Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer review

Good price, sounds great and has a USB/Audio MIDI interface too.Fast-forward five years and Roland has launched its successor, the VT-4.

Electronic musicians can download a free guide to mental health


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To coincide with World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Thursday 10 October, The Association For Electronic Music (AFEM) has launched a free mental health guide for those working in the electronic music industry.This is designed to educate and provide support for those who may be suffering from mental health problems, and is also an attempt to further destigmatise the issue.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie review: "A final farewell to some of television's greatest characters"

Our Verdict
El Camino caps off Jesse's adventure with a literal bang, while the flashbacks make for nice, if slightly unnecessary, fan service.” Those words, said during the opening moments of El Camino, epitomise the character’s journey through Breaking Bad – the show-stopping series that charted the rise and fall of Walter White.

Best 7-seater cars on sale 2019

Since the early eighties, British buyers have taken the idea of driving a 7-seater to their hearts, but what’s the best 7-seat car on sale right now?Tesla Model XScroll down or click on the links above to read more about the best 7-seat cars to buy right now…1.

PRS to celebrate 35th Anniversary with six new SE models for 2020


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To celebrate its 35th anniversary next year, PRS Guitars has unveiled six new models, with a variety of lush finishes revising the high-end guitar brand's more afforable SE line of electric guitars.The 2020 SE models comprise the SE Custom 24 Burled Ash, SE Custom 24 Poplar Burl, SE Hollowbody Standard, SE Hollowbody II, SE Mira, and SE Starla Stoptail.

Classic gear: Gibson Les Paul Special


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The Les Paul Special was released in 1955 following the introduction of the Junior, TV and Custom models the previous year and completed Gibson’s seminal range of Les Paul-endorsed solidbody electric guitars that began with the Les Paul Model/Goldtop in 1952.“The new Les Paul Special solid body Electric Spanish [single] Cutaway Guitar incorporates the features that have made the Les Paul Model famous.

A bassist’s guide to Chuck Rainey

This month: Mr Chuck Rainey.Charles Walter Rainey III - better known as Chuck - is a bassist whose locked-in style has given him a five-decade career.

How to download and install macOS Catalina

Operating systems

The final version of macOS is ready to download

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Welcome to our guide on how to download and install macOS Catalina, which is also known as macOS 10.As with previous versions of macOS, macOS Catalina is a free update which brings a number of cool new features.

Ginger Baker, Cream’s legendary drummer, dies aged 80


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The Cream drummer and co-founder Ginger Baker has died, aged 80.His death was confirmed on his Facebook page in a statement that said he “passed away peacefully” on Sunday morning.

Black metal: a guitarist's guide

Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk (1997)By the late 90s, black metal was acquiring a surprising air of respectability, and Emperor’s sophomore release did much to legitimise the genre for an audience still focused on the scene’s unseemly origins.Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994)The infamy surrounding De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas will perhaps always eclipse the album’s artistic significance, including the archetypal black metal guitar sound canonised by Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth.

Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X get removable SSDs... that you can't remove

It had initially appeared that Microsoft had taken those criticisms to heart by announcing that the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X will have removable SSDs – but a bit of small print on the devices pages makes us think that there’s a catch.”So, this could mean that anyone hoping to easily open up the devices and replace the hard drive themselves may be disappointed.

Huawei Mate 30’s backdoor access to Google services has been removed

Mobile phones

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If you’ve been following the Huawei saga or even just the launch of the Huawei Mate 30 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro, then you’ll know they don’t have official access to Google apps and services.On October 1, John Wu (a security researcher) posted a method to add Google services to the phones, but in the 24 hours since then the method has been blocked according to Bloomberg, via a change that apparently only Google could have made.

Hands on: Microsoft Surface Pro X review

Early Verdict
The Surface Pro X is an absolutely impressive looking and feeling Windows tablet – perhaps the best yet in that department.Also read our hands-on Microsoft Surface Pro 7 reviewHere's our hands-on Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 reviewEarbuds too!

Bust down the doors of perception with MXR's Brown Acid Fuzz pedal


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You could probably sell LSD more brazenly than the way in which Jim Dunlop is marketing this limited edition Brown Acid Fuzz, but don't let this little fuzz pedal fly under your radar.The Brown Acid Fuzz arrives in a brown regular-sized MXR metal enclosure with adorned with a trippy design from San Francisco-based artist Alan Forbes, who has collaborated with QOTSA and The Black Crowes.

Kirk Hammett ESP Sparkle Ouija limited editions unleashed


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Kirk Hammett's Ouija finished ESP KH-2 is one of the most recognisable electric guitars in metal, and ESP has released a special limited edition run of the Metallica shredder's Ouiji signature models in Red and Purple Sparkle finishes.Limited to 500 units in each finish, the ESP KH-2 Sparkle comes with a custom hardcase and certificate of authenticity.

Video lesson: Super-easy ways to use advanced scale shapes to spice up your solos

Most guitar players will be familiar with the minor pentatonic scale and will have memorised its pattern and intervals to deploy it liberally when soloing.But sometimes the boxy shape of the 2nps minor pentatonic scale is all too easy to get stuck in.

Pete Townshend says guitar-driven rock 'n' roll is on the decline


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Guitar-driven rock music is on the wane.The possibilities of the guitar have been "literally exhausted" while the rock's role in challenging authority and speaking up for society's underdogs has been adopted by hip-hop artists.

Eric Clapton auctioning off Gibson Firebird and Fender Blind Faith Telecaster from his personal collection


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Eric Clapton is auctioning off a Fender "Blind Faith" Telecaster and Gibson Firebird 1 1964 from his personal collection to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua.The Gibson Custom Eric Clapton 1964 Firebird I is a reproduction of his famous reverse-headstock model.

IK Multimedia’s B-3X plugin is the first official emulation of the classic Hammond organ


Plugin emulations of the Hammond B3 organ have been around almost since the start of the virtual instrument era - Native Instruments’ B4 was released way back in 2000, you may recall - but, surprisingly, IK Multimedia’s B-3X is the first official one.(Image credit: IK Multimedia)Of course, effects play a part in many artists’ B3 tone, so IK has also included a 5-unit pedalboard in the Stomps section.

6 fresh guitar artists you need to hear in October 2019

“At the heart of it, it is an album about the human condition,” says guitarist Cathal Roper.“We often talk about the world that the songs inhabit,” says Damien.