Review: Yamaha Piaggero NP-32B is lightweight and sounds great!

by Blogger on ‎05-30-2016 02:46 PM - last edited on ‎05-30-2016 02:57 PM by Editor in Chief

The Yamaha Piaggero NP-32BThe Yamaha Piaggero NP-32B

The Yamaha NP-32B is a digital piano that gives you everything you need, with great sound and a very portable size and weight. I take a closer look at the unit and detail some of it's features

Read more...

Flexibility is key for the iKlip Xpand adjustable tablet holder

by Blogger on ‎05-25-2016 08:18 AM - last edited on ‎05-25-2016 11:15 AM by Editor in Chief

iklipcover.jpg

As more of us either use, or are considering using, our iPads or tablets in a live music or studio setting, you know how precarious it can be to have it be both secure and within easy reach. Well, worry no more because the iKlip Xpand from IK Multimedia is here to alleviate your concerns with an incredibly handy and secure method of mounting your tablet to a mic stand or desktop for use on stage or in the studio.

Read more...

The MXL 2006 large condenser microphone is very good at a lot of different things

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2016 03:03 PM - last edited on ‎05-17-2016 03:43 PM by Editor in Chief

MXLCover.jpg

There was a time not so long ago when the thought of purchasing a quality large diaphragm condenser microphone meant that you were about to drop some serious dollars. In recent years several manufacturers have started to produce top quality mics at an affordable price point and the MXL 2006 may be the cream of this crop.

 

Read more...

Must-have features to look for when buying your first piano or keyboard

by Blogger on ‎05-17-2016 12:19 PM - last edited on ‎05-17-2016 01:14 PM by Editor in Chief

casio 6600.jpg

If there is one instrument I’d say is found in nearly every home, it’s the piano. Acoustic pianos, small and large, and digital piano keyboards bring endless hours of fun and pleasure to any home. However, if you’re a first-time piano buyer, you may have many questions about your first piano purchase. I’d like to share with you a few tips how to buy your first piano keyboard.

Read more...

The iRig Voice Microphone features functionality and fun!

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2016 12:29 PM - last edited on ‎05-13-2016 04:41 PM by Editor in Chief

5irigvoice_2devices.jpg

 

The iRig Voice is more than simply a “handheld microphone for smartphone and tablets”, it is a remarkably diverse tool that can be used for work or for fun.

Read more...

The Fender Bassbreaker 007 is tube might in a small package.

by Blogger on ‎03-22-2016 01:27 AM - last edited on ‎03-23-2016 10:09 AM by Editor in Chief

When it comes to inviting grit and warmth in your tube amplifier, the Fender Bassbreaker 007 proves that size isn’t everything.

Read more...

Review: Yamaha P-115B Digital Piano

by Blogger on ‎03-04-2016 11:38 AM - last edited on ‎03-04-2016 02:00 PM by Editor in Chief

The Yamaha P-115B is a great choice to consider in the ever popular sub-$1,000 digital piano market. It has all the essential features, very good sound and comes in a convenient footprint for those looking to acquire a piano, but not the size and inconvenience.

Read more...

Fender pays homage to a legend with its Hendrix Stratocaster [VIDEO]

by Blogger on ‎02-16-2016 11:46 PM - last edited on ‎05-03-2016 09:51 AM by Editor in Chief

Fender-hendrix-stratocaster-sq.jpgIt never hurts to model a new guitar offering after a classic played by one of the instrument’s greatest heroes. And so it is with Fender’s new Hendrix Stratocaster. Based on the guitar used by the game changing innovator of the six-string, this may just be the Fender you’ve always been waiting for.

Read more...

NAMM 2016: Hercules' latest DJ controller and software are a great duo

by Blogger on ‎02-08-2016 07:22 PM - last edited on ‎02-09-2016 12:44 PM by Editor in Chief

We are all familiar with the iconic DJ scratching away on vinyl, as the art of turntablism grew these DJ would create more complex routines using just vinyl records, turntables and a mixer. Over time with the move away from vinyl to digital, all these complex mixing routines have now moved onto the computer, to be controlled via DJ controllers. One of the big names in digital DJ controllers is Hercules and this year at NAMM 2016 they had some new hardware to show off, the Hercules P32 DJ controller and the DJUCED 40 3.0 software. 

Read more...

iRig Acoustic and iRig Pro Duo take music recording mobile.

by Blogger on ‎01-31-2016 10:08 PM - last edited on ‎02-16-2016 11:27 AM by Editor in Chief

Ever evolving technologies is putting unrivalled control and affordability in the hands of regular consumers and hobby music recording techs. IK Multimedia has been at the forefront of this in recent years and with their introduction of the iRig Acoustic and iRig Pro Duo devices, they are giving users the option to play and record their musical ideas without being tethered to a desktop computer (although they will work with those too).

