Beat-Making Essentials: A Step-by-Step Buying Guide for Beginners

If you’re just getting into beat making, whether your tastes lean toward Hip Hop, EDM, Pop, or other, the massive number of choices and opinions out there can make you want to quit before you even get started. In truth, music production is much easier and more affordable now than it used to be, but there’s still quite a bit to learn on the subject. Here’s a guide to some of the essentials.

M-Audio: C-Series M-Track 2x2M and 2x2 Audio Interfaces

NAMM 2015: M-Audio Announces the M40 and M50 Monitoring Headphones

M-Audio has announced its next-generation audio interface, and it comes in the form of the Thunderbolt-compatible desktop Deltabolt 1212. Designed from the ground up to work with Thunderbolt technology, the interface boasts some impressive specs, including 12 channels of full duplex I/O (including mic pre inputs and 8 channels of line-level inputs on a DB-25 connector). On its conversion front, its DAC supports full 32-bit/192 kHz.


NAMM 2015: M-Audio Breaks Out the New Code Series of Controller Keyboards

M-Audio announced the release of the new Code Series keyboards, available in three sizes; 25, 49, and 61 keys. The family of Code Series controllers features a smooth-feeling, semi-weighted keybed with after-touch, 16 velocity-sensitive pads with LED feedback, and a touch pad for X/Y axis control. Other features include assignable pitch and mod wheels, knobs, faders, buttons (with macro ASCII support), and transport control with Mackie Control and HUI emulation modes. The Code Series is USB powered for portability and ease of use and offers a six-digit LED screen.

New Audio Gear Announcements from AES 2014

AES 2014 recently took place in Los Angeles, California, so we decided to round up all of the news from this important pro audio extravaganza and share it with you. Read on to get up to date on all of the latest gear from Tascam, Chandler, Avid, M-Audio, and Neumann.

Hands-On Review: M-Audio Axiom Air Keyboards

The following video presents Rob Rives demonstrating MIDI controllers from M-Audio’s Axiom A.I.R line. Rives shows us some of the features of the 49- and 25-key models, in addition to the Mini 32. The video illustrates how the included HyperControl software allows for integration with Logic Pro 9, as well as how to re-assign the pads on the 49-key model to a different note.

NAMM 2013 Wrap-Up: New Products from Akai, M-Audio and Alesis

This year at NAMM, three industry heavyweights released full product lines of fresh gear. Akai, M-Audio and Alesis have all come forth with new and interesting products for 2013, ranging from a tiny 2-channel USB interface to full-featured electronic drum sets and microphones.

M-Audio Keyboard Controllers

At the 2013 Winter NAMM show, M-Audio announced three new keyboard controllers that continue the company’s tradition of providing fully featured but affordable tools for musicians. Available in 61-, 49- and 25-key versions, all three of these Axiom A.I.R. series keyboards feature enhanced control mapping, back-lit drum pads and more.

Holiday 2012: Key Accessories for Keyboards

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.

Holiday 2012: Awesome Gifts for Students

Do you need ideas for some awesome holiday gift ideas for students? When you cornered them and asked what they wanted, did you draw a blank? Perhaps they offered to send you a list of gift ideas later, when something came to mind. In the likely event that the list never arrived, we’ve compiled that list of student-friendly suggestions for you.



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