Audio & music gear reviews
Taylor 814ce 2014 Edition Review - My Taylor is Rich
It's always a pleasure to review a Taylor, an American brand that stands for high quality among musicians.
Review of the Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 - A Multi-Effects Pedal in the Palm of your Hand
Following in the footsteps of the AMPLIFi 150 and AMPLIFi 75 amplifiers, Line 6 has released the AMPLIFi FX100, a floor-based multi-effects pedal controlled by your iOS device. How does this concept translate to a floor unit? Read on to find out.
A pint-sized yet powerful multi-effects unit - Review of the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5
The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a multi-effects pedal small enough to fit in a backpack, or in the pocket of most guitar bags. Featuring Tech 21’s signature analog tone, it can be used either through an amp, or as a complete rig direct to a PA or DAW.
We test drive EHX's new "Organ Machine" - Review of the Electro-Harmonix B9
Electro Harmonix calls the B9 an “Organ Machine,” and indeed it is. Plug your guitar into this pedal and out comes a variety of authentic organ sounds. Read on to find out more.
A channel strip that's ultra useful - Review of the Eventide UltraChannel
UltraChannel is more than just your average channel strip. It also features Eventide's signature delay and modulation effects, and is almost like an entire effects collection in a single plug-in. Read on to find out more.
Boss reinvents the DS distortion pedal - Review of the Boss DS-1X
This year, Boss has been releasing new stompboxes at a prodigious pace: two at Winter NAMM and three at Summer NAMM. All are reinventions of older Boss pedals. The DS-1X, released along with the OD-1X in January, is a revamped digital version of the DS-1. How does it compare to its predecessor? We tested them head to head as part of this review.
Software amp-and-effects simulator for studio and stage - Review of Audiffex AmpLion Pro 1.1
Amplion Pro 1.1 is the latest version of this amp-and-effects modeling software from Audiffex. Can it hold its own with stiff competition in the modeling software field?
Review of the Boss ME-80 - Versatile, powerful, and priced to sell
For years, Boss has been one of the leading manufacturers of self-contained guitar multi-effects floor units, and the ME-80 is its latest effort. Less expensive than the flagship GT-100, it's nevertheless a very capable and fully featured unit. The ME-80 gives you access to virtually any kind of guitar effect, a range of preamp sounds, an expressi…
Review of the Boss OD-1X OverDrive - An Overdrive Pedal with a New Look and Feel
The Boss OD-1X OverDrive was one of two new stompboxes the company announced at NAMM 2014 (the DS-1X Distortion was the other). It features the company’s recently developed Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology and promises a superior playing experience to analog pedals. Does it deliver?
Review of Mojave Audio MA-300 - It Takes Tubes to Tango
Mojave Audio, the company started by renowned microphone designer David Royer (also of Royer Labs), has built a reputation for making high-quality, reasonably priced mics. Here, we review the MA-300, a multi-pattern tube condenser.