Portable Digital Recorders

One of the easiest ways to improve your production, be it podcast, radio, film, or music, is to take a look at the type of device into which you are recording your audio. Most pros know (and will tell you), not all audio is captured equally.

Korg Volca Analog Bass Machine Synthesizer

In the following video, Rob Rives, of B&H, demonstrates the Volca line of analog synthesizers from Korg, and how they can be a useful addition to any musician or producer’s tool kit. This video examines the features, controls, and layouts of the Volca Bass, Keys, and Beats synths, including their VCOs, ribbon keyboards, and programmable step sequencers.

Ultrabooks™ as Ultimate DJ Machines

It seems like eons ago, before digital media and the Internet forever changed the way we consume music, folks visited brick-and-mortar stores to purchase vinyl LPs and 45 rpm records. While there are signs that “vintage” analog is making a comeback, the fact remains that people nowadays mainly buy and listen to music on computers and portable electronic devices.

NAMM 2013 Wrap-Up: Hot New Products

At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, it’s not uncommon for the old and the new to cross paths. For more than a century, NAMM has been the place to showcase the latest innovations in music-related products. In 2013, we witnessed the rebirth of a synthesizer that was originally released in the late 1970s, and we were also introduced to a new kind of interface.

Holiday 2012: Guitar Effects Pedals

If you’re not completely satisfied with the clean, unprocessed sound coming from your guitar and you want to experiment with and modify or color that sound, a great way to tweak it is with effects pedals, also called “stompboxes.”

Holiday 2012: Portable Keyboards Roundup

“Portable keyboard” is a vague term, but with all kinds of musicians traversing the world with different needs, maybe being vague is a good thing. In this article, we’ll look at a range of portable keyboards; some appropriate for your first piano lesson, some appropriate for your 300th performance of the year. While most keyboards are technically portable, our focus will be on readily transportable keyboards.

Holiday 2012: Digital Piano Roundup

There’s nothing like the experience of playing a grand piano. Everything from the resistance of the keys to the scent of the soundboard is intoxicating. However, if you aren’t Ben Folds or Billy Joel, moving a grand piano from gig to gig presents quite a challenge.

Hands-on Review: Korg nano SERIES 2

We spend a few minutes checking out the second generation of Korg's portable nanoSERIES: the nanoPAD2, the nanoKEY2, and the nanoKONTROL 2.

Hands-On Review: Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

In this video, we take a look at the Kaoss Pad Quad Dynamic Effects processor from Korg.

New at Summer NAMM: the Korg TM-50 Combo Tuner Metronome

Korg’s recently announced TM-50 Combo Tuner Metronome offers both pitch identification and rhythm training in one compact unit. The tuner supports a detection range from C1 to C8 with 12-note equal temperament tuning. It features an ultra-responsive LCD needle type meter display and is equipped with a built-in speaker as well.


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