Casio CDP-130CS Digital Piano Review with Videos

by Blogger on ‎05-25-2015 04:22 PM - last edited on ‎05-26-2015 09:16 AM by Editor in Chief

Casio CDP-130CSThe price-performance ratio is hard to beat on this piano—you really can’t go wrong. It is a solid product with a good feature set that will enable the beginner or intermediate player to really enjoy the instrument. If you’ve been wanting to take up piano or you’ve been looking for a reason to buy a piano and cost has been a factor, check out the CDP-130CS at Best Buy Canada.

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The Fender FA-300CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Package covers all your bases.

by Blogger ‎05-22-2015 03:52 PM - edited ‎05-22-2015 03:57 PM

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The Fender FA-300CE Acoustic-Electric guitar package bundles together everything that you need to produce a great acoustic tone in a live setting and in a recorded format. The FA-300CE is a solid acoustic guitar with great tone and playability for those wanting to learn the guitar, just starting to learn, and also for those intermediate players wanting to take the next step. The included Slide interface and accompanying software makes it incredibly easy to learn thanks to the Rock Prodigy software and to record and edit your music via the AmpliTtube software.

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Blue Yeti (USB Microphone) Review with Audio samples

by Blogger on ‎05-07-2015 01:58 PM - last edited on ‎05-07-2015 04:40 PM by Editor in Chief

YetiSide.jpgThe Yeti is a rich sounding, flexible USB microphone that sonically stands on its own against some heavy hitters in the microphone world, but its large size makes it inconvenient for portable applications.

 

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Fender 10 for 15 is your chance to get a limited edition Fender instrument

by Blogger on ‎05-07-2015 06:24 AM - last edited on ‎05-07-2015 10:34 AM by Editor in Chief

fender10for15.JPG2015 is a very exciting year in the guitar geek and gear-head musical community: Fender announced at NAMM 2015 that it will be releasing extremely limited editions of unique-looking and unique-sounding electric guitars.  And the "best" news? Best Buy will carry some of those beauties! Let’s take a closer look.

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M-Audio M-Track MkII Review

by Blogger on ‎05-06-2015 01:17 PM - last edited on ‎05-06-2015 01:37 PM by Editor in Chief

m-audio_m-track_mkii_main4.jpgThe re-release of the M-Audio M-Track USB audio interface (the M-Track MkII) is a no-nonsense, straight-shooting package for those who are looking to get audio into and out of their computer.

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Review: Fender Mustang 1 V.2 – The social guitar amplifier

by Blogger ‎04-30-2015 11:55 PM - edited ‎05-07-2015 10:52 AM

fender-mustang.jpgThe Fender Mustang 1 V.2 is more than just a 20 watt practice amp with an 8” speaker and a load of tones and flexibility, it is also a guitarist’s entrance into the online world of social connectivity. The Fender Mustang 1 V.2 is a potent little amplifier that offers you a myriad of sounds and the ability to tweak to your heart's content, but it also connects to your computer, connects you with other musicians, and connects you with your inner music producer.

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iRig Pro and iRig 2 expand your possibilities for creating music.

by Blogger on ‎04-29-2015 10:06 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2015 10:38 AM by Editor in Chief

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IK Multimedia has taken already compact and portable recording technologies and made them even more compact and more portable. All of this without significantly restricting what or how you can record and what you can ultimately produce. In this blog I am going to look at two different IK Multimedia products. First is the iRig Pro, which was released in late 2013. I will then look at the brand new iRig2 and explain what each can do for you so that you might have a better idea which unit will meet your needs.

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M-Audio Producer USB Microphone Review

by Blogger on ‎04-21-2015 10:16 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2015 10:30 PM by Editor in Chief

maudio.jpgThe M-Audio Producer USB was one of the first USB microphones to hit the market a few years ago - ushering in an era of minimalistic mobile recording solutions. You no longer needed a host of middleware hardware to deliver decent audio into your computer or mobile device. USB microphones allow you to plug directly into your computers USB port and start recording. As a solid, professional-looking microphone that’s simple to setup and use, the M-Audio Producer USB is a decent choice in this category of microphones.

