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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 …

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August 9, 2013

Traktor Kontrol Z1 Review

We could call this the year of the modular DJ controllers. There are only a handful of companies putting out new, all in one, DJ controllers because frankly there are very few design improvements that warrant making a whole new controller. Instead we are beginning to see more and more modular setups to accommodate a new era of DJ. A DJ that can show up to a gig with a couple of very small modular controllers and an iPad or small laptop. For the more discriminating DJ this may be seen as dark time for the craft, but for the more forward thinking performer this opens doors to a whole new level of possibilities.

Those posibilites are becoming much more streamlined as evidenced by the latest controller from Native Instruments with the Traktor Kontrol Z1. This two channel DJ mixer, soundcard, and MIDI controller can connect to your computer …

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February 26, 2013

The Traktor DJ App for iPad And Whether It’s Right For You

So I bought Traktor DJ for iPad Thursday.

Before I go any further I want to say again that I bought it Thursday. At the time of writing, it is Monday the following week. When I bought the product, I was thinking “I’ll just bang around with it, test out the sync functionality, set a few loops and cue points, and bang out a quick review for the blog.” That didn’t happen for two reasons:

1) I really dragged my feet on the whole “leaving Snow Leopard” thing. Snow Leopard was fine. I wanted to stay there. Over recent months, this or that driver update excluded me and I realized the day was coming when someone would force my hand. NI were the someone, and 2.6.1 was the update to do it. Mac users will want to note that full use of the app’s functionality with Traktor Pro 2.6.1  requires …