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Line 6 James Tyler Variax Guitar – Review

By Greg Domeier

I purchased a Line 6 James Tyler Variax (JTV-69) in January of this year from Sweetwater. In that time I’ve had a chance to get familiar with the guitar and experience its strengths and weaknesses.

First off is the fit and finish. The guitar came from Sweetwater setup nicely. The variax weighed about the same as my USA strat. The neck felt very similar as well. There were no buzzing issues with the neck, and playability was good, but the action could be a bit lower. Continue reading

Behringer XENYX 1204USB Mixer – Review

by Cari Live

Here is my review of equipment in my studio and first up is the Behringer XENYX 1204USB Mixer. I had no experience and little money to get started recording and found myself in need of a simple way to connect my synthesizer to my computer and also be able to play my flute with a basic microphone. Continue reading

Hardware Synthesizer – Clavia Nord Lead 2X – Review

by Kenny Inglis (music [at] kennyinglis.com)

In the context of a mix, the sonic advantage gained from using analogue synthesizers over those of the digital/software variety is undeniable. Whether it’s the warmth of those pads or the depth of that bass, the quality within is both immediate and effortless. However, for the majority of composers and producers the associated costs are also undeniable. Continue reading