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The Akai MPC Renaissance follows a long tradition of electronic excellence. The new twist? It utilizes your computer’s processing power and a unique software application to create sound, while the hardware serves as a controller and a USB audio interface.

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Apogee is a premier brand name in both clocking and conversion. Their small-scale audio interfaces have forever changed the performance and sound-quality expectations of USB and FireWire devices. The new Quartet joins and further develops this prestigious product family.

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Novation is a leading brand in the resurging synthesizer market. Their microsynth, the MiniNova, is a versatile and feature-packed 37-key sound-shaping machine. The MiniNova is built on the same sound engine as the flagship UltraNova.

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If you decide to take up horseback riding, a few key accessories will be required when you arrive home with your newly acquired thoroughbred. Besides a saddle, you’ll also need horseshoes, a stable, bales of hay and a trough from which your new horse can drink.

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When it comes to production sound for film or an original series, quality audio capture is imperative. Bad audio can ruin the experience for everyday viewers and critics alike. In this article, we’ll discuss the elements of an effective and ultra-portable sound recording rig. The first step is undoubtedly the recorder itself. At the very least, you’ll need a device with XLR inputs that is... READ MORE
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Whether you work professionally in sound or you’re just a music fan, headphones are essential items that you use every day, and when a product is so central in your life, every single detail about its design and performance is important. If any aspect of your headphones fails to satisfy, you’ll encounter it again and again, and it will be a constant bother.

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Software isn’t always the most convenient way to make a recording. If you’re on the road or just trying to document a performance, all the necessary accessories to utilize a DAW can be overwhelming and delicate. A portable multi-track recorder, on the other hand, provides an all-in-one solution.

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This hoilday video features a variety of USB turntables that are available at B&H. There are several options, from portable and retro models to professional DJ and audiophile turntables. The video introduces and examines the characteristics of four turntable models that feature USB connectivity for digitizing your vinyl collection. Additionally, none of these turntables require a phono preamp.

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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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