Music

Limited to 60, Custom Fender Violinmaster Tele Relic Stuns with Stradivarius Features

Fender Custom Shop is renowned for building one-of-a-kind guitars that are art, and the new limited edition Fender Violinmaster Tele Relic has just been announced. The guitar is inspired by the world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell and his legendary 1713 “Gibson ex-Huberman” Stradivarius violin. “Wow” is an understatement when you see the fantastic design and understand how Principal Master Builder, Yuriy Shiskov, captured the essence of the 300-year-old violin.




Fender Stratocaster LEGO Set Hits the Stage with Meticulous Detail and All the Accessories

I love guitars and love LEGO bricks. LEGO has collaborated with Fender to introduce the perfect model for guitar fans and LEGO aficionados alike. The Fender Stratocaster is known as an industry-standard guitar sound across music genres and can now be built in black or red LEGO bricks complete with stand, amp, and foot pedal. A Fender Stratocaster LEGO Set? Yes, please!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by LEGO (@lego) The Fender Stratocaster has been meticulously reimagined in LEGO bricks designed by a fan designer from Slovakia, Tomáš Letenay. Letenay turned his teenage dream of…



BOSS Announces EUROS GS-1 Electronic Guitar, First Wireless Expression Pedal, and Gig Bags

I am essentially hapless as a guitar player. My brother, now he can rip; he has a mini-studio, several guitars, a bunch of effects, friends he records with, and he even had a band for a while. Me? I stick to the piano. But I do love the equipment, the gizmos and gadgets, and gear. And here comes BOSS to fulfill my gadget/gear/gizmo-loving soul with the new EUROS GS-1 Electronic Guitar, Wireless Pedal, and gig bags.




Spotify Stream On Event Shares What’s Next for Spotify with Exciting Podcast Updates

Spotify has become the go-to music and podcast streaming service for many with good reason. Breaking the traditional recording industry model and making the release of new material more accessible and monetizable for musicians and content creators, the service has made it possible for unknown talent to break out and for established talent to get their material out to even more listeners. Whether you use Spotify Free or Spotify Premium, you’ll be interested in today’s Spotify Stream On event.


IK Multimedia Introduces the UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop

Back in late 2018, IK Multimedia surprised vintage synth lovers with their Uno Synth – a tiny monophonic device with capacitive buttons for the keys as well as numerous functions and a few knobs. The surprise was that while Uno Synth looked like a toy, it controlled and sounded like a pro-grade analog synth punching way above its price point. I have put dozens of hours into creating fun sounds with the Uno Synth, and so was thrilled to see IK announce the follow-up – the UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop.  



Watch Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Starting Today on Disney+

Beyoncé’s Black Is King is debuting on Disney+ today. It’s a visual album in which Beyoncé “reimagines the lessons of “The Lion King for today’s young kings and queen’s in search of their own crown. The voyages of Black families throughout time are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity.”


Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster, the Shape-Shifting Guitar

Fender has mixed technology with its usual craftsmanship and iconic Stratocaster shape. The Acoustasonic Stratocaster retails for $1,999.99 and comes in five colors. This unique guitar will allow players to get both acoustic and electric sounds out of the same instrument — all the while playing on a great looking guitar with the quality expected from Fender.


Steinberg Brings Cubasis 3 Audio Workstation to Android Devices

Back in 2012, Steinberg released Cubasis, a fully-featured DAW (digital audio workstation) for iPad with plug-ins, full audio, MIDI recording and editing, and many other professional features. Having used Cubasis on iPad quite a bit through the years, I have always loved how they were able to pack so many features into a mobile platform. Last year’s Cubasis 3 took things to another level, making the iPad version a true mobile DAW. And now Steinberg has brought the acclaimed full-featured mobile studio to Android.




Fender Releases Tone 3.0 App and Mustang GTX Series Amps

The Fender Tone app originally released in 2017; the app is free, and it allows users to dial into presets and tones the brand’s connected amps. The newest iteration of the app, Fender Tone 3.0, is now available on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. Fender’s most sophisticated connected modeling amps, the Mustang GTX series, will be releasing on April 14.




Roland Announces GO:LIVECAST Live Streaming Studio for Smartphones at CES 2020

Roland, the industry-leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, announced its latest innovation at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the GO:LIVECAST Live Streaming Studio for Smartphones.  GO:LIVECAST is a mobile device that allows streamers to enhance and manage live content while remaining engaged with their audience.  It’s basically a mobile broadcast studio and it’ll be available January 2020 for $249.99.


MacOS Catalina … Is It Safe Yet?

I have always been an ‘update first and ask questions later’ kind of guy, but every now and then an update arrives that hits at something critical me – and that is the case with MacOS Catalina. Because it is incompatible with 32-bit applications, everyone has known that older applications would be in danger – but for me an entire industry seems to have been waiting for the last possible moment: music production.