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Kit news and reviews

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.

M-Audio M-Track audio interfaces

25/10/2014

M-Audio upgrades the M-Track range

The M-Track family of USB audio interfaces benefit from several improvements and now include a suite of Waves Audio plugins…
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Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies

24/10/2014

Book review: ‘Check The Technique Volume 2′ by Brian Coleman

Coleman gives a background to some of the hip-hop classics you love, and shows greatness can be achieved by all…
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Nashville Songwriter

23/10/2014

Book review: ‘Nashville Songwriter’ by Jake Brown

Jake Brown has written an insightful book looking at the methods of the 20 most influential songwriters in country music…
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Sampletank 3 SE

14/10/2014

A new tank of samples launched by IK Multimedia

IK releases SampleTank 3 SE – a fully functional special edition of their flagship music creation software for Mac and…
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The Modern Kit in EZdrummer 2 has a crisp, contemporary sound

13/10/2014

Review: Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Toontrack strikes plug-in gold with EZdrummer 2: a beat-making package that’s simple and exciting to use, and surprisingly songwriter-friendly, too…
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M-Audio Oxygen keyboards

10/10/2014

New M-Audio Oxygen controller keyboards

The long-established keyboard series expands to include a wider array of sounds with two virtual instruments for songwriters and producers…
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Gibson 2015 model year range

08/10/2014

Gibson 2015 model range announced

Gibson USA has unveiled its new guitar lineup for next year, introducing new finishes, added features and several playing improvements…
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Taylor limited edition autumn range

01/10/2014

Taylor launches limited edition autumn collection

California-based American guitar specialist introduces a new special range of ‘fall’ acoustics for those who fancy a new songwriting vehicle…
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Lindo guitar pedals

01/10/2014

Review: Lindo Natural Overdrive/Soul Distortion/Divine Delay

Our resident guitar man, Chris Cleaver, checks out three new stomp boxes from Lindo – Natural Overdrive, Soul Distortion and…
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Tom Petty Kingman

21/09/2014

Fender Acoustic Custom Shop releases Tom Petty signature dreadnought

The American singer-songwriter gets Fender’s Custom Shop treatment, with the limited edition Kingman acoustic guitar crafted to his personal style…
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Tascam DR-22WL

18/09/2014

Tascam announces new audio recording devices

The audio equipment manufacturer reveals two new USB interfaces and two new hand-held recorders, including the first to feature WiFi…
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Orange Amplification Guitar Pack

11/09/2014

Orange Amplification launches complete guitar package

With Christmas approaching, the brightly coloured amp manufacturer reveals a new pack containing everything required to start playing the guitar…
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Focusrite iTrack Pocket

06/09/2014

Focusrite’s new YouTube sensation – the iTrack Pocket

Focusrite unveils iTrack Pocket for iPhone – a portable, stereo microphone and guitar interface for singer-songwriters to create and share…
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Tanglewood Premier Series

01/09/2014

Tanglewood updates Premier Series acoustics

Tanglewood revamps one of the company’s well-established ranges, the Premier Series, with four new acoustic guitars and an acoustic bass…
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EurekaSound Hole Pickup Mount

30/08/2014

EurekaSound unveils innovative pickup mount

Sound Hole Pickup Mount makes it possible to add a Strat-sized pickup to your acoustic guitar, without modification or soldering…
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Chord SU26E ukulele

23/08/2014

Sapele electro ukulele coming from Chord

If a traveller acoustic guitar is still too large for true songwriting on-the-move, then maybe a ukulele is for you…
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EZKeys Grand Piano

21/08/2014

Review: Toontrack EZKeys Grand Piano/Upright Piano

Perhaps best known for its EZDrummer beat-making packages, Toontrack introduces a brace of virtual pianos with handy songwriting tools built-in…
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Focusrite Scarlett Solo

19/08/2014

Focusrite unveils Scarlett Solo USB interface

Focusrite’s most affordable audio interface to date is compact and simple, but still capable of recording two audio inputs simultaneously…
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Propellerhead Reason 8

