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Gibson unveils 16 new Limited Run guitars

Gibson unveils 16 new Limited Run guitars

Gibson has already promised 2016 will be its “best year ever”, and judging from its latest burst of Limited Run models, it looks set to be among its most diverse, too. As well as t ...

Summer NAMM 2016: Fender Custom Shop relics and guitar mash-ups

Summer NAMM 2016: Fender Custom Shop relics and guitar mash-ups

SUMMER NAMM 2016: Fender's Custom Shop gets us every time, and this year's Summer NAMM showing saw The Big F's finest builders reveal a host of new, drool-worthy guitars. This late ...

Fractal Audio Axe-Fx XL+: The Ultimate Guitar Processor

Fractal Audio Axe-Fx XL+: The Ultimate Guitar Processor

The Axe-Fx II XL+ is the ultimate all-in-one preamp/effects processor. It contains a vast virtual inventory of hundreds of vintage and modern guitar amps, speaker cabinets, guitar ...

PRS Guitars Unveils New SE Mark Holcomb Signature Model

PRS Guitars Unveils New SE Mark Holcomb Signature Model

The band Periphery has become a force to be reckoned with in the progressive metal scene thanks to their complex rhythms and soaring melodies. Guitarist Mark Holcomb helps achieve ...

Should We Believe All The Negative Hype Surrounding New DOJ Rules on PROs?

In this article Dave Brooks of Amplify offers an alternative perspective on the recent Department of Justice ruling, suggesting that the rules may in fact help rather than harm venues and event producers. __________________________ Guest post by Dave Brooks of Amplify Here’s something no one in the music industry will tell you — the DOJ’s new rules on 100% PRO licensing are good for venues and event produce ...

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YouTube Optimization For Musicians

You spent the time, energy, and money creating a music video. Now what?  The team at CyberPR has come answers. Posting your video to YouTube won't accrue the views you want unless you have a bit of strategy. Here are 8 ways to maximize your video's potential on YouTube.  ____________________________________ First, Titles Are Everything The single biggest contributing factor to your success on a video click ...

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Frank Ocean Just Proved: Direct To Fan Works, Labels Mean Less Than They Think, Exclusives Suck But Still Matter

Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and WMG. ______________________ Yesterday, Universal Music Group chief Lucian Grainge sent a m ...

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New Twitter Features Could Make Promotion More Difficult

As seems to so often be the case, a new host of updates for Twitter will likely make DIY promotion for artists more difficult when it comes to getting their content seen by fans. New features being added to the platform include changes in notification settings and, worst of all, a quality filter. ________________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Many artists and bands have found Twi ...

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Pandora Names Questlove Strategic Advisor, First Artist Ambassador

Questlove is getting creative with Pandora. Change happens slowly at the music streamer, particularly when its comes to its consumer offering. But teaming with the Roots drummer may hint at a new Pandora as it preps the launch of its own Spotify and Apple Music competitor as early as next month. ________________________________________ Pandora has announced a multifaceted partnership with Questlove. The Roo ...

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Spin, Vibe, Stereogum For Sale As SpinMedia Goes On Auction Block

An already dwindling number of online music site - or too often, music celebrity click bait engines - may be about to get a good bit smaller with news that perpetually struggling online publisher SpinMedia is for sale. ____________________________ SpinMedia music sites include SPIN, Vibe, Death and Taxes, Stereogum, Idolator, PureVolume and Buzznet. Celebrity sites include The Friskly, Go Fug Yourself and C ...

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IK Multimedia Releases SampleTank 2 for iOS

IK Multimedia  announces the release of SampleTank 2 for iPhone and iPad, a major update to the flagship virtual instrument for mobile musicians. iOS users now have the power of desktop virtual instruments—without compromise—with a massive number of more than 1,900 high-quality instruments and the most advanced sound and groove workstation for the mobile platform. SampleTank 2 for iOS is a sample-based virt ...

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Zakk Wylde Talks Chicken Pickin' and Finding His Style

When Zakk Wylde joined Ozzy Osbourne's band in 1987, he was filling the shoes of one of his idols, the late Randy Rhoads. It wasn't an easy task; just ask Jake Lee and Brad Gillis. Yet somehow, Wylde managed to transcend the comparisons and impossible shoe-filling by blazing his own trail. In this brand-new video, posted by the gang at Reverb, the Black Label Society frontman (whose new solo album was just ...

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