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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 »

Yamaha DBR12 800-Watt Active PA Speakers Review

Yamaha DBR12 800-Watt Active PA Speakers – $499/each PROS: Great sound, flexible applications, lightweight, affordable. CONS: None. PRICE: $499/each The new DBR loudspeakers from Yamaha are quite a sweet surprise. Out of the box, they’re incredibly lightweight, yet powerfully-voiced with no compromise to sound quality. If your back aches after a few weeks on tour […]Read More »

The Best Value Guitar of 2014: Chapman Guitars ML1

Chapman Guitars ML1 Guitar PROS: Sounds amazing, tons of tonal options, impeccable fit and finish. CONS: None. PRICE: $499 Let’s get this out of the way: the Chapman ML1 is quite simply the best value in the guitar market today. At a ludicrously low $499 USD, you get the equivalent of a professional-grade instrument that […]Read More »

BeatBuddy Drum Machine Pedal Review

PROS: Flexible, great sounds, simple-to-use. CONS: Editing software is only available (at this time) for Windows. PRICE: $349 Drum machines have always served a purpose in a studio, but were limiting for live use; the BeatBuddy guitar pedal/drum machine hybrid takes the consistent performance of the machine and adds the ability to manipulate things on […]Read More »

Performer’s Ultimate Guide to Modulation FX Part 2

[Editor’s note – read last month’s issue or head here to catch up on part one, in which we discuss tremolo, vibrato, chorus, flange and more.] PHASING Often confused with the previous chorus and flange, this can be attributed to the way these effects are created, but the differences are noticeable when you know what to […]Read More »

WATCH: Audio-Technica "Ask Me Anything" with Producer/Engineer Joe Barresi

Joe Barresi has amassed an impressive list of clients over the years, acting as a producer, mixer and engineer on some of the top rock albums of the last two decades. Having worked with everyone from Monster Magnet, Slipknot, Beatsteaks, Queens of the Stone Age, Chevelle, Bad Religion, Nine Inch Nails, New Model Army, Soundgarden, […]Read More »

PHRED Ernesto VH3 Guitar Review

PHRED Instruments Ernesto VH3 Guitar PROS: Versatile, great tonal options, looks fantastic. CONS: Effects loop may take some getting used to. PRICE: $589 Let’s get this bit out of the way. Yes, it looks like Trey Anastasio’s guitar, which was made by Phish’s soundman/guitar guru Paul Languedoc. Yes, you can get one made by Paul, […]Read More »

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