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BandLab

25/07/2016

BandLab 3.0 arrives with a Shout

A new version of the free, cloud-based music-making app comes with Shouts social functionality, expanded sound banks and more effects…
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Korg TM-50TR

25/07/2016

Korg announces new tuner/metronome

The forthcoming TM-50TR pitch/rhythm tool comes with several additional features including Periodic Metronome, Sound Out, Sound Back and Tone Trainer…
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Casio GH400BK

17/07/2016

Casio completes Celviano digital piano range

The electronics manufacturer expands its Grand Hybrid range of pianos, integrating new features and aesthetics, with the newly launched GP-400BK…
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Olympus LS-P2 audio recorder

15/07/2016

Pick a Pocket with Olympus

Two new pocket-sized high-resolution audio recorders, the LS-P1 and LS-P2 have a built-in USB connector, internal memory and MicroSD storage…
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Cakewalk Sonar

10/07/2016

Three major announcements for Sonar

Cakewalk announces lifetime updates for Sonar Platinum, public alpha testing of Sonar for Mac and enhancements to the DAW’s performance…
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Tascam iXR

07/07/2016

Tascam releases USB interface for iOS

The new iXR USB audio/MIDI interface with Ultra-HDDA mic preamps, designed to deliver direct connectivity to an iPad and iPhone…
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Yamaha Pacifica 612VII

06/07/2016

Yamaha unveils limited edition Pacifica 612VII

Two limited models of the electric guitar from the 90s features a dual single-coil, humbucker pickup configuration by Seymour Duncan…
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Supro 1600 Supreme amp

30/06/2016

Supro’s Supreme tribute to Keith Richards

The new 1600 Supreme ‘Classic Series’ combo amplifier is a replica of the 1×10 amp used by the Stones guitarist…
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Taylor Guitars 700 Series

27/06/2016

Taylor redesigns 700, 400 and 800 series

The weekend’s Summer NAMM in Nashville saw Taylor launch new rosewood, spruce and Deluxe acoustic guitars with additional premium features…
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Fender Mod Shop

22/06/2016

Fender introduces new Mod Shop

Iconic guitar brand allows players to select the look, feel and sound of their instrument, then modify their selection online…
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Yamaha PSR keyboards

20/06/2016

New PSR keyboards from Yamaha

Two new models – the 61-key PSR-E453 and 76-key PSR-EW400 – are added to the manufacturer’s range of portable instruments…
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Sound Magic MegaSteinwaySE

17/06/2016

Steinway piano in a flash

Sound Magic creates Mega Steinway SE virtual piano plug-in on flash drive, featuring eight instruments and almost forty user-adjustable controls…
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Mitchell MO120CESB acoustic-electric guitar

13/06/2016

Mitchell announces new orchestra-style guitar

US manufacturer introduces an affordable acoustic-electric instrument with a smaller body consisting of spruce top and mahogany back and sides…
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Tracktion T7 screenshot: in iMac

13/06/2016

Review: Tracktion T7

Tracktion returns with the latest edition of its sleek, single-screen DAW with drag & drop functionality. George Butler gets testing…
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Focusrite Scarlett second generation range

08/06/2016

Second coming of Scarlett

Focusrite launches improved versions of its range of studio bundles and USB audio interfaces offering increased headroom and sample rates…
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Cort Manson Guitar Works Matt Bellamy Red Sparkle MBC-1RS

07/06/2016

Cort and Matt Bellamy sparkle in red

Collaborating with Manson Guitar Works, the instrument manufacturer releases a Red Sparkle version of the Muse frontman’s signature model guitar…
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WireTap Riff Recorder

05/06/2016

Introducing the WireTap Riff Recorder

TC Electronic unveils what is claimed to be the “must-have songwriting tool” – a pedal and app for capturing song…
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PRS SE Bernie Marsden guitar

24/05/2016

PRS Guitars announces SE Bernie Marsden final run

Only another 250 of the Whitesnake songwriter’s signature guitar will be made available across Europe, before the model is discontinued…
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Arturia Piano V

21/05/2016

Arturia lifts the lid on Piano V

The French manufacturer delivers a virtual instrument modelling nine different acoustic pianos, including classical upright, concert grand and pop grand…
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Larivée East Indian Laurel

18/05/2016

Larrivée harnesses the East Indian laurel

Canadian luthier Larrivée Guitars brings out a run of limited edition acoustic instruments made from an unusual species of tonewood…
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