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Learning to Play by Tablatures: There’s an App for That

What did people do in the days before MP3s and iPhones? Kids who didn’t want to purchase five-dollar cassingles bought blank cassettes and recorded songs off the radio (there’s a Facebook group for this slice of nostalgia) and those who wanted to play them bought a cheap guitar and learned the chords from tabs. Although…

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Simply Red Cleans Up at Tesco

Simply Red, the British blue-eyed soul band that came together after witnessing a seminal 1976 Sex Pistols gig, recently announced that more than half of the customers who purchased their latest album, Songs of Love (which is currently at #12 on the UK charts), went on to purchase tickets for the band’s Farewell Tour. In…

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Tightening Budgets at Labels Cramping Bands’ Style

There is a rising number of bands that are butting heads with their labels over increasingly tasteless marketing deals. With album sales dropping, it seems monetizing in an increasingly free economy means more and more bands are being pushed to swallow that painful pill: selling out. Last Friday, it was announced that rock band Franz…

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Gear Review: The JazzMutant Dexter

When I first received the Dexter, I have to admit I was a little excited. The growing field of touch screen technology has a lot of potential, and when presented with nothing more than the Dexter’s 12” blank touch screen surface, the possibilities seemed endless. I’m sure that when it all started, the possibilities seemed…

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Gear Review: The Apogee Duet

This Apogee Duet review has been a long time coming. While I had the review unit on loan, I could always find better things to do with it than write about it. It was far too easy to set up a mic, open a Logic project and hammer out an idea, or plug in a…

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Gear Review: The AKAI MPK49

The AKAI MPK49 has officially won a place in my project studio. Having received my unit about a month ago, I was able to put this bad boy through the ringer and came to the conclusion that I must have one of my own. Not overly intrusive in any studio space, and loaded with enough…

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Gear Review: IK Multimedia’s SampleMoog

Musicians and engineers are always on the lookout for interesting instruments. Anything that can be described as “different,” “strange,” or “unique” will pique an artist’s interest, and when those words are thrown around, it’s only a matter of time before you start talking about something developed by Robert Moog. For years, Robert Moog’s instruments have…

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Gear Review: Blue Microphones’ enCORE 100 and 200

Since I first got into engineering, Blue Microphones has been a name among names for top quality recording microphones. However, the lion’s share of their recent releases have been targeted at a broader audience. The Ball and subsequent Kick Ball and Eight Ball were the start of this trend, but they soon led to the…