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July 24, 2014

CME Xkey MIDI Keyboard Review

I first noticed the CME Xkey at Winter NAMM 2014, but I wasn’t sure what I was looking at besides just another MIDI keyboard. The booth had what a lot of booths are doing now: obligatory T & A to draw the male dominated musical retail space to their product. I refer you to Exhibit A:

Months later I saw the CME Xkey (without the distracting sex appeal) while looking for a portable MIDI keyboard solution for myself. I was pleasantly surprised at the design, functions, and portability of the CME Xkey. For a 25 note keyboard with aftertouch, it’s a pretty great choice for a mobile musician or as a small desktop keyboard solution. Before you make your decision, let’s take a look at the features on the CME Xkey.

Features

The Xkey really shines as a portable MIDI keyboard. It is super light weight at around …

CME XKey
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July 22, 2014

Focusrite ISA Two Microphone Preamplifier Overview

Debuting in March of 2012 at the Musikmesse show in Germany, Focusrite showed off its new microphone preamp based on the popular ISA One. The ISA One, and subsequently the ISA Two, are based around the ISA 110 which was a microphone preamp and equalizer that Rupert Neve developed for George Martin back in 1985. This makes the ISA Two not just another preamplifier but a preamp that was developed and endorsed by guys who really know their audio.¬†All of the solid state circuitry on the Focusrite ISA Two is faithful to the original design, but the ISA Two gives you an extra, high quality input for your front end. Let’s take a closer look at what’s involved here with the Focusrite ISA Two and why you should consider getting one for your studio.

Features

The ISA Two is a dual mono microphone preamplifier. It’s a two channel version …

Focusrite ISA Two
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July 21, 2014

Best of Summer NAMM 2014

Summer NAMM might not have all the pageantry and hype that surrounds Winter NAMM, but Nashville’s conference always serves up some new and interesting products from top manufacturers. Sometimes products that weren’t ready to show at Winter NAMM get passed along to Summer NAMM and they can be just as hype-worthy as some of the offerings at the top of the year.

So what came out of Summer NAMM 2014 that’s got us intrigued? We break down the top products from this years show.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) have been putting out some sought after synthesizers over the decades. They have seen a resurgence in popularity within the past few years and have been putting out some pretty fantastic gear like the Tempest and the Prophet 12. Their latest instrument is the Pro 2 which Dave shows off in the video above. It’s a monophonic …

Summer NAMM 2014
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July 17, 2014

Line 6 Relay G30 Wireless Guitar System Review

The Line 6 Relay G30 has recently dropped in price by $100 and is now retailing for $199.99 on our website. Because Line 6 has dropped the price, we thought you guys would appreciate some perspective on this super affordable wireless guitar solution. There are certainly plenty of options for wireless guitar systems out there and they range in price and overall quality. Line 6 has three different models in the Relay line including the Relay G50, the Relay G55, and the Relay G90. The Relay G30 is the most affordable in the line, and even more so with the price drop. Lets see what it has to offer and what users are saying about it.

The Relay G30 has a 100ft range, 6 different frequency channels, and an 8 hour battery life. All of this is pretty impressive for a wireless system under $200. Another …

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July 16, 2014

Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 Review

One great way to round out your AMPLIFi 75 or AMPLIFi 150 purchase is with a stomp box that compliments the system. The AMPLIFi FX100 is the perfect addition for guitar players seeking to switch tones within the AMPLIFi system. Even if you don’t own either an AMPLIFi 75 or AMPLIFi 150, the AMPLIFi FX100 is still a great piece of gear for guitar players looking to create, share, explore, and store all kinds of different guitar tones. The FX100 is a very simple solution for guitar players looking for different tones so if you are looking for something more advanced, I would recommend the Line 6 POD HD500X. For a much more affordable and hassle free solution to your guitar tone swapping needs, lets take a look at why the Line 6 FX100 should be on your radar.

Construction

The AMPLIFi FX100 is a combination of metal …

AMPLIFi FX100