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Genelec 8351A Monitor

Genelec 8351A Monitor System

Every inch a modern monitor system. With the 8351A Genelec takes it’s holistic approach to monitor design to the next level.

New Demo: How To Use Electro-Harmonix Clockworks with Korg Monotribe and Volca Keys

The new Rhythm Generator from Electro-Harmonix is an ideal accessory for the Korg Monotribe and Volca Key synths… find out how it works!

Gibson Overview of New Les Paul 2015 Models

Watch Gibson’s expert luthier, Jim De Cola, explain the new changes and upgrades on the Les Paul guitar models for 2015.

Blackstar Teasing Something New

There’s something new coming out of Blackstar HQ. We’re not sure what it looks like but you can hear that it sounds great.

Watch: Introducing the Pioneer HDJ-C70 Professional DJ Headphones

Watch the new Pioneer introduction video for the HDJ-C70 DJ Headphones, which are arriving soon and promise to be very popular! Find out why

Watch: Trailer for ‘808’, New Film About Roland TR-808 Drum-Machine

Can you believe this? The TR-808 is such a legendary piece of gear, that it deserved its own documentary, featuring Rick Rubin, Beastie Boys and Pharrell Williams, among others.

Komplete New Synth Guide

Dubspot have made a thorough examination of some of the new synths available in Komplete 10. Rounds, Kontour and Polyplex offer incredible new sound design potential and they’ve taken a close look at Kontrol integration too!

John 5 on the Waza Craft SD-1W

The new Boss Waza craft pedals should be landing soon, and as this new video featuring Rob Zombie’s guitarist John 5 shows, guitar players all over have a very good reason to be excited about these new pedals!

TC-Helicon Switch-6 Foot Controller for VoiceLive 3 and VoiceLive Touch 2

Very useful controller for VoiceLive 3 and VoiceLive Touch 2, out now. Find out more

Benjamin Booker Rocks Out With Epiphone Riviera P93

Benjamin Booker recently supported Jack White on tour and has been attracting attention on his own right, thanks to his blistering sound. Find out more.

Akai Professional AFX and AMX Controllers for Serato DJ

The new Akai AMX and AFX DJ Controllers add extensive hands-on controls to a variety of DJ setups ranging from Serato NoiseMap Control Vinyl (DVS), minimalist controllers, HID-capable CD transports, and more. Find out more!

Kate Bush Comeback Gig After 35 Years - A Huge Success!

Last night marked the return of Kate Bush to the stages - 35 years since she last performed live! Watch this video report.

Artist Highlight: Flo Mounier talks about Roland TM-2

Flo Mounier, from the extreme metal band Cryptopsy, talks about how he incorporates the new Roland TM-2 Drum trigger module into his drum-kit. If you ever wondered how to mix electronic and acoustic drum sounds easily, into one drum kit, then read on.

Get The Iconic SH-101 Sounds with Roland System-1!

The new Roland System-1 Plug-Out Synth can turn into a classic SH-101 Synthesizer at the touch of a button! Find out how to get the classic sounds used by artists such as Blur, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem & many others…

Launch Control XL: The Ultimate Hands-on Controller for Ableton Live

Check the new video for the new Novation Launch Control XL, the ultimate controller for Ableton Live. Ivan Corraliza, aka. ill Factor (Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Kelly Rowland) shows how you can have total hands-on control using Launch Control XL!

Marshall Headphones On The Road - Watch the New Episode

Ahead of their set at Reading & Leeds Festival 2014, why not watch the Marshall Headphones ‘On The Road’ episode featuring Queens Of The Stone Age? This is a quite a fun series showing a guy’s search for the last remains of true rock’n'roll…

Trunk Records Releases EMS VCS3 Synth Emulator

Cool record label Trunk Records has associated with EMS to release the first ever VCS3 Synth app for iPad. Fans of vintage synthesizer tones such as the ones heard on The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ will be delighted…

All That Dittos Is Gold

The Ditto Looper from TC Electronic has been spruced up in a nice gold finish. Same great pedal, nice price and a snazzy new look.

Numark NV DJ Controller

An all new dedicated controller from Numark that ups the ante. Allowing hands on control over Serato while saving you from getting glued to your laptop screen.

