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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.

Propellerhead Discover

19/12/2014

Make music together using Propellerhead’s new free service

Users of Reason, Figure and Take will be able to share, discover and collaborate with other musicians, songwriters and producers…
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Hohner A+ student bluegrass instruments — banjo and mandolin

16/12/2014

New additions to Hohner’s A+ bluegrass range

Hohner Inc. is expanding its A+ line of student guitars to include uniquely styled bluegrass instruments – banjos and mandolins…
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TC Helicon Play Acoustic

06/12/2014

Review: TC-Helicon Play Acoustic

Superbeat frontman Kieron Allen tests the latest in vocal effects, looping and acoustic guitar processing to arrive in one box…
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Shure 5575LE Unidyne microphone

05/12/2014

Shure celebrates anniversary with new Unidyne mic

75 years of the 55 Unidyne is marked by the 5575LE – a limited edition of the classic cardioid dynamic…
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Neo-Buster Soundhole Pickup

27/11/2014

Fishman ToneDEQ Preamp and Neo-Buster Pickup made available

The acoustic tech specialist prepares to make its Neo-Buster ‘feedback fighting’ soundhole pickup and ToneDEQ preamp available to all dealers…
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IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD-A and EZ Voice for Android

22/11/2014

Vocal recording and processing solution for Android

IK Multimedia brings real-time vocal digital processing to Samsung devices with the EZ Voice app and new iRig Mic HD-A…
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Fishman acoustic analog preamps

18/11/2014

Fishman releases new Platinum acoustic analog preamps

Acoustic amplification specialists take a fresh look at the Platinum range to create the Pro EQ and Stage all-analog preamps…
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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Pack

14/11/2014

Focusrite compiles studio recording set-up

The new Scarlett Solo Studio Pack with interface, mic, headphones, cable and software, for musicians and songwriters to record anywhere…
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Gretsch G9520-BRB Jim Dandy Flat Top

12/11/2014

Gretsch releases limited edition ‘Jim Dandy’ flat top acoustic

The Fender brand announces the release of a second-edition limited release instrument, faithful to the retro Gretsch ‘Rex’ parlor guitars…
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Fender FA-300CE Acoustic/Electric Guitar Pack

11/11/2014

Fender releases new acoustic-electric pack

The venerable US guitar maker unveils the FA-300CE Acoustic/Electric guitar pack with SLIDE interface plus AmpliTube and Rock Prodigy software…
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Kurzweil Forte

01/11/2014

Kurzweil Forte premium stage piano arrives in the UK

Distributor Sound Technology bring us the new Kurzweil Forte – the most advanced keyboard ever to bear the manufacturer’s logo…
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Reason 8 layout

01/11/2014

Review: Propellerhead Reason 8

Stockholm-based Propellerhead has updated its flagship music-making software, Reason. Reason 8 has landed and we put it through its paces……
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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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