When it comes to iconic music-making gear, the Akai MPC sequencer/sampler/groovebox is definitely high on the list. Akai’s newest version of this classic beat-making machine is the MPC Touch — which pairs a 7″ color multi-touchscreen with the familiar grid of pads and step sequencer. The Touch works as a USB controller and audio interface with […]
Asheville, North Carolina is a mecca for artists and musicians of all stripes — but it’s especially dear to the hearts of analog synthesizer enthusiasts. That’s because Asheville is home to the Moog synthesizer factory, where 61 full-time Moog Music employees work to carry on the legacy of the company’s famous founder, Dr. Bob Moog. […]
Editor’s note: Victor Baker is no longer working on D’Angelico’s Master Builder guitars, but we’ve kept this interview up because it serves as a look into the intricate craftsmanship that goes into these guitars. It’s a New Yorker made by the hands of a New Yorker in New York. To clarify, that’s a D’Angelico New Yorker archtop […]
This post is part of a “Shure Week” (August 6-13) series celebrating the release of the new MOTIV line of USB and iOS microphones and interfaces. Check with us through the week to learn more about Shure! You’ve probably heard tales of — or experienced for yourself — the almost-mythic durability and resilience of Shure […]
This post is part of a “Shure Week” (August 6-13) series celebrating the release of the new MOTIV line of USB and iOS microphones and interfaces. Check with us through the week to learn more about Shure! Shure has been making microphones for over 90 years. While some of Shure’s legendary products — like the […]
We visited Taylor Guitars in El Cajon, California last summer and sat down with Master Luthier Andy Powers, who shared with us the completely revamped 600 Series and the philosophy behind building a better maple guitar. Want to know more? Check out our exclusive Taylor 600 Series Guide for even more insight into these incredible acoustics!
From compact Baby Taylors up through the 900 and Presentation series, every Taylor guitar uses ebony for its fretboard. Sturdy, musical, and exquisitely beautiful, ebony is an ideal wood for fretboard construction. As is the case with many tonewoods, however, the world’s supply of ebony is dwindling. The forests of Madagascar have been closed to […]
As a top luthier at Gibson USA, Jim DeCola has his hand in every step in the guitar-building process. Jim took some time to give us the inside scoop on the 2012 Les Paul Standards and Studios’ updated electronics and other design innovations, and also filled us in on the ’70s Tribute series. Take a […]