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M-Audio Axiom Air 61 – The New Keyboard in the Highly Successful Axiom Series

M-Audio has been leading the way in consumer level MIDI controllers for some time now, and with good reason. They offer something for everyone, ranging from the budget Oxygen line, to the not-so-budget Axiom Pro line. Now there’s a new series of controllers in the M-Audio lineup, and it’s called the Axiom Air line. The 61 key version of the Axiom Air features the use of eight rotary di...[Read More]

The Worlds Best Selling Drum Kit Returns – Reintroducing The Pearl Export

There’s only one drum kit in the world that can claim the title of the world’s best selling drum kit, and that’s the Pearl Export. So why exactly did Pearl decide it would be a good idea to discontinue the kit back in 2007? We may never know, but they obviously realized how bad of an idea that was and have recently brought it back. Reintroducing the Pearl Export EXX series of dru...[Read More]

Fender Vintage Themed Mexican Stratocaster

Fender has been making their vintage themed guitars for a while now, but they’ve all been made in America. Because of that they also tend to cost a fair amount, which some of us simply can’t handle. But now, Fender has unveiled the Classic Series ’60’s Stratocaster. It’s about time. Mexican made Fender guitars have long been hailed as pretty close to the real thing, a...[Read More]

ROLI Seaboard

One Instrument that has caught my eye is the new ROLI Seaboard, a digital piano that promises to reinvent the way we play piano. While we can see that the ROLI Seaboard is clearly based around a keyboard layout, we can also see that it does not really look at all like a keyboard. So what makes the ROLI Seaboard so different? The ROLI Seaboard is made out of a layer of soft silicon, which is on top...[Read More]

Arturia iMini Minimoog iPad Emulation

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted so I thought I’d get off my butt and do something about that. Just so you know my plan is still to try and post at least every 2 or 3 days…I did say try! I’m not normally one to be looking at software instruments, however this one caught my eye because of the post I did a couple posts back about audio and the iPad. Arturi...[Read More]

Martin Retro D-18E

Martin is arguably the most respected name when it comes to acoustic guitars. Ever since they started making guitars in 1833, they have been dedicated to quality. Fast foreword to now, and Martin is paying homage to some to their classic guitar models by remaking them. This is where the Martin Retro D-18E comes in. the Retro D-18E is a remake of Martins classic D-18, which was originally made in 1...[Read More]

NAMM 2013: Aphex Microphone X

Well, here’s an interesting one…a microphone that has analog signal processors BUILT INTO IT. This immediately caught my attention. The Aphex Microphone X is a USB cardioid condensor microphone with a compressor and exciter built into it. On top of that it also has a headphone amp built right in, so you can plug your headphones directly into the microphone. Now, as someone who likes to...[Read More]

Audio and the iPad

Well, I thought I’d take a break from NAMM stuff and do a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. With the release of Behringers new iPad mixers it is becoming more and more apparent that the iPad and tabletcomputers in general are going to have a place in the audio world. Now yes it is true that the iPad is probably not yet capable of handling full Pro Tools sessions with tracks...[Read More]

NAMM 2013: Peavey Vypyr VIP

Another huge release from NAMM is Peaveys new Vypyr VIP series of amps. But here’s the catch. These amps can handle electric guitar, acoustic guitar AND bass. All in one amp. Now, is this just a gimmick and it’s really a low quality amp? Maybe. We will find out. Peavey certainly has its fair share of quality products, such as the Peavey Triple XXX II and the Peavey 6505+. Obviously the...[Read More]

NAMM 2013: Orange Divo VT1000 Valve Tester

Note: Valve = Tube One of the most practical and useful releases from NAMM this year has to be from Orange, with the release of its new valve tester. Orange is known worldwide for its quality tube amps and this new product is sure to be a great addition to Oranges arsenal. This release is revolutionary. Before now, it was almost impossible to know the state of your tubes without some knowledge of ...[Read More]

NAMM 2013: Pearl P-930 Demonator

A couple years after the release of Pearls Demon Drive pedal, their first endeavor into the direct drive world, we now see the Pearl P-930 Demonator, a chain driven Demon style bass drum pedal. The Pearl Demonators features include interchangeable cams and a Powershifter pedal board. Now, my first thought about this pedal when I saw it was, that looks great but what makes it any different from pre...[Read More]

NAMM 2013: Moog Sub Phatty

The name Moog is legendary. The classic sound of an analog Moog synth is unparalleled. And they’re at it again! Moog’s latest release is the Moog Sub Phatty, which includes two variable waveshape oscillators, one square wave sub oscillator, and one noise generator. This synth has been dubbed the “grittiest Moog ever”, and after hearing a number of demos, I can say that I ag...[Read More]