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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.

PreSonus Studio One 3 screenshot

20/05/2015

PreSonus introduces Studio One 3

The third edition of the music production software becomes available, offering hands-on editing, mixing and arranging via Mac/PC multi-touch displays…
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DigiTech TRIO pedal

15/05/2015

TRIO’s a crowd with DigiTech’s band in a box

DigiTech’s new pedal listens to your guitar and instantly generates bass and drums to match the chord progressions and rhythm…
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Novation LaunchKey keyboard controller

08/05/2015

Novation announces updated LaunchKey

Updated 25, 49 and 61-note Launchkey keyboard controllers, now with RGB velocity-sensitive pads that match the colour of your clips…
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B.C. Rich Acoustic Guitars

01/05/2015

B.C. Rich launches new acoustic line

The long-established American guitar manufacturer returns to its roots, bringing a collection of five new acoustic guitars to the market…
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Taylor Grand Concert acoustic guitar

24/04/2015

Taylor Guitars continues its maple musical revival

The California-based guitar manufacturer expands its maple 600 Series acoustics with the new 612ce and 612ce 12-Fret Grand Concert models…
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AKG C314

23/04/2015

AKG unveils C314 condenser mic

AKG reveals a new dual-diaphragm condenser microphone, at Musikmesse 2015, with four selectable polar patterns and an overload LED indicator…
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Gibson Brands Les Paul Reference Monitors

15/04/2015

Gibson showcases new Les Paul reference monitors

4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch studio speaker systems get the iconic Les Paul treatment, in Cherry, Cherry Burst, and Tobacco Burst…
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BluGuitar

14/04/2015

BluGuitar unveils new line of guitar cabinets

The NANOCAB and FATCAB are to be launched at this week’s Musikmesse trade fair by the BluGuitar founder Thomas Blug…
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Korg Havian 30 digital ensemble piano

08/04/2015

KORG prepares to launch Havian 30 digital keyboard

The upcoming Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt gives KORG an opportunity to showcase several new products, including this ensemble piano…
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The Ashburn from John Page Classic

04/04/2015

John Page Classic introduces the Ashburn

Model provides the magic touch of John Page – former co-founder of Fender’s Custom Shop – in a production guitar…
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Arturia Audiofuse

28/03/2015

Arturia prepare to light the AudioFuse

The French software and hardware manufacturer readies its latest innovation – a next-generation USB interface with two DiscretePRO microphone preamps…
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Perri's Beatles guitar gig bag

20/03/2015

Perri’s launches Beatles guitar accessories

The Canadian family-owned leather company releases a range of guitar straps, gig bags and picks, honouring the iconic British band…
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Positive Grid 'Mobile Guitar Effects Month'

14/03/2015

Positive Grid launches ‘Mobile Guitar Effects Month’

Starting in March, the US music software specialist partners with PreSonus and Griffin for a new mobile guitar product giveaway…
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PRS S2 Vela

13/03/2015

PRS Guitars reveals the S2 Vela

The new, made-in-the-US, stripped-for-action Vela joins the Mira and Starla models in PRS’s ‘alt-guitars’ S2 line-up in stores next month…
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Tascam Trackpack 2x2

08/03/2015

Tascam unveils the Trackpack 2×2

A recording bundle includes a US-2×2 USB audio interface, a TM-80 condenser mic with mount, TH-02 headphones and DAW software…
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Arturia KeyLab 88 controller keyboard

06/03/2015

Arturia’s KeyLab 88 becomes available

The French manufacturer declares the release of the pro-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller, with Analog Lab software synth…
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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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