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Articles by James Rotondi

MXR Slash Octave Fuzz Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Slash is hardly the first player you think of when octave pedals come to mind—the only Guns N’ Roses tune you’d think might have one, “Paradise City,” is actually
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Tortuga Manhattan Dual Analog Flanger Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Tortuga Effects founder Matt Johnson clearly likes his cocktails in the evening. No, there’s nothing sloppy or woozy about his hip line of timedomain and distortion/fuzz pedals. On the
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Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Review

August 10, 2012
The 2012 Les Paul Standard is a superb all-around axe that combines archetypal styling with some genuinely smart performance enhancements that make it one of the most versatile Les Paul’s ever and about as varied an electric guitar as you’ll find.
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Interview: Spectrum Road - Fusing Muses

June 8, 2012
Bass legend Jack Bruce and funk-metal/avant-fusion master Vernon Reid pay homage to fusion god Tony Williams with their new Spectrum Road project.
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Interview: Billy Duffy - Captain Riffs

May 11, 2012
The Bob Rock produced "Choice of Weapon," is a strikingly rich return to form, arguably deeper lyrically and broader stylistically than 2001’s "Beyond Good and Evil" or 2007’s "Born Into This."
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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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