Signal Processors

Preamp Buying Guide

How to choose the right audio preamp to match your music, microphones, instruments and budget.



Tech Tip: How to Set a Compressor for Voice and Instruments

The rundown on various compressor types and the best ways to use them to give your music professional punch



Tech Tip: Compressors Demystified

How to harness the power of compression to give your recordings the punch and sheen of a professional audio production



Tech Tip: Effects Basics—Part 4

Learn what compressors, limiters, expanders, noise gates and sustain effects do and how to use them to produce better sound onstage and in the studio



Tech Tip: Effects Basics—Part 3

Adding crunchy goodness to your guitar sound with distortion, overdrive, fuzz and boost effects.



Tech Tip: Effects Basics—Part I

Learn how stage and studio effects work and how to use them to do your sonic bidding



Back to the Future: Roland Rolls Out AIRA

New series links today's performance needs with Roland's legacy EDM gear

It's hard to believe that electronic synths, sequencers, and beat machines have been with us for going on four decades now. Roland led the march of the microprocessors that transformed the sounds of modern music; by the early 1980s the company's groundbreaking drum machines and synthesizers were reshaping the musical soundscape.



Hands-On Review: Lexicon MX300 Stereo Reverb Effects Processor

Power to the plug-ins



Hands-On Review: Lexicon MX400 and MX400XL Processors

Plug-in technology, USB, and legendary effects



Hands-On Review: dbx DriveRack PA+

Redefining PA System Control



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