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Eventide H9 MAX wins TEC Award at Winter NAMM 2016

On Saturday January 24th at NAMM, Eventide’s H9 MAX received the award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the category of: Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects. The H9 MAX gives guitar players an arsenal of Eventide’s best effect algorithms combined with a powerful full function software app for PCs, Mac, and iOS devices. The H9 Control app connects to […]Read More »

VIDEO: Introducing The Shure KSM8 -- Inside Dualdyne

Shure gave us a pretty amazing demo of the new KSM8 microphone at NAMM, new for 2016. It’s truly a step forward in the mic game, and instead of prattling on (which we’re good at, believe me), we’d rather just show you. Enjoy!Read More »

Best Guitar Value of 2015: BC Rich Mockingbird STQ

BC Rich Mockingbird STQ PROS: fantastic fit & finish, great pickups and hardware, comfy neck profile, ultra-affordable. CONS: none. PRICE: $499 Taking an aesthetic cue from the vintage Mockingbirds of the mid to late ’70s, the latest axe in the BC Rich lineup is our pick for the best guitar value of 2015. The Mockingbird […]Read More »

Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone Review

Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone – $149 PROS: Great sound, plenty of configuration options, ultra-portable. CONS: None. Making “in the field” recordings used to fall into one of two categories: a super audiophile expensive system that was too complicated to use, or a cheap recorder that sounded, well, cheap. Shure now has a […]Read More »

Ampeg PF-50T Tube Bass Amplifier Head REVIEW

Ampeg PF-50T Bass Amplifier Head – $899 PROS: Great tones, excellent for passive basses, perfect for recording. CONS: None. Back in the day, Ampeg’s Portaflex was the ultimate combo; the amp head was hidden in the speaker cabinet, inverted for transport. When it came time to gig, a couple of latches get undone, flip the […]Read More »

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer For Guitarists: Mantus & Swab-eez

Innovative Products of America, Inc. Swab-eez ($10.95) & Mantus Tight Access Tool ($14.95) Mantus PROS: Strong grip, plenty of applications, cheap. CONS: Would be better for electronics if there was some shielding/insulation. Swab-eez PROS: Plenty of sizes, eco-friendly, many applications. CONS: None. It’s not hard to see how one tool, made for one job, would […]Read More »

TOUR TEST FINAL REPORT Part II: Mitchell Element Guitar & Acoustic A40 Amp

[Editor’s note – in September we put out a call for musicians to enter to win a fantastic prize pack of a Mitchell Element Guitar (ME1ACE) and an A40 Acoustic Instrument Amp (from Acoustic Amplification). Winner number one was Jordan Davis, who posted a number of updates on social media during his testing period with the gear. His final wrap-up […]Read More »

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