Carry Your Synth With Style

Carry Your Synth With Style

Find out how to get a free bag with your Novation MIDI controller or synth.

20syl - Kodama (official music video) from 20syl on Vimeo.

A History Of Electronic Music Production In One Video

It starts with a pair of hands and some classic instruments, you wont believe where it goes from there

Hail A Cab! Marshall’s Concept Car

Valves, cabs, grilles and speakers. Guitar amps and cars have got more in common than you might think. Marshall worked with Alfa Romeo for this slinky concept car.

Five Guitar Heroes On How They Got Started

Five guitar legends including Slash, Jimmy Page and Hank Marvin speak to the BBC about starting out and why they love their instrument.

Rotherham College helps its students produce a radio station

Rotherham College helps its students produce a radio station

Academy Radio station is on-air thanks Rotherham College of Arts and Technology providing a state-of-the-art recording equipment.

Digitech Drop Tune Pedal

New Product Alert! Digitech Drop Pedal

Big drop tuned tones from the Whammy masters.

Play For LA Shure Guitar Competition

For a chance to win some amazing prizes, Shure are offering amateur guitarists a chance to showcase their guitar skills. Be sure to enter for your chance to win a trip to LA, admission to NAMM 2015, plus a USA Fender Strat and a wireless guitar system.

Roland V-Drums Now With Special One-Off Extras

If you are considering a set of the highly acclaimed Roland V-Drums then this summer is a fantastic time to finally get that set you have been saving up for. They have thrown in two special one-off extras if you buy a HD-3 or TD-11/TD-15 between the 30th May and 31st July 2014.

Ableton Push & AIRA TR-8 In Sync

Push integrates beautifully with hardware, we take a closer look at pairing it with an AIRA TR8 plus some advice on getting your own setup.

Shure SM58 - Designed To Dent

Ever wondered just how the SM58 survives being dropped, run over, set on fire, spat on by vocalists, mauled by bears…

Orange Amplification Receive A Royal Visit For Awards

Orange Amplification Receive A Royal Visit For Awards

A royal visit to Orange Amplification HQ from the Duke of Kent recognises the award of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, which they have received 3 times in the past 6 years.

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL: The Gig Gear Guide

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL: The Gig Gear Guide

We went to see the awesome Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL’s tour in Manchester and also had a good look at their gear too.

Boss DS1X And OD1X Review

Pete Thorn reviews the latest distortion creations from Boss.

Carlos Santana Gear Guide

Premier Guitar took a look at the great man’s rig.

Digitech Hardwire Pedal Guide

What makes a great pedal for live use? It’s gotta be tough for the road, compact for your board and sweet for the ears.

Novation sure is Feelin’ Good

Novation sure is Feelin’ Good

Boss music vid with boss equipiment by Novation.

Fairlight Sampler

Nord Vintage Keys

Chamberlin, Fairlight & Mellotron sounds have been a staple on classic records since people put the needle down on Strawberry Fields by the Beatles.

TonePros Tune O Matic & Wraparound Bridges Now In Stock

TonePros Tune O Matic & Wraparound Bridges are now in stock at Dolphin Music.

How Do I Play…? Easy! Go to Learn To Play Day

Always wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Learn To Play Day will help you do just that!

Nate Mendel From The Foo Fighters On Ashdown

Foo Fighters’ bassist Nate Mendel was on a quest to find an amp that let him get loud enough on stage, then he found Ashdown.

Waves Gold Bundle | Create Infographics

Waves Gold Bundle Offer In Words And Numbers

The Waves Gold Bundle has always been great value but this March it’s gone crazy at £199! We do the math.

The History Of MXR Pedals

They’ve been innovating, creating and delivering big tones for 40 years now. To celebrate MXR are releasing a number of short videos detailing the history of the company.

Do Your Earphones Lack Bass?

A Shure guide to checking that your earphones fit for proper bass reproduction.

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Savings On Ableton & Push Bundles

Get a full copy Ableton Standard or Suite together with Push and save money this spring.

Rob Papen Blue II Released

The latest powerhouse synth plugin from Rob Papen is here for download.

Novation Launchpad S Control Pack with Ableton Live

A look at the new Control Pack from Novation, that offers the Launchpad S at a fantastic price.

