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March 31, 2009

Ovation MT37 Acoustic Electric Guitar

Exclusive overview of the Ovation MT37 guitar.

ovation-mt37

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March 30, 2009

James Trussart Electric Guitars

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New Stuff from James Trussart guitars…

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March 29, 2009

Marshall MG Series Amps

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Overview of Marshall MG Amps.

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March 28, 2009

Vox Night Train Amp Head

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Exclusive overview of the new Vox Night Train Amp Head.

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March 27, 2009

Video Demo: Vigier GV Electric Guitar

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Exclusive overview of the new Vigier GV guitars.

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March 26, 2009

Musikmesse 2009

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352Musikmesse 2009 takes place April 1-4 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany.  Along with NAMM, it is the world’s leading trade fair for musical-instruments, music software, computer hardware, sheet music and accessories.  Musikmesse has been an important meeting place for the musical-instrument industry for over 25 years.

The Audiofanzine team will be reporting live coverage from Frankfurt during Musikmesse.  Stick around for exclusive news, videos and photos on Audiofanzine’s Musikmesse 2009.

Video Demo: Martin Grand J12-40E Special Acoustic Guitar

Exclusive presentation of a new 12 string acoustic guitar  introduced by Martin at the Winter NAMM Show.

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March 25, 2009

Video Demo: Vox Virage Guitars

Presentation of the new Vox Virage guitars.

vox-virage

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March 24, 2009

Video Demo: Lowden Pierre Bensusan Signature Acoustic Guitar

Presentation of the Lowden Pierre Bensusan Signature model acoustic guitar

lowden-pierre-bensusan

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March 23, 2009

Line 6 POD Studio UX2: The Test

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Line 6 POD Studio UX2: The Test

Well known for its guitar amp simulators, Line 6 has recently updated its Toneport range of audio interfaces, and renamed it POD Studio while they were at it. Let’s take a look at the new UX2 and see what changes have been made.

POD studio UX2

At around $200, there are many interfaces that are likely to attract beginner home-studio owners. Brands like PreSonus, M-Audio, Lexicon, E-MU, Alesis, Tascam, and Novation usually offer more or less the same thing, technically speaking, both in terms of features and quality. Within this context, Line 6 was able to differentiate itself with its Toneport range, whose success was based on its look, and especially the promise of giving access to the POD’s famous amp modeling through GearBox software. You never change a winning combination, so after a few variations of this basic concept (See the test of the UX-8), the time was ripe to update the TonePort GX, UX1, UX2, which were renamed for the occasion to POD Studio GX, UX1 and UX2. The difference between these respective models remains the same: POD Studio GX is geared at guitarists and/or bassists with only one instrument input, while the UX1 and UX2, which also have mic inputs, are designed to be more general purpose devices and therefore target home-studios. The UX1 is a product that could interest tight budgets (around $150) but which would soon show its limitations, since it only has one microphone input, which in addition doesn’t have phantom power (forget about stereo micing, and especially forget about using condenser mics). For this test, we’ll be taking a look at the UX2, which is much more comprehensive and sold at the very aggressive price of $190.

Now let’s take a closer look…

Conclusion

Even if it doesn’t really change much on the hardware side compared to the TonePort, the POD Studio UX2 interface remains, for around $190, one of the best gear choices a beginner could make, provided he/she doesn’t need a MIDI connection. It’s stable, efficient, and easy to use and has one of the best software bundles in this price range, thanks to the presence of POD Farm which makes it particularly attractive for guitarists.

Ease of use.
Stability.
GearBox changing to POD Farm.
POD Farm, Live Lite, and Reason Adapted: a generous bundle.
Excellent value for money.

POD Farm’s lack of flexibility.
No MIDI connection.
Plastic hull.

To read the full detailed article see:  Line 6 POD Studio UX2 Review

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