Whatever else may be said, Mike Fuller has certainly garnered a reputation for quality with his Fulltone brand of vintage-inspired effects pedals. In 2007 Mr. Fuller decided to update the self-proclaimed 'most popular boutique overdrive ever made' & the FullDrive 2 became the FullDrive 2-MOSFET. The inclusion of the MOSFET (Metal Oxide Field Effect Transistor) allows the pedal to achieve a more amp-like overdrive than its predecessor & the addition of a 'Flat Mids' mode adds an extra tonal option. These extra features helped the pedal to win Guitar Player magazine's 'Reader's Choice' award for Best Stompbox in the year of its release & it is with high-expectations that I begin this review...
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Posted on September 13, 2013 by James Hamer
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Posted on September 3, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
We were recently joined in our Bournemouth pro-music superstore and studios by Tim Chandler, Product Manager for Nektar's Panorama controllers. After hooking a Panorama P4 keyboard, Panorama P1 control surface and Reason Balance interface up to his Mac computer, Tim proceeded to demonstrate how their products could significantly improve your workflow, whatever software you are using. He even let us get hands-on for ourselves!
In this review I'm going to explain how Panorama controllers can help speed up how you work as well as give my honest opinions on the products. Please note that although I've included the Panorama P6 in the title of this review, it wasn't actually one of the products that I got hands-on with. However, the P6 is exactly the same as the P4 apart from the fact that it has a few extra keys so I can safely assume that any comments I make about the Panorama P4 will also hold true for the P6.
*** Update: I ended up buying a P4 for myself! Read the end of my review to find out what I think about it now that I've had it integrated within my studio for a few weeks. ***
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Posted on August 23, 2013 by James Hamer
For those who are using a number of pedals, long cable runs, or even multiple amps, how exactly to rig all of these pieces of equipment together without suffering a loss in tonal quality can often be a cause of concern. To get a general overview on a good approach to take when piecing your rig together, please see my article entitled 'Signal Routing for Guitar & Bass - A Tone Chaser's Guide'; however, if you already know what you're looking for, but still need to find that ideal unit with which to achieve it, then please let me introduce you to Lehle Switchers!
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Posted on August 15, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
Music Radar recently compiled an in-depth review of the new Avid Pro Tools 11 software and they seemed to absolutely LOVE IT and who can blame them?), citing offline bounce, dynamic CPU, 64-bit architecture, a low latency recording buffer and automation while recording as their top 5 new features.
CLICK HERE to read the full review.
Posted on July 22, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
We all know that KRK make a superb range of studio speakers in the form of their Rokit and VXT range; heck, I was seduced by a pair of KRK RP8s when I was at university after hearing my friend producing bass-heavy tracks through his own set! However, their KNS range of headphones present an unexplored territory for me so I thought that I'd jump right on in and test them out to see how they fare.
Posted on July 4, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
With more and more manufacturers entering the three-way speaker market, we thought that we'd write an article to bring you up to speed with these relatively misunderstood studio fixtures. What are the advantages of using a three-way speaker design? How do they differ from traditional speakers? We'll also look at some example three-way speakers on the current market so that hopefully by the time you've read this article, you'll be a mini-expert on the three-way phenomenon!
'TWO WAY' vs 'THREE-WAY' - WHAT DOES IT EVEN MEAN?
If you've ever looked at a two-way speaker side-by-side with a three-way speaker then you've probably already worked out the difference between them. In fact, you may have even worked it out from the names! A traditional two-way speaker is comprised of two drivers (which usually look like a shallow, indented circular cone with a small circular protruding dome in the middle), whereas a three-way speaker... (you guessed it!)... features three of these drivers.
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Posted on June 14, 2013 by James Hamer
Back in 2000, a certain Swedish gentleman by the name of Björn began offering handmade stomp boxes to the wide world; his fabulous designs caught the attention of the fastidious boutique market almost instantly & he quickly cemented himself as one of the world's premier effects builders. Björn's handiwork was originally released under the moniker of BJFE (an abbreviation for Björn Juhl Forstarker Elektronik) & the units bearing this name are rare as hen's teeth (not to mention the simply eye-watering prices they command); however, the Mad Professor brand was launched shortly thereafter...
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Posted on June 7, 2013 by James Hamer
So, what are these strange-looking toasters you might ask? Well, they are in fact Yamaha's unique range of practice amps. They offer cutting-edge technology, ease-of-use, retro looks & a whole host of useful features. If you're looking for a strictly at-home amplification solution then do read on...
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Posted on June 5, 2013 by Joe Stachowiak
So, you're on the market for a portable recorder for music purposes. One brand that you're likely to see popping up time and time again in your searches is Olympus... and for good reason! Olympus make some excellent compact recording options for people with a variety of needs and budgets and in this article I'm going to take a look at three of their most popular handheld gadgets: the LS-12, LS-14 and LS-100, all of which are specifically designed for musicians...
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Posted on May 17, 2013 by Marc Haynes
Hello... I'm Marc... and I'm a gear junky...! I've been playing the guitar and gigging in various bands for many years and in 2012 I got myself a job at Absolute Music to feed my habit and share my passion and knowledge of the products that I know and love. I'm going to use my blog to write short reviews of some of my favourite products to hopefully help others in their quest for finding the right gear for their needs and budget.
In this review I'm going to be talking about the Electro Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker Distorion pedal, which I recently added to my own pedal board...
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