12/08/2014

Propellerhead unveils Reason 8

Stockholm-based software developer introduces another improved version of its flagship music production platform, with streamlined workflow for songwriters and producers…
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Gretsch G6137TCB Panther in Flagstaff Sunset

07/08/2014

Gretsch unleashes new summer guitar range

Four new guitars arrive from Gretsch including limited edition Panther, Jim Dandy Flat Top and two Honey Dipper Special resonators…
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Epiphone Pro-1 Collection guitars

05/08/2014

Epiphone and Gibson “reinvent” the acoustic guitar

The new Epiphone Pro-1 represents “the world’s first affordable guitar collection that’s designed by professionals to be easy to play”…
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RØDE NT-USB microphone

31/07/2014

RØDE offers studio-grade mobile recording with new mic

Australian manufacturer RØDE announces the NT-USB – a studio-quality microphone with USB interface, aimed at singer-songwriters looking to record on-the-go…
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Zoom H5 handy recorder

20/07/2014

Zoom showcases the new H5 Handy Recorder

The North American manufacturer uses this week’s Summer NAMM in Nashville to announce “the world’s most sophisticated portable four-track recorder”…
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IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand

03/07/2014

iKlip Xpand mic stand for tablets and smartphones revealed

IK Multimedia launches two microphone stand mounts for iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile electronic devices, ideal for performing singer-songwriters…
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Eastman OO Series acoustic guitars

01/07/2014

Eastman reveals new 00 series acoustic guitars

Eastman Guitars continue their 10 year anniversary celebrations at the upcoming Summer NAMM show with two new solid wood acoustics…
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IK Multimedia iRig Voice

24/06/2014

IK Multimedia launches iRig Voice mic for mobile

The mobile music-making specialists introduce a colourful line of iRig Voice microphones for recording songs on iOS and Android devices…
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JamHub Tracker MT16

17/06/2014

JamHub introduces new multitrack recorder

The Tracker MT16 arrives to enable bands and musicians to record up to 16 channels of 24-bit/96kHz live audio simultaneously…
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Cort MR600F

10/06/2014

Cort announces MR600F acoustic guitar

The 50-year-old guitar and bass manufacturer introduces a new addition, with Fishman electronics, to its MR series of acoustic guitars…
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26/05/2014

Review: Tracktion 5

Tracktion 5 is a MIDI and audio sequencer from the Tracktion Software Corporation that carries an astonishingly low price tag…
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Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2

21/05/2014

Review: Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2

Just when you think a home studio couldn’t be more affordable, along comes a ‘cost effective’ sequel for recording vocals…
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Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 audio interface

20/05/2014

Focusrite announces Saffire PRO 26 audio interface

After four decades of audio engineering, Focusrite reveal their latest FireWire interface designed for both studio recording and live musicians…
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TC Electronic Mini Pedals

13/05/2014

TC Electronic announces Mini Pedals and Play Acoustic

A new family of pocket-sized guitar effects pedals are revealed, plus a new acoustic vocal effects unit aimed at singer-songwriters…
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Marshall Amplification Acoustic Soloist Series

01/05/2014

Marshall celebrates Acoustic amp series heritage

The legendary manufacturer reflects on 20 years of the Acoustic Soloist – one of its most successful guitar amplifier series…
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Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano

19/04/2014

Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano wins International Award

The musical instrument giant’s new digital piano takes home this year’s Musikmesse International Press Award for the best Stage Keyboard…
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Abbey Road Studios

06/04/2014

Chance to win tickets to Abbey Road Studios

Garritan and Time+Space mark the release of the new Abbey Road virtual piano with an opportunity to visit Studio Two…
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Peavey ValveKing Series

26/03/2014

Next generation of ValveKing guitar amps from Peavey

Peavey Electronics announce new ValveKing Series amplifiers consisting of a 20W Combo, 50W Combo, 100W Head and 20W Micro Head…
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IK Multimedia iLoud

