Audio & music gear reviews

  • Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Review
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    Gretsch G5191BK Tim Armstrong Review - Armstrong, I'm Black

    06/14/10

    When it comes to punk music, Gretsch is not really the first guitar brand you think about. And yet, Tim Armstrong, Rancid's famous guitar player, chose the US brand for his signature model. Overview of the "no-future" Gretsch.

  • IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 Review
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    IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 Review - Amplitube to the Power of Three

    05/30/10

    IK Multimedia was one of the pioneers in guitar amp simulation software with their famous Amplitube launched in 2002. The Italian company comes back eight years later with the third version of their flagship product. And what's new you ask?

  • ADAM S3X-H Review
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    ADAM S3X-H Review - ADAM X-Rated

    05/26/10

    First launched in 2009 at Musikmesse, the ADAM S3X-H is the successor of the jewel in the crown of its previous product range. But is it really an innovation or just an upgrade from the German manufacturer? R&D is back...

  • SolidGoldFX Stompbox Review
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    SolidGoldFX Stompbox Review - The Quebec Effect

    05/11/10

    If you are interested in guitar stompboxes, you must choose between two different worlds: you've got the mass-produced effect pedals that use more or less average-quality components for cost savings reasons, and you have boutique stompboxes produced in small quantities, using selected components, and hand-crafted by guitar FX enthusiasts. SolidGol…

  • Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Review
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    Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Review - Native Takes Kontrol

    05/04/10

    Native Instruments has been announcing the launch of Traktor Kontrol X1 for several months now and it was even possible to pre-order it on the NI website, if you wanted to be one of the lucky first owners. Was the waiting worth it? Does the Kontrol X1 fulfill our expectations? We'll see... but let's unpack it first!

  • Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40 Review
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    Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40 Review - Closer to the (Black) Stars

    04/24/10

    British amp and stompbox manufacturer Blackstar is known among guitar players for its Artisan Series of hand-wired amps that crunch, and its One Series, a line of hi-gain models for metal freaks. The brand is back this year with a new range of tube amps called HT Venue which ought to be less expensive but still versatile. We focus on the 40 watt c…

  • Jet City JCA20H Review
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    Jet City JCA20H Review - Suffra Jet City

    04/19/10

    When famous guitar amp developer Mike Soldano is leading a fully new brand of affordable tube amps it is hard not to pay attention. We tested the characterful and very affordable 20-watt amplifier head from Jet City.

  • Guitar Pro 6 Review
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    Guitar Pro 6 Review - And the Tab Goes On…

    03/31/10

    Guitar Pro started out as a small tab editor but, as time went by, it soon became an indispensable software for guitar and bass players alike. Now, with the sixth version out, Guitar Pro could actually create a new category of its own.

  • TC Electronic PolyTune Review
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    TC Electronic PolyTune Review - TC Electronic PolyTune: Six in One

    03/16/10

    When it comes to guitar tuner pedals innovations don't come by everyday, so when TC Electronic announced the PolyTune, a pedal that allows you view all at once which strings are out of tune,we got curious...

  • Presonus Studio One Software Review
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    Presonus Studio One Software Review - Presonus Studio One: Crystal Studio

    03/09/10

    Fed up with Cubase? Sick of Logic? Bored by Sonar? PreSonus will take back your software in exchange for Studio One. But, is it really worth it?