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Gear: Ultrasone HFI-680 Headphones

As the description on Ultrasone HFI-680 (MSRP: $249) headphones' packaging points out, most run-of-the-mill phones on the market attempt to put whatever you may be jammin' to inside of your head. With its patented S-Logic™ Natural Surround Sound, these cans put the audio around your head, and the thick, comfortable cushioning around the acoustically designed earcups helps keep the professional-quality sound in (no sonic bleed coming from these guys). Read more » 

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  • 10/28/2010

Gear: Korg Monotron Analog Ribbon Synth

Remember when the MicroKorg came out? Everyone and their brother was suddenly "into" synths, and an almost equal number of bands started using the small, affordable instrument live and in the studio. Well, it seems we ought to get ready for the next level of that integration, as Korg recently released an even more compact synthesizer, the Monotron (MSRP: $90). Read more » 

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  • 10/21/2010

Gear: Apogee Gio Foot-Controller Audio Interface

If you are a Mac-based recording musician with blazing, delicate, or down-right deafening guitar licks in your tracking plans, Apogee's Gio (MSRP: $395) could be your perfect studio companion. Apogee, an industry favorite for their pristine audio converters, aims to please the guitar-welding recordist with this new foot-controller/audio-interface combo. Technically, any Mac-based DAW (Ableton Live, for example) can be controlled by the Gio, but the product is intended for—and works best with—GarageBand '09, Logic Pro 9, and MainStage 2. Read more » 

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  • 10/14/2010

Gear: IK Multimedia AmpliTube iRig iPhone Interface

The iPhone can now take you from ringtones to ringing tone. The pocket-sized IK Multimedia iRig (MSRP: $39.99) builds off AmpliTube's low-latency gear-modeling engine. Combining an app and guitar-slide-sized dongle, a mono 1/4-inch input, and 1/8-inch stereo output, the adaptor converts the iPhone headphone jack into a functional practice amp for guitar/bass/keyboard. Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2010

Gear: In the Studio: Karizma—The Baltimore Bass Guru Talks Building Drums and Drama

Wham City and club music aside, Baltimore is still a place where you can roll up to a red light and hear deep house thumping from a car window, or find a "House Music Lives" sticker plastered on an alley door. Before club music, house was the dance music of the city—and its old-school residents remember it fondly. Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2010

Gear: Matthew Dear's Vocal Tips

There are two distinctly different sides to New York-based producer/DJ Matthew Dear: his lengthy excursions into DJ-friendly techno (most commonly heard under his Audion guise) and his eponymous pop-oriented side, with which he's explored playing as a live three-piece with his Big Hands band, and has crafted two critically acclaimed full-lengths. If there's one major element that sets these sides apart, though, it's singing. Read more » 

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  • 09/09/2010

Gear: Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor

A great tool for producers, live performers, or people who just like to eff around with their voice, Roland's VP-7 Vocal Processor (MSRP: $639) stands as one of the most intuitive and multi-faceted vocal-effects pedals currently available. Run a MIDI cable from any of your synths into this box, plug in a microphone, and create any number of vocal harmonies yourself, or use the available voice types Female Choir, Boys Choir, Gregorian Choir, and Jazz Scat to have the box sing for you. Read more » 

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  • 08/26/2010

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