Pink Floyd compiling multi-sensory exhibition for September 2014

Pink Floyd’s four decade history is being compiled into a multi-sensory exhibition which will take place in Milan this September.

Orange Launch Limited Edition White Amps

Orange Amplifiers announce limited edition run of white amps.

Synthesizer Of The Week: MiniMoog Voyager Performer Edition

Our very first Synth Of The Week goes to the MiniMoog Voyager Performer Edition

Jon Hopkins Synth Guide

We took some time out to review the synthesizers Jon Hopkins uses to record and perform.

Guitar Of The Week: Gretsch White Falcon

Introducing the Gretsch White Falcon Guitar, most famously used by Neil Young and Stephen Stills.

Rock N Roll Marathon Comes To Liverpool

If you love music and enjoy running, the Rock N Roll Marathon may just be the event for you.

Artist Interview : Petrels

Multi-instrumentalist Petrels, is well known for his textured ambient music. We took some time out to interview him about his recording process, live setup and future plans.

Squarepusher Joins Forces With Robots For Upcoming EP, ‘Music For Robots’.

Electronic experimental musician Squarepusher will collaborate with a robotic band on his next EP ‘Music for Robots’.

Korg To Revive Classic Korg Arp Odyssey Synth

Korg announced this week that they plan to revive the classic Korg Arp Odyssey synth in 2014.

5 UK Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

Fancy going to a music festival this year? Why not try something different?.

Download Novation Sound Pack & Win a T-Shirt

Novation release Free Synth Sound Pack for Novation UltraNova and MiniNova. Guess the tracks to win a limited edition Novation T-Shirt.

Fender Learn To Play Day 2014

Fender announced this week that they’ll be holding a ‘Learn to Play Day’ in partnership with the Registry of Guitar Tutors in London this April.

Breakthrough For Travelling Musicians

This week news broke that the European parliament has voted in favour of law changes which would benefit musicians travelling by air.

TONTO: The World’s Largest Synthesizer

What is the world’s largest synthesizer? How was it made and who made it?. We answer all your questions.

Numark Remix Toolkit

Numark Mixtrack With Free Remix Toolkit Worth £129

Get £129 worth of samples free with the Numark Mixtrack range of DJ controllers.

Robert Smith’s Live Setup

In celebration of The Cure’s new album, we decided to analyse Robert Smith’s live setup.

Roland AIRA Update

This morning, the team at Roland have taken 1 step closer to the big reveal and the following photos and video have been released.

Guitar Of The Week: Rickenbacker 360

Introducing the Rickenbacker 360 in Ruby Red. A tradition vintage style guitar with all the components of a modern model.

A brief history of the TR808 and the TR909

In advance of the AIRA launch, we take a look at why the TR808 and TR909 drum machines were so popular amongst musicians when they were originally released in the 1980’s.

Love Music. Protect Your Ears.

Tinnitus is a condition that will affect many musicians and music fans in their lifetime. Read our tips on how to prevent it from affecting you.

Introducing Suzanne Ciani

Introducing Suzanne Ciani: one of the first female electronic musicians to make a living from composing electronic music.

Julianna Barwick Gear Guide

In this article we take a closer look at the pedal boards and effects processors being used in Julianna Barwick’s home recording setup.

Guitar And Guitarist Spotting At NAMM With Fender

There was an awful lot going at the Fender stand when we dropped by at NAMM. Very considerate of them to condense it all down in this neat video.

New Tannoy Reveal Monitors In Stock

The return of a legend, the latest Reveal monitors from Tannoy have started arriving at Dolphin.

An Early Look At The Universal Audio Apollo Twin

Getting a good look at exactly how the Apollo Twin can deliver pro studio results on your Mac at home.

Vintage Echoplex Mojo From Jim Dunlop

The pedal maestros at Jim Dunlop have taken the classic sounding preamp from the Echoplex and put it in pedal format.

Blackstar At The NAMM Show 2014

What have the British tone merchants got up their sleeve?

Johnny Marr On ‘Producing With Your Feet’

Smiths legend Johnny Marr talks to Boss about why he loves his GT-100 Multi Effects Pedal.

Novation Bass Station II - Six Synths Jam!

