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Guitar

RJM Music Technology Mastermind PBC
If you've got a pro pedalboard, the Mastermind PBC could be the perfect footswitch for it all: audio loops, amp function switching, MIDI control, and more.

Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36
Small on the outside but huge on the inside, this is one of the most versatile tube amps ever made.

PRS Archon 50 Guitar Amp
A little two-channel boutique tone to make your day without breaking your back or your bank account.

Taylor 614CE Acoustic Electric
Refinements to the construction technique used to build the 600-series guitars has delivered another exceptional instrument in the Taylor family.

Laney Ironheart IRT60H Amplifier
The Ironheart delivers value like nothing else, delivering multi-channel, high-gain tone with a wealth of great features at a price any guitar player can afford.

Bass

Fender Rumble 500 and 210 Cabinet
Let's get ready to rumble! Fender's latest bass amp packs classic Fender tone into a highly portable and extremely inexpensive package.

Fender American Standard Dimension IV HH

Crave that classic Fender tone and playability but tired of the same old look? Check out the new Fender Dimension bass. It's got what you crave... and more!

EBS HD360 Bass Amp
When it comes to modern, high-fidelity bass tone, EBS delivers pro results in the HD360 that really showcase your instrument's natural tone beautifully.

Keyboards

Studiologic Sledge 2.0
Polyphonic Synthesizer

What's big, yellow, and a lot of fun to play with? Sledge 2.0, a virtual analog polysynth, has a lot of mojo for not a lot of cash.

Realivox Ladies
It's ladies night all the time with this amazing virtual instrument plug-in. Not merely a harmony plug-in, this instrument lets you actually create virtual female vocal parts! You need to check this out.

Live Sound

Shure Beta 87a & 87c Microphones
Two microphones, nearly identical, but with very different results. Which one will benefit your vocalist?

Cerwin-Vega XD5 Desktop Speakers
& XD8s Subwoofer

Need a set of decent speakers and sub for your non-studio computer workspace? Most desktop computer speakers suck. These don't.

Recording

Eventide H3000 Factory
One of the most essential studio effects processors of all time has been virtualized in this essential studio plug-in.

MXL CR89 Condenser Mic
The CR89 is a straightforward, large diaphram, condenser workhorse that is priced well below its quality level.

Avid Pro Tools
Despite being the studio standard digital audio workstation, thousands of artists work on other DAWs. Our in-depth review takes a complete look at Pro Tools today to see whether or not it is worthy of retaining the championship title.

Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3
Tired of wasting countless hours manually time-aligning stacks of vocal or instrument tracks by hand? There is an easier way, here, along with a few other handy plug-ins sure to enhance your mix experience.

Mobile

Arturia iSEM Synthesizer
Aturia does a great job recreating vintage synths, and this latest synth for iOS delivers the classic Oberheim SEM.

Listening To and Reading

Latest CD and Book Reviews
Great new musical releases from Steven Wilson, Steve Rothery, The Neal Morse Band, Revolution Saints, Extreme, Simple Minds, Ghost of Boris, Nickelback, Dave Kerzner, Lonely Robot, Delain, and books from Alan Parsons, and Bon Jovi tour photographer David Bergman.

 

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Guitar

Korg Pitchblack Pro Rack Tuner
Korg returns to the rack with an awesome new guitar and bass tuner that's perfect for the stage or the workbench.

Ibanez JEM77P Premium Electric Guitar
Steve Vai's iconic instrument finally gets the Premium treatment, and wow, is it ever a premium shred machine!

RJM Mastermind GT MIDI Foot Controller
When it's time to end the pedal tap dance and put your entire guitar rig under control, the RJM Music Technology Mastermind GT sets the benchmark for advanced functionality and extreme ease of use.

Kemper Profiling Amplifier

Ever wish you could bring all of your beloved amps to a gig, without any risk of damage, and without a need for roadies? Amp profiling may succeed where amp modeling has let you down. Incredible stuff here!

Bass

NS Design Radius CR5
The Radius is Ned Steinberger's latest headless bass design, and it's an exceptional instrument for the demanding professional.

Korg Pitchblack Pro Rack Tuner
Korg returns to the rack with an awesome new guitar and bass tuner that's perfect for the stage or the workbench.

Keyboards

Modartt Pianoteq 5
If you need great sounding acoustic piano but can't dedicate space on your laptop's SSD drive to a huge sample library, Pianoteq's modeled piano approach may be perfect, especially since it now sounds as good as the alternatives.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
Hands down, this is easily one of the finest hybrid digital/analog synths ever made.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2
Who needs a twelve-voice polysynth when you have less? Huh? Sometimes, maybe less is more...

Recording

Waves Gold Plug-In Bundle
When it comes to tracking or mixing your next session, there's a reason all of the pros working in-the-box reach for the gold...

Mobile

IK Multimedia iRig HD
The guitar interface for iOS devices that launched a revolution gets a major update to support the latest devices.

Latest CD and Book Reviews
Great new musical releases from Winger, Paul Gilbert, Marco Minnemann, Udi Levy, In Flames, Rush, Fire Garden, and the essential book, Music 4.0, byBobby Owsinksi.


 

 

   
               
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