Read more...

NAMM 2016: ESP’s new guitar preview

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2016 07:35 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 04:48 PM by Editor in Chief

ESP guitars has previewed its new lineup of guitars including offerings from the ESP, ESP E-II, and LTD lines. There are new artist signature series models as well as new and updated guitars and  basses to whet your appetite and ensure that 2016 is a year where ESP is sure to have exactly what you want just waiting for you to pick it up.

Read more...

NAMM 2016 - Pioneer's latest CDJs and Mixer are a cut above

by Blogger on ‎01-24-2016 02:38 PM - last edited on ‎01-27-2016 11:14 AM by Editor in Chief

If you have ever been in a DJ booth at a club chances are you would have seen a DJM-900NXS and some CDJ-2000NXS’s. This mixer and CDJs respectively have become industry standards and have rocked numerous clubs and some of the largest musical festivals in the world. This year Pioneer has launched at NAMM 2016, the remastered version of their flagship products with the CDJ-2000NXS2 Professional Multi Player & DJM-900NXS2 profession mixer.

Read more...


The Marshall name is synonymous with tube amplification and loud gritty rock music. In 2010 Marshall took an exploratory foray into digital modelling with the JMD line but for the most part has remained on the outside of this hotly contested field. That is likely to change with the introduction of the CODE series at NAMM 2016.

 

 

Read more...

NAMM 2016: iRig Blue Turn

by Blogger on ‎01-23-2016 01:21 PM

Gigging musicians that use iPads as their notation display rather than traditional paper-based music, consistently come across the problem of turning pages or scrolling while both hands are occupied. iRig BlueTurn is a simple Bluetooth solution to the problem - two soft illuminated footswitches to be operated by your feet.

Read more...

NAMM 2016: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2016 03:08 PM - last edited on ‎01-22-2016 03:13 PM by Editor in Chief

IK Multimedia has always been able to come out with products for the mobile musician and audio engineer. The iLoud Micro Monitor joins a line of loudspeakers that further support that market. The speakers are incredibly small, but boast a feature set that is usually found in larger, more expensive studio monitors.

Read more...

NAMM 2016: Roland Keyboards

by Blogger on ‎01-22-2016 10:08 AM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 04:53 PM by Editor in Chief

You can always count on Roland to announce products at NAMM that garner a second look. They've created quite a little buzz around a couple of new offerings that Best Buy is planning on carrying: The FP-30 Digital Piano and the Roland Boutique Series are going to have people talking for a while.

Read more...

Keep your New Year’s Resolution to Learn a New Skill

by Blogger on ‎01-06-2016 09:49 PM - last edited on ‎01-07-2016 11:25 AM by Editor in Chief

Now that 2016 is here, it’s time to honour all those resolutions you made when the clock struck midnight. There’s no better time than the present, but don’t worry, we’re here to give you some support in keeping those promises. So, if your New Year’s resolution was to learn a new skill, read on for how to actually make it happen in 2016.

Read more...

Guitar multi effects pedals.

by Blogger on ‎01-03-2016 07:27 PM - last edited on ‎01-06-2016 02:41 PM by Editor in Chief

Arguably offering the most flexibility and ease of control, a Multi Effects unit is a guitarist’s compact answer to altering their guitar sound. In this blog I will discuss how they work, what they offer, and recap all of your options when it comes to your search for that elusive tone that will ultimately define your playing.

Read more...

Review: 2 beautiful ESP electric guitars [VIDEO]!

by Blogger on ‎12-17-2015 11:06 AM - last edited on ‎03-11-2016 01:50 PM by Editor in Chief

Notions of vanity aside, if Shakespeare were alive today I believe that he’s be a guitar player and he’d agree with me that ESP makes some of the most aesthetically pleasing guitars in the world. That is only part of the equation, however, as the playability and tones produced are virtually unrivalled. In this blog I take a look at the ESP USA Eclipse and the ESP E-II M-II. Beauties indeed.

Read more...

M-Audio BX5 and Yamaha HS5 Comparison

by Blogger on ‎12-01-2015 12:13 PM

The M-Audio BX5 and the Yamaha HS5 studio monitors boast similar studio-level features and specs. They both pack a nice size : punch ratio. You can't go wrong with either of these little guys. I took them both for a spin, put them head to head and jotted down my thoughts.

Read more...

Pedals that Modulate

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2015 01:25 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2015 03:43 PM by Editor in Chief

In this blog, part 3 of a series looking at the wide variety of guitar effects pedals, the focus shifts to “pedals that modulate”. This grouping of pedals includes the chorus, flange, phase, vibrato, and tremolo pedals and I will discuss the differences between these as well as suggest some of the ways that you can use them in your effects chain to help you get the sounds you are looking for.

