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Reviewed: Gon Bops Bongo Cajon
Gon Bops have been bringing out some very cool percussion gear, quickly demonstrating that they’re also a go-to when looking for a quality instrument. Players like Alex Acuna are playing Gon Bops exclusively now and maybe for some, this would be enough to entice them to have a look, but this latest offering should speak for itself. This time we have the Gon Bops Bongo Cajon. It is great, as I found out.
Reviewed: PreSonus FaderPort 16
Most of you who keep an eye on home studio gear will certainly be aware of the PreSonus FaderPort. The original compact control surface for transport and fader controls made its way into many home studios over the last ten or so years, and still continues to be a popular option for simple mix tasks when you don’t want to use the mouse for every function. Well, with a few advancements in the last couple of years, PreSonus have now launched their flagship model in the FaderPort line, one that will offer far more control and a greater ‘hands-on’ workflow. Offering more than ever, the FaderPort 16 is here.
Reviewed: Jackson Guitars Pro Series Demmelition King V
The Jackson King V is an absolute classic. It personifies so much about metal guitar culture and has been a staple in the industry for decades. It’s bold, pointy, attention grabbing and perfect for any player who needs to riff or belt out a wailing solo. The Demmelition King V is the newest signature model from Machine Head’s Phil Demmel. It has all of the characteristics of the classic King V with a few special features to give a new take on the original.
Reviewed: Vox Adio Air GT and BS
Once upon a time, there was a set sequence of events for those brave and/or dumb enough to venture into Guitar Players’ Grotto. First, you struggled to maintain interest as you learned Nirvana and Beatles numbers on a laminate nylon string abomination. If you made it through that mire, you went one of two ways; either you upgraded to a steel stringed acoustic, or you wandered blindly into the dizzyingly wide world of electric guitar.
Reviewed: TC Electronic Quintessence Harmony pedal
Just when you thought every possible avenue of weirdness and tone bending had been explored, along come the Scandinavians. There must be something in the water along the northern European coast that makes its inhabitants relentless explorers. From Viking invaders up through renaissance upheaval to the boundless creativity of modern design, there is no frontier too intimidating for these powerful minds to cross. TC Electronic has been to the music world what The Bauhaus was to furniture design, consistently turning pre-existing thought on its head to see what else they can come up with. Their takes on classic distortion and delay sounds are concurrently more interesting and subtle than ever before, and it doesn’t end there. In their newest stompbox, the Quintessence Harmony Pedal, TC Electronic have found a way to stretch the outer reaches of pitch shifting technology in such a way as to leave just about every other iteration in the dust.
Reviewed: Moog Subsequent 37
There is one name that lives in the world of synthesiser folklore ahead of all others, the name that was adorned by many of the various models from the brand, and the name of the inventor and creator of some of the most musical and challenging synthesisers to this day. I am, of course, talking of Moog, the legacy of the late Dr Bob Moog that carries on with a very forward thinking company today that is constantly delivering new designs and products to meet the market’s needs. That is exactly what the Moog Subsequent 37 is: the result of user demands coming to fruition in a serious keyboard that is now readily available in Australia.
Reviewed: Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster
Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is possibly the most overlooked guitarist in music history. Despite being wedged between the enigmatic persona of Thom Yorke and the mad musical genius of Jonny Greenwood, O’Brien’s effects driven, ethereal guitar style is possibly one of the most important aspects of Radiohead’s sound. So when Fender and Ed O’Brien announced the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster, a model fitted with a unique Fernandes Sustainer pickup system used by the guitarist for close to 20 years, it caught the attention of musicians around the world. Instead of a stock Stratocaster with a huge price tag and an autograph scrawled on the headstock, the design of the EOB Sustainer offered guitarists an entirely new way to create unorthodox textures and intuitive soundscapes - but does the guitar live up to the hype that preceded it?
Reviewed: Yamaha EAD10 Electronic Acoustic Drum Module
Creating a hybrid acoustic/electronic drum kit can sometimes be a complicated process. For working drummers who want to minimise their set ups from gig to gig, setting up a bunch of pads or units and then mixing the electronic sounds with the natural volume coming from the acoustic drums can also be a headache. Yamaha drums have listened and released the EAD10 - Electronic Acoustic Drums.