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New Year's Eve is upon us again. That special night when we make big plans, dress up, get our hopes up and attend the coolest party we can find—only to be let down. It doesn’t have to be this way, folks.

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Earphones, not to be confused with earbuds, have one major advantage over headphones when it comes to blocking out ambient noise, they go directly in your ears!  Because of this simple fact, every model of earphone will isolate the ear canal to some degree.

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Everyone wants to be a DJ these days, and with good reason—DJs are cool. Movie stars are doing it. Sports stars are doing it. Guess what? You could do it, too.

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Aside from the pickups (and there are significant differences), electric guitars have little inherent sound. Yet the variety of tones that a guitarist can generate from a slab of wood and electronics is staggering.

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“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.

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This holiday article takes a look at some of the most popular electronic drum kits from three of the most widely respected electronic drum kit manufacturers—Alesis, Roland and Yamaha. These nine kits cover everything from the most affordable beginner kits up through high-end professional kits.

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By Brian Klem |
1 year ago
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An audio interface is a piece of hardware that enables you to use a computer as the centerpiece of a recording studio. It gives you a way to connect professional microphones and instruments and record them into the computer, and it provides a way to connect studio monitors and headphones so you can listen to your work with optimal quality.

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What is an audiophile? I’ll answer for myself and hope you agree: an audiophile is a music appreciater who demands and actively seeks out the most accurate listening experience available.

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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.

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What does a portable digital recorder have in common with a farm-fresh egg? You can use an egg to glaze an apple pie, cook a Denver omelet or to make fresh gnocchi. Likewise, you can use a portable digital recorder to capture live music, record the sound in a video shoot or to create a podcast in the field.

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This video review explores aspects of the Mackie DL1608 16-channel live sound mixer. You’ll learn how to control all of the DL1608’s functions with an iPad, using the Master Fader app. Rob Rives demonstrates a few of the preset settings and effects, as well as the mixer’s wireless capabilities.

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This B&H video reviews the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo 3D Multi-Touch Pad Controller. The QuNeo is an ultra-portable, light-up pad controller that offers touch recognition in multiple dimensions for drum programming, DJ-ing, VJ-ing, performing and more. It features 27 pads, sliders and rotary sensors that are pressure, velocity and location sensitive.

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What is a Dynamic Performance Sampler? It is an all-in-one performance module featuring real-time sampling, an 8-track sequencer, built-in effects, time stretching and pitch scaling. That just scratches the surface of what this feature-packed steel box can do. Check out this new video to see the Elektron Octatrack DPS-1 in action.

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The eXplorer II bundle from Rob Papen delivers a very rounded collection of multi platform and multi format plug-ins for electronic music production. The bundle features nine components including various synthesizer types and effects. In this fifteen minute video, the presenter delivers a quick but detailed tour of each plug-in, along with some useful audio examples.

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The new Sony VAIO E Series 14” Boomdizzle Edition Notebook is a powerful laptop computer that comes with a matching set of Sony MDR-V55 DJ headphones and a full suite of audio and video production software. A one-year subscription to My Connect Studio is included.

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