Audio & music gear articles
A Versatile Audio Interface for iOS and Mac/PC - Review of the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo
More and more audio interfaces are hitting the market that are capable of connecting directly to an iOS device or a computer. PreSonus recently released two such units, the AudioBox iTwo and AudioBox iOne. We’ll focus here on the iTwo, a 2x2 interface sporting two mic preamps.
The Amp That Armed the British Invasion - Classic Gear Spotlight: The Vox AC30
In today’s digitally dominated world of music gear, one way to tell how highly a guitar amp is regarded is whether it’s been emulated in major amp-modeling software packages. One of the amps you'll find in virtually all modeling applications or plug-ins is the Vox AC30.
My Taylor is Rich - Taylor 814ce 2014 Edition Review
It's always a pleasure to review a Taylor, an American brand that stands for high quality among musicians.
A Multi-Effects Pedal in the Palm of your Hand - Review of the Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100
Following in the footsteps of the AMPLIFi 150 and AMPLIFi 75 amplifiers, Line 6 has released the AMPLIFi FX100, a floor-based multi-effects pedal controlled by your iOS device. How does this concept translate to a floor unit? Read on to find out.
iOS Onstage - An iPhone, iPod touch, and Especially an iPad, Can Greatly Improve Your Live Setup
With the right apps and accessories, an iPhone, an iPod touch and especially an iPad can be a real boon to your live performance setup. Your iDevice can function as a sound source, effects processor, as a controller for hardware, and more. Let’s peruse the possibilities.
Home Mastering: the Complete 22-Episode Season! - The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Music in a Home Studio
After more than 20 weeks, the time has finally come for the last installment in our series dedicated to mastering at home. Today we won't be making any miraculous revelations. Instead, we'll give you one final piece of advice, "for the road."
Getting Down to "Bassics" - Create Authentic Sounding MIDI Bass Guitar Parts
If you're a recording musician who doesn't play bass, creating realistic MIDI bass guitar parts can be a challenge. The tips and techniques offered in this article will help you put together authentic sounding tracks.
Review of the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 - A pint-sized yet powerful multi-effects unit
The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a multi-effects pedal small enough to fit in a backpack, or in the pocket of most guitar bags. Featuring Tech 21’s signature analog tone, it can be used either through an amp, or as a complete rig direct to a PA or DAW.
Tips on Alternate Tunings - How to Adapt Your Electric Guitar to Your Alternate Tuning
Fans of alternate tunings (especially metalheads) will often find themselves with overcooked noodles instead of strings, compromising their sound. Here are a couple of recipes to make sure your strings are always "al dente."
Improve Your Mix with A/B Referencing - Part 1 - Compare Your Mix to That of a Professional for Valuable Sonic Guidance
Referencing your mix against an existing recording via the process known as “A/B-ing,” is a great way to check the quality of your work and help you overcome inaccurate studio acoustics. Here in part 1 of this 2-part article, we’ll look at why referencing is so useful, and offer some setup options.