Another one of the exciting products to emerge from NAMM 2011 was the TC Electronic TonePrint! Well, I say ‘product’, although the TonePrint is actually a concept that has been applied to a range of guitar pedals… so what is TonePrint? Hopefully I will be able to answer this question in the following blog-post…
A section for in depth reviews of items - more detailed than customer reviews on the products pages.
Posted on February 15, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Posted on February 10, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
What? Another Novation Ultranova review from Absolute Music? Yes, but this time you're getting the opinions of Tony Long, rather than myself... and you can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music! Enjoy!
Posted on February 9, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
The Akai SynthStation 25 transforms your iPhone or iPod Touch into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. OK, I admit it, I stole that line directly from the Akai Pro website, but I couldn't think of a better way to explain it! What the SynthStation basically allows you to do is to dock your iPhone/iPod Touch on the front of the Akai SynthStation controller, and then use the controller to trigger the SynthStation application. Essentially, the Akai SynthStation gives you hands on control over the most commonly used features of the application, leaving the touchscreen free for you to affect some of the more experimental parameters within the synth application.
Posted on February 9, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Expanding on the success of the highly popular iRig Guitar/Bass interface, which lets you plug in your precious instrument to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, IK Multimedia have announced the release of the inspired iRig Mic; the first handheld quality condenser microphone for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad! With portable recording devices becoming increasingly popular, I decided to explore further, and discover for myself whether the iPhone really could become the future of music making…
Posted on February 3, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
I'm sure that when Access released their first Virus synthesiser back in 1997, they must have known that they were onto something special. Since that day, the Virus synth series has greatly expanded, and with it has come a mass of loyal followers, who swear by the quality of sounds that it produces. Traditionally, the Virus has been embraced by Trance and Techno artists, with users including Sasha, Snap! and Paul Oakenfold, but it's ability to produce dark, twisted, phat sounds has also made it popular with producers of other types of dance music such as drum and bass, with producers such as Alix Perez and Krakota and Judda manipulating it for deep, 'in your face' basslines.
Posted on January 26, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.
DAVE SMITH TETRA - INTRODUCTION
Dave Smith who co-developed the DSI-120 integrated circuit that was used in the famous Prophet 08 in 2007 and the Mopho in 2008, amongst other achievements is also credited with the design of the award-winning small but powerful Tetra. The Tetra which has four DSI-120 circuits, provides us with an analog four-note polyphonic, four-part multitimbral programmable synth at a very affordable price.
Posted on January 19, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Don't let the posting name fool you! My knowledge of drums is 'alright' at best! This review was kindly written by Austin Lane, Absolute Music's new drum manager!
2BOX DRUMIT 5 MK2 ELECTRONIC DRUM KIT
Having been playing drums for more years than I care to mention, and having just taken over the drum managers position at Absolute Music (after 19 years at one of the UKs leading Drum Stores), I came into contact with the 2Box Drumit Five kit for the first time, and straight away they even gave me a pair of sticks and asked me to put it through it's paces!!!!! Challenge accepted!
Posted on January 14, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Christmas has been and gone, so I'm sure you've enjoyed being subjected to the usual carol singers, cheesey songs on the radio, songs of praise on the TV, heavy wall shaking dubstep, and your little brothers jingle bells CD.
Wait...rewind a second, what was that? Heavy wall shaking dubstep???
At least, this is what you'll have experienced if Santa brought you that pair of legendary KRK speakers that you've been craving for so long!
Posted on January 13, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music
KORG WAVEDRUM - INTRODUCTION
As a drummer, not a percussionist, I have often wanted to purchase a set of bongos or congas to play by hand. Today I am more of an electronic drummer than I am acoustic, so the thought of playing an electronic drum full of hand percussion sounds plus a whole load more, with a real drum head seems to be just the thing for me.
Posted on January 6, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
SE Electronics state that the cheekily named sEX1 was produced with one thing in mind...(no, not that!)...not to just outperform every other mic on the market in its price category, but to blow them out the water! It was time to take a closer look at this magical microphone for myself...