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Amplifiers

Marshall AS100D 2×8 Acoustic Guitar Amp

Marshall name has long been associated with high quality amps, and the Marshall AS100D 2×8 Acoustic Combo Amp is no exception to this general expectation. The Acoustic Combo amp is designed for use with a variety of acoustic instruments, allowing you to turn the volume up on anything that you play. The controls are specifically designed for use with an acoustic instrument, and will produce a clear sound even if played with a microphone […]

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Guitars

Electric Guitar Buying Guide

Planning to get an electric guitar? Now I know this may seem like a big thing taking all the top brands and everything into consideration, however with a little research and insight you can easily […]

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Music & Life

Fight Club – Cover Bands vs. Copyrights

One of the hottest topics of discussion in musical circles these days is the idea of music licensing, copyrights, and musicians getting paid for their work. It is usually part of the covers vs. originals argument that rages every few days on most musician forums and message boards. Some writers of original music get very touchy about anyone who plays covers and think that cover bands should have to pay the writers of the songs they play some kind of royalty. […]

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Amplifiers

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3.0 Hands-On Review

If you’re not familiar with AmpliTube, it has amp and preamp models, stomp effects, “rack” effects for a more produced/recorded sound, and various signal path configurations. What doesn’t show up on a spec sheet is that to my ears, IK has nailed the “clean to breakup” transition. This isn’t easy with analog hardware, but IK pulls it off superbly–resulting in amp models with a responsive, dynamic feel that goes far beyond the “two-dimensional” vibe of older amp sims. […]

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Live & Recording

Mackie Onyx 1640i Hands-On Review – FireWire Production Mixer

Mackie is widely known for designing high-performance, professional audio gear that fits into the budget of the working musician. They know mixers and continually create innovative new products that blur the line between professional studio applications and the world of live sound. So when I got a chance to test drive the new Onyx-i FireWire Production Mixers, I had high expectations, especially considering the buzz surrounding Onyx-i’s breakthrough Pro Tools compatibility… […]

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Drums

Protection Racket Drum Mat Markers

Drum Mat Markers are slick little pre-cut shapes, with a Velcro backing, allowing them to stick securely to your mat without glue or tape gumming it up. Each pack of Drum Mat Markers comes with thirty numbered stand-markers (each containing 3 sets numbered 1–10) which go under the tripod feet of your stands. There are also 10 corresponding markers for the stands themselves, so you’ll easily know which is which. They’ve even included bass-drum pedal and hi-hat markers! Now you can easily memory-mark your setup in minutes and make slight adjustments easily, until you’ve got a quick setup that is a comfy as that old futon you’ve had since college. […]

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Drums

Famous Historic Drum Sets

As the “Trap Set” began to find its way into the pop music of the early 1900’s, it took on may shapes and configurations. Some drummers approached this new instrument as though it were an entire percussion section within their arm’s reach; surrounding themselves with all manner of Tympani, Glockenspiel, Tom-toms, Chimes and other vast and varied sound effects. […]

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Drums

Ludwig Bun E. Carlos Signature Drum kit

In recent years it has become quite fashionable to market drum gear under the guise of a well known drumming star’s “signature” Whether it’s a drum, cymbal or a full on double-bass mega-kit, It’s like buying a baseball-bat with “Babe Ruth” or “Willie Mays’’ burned into the hilt. In some ways it can be very reassuring to know that we mere mortals can stand at bat, or perhaps more appropriately sit on the throne, just as our heroes do. It gives us a sense that if it’s good enough for them, it’s sure as hell good enough for us! […]