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Studiomaster Fusion Original Mixer

studiomaster fusion original

Many people are influenced by price-tags, often choosing the more expensive option, believing that the quality will be better. But you can get great quality at lower prices.
I owned a Studiomaster Series 5 and made hit records on it, so I can vouch for the quality. First and foremost, the Fusion Original is more than just a DJ Mixer – it is aimed at a much broader market. It has a standard 19” rack chassis, although since the connectors are on the rear panel, it could also be used free-standing. The unit is almost like two mixers built into one: PA and DJ. On the left of the unit are the three mic inputs. Each of these has top- mounted, balanced XLR connectors with switched 80hz 18db/oct filters. Gain control and three-way eq offers +/- 15db of adjustment, whilst the midrange has a frequency sweep control. These inputs would also be suitable for connecting musical instruments, including guitars. The right of the unit is the DJ section. Boasting four stereo inputs, two are selectable between two line sources, while the other two can be set for either line level or phono by means of switches on the rear panel. These two inputs also have a MPX facility for use with karaoke “multiplex” CDs.

You can read more from this review, and others, in the July issue of TotalMusic

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Hofner Verythin Standard Archtop semi-acoustic guitar

Despite being famous for the ‘violin’ bass that will forever be associated with Paul McCartney, Hofner actually specialise in deep-bodied jazz guitars; and while this model may be slim (it’s a mere 3cm deep at the edges), there’s still a distinctly jazzy thump when you play single notes up the neck, especially around the 12th-15th frets. The sound is simply gorgeous. Stick your head in front of a decent amp, pick a note at random and just play it over and over again until you fall asleep or need to go to the toilet – those long summer evenings will whizz by. It’s worth pointing out, too, that our guitar came direct from the distributors with perfect intonation and a super-low yet completely buzz-free action, making it perfect for three-hour blues odysseys straight out of the case.
There’s always a danger with humbuckered semi-acoustics like this that things will muddy up as soon as you slam on a bit of overdrive, but the Hofner doesn’t have that problem – it rasps up nicely without getting remotely woolly at the bottom end and can hold its own through the filthiest fuzz. Even feedback is surprisingly easy to control. What more is there to say? We tried to get a bad sound out of it and we couldn’t.

You can read more from this review, and others, in the July issue of TotalMusic

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