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Review – RC-20 Retro Color by XLN Audio

by Kurt Loewen

The RC-20 by XLN audio is an affordable and versatile production tool that every producer and engineer should have at their disposal.  According to XLN, RC-20 should be on everything…including the master.  And I have to say that after using this liberally over the past 6 months I must agree.

XLN - RC20

Use the 6 settings of Noise, Wobble, Distort, Digital, Space and Magnetic individually or use them all together to create truly one of a kind effects!  Setting the magnitude dial of the overall plugin will give you either more color or more signal depending on where you set it, while each individual setting comes with its own color/signal knob. (more…)

Line 6 JTV59 Variax Review

Line 6 JTV59 Variax Review

Review by Andrew Weaver

Line 6’s JTV59 Variax guitar is a versatile and unique instrument that provides an excellent bang-for-the-buck. Although introduced over ten years ago, the JTV59 is still readily available both new (around $1200) and used ($800-$1000), and remains an interesting solution for players needing a variety of classic guitar tones. At first glance, the JTV59 is a quality Les Paul copy with a mahogany body, maple top, and 2 custom James Tyler humbuckers. As a Les Paul copy, it performs admirably, although there are certainly other options in this price range. (more…)

The alphabet soup of today’s music industry.

By Michael Nickolas

ISRC, UPC, EAN, ISWC, IPI/CAE – codes, codes and more codes! As a music creator selling, licensing, distributing and streaming your product, you’re going to run across these acronyms. What do they stand for and what will they do for you? How do you get them? I’ll cover the details of each of these below.


Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Generation

“Not Just for Songwriters anymore” by Louis Gentile

The Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Generation is an, “entry-level” part of an extensive line of high-quality audio interfaces. I purchased the Solo after my Black Lion modified mainstay Digi 002r was having compatibility problems with the newer Mac computer I was using. My Digi 002r originally came equipped with Focusrite mic preamps. As with the entire Focusrite line, the Solo features 24-bit/192 kHz resolution.