Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Red Dog Music Awards 2014
Now that the final days of December are upon us, it seems like as good a time as any to look back on the musical equipment that rocked our world in 2014! We asked every member of Red Dog Music staff which gear made them all tingly, spent probably too much time formatting the answers in an out-dated HTML table, and now we’re ready! Ladies & gentlefolk, let us proudly present… The DOGGIES!
Sheenagh: High wattage, great sounding, easy to use, easy to transport and quick to set up. Exactly what you want in a portable PA system! Totally indispensable for smaller gigs around town.
Alex: The elegant and classic looks belie the true power of this digital piano. Its incredible built-in sound system and connectivity options have made it the centrepiece of my music making world, inspiring me to play every single day.
Chris: It’s so hard to avoid the distraction of this amazing drum kit at work. It’s expensive, but you can see and hear every single penny in the built quality and incredible kit sounds available.
Dave G: I absolutely love playing around on this machine. It’s a total revolution in terms of functionality, and the addition of more & more classic synth models makes it the most exciting bit of gear around right now.
Dave T: Choosing between this pint-sized bass synth sequencer and the crazy-powerful TR8 drum machine is tough, but the TB3 makes it so easy to quickly create cool acid bass lines and intuitively edit them on the fly.
Gav W: Lightweight, ergonomic and oozing quality, the Zed desks have Neutrik connections, 100mm faders, musical EQ and really usable effects. For such a prestigious name, they’re also pretty affordable!
Kirsten: All Faith acoustic guitars are really great to play and sound amazing, but I think the Venus is the best of the bunch. They always play like a dream and the pickup sounds so good, you’d think it had been recorded with a studio mic.
Niall: Big, fat and loud, the Bassman is my absolute dream gigging amp. This thing seems to bring out the best in anything you play through it, letting you hear the real differences between guitars and the true depth of your effects.
Roy: Highly personable studio centrepiece enabling versatile DAW control plus the ability to build-in your own personalised channels through the magic and flexibility of the 500-series format. Or summink. Innit!
Ru: This bridges the gap between all the cool things you can do with software editing and sequencing with the outstanding sound quality of a true analogue synth. Forget hours, whole days seem to disappear when I start playing with this.
Sergio: If the learning curve of super powerful synths puts you off, the Lead A1 is for you! The engine from the Lead 4, streamlined and simplified makes this powerful, classic synth a must have.
Stewart: Truth be told, I don’t really know who Chris Kael is. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Five Finger Death Punch. I like it because it has a massive knuckle-duster under the bridge, plays like a beast and looks totally cool!
Dickie: All of the Boomstar small format analogue synths are absolutely great and provide you with countless hours of knob-twiddling fun, but the ARP-style filter in the 4075 gives it the edge in my book.
Joss: For the price of a PS4 and a couple of games, you can get every major product in Native Instrument’s arsenal of sound making software. Bare jokes, mate. Just buy it!
Li: Tactile, versatile and PHAT. There’s really nothing that can compete with the RYTM for its drum synth functionality, and the pre-loaded samples sound so polished and usable.
Fletch: These are the best project studio monitors around at the moment. For looks and sound they compete with the top dogs, but they’re under £500 a pair.
Will: Similar idea to the old JamHub, but better! This awesome bit of kit lets up to five musicians rehearse, jam, and record while monitoring with headphones. Grand!
Red Dog Music is the UK’s friendliest musical instrument and pro-audio dealer. Between our 5000 square foot Edinburgh shop filled with an incredible range of products, and our London showroom in Clapham specialising in high-end instruments, dj and pro-audio, Red Dog Music has you covered from north to south and from performance to playback.