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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.

New Squier Affinity Strats

In funky new Olympic White and Lake Placid Blue. HSS Strats give you great flexibility and playability.

Pioneer DDJ-S1 Now Comes With Serato DJ

Pro grade controller, software and FX all in one package.

KingKorg Vs. Vintage Analogue

A great comparison showing how the classic filter models on the KingKorg stand up against the real thing.

Traktor DJ For iPhone

Now you can get Native Instruments DJ package for your phone. Everything you need to play the party in your pocket.

Reason 7 Available

Reason 7 Parallel Compression & Quantisation Tips

The wait is almost over and Reason 7 will be shipping next week. So in order to whet your anticipation over the weekend here’s a couple of great videos demonstrating Parallel Processing and Audio Quantise.

Alex Hutchings Jumping Through Loops

Running us through his impressive rig, capable of creating an orchestra worth of sounds using a humble guitar, GR-55 Guitar Synth and Boss RC-300 looper.

Doctor Who Soundtrack On Guitar

We’ve been on a bit of a synth tip of late but there’s no reason it should be all about keyboardists.

Launchkey & Reason

The Launchkey takes the Launchpad philosophy further. Adding Launchpad buttons into a comprehensive MIDI controller.

Beatles Vox

Rare Beatles Vox Guitar Up For Viewing & Auction

A guitar used by John Lennon & George Harrison is going up for auction in LA and it’s expected to fetch around $250,000.

New Ways To Play With A Superego

The Superego from Electro Harmonix can change the way you play guitar. With rich beds, atmospheres and organ like tones you can kick the keys player out the band.

RCF Ayra White

RCF Ayra 5 In White

Precision made Italian studio monitors. With an illuminating RCF logo and rounded finish meaning the looks match the sound.

Dr. Green Review

Rave Reviews For Dr Green Pedals

Crafted in deepest Essex and shortly expected to come screaming into studios, venues and practice rooms the world over. Dr Green is making quite a stir in his lab.

Gretsch Greats - Tim Armstrong And Billy Duffy

Two great guitarists, each with their own signature hollow body Gretsch.

Roland 808

808s, 303s & 909s - Roland Synths On Radio 1

The Beastie Boys said it “nothing sounds quite like an 808.” Of course legions of producers in hip hop and dance would agree.

Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi

Deluxe Bass Big Muff In Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar have reviewed the Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi and they were pretty impressed.

Novation Release Launchpad App for iPad

Let your music take off from a Launchpad, trigger loops and program beats while setting levels and effects sends. Now iPad users can get in on the action with the free Launchpad iPad app!

Gotye Loving The Ultranova Synth

Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist Gotye recently won 3 Grammy’s, well deserved in our opinion. He’s been spreading the love for Novation recently, from the Bass Station to the Ultra Nova he’s always been a fan.

Native Instruments Teasing A New Synth

They’re not giving much away but Native Instruments are teasing us with a video for their latest synth and it sounds pretty good.

Tom Odell Using Roland At The Brits

Tom Odell was the Critic’s Choice at the Brits and played in a special performance backstage, using his trusty Roland digital piano.

Steinberg CMC Physical Controllers For Cubase

Take control of channel strip EQ & compression, drum machines, transport controls and plugin settings.

The Return Of My Bloody Valentine

There are those who swore it would never happen but My Bloody Valentine are back with a new album. In honour of the good news we’ve updated our MBV gear guide, so you can get that incredible wall of sound.

Fall Out Boy Are Back And On Tour

Reported to have broken up but it turns out they were merely on hiatus. Now with a new album and a string of live dates Fall Out Boy will be rocking a radio or venue near you shortly, looking to Save Rock And Roll.

One Amazing Performance From 24 iPads

This class performed a song using 24 iPads along with M-Audio Oxygen controllers, Apogee Jam and iRig audio interfaces. Very impressive and really shows what you can do on even the most compact and portable devices!

New Fender Acoustic Custom Shop

With the new Fender Acoustic Custom Shop in New Hartford, Connecticut there’s something seriously tasty propositions coming from Fender. Both big and small…

Beyonce Superbowl

Beyonce At The Superbowl

Reckoned to be one of the finest Superbowl half time shows ever, Beyonce hit it out of the park!

A Mackie Cinema Moment

Mackie have put together some fantastic promo videos before but this latest one is a mini masterpiece.

Boss: Effecting Change With New Multi Dimensional Processing

Boss are changing the way we play once again with leading-edge adaptive technology. Responding to your dynamics and style MDP really is unlike anything we’ve heard before.

NAMM 2013: Yamaha’s iPad sequencer for your MOX or MOTIF synth [VIDEO]

And move quick, because there’s special launch pricing too!

Numark Orbit video: “looks like a game controller that crashed into a disco”

Not only is the Numark Orbit the the world’s first wireless handheld DJ controller, but it also has an iPhone-esque accelerometer so you can manipulate sounds simply by tilting the device!

IK Multimedia | Rocking the World of Mobile Music

IK Multimedia are Rocking NAMM 2013, with a sound wave of mobile music awesomeness.

DJ Shiftee in Total KONTROL | Native Instruments Z2

Check out DJ Shiftee with the new Native Instruments traktor Kontrol Z2 DJ Mixer

Lianne La Havas Live | Recorded with Focusrite ISA 430 MkII

Lianne La Havas performs ‘Forget’ - Live at the Village Underground. Recorded using a Focusrite ISA 430 MkII.

Akai MPC Renaissance University | Get to Know

We know you’ve been waiting a long long time for its arrival, but the MPC Renaissance if finally here! Check out the MPC University from Akai, get to know the gear and take a look at Music Radar’s Renaissance Review.

Universal Audio | Ryan Hewitt’s Tips & Tricks

Universal Audio Artist Ryan Hewitt shares his Tips & Tricks in the production of one of his recent projects.

A Look Around the Nord Stockholm Factory

Clavia have been kind enough to give us some insight into the magic that happens in their Nord Stockholm factory.