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Jimi Hendrix was famous for was playing guitar with his teeth, but if he had a Keith McMillen Instruments 12 Step Foot Controller, he would have been able to tap out notes with his feet, too. 

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Hands on Review

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

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Hands on Review

Having an acoustic piano in your home is a real pleasure. However, beginning and advanced musicians both really benefit from being able to practice and compose privately on headphones, at any hour, day or night. 

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Portable keyboards have an uncanny ability to make musical exploration fun. They’re great for beginners because they have built-in music lessons, and everyone enjoys tinkering around with their exotic instrument sounds and pre-programmed rhythms.

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It’s common to see equipment made by Shure being used on professional television and film shoots. Even though this company’s presence in the “audio for video” market never faded, recent announcements have given a new energy to Shure’s line of ENG and EFP gear. 

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Beginner, amateur and pro drummers all share the same dilemma: no one, not even their closest family members and friends, wants to hear them banging away, loudly practicing their chops. Thankfully, these musicians have the option of using electronic drums.

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Recently, I wrote a review about the Beats Studio and Beats Tour around-ear and in-ear headphones from Monster and Dr. Dre. Well, the Renaissance doc has teamed up with the sound monsters again to bring you an on-ear headphone called the Beats Solo (left). There's also a new artist in town, whose in-ear headphones might just make your HeartBeats go Gaga. Let's plug in and see how

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I haven’t had a working cassette player in my home for nearly a decade, but I still have a couple shoeboxes filled with old tapes in the back of my closet. I could never bring myself to get rid of them. I’ve developed a deep psychological bond with the little things...  What does the future hold for the cassettes trapped inside the shoeboxes in my closet?

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If you’re looking to expand the sonic palette of your digital audio workstation, you’d be hard pressed to find a more radical way to do so than by diving into Komplete 8. As the name implies, Komplete 8 is a voluminous suite of software instruments, effects and unique sound-creation tools.

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Addictive Drums by XLN Audio isn’t a meandering cornucopia of exotic and unrelated drum samples; it’s a plug-in that’s dedicated to letting you easily create realistic drum beats that sound like they’re being played fluidly, as opposed to something that just sounds like a computer playing a sequence (which is all too often the case).

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If you’ve ever checked out an impressive piece of gear and thought to yourself: “Wow, this thing is really neat, but imagine if they could shrink it down so it’s only a third of the size.” This is exactly what Que Audio has done with the shotgun microphone.

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The iPhone 4 is a revolutionary device that’s capable of recording impressive looking, high-definition video (especially considering that it’s a telephone). But there’s one thing that the iPhone doesn’t have an app for: providing a way to improve the sound quality of its built-in mono microphone.

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If you’re a musician or a producer who uses (or is considering using) an Apple iPad in your creative process, one of the most interesting accessories out there for recording and performing music is the Alesis iO Dock.

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Today’s digital audio workstation software arms you with unthinkably powerful editing and routing capabilities, but what really makes your mixes shine are third party plug-ins that run within the host application. When it comes time to decide which plug-ins suit you best, it’s important to ask yourself two questions:

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Zoom has announced the latest addition to its highly regarded line of portable digital recorders, the new H2n. It's a big deal because this model is an update to the Zoom H2, which has been one of the most popular portable recorders ever.

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