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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 …

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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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July 1, 2014

Line 6 AMPLIFi 150 Guitar Amplifier Review

When most people think of the leader in guitar amplifier and effects modeling before the digital software and VST age, the go to brand is Line 6. Their POD line of products have been used by everyone from the bedroom guitarist all the way up to major recording artists like Metallica, U2, and Nine Inch Nails. Line 6 continues this tradition with the introduction of their latest line of AMPLIFi products. The lower case “i” is significant because the guitar amplifiers in the line, a 75 watt and 150 watt models, connect to your iOS device via Bluetooth for tone manipulation as well as the ability to share the tones you create with a community of AMPLIFi users. We had Joe from Line 6 stop by to demo the functions and tones of the AMPLIFi 150 which you can watch above. Below is a more in depth look at what …

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October 24, 2013

Apogee One Overview

As much as I would not like to be the old man on the porch talking about things in my day, I can’t help but express a deep emphasis on the fact that you kids today have things so much better than when I was trying to record my music. Nowhere is this more evident than with the Apogee One; a 2 in and 2 out audio interface that works exclusively with Apple computers and iOS devices. To get you recording right out of the box, Apogee provide you with a breakout cable that includes an XLR input and a 1/4 inch instrument input. There is also a high quality microphone built right into the interface so you can get ideas down anywhere and at anytime. You can also trust that the microphone will give you a quality recording if you want to use it for your final production.…

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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 …