musical instruments

  • Review: Toontrack Superior Drummer 2.0

    Short version: Superior Drummer will save you a lot of money if you’re into music production. The steep learning curve is compensated with the depth of settings and options offered. Read More

  • Alesis StudioDock Pro Might Just Be The Reason To Buy An iPad

    This is the StudioDock Pro from Alesis. It’s a dock for your iPad giving you the I/O and connectivity your actually need to do music with a tablet. It has two XLR combo ins, MIDI in/out (also over USB), 2X stereo 1/4 outs. It’s getting serious. Read More

  • MeeBlip Community Synthesizer Is Made By Bloggers For Hackers

    Bloggers Peter Kirn and James Grahame have come up with the MeeBlip, an open source virtual analog monophonic synthesizer. How can a hardware synthesizer be a community thing? For starters you have to put it together. No soldering required but you still have to put the stuff into the enclosure. The whole idea is that the story doesn’t end when you get the synthesizer. It’s a… Read More

  • Palmer Pocket Amp Saves You Some Heavy Lugging

    Tired of carrying your 4×12 cabinet and/or amp? No more lugging for you. The Pocket Amp from Palmer is a great solution to be a truly mobile guitarist. This little box has XLR and headphone outputs so you can do some practice on your own and hook yourself up to a PA system without having that awful sound when you connect directly. Read More

  • Video: DIY Lego Drum Machine NXT-606

    In 1998 Lego introduced the MINDSTORMS product line. The NXT is a brick-shaped computer that can take in sensory input, control motors and most importantly in this case, play back sounds. The NXT-606 drum machine is based on this unit and I must say it sounds pretty good. You can even get a set yourself and build your own. And why shouldn’t you do that? Click for the video Read More

  • Review: Korg Monotron

    Since I have the Monotron it is my ultimate source of noise and fun. I’m able to make people scream in 6 seconds with it. It is the Gameboy for synthesizer fiends. Let’s see what the Monotron can and can’t do for $59. Read More

  • Free: TC Electronic M30 Reverb

    Did you know the TC Electronic is the maker of stunning reverbs? Well now you can have the M30 reverb plugin for free. All you need to do is fill out a form and TC Electronic will send you the link to download the plugin. Read More

  • Dave Smith Instuments introducing Tetra

    I always liked the sound and design of Dave Smith Instruments. The new Tetra is no exception. This compact polyphonic synth is basically 4 Mophos put in one box, making it similar to a mini Prophet. More importantly the Tetra features USB connectivity for programming through the free editor that is compatible with MAC and Windows.Click for the details. Read More

  • Bored guitarist builds Lego amp in a week

    Looks like someone had a lot of time to kill. Dave Chatterson guitarist built a Princeton Reverb amp that is an exact replica of the original. No parts are modified or glued together – it’s real Lego. It’s unbelievably detailed: Lego cabinet. Lego grille. Lego handle, fittings, speaker, knobs, switches, jacks, tube chart, reverb tank, power cord and footswitch. Read More

  • Akai launches APC40 website

    It’s been a while since Akai introduced the APC40, a controller for Ableton Live. In 17 days the APC40 will be available worldwide. If you head over to APC40.com you can see the remaining time until the controller is released. You can check out in person how the APC40 performs with Live 8 on one of the workshops of Akai and Ableton. There are some dates for Europe too. Read More

  • Review: Online-Mastering.com

    Having your super hit song mastered with some sexy and expensive analog gear is an important part of the music making process. Of course you can do the mastering yourself in your home “studio”. Trust me on this: Having your song professionally mastered is a good thing and Online-Mastering.com does it even better. Read More

  • Livid Ohm64: Made in the USA by humans

    It looks like 2009 will be a good year for midi controllers. First Akai came out with the APC40, soon followed by The Maschine by Native Instruments. This new baby here, the Ohm64 from Livid is elegant and sexy. Read More

  • T.C. Electronics Global Konnekt goes online

    You can win great prizes if you dare to participate in TC Electronics Global Konnekt project. Get inspired by Robbie Bronnimanns drum tracks and upload your own ideas of bass, drums, keyboards, vocals and solo instruments to create a track together, online. Read More

  • Video: MFB-522 drumcomputer

    The MFB-522 is an analog drumcomputer with nine fully analog instruments and a step-sequencer with 16 steps. It can store up to 72 patterns and eight songs. You can edit your sounds in a similar way as on a Roland TR. The best part is that it will only cost you 280 euro. Read More

  • Celebrating Ocarina of Time with on-sale ocarinas

    Who didn’t enjoy Ocarina of Time back in the day? Running around Hyrule on Epona, playing the ocarina… Oh, hey, speaking of ocarina! This company, the St. Louis Ocarina Store, is honoring the game’s 10th anniversary by reminding you that, you know, it sells ocarinas that look just like the Ocarina of Time. On sale, no less. The granddaddy ocarina, the 12 Hole Tenor and… Read More

  • The Video You've Needed All Day

    While watching Peter Frampton videos for a bit on YouTube, I came across this bitchin’ Whitesnake video that features Steve Vai. What makes it so special? Try the heart-shaped, three-neck guitar that Vai is playing some insane solo on. It’s pretty much like watching Jesus play with the iPhone, except better. Oh but you thought that was it, right? Hardly. Vai then points to… Read More