Reviewed: Voodoo Lab Pedal Power X4 Isolated Power Supply and X4 Expander
It’s an incredible time to be alive if you’re a guitarist. The realm of guitar pedals that currently exists is a never-ending rabbit hole of discovery, littered with thousands upon thousands of different effects to choose from. However, one crucial component is often overlooked when finalising your setup: the power supply unit.
Reviewed: Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small Pedalboard
Voodoo Lab’s Dingbat pedalboards were first unveiled at Summer NAMM 2016. They come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a portable nano-sized board to a monstrous 2.6kg slab capable of hosting two power supplies on its underside. Voodoo Lab also offers a bundled package with each model; up for review here is the Dingbat small pedalboard, pre-installed with Voodoo Lab’s famous Pedal Power 2+.
Reviewed: Ernie Ball Primo, Mega and Mammoth Slinky Strings
Since the 1960’s, Ernie Ball have been producing some of the finest guitar strings that have been used by almost every legendary player to hit the stage around the world. Revered legends like Eric Clapton, Slash, Keith Richards, Kirk Hammett, Jimmy Page, John Mayer and John Petrucci amongst countless others all choose Ernie Ball Slinkys when it comes to stringing up their guitar of choice.
Reviewed: Kyser Quick-Change BMU, LT and E Capos
Kyser have long been the gear world’s resident capo specialists. The Texan family-owned guitar accessory company has recently snagged a new distribution deal under the umbrella of CMC Music Australia, bringing more affordable versions of their iconic Quick-Change capos Down Under. Mixdown has got its hands on the first few landing in CMC Australia’s Kyser Quick-Change March rerelease, and we’re happy to report they’re as nifty as ever.
Reviewed: Peterson StroboPlus HD
An accurate tuner is arguably the most important piece of gear a musician, let alone guitar player, needs. Peterson’s StroboPlus HD is nothing short of an industry standard, packed with a myriad of features and its hallmarked pinpoint tuning accuracy.
Reviewed: Gruv Gear GigBlade Silver
The gig bag has long been the perfect sidekick for a guitar. I can guarantee that it was the first accessory purchased to go with any guitar that has even been bought, and rightly so. With the investment that goes into purchasing an instrument, it’s also paramount that one invests in something to keep it safe and sound. Gruv Gear have released a number of high quality gig bags in recent years, with a focus on comfort, convenience and cool as hell designs. This month we got our hands on the GigBlade Sliver, the new slim and lightweight take on the classic GigBlade bag.
Reviewed: Akai Professional Fire FL Studio Controller
Most of you who have been producing music over the last 20 years will have come across the Fruity Loops platform in one of its various guises. So it goes without saying that there is a pretty big user group for FL Studio out there today. With that in mind, Akai have stepped up to the plate and delivered a dedicated hardware controller for FL Studio that is really going to change how you look at this piece of software and improve your workflow in ways you probably didn’t realise were possible – until now.
Reviewed: Gruv Gear GigBlade 2
It’s a skin-blistering, 40-degree day in Australia. You wake up speckled with sweat only to realise you have a gig to play in an hour, and have to haul your guitar on public transport. Ambling to the bus stop with your lofty hard case in one hand, you’re barely managing the stuffed tote bag full of pedals, leads, strings and slides in the other before you see the bus splutter away in front of you. In this scenario, the day is done – there’s no way you can carry it further without your back discs quite literally imploding. Enter Gruv Gear’s GigBlade 2, the world’s first side-carry hybrid guitar bag. Gruv Gear are a premium lifestyle accessories company that unusually has set its talents to the music industry. The GigBlade 2 is the second iteration of Gruv’s gig bag opus, with additional space, a revamped shoulder strap and weather cover.