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Hands On: Fishman TriplePlay Pickup

Like many guitar players, I’m totally obsessed with my instrument. But I can’t help it if my eyes and ears wander when I’m in the presence of a sexy synthesizer — if only my guitar could make those sounds! The quest... Read more »

HANDS ON: Antelope Audio Orion 32

Just how much audio I/O for your computer can you cram into a single rackspace? If you're Antelope Audio, the answer is 32 inputs and 32 outputs with the groundbreaking new Orion 32 audio interface for Mac and PC!... Read more »

Hands On: Lindell Audio 500 Series Modules

Swedish record producer Tobias Lindell is well known for his dedication to great sound. When he launched Lindell Audio in 2010, his goal was to create equipment that suited his own working methods and satisfied his... Read more »

Hands On: Radial Engineering FireFly

Looking for the ultimate direct-instrument interface? Whether "ultimate" means sound quality or functionality, you must check out the Radial Firefly. The Firefly just may be the most full-featured direct box I've... Read more »

Hands On: Pauly Ton Pauly Superscreen

The pop filter isn’t something most of us devote much thought to — heck, some panty hose stretched over a coat hanger might do the job, right? Well, Pauly Ton believes it’s time to change your thinking! The Pauly... Read more »

Hands On: Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series

Watching the studio-gear paradigm progress has been interesting. Years ago, of course, everything was analog. Then the digital era hit, and many of us switched to completely in-the-box systems for the advantages... Read more »

Hands on: TC Electronic Ditto

Looking for the world's smallest and easiest-to-use looping pedal? The TC Electronic Ditto definitely fills those requirements! The Ditto is a super-compact "bantam" pedal with just a single footswitch and a single... 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: Novation MiniNova

The Novation UltraNova has been hailed as an outstanding modeled analog synthesizer, delivering both authentic vintage sounds and cutting-edge tones. Plus, it has vocoder functions, can serve as a USB controller... Read more »

Hands On Review: DigiTech iStomp

Imagine a stompbox that you can instantly change to produce any effect you want. This may sound like a dream, but it very accurately describes the DigiTech iStomp. The iStomp looks and feels like any other pedal... Read more »

Hands On Review: Gator G-ARM 360-DESKMT

The laptop computer has always been a supremely useful tool for musicians. It’s portable, can use batteries or AC, and can run lots of applications, giving musicians the power that once belonged only to top-dollar... Read more »

Hands On Review: Dynaudio DBM50

The funny thing about desktop monitors is that they’re rarely set up so that the speaker drivers actually aim up at you. You’re forced to use some sort of wedge-shaped base under them or to prop them up to get your... Read more »

Hands On Review: Apogee Quartet

Apogee has long been known for making top-quality AD/DA converters and audio interfaces. Now they’ve unveiled a new interface, aimed squarely at those who need several simultaneous inputs, want to control multiple... Read more »

Hands On Review: Roland Integra-7

Roland has rocked the synth/keyboard world over and over again with their many innovations, from the original analog Jupiter to the digital D-50, from the JV-1080 (and all of its expansion cards) to the recent... Read more »

Hands On Review: Dangerous Music Source

When you’re working on a recording — whether you’re tracking, editing, mixing, or mastering — monitoring is everything. If you can’t accurately hear what you’re doing, you can’t make decisions about mic placement... Read more »

Hands On Review: Focusrite Forte and iTrack Solo

If you’re looking to get great-sounding audio in and out of your computer or iOS device, then you must take a look at two new offerings from Focusrite: Forte and iTrack Solo. iTrack Solo is one of the first audio... 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 »

Hands On Review: tc electronic Flashback X4

I love delay pedals. I have many in my collection, and each one is slightly different. But what I really want is a pedal with tap tempo and a few presets. The big thing this delay needs is an input for an expression... Read more »

Audio-Technica Pro 37 Review

When I first got my Audio Technica Pro37 my first thought was, "How is something this small supposed to be so useful?!" I had read review after review of these, from Steve Albini claiming these were among the best... Read more »

Akai Professional SynthStation25 Review

I bought the Akai Professional SynthStation25 out of pure curiosity. I saw that the SynthStation25 was a very inexpensive iOS synthesizer, and I was not sure what to expect as I arrived home and had a chance to dive... 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: sE Electronics Egg 150

Studio monitor design is an exercise in compromise, since there are so many variables. One example is the cabinet that houses the monitor. The materials that comprise the cabinet make a difference, and the physical... Read more »

Hands On Review: MOTU Track16

A lot of different audio interfaces make their way through my studio, and they all have great features and capabilities to recommend them. But I’ve always found MOTU’s interfaces to be among my favorites for their... 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 »