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Fender Stratocaster American Standard Review

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2015 04:09 PM - last edited on ‎04-16-2015 09:03 AM by Editor in Chief

fender-strat.jpgHere’s the American Standard Stratocaster electric guitar by Fender. This beauty had the privilege of spending some time in my studio for a little routine check. And what a ride it was! For some rock chords, blues riffs, funky rhythms and lots of modern jazz, this Strat is a versatile, high-end guitar. The American Standard I personally tried is equipped with three single coil pickups, features a black body finish with a classic white pickguard. The sexy curves of this solid body (it has contours that fit the musician’s arms) makes this guitar a gem of modern electric instrument manufacturing. The Stratocaster model, with its two asymmetrical horns continues to be the most imitated guitar body amongst all lesser brands of electric guitars. Thousands of timeless albums feature the tones of this american musical giant. Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie (and many more) used the Strat as their main instrument. We shouldn’t take this lightly!

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Echo and Overdrive and Blues, OH MY! 3 new guitar effects pedals from BOSS

by Blogger ‎04-10-2015 12:08 PM - edited ‎04-28-2015 03:21 PM

trifecta small.jpgWhen it comes to guitar effects pedals, or “stomp boxes” as they are often referred, the Boss brand pedals are certainly among the most ubiquitous on a guitarist’s pedal board. The BOSS OD-1X—BOSS’ newest Overdrive offering—The BOSS BD-2w Blues driver, and the BOSS TE-2 Tera Echo are among the newest effect pedal offering from the revered company. The 3 pedals on review here all have their own little nuances and tones to offer and it ultimately will depend on what you are looking for in your pedal that will determine which you will want to purchase and add to your pedal board.

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The Roland CUBE GX20 Packs a Serious Punch

by Blogger on ‎04-02-2015 11:54 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2015 03:53 PM by Editor in Chief

cube-20gx_angle_2_main.jpgThe Roland CUBE GX20 is a compact 20 watt guitar amplifier with an 8” speaker and an attitude that aggressively snarls in your face metal. It features independent Clean, Lead, and Solo channels as well as modelling for 6 different amp types. This ensures that whether you’re sitting in your room shredding or running a line out from your GX20 to do some home recording, your needs are met with this lightweight, solidly constructed, and versatile bad boy.

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The Roland AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Amplifier

by Blogger on ‎03-23-2015 06:49 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2015 03:51 PM by Editor in Chief

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The age old adage that "bigger is better!" can finally be put to rest once and for all. Roland's mighty might of an acoustic guitar—and more—amplifier, the AC-40 is versatile enough to fill many different needs and wishes.

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I Wanna Rock! How do I choose an amp?

by Blogger on ‎02-25-2015 12:17 AM - last edited on ‎04-08-2015 03:48 PM by Editor in Chief

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You've got your guitar, and a tune in your head. But you also imagine a particular tone you'd like your skull crushing rock epic to sound like. Your guitar is certainly a part of that overall sound, and your playing styles and techniques will certainly contribute. Ultimately, though, your amplifier is what will define your tone. The number of amplifier options and technologies involved seem endless, and can be confusing. How do you even begin looking? I'll try to help you find the amp that will deliver the sound you want.

 

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Tips for introducing your child to music

by Blogger on ‎02-05-2015 11:58 AM - last edited on ‎02-05-2015 01:27 PM by Editor in Chief

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When my children were younger, I remember my wife and I contemplating questions like: when is my child ready for music? and How can I make sure they’ll like it? Even though we’re both classically trained pianists and I write and produce music for a living, we STILL grappled with these questions! Well I'm going to try to give all parents some answers. In addition to my own perspective on this subject, I bounced a few ideas off Jennifer Gasoi (2014 Grammy Award Winner- Best Children’s Album). She obviously has some fantastic insights and tips. You’ll see her perspective liberally peppered throughout this post.

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NAMM 2015 Close-out

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 03:30 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 11:52 AM by Editor in Chief

NAMMAnother NAMM show has come to a close and while all the exhibitors contemplate packing up their booths, I'm reflecting on all that I've seen over the past few days. There weren't any show-stopping standout announcements this year, but there was a lot to see!

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Gear Ogling

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 01:41 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 11:58 AM by Editor in Chief

API DeskLike most of you in the home and project studio game, I like to read the trade magazines and gear review sites frequently. I'm a firm believer in the "it's-not-about-the-gear" mantra, but hey, if money weren't an object...

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Akai Advance 49 Controller

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 12:00 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 12:03 PM by Editor in Chief

Akai Advance 49Akai terms their Advance line of controllers as "unprecedented" plug-in control. The 49-note version that I played with came pretty close to the mark.  I can see its potential as a studio and live situation controller that, once you adjust your workflow, will help you organize, recall and control all of your software synths and effects.

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Behringer U-Phoria USB Audio Interfaces

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 11:30 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 03:51 PM by Editor in Chief

Behringer U-PhoriaIt's always been a mystery how Behringer comes out with products that pack so many features but don't break the bank.

