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Crucial M500 120GB mSATA SSD

Crucial M500 120GB mSATA SSD

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Want to speed up the feel of your DAW computer? This will do it

By Phil O'Keefe

I recently rebuilt my main DAW PC. It was actually long overdue - I last did so in 2006. While I could have built something even more powerful, the new configuration is no slouch in that regard, with a quad core 3.5 GHz i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Most DAW users know how important a fast CPU and lots of RAM are to overall system performance. The faster and more powerful your CPU is, the more plugins and processing it can run simultaneously. Having plenty of RAM is important for plugins, audio caching and virtual instruments, and adding more RAM to your system is often one of the best upgrades you can make to it. Without enough RAM to hold everything in memory, your system is forced to shuttle data back and forth from one of your hard drives, which are considerably slower than RAM memory is.

Reviews from the Road: The Gibson Memory Cable

Reviews from the Road: The Gibson Memory Cable

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A premium instrument cable that captures those inspired moments on the fly

Expert Review: DR Strings Multi-Color Neon Sets + Jamstar App

Expert Review: DR Strings Multi-Color Neon Sets + Jamstar App

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Hands-On Review: Voodoo Lab Pedal Power ISO-5

Hands-On Review: Voodoo Lab Pedal Power ISO-5

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Power to the pedals, but with a twist

Hands-On Review: Planet Waves Instrument Cables

Hands-On Review: Planet Waves Instrument Cables

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Keeping you well connected for a lifetime

Tweak your amp tone

Tweak your amp tone

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By Chris Loeffler

Utility and availability made the 12" speaker the industry default for guitar amplifiers shortly after guitar amps became a serious business. 10" and even 15" speakers have always been available and have even been stock in many acclaimed vintage amps, but at the end of the day the typical tube guitar amp you find in a music shop is going to be rocking a 12" speaker (or two… or four). While 12" speakers benefit from a rich mid-range and deep bass (not to mention most amplifiers and pickups being tuned to them), there's a certain higher frequency bandwidth, focus, and speed of response that a 10" speaker brings to the table that makes for easy, toneful guitar recording while avoiding stepping over the bass player's frequencies.

Hands-On Review: Line 6 AMPLIFi 150

Hands-On Review: Line 6 AMPLIFi 150

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Expert Review: Rode NT1 Studio Condenser Microphone

Expert Review: Rode NT1 Studio Condenser Microphone

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This article previously appeared on Harmony Central—your information source for making better music.

By Phil O’Keefe

The original Rode NT1 was first released in 1995. An updated version, the NT1-A, was released a couple of years later, and has been very popular. Rode has taken the model and given it a complete reworking, and in a move that's bound to cause at least some confusion and difficult online searches, released it with the model's original name, calling it the NT1. Let's take a look...

Hands-On Review: Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner

Hands-On Review: Peterson VS-R StroboRack Virtual Strobe Tuner

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The most accurate rack tuner on the market

Hands-On Review: Everything for the Beatlemaniac Musician

Hands-On Review: Everything for the Beatlemaniac Musician

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