23/03/2014

Review: IK Multimedia iLoud speaker

The Pineapple Thief’s Bruce Soord road tests a portable Bluetooth-enabled speaker for musicians… and tries it out at home, too…
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Martin Guitar new acoustic guitars

22/03/2014

Martin Guitar reveals four new acoustics

The legendary American guitar manufacturer use the Musikmesse Show to launch two new retro-inspired acoustics and a pair of electro-acoustics…
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Limited Edition Taylor Guitars

19/03/2014

Spring arrives with new Taylor acoustic guitars

Taylor Guitars adds a 12-string to its 100 Series and unveils its 2014 Spring Limited Editions, including a Baritone Dreadnought…
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Roland Cube Street-EX

15/03/2014

Roland’s new Cube Street has the EX factor

The popular mobile multi-instrument amp for travelling musicians gets an upgrade to provide more projection, more channels and more versatility…
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Olympus LS-14 audio recorder

14/03/2014

Review: Olympus LS-12 & LS-14 PCM recorders

Olympus brings two new models to the crowded portable recorder marketplace. We put them through their paces at Songwriting Live……
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Freshman Guitars Songwriter Series teaser

12/03/2014

Freshman unveils new Songwriter Series acoustic guitars

The Scottish guitar manufacturer use the Musikmesse show to launch a new range of acoustic guitars aimed squarely at songwriters…
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Cort Earth 300V

09/03/2014

Cort extends Earth acoustic guitar series

The Earth 300V acoustic guitar and 300VF electro-acoustic option are introduced to the Cort range and are now shipping worldwide…
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Rotosound – six new guitar pedals

05/03/2014

Rotosound announces six new guitar effects pedals

The famous guitar strings brand release a colourful new pedal range consisting of tremolo, EQ, phaser, chorus, compressor and delay…
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Hogjim Pik-Tik

01/03/2014

Hogjim announces handy new guitar accessories

The fledgling US manufacturer succeeds with a Kickstarter campaign to release the Pik-Tik plectrum holder and an innovative Guitar Strap…
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Elephant Temptress plugin screenshot

26/02/2014

Elephant entices songwriters with Temptress software

This week saw the songwriting-specific software developer announce a new Temptress plugin, designed to help create and arrange new music…
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Korg LP-380 rosewood digital piano

22/02/2014

Korg offers new finish options to digital piano line

The Korg’s LP-380, launched last year in white and black, is now available in rosewood grain and vivid red finishes…
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Lindo Guitars pedals

17/02/2014

Lindo introduces new guitar pedals

The independent guitar manufacturer and distributor extend their offering with three new electric guitar pedals: digital delay, distortion and overdrive…
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09/02/2014

Review: DPA d:facto II vocal microphone

We get Yes Sir Boss singer and songwriter Mathew Sellors to put Sting’s live mic of choice through its paces…
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Lindo LDG-56CEQ electro-acoustic guitar

05/02/2014

Review: Lindo LDG-56CEQ electro-acoustic guitar

Bristol-based Lindo Guitars make a move upmarket with this highly attractive electro-acoustic that’s made to fit the sub-£500 price bracket…
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Focusrite iTrack Dock

01/02/2014

Focusrite unveils the iTrack Dock for iPad

Last week’s NAMM Show saw Focusrite Engineering reveal a professional iPad dock that’s ‘perfect for songwriters, musicians and home recordists’…
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Orange Amplification OPC - NAMM 2014

26/01/2014

Three striking new computers from Orange

Orange Amplification adds Studio, Professional and Ultimate models to its OPC range, designed specifically for music recording, editing and playback…
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Roland RD-800

22/01/2014

Roland unveils a raft of new keyboards and pianos

In the run up to this week’s NAMM Convention, Roland announce several new music workstations, stage keyboards and digital pianos…
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Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2 Edition

