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History and Construction of The Drums – Part 1

The following video is the first of a three-part segment on vintage drums.  The interview was shot at Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drum Shop on 48th Street in Manhattan with store manager and vintage drum expert Jess Birch.  This segment covers “History and Construction.”  Keep an eye out for parts 2 and 3 in...

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Avid launches Pro Tools SE – a DAW for beginners

In an effort to woo the consumer market of music hobbyists and recording beginners, Avid is releasing a new, simplified, extremely affordable version of Pro Tools (called SE), which replaces their Pro Tools Essentials line but introduces a couple of very interesting ideas. Pro Tools SE (compatible with Mac and PC of course, and with...

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Recording The Beatles – Book Review

There are Beatles fans and there are Beatles fans, but there’s a particular kind of Beatles fan that is unique – that is, the recording engineer geek Beatles fan.  Many people (almost everybody) loves the songs, but few of us actually worship the way the songs sound.  And even fewer of us really dig into...

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The Filmosound Specialist Guitar Amp from At Mars Amps

A couple months ago I mentioned a new amp maker, At Mars Amplification.  ( http://atmarsamps.com) At Mars is a boutique guitar amp maker out of Minnesota.  Their flagship product is the “Filmosound” amp.  “Filmosound” was the branding on the audio amplifiers from vintage Bell & Howell film projectors.  At Mars takes the chassis from these...

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M-Audio Oxygen 61 USB MIDI Controller

The M-Audio Oxygen 61 USB MIDI Controller is about the most affordable MIDI keyboard you can find, though you do get a good amount of bang for your buck. First things first: This is a keyboard controller intended only for use with a computer. There is a USB port but no MIDI ports –  you...

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V-Moda Crossfade LP Headphones

V-Moda is a Hollywood-based lifestyle brand that mixes fashion, design and music to make some beautiful products.  The Crossfade LP headphones are their latest addition to their product lineup. Four years in the making, the Crossfade LP is the marriage of design and functionality.  V-Moda founder Val Kolton collaborated with musicians and DJ’s from around...

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A treat for bass fx fanatics: Q&A with Hank & Cupcakes

Hank and Cupcakes are a NYC duo that plays sweaty and groovy indie pop. If Cupcakes (the girl) provides driven drumming and soulful vocals, Hank’s bass is in charge of everything else – a role that the 4 string instrument rarely takes upon itself. You wouldn’t call Hank’s style “minimalistic”: the man can deliver at...

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Looping bliss: Akai Headrush E2

My first awareness of looping pedals happened at a rock show back in the ‘90’s. The acclaimed band Don Caballero, an instrumental math rock tour-de-force, had released a new album after losing their second guitarist. Curiosity was high among the indie dweebs pushing to the front at this, their first show as a three piece:...

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DAW Review: PreSonus’ Studio One + Crossgrade offer

Every now and again, a product sneaks up on the audio public in a way that makes discovering its graces all the more significant.  Studio One Pro from PreSonus is one such product.  A virtual powerhouse audio editor, Studio One Pro delivers and outshines its competition by leaps and bounds while remaining intuitive, simple and...

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Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy

The classic Electro Harmonix Memory Man series pedals are simply some of the best sounding analog delays ever made. The only problem is that they are HUGE, occupying about a third of the space of an average pedal board! The Memory Boy took a step back by removing level/gain knob, but a step forward by...

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Korg releases Electribe for iPad

The world’s audio manufacturers are obviously hard at work to give iPad owners some applications to make music with, but Korg anticipated everybody with their iElectribe – a recreation for iPad of their Electribe-R hardware drum synth. Check out this video, and don’t forget that, of course, you won’t have to use a mouse here,...

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Upcoming from Tech 21: Red Ripper for Bass

Tech 21 is about to release a new distortion pedal for bass called Red Ripper, here’s a quick peek at how it sounds + some details about the specks. • All-analog bass distortion with aggressive tones and vintage filter-style effects, • The R.I.P. knob, in conjunction with the drive, can create a range of tones...

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Recording Electric Guitars: Secrets of the Pros

Recording guitars, although easy at first can be a challenge when you really want to achieve a great sound. Sound Engineer/Producer Shane O’Connor lists in this article for Delicious Audio 10 tips to help you get a tone with the capital T. – Read the article here. Related Posts Great Guitar Pedals: Diamond Memory Lane...

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