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Gigbag: January/February 2007

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M-Audio IE Series Pro Reference Earphones

Tired of asking the soundman, “Can I get a little more organ in the monitors please?” M-Audio’s IE Series of Professional Reference Earphones finally let you hear your own playing. Equally convenient onstage or in the studio, the series utilizes the praised Ultimate Ears technology that has revolutionized live performance monitoring. The earphones retail for around $130 for a basic set, $250 for high precision with enhanced bass and $300 for high definition with dual-driver technology.

Boss Micro BR Digital Recorder

One of the frustrating aspects of recording music in a studio is its lack of spontaneity and mobility. With Boss’ Micro BR Digital Recorder, you can record wherever you want, whenever you want, without the discomfort of lugging around mixers, microphones and amps. Only slightly larger than an iPod at five inches wide, the Micro BR is perfect for capturing the fleeting muse, offering the ability to load, play back and manipulate MP3 files. Retailing for $229, it also features a guitar/bass jack, an onboard guitar multi-effects processor, 293 built-in rhythm patterns, a built-in tuner and microphone, 32 recording tracks (with four simultaneous playback tracks) and USB compatibility for data transfer.

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