15/01/2014

Editors Keys offer a remedy for poor vocal recording conditions

Production accessories manufacturer releases the Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2 Edition for singers and songwriters to record vocals at home…
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Chord Native N4BB Bubinga electro-acoustic guitar

14/01/2014

Review: Chord Native N4BB Bubinga electro-acoustic

Manchester-based Chord extend their popular Native range of electro-acoustic guitars with a touch of the exotic, at an affordable price…
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Gretsch 2014 Roots Collection

11/01/2014

Gretsch introduces new Roots Collection for 2014

Fender’s historic musical instrument brand announces a new lineup of banjos, mandolins, resonators and guitars in its 2014 Roots Collection…
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TC-Helicon Voicelive 3

04/01/2014

TC-Helicon announces VoiceLive 3

A new addition to the vocal processor series arrives, dubbed the ‘3-in-1 professional performance system’ for singers, songwriters and guitarists…
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Lively app

30/12/2013

Lively’s new live music recording app

The direct-to-fan mobile platform, that connects fans to artists with high-quality audio and video recordings of their performances, gets an…
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IK Multimedia Ultratuner

21/12/2013

IK Multimedia releases UltraTuner for iOS

IK reveal what promises to be the most precise digital chromatic instrument tuner app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad…
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Lindo LDG-46 Widow

18/12/2013

Lindo Guitars releases the black Widow

Bristol based guitar manufacturer launches the LDG-46 Widow, a new entry-level matt black acoustic guitar, with a generous festive discount…
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Chord SU26E Electro Tenor Ukulele

11/12/2013

Chord unveils new range of electro ukuleles

AVSL Group release new Chord SU series ukes, with solid sapele body, in three different versions: soprano, tenor and concert…
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Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5

08/12/2013

Steinberg releases Cubase 7.5 updates

New versions of Cubase and Cubase Artist music production systems, released this week, incorporate workflow enhancements, new instruments and effects…
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The Roadie guitar tuner

01/12/2013

The Roadie arrives to tune the guitar for you

Start-up company uses Kickstarter to create an robotic guitar tuner capable of automatically adjusting string tension and tracking string quality…
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Third Man Records

30/11/2013

Jack White’s record company creates new guitar pedal

Jack White’s record company Third Man Records have created a new guitar effects pedal, which is now available to buy…
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Digitech Element pedals

20/11/2013

Digitech Element multi-effects pedal made available

Harman’s guitar pedal brand announces that two new multi-effects processors, the Element and Element XP, will now be shipping worldwide…
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IK Multimedia iLoud

10/11/2013

IK Multimedia unveils the iLoud wireless speaker for musicians

A new studio-quality portable speaker that connects with mobile devices via Bluetooth, designed for songwriters to plug in and play…
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Fender Avril Lavigne Newporter acoustic guitar

07/11/2013

Fender Acoustics releases the Avril Lavigne Newporter

The famed US guitar brand announces a new concert-size acoustic design based on the Canadian punk-pop singer’s signature Squier Telecaster…
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RØDE NT1 studio microphone

04/11/2013

New RØDE NT1 studio mic revealed

The Aussie mic manufacturer unveils the first updated version of the “world’s favourite studio microphone” since the NT1-A in 2003…
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Fender folding acoustic guitar

24/10/2013

Fender introduces new Voyage-Air folding travel guitars

The legendary US guitar brand teams up with Voyage-Air to create two fold-away acoustic guitars, ideal for the travelling singer-songwriter…
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Epiphone archtops - The Dot

20/10/2013

Two Epiphone archtops get the Alnico Classic treatment

Continuing its 140th anniversary celebration, Epiphone highlights two trademark archtops — Sheraton II and The Dot, now featuring Alnico Classic…
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IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard

13/10/2013

IK’s iRig BlueBoard wireless pedalboard is released

IK Multimedia announces the release of their new iRig BlueBoard wireless MIDI pedalboard, giving musicians hands-free control over music apps…
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Aphex Microphone X

