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Product reviews and how-to's of rising music merchandise, CDs, albums, concerts, and more.

  • James Crawford
    Published 11 days ago
    My BandLab Addiction

    My BandLab Addiction

    I love BandLab and, as far as I know, BandLab most certainly loves me.
  • Samantha Bentley
    Published 8 months ago
    Best Headphones for DJing

    Best Headphones for DJing

    The art of DJing is often overlooked. Before I started, I honestly thought it was as easy as pressing play on a CDJ and watching the crowd go wild... anyone could do it, right? I didn’t realise the complexity of accurately beat matching, especially in a club setting. The time and effort it takes to build a standout set, meticulously select the tracks, and then read the crowd's response to said tracks and find interesting and exciting ways of mixing the setlist to keep the audiences attention—everything that goes into performing and writing a GOOD DJ set is pretty hard work.
  • Skunk Uzeki
    Published 9 months ago
    10 Great Gifts for Vaporwave Fans

    10 Great Gifts for Vaporwave Fans

    I'll be the first one to admit that my musical tastes are a bit quirky, but few genres I listen to are as uniquely strange as vaporwave. It's true; us vaporwave fans are an odd breed that care just as much about our music's aesthetic as we do about the music itself.
  • Zack M.
    Published 9 months ago
    Model:Samples vs. Octatrack (A Sampler Comparison)

    Model:Samples vs. Octatrack (A Sampler Comparison)

    With the new Elektron Model:Samples on its way, I began fiending for another shiny new piece to add to my vast collection of production hardware.
  • Iggy Paulsen
    Published 10 months ago
    Customize Your Listening Experience with Lucid Audio Headphones

    Customize Your Listening Experience with Lucid Audio Headphones

    Music is one of the very few things in life that is both personal and public at the same time. Everyone experiences music a little differently, and will have different reactions to the same song. Everyone who goes to concerts knows that what we hear will differ from person to person due to the way our ears process it.
  • Tony Anthony Greg
    Published 11 months ago
    Why the Boompods Aquablaster Is the Only Bluetooth Speaker You Need

    Why the Boompods Aquablaster Is the Only Bluetooth Speaker You Need

    For years, speakers and large quantities of water were, in a sense, considered mutually exclusive. By that I mean you couldn't take your stereo system in the water (obviously), and even bringing it near water presented itself as a pretty hefty risk. I know this from firsthand experience, as my $500 boombox was destroyed by the ocean during high tide. Yes, I was drunk, and yes, I should've been more responsible, but I wanted to listen to some music while I was enjoying the ocean. Sue me.
  • Ossiana Tepfenhart
    Published 11 months ago
    We Tried the Soundbrenner Core: The 4-in-1 Wearable for Musicians

    We Tried the Soundbrenner Core: The 4-in-1 Wearable for Musicians

    Have you ever listened to a music track that was slightly off beat? I have, and let me tell you, it's pretty awful. It's best described as mentally jarring and undanceable; and yet, it's an issue that is akin to nails on a chalkboard for anyone who loves music.
  • Iggy Paulsen
    Published 11 months ago
    PYOUR Audio Helps Those with Hearing Loss Rediscover Music

    PYOUR Audio Helps Those with Hearing Loss Rediscover Music

    It's often said that Beethoven could never hear the kind of music he wrote because he was deaf. People also say that the notes he made were just created from his memories of what they used to sound like. Tragic, considering that he's one of the greatest composers of all time.
  • Fred Eugene Park
    Published about a year ago
    10 Great Gifts for EDM Fans

    10 Great Gifts for EDM Fans

    If you are not personally entrenched in the world of EDM (Electronic Dance Music for the laypeople) it may seem unusual and alien. If you have an EDM fan in your family or friend group, chances are you are going to have to get them a Christmas or birthday gift at some point. Still assuming you do not share their taste in EDM, you may lose hope that you could ever find a gift that they will enjoy, seeing as you don't understand EDM or what has drawn them to it. Fear not though! If you do your research, you will find that there are many great gifts for EDM fans, both practical and aesthetic (especially aesthetic). If you are still stumped and trying to figure out things people should know before their first rave, here are a few suggestions that might help you in your quest for rave themed holiday gifts.
  • Joseph D. N. Kendrick
    Published about a year ago
    Best Internet Radio Players for Music Streaming

    Best Internet Radio Players for Music Streaming

    While the traditional clock radio is fading into the past, a new breed of radio is emerging. These players combine the expansive selection of the internet radio with the latest advancements in portable speaker technology, such as Bluetooth and music app integration. Whether you're a podcast fiend or an NPR junky, an audiophile or just someone who wants to wake up on time, there is an internet radio player for you. This list features the best internet radio players for music streaming, podcast grooves, and alarm sounding on the market today.
  • Nicola P. Young
    Published about a year ago
    Top 10 Water Speakers to Up Your Listening Game

    Top 10 Water Speakers to Up Your Listening Game

    Remember when two of the coolest things in the world were lava lamps and that Windows program that made change designs to match your music? Well, those were definitely two of the coolest things around in the 90s.
  • Nicola P. Young
    Published about a year ago
    Top Rated Turntables to Buy Right Now

    Top Rated Turntables to Buy Right Now

    Vinyl enthusiasts rejoice! Vinyl is back in style, but you don't have to go digging through your grandparent's garage to enjoy the experience. You also don't have to use all your hard earned cash because even though they're a blast from the past, there are many quality record players for under $500. In the modern age, you have a wide range of turntable options for your individual needs and preferences. The art of record collecting itself is also making a comeback. So whether you're looking to reboot your dad's old records or invest in some classic albums to add to your record collection, having the best turntable is imperative. So whether you're a newbie to the vinyl scene or a long-time sound aficionado, check out these top rated turntables to find the right one for you.