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September 12, 2014

Shure BLX24/Beta58 Wireless Microphone System Review

Wireless microphone systems are getting cheaper, more efficient, better sounding, and more portable every year. Even better is that companies with a legacy like Shure have been able to give the public a wide array of wireless microphone systems. These range in price and vary in functionality, but all of them come in at a price that will make everyone from the garage band to the gigging road warriors very happy. They also have some nice professional systems that the more seasoned sound engineers and performers can get behind.

Shure’s latest line is a set of microphone systems they are dubbing BLX and there are several different versions depending on the model microphone and receiver. For this review we picked a solid and affordable system with the Shure BLX24/Beta58 Wireless Microphone System. It features the new BLX 4 receiver, which you can find paired with other models of Shure microphones, …

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September 8, 2014

Roland SBX-1 Sync Box Preview

Roland has been pretty busy this year with the release of their AIRA line, new guitar pedals from BOSS (their sister company), and new portable electronic drum kits like the TD-1K. While all of these new products are certainly exciting and generating a lot of buzz, there is one offering from Roland that could see a lot of use on stages and in studios. The Roland SBX-1 is a synchronization box that allows you to connect your digital and analog gear all together to a master clock.

This has obvious benefits for the AIRA line of products, but this is also a great little box for anyone looking to get all of their synthesizers, drum machines, and even modular systems all synched to a master clock. So essentially you can use the SBX-1 as the master clock, or as a central MIDI hub and use any one of your …

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September 5, 2014

Novation MiniNova Review

This is the era of the affordable, portable, and playable synthesizer. Every manufacturer from Korg to Arturia and Moog to Dave Smith Instruments are all releasing the cumulative years of innovation and technology into packages that are accessible on nearly any budget. For this reason we decided to take a look at a synthesizer which saw a lot of popularity upon its release and is still a solid instrument for electronic instrument enthusiasts and beginners alike: the Novation MiniNova.

The Novation MiniNova is a compact and affordable synthesizer. It has 37 mini keys (3 octaves) and an entire host of controls for creating and manipulating sounds. The MiniNova is based on the UltraNova with the same synth engine design in both. It has 18 voices with three oscillators as well as nice blue backlit controls for everything from the pad controls to the pitch and modulation wheel.

We decided to …

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September 2, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-WeGO 3 Preview

The popular Pioneer DDJ-WeGO has arrived at its third iteration with the aptly dubbed DDJ-WeGO 3. This two deck DJ controller is best met with an iPad and the Algoriddim djay2 app, but it can also be used with Mac or PC to control Virtual DJ, Serato DJ, or Traktor Pro 2. Serato DJ and Virtual DJ should work out of the box, but Traktor Pro 2 will require you to download or create your own TSI mapping file. You can also connect the DDJ-WeGO 3 to your iPhone or iPod touch. You can load tracks into the app via your iTunes Library or, as Pioneer’s website notes, you can load tracks via your Spotify account. This is mostly an entry level controller and more advanced DJs might find this a bit limiting for certain gigs. This might serve better as a mobile solution for smaller gigs, but it is …

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August 28, 2014

Waves 2014 Labor Day Sale

Waves Software, the company responsible for some of the most frequently used production and live sound plugins, are dropping prices on all of their software plugins. The sale starts today, August 28th, and ends Monday September 1st. The savings are multiplied with the more plugins you purchase. You get 20% off when you purchase 2 plugins, 25% off when you buy 3 plugins, and 30% off for buying 4 plugins or more. This is great for those of you only looking for a couple of the outstanding and popular plugins such as Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter, the Kramer Master Tape, or the H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer.

The discount does not apply to entire bundles like the Mercury or Diamond Plugin Bundles. The advantage to that is you can pick and choose the plugins that you need and get a great discount, without having to purchase the entire …

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