Instruments & Gear

Electro-Voice ETX-10P Powered Loudspeaker Review

PROS: Flexible, expandable, great adjustability physically & sonically CONS: Slightly pricey. PRICE:$1099/each EV’s ETX system is a professional level series, which is simple enough to keep “roadies” away, and still sound fantastic. The Electro-Voice ETX-10P Powered Loudspeaker sports a 10” woofer and a 1.25” high frequency driver. The enclosure’s design enables it to be used in a monitor […]Read More »

I-MEGO Maze Headphones Review (Not Recommended)

PROS: Interesting aesthetics. CONS: Middle-of-the-road sound quality, especially for the price.  PRICE: $139 The new Maze headphones from I-MEGO are a head-scratcher. They look kinda neat, they sound kinda OK, they’re sorta comfortable and they’re priced somewhat between low-end cans and serious, professional studio monitoring headphones. So this reviewer is left wondering where, exactly, these […]Read More »

MUST OWN: Sabian Stick Flip Bag For Drummers

PROS: Works great, plenty of storage space, folds flat, rugged, inexpensive. CONS: None. PRICE: $39 Here’s an simple way to make life on the road easier for just a few duckets. Sabian’s new Stick Flip bag for drummers is awesome. First of all, it’s a rugged, durably constructed stick bag – you’re gonna need one anyway, […]Read More »

Get Classic Talking Heads Sounds with a 1978 Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb

Widely considered the best high-end reverb of its day, the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb was made by a nuclear scientist Dr. David Griesinger. The unit was considered “affordable” at $7,500 back in the ’70s, making it an expensive addition, to even a professional studio. INTERESTING FEATURE Having the remote console-top controller allowed for ease of […]Read More »

Jack Forman Explores the 1980 Moog Source Monophonic Synthesizer

My band Recess Monkey is a Seattle trio known nationally for our unique spin on “family music.” We’ve made eleven albums and played hundreds of shows over the past 9 years. MAKE & MODEL 1980 Moog Source Monophonic Synthesizer WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU I got it on eBay five years ago and have played […]Read More »

Performer’s Ultimate Guide to Microphone Selection

Many microphones have been talked about as if they have this mystical ability to enhance performances, as if they can transform a crappy guitar into a handcrafted masterpiece or a mediocre vocalist into a diva.  Is this true?  Should you plunk down a few grand on a vintage Neumann U-87?  Or will a Chinese-manufactured knock-off […]Read More »

TASCAM UH-7000 Mic Pre-Amp/USB Audio Interface Review

PROS: Professional design and sound; easy to use. CONS: None. PRICE: $599 When home recording meant tape-based, TASCAM stood above the rest in quality and performance. Unlike companies like Polaroid, they’ve made the transition to the digital world. And their UH-7000 is proof that they still stand above the rest. Design-wise this is meant to […]Read More »

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