Music Industry News

  1. Speaker Cables: SpeakOn VS 1/4" Jack

    TSR cables ... XLR cables ... banana cables; the world of professional audio has no shortage of options when it comes to connecting two pieces of gear. Even among specific equipment, such as loudspeakers, you have more than one choice. I'm talking of course about standard speaker cables and SpeakOn connectors. Also known as 1/4" input jacks, these cables have been the dominant form of connecting power amps to speakers for years, but over the last decade or so, SpeakOn connectors have been gaining plenty of ground. And no, Speakon connectors aren't a ploy from manufacturers to make you buy more cables. In fact, they actually offer plenty of advantages over the tried and true 1/4", so much so that more and more manufacturers have decided to rely solely on Speakon connectors for some of their loudspeakers while removing support for the traditional 1/4" jack altogether. Below, we detail some of the top advantages of Speakon connectors and why they should be an integral part of your professional audio setup.   Continue reading →
  2. Fender Precision Bass and Jazz Bass Replacement Parts

    The Fender Jazz and Precision basses are among two of the most popular instruments in the world, enjoyed by musicians across all genres. Since their respective releases, both models have garnered millions of adoring fans; not to mention their role shaping some of the most iconic basslines in music history. If you’re lucky enough to own either one of these instruments, you already understand the importance of keeping it in top condition. Time can take a toll on even the most expertly crafted instruments, leading to cosmetic flaws, corroded wires or bad tuners (to name a few). Luckily, ProAudioLand carries a huge selection of genuine, high-quality Fender replacement parts for Precision and Jazz basses. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Fender parts and accessories to salvage, upgrade or update your bass.   Continue reading →
  3. Brand Spotlight: Elixir Strings

    Strings don't last forever. In fact, they tend to dull out and lose much of their tone long before they even have a chance to break. One way that manufacturers try and combat this is by coating the strings. Sure, it extends their life by protecting them against the dirt and oils that normally wreak havoc, but that protection can come at the expense of tone. In comes Elixir Strings, a company who's spent the last 20 plus years refining and perfecting the formula for a coating that can significantly extend a string's life while maintaining a great sound. With that in mind, we decided to take a closer look at the popular string manufacturer as well as highlight a few of our favorite products. If you've never played with a set of Elixir Strings, we highly recommend it. Continue reading →
  4. Brand Spotlight: Electro-Voice

    There's a good reason why Electro-Voice has been a leader in professional audio equipment for over 80 years -- a steadfast dedication to designing the best gear possible. From microphones to digital signal processors, amps, loudspeakers and more, they are responsible for a huge chunk of the gear that drives live music the world over. Below, we take a look at some of our favorite pieces of gear from the esteemed brand. Continue reading →
  5. Brand Spotlight: Outdoor Ukuleles

    One of the biggest reasons why more of us don't take our prized acoustic instruments out into the wilderness during a camping trip or hike is simple -- not only do the elements not mix well with acoustic guitars but they are also a bit too big to carry with ease. With that in mind, a Bend, Oregon, company made it their main mission to fix exactly that problem. Introducing Outdoor Ukulele, creators of the very original outdoor-centric ukulele that replaces typical tonewoods with ultra-strong composite polycarbonate and glass fibers to create one of the toughest instruments around. Designed specifically for camping, backpacking or just general traveling, these ukes have been battle tested everywhere from the Arctic Ocean to the Amazon River and still kept on kicking. Continue reading →