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Articles by James Rotondi

How to Pick your Pick

May 11, 2012
The material, thickness, texture, and shape of that pick have an outsized impact not only on the sound we create, but also on our phrasing and articulation.
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Roundup: 5 Hand-Held Multitrack Recorders Reviewed

March 20, 2012
We evaluate the features, audio quality, and design of five of the leading portable recorders to give you a leg up on tracking your guitars on the move.
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Roundup: 5 Multi-Track Digital Recorders Reviewed

March 20, 2012
In this roundup, we’ll look at the Korg and Olympus units, as well as the latest incarnations of two of the most popular devices in this category—Zoom’s feature-rich H4N and Boss’ smartly designed Micro BR, and home-recording pioneers Tascam''s classic-looking DP-004
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Girl Gone Bad: Esperanza Spalding

March 9, 2012
Grammy-winning, jazz-soul phenom Esperanza Spalding risked everything when she left a 10-year classical career for the jazz scene. Since then, she’s played some of the most prestigious events in the world, including at the White House and Nobel Prize ceremonies. Here she ruminates on fretless bass, friendship, and the fine art of listening.
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iPhone Recording App Roundup

March 9, 2012
It’s a real surprise to look up from your coffee cup in early 2012 and find a whole spectrum of impressive amp and effect simulators, as well as a clutch of affordable plug-and-play interfaces, that make jamming on your smartphone as easy as adding emoticons to your text messages.
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