09/10/2013

Aphex USB Microphone X made available

With the new ‘Microphone X’, Aphex looks to give vocalists studio-quality sound and analog processing in a single USB mic…
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Jay Turser J-Tones Series guitars

08/10/2013

Jay Turser Guitars introduce the new J-Tones Series

Retro designs popularised by surf and garage bands, and more recently by the likes of Jack White, return in style…
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Isle Of Noises

07/10/2013

Book review: ‘Isle Of Noises’ by Daniel Rachel

This book sets out to do for British artists what ‘Songwriters On Songwriting’ did for their US counterparts – and…
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M-Audio M3-8 studio monitor

02/10/2013

M-Audio releases new three-way studio monitors

Sporting a wooden veneer and compact inline design, the M3-8 reference monitor looks like a two-way, but sounds like three…
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Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC

15/09/2013

Gibson’s new Songwriter acoustic available… for now

The Songwriter Deluxe Custom EC jumbo acoustic-electric guitar has been made available by Gibson, but for a limited time only…
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Roland F-20 digital piano

14/09/2013

New entry-level digital piano from Roland

The F-20 promises Roland’s “industry leading piano technologies at a breakthrough price” — is it a songwriter’s ideal first keyboard?…
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Korg KR Mini

07/09/2013

Korg announces KR Mini rhythm machine

A new portable drummer-in-a-box built for practising, performing and songwriting with guitar, keyboards, or any type of instrument. Hit it!…
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B-Band Crescent Preamp

03/09/2013

B-Band unveils new Crescent Series preamps

The Finnish electronics manufacturer introduces a new fitted pickup system for acoustic guitars that sits neatly under the soundhole’s edge…
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Kurzweil Artis Stage Piano

01/09/2013

Kurzweil introduces the Artis Stage piano

An all-in-one gig machine with 128-voice polyphony, 88-note hammer weighted keys, and boasting a new German 9-foot grand piano sound…
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Worland Guitar Prairie

26/08/2013

Introducing Worland’s new Prairie acoustic guitar

Jim Worland utilises 20 years experience as a luthier to produce a high-end custom acoustic straight out of the Midwest…
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Traveler Guitar Escape Mark III

16/08/2013

Traveler Guitar reveals the Escape Mark III acoustic-electric

A new model of full-scale travel guitar, but could it be the perfect companion for the songwriter on the road?…
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TC Electronic Polytune 2

13/08/2013

TC Electronic releases Polytune 2 guitar tuner

TC listen to feedback from Polytune users to deliver a sequel with enhanced retina display, improved accuracy and more improvements…
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Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita Telecaster

11/08/2013

Squier unveils new Vintage Modified guitars

Fender’s legendary ‘value brand’ brings out 15 new and upgraded models to their vintage series, such as the Cabronita Telecaster…
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Pyramid 'Music Theory, Songwriting and the Piano' book

31/07/2013

Book review: Music Theory, Songwriting And The Piano

A new producer-focused training textbook and accompanying DVD on workflow techniques needed for effectively creating, composing and recording music projects…
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Acus One 8 200W

28/07/2013

New Acus electric-acoustic guitar amps launched

Italian manufacturer Proel has announced the launch of a brand new range of electro-acoustic guitar amplifiers from audio specialist Acus…
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Focusrite iTrack Studio

23/07/2013

Focusrite’s complete iOS recording system: iTrack Studio

A recording package to turn an iPad into a fully-functioning studio with an audio interface, monitor headphones and condenser microphone…
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Takamine G Series acoustic guitar

22/07/2013

Takemine redesigns G Series acoustic guitar range

Japanese guitar-maker expands its existing range of acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars with a variety of body styles and tonewood combinations…
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GuitarJack 2 USB

14/07/2013

Sonoma Wire Works launch GuitarJack 2 USB recording interface

A new portable audio input/output device for PC, Mac and mobile devices is showcased at this year’s Summer NAMM show…
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Vox Mini3 G2 portable modelling amplifier

