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The Technics SL-1200MK2 (Image: Dydric)

In a move that will surely bring a tear to many an eye in the DJ community, Panasonic last month announced that it was discontinuing production of analog products within its Technics brand – most notably its iconic line of turntables. Technics turntables are renowned for their quick start-up and reliability thanks in part to a Direct-Drive turning mechanism that used magnets instead of a belt drive and have become the turntable of choice for DJs the world over.  Read More

Gibson has announced its latest foray into the world of digitally-enhanced guitars with th...

After a couple of weeks of Apple-esque hype, Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz gave what he calls the revolutionary the Firebird X a smashing start at the press launch in New York. Featuring built-in effects, robotic tuning and coming with wireless pedal controllers, the lightweight new model is being offered in a strictly limited run.  Read More

The Rock Lock loops a steel cable through any solid fixture or heavy equipment and then se...

For a good number of years now my trusty Kensington lock has helped give me peace of mind when out and about with the laptop. Now Chris Goulet has created a similar safety mechanism for a guitar – the Rock Lock. Any musician worried about a prized 1959 Fender Strat walking off at a gig or party can loop the heavy duty steel wire around any fixed structure or heavy equipment and lock the other end around the neck of the guitar and then go enjoy the after show party.  Read More

Tone Box has just created a new Skull Crusher effects pedal and has arranged an exclusive ...

Last year, Tone Box released a uniquely menacing overdrive unit shaped like a human skull where red LEDs lit up the orb sockets. Now the company has announced a new Skull Crusher in steel or gold finish that's being made available to retail in just ten locations in the U.S. The latest incarnation retains the useful 10dB signal boost but now offers an analog preamp that can be used to drive an amplifier or plugged directly into a recording system or mixing board. And yes, the LEDs in the eye sockets are still there too.  Read More

Marshall is getting ready to unleash a pair of headphones that promise to deliver music th...

Marshall amplifiers have been at the center of rock's universe for nearly five decades. Next month will see the company take its audio know-how to more personal territory when the first pair of Marshall Headphones break cover. Instead of sporting Marshall's trademark distortion crunch, the new cans are promised to "render music the way it was meant to sound." Read on for what little information has been revealed and details of how to get access to more...  Read More

FuzzHugger has released a limited run of a new battery-powered overdrive/fuzz practice amp...

FuzzHugger has just unleashed a portable, battery-powered amp that packs some serious volume and gorgeous 1960s fuzz tones into a pipe housing. The appropriately named Pipe Amp is about the size of a vintage effects pedal, doesn't have its own clean channel and can be used to drive a 4 x 12 cabinet. The fact that each one is hand-built and available in strictly limited quantities only adds to its must-have charm. Let the fuzz begin...  Read More

Eowave has released an update to its ribbon synthesizer - the Persephone Mark II

Ever since the dawn of electronics, inventors have looked at weird and wonderful ways of getting at the wealth of opportunities offered by synthesized sound. The instruments through which such sounds are controlled by a player have enjoyed much variety in form, size and functionality in the years since. While most have been keyboard-based, some – like the Theremin – have broken away from tradition to offer an altogether different way of playing. French sound and sensor innovator Eowave has recently updated an instrument that uses a more modern approach to the ribbon-based synthesizer technology used by the likes of Dr Freidrich Adolf Trautwein for his Trautonium – the Persephone Mark II.  Read More

The solar-powered tuner is available in a number of brightly colored silicon skins

When not in use, a guitar tuner is unlikely to see the light of day and is destined to spend much of its life inside a gig bag or hard case. But not giving Tascam's new tuner access to nice, bright sunlight is very bad form indeed. The battery inside the tiny TC-1S is solar charged so if it goes flat, then so do you...  Read More

The Edition 10 headphones from Ultrasone

If you’re the kind of person who’s happy enough with the basic white headphones included with Apple’s iPods then you’re probably not the kind of person who will be interested in the new open back Edition 10 headphones from Germany’s Ultrasone AG. These limited edition headphones pack a number of features and are made from a long list of luxury materials to justify their US$2,750 price tag that places them firmly in the category of “for dedicated audiophiles only.”  Read More

Johan Engelen with the full Micronium setup

It's much, much smaller than its Stradivarian cousin, but not even the Borrowers, Lilliputians or Blefuscudians are of sufficiently diminutive proportions to take a bow to the Micronium. The tiny instrument is made up of microscopic springs activated by combs to produce an audible tone. Half a dozen tone systems are placed on a chip and then chips combined to offer an orchestral range of sounds.  Read More

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