Music Instrument Product Reviews

Get the straight skinny on the music gear you want with The Hub’s exclusive Hands-On Reviews. You’ll find in-depth details on all manner of musical instruments including guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and many more. Looking for live sound or recording hardware or software? We’ve got you covered there too. Whether you’re a DJ seeking to amp up your show, a beginning guitarist looking for learning tools, or a seasoned weekend warrior searching for the right music gear and accessories to fit your needs and budget, count on The Hub for no-B.S. product reviews. And be sure to stay tuned as we continue to add new music equipment reviews in the coming months.

Monti Montazeri: Randall Thrasher Guitar Head

Monti Montazeri's New WMD: The Randall Thrasher Guitar Head

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The Heavy As Texas/Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals shredder reveals why this fire-breathing 120W all-tube amp has become the key to his onstage assault. He also offers up a quick-lick lesson to put in your riff toolbox.

Yamaha DBR Powered Speakers Review

Hands-on Review: Yamaha DBR Powered Speakers

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We give these newest budget-friendly and super-portable active PA speakers from Yamaha a thorough workout

Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeakers

Hands-On Review: Electro-Voice ETX Powered Loudspeaker Series

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Triad-Orbit Stand System

The Triad-Orbit Stand System: A Smarter Way to Mount Your Mics and Other Gear

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Mic stands don’t get usually get much attention until they fall apart or take a nosedive with one of your prized Neumanns mounted on it. The engineers at Triad-Orbit have clearly spent a lot of time thinking about mic stands, and it shows. They build some of the most rugged, adjustable, stable and smooth-operating stands we’ve ever encountered. And a line of adapters allows you to integrate Triad-Orbit components with conventional stands. An extensive range of couplers and other hardware gives you nearly limitless options in setting up and positioning stands.

Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface Review

Hands-On Review: Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface

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Transform your iPhone into a full-blown audio and video recording studio with this awesome little iOS interface that makes recording, editing, jamming and sharing your music dead simple.

Review: BOSS Waza Craft SD-1W SUPER OverDrive and BD-2W Blues Driver

Hands-on Review: BOSS Waza Craft SD-1W SUPER OverDrive and BD-2W Blues Driver

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We plug these two latest entries from the BOSS Waza Craft guitar stompbox series into our signal chain and report on all the sonic goodness that ensued

The Indestructible Shure SM58 Mic

The Indestructible Shure SM58 Mic: Our Torture Tests Video Prove It’s a Survivor

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Shure Mike abuses this iconic mic with a series of punishing tests that would quickly trash lesser microphones

QSC TouchMix-16 Digital Mixer

QSC TouchMix-16 Digital Mixer

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MAPEX SONIClear Edge Technology

MAPEX SONIClear™ Edge Technology

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Mapex rethinks the critical impact of the bearing edge on drum tone with a new approach that will help get your kit in tune fast while offering a broader tonal range.

Line 6 Sonic Port VX Audio Interface Review

Hands-On Review: Line 6 Sonic Port VX Audio Interface

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By Chris Loeffler
Harmony Central Associate Editor

Line 6 has been in the game of pushing the boundaries of what a guitar player can do with digital technology by marrying a reverence for classic tones and “the way things used to be” with a desire to break through the limitations imposed by “traditional” gear. Having built and maintained their reputation as the industry leader in affordable guitar, amp, and effect modelling almost two decades ago, Line 6 has been conspicuously turning their focus on integrating the guitar experience into consumer-focused devices and tapping in to the rich ecosystem of mobile devices, tablets, and laptops. The Line 6 Sonic Port VX is their latest foray into this world and features a price-point, feature set, and ease of use that’s sure to raise eyebrows.

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