Audio & music gear reviews

  • Digidesign Eleven Rack Review
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    Digidesign Eleven Rack Review - Digidesign Eleven Rack: Stairway to Eleven

    03/02/10

    Digidesign surprised the world last year when they brought out a guitar amp simulator for Pro Tools called Eleven. They have now launched Eleven in rack format for applications in the studio and on stage. Let's take a look at Digidesign's youngest child...

  • Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4 Review
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    Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4 Review - Guitar Rig 4 Bends Over Backwards 4 U

    02/23/10

    Native Instruments' virtual guitar and bass amp comes back for the fourth time with more amp simulations and effects than ever before and a very promising control room section... New functions in an overview.

  • Spectrasonics Trilian Software Review
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    Spectrasonics Trilian Software Review - Trilogy is Dead: Long Live Trilian!

    02/12/10

    Spectrasonics has been living a love story with bass guitars for sixteen years. A long time before Omnisphere, Stylus and the famous Distorted Reality, one of the first products developed by Eric Persing and his team was Bass Legends – a sample bank CD dedicated to three of the most renown bass players on earth: Marcus Miller, John Patitucci and A…

  • Novation Launchpad Gear Review
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    Novation Launchpad Gear Review - Novation Launchpad: Who's Pad?

    01/26/10

    Novation surprised everyone by bringing out an Ableton Live dedicated control surface. Like Akai's APC? Not really, and obviously not at the same price.

  • Line 6 Spider IV 15 Review
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    Line 6 Spider IV 15 Review - Line 6 Bends Over Backwards For V4

    01/05/10

    The POD inventor comes back - for the fourth time - with its Spider modeling amp range. This time around we deal with the small, 15-watt combo which offers six effects, four amp models and some nice additional functions for less than $100. So what about the sound quality?

  • Zoom R16 Review
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    Zoom R16 Review - Zoom R16: All-Rounder

    12/29/09

    DAW systems are good but you don't always have a computer by when you feel the rush to record music. Mini studios were created for that purpose: they are practical solutions but not very comprehensive nor ergonomic. That's why Zoom launched the R16, an hybrid tool you can use as digital audio interface, controller and standalone mini studio. Let's…

  • SSL X-Desk Review
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    SSL X-Desk Review - SSL X-Desk: Art for All?

    12/23/09

    2009 was a year of changes and Solid State Logic got it perfectly. More than ever, the British manufacturer wanted to perpetuate its leading position in the professional analog mixer market launching a new product, the most refined of all: the X-Desk, a compact, 16-channel, analog line mixer developed for project studios. This human-sized mixer ar…

  • Celemony Melodyne Editor Review
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    Celemony Melodyne Editor Review - Melodyne Blew Me Away

    12/12/09

    Ever since the creation of the first DAW, no other software has caused so much ink to be spilled and generated such expectations. The Direct Note Access technology, which was introduced by Celemony at Musikmesse 2008, is one of those holy grails no one ever thought to be accessible because it allowed you to edit single notes of a polyphonic audio …

  • Bassman TV Twelve Review
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    Bassman TV Twelve Review - Fender Bassman TV : Old-School Amp

    12/09/09

    The 50's saw the birth of the first electric bass guitars by Leo Fender with the famous Precision Bass model. Inevitably, the first Bassman amps with their tweed covering quickly appeared on the market. To celebrate its non-birthday, Fender introduces a new amp series based on these pioneer models.

  • M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 Review
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    M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 Review - Axiom Truth

    11/18/09

    It used to be black and now it's white. M-Audio's controller keyboard is back with a new look and on steroids...