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News From NAMM: Mackie Announces FreePlay Personal PA

Mackie today announces an exciting portable, battery-powerable PA that delivers powerful, full-range sound anytime, anywhere – FreePlay Personal PA. Featuring Bluetooth® music streaming, a full-featured 4-channel digital mixer and a powerful control app for iPhone® and iPod touch®, FreePlay is the ultimate all-in-one stereo PA solution for a tremendous range of applications. “FreePlay is perfect for everyone […]Read More »

News From NAMM: Focusrite relaunches iTrack Solo & iTrack Studio With Lightning

NAMM Show 2015, Anaheim, CA, January 22, 2015 — Focusrite relaunch iTrack Solo and iTrack Studio – their interface and bundle for recording on iPad®, Mac, and PC – now updated with Lightning™ compatibility. iTrack Solo is a 2-in, 2-out iPad®, Mac, and PC audio interface featuring a genuine Focusrite mic preamp. With a dynamic range […]Read More »

Looking Back at the 1972 Marshall Metal Face 100w Amp

The Beast That Launched a Thousand Riffs… BACKGROUND Marshall introduced the “metal face” era in 1969 and it lasted through 1976. 1972 is when Marshall began shipping amps with 6550 power tubes instead of EL-34s because they were breaking inside the warranty. I got this amp from a friend who loved his ’80s metal and […]Read More »

My Favorite Axe with Steve Morse

Like Steve Morse needs an introduction? He started the Dixie Dregs in 1970, the Steve Morse Band in the early ’80s, joined Kansas in 1986, joined Deep Purple 1993 and continues to perform with them to this day. This month, you can meet Steve and Joe Perry at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp at Foxwoods […]Read More »

REVIEW: Audio-Technica System 10 Wireless Camera Mount Systems

Audio-Technica ATW-1701/l ($449) & ATW-1702 ($399) Wireless Camera Mount Systems PROS: Easy to set up, great wireless range, fits well on camera mounts, crystal-clear audio. CONS: Battery takes a while to fully charge. OK, so you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, why is Performer reviewing a camera-mounted wireless mic?” Good question. We review a lot of […]Read More »

MUST WATCH: 9-Volt Battery Safety For Guitarists

KCTV5 When I first started gigging, I often had a few spare 9v batteries stored in my guitar case, along with other odds-and-ends. Sometimes those odd-and-ends included a pad of fine #000 steel wool; guitarists sometimes use this for quick fret polishing and/or fretboard and neck maintenance. Until a more experienced player alerted me to […]Read More »

TOUR TEST: Going Wireless On The Road With The Ries Brothers & Audio-Technica

[Editor’s note: we recently held a nationwide search to find a band to tour test some awesome new System 10 wireless gear from our friends at Audio-Technica. After receiving a ton of great entries, we landed on The Ries Brothers, a Florida two-some who were headed out on the road with Miggs and Terry McDermott. […]Read More »

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