Welcome to NZ Rockshops Blogs section.
The blogs will range in content from specific product focuses to the latest and greatest releases from particular brands, along with clinic reviews, brand overviews and instrument tutorials etc. They will be written by leading NZ artists who are using the gear professionally and by product experts who can provide unique and informed insight. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and are signed up on our email list.
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Everything you wanted to know about UA's groundbreaking preamp modelling technology but were afraid to ask. Learn how to set upunison technology withyour apollo interface Unison™ technology is an audio processing breakthrough that starts right at th...READ MORE
Of all the components that make up your studio environment, the two most important for producing high-quality mixes have to be, 1) your ears and 2) your near-field monitors. More specifically, the proper placement of these key components within your...READ MORE
One of the things that separate a good engineer from a great one is the quality of the headphone mix that he or she provides for their musicians. Do a session with one of the A-listers, and you’ll be surprised at just how much time is spent on the h...READ MORE
The Pocket Kit: A New Collaboration between Ludwig drums and Questlove The premier, all-inclusive kit for beginning 4-10 year old drummers is here! Watch as Questlove shares his passion for creating the product and explains everything included. Pre-...READ MORE
Moog mother-32 by Seamus Maguire Moog, in my opinion, has always been the king of the synthesizer world. They have been a household name since the 70s. The creamy 24 db/octave filter found in the original Minimoog Model D sparked many controversia...READ MORE
Affordable Studio Monitors Review Purchasing a pair of studio monitors can be a daunting task with a wide range of models to choose from, many with hefty price tags attached. Here, we look at offerings from Alesis, KRK and M-Audio which check out f...READ MORE
Every musician needs to safeguard their hearing from the damaging effects of loud sound sources for extended periods of time. D'Addario Planet Waves' Pacato Hearing Protection Ear Plugs allow you to enjoy listening and playing music while minimisin...READ MORE
John McJunkin on Mackie DL32R A 32-channel wireless digital live sound mixer controlled exclusively by an iPad TAKE AWAY Mackie DL32R represents two things: potent digital mixing and a paradigm shift in the way we control things. If it were only ...READ MORE
VS PREAMPS Truly Capture Your Performance Preamps are the Ears of Your DAWBy Roland US When choosing an audio interface, preamps are often overlooked despite the significant role they play in determining what a recording actually sounds like. A wel...READ MORE
The Ultimate Guide to the AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer by Christian Moraga The AIRA TR-8 is the next step in the evolution of Roland TR- drum machines. This ultimate guide has everything you need to know about the TR-8! Unleashed upon an unsuspecti...READ MORE
Live looping has quickly become a technique that has taken the art of live performance to a whole new level! Any musician, from bedroom producers to guitar gods, can add their own flair to their part, solo or track by using a Loop Station live on ...READ MORE
5 Practical Features of the V-Combo VR-09 V-Combo VR-09 The V-Combo VR-09 is designed from the ground up to be the ultimate keyboard for live players. It is designed with dedicated knobs, sliders and buttons that allow you to choose your instruments...READ MORE
Gig Smarter, Pack Lighter With The Roland RD-64 Digital Piano This article, contributed by Ed Diaz from Roland U.S, has this tip on why you should consider the Roland RD-64 Digital Piano: The best travel advice also applies to gigging. Gig smart, pa...READ MORE
BASS STATION II REVIEW BY SEAN COOPER First off lets just get one thing clear. The Bass Station 2 could be classed as a blue synth. I like blue synths. Always have. There have been some pretty killer blue synths over the years, of course the PPG Wa...READ MORE
Aroha Aroha has been making her mark in the New Zealand music industry for many years. Well known for her work in radio and music TV, in audio technology, and as an accomplished DJ, music is her passion. You can catch Aroha weekday mornings 10am-12p...READ MORE
21 years of york street studios Studio Manager Jeremy McPike reflects on the musical legacy of New Zealand’s premier recording studio. “If you add up the total number of record sales for albums recorded at York Street, it’s in excess of 5 million al...READ MORE
BASS PRODIGY Mesa Boogie’s The Bass Prodigy Four:88 Mesa Boogie’s The Bass Prodigy™ Four:88 begins with BRIGHT, NORMAL and ACTIVE INPUT select choices feeding an all-new tube preamp that borrows subsections from their CARBINE hybrid architecture. Th...READ MORE
LUDWIG LIMITED EDITION ARTIST COLLABORATION Originally created in the ‘50s and ‘60s for Ludwig’s travelling road reps, the ‘Salesman Sparkle’ kit is very rare and collectible for vintage drum enthusiasts. It was designed as a drum colour chart to s...READ MORE
Did you want to buy an esp standard series guitar? too late. okay, now that i have your ATTENTION, LET'S TALK. Ed Lim is the founder of www.sixstringsamurai.co.nz, a New Zealand based guitar website and an all-round great guy. We asked him to check ...READ MORE
The First Mesa The Bass 450 by Randall Smith Ahh… the MESA 450, the first amp I made that wasn’t a rebuilt Fender. And it was a Bass Amp, for a lovable thug from Oakland named Patrick “Buzz” Burke, to whom I later gave my half interest in Prune Mu...READ MORE