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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.

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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Spitfire Hans Zimmer

08/01/2016

Play piano like Hans Zimmer

Virtual instrument developer Spitfire Audio adds a piano collection to its signature range from Academy Award-winning soundtrack writer Hans Zimmer…
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Waves Audio Greg Wells PianoCentric

30/12/2015

Get PianoCentric with Greg Wells

Waves Audio has worked with the Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter, to create a new piano and keyboard sound engineering plugin…
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Breedlove Journey series acoustic guitars

26/12/2015

Breedlove starts a 50-year Journey

The Oregon-based manufacturer launches the Journey series of Brazilian rosewood acoustic guitars, with over 50 years of history behind them…
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Cubase Pro 8.5 and Cubase Artist 8.5 pack shot

22/12/2015

Introducing Cubase’s better half

Version 8.5 of Steinberg’s music production systems, Cubase Pro and Artist, see enhancements to workflow, creative tools and online collaboration…
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ROLI NOISE

18/12/2015

Make some NOISE for free

ROLI releases NOISE, a free app that turns the iPhone into an expressive musical instrument with five dimensions of touch…
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Group test: Loop pedals

10/12/2015

Group test: Looping pedals

Whether you’re layering sounds or creating a mini-symphony, loopers are a great songwriting tool. We check out three recent models…
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PRS Guitars SE A20E and SE A30E

09/12/2015

Two new acoustics from PRS

Paul Reed Smith Guitars adds the A20E and A30E to their SE range of acoustic instruments, both with Angelus Cutaway…
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MagicScore Guitar with virtual guitar fingerboard and piano keyboard

06/12/2015

MagicScore Guitar gets an upgrade

Eighth version of the tab editing and music notation software for guitarists, provides additional sound, work-flow, effect and interface enhancements…
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M-Audio Songwriter Software Suite

03/12/2015

M-Audio announces Songwriter Suite

The music production brand arms songwriters with software from developer AIR Music Technology, including virtual instruments for drums and piano…
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Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus guitar amp

27/11/2015

Time for a jazzy chorus from Roland

Celebrating 40 years of the Jazz Chorus tone, Roland announces the availability of a new 40-watt stereo JC-40 guitar amplifier…
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IK Multimedia iRig Keys MINI

22/11/2015

From MIDI to MINI

IK adds yet another new product to its portable music-making controller range for songwriters, with the iRig Keys MINI keyboard…
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Open Labs Stagelight music creation app for Android mobile devices

18/11/2015

Android takes centre Stage(light)

Open Labs launches a free Android version of the Stagelight music creation software that has been designed for first-time users…
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IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic

14/11/2015

iRig goes Acoustic

IK Multimedia unveils the first acoustic guitar mobile microphone/interface for recording and performing live, made for iPhone/iPad, Mac and Android…
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Deltalab Ninja NT100 guitar tuner

10/11/2015

Introducing the Ninja tuner

The NT-100 Ninja guitar tuner, with metronome, from DeltaLab attaches to the rear of the headstock with a silicone backing…
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Presonus R65 and R80 monitors

07/11/2015

PreSonus launches R Series monitors

The Louisiana-based manufacturer unveils the R65 and R80 biamped studio monitor speakers with Air Motion Transformer tweeter and Acoustic Tuning…
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