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James Michael Nugent

James Nugent, author and contributor at Higher Hz

James is a professional pianist, sound designer, music educator, and senior writer at Higher Hz, where he covers pianos, MIDI controllers, and synthesizers.

Having studied music initially as a pianist, he developed a passion for composition and harmony. That passion led him to sound design and the world of digital/analog synths. After starting his career as a working musician, James took a step back from performing to focus on other areas within the music industry. Over the past 20 years, James has gained vast experience as a performer, educator, composer, and content creator.

James has worked on various educational projects to highlight the many benefits of music. Through collaborations with organizations like Youth Music UK and brands like JBL, he has worked as the lead on campaigns to encourage young people to get involved in music. James has also composed music for campaigns promoting mental health awareness.

As such a synthesizer and tech enthusiast, testing, reviewing, and demoing new hardware/software is something James spends a lot of time on. Working as a writer, James covers some of the largest music industry tradeshows (especially synth-based ones like Superbooth), creating content showcasing the latest releases from manufacturers and developers.

Creating content has become an integral part of James's career and an area where he has worked with some of the music industry's leading brands. James has created demo and tutorial content for brands like Akai Professional, iZotope, and Plugin Boutique, gaining hundreds of thousands of views.

James is a music maker first, and anything he writes comes from an honest perspective of someone who loves music.

Roland FP-E50 review: Stage piano and arranger rolled into one

Roland’s FP series has long been a go-to choice for students and performers of all levels. The FP keyboards are popular because they provide no less than a solid sound, solid feel, and a no-fuss interface, even at the entry-level.

The FP-E50 is slightly different because it’s an arranger keyboard with abundant sounds and features.

The 3 best piano benches in 2024 for home and stage

Choosing a piano bench isn’t the most exciting decision a pianist has to make, but it’s an important one. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, at home or on the stage, a comfortable bench is a must. To make your choice a little less tedious, I’ve picked out what I think are the best piano benches in 2024.

The 9 best synthesizers in 2024 for every budget and taste

Synthesizers come in all shapes and sizes, and they are capable of doing many weird and wonderful things. In this article, I’m looking at the best synthesizers in 2024, or at least my favorites, anyway.

The world of synths is vast and diverse, but this list has something for everyone, from first-timers to experts.

Montage M8x review: Most anticipated Yamaha synth in years

The Montage M8x is the latest addition to the Montage lineup and Yamaha’s new flagship keyboard. The Montage M8x promises to be much more than a synth; it appears to be the ultimate workstation keyboard for performers.

In this review, we’ll find out if one of the most anticipated releases in some time lives up to the hype.