Heptode''s Deep Crunch must be considered a serious contender for anyone looking to add classic preamp shimmer and drive to their favorite amp, or project studio players looking for an easy way to add Soldano-style dirt to digital mixes.
Larry Graham–legendary groove master for Sly and the Family Stone and pioneer of electric slap bass–recounts the birth of "thumpin'' and pluckin''" as well as his new Graham Central Station album, Raise Up, which features guests like Prince and Raphael Saadiq on 13 boot-shaking tunes.
The JMP-1C is perfect for home recordists looking to add the coveted JMP growl and attack to their tracks, collectors looking for a usable and user-friendly piece of Marshall history, and those who are want the Super Lead sound back after putting their 100-watt heads in storage years ago.
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.
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
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.
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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