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Line 6 Relay G30

Posted by sarabdeep Wednesday, September 30, 2009 0 comments

Guitar wireless systems are commonplace these days – after all Fender, almost unbelievably, introduced an embryonic cable-free set-up as far back as 1961. Although the unit, the TR-105, was ultimately discontinued just a year later, one of the reasons for its development and introduction was to protect musicians from the rather ropey electrics prevailing in venues of the time.
Today, it seems that Line 6 has brought similar levels of invention to that established idea, and there are a couple of features on the Relay G30 that set it apart from the vast majority of affordable systems available today.

Its USP lies with the unit's transmission frequency. Most contemporary systems – including the G30 – operate within the UHF band, sited between 300MHz and 3GHz. Where this system differs is that it operates almost at the very top of that congested range, at 2.4GHz. That means a vastly reduced chance of any interference from radios, mobile phones and the like.
"Never once were our licks and riffs sullied by a taxi driver or mobile phone shrieking over the airwaves."
The system comprises the familiar marriage of a TBP06 transmitter and RXS06 receiver, each of which possesses a sliding selector for access to a total of six channels. The transmitter is powered by a pair of AA batteries, which Line 6 says will give up to eight hours of continuous use, and is bereft of an external aerial.
The receiver is slightly larger in size and powered by the included DC-1 PSU. Moreover it includes a three-way selector for its Cable Tone feature, intended to allow users to darken the tone if required.
It's an interesting concept, as Line 6's Dan Boomer explains. "All guitar cables have [signal] losses and many players have crafted their sound with these losses in place." he says. "The G30 has virtually no losses so one can add Cable Tone so that you can recreate them if they've become part of your set-up. Basically, it's a software model of the alteration a typical cable does to pure sound."
In use
Using the rather modest 67mm cable supplied with the G30, ESP GL-56 was hooked to a Peavey 3120 and got to work. The first thing you notice is the sheer freedom you have when released from your umbilicus. It's truly liberating and it will make anyone get well over 50 feet away from the amp without noticing a loss of signal or tone. Equally critical, never once will your licks and riffs sullied by a taxi driver or mobile phone shrieking over the airwaves.
There's no doubt that the tone is louder and toppier when compared with that of a traditional cable, thanks to the improved efficiency of the signal transmission itself – it is found that the set the cable tone to its darkest setting for the majority of the time. It's a subtle effect at best, but does discernibly round off the majority of trebly edges. Of course, for cleaner, janglier styles you could even consider turning the switch off.
Could this be your last wireless system? Possibly, strongly recommend everyone experience the freedom of going cable-free at least once.
At £285, the G30 isn't the cheapest system available today, but it ticks all the right boxes and is, on balance, certainly among the best one can come across so far. Simple to use and, far more importantly, hardly the tone-killer that wirelesses are presumed to be by the uninitiated.

