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.

Coolest Electronic Gear of 2016

The year 2016 is almost over and we’ve had a number of exciting and innovative technologies released this year that promise inspiration for the producer, DJ, and electronic musician.

Gift Ideas for Parents of Millennial Musicians

When your son told you that he wanted to make “Progressive House,” you thought he was saying he wanted to become a homebuilder and a registered Democrat. Sound familiar?  Keep reading.

Music has changed a lot in the last decade, and so has the gear used to make it. When occasions come around, parents of millennial musicians are more susceptible to feeling the generation gap than ever. If you're the parent of beginner millennial musician, there's a good chance your kid falls into one of the categories below.

NAMM 2015: Novation Launches the New Launchpad Pro

Novation is expanding its popular line of Launchpad controllers for Ableton Live and other programs with the new Launchpad Pro. 

The Pro features 64 RGB LED feedback and velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads with 32 RGB backlit round mode buttons to enable expressive performances and inventive song creation. In Performance Mode, the pads illuminate to match the color of your clips in Ableton Live’s session views for 1:1 visual feedback.


New from Novation: Audiohub 2x4 Audio Interface and USB Hub


Hands-On Review: the Novation Launchkey

Join Rob Rives as he demonstrates the Novation Launchkey Controller and its functionality with multiple DAWs. Rives explores the functions, controls, and versatility of the Launchkey 49 key controller, including its InControl software that allows you to map the Launchkey to multiple DAWs.


Novation Launchpad S

Novation's popular Launchpad controller has been updated. The Launchpad S features brighter LEDs, a faster refresh rate, and full-MIDI class compliance so it can work with virtually any Mac- or PC-based audio software. In this video, Rob Rives takes a look at how it works.

NAMM 2013 Wrap-Up: Hot New Products

At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, it’s not uncommon for the old and the new to cross paths. For more than a century, NAMM has been the place to showcase the latest innovations in music-related products. In 2013, we witnessed the rebirth of a synthesizer that was originally released in the late 1970s, and we were also introduced to a new kind of interface.

Hands-On Review: Novation MiniNova Mini-Keyboard

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.

Holiday 2012: This Year's Top Trends and Breakthroughs

Trending topics on Twitter change rapidly from one minute to the next, but in the world of electronics manufacturing, trends evolve slowly, often taking an entire calendar year to surface. Here at B&H, we’re among the first to get our hands on the latest professional and consumer equipment, and we’re always looking for new trends in the products.



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