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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.

Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay

27/04/2016

Ernie Ball announces 40th anniversary StingRay

One of the world’s most iconic and successful bass designs – nicknamed ‘Old Smoothie’ – is now available for pre-order…
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Nektar Impact GX49

24/04/2016

Nektar introduces new USB keyboards

Impact GX49 and GX61 instruments tailored to composition and performance, feature DAW integration and MIDI controller functionality with iOS devices…
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Ear Trumpet Labs Josephine mic

16/04/2016

Ear Trumpet Labs introduces Josephine

The Portland-based maker announces the release of Josephine, a medium-large diaphragm condenser microphone designed for live vocal and ensemble use…
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BOSS VE-8 Acoustic Singer

09/04/2016

BOSS unveils VE-8 Acoustic Singer

An all-in-one effects, looper and harmony processor for vocals and acoustic guitar, making it a suitable companion for performing singer-songwriters…
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Korg Stageman 80

03/04/2016

Korg releases Stageman 80 PA amp

The Japanese manufacturer reveals a multi-function 80W portable PA amplifier with rhythm machine offering a variety of live-recorded drum phrases…
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Spitfire Audio Joey Santiago

30/03/2016

Joey Santiago goes digital

The Pixies’ innovative lead guitarist gets the Spitfire Audio treatment with a namesake Signature sample library of mutated Santiago sounds…
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Gibson Custom Rick Nielsen 1959 Les Paul

27/03/2016

Gibson teams up with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen

The latest limited edition Custom 1959 Les Paul model is a precise replica of Nielsen’s favourite stage and studio guitar…
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Aitokaiku

20/03/2016

Aitokaiku announces first reactive music app

Berlin-based company will enable Android and iOS smartphone users to transform sounds, movement and light into original, free shareable music…
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VOX AV Series guitar amplifiers

13/03/2016

VOX launches AV Series amps

A new category of analog modelling amplifiers with eight all-analog pre-amp circuits, the AV15, AV30 and AV60 are now available…
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John Mayer. Pic: Katie Friesema

12/03/2016

John Mayer and PRS create a Super Eagle

PRS Guitars and John Mayer announce a special run of the Private Stock Super Eagle, the guitar they designed together…
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Korg Pitchblack mini

06/03/2016

Korg announces Pitchblack mini tuner

A new miniturised addition to the guitar pedal tuner series, offers battery operation, strobe modes, stabilisers and true bypass design…
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Williams Symphony Grand digital piano

03/03/2016

Williams introduces the Symphony Grand

An 88-key, weighted-action digital instrument with six-speaker stereo sound system and effects to recreate the sound of a real piano…
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PreSonus Studio One 3.2

28/02/2016

Studio One gets another boost

PreSonus enhances the DAW software with a free update to version 3.2, adding more than 50 tools and workflow improvements…
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BandLab

17/02/2016

BandLab online collaboration platform expands

The first free, cloud-based platform multi-track DAW now includes a Pro Mix Editor for Android, with more extensions coming soon…
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Arturia Minilab Black Edition 6

13/02/2016

Arturia’s BeatStep and MiniLab go back to black

Limited editions of the two controllers will also include additional software such as UVI’s Grand Piano Model D virtual instrument…
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Martin Dreadnought Junior

06/02/2016

Martin Guitar presents the Dreadnought Junior

C.F. Martin & Co. celebrates 100 years of the Martin Dreadnought with a new 24-inch scale solid wood acoustic guitar…
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Washburn Apprentice Series acoustic guitars

30/01/2016

Washburn presents the Apprentice

Washburn Guitars unveils its Apprentice Series, consisting of two Grand Auditorium-style acoustic guitars with a Barcus-Berry LX4 pickup tuner system…
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Roland FP-30 Digital Piano

23/01/2016

Roland unveils new digital piano

Raft of new gear announced at NAMM 2016 includes the FP-30 compact 88-key digital piano, available in white and black…
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Orange Tiny Terror 10th Anniversary Stack

21/01/2016

Celebrating 10 years of Tiny Terror

Orange Amplification launches a 10th anniversary limited edition Tiny Terror half stack at this week’s NAMM Show in Los Angeles…
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Celemony Melodyne 4

15/01/2016

Melodyne gets an upgrade

Celemony is set to release Melodyne 4 pitch correction software, with Sound Editor, DNA Direct Note Access and Tempo Editor…
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