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The Merlo and Spira effect pedals from Korora Audio offer high quality “classic” Tremolo and Phase effects as well as some really interesting and unique Tremolo and Phase and Modulation effects drawn from the early days of analog additive synthesizer technology. Both pedals are designed to be stage and pedalboard ready and are powered by the included standard nine-volt power supplies. While Spira is designed to be primarily designed to be used with electric Guitar or Bass it can be used effectively with any amplified instrument. Sound Designers and Composers as well as performing musicians will be right at home […]

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Artesia Pro has CME’s WIDI Master. This is for the interconnection of any 5-pin DIN-socketed MIDI devices wirelessly over Bluetooth 5 MIDI—the latest wireless standard approved by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. Not only does this get rid of MIDI cables between different vintage instruments, it allows new control over many MIDI devices. There is no need for any special software, computer or extra hardware, and there is no increase in latency. I received WIDI Master for review and it comes as a pair of MIDI dongles—one for the MIDI Out socket and the other for the MIDI In socket of […]

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The Stagehand Tech Kit is a professional grade toolkit for Guitar or Bass setups and is designed for maximum portability with no loss in functionality. The Stagehand Tech Kit includes a 19-piece magnetic Bit set, a screwdriver Bit Holder, a GrooveTech String Cutter, Precision Ruler, a Capo and a String winder packed in a tour grade pocket sized pouch that’s ready to hit the road. The assortment of parts gives Guitar Techs, Stagehands and Professional Musicians all the tools they need for most Guitar and Bass setups either on a workbench or on the go. The kit includes two custom […]

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Avantone Pro’s Kick Microphone uses a reproduction of the famed “white cone” speaker woofer mounted inside of a 10-inch tom-tom that’s vertically  positioned on a regular drum tripod stand. Instead of drumheads, there are (sonically) transparent mesh heads to allow sound in. This 18-cm diameter low frequency driver uses a single continuous press-formed cone—the same as used in Avantone’s CLA-10 reference two-way monitor loudspeaker. The Kick is a moving coil dynamic microphone with a 50Hz to 2kHz frequency response, 6.3-ohm output impedance and a figure-of-eight polar pickup pattern. I liked the male XLR connector mounted out of the way on […]

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U.K.-based Spitfire Audio has Intimate Strings—it’s the next release in their range of Originals sample library. Recorded in London at Lyndhurst Hall at AIR Studios, it features 25 of London’s finest string players playing in chamber-sized ensembles, and includes the company’s first ‘flautando’ (flute-like sounding) collection. Other extended techniques include half-sections and harmonics. Intimate comes with its own player bundled with Spitfire’s content management that gives you access to a number of free Spitfire Labs sample collections! The player has Close, (Decca) Tree and Vintage signal chains, plus a good-sounding reverb. We installed Intimate Strings in Mac OS 10.15 Catalina […]

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The 76-key PSR-EW310 and 61-key PSR-E373 are the newest portable keyboards and replace the PSR-EW300 and PSR-E363 respectively. Both of these new instruments have the expressive capabilities derived from the Genos digital workstation and PSR-SX keyboards. The eleven Super Articulation Lite Voices, in conjunction with the Articulation button, provide greater control and realism for all voices including the string scratches and guitar slide notes sounds. There is an upgraded DSP system for adding distortion to a guitar part, or reverb to a piano recital. Other improvements include upgraded Wave Samples from the PSR-S670, and regional styles from Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa, […]

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Earlier this year at the 2020 NAMM show, AUDIX previewed four new studio reference headphones: the A140, A145 and the top of the range A150 and A152. What I was able to check out at the show looked and sounded great, but were pre-production versions, so I was happy when AUDIX sent me the actual production versions of the A150 and A152 headphones to review. Both the A150 and A152 are dynamic closed-back studio reference headphones built for professional use. While the A150 and A152 headphones look identical and share similar specifications, the main difference between the A150 and A152 […]

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Sound Performance Labs’ Phonitor se is an entry- level headphone amp that uses their high-voltage Voltair amplifier technology—the same as used in their more expensive Phonitor x and Phonitor xe models. There is also a Phonitor se model with a built-in SPL DAC. The Phonitor se has unbalanced stereo RCA input jacks for analog sources and the DAC768xs model has three digital inputs: S/PIDF, optical light pipe plus a USB B jack. On either model are a single large aluminum volume control and a single headphone jack that provides up to 5-watts per channel into 250-ohms—good for any headphones, even […]

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The Iso-Puck 76 is IsoAcoustics’ newest member of their growing family of easy-to-place vibrational isolators. It measures 3-inches wide by 1.5-inches tall without load. These are isolators for heavier monitor loudspeakers. They support up to 40-lbs or 18kg each so four of them will take care of the heaviest of monitors or guitar amps and that is how I use them in my studio. I received four sets of Iso-Puck 76s—they come in packs of two and are designed to sit between a piece of audio equipment and its supporting surfaces such as the floor or a shelf. The idea […]

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The latest addition to Dean’s Select Series seems an ideal balance of sound and style. Built exclusively with Seymour Duncan pickups and available in a choice of two stunning finishes, the Icon Select offers all the sounds ever needed in a universally admired style. The Icon Select has a classic tight-grained mahogany body with an attractively curved, contoured top. The Icon Select Classic Black has a mahogany top with a smooth black finish, while the Icon Select Flame Top Ocean Burst is flamed maple with an Ocean Burst finish. Dean uses 5-ply multi-binding on the body, neck, and quill headstock. […]

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