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PreSonus RC 500 Solid-State Channel Strip Review

PreSonus RC 500 Solid-State Channel Strip – $599 street PROS: Super high quality, construction and sound. CONS: None. There are tons of companies that offer quality preamps, so when a company like PreSonus releases a solid-state channel strip, it’s got a lot to live up to. Thankfully their RC 500 does that and more. The […]Read More »

PreSonus Eris Series E8 Studio Monitors Review

PreSonus Eris Series E8 Studio Monitors – appx $250/each (street) PROS: Great sounding, easy to tune to music styles and room configuration. CONS: None. There are a lot of manufacturers getting into the monitor business; some don’t have a background in professional audio, and it shows. PreSonus has been in the game for years, and […]Read More »

My Favorite Axe: Loveskills & The Dave Smith Prophet Synthesizer

MY FAVORITE AXE with Loveskills In the state of multiplicity, we will find Loveskills (aka Brooklyn producer Richard Spitzer). Producing textures of therapeutic synth, low frequency bass, and a balance of melodic heart speak. MAKE & MODEL 2008 Dave Smith Prophet Synthesizer WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU It’s like a lover or friend that knows […]Read More »

Behind-The-Scenes with Dr. Z, America’s Premier Boutique Amp Builder

The Doctor Is In!  What’s an electric guitar without an amp? Let’s be honest, rock wouldn’t have been birthed until some crusty bluesman cranked his tiny tube amp to 12 so he could be heard over the blaring horns and drums. The amp is almost as paramount to a player’s tone and style as his […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: 1960 Gibson Byrdland

FLASHBACK 1960 Gibson Byrdland The Axe Of Choice For The Nuge BACKGROUND Named by Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, who contributed in the making of the guitar when Gibson’s president was looking for new ideas, the Byrdland was introduced in mid 1955, making it essentially a custom-built guitar, initially, as it is today. WHAT IT […]Read More »

Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Pedal Review

Electro-Harmonix Soul Food Overdrive Pedal – $89 PROS: Ultra cheap price point, flexible as a boost or an overdrive pedal. CONS: None. In the guitar world there are some legends, borne out of rarity and cost. In some cases its rep is over-inflated or exaggerated. Electro-Harmonix’s Soul food brings some of that sonic rarity, and […]Read More »

WATCH: Cakewalk Highlights from Winter NAMM 2015

In case you missed it, Cakewalk posted a wrap-up from the recent NAMM show. Here’s what they had to say: “NAMM was our first opportunity to show off the new SONAR line to the public, and the reception was nothing short of spectacular. To handle the crowds, products were demoed at three locations—the Gibson, TASCAM, […]Read More »

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