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Taylor

Taylor
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 …

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Taylor

Taylor
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 …

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Taylor

Taylor
July 11, 2014

Line 6 AMPLIFi Remote App Overview

Part of what makes the AMPLIFi 150 and AMPLIFi 75 guitar amplifiers so powerful is their integration with iOS devices. Not only does the AMPLIFi Remote App allow for some pretty expansive amplifier, cabinet, pedal, and FX processing, but you can also link up your device via Bluetooth and stream music to the AMPLIFi cabinet. The App has thousands of possibilities for unique processing and it has some other features for those looking to sound like their favorite guitar players. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the most interesting features within the Line 6 AMPLIFi Remote App.

Tone Control

The AMPLIFi Remote App boasts 200 different amplifiers and effects. All of these are completely customizable so you are never stuck with a particular tone’s preset sounds. This makes for some pretty unique and intuitive control over various parameters within the tones. The ability to match different …

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Taylor

Taylor
October 15, 2013

Apogee JAM Overview

Don Spacht from Apogee Electronics stopped by to show off Apogee’s line of portable recording devices and interfaces. The first in a series of Apogee videos with Don Spacht is an overview of the Apogee JAM. The Apogee JAM is a portable guitar and instrument interface that works with iOS devices as well as Apple computers. I will go ahead and put to rest any inevitable questions about Linux, Windows, Android, etc. compatibility and say that these devices work exclusively with Apple products and operating systems. While those that do not use Apple products will find this disappointing, those that do will find that the quality with which these devices are built and the quality of sound you can achieve with them is quite impressive considering their low cost and portability.

We reviewed the Apogee JAM when it was first released and since then there has been only one …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 1, 2012

Noisepad Updated To Version 2, Here’s What’s New

A simple sound bank program for the iOS, Noisepad, has recently been updated to its second version.  The layout is extremely basic, with a standard 3×4 pad layout on the left side of the screen, with effects faders and wet/dry controls on the right side.

While it doesn’t have midi functionality, it does have an endless supply of sound banks which are easily toggled between and accessed.  It also contains a sequencer which is capable of recording audio on the fly for later triggering and manipulation.  Tempo controls have also been introduced allows you to set your BPM numerically or with the “TAP” BPM function.…