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  • LINE 6 M5 STOMPBOX MODELER

    Posted on April 21, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    In this blog entry I am going to take a quick look at a completely NEW product, the Line 6 M5 Stompbox. Before I begin I want to make it clear that in this particular blog post I haven’t actually had the opportunity to use the M5 Stompbox yet… but I wanted to bring you up to speed about what you can expect from the little brother of the brilliant M9 and M13…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Guitars, Product Previews and was tagged with effects, guitar, line 6

  • APOGEE DUET 2 REVIEW

    Posted on April 21, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Apogee Duet 2The Apogee Duet 2 is a 2 Input / 4 Output USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac, which improves on arguably the most popular portable audio interface ever, the Apogee Duet (if you couldn’t guess!) With new advanced features, improved performance, and a better sound quality, the Apogee Duet 2 could well become your home studio’s new best friend!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with apogee, duet 2, interface

  • KORG SV-1 88 - CUSTOMER REVIEW

    Posted on April 20, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Last month, one of our customers, Tim Hender, submitted a fairly in-depth review of the Korg SV-1 88... in fact it seemed so in-depth that we decided it was worthy of a blog post of it's own, so with his permission, here it is!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with Korg, piano, stage, sv-1, synth

  • ROLAND JUPITER-80 PREVIEW

    Posted on April 15, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The Roland Jupiter-8 is perhaps my favourite synthesiser of all time! If you listen to some of the demonstrations on Youtube then you will understand why. It just produces such a beautiful, warm and distinctive analogue sound, and it can create a huge variety of different timbres from dynamic pads to in-your-face basses. It provides you with that real 80’s sound, and has been used on a countless number of hit records by artists ranging from ABBA to the Prodigy, from Michael Jackson to Jean Michel Jarre and Enya, and it is even a popular instrument today (despite being introduced in 1981, featuring no MIDI connectivity, and later being discontinued), with artists such as Lady GaGa and Alicia Keys making use of it’s great flexibility. And just to prove how massively popular this instrument is, I just checked on ebay and there was a second hand one going for £4,500! That's more than most brand new synths!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Keyboards & Synths, Product Previews and was tagged with roland, synth, synthesiser

  • ABLETON LIVE 8

    Posted on April 15, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    If you’re looking for a creative DAW program that you can use for mixing, recording and composition but also perform with live, then Ableton Live 8 is for you…

    Forgive us for stating the obvious but the clue is in the name: that word ‘Live’ is the absolute key to Ableton Live 8 and its bigger brother Ableton Live Suite, but if only it were that easy and quick to sum up. To get to the bottom of what Ableton Live is all about, we’re going to need to delve a little bit deeper…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Magazine, Product Previews and was tagged with ableton, daw, intro, Live, live 8, software, suite

  • MACKIE ONYX BLACKJACK REVIEW

    Posted on April 14, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Remember those little black liquorice flavoured chewy sweets that used to be available for a penny from your local corner shop? They were the ones you used to buy as a kid as a last resort if all the Fruit Salads and Apple flavoured ones had run out, and they turned your tongue, teeth and gums a dark black/purple colour so your mum could always tell that you had blown your pocket money on junk yet again! They were called Blackjacks as well, and as far as I’m aware they still make them… although of course their price has now risen, and they don’t feature that little sweetie-man cartoon on the paper! Well, yeah, not too sure where I was going with that… just went into reminisce mode and started writing… never a good idea! But I guess you’re more interested in learning about the Mackie Onyx Blackjack rather than retro sweets? So that’s what I’ll fill you in on… although if anyone else wants to join my nostalgic look back at sugary treats from the past, feel free to post your suggestions as a comment at the bottom of this blog (anyone for Nerds, Runts or Opal Fruits? Or this advert....)

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, interface, mackie, onyx

  • KORG WAVEDRUM MINI PREVIEW

    Posted on April 13, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    I’ve got to say that Korg are really on a roll at the moment! At NAMM 2011 they brought out the Kronos, which in my opinion blew all the other products out of the water (with the exception of the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest, which I also thought was REALLY cool)! And now at MusikMesse, they seem to be following a similar trend! Of course, they’ve not done anything in the same monstrous league as the mighty Kronos, but once again they have released some of (if not THE) most exciting products of the show! I thought the Monotribe was a brilliant little idea! It’s not one of those products that is going to change the scene, but it does offer something a little bit different and unique compared to what is currently on the market, and it also sounds great, which always helps! Click here to read my Korg Monotribe review.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Drums, Product Previews and was tagged with drum, Korg, mini, wavedrum

  • KORG MONOTRIBE PREVIEW

    Posted on April 12, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    What do you get if you lock a Korg Monotron and a Korg Electribe in a romantic, candlelit Honeymoon suite in an expensive Paris hotel? Yes, that’s right… absolutely nothing… apart from your Monotron and Electribe back, assuming one of the candles didn’t blow over and set fire to the curtains… in which case you will just receive a few useless ashes and a hefty bill from the hotel for the room that you destroyed with your carelessness! So, that’s probably why the clever team at Korg decided not to take this approach, as it is highly unlikely that a burnt-out Monotron and Electribe would have caused a stir at this years MusikMesse festival. Instead, what they decided to do was to take some of the technology from the Monotron and some of the technology from the Electribe, and combine them to create a completely new product called the Electotron!…. oh, wait a second, no…. what they decided to do was to take some of the technology from the Monotron and some of the technology from the Electribe, and combine them to create a completely new product called the Monotribe! That’s better!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Keyboards & Synths, Product Previews and was tagged with analogue, Korg, monotribe, monotron, synth, synthesiser

  • M-AUDIO VENOM REVIEW - TONY LONG

    Posted on April 11, 2011 by Tony Long

    You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.

    M-AUDIO VENOM - INTRODUCTION

    M-Audio are a company who design and import a range of audio products such as DAW interfaces, monitors, mics, MIDI controllers, Digital Pianos and DJ software and controllers. They are a business unit of Avid Technology and were formerly Midiman. They mainly manufacture in China but have independent offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Japan and France. At NAMM 2011 they announced a small affordable Virtual Analogue Synth called The Venom which no doubt will be in direct competition with Roland's GAIA Synth and the new Novation Ultranova and comes with a similar price tag! M-Audio are claiming that the Venom (unlike the competition) has an aggressive new unique sound that will make it stand out from the rest, with the warmth of the Classic Analogue keyboards combined with some cool modern digital processing. It is the first-ever M-Audio hardware synthesiser, and with the exception of the price, it will no doubt draw some comparisons with the range of Access Virus Synths.

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  • APOGEE SYMPHONY I/O

    Posted on April 5, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The pinnacle of analogue/digital conversion technology has to be the new Apogee Symphony I/O. It will truly revolutionise your expectations…

    Within the pro audio industry very few companies can claim to be consistently viewed as world leaders in their field. However, over the past 25 years Apogee Electronics can claim just that. Its analogue to digital converters and Big Ben master studio clock are revered in the industry and have been the complete studio solution in countless recording studios worldwide and countless multi-platinum selling records.

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