13/07/2013

Vox unveils Mini3 G2 portable modelling amp

Legendary guitar amplifier brand introduces the next-generation model of their Mini range at this week’s Summer NAMM show in Nashville…
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Martin Guitar LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition

09/07/2013

Martin reveal Ed Sheeran Signature Edition guitar

The award-winning singer-songwriter puts his name to a new signature version of the LX1E to raise money for children’s hospices…
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Studio Series TAPO

08/07/2013

Introducing the TAPO integrated guitar capo and tuner

Editors Keys present an innovative hybrid accessory that’s ideal for guitar-playing songwriters looking to stay in tune and travel light…
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Eastwood Classic 12 Guitar – Flamed Honeyburst

03/07/2013

Three new limited edition Eastwood guitars

Only 24 of Eastwood Guitars’ Classic 12-string, Classic Bass and Mandocaster models have been made, so don’t hang around iverpool…
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Korg PA900 keyboard

30/06/2013

Korg introduces new PA900 arranger keyboard

The latest addition to their Professional Arranger line, with a new palette of sounds and styles, for arrangement and songwriting…
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Roland AC-40 acoustic guitar amp

29/06/2013

Roland bring out new Cube guitar amps

Five new additions to the Cube series are launched, including an acoustic chorus guitar amplifier for gigging guitarists and singer-songwriters…
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Buzz Feiten Guitars

23/06/2013

Buzz Feiten launches his own range of guitars

The singer-songwriter and guitarist reveals a new line of electric guitars, designed by Buzz and incorporating his unique tuning system…
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JZ JT1 Microphone

21/06/2013

JZ Microphones announces new budget mic J1

Affordable vintage microphone design arrives in the shape of the new ‘J’ series vocal mics from Latvian designer Juris Zarins…
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Zoom H6

16/06/2013

Zoom H6 handy portable audio recorder released

Recording melodies, rehearsals, or shows, the H6 makes an ideal songwriters’ tool for capturing the moment while on the road…
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Blue Microphones Nessie

15/06/2013

New Nessie desktop mic from Blue Microphones

Curiously shaped USB microphone hits Apple stores from Blue, promising to give songwriters and vocalists enhanced sound in real time…
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Reason 7

14/06/2013

Review: Reason 7

Propellerhead have released the latest incarnation of their popular DAW and recording package. Long-term user Ian O’Shea test-drives Reason 7…
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Fishman TriplePlay

08/06/2013

Fishman TriplePlay guitar controller now available in the UK

The long-awaited wireless MIDI controller enables songwriting guitarists compose, perform and record using an expansive palette of instruments and sounds…
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IK Multimedia iRig HD

05/06/2013

iRig HD guitar interface for iPad now available

IK Multimedia, the iOS interface specialists, deliver yet another mobile app and adaptor for songwriters and guitarists on the move…
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Cordoba Guitars C9 Dolce

01/06/2013

Cordoba introduces C9 Dolce small-body guitar

The acoustic instrument manufacturer continues traditional Spanish construction techniques with the release of a 7/8 sized version of the C9…
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Schertler Basik

17/05/2013

Schertler unveils the Basik acoustic pickup

The Swiss perfectionists create a new universal contact pickup for acoustic instruments aimed squarely at beginners, students or semi-professional musicians…
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Peavey E110 Ecoustic guitar amplifier (front)

11/05/2013

Peavey E110 Ecoustic guitar amp comes to Europe

US amp maker crosses the Atlantic with an amplifier that’s ideal for songwriters and musicians performing with an acoustic guitar…
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Jamn

04/05/2013

New version of Jamn iOS app featured on iTunes

Ideal for songwriters, the musician’s multi-tool for iPhone and iPad gets an update and becomes iTunes App of the Week…
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Fargen - John Lennon Imagine amp

01/05/2013

Limited edition John Lennon amp revealed by Fargen

Fargen Amplification introduces the third and final guitar amplifier model in a line that pays homage to the legendary Beatle…
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Larrivee OM-03E Vintage

