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Many people were sad to see the Machinedrum line discontinued, but Elektron promised an updated replacement with a new and improved feature set. The 2017 NAMM show has seen the delivery of that promise: The Digitakt is a compact, rugged drum machine with a premium digital sound engine, flexible sampling capabilities, and a performance-friendly sequencer that not only controls the eight onboard...

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Looking for spherical video solutions to spice up your production? The aptly named Sphere, from Teradek, might be the answer. In this quick preview video, check out how you can set up the Sphere with...

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Recorded Live from the 2017 NAMM show, Rob Rives speaks with Dave Smith, from DSI, about the REV2 analog synthesizer, which is a reimagined Prophet 08, available in 8-voice and 16-voice configurations. The video explains how the REV2 is compatible with any patches from the original Prophet 08 and covers all the updates including sequence and modulation capabilities, as well as updated effects. We...
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We are living in a Golden Age of landscape photography. Digital cameras and improved software enable the kind of imaging that until recently was only possible via the budgets of large publications and the talents and ambitions of a few select photographers. Ambition and talent remain, and with enhanced dynamic range and color algorithms, higher sensitivity settings, simplified stitching and...
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As announced at the 2017 NAMM Show, Lynx—a long-standing name in high-quality AD/DA conversion in the pro audio community—is putting out a new iteration of its flagship Aurora converters. The Aurora(N) series now incorporates Hilo Converter Technology along with the latest in FGPA processors to achieve marked improvements in transparency, as well as a significant reduction of noise and distortion...
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Fans of the tiny, yet mighty, Pocket Operator will rejoice in the new PO-32 Tonic as it ups the ante in performance and customization. For the uninitiated, Pocket Operators are a line of pocket-calculator-sized music devices capable of generating high-quality music on the go. The new PO-32, freshly announced at the 2017 NAMM Show, offers the same familiar form and function as the PO-10 and PO-20...
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As announced at the 2017 NAMM show, Pittsburgh Modular has a bevy of new Lifeforms Eurorack Modules, and we at B&H are proud to welcome them to our lineup. These new modules are designed to highlight the complexity and creativity of the philosophy behind Lifeforms’ take on modular synthesis. Lifeforms Double Helix...

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Recorded Live from NAMM 2017, Rob Rives of B&H checks out Roland’s new RD-2000 digital piano and controller. In this video, we explore the features of the fully modeled V-Piano Engine and how you can customize its nuanced playability and individual note tuning; as well as the PH50 keybed with authentic piano action and feel. Additionally, we look at the RD-2000’s many control functions...

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Watch B&H’s own Jaime Traba as he sits down with Breedlove Guitars’ Sean Morrissey at the 2017 NAMM Show for a private chat. First, they examine an acoustic from the Stage series, which boasts a Sitka Spruce top and cocobolo back and sides. After a conversation about Breedlove’s love of exotic woods, they discuss a new acoustic body shape—one with the feel of a concert and the projection of a...
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Today, Shure announced that two of its leading digital wireless systems are now available in the VHF spectrum. The ULX-D and QLX-D VHF systems and accessories have the same features and benefits that the UHF systems offer for everyday use. They build on an existing portfolio of Shure wireless products designed to offer...
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When Softube released the Console 1 in 2014, the integrated hardware/software centerpiece for DAW systems took the industry by storm. Console I MK2’s straightforward and intuitive approach to computer-based mixing pairs a hardware-based digital mix controller with the sound of an...
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Originally released in 2014, Bitwig Studio 1 was the first music production software to combine linear and non-linear sequencing on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux, which combined cutting-edge technologies like plug-in crash protection, a highly flexible user interface, and a lightning-fast workflow for keyboard, mouse, and touchscreens. As announced at the 2017 NAMM Show, Bitwig Studio 2.0 has...
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Seymour Duncan is a name near and dear to many an electric guitarist’s heart, for developing some of the finest guitar pickups around, as well as excellent stompboxes, to boot. Now, at the 2017 NAMM Show, the company has added quite a few products to its lineup. Let’s get acquainted with them! Mark Holcomb Signature Alpha...
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ESP has been busy expanding its US shop, its roster of artists, and its lineup of guitars and basses. Bill Kelliher, of the famed American rock band “Mastodon,” joined the ESP family in 2016. As announced at the 2017 NAMM Show, ESP is proud to debut the LTD Bill Kelliher Sparrowhawk, which offers set-through construction, a mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, a TonePros...
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Ibanez is rolling out new guitars at the 2017 NAMM show, and we at B&H are proud to stock them for your playing pleasure. Let’s get right to the shred: Ibanez is introducing some new models to its Iron Label series, perhaps most notably the RGAIX6U and RGAIX7U. These metal-centric axes offer three-piece maple/bubinga...

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