Reason 8 layout

Review: Propellerhead Reason 8

November 1, 2014 in Gear

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

Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies

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

October 24, 2014 in Gear

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

Nashville Songwriter

Book review: ‘Nashville Songwriter’ by Jake Brown

October 23, 2014 in Gear

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

Review: Toontrack EZdrummer 2

October 13, 2014 in Gear

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

Lindo guitar pedals

Review: Lindo Natural Overdrive/Soul Distortion/Divine Delay

October 1, 2014 in Gear

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

EZKeys Grand Piano

Review: Toontrack EZKeys Grand Piano/Upright Piano

August 21, 2014 in Gear

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

Tracktion 5 EQ shot

Review: Tracktion 5

May 26, 2014 in Gear

Tracktion 5 is a MIDI and audio sequencer from the Tracktion Software Corporation that carries an astonishingly low price tag…

Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2

Review: Editors Keys Portable Vocal Booth Pro 2

May 21, 2014 in Gear

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

IK Multimedia iLoud

Review: IK Multimedia iLoud speaker

March 23, 2014 in Gear

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

Olympus LS-14 audio recorder

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

March 14, 2014 in Gear

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

Review: DPA d:facto II vocal microphone

February 9, 2014 in Gear

We get Yes Sir Boss singer and songwriter Mathew Sellors to put Sting’s live mic of choice through its paces…

Lindo LDG-56CEQ electro-acoustic guitar

Review: Lindo LDG-56CEQ electro-acoustic guitar

February 5, 2014 in Gear

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

Chord Native N4BB Bubinga electro-acoustic guitar

Review: Chord Native N4BB Bubinga electro-acoustic

January 14, 2014 in Gear

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

Isle Of Noises

Book review: ‘Isle Of Noises’ by Daniel Rachel

October 7, 2013 in Gear

This book sets out to do for British artists what ‘Songwriters On Songwriting’ did for their US counterparts – and…

Pyramid 'Music Theory, Songwriting and the Piano' book

Book review: Music Theory, Songwriting And The Piano

July 31, 2013 in Gear

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

Reason 7

Review: Reason 7

June 14, 2013 in Gear

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

Getting started in recording

Studio Start-up Part 2: Recording hardware

May 30, 2012 in Features, Gear, Tips & Techniques

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

Getting started in recording

Studio Start-up Part 1: Recording software

May 23, 2012 in Gear, Tips & Techniques

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