Reviewed: Mackie Thump15BST
I’m sure you’ve all seen Mackie Thump speakers in stores, at gigs and even in venues over the last few years. They have proven to be a popular budget priced speaker from the company that has been bringing you power speakers for a very long time. I’ve used and heard my fair share of the different models of Thump speakers since their release, and now have a chance to listen to the latest model in the range, the Thump15BST. Not only is it an upgraded amplifier and driver to the previous Thump models, it also comes with a range of added features like digital control and wireless streaming and connection between multiple speakers. This may just be the perfect party speaker for easy setup and big sound.
Reviewed: Nux DA30 Electronic Drum Monitor Amplifier
There couldn’t be a more perfect time for a unit like the Nux DA30 personal drum monitor to come along. Not only are electronic kits more popular than ever due to their easy setup and their more affordable mobility on the road, but there are all sorts of other devices out there that can benefit from a unit like this. Think about the Singular Sound’s BeatBuddy pedal, for example: a drum machine pedal for guitarists and bassists which needs to be plugged into a full-range system to reach its full potential. Or perhaps you’re in a pub-level band that has selected pre-recorded backing tracks to fill out the sound, and you need an easy way of getting the signal to the musicians onstage so you know what the hell you’re playing along with.
Reviewed: Yamaha STAGEPAS 600BT
When Yamaha upgraded their STAGEPAS system to succeed the acclaimed 300 and 500 portable PA solutions, they scored a hit with the 400i and 600i offerings. But Yamaha never rests on their laurels, which brings us to the 400BT and 600BT, which you could consider to be the 2.0 of the 400i and 600i.
REVIEWED: IK MULTIMEDIA iLOUD MICRO MONITORS
IK Multimedia have certainly changed the way in which we look at guitar interfacing with their iRig range that continues to grow with new products. An offshoot of that which proved very popular was the iLoud portable Bluetooth monitor that worked not only as a music playing device, but as an interface too. Now the latest incarnation of the iLoud speaker system is here in the form of IK Multimedia’s Micro Monitors.
Reviewed: Dynaudio LYD 48 Studio Monitor Speakers
I think it is safe to say that the new LYD series of studio monitors from Dynaudio is going to be the most usable range of speakers they have ever produced for the home studio. There are a few tricks that are included in these monitors that will make them ideal for many of our readers, especially those recording and mixing in slightly larger rooms. Let’s have a listen to the LYD 48 near to midfield active studio monitors and see what they’re made of.
REVIEWED: SPL TONEHUNTER REDUCER POWER ATTENUATOR
When asked how his band Jawbreaker achieved the distinctly huge guitar sound on their recordings, singer and guitarist Blake Schwartzenbach replied that the answer was simple, miking up tiny, low wattage practice amps. As opposed to the behemoth, plexi stacks of old, these progenitors of the mid-western, emotional rock archetype of the mid 90’s starved their tone of might in order to make it work harder. The ‘small amp; big sound’ approach has since become the ace in the hole of many an expert tonechaser in search of ear bleeding tonal magnitude without shaking the studio to its foundations.
REVIEWED: BELCAT BEL-8040A PORTABLE WIRELESS AMPLIFIER
Smaller and portable seems to have been one of the favoured design concepts over the last few years. Smaller guitar amps with more power, micro guitar pedals, mini mixers and tiny front of house speakers that still kick. Belcat have jumped on that bandwagon with the Bel-8040A Portable Wireless Amplifier, a possible solution for everything from public speaking to small gigs, to parties, music playback, jamming and rehearsals.
DV MARK FRANK GAMBALE SIGNATURE FG212 SPEAKER BOX
The speaker cabinet has always been the unsung hero of the sonic spectrum. At one time or another every tone chaser is bound to go wandering down the rabbit hole only to find themselves lost in a thicket of slanted vs. straight, 4x10, 2x12, open vs. closed back decisions. So few choices are more important as this one, as your cabinet is the last line of defence against melodic mediocrity, and nothing can let an amp head, or indeed an entire performance down like a mismatched or poorly placed set of speakers.