Mansons Guitar Show 2009

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PRESS RELEASE: The 2009 Mansons Guitar Show announces a fantastic line up of exhibitors and artists. It takes place on the 24th & 25th October at the Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter.
Over 40 trade stands will have products on display ready for you to check out. Exhibitors include Marshall, Peavey, PRS, Ernie Ball, Rotosound, Orange, Fender and Roland who will be rubbing shoulders with specialised companies such as Godin, Peerless, Trace Elliot and G&L.
For the acoustic side of the show, brands confirmed include Martin, Faith, Taylor, Freshman, Huss & Dalton, Patrick James Eggle, Yairi and Tanglewood amongst others.
There will be incredible show deals, a stunning array of equipment, new product launches and experts on hand to answers any questions. This is a must for and electric, acoustic or bass guitar enthusiasts.
There is a separate clinic room which will offer free demonstrations and interactive workshops throughout the weekend. A world class lineup of guitar and bass clinics has been scheduled and artists confirmed include:
Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd) Mark Chadwick (The Levellers) Frank Turner (Patrick Eggle Guitars) Steve Fairclough (Fairclough Guitars) Dario Cortese (Music Man Guitars) Chris George Band (Marshall Amplification) Stuart Clayton (Carl Palmer) Jas Morris (Mansons/Blackheart) Alex Hutchings (BOSS/Roland) Ellen Miller (Tanglewood Guitars) Gavin Wilson (JHS)
There will be amazing prizes on offer at the show – last year over £3,000 worth of equipment from Marshall, Orange and Peavey was up for grabs.
Discounted tickets are available to purchase in advance and are on sale now. These can be ordered from or via the Mansons team on Tel +44 (0)1392 496379 see prices below:
For single day tickets - Advance tickets £8 (£10 on door) 8-16 Students £4 (£5 on door) Under 8s FREE
For weekend tickets - Advance tickets £12 (£14 on door) 8-16 Students £8 (£10 on door) Under 8s FREE
For an incredible day out, fantastic show deals, electrifying guitar performances, first class demonstrations and signing sessions, you'll be spoilt for choice. Come and see a display of the best gear you can lay your hands on and much more...
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Authorities have apprehended three men in New York who allegedly stole nearly $60,000 worth of musical equipment, including a rare limited edition replica of Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstein guitar.
As reported by the U.K.’s Rock Radio, the Van Halen guitar is one of only 300 ever made. The instrument closely matches the model on which it’s based, right down to the 1971 quarter jammed beneath the tremolo unit and the cigarette burns etched into the headstock. The instrument retails for $25,000.
Arrested in the incident were American Musical Supply employee Jeronimo Frutero, along with Frutero’s alleged associate Richard Rodriguez. It’s believed that Rodriguez entered the store and bought low-cost items which he then requested be shipped. Frutero, who works in the store’s shipping department, allegedly then shipped the higher-value instruments instead.
A third suspect, Michael Nuzzo, is alleged to have participated in a similar scheme which began with an order placed on line.
Police are said to have recovered all the instruments, including the Van Halen Frankenstein guitar replica.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has formed a live band that includes Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
The newly-formed group – which also includes drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist Mauro Refosco, and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich – is set to make its debut on October 4 and 5 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Yorke made the announcement in a post on Radiohead’s Dead Air Space website.
“In the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting a band together for fun to play the Eraser stuff live and the new songs etc. to see if it could work,” Yorke writes. “We don’t really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz… well… we haven’t got that much material yet! But come and check it out if you are in the area.”
The post also features a photo of the band and a link that allows fans to purchase tickets via Ticketmaster. The announcement comes on the heels of Yorke’s release of a 12-inch vinyl single featuring the tracks “The Hollow Earth” and “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses.”

Recording King has made the classic 12th fret 000-style body shape affordable for players of every level with the new ROS-06. The historic Golden Age design of the 12th Fret 000-style ROS-06 marries the specifications of the best-selling RD-06 to the Recording King Century Studio Series body. With a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the ROS-06 gives players the rich deep sound guitar players have come to expect from Recording King. The 12th fret neck joint creates a more even and subdued sound than most dreadnoughts, perfect for solo fingerstyle playing.

Crafted with a rosewood fretboard, bone nut and saddle, and tortoise shell body binding, the ROS-06 offers players professional features and a vintage look on a great sounding guitar. A budget-conscious fingerpicker's dream instrument, with a 1-13/16" nut width and classic 25.4" scale length, the ROS-06 offers guitarists something unique at a price within reach.

12th fret 000-style bodies have garnered significant attention over the past couple of years as collector's instruments, but few companies offer such a powerful combination of premium sound and affordability.

The ROS-06 will be available in fall 2009, and lists for $329.99. It is covered by Recording King's lifetime warranty.

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Just in time for one last road trip to finish your summer, Johnson proudly brings you the solid spruce top Trailblazer Deluxe travel guitar. The Trailblazer Deluxe makes it easy to sound great anywhere. With the classic, natural sound you can only get from solid spruce in a portable package, this guitar is ready to go wherever the muse takes you. With a full-size 24-3/4" scale length, the Trailblazer Deluxe gives players the same comfort and playability as a full-size dreadnought, but in a travel-friendly package.

With 22 frets and a rosewood fretboard, the Trailblazer Deluxe has a familiar feel, like that of a standard sized guitar neck. Many players may have avoided choosing a travel guitar because of their concern that travel guitars, with smaller body shapes often sound thin with very little bass. Thanks to the Trailblazer's carefully designed body, solid spruce top, mahogany sides and arched mahogany back, the Trailblazer Deluxe gives players on-the-go the same robust, warm sound as a traditional dreadnought.

The Johnson Trailblazer Deluxe comes complete with its own carrying bag, so players will be ready to travel with it anywhere easily and comfortably.

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PRS debuts the Starla X

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Paul Reed Smith Guitars has debuted the Starla X, the newest model in the Mira/Starla series. The Starla X’s retro inspired design and appointments appeal to players in search of instruments with 24-1/2” scale length, PRS craftsmanship and build-quality but with unique aesthetics and tone.

