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Casio CDP-S350BK


Casio release new pianos in time for NAMM

Electronics brand uses next week’s music gear conference to launch two ultra-compact digital pianos suited to beginners and seasoned players…


NAMM 2019: Ibanez and Epiphone release new models

The annual music trade show NAMM returns this month. Here are some exciting guitars debuting ahead of this year’s show…

Frank Turner's Songwriting Survival Kit


Frank Turner’s Songwriting Survival Kit

From his beloved Gibson acoustic to his Clive James books, these are things that the folk singer-songwriter can’t do without…

Waves Axis One


Waves Audio announces music PC

Plugin developer creates a computer designed for studio and stage, in what could be the first move of its kind…

Paul Smith's Songwriting Survival Kit


Paul Smith’s Songwriting Survival Kit

The singer from British indie rock group Maxïmo Park talks us through the items that he can’t possibly live without…

McGoozer's piano


McGoozer’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When this Scottish songwriter can’t find inspiration in his books and gear, he seeks it out on the open road…

Emma King's guitars


Emma King’s Songwriting Survival Kit

When it comes to her essential writing gear, this soulful artist from Hull has a secret weapon up her sleeves…



Enhancia impresses at music start-up contest

Record number of future tech companies battled it out at Midemlab 2018, attempting to win over judges and attract investment…

Fender Jazzmaster 60th anniversary


Fender celebrates 60 years of the Jazzmaster

The iconic guitar brand commemorates the anniversary with three new, limited edition models in 2018: the ’58, Triple and Classic…

Orange Amplification OMEC Teleport


Orange Amplification invents the Teleport

Rather than the futuristic way to travel, it’s the vintage OMEC brand’s new audio interface for studio recording and gigging…

IK Multimedia UNO synth


IK Multimedia unleashes first analog synth

The Italian mobile music production specialists work with boutique manufacturer Soundmachines to create the UNO, their first hardware synthesizer keyboard…

Gretchen Peters Songwriting Survival Kit


Gretchen Peters’ Songwriting Survival Kit

We find out the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee’s indispensable tools of her trade include coffee, naps and solitude…


The Importance Of The Physical In The Digital Age

We invited the crowdfunding platform Qrates to explain how they are helping to power the future of music on vinyl…

Frankie Cosmos' (Greta Kline) #SongwritingSurvivalKit


Frankie Cosmos’ Songwriting Survival Kit

New York indie-pop singer-songwriter, Greta Kline – aka Frankie Cosmos – talks through the items that she can’t do without…

Darlingside #SongwritingSurvivalKit


Harris Paseltiner of Darlingside’s Songwriting Survival Kit

Want to know what the Boston alt-rocker couldn’t write without, then look no further as he reveals their 10 essentials…

songwriting books


Shelf help: 10 of the best books for songwriters

In celebration of World Book Day, we share our favourite songwriting reads and also include several titles that you’ve suggested…

Will ear training apps make you a better songwriter?


Will ear training apps make you a better songwriter?

It seems some songwriters have forgotten their craft. But will this app improve your skills? The evidence might surprise you…

Rebecca Nelson of Faeland’s #songwritingsurvivalkit


Rebecca Nelson of Faeland’s Songwriting Survival Kit

Fuelled by a cup of cacao, one half of the Bristol group Faeland shares her crucial songwriting kit with us…



RØDE produces first audio interface

The microphone brand has made its first foray into the making other music production hardware with the AI-1 studio kit…

Gibson Custom Mick Ralphs 1958 Les Paul Standard Replica


Mick Ralphs’ Les Paul gets the replica treatment

Original guitar played by the Bad Company and Mott The Hoople songwriter is replicated in detail by Gibson’s Custom Shop…


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