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by Philip Nichols
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If you’re looking for a pass to that place where you feel musically free, Roland’s latest offerings are just the ticket. You know—gear that makes you eager to clock hours working on your next piece. Let’s start with the big, then work down to the, “How did they get so much to be so small?” First up, the...
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Elektron began making high-quality analog/digital hybrid instruments in 1998 and has become one of the most respected manufacturers of professional analog/digital hybrid instruments, including the Analog Rytm,...
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When I first started mixing, I had an interface and a pair of monitors, but something didn’t sound right. The audio wasn’t as loud, full, and rounded as I knew it could be. I did some research, and it seemed my connections were mismatched: My interface sported unbalanced outputs, while the monitors boasted balanced inputs. Herein lay the problem, right? Right—but also wrong. As it was explained...
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There are many adages that pertain to the life of a sound engineer. Murphy’s law states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong;” “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst;” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These sayings are sage advice for the sound engineer, as all things will eventually break. Plan for when they do, and try to mitigate the severity of circumstances...
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Roli has announced two new members of the Blocks modular music making system, the Seaboard Block and the Touch Block. Blocks is a versatile music making system, for beginners who have never taken a...

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In this video, Justin Colletti continues the discussion on recording guitar without the amplifier, this time eschewing software and focusing on the actual recording methods themselves. The process of “reamping”—as well as obtaining the classic, DI’ed tones used by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to great effect—are a both covered. The...

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Watch as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti sits down with Born Cage’s Vlad Holiday to talk DI guitar recording. In this video, Colletti and Holiday sit down and dive into three different pieces of amplifier-simulation software: Guitar Rig 5 (offered in Komplete 11),...
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Coming off the heels of Moogfest 2017, Moog—a company synonymous with synthesis—has announced the Subsequent 37 CV, a limited-edition reinvention of the Sub 37 Tribute Edition analog synthesizer. Only 2,000 will be circulated; in fact, the first 125 were built live at Moogfest, before of...
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Zoom adds the new AC-2 Acoustic Creator to its line of effects boxes designed for acoustic-electric guitarists looking to amplify their sound on stage or in the studio, with a true acoustic sound. This enhanced DI box offers advanced sound remodeling to help restore tones lost through using...
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Astell&Kern is pleased to announce a new flagship portable high-resolution player, and we here at B&H are equally proud to carry it. Called the A&ultima SP1000, this high-end, high-resolution music player boasts an Octa-core CPU for a quick user experience. No slow booting time here: The only spinning wheel you’ll be seeing is the one they put on the side of the new 5" HD display—a...
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Shure has announced the GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless System, its latest multi-system wireless solution with automatic frequency management, rechargeability, and high-quality design and construction, designed to meet the demands of small-to-medium houses of worship, educational institutions, and music venues. The...
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If you’ve been following the FCC Incentive Auction, then you are aware that the results are in—and the news isn’t great, but it’s also not as bad as some experts were predicting. If you wish to refresh your memory or missed the last Explora article, check out FCC Incentive...
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Waldorf has debuted a working prototype of its new flagship Quantum 8-Voice Analog/Digital Hybrid Synthesizer. The instrument features three oscillators per voice, with each oscillator offering four flavors of synthesis, including wavetable, analog-style waveforms, particle (sampling granular synthesis), and resonator, which is comprised of a resonating filter bank. Two “true-analog” OTA filters...
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An equalizer or EQ is a device that adjusts the loudness of specific frequencies, and is available in a variety of types including shelf, graphic, parametric, and semi-parametric, which allow for surgical precision to wide-band adjustments. With such a wide range of classic designs to more esoteric offerings, the sheer number of EQs available can be a bit overwhelming. This article will help you...
2 months ago
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Musikmesse 2017—an international fair for musical instruments, audio gear, music production tools, and more—has launched. This year, the Frankfurt, Germany-based forum plays host to many notable pro-audio brands: companies such as Audio Technica, Antelope, Softube, Soundcraft, and others are all showing off their wares (API is even bringing its new AXS large-format console over for its European...

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