24/04/2013

Larrivee introduces new Vintage Series acoustic guitars

Revisiting the 1940’s and 1950’s, these three new solid mahogany guitars from Canada include exquisite appointments and all-body vintage sunburst…
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TC Helicon Harmony Singer

14/04/2013

TC-Helicon Harmony Singer vocal pedal revealed

What promises to be the guitar playing singer-songwriter’s vocal backup group and sound tech in one simple blue stomp box…
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Taylor Guitars

13/04/2013

Taylor Guitars release all-koa Grand Orchestra acoustics

The legendary Californian guitar-maker introduces the all-koa K28e with the Grand Orchestra body shape, at this week’s Musikmesse trade show…
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Orange Crush amps

04/04/2013

New Orange Crush amplifiers unveiled

Next week will see the distinctive amplification company extend its Crush amps range with two new combos and a new…
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Roli Seaboard

22/03/2013

The ROLI Seaboard GRAND: reinventing the piano?

London-based relative newcomer to the music hardware industry, ROLI, announces a brand new product… But what the heck is it?…
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Tascam US-322 audio interface

16/02/2013

Shiny new USB recording devices from TASCAM

TEAC’s pro audio division announces two interfaces with polished aluminium cases, for songwriters to record music on Mac or PC…
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Vintage Historic Series electro-acoustic guitar

09/02/2013

Vintage embraces the past with the new Historic acoustic series

The award-winning acoustic stable has grown even further, with the release of a trio of Vintage Historic Series electro-acoustic guitars…
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30/01/2013

Introducing the new Casio PX-5S stage piano

The Japanese electronics behemoth add a professional-level stage piano to their Privia range, incorporating AiR technology and an award-winning synth…
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29/01/2013

Tascam reveals two new PocketStudio digital recorders

What Tascam declare are “a necessity for all song writers” and “the perfect music sketch pad”, so worth us investigating…
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iRig HD

20/01/2013

New iRig HD guitar interface from IK Multimedia

Mobile usic-making accessory manufacturer IK Multimedia announces iRig HD – a digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac…
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Fender Select 2013

19/01/2013

Fender announces new Select series guitar range

US axe-making giant gives their classic Jazz, Strat and Tele another make-over and adds design options for guitarists in 2013…
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Walden B-1 Baritone

13/01/2013

New B-1 Baritone acoustic guitars from Walden

Two models with a low-end response level, ideal for singer-songwriters who sing in lower keys and play in ‘open’ chords…
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Focusrite Scarlett Studio

12/01/2013

Focusrite Scarlett Studio recording package announced

USB audio interface, microphone, headphones and cable – everything a songwriter needs to record pro-quality tracks on a home computer…
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Willcox Guitars Atlantis

07/12/2012

Willcox Guitars introduces the Atlantis Thinline

California-based LightWave presents a new Thinline electro-acoustic guitar from Willcox ; an easy-to-handle instrument with a rich and versatile tone…
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Carousel Deluxe Multi-Guitar Stand

25/11/2012

Carousel Deluxe Multi-Guitar Stand from GuitarStorage

An innovatively designed new storage system holds up to 12 guitars on one rotating stand. It’s practically the songwriter’s toolbox!…
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Guitar Tech picks

24/11/2012

Pick and mix with Guitar Tech

The manufacturer of musical instrument accessories expands its range with a new selection of plectrums. Guitarist songwriters take your pick!…
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Focusrite iTrack Solo

28/10/2012

iTrack Solo brings quality recording to iPad

Now songwriters can record guitar and vocals on the move using an iPad with Focusrite’s new mic and instrument preamp…
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Fender Acoustics

11/09/2012

Fender expand acoustic range

Legendary American guitar maker produce new maple 6-string, 12-string and concert ukulele, increasing their acoustic offering for songwriters and musicians…
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Snark SN10 guitar pedal

