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Allen & Heath ME-500 Personal Mixer

The Allen & Heath ME-500 Personal Mixer is a 16-channel complement to the existing 40-channel ME-1.

Symmetrical Strings

GHS Balanced Nickels

With GHS Balanced Nickels, two covers are wrapped around the core of the bass to create each of the strings until they are symmetrical.

RedNet X2P

RedNet X2P

Focusrite’s compact and robust RedNet X2P audio interface allows quick I/O and monitoring expansion and provides high performance audio conversion with more than 118 dB dynamic range.

Super 55 Pitch Black

Super 55 Pitch Black Edition

Shure’s Super 55 Pitch Black Edition of the popular supercardioid microphone features tough matte black die-cast case, black foam, and smooth frequency response for natural vocal reproduction.

More ego


The more ego, the better. The Superego+ adds to Electro-Harmonix Superego’s ability to create synth effects, sound layers, glissandos, etc.

Jensen PI-RJ2X

Jensen PI-RJ2X

The Jensen PI-RJ2X for balanced XLR connections (pictured) and CI-RJ2R for unbalanced RCA connections maintain true high-performance signal quality throughout the conversion process.

Smithsonian Rock

Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen

Between December 2015 and August 2017 the Smithsonian called upon rock and roll lovers around the world to submit photos and stories of their favorite moments in music.

Woman Walk

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives

A celebration of women in country, Americana, and bluegrass music, Woman Walk the Line is a collection of deeply personal essays from some of America’s most intriguing women writers

The Pastorale

The Pastorale: 26 Pieces Composed in the Pastorale Tradition

These pieces demonstrate the history and varied heritage of the Pastorale tradition that has permeated poetry, drama, painting, and music around the world.

Social Media Promotion

Social Media Promotion for Musicians: The Manual for Marketing Yourself, Your Band, and Your Music Online

This update to Bobby Owsinski’s Social Media Promotion for Musicians will teach you how to use social media to effectively promote yourself and your music.