonizer multi-effects pedal is a "greatest hits" list taken directly from their ground-breaking ModFactor... Read more »

Hands On Review: Mesa/Boogie Rect-O-Verb Twenty-Five

The latest addition to Mesa/Boogie's famed Rectifier series of amplifiers, the Rect-O-Verb Twenty-Five, has the trademark Recto voice, along with many others, in a compact, straight-forward format. Ripe with... Read more »

Hands-On Review Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36 Tube Head

At the core of the Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36 is a killer-sounding, 4-channel tube amp that's loud enough for just about any gig and small enough to carry with one hand. Hughes & Kettner massively expanded on... Read more »

Hands On: TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3

Think the VoiceLive vocal processors from TC•Helicon are only for vocal harmonies? Think again! With the new VoiceLive 3, TC•Helicon takes the VoiceLive up to an entirely new level. The VoiceLive 3 comprises three... Read more »

Hands On: Avid S6

When you’re in a production environment, getting things done quickly and efficiently is key to success. Avid has always provided tools that allow professionals to get the job done, including a lineage of control... Read more »

Hands On: Shure GLX-D

Cut the cord! To go wireless as a guitarist is to experience tremendous freedom. Don’t get me wrong, cables do the job and can even be used to fine-tune your tone. But the ability to transmit a transparent sound... Read more »