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Microphone Month 5

Latest Product Reviews

Hands On Review: Propellerhead Reason 6

There’s no software quite like Reason. For years, it’s been a total synth/sample/loop workstation with sequencing, mixing, and effects processing — all with amazingly flexible routing options using virtual patch... Read more »

Hands On Review: Fender American Special

"Built by the people, for the people & within your reach" is the slogan on Fender's website describing the new American Special line of guitars and basses. And it's an apt descriptor: the new instruments are... Read more »

Hands On Review: Zildjian Gen16 Acoustic Electric Cymbals

For many players, the cymbals in an electronic drum kit have been the weak spot. The cymbal sounds that e-drums produce can be stellar, but the feel of e-drum cymbals turns off some players. You could use real... Read more »

Hands On Review: FXpansion Geist

Producing beats? If so, you need Geist! FXpansion introduced this software at the Winter NAMM show last January, and since then it has become one of the go-to tools for those who need to get down and dirty with... Read more »

Hands On Review: Aphex Channel

For great tracks, the first thing you need is the right microphone. Then you need a great front end to get that microphone's signal onto hard disk, memory card, or tape. That's where the new Aphex Channel comes in... Read more »

M-Audio FastTrack Pro Review

After getting the M-Audio FastTrackPro USB Audio/MIDI interface home, I was in full music creativity mode within 10 minutes of opening the box! After a quick search on M-Audio's website, I had the very latest... 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 »

Radial Tonebone TriMode Review

Before ever plugging this pedal in I knew just from the touch and feel of the knobs and switches that the Tonebone TriMode was a quality piece. After hearing my favorite Fender American Standard Strat through it I... Read more »

Hands On Review: Focusrite VRM Box

Think you've been getting the most out of your headphones? If you haven't been using VRM, then you could be missing out on something pretty amazing. What's VRM? It stands for "Virtual Reference Monitoring," a... Read more »

Hands On Review: Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V

I first heard Wolfgang Palm's PPG Wave synthesizers when Geddy Lee began playing them in Rush. (Artists from David Bowie to Stevie Wonder, Jean Michel Jarre to Depeche Mode to Thomas Dolby also used the Wave - and... Read more »

Hands On Review: M-Audio Venom

With the announcement of Venom, a hardware analog-modeling keyboard, M-Audio surprised everyone at the recent Winter NAMM Show. The company has offered software synths in the past, but this is their first hardware... Read more »

Hands On Review: Casio Privia PX-3

The Holy Grail of stage pianos is the ideal combination of a great-sounding acoustic piano, a full weighted keyboard, and a unit light enough for one person to carry and set up. These last two have tended to be... Read more »

Hands On Review: Blue Microphones Spark

To make great recordings, you've got to have great microphones - but most great microphones cost a great amount of money. That's where Blue comes in; the company has been making excellent-sounding microphones... Read more »

Hands On Review: Trace Elliot TA200

As an acoustic guitarist, once you take the stage, you're faced with an immediate problem: how to be heard. You could plug into the PA, but then you're at the mercy of the soundman. A better solution is to bring... Read more »

Novation Launchpad Review

As an admittedly entry-level Ableton Live user, the tangibility and ease of use of the Novation Launchpad allowed me to create and mix quickly and easily - all while feeling sleek and professional! I could turn off... Read more »

Alesis SR-16 Review

Being a guitar player and having a home studio is a lot of fun. When it comes to adding drum parts to my recordings, there are a lot of choices available. Software plug-ins have their place, but nothing beats the... Read more »

Antelope Audio Zodiac+ Review

After using Antelope Audio's Zodiac+, I must say that I am impressed. I compared the direct sound from my recording interface, computer, and from the Zodiac Plus. The difference was surprising. The sound the Zodiac... Read more »

Rode NT2000 Review

The NT2000 has been one of the go-to microphones in my home studio for years. As a saxophonist, I have truly appreciated it's silky tone and transparent quality. And, as one who occasionally records vocals and... Read more »

TASCAM DP-008 Review

If I were a beginning recording artist, the TASCAM DP-008 might look a little daunting at first glance. However, after putting it to good use I can say that is not the case. The more I began fidgeting with the... Read more »

Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature JS1200 (Candy Apple Red) Review

From the moment I opened the case for this guitar, I was amazed at the quality that went into the making of this instrument. The case by itself is a testament to the attention to detail that was given to ensuring... Read more »

Sonic Reality Ocean Way Drums Gold Edition Review

Sonic Reality's Ocean Way Drums Gold is the industry's best sounding drum sample library. Ocean Way Recording engineers Allen Sides and Steven Miller have captured 19 different drum kit sounds that are perfect for... Read more »

Line 6 Uber Metal Review

I have been on a quest for many years to find a great guitar distortion pedal that was economical, full of gain, and built like a tank. I have used many distortion pedals that were very satisfactory but the Line 6... Read more »

TASCAM DV-RA1000 HD Review

Absolute ease of use through the navigational menu a well as dense clarity make the Tascam DV-RA1000 a fantastic choice as a mastering/mixdown recorder. The 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz in frequency is well within the range... Read more »

M-Audio FastTrack Pro Review

A fantastic digital audio interface at very small price. I purchased the Fast Track Pro over two years ago, and as other pieces of gear have come and gone, The Fast Track Pro has remained my go-to for basic... Read more »