Posted on April 15, 2019 by Dan The Man
Drumming 4 Life drumathon at Absolute Music, Poole for DKMS because we want to help those who need a stem cell donor.
It starts at 12.00 noon and finishes at 3.30pm, followed by a Raffle of great prizes. Drumming 4 Life is sponsored by Protection Racket Drum Cases in Cornwall, and is being organised by Joe Musker.
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Posted on March 20, 2019 by Rob Lee
Here’s a great offer for you: UA are offering a chance to claim up to 10 plug-ins worth up to £2,476 in value absolutely FREE!
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Posted on March 19, 2019 by Rob Lee
The guitar world is filled with many manufacturers making great instruments. Today we are fortunate to live in a world were a certain degree of automations has brought prices down while simultaneously bringing the standards of quality up. On one end you have a mass production of various models of impeccable quality being produced by companies such as that of Taylor, and to the other end where small luthiers such a Brook Guitars are making individual, one-off instruments like no other, each tailored to the particular needs of their client. These are only two examples of the extreme ends of the scale, there are hundreds of makers out there each doing their own unique thing to meet the needs of musicians the world over.
Every company has it’s own selling points and fans, but none more so than that of Martin Guitars, and for very good reason: Heritage.
This post was posted in Blog entries, General News, Guitars, History of Music and was tagged with acoustic guitar, C.F. Martin, guitar, history, Martin
Posted on March 13, 2019 by Rob Lee
We have finally have stock of the popular Mark Tremonti signature amp, the MT15.
Dreamed up by Mr Paul Reed Smith and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge fame, it is an amp designed for the hard rockers and metalheads the world over. Although this amp does appreciates that although we may prefer the heavier side of music we may not prefer the heavy side of amplifier design. Continue Reading
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Posted on March 4, 2019 by Kieran
Now is your chance to bag pro grade mixing and mastering plug-ins at a huge discount!
Neutron 2 and Ozone 8 are mixing and mastering audio plug-ins for your digital audio workstation (Ableton, Reaper, FL Studio, Logic etc). The magic of iZotope software is it's beautiful user interface and ease of use. When you're recording music, mixing and mastering is your polish.
Whether you're an industry professional or a bedroom producer, these VSTs have a plethora of mixing and mastering features to enhance your music.
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Posted on February 19, 2019 by Rob Lee
A few months back I was talking to our Fender rep when he was showing us the new line of Fender Performer Series guitars when he produced a Ukulele that was a signature model of a young musician named, Grace VanderWaal. He assured me that this was a great move for Fender because there is a record number of Ukuleles being sold and Grace was riding a wave of popularity among the younger demographic. Now I don’t hide the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of the four stringed noise makers but there is no denying the effect it is having on younger (and older) audiences. The Ukulele is seeing somewhat a resurgence of popularity in recent years (so much so that they usurped the venerable Recorder for schools most popular instrument to learn last year) as it’s cost of entry is so much lower than that of a guitar, it also has a bit more of a forgiving learning curve. Why is this important you may ask? Well, many of these player do eventually gravitate toward the guitar once they have gained a certain level of skill with the Ukulele. What was more interesting was the fact he mentioned that (according to Fender’s research) more than 50% of new guitarists are female. This is the first time that the female demographic has outweighed their male counterparts in picking up the instrument. Continue Reading
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Posted on February 13, 2019 by Rob Lee
Gibson is synonymous with guitars and music. They have put more instruments in the hands of trail blazing musicians of the 20th century than any other brand.
They have had ups and down over years, had many hits, but equal amounts of misses with iconic guitar designs but ultimately have stayed near the top of the game for over a century. All this was thrown into question last year when the world famous brand announced bankruptcy. The music industry took in a collective breath waiting to see what the future held for the much loved company behind some of the most famous guitars, sounds, and riffs ever created.
Before we speculate about the future, let's have a little history lesson about Gibson's rise and fall from grace.
This post was posted in 2019 NAMM, Blog entries, General News, Guitars, Guitars, History of Music, Industry Standards, Rob's Ramblings and was tagged with acoustic, blues, electric guitar, gibson, history, jazz, les paul, mandolin, orville, robert johnson, ted mccarty
Posted on February 13, 2019 by Rob Lee
Marshall have quite a storied history. If you're interested in a little history lesson about the company you should definitely check that out here.
New for 2019 they are looking back and taking inspiration from three chapters of that history.
They are introducing their new Studio line of amplifiers that touch upon the signature sounds that helped paved the way for them to become one of biggest names in rock.
They are as follows... Continue Reading
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Posted on February 13, 2019 by Rob Lee
The guitarists landscape is changing. Apart from a lucky few that can crank their 100 watt amplifiers to achieve their sound, most of us have found that smaller valve amps turned up sound better than big amps turned down. Increasingly we are actually running these amp clean and getting all of our sounds from a select few (or many in some people cases) pedals.
Over the past few years computer technology has really played a large role in how we achieve the sound that is in our heads. There has been a noticeable shift in the gear being sold and what guitarist expect from it.
Amp modelling has gone from being a bit of a novelty that was baked into software 10-13 years ago, to being of mild interest, to slowly becoming one of the hottest topics in the guitar industry.
Companies like Line 6, Headrush and most notably Kemper have turned the traditional gigging musicians setups on their head.
But for some of us we still prefer the classic pedalboard setup but don't want to lug a hefty valve amp about the place! Having a board with your prized pedals on, ready to gig with at a moments notice is something a lot of us dream about. Continue Reading
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Posted on February 12, 2019 by Rob Lee
If you happen to find yourself in the market for a new Korg Synth we have some good for you. Order between 1st February and 31st March 2019 and you will be eligible to claim some FREE goodies with your purchase.
KRONOS buyers will have the opportunity to attend a Masterclass at KORG UK HQ with [...]
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