Weekly round-up: March 29th to April 4th

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YOUR ONE-CLICK INDEX OF LAST WEEK’S REVIEWS

The Fender G-DEC 3 FifteenFender G-DEC 3 amplifier review

Yamaha APX1200 review part one

Yamaha APX1200 Review part two

NI Audio Kontrol 1 review part one

NI Audio Kontrol 1 review part two

NI Audio Kontrol 1 review part three

MusicMan StingRay 3EQ bass part one

MusicMan StingRay 3EQ bass part two

Tascam US-144 MkII audio interface

Korg Monotron – MS20 filter returns

PreSonus Studio One Pro overview with Rodney Orpheus part one

Guitar Maintenance part four – action


And there’s still more to read! Click the link to read the rest of this DV247 Blog weekly round-up for exclusive reviews, breaking news and the best in expert opinion!

THE BEST OF THE BLOG

The Yamaha APX1200Fender G-DEC 3 amplifier review

On Wednesday of last week, Rob Sandall became one of the first reviewers in the world to plug in to the Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen combo, writing: “For the tone enthusiasts, covers-band players and home potterers, there’s the chance to be your heroes with ease, and to create your own ideas”.

Yamaha APX1200 review part one

Yamaha APX1200 Review part two

In a world exclusive, the Yamaha APX1200 electro-acoustic guitar landed on the DV247 Blog reviews bench and was quickly snapped up by Marc Noel Johnson, who was keen to test its onboard SRT modelling system. “To put it simply, with the new SRT system in place, the APX1200 sounds like a well miked acoustic guitar in a top studio,” he enthused.

THE BEST OF THE REST

The Korg MonotronKorg Monotron – MS20 filter returns

With news of the Korg Monotron synthesiser arriving at Musikmesse 2010, Paul Dakeyne spent some time describing how it represented the return of the manufacturer’s MS20-style semi modular synths of the late 1970s. “Korg has now delivered something quite small that nonetheless offers gargantuan sonic possibilities for electronic music makers worldwide,” he enthused.

PreSonus Studio One Pro overview with Rodney Orpheus part one

Having attended a very special PreSonus event at the DV East London Retail Warehouse, Paul Dakeyne presented the first in a series of three exclusive tutoring videos featuring Rodney Orpheus discussing the Studio One Pro DAW. In this first part, Rodney explained how to get started with the system.

Native Instrument's Audio Kontrol 1NI Audio Kontrol 1 review part one

NI Audio Kontrol 1 review part two

NI Audio Kontrol 1 review part three

Much of Rob Sandall’s week was occupied with a mighty three-part review of the Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 interface, taking in the basic functions of the unit, how it works in practice, and the choice of free plug-ins offered to those who buy it. In part one, Rob mused that “manufacturers need to offer not only a practical, easy-to-use and professional-quality piece of hardware” but also “a fiercely competitive software collection too”.

The Tascam US144 mkIITascam US-144 MkII interface review

Thursday afternoon saw Paul Dakeyen review the Tascam US-144 USB audio and MIDI interface, and he found himself immediately impressed, writing: “with such an affordable, strong contender in the hardware department, supported by excellent resource and free sequencing software, this model should definitely be on beginner, intermediate and some pro users check list”.

The MusicMan StingRay bass 3EQMusicMan StingRay 3EQ bass part one

MusicMan StingRay 3EQ bass part two

The MusicMan StingRay 3EQ bass had a two part review by Marc Noel Johnson over Easter. MNJ declared it is “undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular and distinctive basses,” adding: “although there are now hundreds of other active basses, the StingRay still has its own unique voice”.

Guitar Maintenance part four – action

Part four of Marc Noel Johnson’s ongoing guide covered getting to grips with changing the action on an instrument without having to call in the experts for help. Exactly what does it mean to get a guitar “set-up”? MNJ offered the answers.

THE WRITER’S BLOCK: OUR OPINIONS, YOUR COMMENTS

Paul Dakeyne: Record company A&R in the 90s

Following on from his previous Writer’s Block column presenting a day in the life of a recording studio in the 1990s, Paul Dakeyne here offered an insight into the inner workings of a dance label of the same time.

Rob Sandall: Monitors – the difference between an idle fiddler and a producer

Ardent home recording enthusiast Rob Sandall spent his regular Writer’s Block column discussing the importance of using high quality monitors, and the difference they can make to a finished recording.

Marc Noel Johnson: I should keep the computer switched off… Until…

Having experimented with songwriting on his DAW, Marc Noel Johnson used his weekly column to concede that no matter how much technology surrounds him, he still writes his best songs with just a guitar.

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