Audio & music gear reviews

  • Line 6's M13: The Test
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    Line 6's M13: The Test - PODal board?

    09/04/08

    Line 6 has been so strongly associated with their Pod that one almost overlooks the fact that their other line of products, stomp box modelers, have long been part of many guitarist’s (some of them famous) arsenals. First there were effects pedal modules dedicated to a certain type of effect, then the concept evolved into the likes of the M13: a m…

  • Mackie MR8 Monitors: The Test
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    Mackie MR8 Monitors: The Test - Mackie HRs on a Budget?

    08/07/08

    Mackie has a long history with monitors. The original HR824 monitors, now in MKII version, are best sellers and standard fare in many studios, large or small.

  • Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC3: The Test
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    Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC3: The Test - Double Isolation?

    07/31/08

    For travelers who want to listen to their favorite music without bothering others or being bothered, using an ordinary pair of headphones doesn’t always give you total isolation. So then came along in-ear headphones (that go directly into the ear canal and therefore isolate the listener). Then, after that, noise-canceling headphones, featuring ele…

  • Ibanez RG420EG-SBK: The Test
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    Ibanez RG420EG-SBK: The Test - Spider Axe

    07/24/08

    It’s already been 25 years. You wouldn’t think so, but the RG model from our Japanese friends, Ibanez, first appeared a quarter of a century ago, and has since made its way into the Metal and shredder guitar hall of fame.

  • M-Audio's Fast Track Ultra: The Test
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    M-Audio's Fast Track Ultra: The Test - Ultra affordable

    07/16/08

    M-Audio recently presented their latest addition to the Fast Track family: the Ultra, a USB audio interface with 4 Octane preamps, integrated effects, and advanced routing. Is it a worthy successor to the Fast Track dynasty? Lets take a look…

  • Wallander Instruments' WIVI Player: The Test
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    Wallander Instruments' WIVI Player: The Test - What's a WIVI?

    07/03/08

    While certain sound libraries have been waging a gigabyte war, others have taken the synthesis route, such as the Wallander WIVI, who with only its few hundred megabytes takes on the sample library titans.

  • Line 6's Micro Spider: The Test
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    Line 6's Micro Spider: The Test - Itsy Bitsy Spider

    06/26/08

    Determined not to let Roland’s Micro Cube and Vox’s DA5 be the only contenders for portable-amp champ, Line 6 has entered the ring with its Micro Spider.

  • Arturia's Analog Factory Experience: The Test
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    Arturia's Analog Factory Experience: The Test - The Arturia Experience

    06/11/08

    Arturia has been showing more and more interest in software/hardware solutions, as can be seen with some of their top of the line projects, such as Origin. The editor also offers a more affordable solution with Analog Factory Experience (AFE), combining v2.0 of its Analog Factory and a keyboard controller made by CME. Let’s see what this tempting …

  • Digidesign's Velvet: The Test
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    Digidesign's Velvet: The Test - Tines in Velvet wrapping

    06/05/08

    Electric Pianos never seem to go out of style; and because they’ve now gone virtual, Digidesign has decided to come out with their own version of these timeless instruments.

  • The Test of QuikQuak's RaySpace
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    The Test of QuikQuak's RaySpace - Reverb Construction Kit

    05/28/08

    There’s such a plethora of software reverbs, that an editor who wants to be a cut above the rest has to rely on originality. By allowing you to create any reverberating space you’d like, and to precisely define a vast amount of its sonic characteristics, for a reasonable price, QuikQuak RaySpace is a reverb that has a lot going for it.