An all-in-one PA rig that’s easy to use and ideal for mid-sized venues
Music Instrument Product Reviews
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We look at a handful of virtual guitar tuners and compare their capabilities with real, hardware-based units.
Shure Mike abuses this iconic mic with a series of punishing tests that would quickly trash lesser microphones
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.
Powered high-fidelity headphones with a built-in audiophile amp
Built to handle the diverse performance demands of the Rush frontman, this LP covers sonic territory well beyond the capabilities of ordinary guitars.
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.
Transform your iPad into a fully-functional drum module loaded with sounds and training tools to sharpen your chops.
By Barry Rivman
Musician’s Friend Senior Staff Writer
In the jargon of producers and recording engineers, equalizers fall into two general categories: "surgical" and "character." The surgical EQ is used correctively, e.g. when you wish to focus on a problem frequency without affecting the neighboring frequencies. Much like a surgeon, you want to go into a narrow band with a very precise cutting tool–an appropriate simile since we primarily "cut" or reduce problem frequencies. Examples would be taming harsh frequencies on cymbals; sibilance or plosives in vocals; fizz or wool on distorted guitars; or overly woofy bass.