Features include Singlecut, flat obeche body with arm carve, 22-fret sipo wide fat neck, rosewood fretboard, pearloid dot inlays, traditional 2-piece stoptail bridge, vintage style tuners, volume & tone control, and a 3-way blade switch. Mira X Treble and Bass pickups are standard with optional soapbar pickups. Available colors include Vintage Cherry, Black and Sepia Burst as well as new colors such as Cardinal Red, Grandma Hannon Pink, Lime Green, Orange Zest, and Powder Blue.

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Johnson has released the single-cutaway, dual-humbucker Solara Special, a great-sounding, great-looking guitar perfect for beginners or entry-level players. With a solid basswood body and bolt-on maple neck with satin finish, the Solara Special begins with the essential ingredients for an entry-level rocker. The dual open-coil humbuckers deliver a fat, crunchy sound in either the neck or bridge position, and the single volume and tone controls give this guitar the casual simplicity of an instrument that can rock in any situation, and at any volume.

The deep treble side cutaway allows easy access to the upper frets, and the nickel fretwire on the classic rosewood fretboard is finished with no rough edges for smooth, comfortable playing.

If you're a player on a budget who has always wanted the sound of dual humbuckers on a single cutaway body, but were afraid that a low-priced guitar could never play well, the Solara Special is the guitar you've been waiting for. A true budget rocker, the Solara Special lists for $199.99 and is available in both gloss black and sunburst finishes.

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PRS Guitars is honoring its legendary mentor with the new limited production Ted McCarty SC and DC 245 models. Made in the spirit of the original PRS Sunburst Series, the two models feature a short 24-1/2" scale, special bound fretboard, original PRS birds, Santana headstock shape with curly maple veneer and 1957/2008 pickups or optional Soapbar pickups. Ted McCarty SC (single-cutaway) and DC (double cutaway) 245 models are currently available.

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Paul Reed Smith Dragon model guitars are among the most coveted PRS models ever developed. In celebration of the model and in honor of PRS Guitars upcoming 25th anniversary, a special 25th Anniversary Dragon model featuring a new complex dragon fretboard exotic multi-material inlay will be available later this year in very limited quantities. The headstock will feature a green ripple abalone Modern Eagle with a black composite shadow veneer.

Appointment highlights include 24 frets, 24-1/2” scale length, rosewood neck and fingerboard, carved curly flame maple Private Stock top and African striped mahogany back wood. The guitar will feature the new 59/09 Treble and Bass pickups and a PRS tremolo.

The body shape and electronics for the 25th Anniversary Dragon are modeled after one of Paul Smith’s early guitars which was most recently featured on the Howard Leese Private Stock guitar released in 2009. Dragon models painted by renowned artist Jeff Beasley are also being planned as part of this exclusive run.

Limited quantities will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009 with the remainder being completed in 2010.

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Charvel has modified the U.S.A. Production Model Series. The San Dimas Style 2 has been replaced with the limited "Wild Card", which takes the modified vibe a step further offering features, options and configurations that change every three months. Each limited Wild Card release takes its cue from the Custom Shop menu of graphics, pickups, body, neck and fingerboard woods etc.

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Steinberg launches VST Sound Instrument Set Synthesizers

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PRESS RELEASE: Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH is pleased to announce the launch of a new sound expansion set for Sequel, Cubase and Nuendo NEK: The VST Sound Instrument Set Synthesizers. The new sound module offers 142 synth sounds and over 350 MIDI loops created by professional designers for electronic and dance genres including house, electro, ambient, trance, techno and minimal, and also offer range of retro 80s patches.

VST Sound Instrument Set Synthesizers takes advantage of Steinberg's MediaBay and VST Sound technologies to offer all Sequel, Cubase and Nuendo NEK customers instant access to all sounds, previewing of patches in the song context, easy-to-use construction kits and more. VST Sound Instrument Set Synthesizers is available exclusively in Steinberg's online shop, and costs €29.00/£26.00*.

"This new instrument add-on significantly expands the sound palette available through Steinberg's HALion ONE VST instrument for anyone looking for great-sounding, flexible yet inexpensive way of adding the latest synths to their sonic armoury," comments Nadine Roos, Steinberg's Product Marketing Manager for Sequel.

"The success of the audio loop-based Sequel Content Sets has encouraged us to extend our range of sound add-ons with this set of HALion ONE instruments and MIDI loops. It not only adds more choice for Sequel, Cubase and Nuendo NEK customers, but also strengthens our palette of online products," Roos continues.

*Suggested Retail Price, pricing and exact time of availability may vary regionally.


