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August 9, 2019
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The 80s was the golden age of new sound technology, digital, and the dawn of synthesizers like the Yamaha DX7, released in 1983.

Why was the DX7 more appealing than the analogue sounds we now associate with the height of synth quality?

 Polyphonic explains how the DX7 used an algorithm called FM (frequency modulation) synthesis, which allowed for more refined control and modulation than the subtractive synthesis of analog synths built by Moog, ARP, Buchla, and other specialized makers in the 70s.

Though it's hardly as well known, the DX7 may be as influential in 80s music as the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

In fact, Yamaha's digital synth was so popular that it almost single-handedly spawned the third-party sound design industry, and forced other synthesizer manufacturers to take a hard look at how they were building their own instruments.
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Looking for an axe that'll make you stand out from the crowd? Your search might be over. Manufactured by ESP, with the support of Toho-the studio that created Godzilla-the guitar was designed to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the legendary monster. Only five examples of the guitar will be made available, and will be sold for a price of about $51,600 each!
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Ibanez has expanded their BTB line with two new fretless basses: the five-string BTB845F and the six-string BTB846F. Aside from the number of strings, the basses share the same features including a 35-inch scale, Bartolini BH2 pickups, an Ibanez custom 3-band preamp, a mono-rail bridge, and neck-through construction.
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Ever since he had his Marshall amps modified to go to 11, Spinal Tap lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel has had his finger on the pulse of the cutting edge of ... something. For instance, how can we forget his famous amplifier capo? "Capos were an obstruction to my hand as I was playing. So I thought, if I could put it 'round my amplifier speaker, I could move my hand up as much as I would like-and only have to learn how to play in one key."
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Some readers may be surprised to learn that the ripping solo in "Taxman" was played by Paul McCartney, but in fact, the Beatle bassist provided a handful of standout guitar moments on the band's recordings. "Back in the USSR," "The End," and "Good Morning Good Morning" are just a few examples.
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The Finnish-made Microtubes X Ultra has a six-band EQ and splits your sound through two variable low-pass and high-pass filters. The high-pass handles mostly the mids and high-end and, like the others in the Microtubes series, is distorted with CMOS circuitry. The low-pass is left clean and subsequently processed by the the pedal's built-in compressor, which is easily adjustable.
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Virtuoso bass player FREEKBASS has been hailed by the legendary Bootsy Collins as The new spiritual warrior of the funk. Hailing from Cincinnati, FREEKBASS and his group, The Bump Assembly, are deeply rooted in funk, cultivated under the guidance of legendary funk masters like Bernie Worrell, George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk and Bootsy, just to name a few. A FREEKBASS performance is for those who want to move, to groove, and to experience an event where the show and the music are one, creating a powerful visual and sonic experience that is not to be missed. https://freekbass.com 

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