Audio & music gear reviews

  • Ibanez BTB 700DX Review
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    Ibanez BTB 700DX Review - Red or Black...

    09/06/10

    The BTB (Boutique Bass acronym) represents one of the nine IBANEZ bass families. It was conceived to provide features of a boutique instrument at an affordable price for the masses. Now, if I can only decide on the red or black finish..

  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Review
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    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Review - A Jewel Called Saffire

    08/29/10

    The FireWire digital audio interface market is somewhat saturated with products like the M-Audio ProFire610 or the TC Electronic Impact Twin which we already tested here at AudioFanzine — now is the time to pick at Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP...

  • Dave Smith Instruments Tetra Review
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    Dave Smith Instruments Tetra Review - A Tiny Devil for the Road!

    08/23/10

    The Tetra hosts four Mopho voices in an extremely compact housing, meaning you get an analog polyphonic, programmable and a very affordable synth. A closer look...

  • Schecter Ultra Bass Review
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    Schecter Ultra Bass Review - Ne-ck Plus Ultra

    08/16/10

    In spite of all my years in the guitar world, I have to admit that I never had the opportunity to test an instrument made by Schecter. This company's story reads like an American fairy tale...

  • Akai Miniak Review
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    Akai Miniak Review - Miniak On The Floor

    08/04/10

    After having repositioned Alesis on the market, Numark seems to have entrusted Akai with the fate of the synth/drum machine product range. The Miniak is the first Akai synth "in the modern era".

  • Vigier G.V. Wood 90 Review
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    Vigier G.V. Wood 90 Review - G(ood) V(ibrations) Guitar

    07/22/10

    Since the beginning of the 80's, Vigier has been earning itself an exceptional reputation as a music instrument manufacturer. Instead of dull and tasteless mass production, the brand is committed to premium quality standards, thanks to a manufacturing process in which every step is carefully controlled — and is "Made in France". Wood selection, af…

  • Fender American Special Telecaster Review
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    Fender American Special Telecaster Review - Made in the USA

    07/07/10

    What's left to say about the Telecaster? It's contribution to the world of popular music is without doubt. For those still in the dark, some of the music history's most memorable riffs were concocted on this divine piece of wood: "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones "I'm a Man" by Muddy Waters, "Every Breath You Take" by the Police, and "Glory Da…

  • Marshall JMD501 Review
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    Marshall JMD501 Review - 16-in-1 Marshall

    07/01/10

    Every guitar player knows Marshall and its cult amp series that has been manufactured for over 40 years now. Sometimes praised, sometimes criticized – everyone has certainly heard about the Marshall Plexi, JMP and JCM800, some of which even became reference products. After the launch of a new all-tube series (JVM), a solid-state series (MGFX) and …

  • Danelectro '59 Original Guitar Review
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    Danelectro '59 Original Guitar Review - 59, Electric Guitar

    06/28/10

    We proudly present the fourth generation of 1959 Danelectro DC. The first, whose trade name at the time was the model 3021, was manufactured in the USA in 1959. Since then, production has been relocated to Asia. The second generation was produced in Korea from 1998 to 2001 with the Danelectro 59-DC Standard and the 59-DC Pro. The third, was Chine…

  • Vox  AC15VR Valve Reactor Combo Amp Review
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    Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor Combo Amp Review - VeRy Vox

    06/19/10

    A few years ago, Vox launched their legendary AC30 as an amp head or as a combo, all made in China at an affordable price. This year, VOX is spoiling us with a hybrid series, using a special amplification technology mixing transistors and tube. This 15 Watts model is what’s on the menu for today.