 

The new U-Phoria line of audio interfaces does just that. With world-class pre-amps from MIDAS, these seem to be a no-brainer.

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KORG Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 11:15 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:31 PM by Editor in Chief

Korg Kaossilator 2Don't be intimidated by the long, complicated name of this product, it should just be called "fun". The Korg Kaoss line of X-Y instruments and controllers has been around for over a decade and they've all been noteworthy tools in electronic music production. This is the smallest version I've seen and it has a lot going for it.

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Casio Previa PX-760 Digital Piano

by Blogger on ‎01-25-2015 10:21 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Casio PX-760In the crowded market of digital pianos, it's hard to stand out. The Casio PX-760 seems to accomplish just that feat with a feature-rich package that impresses but at the same time, doesn't intimidate.

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NAMM Day 3 Wrap Up

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 11:56 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:36 PM by Editor in Chief

Saturday CrowdSaturday is always the busiest day (and night) at NAMM - as you can see by the crowd waiting to get in. The weekend brings out a lot of local people who couldn't make it the last two days and/or folks looking to spot artists roaming the floors. We didn't have any specific appointments to hit today, so I took the opportunity to just walk around and see what I could find.

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NAMM Artist Sightings - Day 3

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 06:00 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:41 PM by Editor in Chief

CamerasSaturday was a-buzz with artist endorsement and demonstrations. That came with the obvious lines and crowds huddled around the booths to the displeasure of convention centre security. NAMM sometimes becomes a game of "Do I know him/her?".

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Weighted Keys or Non-Weighted Keys?

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 05:34 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:46 PM by Editor in Chief

Playing KeysIt's not actually a black-and-white question. There are many different variations of keyboard action and it gets down to a personal preference question.

 

Being armed with what to expect is going to get you a good way down the road to a decision.

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Zildjian Gen16 Accoustic / Electric Cymbal System

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 04:40 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:48 PM by Editor in Chief

Zildjian Gen 16It wasn't really until today that I saw something that made me literally stop and backup. 

 

Zildjian is famous for its cymbals and has an artist endorsement list that goes on forever. These cymbals not only look different, but the display also encouraged you to listen to them through headphones.

 

I just had to see what this was all about.

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Casio XW-J1

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 02:28 PM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:49 PM by Editor in Chief

Casio XW-J1The XW-J1 DJ Controller for your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad is ideally suited to mixing music and videos. The controller is equipped with the latest functions and a number of effects, so even beginners can use it intuitively for successful performances.

 

As the controller is compatible with iOS, Mac and Windows, the product offers functions that are coordinated with the popular djay and vjay app from Algoriddim and Deckadance from Image-Line.

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Shure USB and iOS Microphones

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 11:00 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:53 PM by Editor in Chief

Shure USB and iOS micsShure has introduced a line of products for the portable or desktop recordist who doesn't want to deal with lots of gear with bells and whistles. The new MOTIV line microphone solutions aren't just re-issues of existing products, they've designed new products that have a cool retro feel and a feature-set that is just right.

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Yamaha AG Mixers

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 10:15 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 05:05 PM by Editor in Chief

Yamaha AG06Yamaha introduces a new category of mixers with their AG line. The AG03 and AG06 are hybrid mixing consoles and USB audio interfaces for web/podcasting, gaming audio, and music production. This new approach to mixers eliminates the need for software by putting all the control at your fingertips. 

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IK Multimedia and Android

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 09:40 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 05:04 PM by Editor in Chief

iRig Mic StuiodThe one stand-out customer request that IK Multimedia has had to wrestle with over the past few years is releasing the fantastic products that are enjoyed on iOS devices for Android devices. This year, they've been able to deliver upon that request!

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NAMM Artist Sightings - Day 2

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 07:39 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 05:00 PM by Editor in Chief

jordan.jpgAs with any NAMM, there are artist endorsements and demonstrations galore. Just look for a crowd around a booth and there's probably somebody you know sitting there talking or playing an instrument. Saturday (today) is usually when they come out in force, but yesterday proved to be fruitful.

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NAMM Day 2 Wrap Up

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2015 01:26 AM - last edited on ‎01-26-2015 04:57 PM by Editor in Chief

NAMM CrowdsToday was busy! Even the exhibitors on the floor thought it was busy. The weather was fantastic (although I only caught a glimpse of it on the walk to the Annaheim Convention Centre), there were some artists spotted and some cool new gear discovered by yours truly.

 

 

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