Read more...

Enter to win an ESP LTD 7 String Electric Guitar signed by Stephen Carpenter

by Editor in Chief ‎11-17-2015 08:59 AM - edited ‎11-24-2015 04:28 PM

Best Buy has some amazing contests throughout the year. We just had a massive toy contest with over $5000 worth of the best toys available in 2015. This contest is just as impressive since the prize is a unique, limited edition guitar. What’s so unique? For one thing it is signed by the amazing Stephen Carpenter, guitarist extraordinaire. For another thing, it has 7 strings! Enter for your chance to win this awesome instrument!

Read more...

Neat microphones: melding style and performance

by Blogger ‎11-13-2015 11:33 AM - edited ‎02-02-2016 09:35 AM

With the ever-growing popularity of home-recording and podcasting, the range of microphones is getting wider and wider. So much, that some manufacturers have started to focus on the style and packaging of their products to stand out. Enter Neat microphones—Gibson’s latest division led by the great people that brought us the beloved Blue mics. For this blog entry, I’m reviewing the bee colony themed Bumblebee and Beecaster, as well as the futuristic Widget A and C.

Read more...

Guitar accessories for your live performances

by Blogger on ‎11-10-2015 03:40 PM - last edited on ‎11-10-2015 04:32 PM by Editor in Chief

A guitar and an amplifier, while clearly the most important ingredients in live performing, are but two of the components in this stew. While recipes differ from player to player, this is the core set of requirements that live players require as well as those extra little things that while not requisite, are certainly appreciated. In this blog I will go over some of the accessories that can make your performance truly shine by relieving stress and providing a helping hand when one is needed.

Read more...

Guitar Effects Pedals 101: An Overview

by Blogger on ‎11-06-2015 12:01 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 04:49 PM by Editor in Chief

Considering buying guitar effect pedals can be a daunting task. With a myriad of different brands, copious advertising that seems to make impossible claims, and multiple effects and their variants it can be overwhelming to sort through. In this blog I will give you a brief overview of what various guitar pedals are intended to do and help you sift through to a general understanding that should help clear the path.

Read more...

If your first question is “Why would I need a guitar pedal?” then your next question invariably is “what do they do anyway?” In this blog I will lay out the different types of guitar effect pedals and begin by looking at pedals that boost and distort. I will explain what they ultimately do to your guitar’s sound so you can get a better idea of when and why you may want to invest in one (or eight).

Read more...

Yamaha PSR E253 Keyboard Review

by Blogger on ‎10-30-2015 02:59 PM - last edited on ‎02-12-2016 04:54 PM by Editor in Chief

Yamaha has packed a lot into this instrument aimed at getting people to learn and enjoy playing music. If you or you have someone in your family who looks like they’re itching to let their inner muse out, then with the PSR E253, you’ve got a very cost effective start to realizing that dream.

Read more...

Review: Shure MOTIV USB/iOS Microphones and Interface.

by Blogger ‎10-21-2015 09:55 PM - edited ‎10-21-2015 09:56 PM

There’s a lot to like and very few nits to pick with the Shure MOTIV line. Following up on my review of the MV88, I got to take the rest of the MOTIV line (MV5, MV51 and MVi) for a spin. These made-for-portable-recording devices are well designed, rugged and will get the job done... and get it done well.

Read more...

Review: M-Audio AV 30 Compact Speakers

by Blogger on ‎10-14-2015 01:04 PM - last edited on ‎10-14-2015 02:46 PM by Editor in Chief

The M-Audio Studiophile line attempts to straddles that edge between high-performing computer speakers and entry-level studio monitors. Their size is large when compared to desktop computer speakers, but small when compared to studio monitors. The AV 30’s features go beyond traditional computer speakers and approach those of studio monitors. These speakers have decent sound, can deliver a good punch and, in the end, are something to consider for even the most budget-conscious. If you’re looking for some good sound for your gaming, music or videos on your computer, then the AV 30’s are worth a listen.

Read more...

The Yamaha FG720S dreadnaught style acoustic guitar and the APX500III electric acoustic feel, play, and sound like guitars well above their price points. In this blog I look at and play both of these guitars that prove cheap pricing doesn't mean cheap craftsmanship or cheap sound.

Read more...

Announcements
Welcome to the Plug-in Blog!
Get the latest news, reviews and how-to’s from tech enthusiasts across Canada and learn how technology can enhance your lifestyle. Looking to eliminate techno stress? You've come to the right place!
Bloggers
Top Kudoed Authors
Labels