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Hands-On Review: Fender SLIDE iOS Instrument Interface

Hands-On Review: Fender SLIDE iOS Instrument Interface

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By Ara Ajizian
Harmony Central Editorial Director

I was cleaning out the dark corners at the back of my closet recently and came across an ancient relic among the cobwebs and old papers—my old four-track “portable studio.” It was massive in size and weight, with a strange rectangular insert people once called a “cassette tape.” As I studied this long-forgotten piece of recording equipment, and recalled the days of yore when I would actually use this artifact to lay down musical ideas, I took stock of just how far we’ve come in the past 20 years technologically. Thanks to the ever-decreasing size of laptop computers and the advent of mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, the “portable studio” is now truly a reality. All that’s needed is your favorite recording software and a compact interface, and you have more recording power at your fingertips than ever before. With its palm-sized profile and powerful capabilities, the Fender® SLIDE™ interface makes mobile recording as seamless as ever. As a bonus, it’s also designed to be a learning tool when used in conjunction with the included Rock Prodigy Lite app. It all adds up to an affordable, versatile and very functional tool.

Hands-On Review: Moog Theremini

Hands-On Review: Moog Theremini

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By Ara Ajizian

Ahh, the theremin. It still captivates us with its eerie, warbly sound, not to mention the touch-free method by which it’s played (it just looks fun, doesn’t it?). Although some might say the theremin’s time came and went, it left an indelible mark on the late, great Bob Moog. His love for electronic instruments began with the theremin, spawning every incredible innovation and instrument that he gave us during his lifetime. And of course, those innovations continue today at Moog Music, so it’s fitting that they have re-imagined the instrument that started it all and brought us the Theremini, a superbly musical and intuitive instrument that incorporates the classic playability of the theremin with a sound engine based on the Animoog. That, and a host of other modern features, deliver an amazing amount of musical potential in an instrument that’s truly inspirational and fun to play.

How to Copyright Your Music

How to Copyright Your Music

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Copywriting your music is pretty simple, but things can get complicated if you have to enforce your rights

Product Review: M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro USB Controller

Product Review: M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro USB Controller

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Trigger Finger Pro is a hardware/software hybrid controller that readily adapts to just about any workflow, but mastering its interface requires some learning.

Gibson Custom CS Les Paul Long Scale Electric Guitar

Gibson Custom CS Les Paul Long Scale Electric Guitar with SlimTaper Neck

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What a difference an inch makes! The 25-½”-scale neck on this Custom Shop Les Paul Long Scale lends this venerable design a whole new bag of tricks. For Les Paul lovers who may reluctantly put their LPs aside in favor of a longer scale guitar when it’s time for drop tunings or slide work, no such tradeoff is necessary with this versatile guitar.

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to tracking drums, nothing beats a well-equipped studio that has great acoustics and a big mic locker. But here are some tips to help get very respectable drum sounds in your project studio on a bare-bones budget.

Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part II

Tech Tip: Setting Up Your Solidbody Electric Guitar, Part II

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Part 1 | Part 2

By Dr. Spot

Part II (If you didn't read Part I last week, click here and complete the steps described before you continue with Part II.)

Celebrating Skynyrd: Tribute Concert to Feature a Stellar Lineup

Celebrating Skynyrd: Tribute Concert to Feature a Stellar Lineup

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Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973, four years before the plane crash that decimated the band. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Atlanta show will feature rock, country and Americana artists alongside the southern band that refuses to die

This Week in Music History - August 11

This Week in Music History: Wonder Struck & Signed…Crosby Caged…Pearl Jam Silenced

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of August 11

Why Do I Need a Audio Interface?

Tech Tip: Why Do I Need an Audio Interface?

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Something we hear at Musician’s Friend all the time is, “My computer already has a sound card; can I use that to record?”

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