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Introducing Pro Tools 9

Leveraging a next-generation architecture, version 9 of Pro Tools offers customers the unprecedented choice to work with Avid audio interfaces, third-party audio interfaces, or no hardware at all when using the built-in audio capabilities of a Mac or PC. This first-ever software-only option for Pro Tools delivers customers the most open, flexible and feature rich version in history, while also providing top professional features customers have requested. Also, new support for the Avid EUCON™ open Ethernet protocol now enables customers to expand control surface options to include Avid’s Artist Series and Pro Series audio consoles and controllers (formerly known as Euphonix® consoles and controllers).

Ashdown ABM 500 Limited Edition

Ashdown ABM 500 Limited Edition

Already a classic in its own right the Ashdown ABM 500 Head has been the power behind countless high profile bass players over the last decade providing the low end for bands such as U2, The Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Biffy Clyro, Pink Floyd, Crowded House, The Jam and The Stranglers. Ashdown have made a very limited, very special edition of the ABM 500 Head - the ABM 500 Head Black Edition. Handmade in the UK and only 40 worldwide, this bass amp is definitely a collectors item integrating a custom matt black finish, chrome push buttons and alloy race inspired rotary knobs. The upgraded power section has faster transient attack, more headroom and even less noise!

SONAR X1

SONAR X1

As one of the most popular DAWs in the market for almost a decade, Cakewalk have now launched a brand new update to SONAR. Sonar X1 Essential, X1 Producer and X1 Studio are expected to be in stock just in time for Christmas! Prices are yet TBC…but we have a sneaky feeling it will be lower than you’d expect from such a cutting edge DAW. We’ve a preview video of the SONAR X1 right here…

Paper Jamz

Paper Jamz is the hottest new range of super-cool guitars from WowWee. Paper Jamz guitars feature unique, paper-thin technology that is played by touch alone, letting you grind out killer riffs and strum note-perfect rock anthems every time!

sE Electronics and Snow Patrol

sE Electronics and Snow Patrol

Johnny McDaid is a writer and producer working with some of the biggest talents around including Snow Patrol, Paul Van Dyk and Gary Go. Every day brings a different recording challenge so it’s a good job he is armed with a whole range of sE gear…

Freeze Your Sound

Freeze Your Sound

The Electro Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer pedal lets you capture a frozen moment and turn it into a tonally unique sonic foundation.
The Electro Harmonix Freeze pedal delivers infinite sustain of any note or chord at the press of a momentary footswitch. Release the footswitch and you are again sample ready. Three selectable decay rates, including a latch mode, guarantee liquid, smooth tonal transitions. Watch a demo video of the EHX Freeze…

International Guitar Festival 2010

International Guitar Festival 2010

A Dolphin Music favourite and must attend, The Wirral based International Guitar Festival is now in its 22nd year and one of the longest running annual guitar festivals in the world. With a great international following, the festival celebrates all things guitar, presenting concerts, workshops and related events throughout November. This year’s festival features the usual eclectic mix of genres and artists that highlight the importance of the guitar within every form of music. See what’s going on here…

Shure Simplify the Spectrum Situation

With the 2012 Digital Switchover getting closer and closer, Shure realise the importance this may have upon your wireless microphone purchasing decisions. Every Shure handheld mic, every body pack, every headset, every lapel wireless system and their PSM900 in-ear monitoring system is availble in Channel 38 versions and for use beyond 2012. What is the digital switchover? Here’s a short video to give you a little bit of information about the 2012 digital switchover. If you’re thinking about buying a new wireless system it’s probably best you know exactly what’s going on!