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Novation has added a countdown timer to the front page of its website, indicating that it'll be launching a new product on Thursday 1 October at 12pm (UK time).

No other details about the launch have yet been revealed

Novation's main focus recently has been on MIDI controllers, with its most recent release being the keyboard version of the popular Nocturn control surface. Whether this new product will run along similar lines or be a complete departure remains to be seen.

Is new Pro Tools bundle the best value ever?

Posted by sarabdeep Sunday, September 27, 2009 0 comments

Pro Tools M-Powered Essential is a new cutdown version of Avid's legendary recording software, and the company has announced that it's now being bundled with M-Audio's Fast Track audio interface.

This bus-powered, 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 device has just been redesigned, sporting upgraded preamps to deliver what M-Audio claims is a better quality of recorded sound. It features an XLR mic input, a 1/4-inch instrument input with gain control, a 1/4-inch headphone output and RCA stereo outputs.

Further controls include an output level knob (for the headphone and speaker outputs) and a direct monitor button.

Moving back to Pro Tools M-Powered Essential, this is based on the standard version of the software and enables you to record on up to 16 audio tracks. Up to eight virtual instrument tracks can be used simultaneously, and the Structure Essential plug-in (which gives you more than 60 sounds) comes supplied.

The new Fast Track bundle will set you back £91/$149 – a price that, for a Pro Tools-based system, would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. There are, of course, other options available, but if your budget is tight and you're looking for a one-stop solution, then this one is well worth a look.

PRESS RELEASE: Avid (NASDAQ: AVID) today introduced Digidesign® Eleven™ Rack, a standalone hardware unit that combines a hyper-realistic guitar amp and effects processor with a high-quality computer recording audio interface, to create the ultimate recording and performance solution for guitar players.

Bundled with the industry-standard studio mixing software Pro Tools LE®, Eleven Rack empowers performing or recording guitarists to focus on what's most important — great tone, great recordings and great performances. Unlike other tone simulation devices, Eleven Rack provides guitarists with three distinct solutions in one product that:

  • Replicate everything guitarists love about vintage and modern amplifiers — without the hassle of storing or maintaining them;
  • Create the ability to record incredible guitar tone without needing to re-record a great performance due to bad tone; and,
  • Reproduce tones captured in the studio in live performances with unprecedented ease and flexibility.

Industry Reaction
Recording artists and producers that got a sneak peek of Eleven Rack have had positive feedback to how it will change the industry.

James Michael, a producer for acts such as Motley Crue, Meatloaf and the Scorpions said, "I love it. This was the big missing link and is going to change everything. You'll never see me in another session with racks and racks of amps. This is what I want to use for a number of reasons: imprinting the information onto the audio file, the ability to record the DI and the actual processed stuff together. It's incredible. This is what I'll use making records now."

And, Producer and Recording Artist Buddy Miller, who has worked with such acts as Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris, said "The greatest part about all of it is that it sounds and feels right. It makes you want to play, and that's a good thing. And it's just simple. That advantage of getting back to the sound is just really great."

Revolutionary Tone Clone
Guitarists know that great guitar tone inspires great performances. Eleven Rack delivers a new level of tone realism with a broad range of emulations of legendary guitar amplifiers. A unique Tone Cloning process differentiates Eleven Rack from other modeling products by capturing every stage of the signal path — point-to-point — ensuring exceptionally authentic guitar amp tone. Now, guitar players can experience incredible realism, while re-creating the tone and feel of playing through a mic'd guitar amp. Eleven Rack delivers all of the subtle nuances that for decades have defined the uniqueness of playing through a physical guitar amp, including power amp sag, ghost notes and cabinet resonance. Additionally, the system uses convolution processing to create realistic microphone and cabinet sounds, and offers precise emulations of the most popular stomp-boxes and effect units of the last 40 years.

Guitar Recording Perfected
Eleven Rack is also a high resolution USB 2.0, 8-channel recording interface and includes Pro Tools LE 8, the most popular recording and mixing software in the world — providing access to 48 stereo tracks and more than 70 plug-ins, effects and virtual instruments. Guitarists never have to re-record a track again if they are unsatisfied with the guitar sound in a performance. Eleven Rack directly interfaces with Pro Tools allowing a guitarist to record both dry and processed guitar tracks while simultaneously allowing for re-amping later, without re-patching a single cable. With all amplifier and effect settings embedded into the recorded Eleven Rack audio tracks, guitar players can easily recall previous settings at any time. Built-in DSP processing also enables guitar players to benefit from no audible latency when recording — a vital part of the guitar recording experience.

