Live Sound

  • I-MEGO ZTONE In-Ear Monitors

    Pros: Excellent construction and fitting. Cons: Sound quality isn’t much better than stock ear buds. Price: $99 In-ear monitors for musicians are nothing new; they’re...

  • Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Live Wireless Mixer

    PROS: Effortless wireless mixing, iPad integration, Onyx preamps, price. CONS: None whatsoever. PRICE: $999 Okay, let’s start with the negatives…there are none. So let’s get...

  • REVIEW: Cerwin Vega CVM-1224FX USB Mixer

    PROS: Tons of features, plenty of live/recording applications, easy to use. CONS: None. PRICE: $299 Mixers almost always seem to be available in a standard...

  • MACKIE Dishes About Revolutionary New Loudspeaker Series

    A Conversation with John Boudreau, SVP Marketing & Product Development Back in August, we flew out to Mackie headquarters in Seattle for a mysterious product...

  • Zoom Q2 HD Video Recorder

    PROS: Plenty of applications, good quality, easy to use CONS: Accessory kit isn’t included PRICE: $199 Back in the day, video cameras were the size...

  • Line 6 L3T Speaker

    PROS: Simple to use, great sound, modular, advanced feature set CONS: None PRICE: $1049 Since most bands usually just run vocals through a PA, “personal”...

  • VOX AC1RV Mini Amp

    PROS: Small size, simple integrated drum machine. CONS: Clean sound is still a bit distorted. PRICE: $59 Vox amps have always been small, powerful tone...

  • Audix FP7 Drum Mic Kit

    PROS: Great selection, construction, price. Plenty of applications. CONS: None. PRICE: $675 MSRP LISTEN NOW to a clip of the Audix mics in action**: [audio:http://performermag.com/wp-content/uploads/THE-GOODBYE-THEORY-Harvard-Square-Girls-AUDIX-DEMO.mp3|titles=THE...

  • Yamaha MGP16X Mixer

    PROS: Plenty of channels, good FX selection, iPhone compatibility. CONS: Might be overkill for the average band. PRICE: $799 Yamaha makes items that range from...

  • Performer’s Guide to Keyboard Amps

    Out of necessity, many pianists begrudgingly become keyboard players when they join touring bands. Let’s face it – lugging around that Bösendorfer really isn’t an...