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Publish Your Music On iTunes For Free!

Well, for the first song anyway. DistroKid launches a new more affordable digital publishing platform for musicians.

DistroKid was founded by Philip Kaplan in late May, 2013. He’s a web developer, programmer, and drummer in San Francisco, California who also runs Fandalism, which is one of the largest online communities of musicians.

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The DistroKid website sports a very clean and straight-forward layout. It immediately offers a signup form with a claim that “your music will be in stores today.” Well, they’re not kidding. Read the rest of this entry »

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones Review – How are they after 36 months?

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after repair

Update: Retreads Anyone?

After posting the following 36 month review I wondered what would happen if I returned my ATH-M50 phones to the factory. I went to the support page http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/9de91ac2563eaf16/index.html  that explains the easy procedure to return product for repair. I wrote a short and polite note about my disappointment with the build quality and asked them to dispose of the phones if they could not be repaired. I thought that was the end of it. To my surprise Read the rest of this entry »

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NAMM 2013 Goes Into High Gear

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Truss going up in Hall B for NAMM 2013 – photo by Lance Quinn

NAMM Show setup goes into high gear this week with opening day Wednesday, January 24. Nearly 100,000 people from 90 countries will gather in Anaheim to preview products from over 1,400 companies. The NAMM Show includes every imaginable music-related product along with lighting, DJ gear, music technology including apps and software for the professional and consumer, guitars, drums, synthesizers, band and orchestra instruments, studio recording equipment and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flashback Review – Musitronics Mu-tron Octave Divider

A Look Back at a Guitar Effects Icon and His Iconic Mu-Tron Octave Divider

Musitronics Corp. was founded in 1972 in Rosemont, New Jersey, and operated until the sale of its Mu-Tron product line to A.R.P. in 1978. The original Mu-Tron products have since become collectors items. Mike Beigel is the inventor of the original Mu-Tron III and principal developer of the Mu-Tron product line. The Mu-Tron Octave Divider was developed in collaboration with Dan Armstrong and George Merriman after Musitronics started producing Armstrong’s line of Made in USA products.

Elliott Randall and Mike Beigel in the studio, 1979

Elliott Randall and Mike Beigel in the studio, 1979

Mutron pedals were used by Jerry Garcia of the Greatful Dead, Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone, and many other artists in the late 70s and early 80s. As an octave divider there are many modern pedals by EBS, Boss, Dunlop, Ampeg and others that have better tracking and up and down octave features. But none can replicate the signature sound that the Mu-tron Octave Divider creates with the built in Green Ringer circuit. The Ringer sounds excellent on bass with heaps of growling and distorted overtones for added dimension to your sound. Read the rest of this entry »