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Because just humming it isn’t really enough! This is where you’ll find everything to do with guitars, keyboards, microphones, recording hardware, software and more. To view an archive of all our earlier gear news and reviews visit our Songwriting Gear Archive pages.

Ableton Live 9.2 released as beta

27/02/2015

Ableton releases Live 9.2 as public beta

A free update of the popular DAW introduces latency compensated automation, improved warping, 64 drum pads for Push and more…
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Manuel Rodríguez Guitars Flamenco Moderna FLM0500

22/02/2015

Say hola to the Flamenco Moderna

Spanish instrument luthier Manuel Rodríguez Guitars introduces two new nylon string acoustic-electrics with low-profile neck, thinner body and Fishman electronics…
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Daughter

20/02/2015

Shure Songwriting Award judge confirmed

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance launches Shure’s annual songwriting competition, in partnership with BASCA, with indie band Daughter judging…
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Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition Martin Guitar

17/02/2015

Sheeran and Martin join forces again

Martin Guitar and the multi-platinum singer-songwriter team up for a second time to create the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition…
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GMF Music Ai1 DI and preamp

14/02/2015

GMF Music introduces a new acoustic DI with preamp

New Iowa-based product developer joins the market with a compact interface, with analog signal path, for musicians on the go…
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Breedlove 25th anniversary models

10/02/2015

Breedlove celebrates 25 years with new acoustics

In celebration of their 25th year in the business, the Breedlove Guitar Company introduces four new anniversary acoustic guitar models…
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IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio

01/02/2015

IK brings the large-diaphragm mic to mobile recording

iRig Mic Studio is unveiled, boasting 24-bit A/D converters and high-definition preamp in an enclosure that’s smaller than an iPhone…
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Behringer Motör Series USB/MIDI Keyboard Controllers

31/01/2015

Behringer gets the Motör running

The new Motör series 61-key and 49-key USB/MIDI master keyboard controllers include touch-sensitive motorised faders and backlit, pressure-sensitive drum pads…
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Taylor Big Baby with Expression System Baby pickup

25/01/2015

Expression System Baby pickup introduced to Taylor Guitars

The ES-B pickup system is added to the Baby Taylor range of travel acoustic guitars, with onboard digital chromatic tuner…
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Casio's new Celviano AP-460 is an 88-key, cabinet digital piano with bench, available in black or brown

23/01/2015

Casio introduces four new digital pianos

Unveiled at this year’s NAMM Show, Celviano and Privia models offer Concert Play, Hall Simulator and Casio’s proprietary AiR technology…
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Orange Crush 2015

20/01/2015

Orange Amplification launch new Crunch series

This week’s NAMM Show sees Orange reveal the new Crush range of practice amps with high gain, four-stage preamp design…
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Epiphone Gary Clark Jr Blak And Blu Casino

11/01/2015

Epiphone introduces the Gary Clark Jr. ‘Black & Blu’ Casino

The Grammy award-winning rock, pop and blues artist designs a new limited edition signature model, based around his favourite guitar…
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Samson Meteorite USB microphone

10/01/2015

Samson reveal new Meteorite USB microphone

This week’s gadget-fest in Vegas, CES gave Samson an opportunity to unveil a USB mic for songwriters to capture ideas…
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Awesome Life-T Next Generation guitar

03/01/2015

AweSome Next Generation guitar produces 35 tones

American guitar pickup upgrade specialists announce their latest Next Generaton ‘Life’ T-style model with a unique pick-up tone switch design…
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31/12/2014

Book review: ‘The Wonder Stuff Diaries 86-89′ by Miles Hunt

Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt serves up volume one of his memoirs, and they make for a very enjoyable read…
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