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REVIEWED: YAMAHA GENOS DIGITAL WORKSTATION
Yamaha’s Tyros5 Workstation was designed as the ultimate performance keyboard, but Yamaha keeps redefining what they mean by ultimate. So meet Genos - the next generation in digital workstations. Now, Tyros could be quite an investment, and Genos is very much up there in terms of cost too, but from the second you sit down behind one, you’re going to get the feeling that not a cent of your cash has been wasted. The very first impression you’ll get is that this is a serious, pro-level piece of kit that takes what made Tyros great and reimagines it.
REVIEWED: GRETSCH ROOTS COLLECTION
The Gretsch Roots Collection of acoustic guitars is inspired by traditional designs filtered through the very identifiable Gretsch sensibility. In some ways they have an ‘old Gibson’ appearance until you look closer and start to see their uniqueness. It’s in the visual flair as well as certain player-friendly improvements. There are three instruments in the line: the Style 1 Single-0 Parlor, the Style 2 Triple-0 Auditorium, and the Style 3 Double-0 Grand Concert. Fender Music Australia sent us the first two to check out.
REVIEWED: FENDER BASSBREAKER 45 AND 18/30 COMBO AMPS
The way I see it, being a household name has got to be more trouble than it’s worth. The progenitor of modern musical instruments, Leo Fender, must not have slept for decades trying to keep his beloved script logo from being eclipsed by any number of upstarts nipping at his heels, poor fella. Fender has consistently stayed ahead of the pack not only by building time-tested classics, but also by using these as springboards for new and improved versions of holy tonality. For many, the be all and end all of ear candy is the behemoth Bassman that has graced stages since almost forever. It is from this well that its direct descendants, the Bassbreaker Series of amplifiers, spring.
REVIEWED: TC ELECTRONIC HALL OF FAME II REVERB PEDAL
TC Electronic’s Hall of Fame pedal quickly became a part of pedalboards the world over for its ease of use and great sound. Now, the second incarnation of the best-selling effect is ready to take the stage, taking what the original did and updating it for a new generation of players.
Reviewed: Waldorf Blofeld Virtual Analogue Synthesiser
It is no secret that I am a fan of Waldorf synthesisers. In the past I have owned the Pulse, a Microwave XT, and a Micro Q, all of which have served me well, especially when I get the urge for that thick and luscious synth-pop sound they do so well. So when the Blofeld first came out a number of years back I got my hands on one, not being able to resist hearing what was on offer. I think it was to the Blofeld’s detriment that it hit the market in a low point for hardware synthesisers and it almost went unnoticed for some time, only getting the attention of Waldorf fans. But now, with the introduction of its bigger, evil brother, Blofeld is back to take over the world once again.
Reviewed: Yamaha A Series Acoustic Guitars
One of the less perverted and more fascinating things the internet is responsible for is shining a light on the least explored secret aspects of human behaviour. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of what has become known as the ‘unboxing video.’
Reviewed: sE Electronics sE8 Stereo Condenser Microphones
There is a lot to be said for quality when it is delivered at a price that is well below expectations. Let’s face it; the team at sE Electronics have proven that they know how to build a good microphone. It’s something they have been doing for a while now and these guys continue to kick goals. But, they also continue to bring out lower priced microphones to meet market needs. To be quite frank, I was initially a little put off by this new microphone set from sE Electronics, purely because of the price-point that it came in at. One gets a little worried when something just seems too good to be true. Considering what I would expect to pay for a quality pair of matched pencil condensers, this set is an absolute steal, coming with all the accessories and none of the cutbacks in sound quality.
Reviewed: Soundcraft Ui24R Digital Mixer
It used to be a case of needing a second mortgage to afford a digital mixer, and then requiring a university degree just to understand how to get the thing running. That has all changed now. The last few years have all but seen the last of analogue consoles in a live environment when bands often need to move from one venue to another and pull a good mix quickly and easily in each one. Not only has the price come down, but so too has the size. The features list and quality, however, has continued to raise the bar. Soundcraft have been at the forefront of this, and the recent range of Ui mixers has set the standard for portable digital mixing.