Wilson Center Guitar Festival
This week I had the pleasure of reviewing yet another great product from IK Multimedia - The iRig Mic Studio.  This compact powerhouse of a microphone is a large diaphragm digital condenser that's great for vocalist, musicians, podcasters, and...
The La Bella string company has been around for 100 years, so it's no surprise that they are an innovator in their industry. I had the chance to review their new, Vapor Shield guitar strings, and I was very impressed with them.
Well, this is a “can” of fun! When it arrives, just open the box, tune it, and start to pluck.
The new digital effects processor and interface for guitarists/bassists, the iRig UA from IK Multimedia, is an external device that plugs into any Android 4.2 or later device whether it be a cell phone or tablet and works with the AmpliTube UA app.  I was extremely pleased to know that IK Multimedia now offers their iRig technology for us Android users. I was given the opportunity to review this new device.
With the rise in popularity of the selfie, comes the selfie stick that even our Commander in Chief has found useful. IK Multimedia yesterday announced the release of their newest product, the iKlip Grip, a multifunction smartphone camera stand that literally is a 4-in-1 device. Not only can it be used for fun “selfies” to share on social media sites, it is quite handy for a multitude of uses to include a camera handler/stabilizer, a tripod, a monopod, or an adapter. I was given the opportunity to preview this product and was quite impressed.
This is my first review of any type of iRig mic, but after using some of IK Multimedia's other products, and really liking them, I was ready to see what this compact mic could do. 
Not too long ago, I was approached by one of my musician buddies asking me if I wanted to fill in on some gigs with his cover band.  I was so appreciative of being an honorary member of this band that I immediately said, “yes!”  Shortly thereafter, I received an email of the set list, which included roughly 78 songs.  Most gigs for this cover band included a set time of three to four hours and was played at the local pub on the weekend until closing time.  Depending on the crowd and their drunken behavior, this usually depicted what songs were going to be played.  The best part of this commitment was that the gig was in less than two months.  How on earth was I going to learn all these songs in less than two months?!
A few years ago, when I discovered the original iRig, i was so excited. As a musician that traveled, the iRig (in my case along with the IK multimedia app, AmpliTube) it gave me the ability to practice, record new song ideas, and transcribe songs while on the road with great sound quality, and minimal equipment. I loved the sound quality and ease of the apps that I found that even when I wasn't on the road, I was using the iRig for practicing and recording ideas at home.
Bryan Kaufman, founder of Dog Days Vintage guitar straps, has come up with a very creative idea of what to do with old, vintage materials.  He had the idea for the vintage straps after seeing some old curtains in a vintage clothing store. Dog Days is a family owned business and all the straps are hand made right here in the U.S.A.
With texts, tweets, posts, blogs, Skype and OMG phone calls, your phone alone can be a distraction from focusing on making your music. You know when you can look inside to really let your creativity flow. Be it when you’re in your quiet place at 3AM by candle light or at full volume under the bright stage lights with your crew, Hogjim, Kyle Koster’s creation and the Mongolian word for music, their guitar straps, pick holders and t-shirts help focus on making the magic happen.