Audio & music gear reviews

  • Tech 21 Oxford Mini-Review
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    Tech 21 Oxford Mini-Review - Who Stole the Orange?

    10/17/10

    The story of the Character Series started over two years ago when Tech21 decided to market five effect pedals that each one simulated a legendary amp. Their immediate success made the manufacturer launch three new models in 2010. We tested the Oxford, a stomp box that smells like orange peel...

  • Pioneer DJM-2000 Review
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    Pioneer DJM-2000 Review - The Pioneer King

    10/12/10

    With its 11 rhythm effects, multi-band frequency mix crossfader, RJ45 port to connect CD players, four-channel stereo sound card, and 5.8" color touchscreen, the new Pioneer DJM2000 mixer is very appealing. And we obviously wanted to find out what it hidden under the hood. Let's go!

  • Fender Mustang II Mini-Review
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    Fender Mustang II Mini-Review - Wild Mustang

    10/10/10

    Modeling technology is trendy and Fender is all for it! That's why the famous manufacturer has now launched two new amps under the name Mustang. Conceived to provide all beginners with a wide sound range and modern features, their price is absolutely unbeatable. So, did Fender win its bet?

  • Schecter Blackjack ATX C-8 Mini-Review
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    Schecter Blackjack ATX C-8 Mini-Review - Eight is Enough

    10/06/10

    I was very curious before testing this new instrument for two reasons: first, because the C-8 is an eight-string guitar(!), which is a quite new concept; and second, because it's a Schecter. This brand left us with some very good impressions during previous reviews. We were curious to discover its interpretation of the eight-string guitar concept…

  • Akai APC 20 Review
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    Akai APC 20 Review - Live at your Finger Tips

    10/04/10

    With the APC40, a control surface fully dedicated to Ableton Live, Akai created an extremely successful tool, so the launch of the APC20 comes as no surprise: an APC40 amputated of its right section and sold at half the price, to beat all competitors.

  • Korg MicroSampler Review
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    Korg MicroSampler Review - Feather Light Sampler

    09/30/10

    To everyone's surprise, Korg has launched a small sampler keyboard. Let's see what we can do with it and for what purpose...

  • Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15 Review
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    Mesa Boogie Transatlantic TA-15 Review - A Transatlantic Trip

    09/27/10

    We have recently seen the birth of some tube amp heads for electric guitars sporting a reduced size and weight, such as the Vox Night Train. This amp head format allows guitarists to enjoy their sound without breaking their back lugging gear to and fro. So now it is Mesa Boogie's turn to launch its own portable version of a tube amp head, the Tra…

  • Roland SH-01 "Gaia" Review
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    Roland SH-01 "Gaia" Review - The Right Compromise?

    09/23/10

    The SH-01 is Roland's answer to the analog modeling synths market where low budget and ergonomics are not compatible. Let's see what tradeoffs were made to combine ease of use and a competitive price.

  • Fender Super-Sonic 22 Combo Review
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    Fender Super-Sonic 22 Combo Review - Feeling Super-Sonic

    09/19/10

    In 2006, we saw the new Fender amps, dubbed Super-Sonic, with 60 watts under the hood and available in head or combo version. In 2010 we see a combo version of 22 Watts, sharing characteristics of its older brother. It sounds very clean and Fendery, with also saturated and high gain tones as well. Focus on the Super-Sonic Combo 22 today...

  • Adam A8X Review
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    Adam A8X Review - The Return of the Ribbon

    09/13/10

    It has become a yearly tradition for the German manufacturer ADAM AUDIO to launch a brand new product for the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt (Germany). Trade shows are meant for that, aren't they? This year was no exception for the trendy loudspeaker manufacturer. The proof is the new active studio monitor speaker A8X that complements the alre…