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  • Spin Control: DJ Interfaces & Controllers

    Christian Wissmuller | April 2024ArchivesCurrent IssueRoundtable | April 5, 2024“He just turns up with his memory stick and pretends he's doing something and goes away with a huge amount of money,” said Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson of today’s DJs in a recent interview. Read More...
  • Classically Beautiful: Nylon-String and Classical Guitars in 2024

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesMarch 2024Roundtable | March 19, 2024“Soft,” “warm,” “soothing” – these and plenty of similar descriptors are used by many to describe the sound of nylon-string acoustic guitars. Classical (or “Spanish”) guitars have long been the go-to instrument for (get ready for a shock…) players of classical or Flamenco music, but in recent decades artists who trade in music of genres as wide-ranging as jazz, world, folk, rock, and even metal (truly!), have embraced the distinctive, rich tones afforded by nylon-string axes. Read More...
  • Marching Orders: Suppliers Chime in on Drumming Up Marching Snare Sales in 2024

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesFebruary 2024Roundtable | February 22, 2024Many schools begin to prepare for purchases in advance of the fall semester during the summer months. With that in mind, we figured now might be a good time to touch base with some key suppliers of marching snare drums – one of the more popular, essential, and in need of “refresh” marching band instruments – to learn about what particular models are selling best, what trends are guiding the market, and how savvy dealers position themselves to connect with the greatest number of buyers. Read More...
  • The Front End – Audio Interface Sales Remain Ascendant

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesNovember 2023Roundtable | November 7, 2023Home recording enthusiasts, professional recording engineers, like sound reinforcement engineers, podcasters, streamers, DJs, gamers – it’d almost be easier to list the types of professions and personal passions that don’t require use of a reliable audio interface in 2023. Read More...
  • ‘We’re in Good Shape, But the Shape is a Bit Different’: The State of the DJ Market – in Particular Multi-Channel Mixers – in 2023

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesOctober 2023Roundtable | October 5, 2023The larger DJ Market was one that – understandably – took a sizable hit during pandemic-related shutdowns and subsequent supply chain challenges. As live gatherings continue to rebound and production and shipment channels recover from the strain, sales of one of a DJ’s most vital tools, Multi-Channel Mixers, are also on the rise. Read More...
  • A Steady Burn: Ukulele Sales in 2023

    Christian Wissmuller | RoundtableSeptember 2023 | September 8, 2023Ukulele sales may not be quite as white-hot as a few years back, but it’s not as if the diminutive instruments have fallen out of favor – far from it! Read More...
  • The Keys to the Kingdom: Home Digital Keyboard Sales in 2023

    Christian Wissmuller | July 2023Roundtable | July 11, 2023Home Digital Keyboards have been having a moment of late. Features such as the ability to play and practice in close quarters quietly, which had already been significant selling points, took on greater importance during COVID-related lockdowns. Read More...
  • In the Mix: Sales of Digital Mixers for Live Performance Bounce Back

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesMay 2023Roundtable | April 28, 2023A segment of MI hit particularly hard during the pandemic and COVID-related restrictions on large, in-person gatherings, digital mixing consoles have been gaining momentum as venues of all sizes continue to return to something approaching “normal.” Read More...
  • Heavy Duty: Extended Range Guitars Connecting With More Players

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesMarch 2023Roundtable | March 7, 2023While traditionally associated with the more extreme shredding involved with heavy metal and hard rock, extended range guitars have been gaining in popularity even with players of other styles in recent years. Read More...
  • ‘Growing Each Year’ – The Electronic Drum Set Market

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesFebruary 2023Roundtable | February 17, 2023Extensive volumes of percussion sounds available at a player’s fingertips, the ability to practice or track at low volumes, the power to bring virtual instruments to life and take them onstage – these and other factors have been driving interest in electronic drum sets for years. Read More...
  • Hitting All the Right Notes: Examining a Robust B♭ Trumpet Market

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesJanuary 2023Roundtable | January 13, 2023Likely the most widely used type of trumpet, B♭ pitched models of the instrument are key components of some of the most popular music being recorded and performed today. Read More...
  • Going On The Record with Drum Kits: Studio Drum Kit Sales in 2022

    Christian Wissmuller | ArchivesNovember 2022Roundtable | November 1, 2022What precisely defines a “studio drum set,” you ask? For one, engineers tend to prefer a “drier” kit sound without overtones and room tone. Fair enough, but really what that often equates to is: the best available instrument. Read More...
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