From Studio to Stage
Eleven Rack can also serve as a standalone effects processor — with no computer required — offering guitar players access to rich tones when they play live. The unit has a number of I/O connections that enable users to easily incorporate it into their live setup or use it as a replacement for their live rig by running it directly into a PA/live sound system. Any tone perfected in the studio can be controlled during a performance using MIDI controllers and expression pedals. Guitarists now have full control over everything from amp and cabinet combinations to vintage "wah" effects, tempo-driven delays and more, all at the touch of a button or stomp of a pedal.

"Guitar players have unique challenges when recording; Eleven Rack was designed to specifically help overcome these challenges," said Hiro Shimozato, product manager at Avid. "As a purpose-built guitar recording system, Eleven Rack addresses the many needs and desires of recording guitar players. The fact that it also operates as a standalone effects processor makes it an appealing solution to every guitar player — recording or not," cites Shimozato. "At the end of the day, with guitar players, it's all about one thing: how it sounds. And this is where Eleven Rack really shines."

Pricing & Availability
Eleven Rack will be available worldwide in September 2009 and carries a USMSRP of $1,259.00.


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PRESS RELEASE: Celemony Software GmbH is proud to announce two new products: Melodyne assistant, which offers the world-renowned Melodyne technology for the editing of vocals and monophonic instruments in a more affordable yet nonetheless improved format, and Version 2 of the bundle edition Melodyne essential, which now runs directly as a plug-in in the Pro Tools environment and brings with it numerous improvements over Version 1.

Melodyne assistant is the most affordable entry into the world of Melodyne and ideal for the correction and optimization of monophonic and rhythmic audio material. The user can with Melodyne assistant correct intonation or timing problems by hand, transposing notes, moving them forwards or backwards in time, deleting them, adjusting their amplitude and their formants, as well as copying them to new locations.

Melodyne assistant works as a plug-in directly in compatible hosts, allowing you to use Melodyne's possibilities in a particularly convenient manner, and the user can conduct all editing in the context of the other tracks of his project. For the swift editing of a sample between times, Melodyne assistant can also be used as a stand-alone application.

Melodyne assistant will appear, most likely, in the beginning of November and will cost 249 US$ or 199 €. The investment will prove particularly profitable if a user later wants to change to Melodyne editor (also polyphonic material) or Melodyne studio (multi-track), as attractive upgrade options are on the table for each.

"We're delighted to be able to offer in Melodyne assistant an economical product based upon our new and markedly better Melodyne technology," says Carsten Gehle, Celemony's Technical Director. "For users wanting primarily to edit vocals and monophonic material, Melodyne assistant represents a very attractive tool that, in terms of quality and user-friendliness surpasses all previous editions of Melodyne and yet is nonetheless highly affordable."

Also new is Version 2 of Melodyne essential, which offers the basic Melodyne functions for the editing of monophonic or rhythmic audio material. It is intuitive and simple to operate as well as offering the same sound quality as the new Melodyne editions editor and assistant.

Version 2 now operates directly in Pro Tools as an RTAS plug-in. That makes it still easier to enjoy the rewarding editing possibilities Celemony affords. And not only that: in Melodyne essential 2 you will also find the tried-and-tested Melodyne macros for pitch and time correction.

Melodyne essential 2 is also scheduled to appear at the beginning of November. It will be available only as part of Digidesign's Ignition Pack software bundle and cannot be acquired separately.


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PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, the industry leader in digital modeling technology for music creation products, launched today its new Spider Valve MkII guitar amplifiers. The latest collaborative effort from Line 6 and Reinhold Bogner, the new amp line offers the flexibility of world-class modeling, the performance of boutique-style tube-amp design and many new features inspired by the original Spider Valve amplifiers, the line's award-winning predecessors.

"Spider Valve MkII amplifiers offer all the warmth and punch you'd expect from Reinhold Bogner, one of the top names in boutique amplifier design," comments Aaron Suplizio, Line 6 product marketing manager.

"Plus, combined with the most advanced Line 6 amp models to date, premium effects, a direct-record output and extensive MIDI control, Spider Valve MkII is a complete package for all kinds of professional guitarists."

The new amplifier line is well-rounded with two 40-watt combos and a powerful 100-watt head. The Bogner-designed preamp and power sections add boutique-style response to the Line 6 modeling: 12AX7 preamp tubes deliver creamy, cascading distortions and enriched tube harmonics; perfectly matched 6L6 power tubes (two in each combo; four in the head) drive the Celestion Vintage 30 speakers to provide unprecedented sonic impact.

