Harmony Central

Hands-On Review: Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax Guitar

Old-school Socal electric guitar building meets 21st-century Line 6 modeling technology



Hands-On Review: Crown XTi 4002 Power Amp

Power to the people—lots of power



Guitar Essentials & Necessaries

Don’t even think about playing guitar without these critical accessories and tools.



Tech Tip: EQ Curves and Musical Style

Do certain styles of music have a "signature" EQ response? Check out the following curves, and decide for yourself.



Hands-On Review: Fender Passport Event

An all-in-one PA rig that’s easy to use and ideal for mid-sized venues



Tech Tip: Tech Gear Roulette—Surviving Technological Change

Live by these seven rules if you want your budget to survive technological change



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

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



Hands-on Review: Yamaha DBR Powered Speakers

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



Tech Tip: Lucky 13 Vocal Processing Tips

A roundup of ideas to give your recorded vocals a professional, signature sound



QSC TouchMix-16 Digital Mixer



MAPEX SONIClear™ Edge Technology

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.



Hands-On Review: Focusrite iTrack Pocket iPhone Interface

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.



Tech Tip: What’s the Deal with Active Guitar and Bass Pickups?

A quick explanation of the difference between active versus passive electric guitar and bass pickups.



Tech Tip: Re-Amping Basics for Guitar

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Recording guru Craig Anderton spells out the ways and means of re-amping your guitar tracks using either hardware or software.



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

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.



Audio-Technica System 10 Wireless Guitar Stompbox

Cut the cord for your live performances!



Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 Multi-Effects Pedal



Hands-On Review: Line 6 StageSource L2t/L3t Speakers

Backline, Front-of-House and Monitor in One Box



Tech Tip: 12 Essential Strategies to Improve Your Audio Mixes

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Victor Grigas

When it’s time to mix a recording, you need some strategies



Hands-On Review: Fender SLIDE iOS Instrument Interface

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.



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