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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.

Mackie FreePlay personal PA

28/06/2015

Get personal with Mackie’s FreePlay PA

Mackie launch a battery-powerable PA with Bluetooth music streaming, four-channel mixer and a control app for iOS and Android devices…
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The Submarine

24/06/2015

Make one guitar sound like two

Singer-songwriter, Pete Roe announces worldwide release of a new guitar pickup, The Submarine, that applies doubling effects to two strings…
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TC Electronic PolyTune Clip

20/06/2015

The world’s first polyphonic clip-on guitar tuner

TC Electronic reveals the new PolyTune Clip that manages to distil polyphonic tuning technology into its smallest enclosure to date…
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AAS Strum GS-2 screenshot electric play

12/06/2015

Strum GS-2 goes electric

A new version of software developers Applied Acoustic Systems’ guitar track production plug-in now includes both acoustic and electric guitars…
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Sound Magic Blue Grand

10/06/2015

New Blue Grand puts a Steinway piano at your fingertips

Sound Magic has released the third version of its Blue Grand software, a hybrid modeled 1927 Steinway D grand piano…
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NI Komplete Kontrol with Komplete Select

29/05/2015

Native Instruments releases Komplete Select

NI’s Kontrol keyboard now includes Komplete Select – a collection of 10 Komplete instruments and effects, giving producers a ‘complete’…
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IK Multimedia Amplitube 4

24/05/2015

IK Multimedia’s new AmpliTube 4 arrives

The mobile guitar tone studio adds dual 3D mic positioning, Looper feature and an updated interface with improved browsing system…
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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 prepares 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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