10/09/2012

Snark announce SN10 guitar pedal tuner

Already well-known for their brightly coloured range of clip-on tuners and metronomes, US company Snark introduce their first pedal tuner…
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25/08/2012

Washburn introduces all-new EA40SCE electro-acoustic

Designed for stage performance, Washburn Guitars have created a new model based on the original thinline Festival Series body style…
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Tanglewood Premier Series acoustic guitar

23/08/2012

Tanglewood introduces all-mahogany guitars

Sending warmth across the Atlantic, the Premier Series from Tanglewood sets sail for America with three new mahogany acoustic guitars…
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Epiphone Genesis Deluxe Pro

18/08/2012

Epiphone reveal Genesis Deluxe Pro

Guitar manufacturer, Epiphone, considers production of a limited edition Genesis electric guitar based upon the original from over 30 years…
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Peavey Nano Vypyr

12/08/2012

Peavey announce new Nano Vypyr portable guitar amplifier

The latest model in the award-winning Vypyr series provides guitarists with more models, more effects and more get-up and go…
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Yamaha P Series Digital Pianos

22/07/2012

Getting connected with the Yamaha P-105 digital piano

MI giant unveils a new compact, portable digital piano featuring the famed Yamaha touch and tone, at Nashville trade show…
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Martin Guitar Retro Series

21/07/2012

Martin Guitar goes back to the future with Retro series

Legendary instrument maker captures vintage sound for four new acoustic guitars, modelled on museum pieces from the ’30s and ’40s…
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The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

08/07/2012

The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

Music specialist Backbeat Books, publishes a collection of articles detailing the recording and songwriting behind some of the greatest albums…
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Getting started in recording

30/05/2012

Studio Start-up Part 2: Recording hardware

In part 2 of our guide to getting started in recording, we look at the hardware options – and smartphone…
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Getting started in recording

23/05/2012

Studio Start-up Part 1: Recording software

If you’ve written some songs, want to record them but don’t know where to start… then here’s where to start!…
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line 6 XD-V55

08/05/2012

New wireless microphones from Line 6

Amp manufacturer Line 6 has released the XD-V55, a new wireless mic that’s available in handheld, headset and lavalier versions…
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Korg Pandora Mini

23/04/2012

Korg’s Pandora guitar effects processor gets Mini-turised

Korg bring out the Pandora Mini compact multi-effect processor, built for guitarists to plug in and play on the move…
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PreSonus Studio One Free

18/04/2012

PreSonus releases free version of Studio One software

Studio One Free, a new entry-level version of PreSonus’ popular DAW for Mac and Windows, is now available to download…
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Propellerhead Figure

05/04/2012

Go Figure! Propellerhead puts music making at your fingertips

Propellerhead launches Figure, a brand new app for Apple mobile devices, making spontaneous music creation possible anywhere, at any time…
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JamVOX III

29/03/2012

VOX unveils JamVOX III guitar studio software

Legendary amp manufacturer announces the third generation of JamVOX, the guitar modelling, recording and practice plug-in, at recent Musikmesse show…
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Martin Guitars - rosewood

27/03/2012

Three new acoustics from Martin Guitar

New additions to the Martin’s Performing Artist range feature rosewood bodies, onboard Fishman F1 electronics and a $1,849 price tag…
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DPA dfacto

25/03/2012

New d:facto vocal mic from DPA

DPA Microphones unveils d:facto, a new handheld vocal mic with high SPL handling capabilities, designed for stage or studio use…
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Roland GA-112

24/03/2012

Two new guitar amps from Roland

Roland introduces the GA-112 and GA-212, two combo amps that apply the company’s COSM technology in a slightly different way…
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AKG Project Studio Line

23/03/2012

AKG revamps Project Studio mic line-up

AKG is relaunching its popular Project Studio microphone range after 20 years, giving the mics a 21st century technological makeover…
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Greenwich Village

10/03/2012

New Greenwich Village acoustic from Recording King

New acoustic guitar features an extra-deep body for a bigger, warmer sound and is available in a choice of finishes…
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