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Review: Spotify now streaming in Canada

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 11:12 PM - last edited on ‎10-01-2014 08:30 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



If you’re not familiar with Spotify, you’re probably already familiar with the type of service it offers. One of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world has finally come to Canada, five years after the company originally said it was considering doing so. There is no shortage of competitors, so what is it about Spotify that has made it so sought after? I streamed tunes from it for over a month to find out.


Review: Monster iSport Strive, iSport Intensity, iSport Victory and iSport Freedom headphones

by Blogger on ‎07-09-2014 10:14 AM - last edited on ‎07-10-2014 11:44 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Friends, gather ‘round. We’re gonna talk headphones here in what is essentially two different reviews. First up: we’re going to talk about Monster’s iSport earbuds - I’ve got three models to cover: the Strive, the Intensity, and the Victory, all with varying levels of noise isolation. Second on the docket is Monster’s iSport Freedom, a very different beast indeed. All four models are made for listeners who are engaging in a more active lifestyle… and as someone who has developed a passionate hatred for headphones and earphones while working out, I’m bringing a skeptical eye to the table. 


I’m ready, Monster. Come at me, bro.



Review: Denon's AH-D600 Music Maniac On-Ear Headphones

by Blogger on ‎06-29-2014 12:57 PM - last edited on ‎06-30-2014 09:50 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Shopping for premium headphones in-store is an interesting experience: there are definitely tiers of hardware out there. You see the entry level stuff in plastic packs, with the higher quality gear showing up in more and more elaborate packages. The Music Maniac AH-D600 Over-Ear Headphones from Denon bill themselves as “audiophile grade” cans and they’ve got packaging that matches. Are they any good when you crack them open? Read on, true believers.


How to create your own free ringtones with iTunes

by Blogger on ‎06-01-2014 12:04 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2014 04:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

iTunes logo.jpgRingtones aren’t new, but they’re easy to distinguish anytime you hear them. That catchy hook or cool opening part of a song can be the best way to move away from the standard ringtones available on the iPhone and give your contacts some personality. You can do this pretty easily by creating your own ringtones for free using the music you already have. All you need is a Windows PC or Mac, plus iTunes and your iPhone, and you’re ready to make it happen.


Listen, learn or create: fill your life with the music you love

by Blogger on ‎05-01-2014 08:28 AM - last edited on ‎05-01-2014 11:43 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



There are so many ways to enjoy, appreciate and fall in love with music. The variety of sounds we hear and create can create life-long passions, successful careers, and many memorable nights by the campfire. Regardless of if you get your music fix through listening, learning or playing, there are plenty of gadgets out there designed to enhance every experience. Here are a few of my favourites that any music-junkie would enjoy. 



There is a world of accessories that can enhance a musician's playing - from pedals to amps and everything in between, students and teachers of every discipline can reap the endless benefits these add-ons can provide. Below is a list of my personal must-haves, and, while mostly for the guitarist and bassist, I included some items that would be a welcome addition to any musician’s toolbox.



Review of Gibson's Les Paul 70s Tribute Guitar

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2013 03:46 PM - last edited on ‎12-24-2013 10:55 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



What do Stairway to Heaven, Smoke on the Water and Hotel California all have in common? They’re all classic hits from same decade, the 1970s – one of the most thrilling and experimental times in music history. And, not surprisingly, a handful of these all-time favourites were written, recorded and performed on a select few guitars. 


One favourite was Gibson’s Les Paul. To pay homage to the feel and tone of the instrument that made some of the most unforgettable tunes during a decade when rock was king, Gibson introduced their Les Paul Studio '70s Tribute earlier this year. As someone who has always appreciated the Gibson brand of guitars, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to put this newly minted instrument to the test.  Here’s a quick breakdown of how I thought it measured up.



How to choose the right speakers for your home

by Blogger ‎11-26-2013 03:27 PM - edited ‎01-11-2014 12:08 PM

Home-icon.jpgShopping for speakers can be a surprisingly overwhelming task. Unless you’re a hardcore audiophile and gearhead, it can be a challenge navigating the sea of complex terminology, numbers, and seemingly conflicting advice you’ll run across. As with anything you’ll want to get the speakers that provide the most bang for your buck, and know that your purchase is well suited to your home.


Give music on your iPhone the live concert treatment

by Blogger ‎10-15-2013 03:21 PM - edited ‎10-15-2013 03:22 PM

LiveTunes main.jpgIf you have a lot of music on your iPhone, and you tend to like how a live concert sounds, there’s an app that puts the two together in a unique way. LiveTunes is an iOS app that simulates the sound effects of a live concert for tracks you already have stored on your device. Imagine how a song recorded in a studio would sound if it had all the elements of a venue, audience and acoustics. That’s what LiveTunes delivers with particular coolness.


Review: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2013 12:06 PM - last edited on ‎01-14-2014 11:39 AM by Blog Editor in Chief


Sennheiser already scored a winner with the over-ear Momentum headphones, but now, they’ve slimmed down the profile and slightly changed the design materials to create an on-ear version that are considerably more portable. These won’t have the noise isolation of the bigger model, but the components inside are virtually identical, all but ensuring music will sound great on these.


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If you have a Sonos sound system and an Android phone, you will probably love the latest update. In basic terms, you can now play music stored on your phone or tablet wirelessly over to a Sonos system. This follows in the footsteps of iOS, which added local streaming playback back in December.


Review: Sony Bluetooth Speaker Ball

by Blogger ‎05-16-2013 06:47 PM - edited ‎07-09-2013 07:55 PM

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It’s not easy to imagine big sound coming out of a small package, which is what Sony endeavours to deliver here with its wireless Bluetooth Speaker Ball. The SRS-BTV5, which is the product’s actual model number, is a bit like a baseball, except it’s lighter and much more colourful. It’s meant to be versatile, but what it outputs in sound is what makes it tough to listen the way you’d like to.


Review: iRig Mix Mobile Mixer

by Blogger on ‎05-13-2013 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2013 04:15 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Not everybody is a DJ, but it’s one of those things that most people appreciate in some way. Whether it’s dancing the night away in a nightclub or listening to a great set of tracks in your car, DJing seems to have become an art people are drawn to, and the power of smartphones today means you can do a little bit of it yourself. To be fair, the iRig Mix Mobile Mixer isn’t going to replace expensive DJ gear outright, but it is a good entry point into mixing tracks.


Review: Focusrite iTrack Solo

by Blogger on ‎04-30-2013 04:14 PM


The iPad has been a pretty interesting device for musicians over the last few years. There is a growing ecosystem of hardware and software that makes these tablets invaluable to musicians. One of the latest such products I’ve been able to check out is the Focusrite iTrack Solo. This handy little device lets you record guitar and vocals straight on your iPad without the need for any computer intermediary, so it is a great solution for use in the studio or on the go.


Match YouTube videos with songs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

by Blogger on ‎03-31-2013 08:21 PM - last edited on ‎04-01-2013 09:17 AM by Administrator

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It’s already widely known that Vevo is the go-to app for watching music videos on a smartphone or tablet, but what if you wanted to watch music videos based on songs you have in your own collection? MusicTV is a neat little app that does just that; it scours YouTube and plays a music video that matches the song you’re playing.


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