Pure analogue synth goodness from Novation. With six Bass Stations playing together in perfect, filthy harmony.

Alt-J Choose sE Microphones

Lance Reynolds is the live sound and studio recording engineer for British band, Alt-J. In this article Reynolds talks about the introduction of sE microphones into Alt-J’s live setup.

New Skindred Album ‘Kill The Power’ recorded with sE Electronics

Producer James Loughrey talks to sE electronics about recording the New Skindred Album ‘Kill The Power’ with the sE Electronics VooDoo VR2 Mic.

Behind the Scenes: Will.I.Am and Novation Launchkey

We take at the Novation Launchkey and how it’s being used in Will.I.Am’s live setup.

Eddie Mapp Live Sound With Paramore & Evanescence

Eddie goes over his live rig and why he loves sE Electronics ribbon mics.

Electro Harmonix Get Tubes Screaming With East River Drive

Set your amps tubes screaming with hot overdrive.

Numark Orbit - Must Have DJ Kit

The Orbit can change the way you perform live as well as play in the studio.

John 5 On Shredding & Sessions

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 reveals how he became an in demand session player and what Boss pedals he uses.

Korg Keyboards Remix

The Spinto Band have put together a cracking remix of their single ‘Shake It Off’ using a range of Korg synths. From the humble Monotron to the meaty MS-20.

Felix Da Housecat Using Traktor X1

Felix Da Housecat shows us how it’s done with Traktor X1. Remix, rearrange and tweak FX on the fly.

Guitar Rig 5 Pro Free With Komplete Audio 6

As if Cubase LE and Komplete Elements weren’t enough already. For a limited time you can get Guitar Rig Pro too!

Vintage Models Make A Comeback With Squier

Some forgotten classics are returning with Squier.

Roland Talk To Roger Taylor From Duran Duran

Work is underway on a new Duran Duran album. The Roland TD-30KV plays a big part of the creative process.

Fuzz Face Pedal Shoot Out

Listen to how the new Fuzz Face Mini’s compare to their big brother and to each other.

Traktor X1

Native Instruments X1 Mk2 Announced

Even more features in the same compact form. The X1 Mk2 is destined to make life easier for digital DJs while also offering great new performance options.

Peavey Max Bass Combos

Peavey Max Bass Amps

Check out the new Max amps from Peavey. Big tone from portable combos.

Genelec M030 & M040 - Green, Creative & Inspiring Sound

Being Genelec clarity and balanced frequency response comes as standard. The M030 & M040 also represent a progression of Genelec’s commitment to environmentally friendly design.

Primal Scream Take MS-20 Mini On The Road

Primal Scream keyboardist Andrew Innes recently got his hands on the MS-20 Mini. Here he is speaking to Korg and coaxing some mean sounds from the machine.

Find Out More About The Korg Volca Synths

Some fantastic videos from Korg, going into the details of exactly what the Volca series synths can do.

New From Fender - Satin Strats & Pedals

Satin finish Strats and Competition Series pedals.

Four Tet

Four Tet Runs Through His Live Gear

Centered around Ableton Live and a Pioneer DJ Mixer, Kieran Hebden can loop, arrange and experiment on the fly.

High End Headphones From AKG

Audiophile or mix pro? The K712 and K612 headphones are the latest world class headphone models from AKG.

Bernie Marsden Roland Strat

Bernie Marsden Talks To Roland

Bernie chats about Whitesnake, Rory Gallaghers Strat and his Roland G5 Guitar Synth.

Arturia SparkLE Gets Glowing Reviews

The SparkLE is a rhythmic beast and Future Music are big fans. Scoring the synth 9.2 in a review.

sE Electronics Mics

sE Electronics Best Pick For Ultimate Drums

Frontline Producer have used almost exclusively sE microphones to record their high grade drum sample collection Ultimate Drums.

Will Smith And Jazzy Jeff Reunited

They were together again performing on The Graham Norton Show. Jazzy Jeff brought along his Novation Dicers to nail the perfect performance.

Lennon Bus Audio Technica

Audio Technica Help Launch The Lennon Bus

Launched here in Liverpool by Yoko Ono, the Lennon bus is set to travel around Europe. A portable studio, teaching young people about songwriting and sound engineering.