Each Spider Valve MkII amplifier features 16 rich-sounding amp models and 20 brilliant on-board Smart FX. The amp models, inspired by the most celebrated modern and vintage guitar tones, provide the next generation in Line 6 amp tone.

The on-board effects deliver a complete palette of colors and textures including a collection of beautiful delays, tangy mods and lush reverbs. Players also get access to cutting-edge effects including the astonishingly responsive Smart Harmony, a built-in looper, auto-wah and more. Four effects can be used simultaneously and edited completely to create the perfect sonic landscapes. Plus, every working player's dream, Spider Valve MkII amplifiers can save up to 128 user-programmed presets.

Foot-controller and MIDI connectivity make Spider Valve MkII the essential studio and stage centerpiece. A Line 6 FBV foot controller can add a volume/wah pedal, tap tempo for all time-based effects, control over Pitch Glide, an easy-to-read LCD chromatic tuner display and more.

Spider Valve MkII 112 combo: £631.35 MSRP inc VAT
Spider Valve MkII 212 combo: £780.85 MSRP inc VAT
Spider Valve MkII HD100 head: £746.35 MSRP inc VAT

Digital Village launch

In addition, On Saturday 26 September 2009, Line 6 and Digital Village will be showcasing the all new Spider IV amp range.

"Spider IV amplifiers are feature-packed with new artist-created presets and amp models, gorgeous new effects, FBV foot controller compatibility, and so much more," remarks Aaron Suplizio. "These amplifiers are perfect for guitarists who want artist-quality tones and effects, and complete versatility at a great value."

Line 6 also have a special promotion to celebrate the launch of the Spider IV amplifier and FBV MKII controllers. Buy any of the new Spider IV amplifiers with an FBV MKII foot controller by September 30th to get your FREE BackTrack.

The event will be held from 12pm - 4pm at:
DV North London
141 High Street

Tel: 020 8440 3440
Guitar Department: 020 8275 3111
Fax: 020 8275 3229

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Design your own guitar online with DesignMyGuitar

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DMG (DesignMyGuitar) is a new independent guitar brand of Belgian origin. It is unique in that it allows the guitar player to design their own guitar online. The guitar differs from other custom-built guitar brands because the standard models are very affordable. The website platform will be online October 1st, 2009.

The process for designing a guitar can be divided in 3 main steps and creates a big fun factor for guitar lovers, even if there is no intention to buy a guitar.

Step 1:

Choosing the body style. Different body styles are available. The type names will be DM-ST (Strat-style), DM-TE (Tele-style) and DM-LP (Les Paul-style).

Step 2:

Designing the body. Many different pre-defined templates are available to be adapted, personalized, or redesigned. People who want to make a completely new design or want to upload their own, can start from scratch. This part of the website is called the "Design Tool".

Step 3:

Every body style has standard quality hardware. The "Option Tool" allows the user to upgrade pickups, bridges, tuners, etc. For example, pickups are available from Fender, EMG, & Seymour Duncan.

The products are standard quality guitars existing of (depending of the model) solid alder body, hard maple, or mahogany necks, rosewood fingerboards, etc. The user can save his personalized guitar, re-edit it, or make various designs of it. T

he prices of the guitars will start at €200. Full-option guitars (including Seymour Duncan pickups, Grover tuners, Bigsby vibrato, etc.) will never exceed €1000. The guitars will be shipped worldwide and will have a delivery time of approximately 14 working days.

The website platform will be online October 1st, 2009.

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In succession of the highly popular SWITCHBLADE TSC Hughes & Kettner proudly presents COREBLADE, the next evolutionary stage of programmable all-tube guitar amps, especially designed to meet the demands of modern metal guitarists. The head delivers a stalwart 100 watts and combines brutal tone, untamed dynamics and explosive punch with amazing flexibility unequaled by any other tube amp so far. COREBLADE's most prominent features include our exclusive TSC tube management, the all-new IDB noise gate and – as a world premiere – backup the 128 presets to a USB stick without a computer.

COREBLADE is equipped with four channels, two of them voiced to offer completely different high-gain alternatives. Beyond that, the amp sports a versatile drive channel and a clean channel with plenty of headroom. For sound refinement COREBLADE features three first-class effect modules, covering a wide range of standards from authentic spring reverb to chorus and delay. As all effects are added using our unique “Inversed Parallel Modulation“, the guitar signal always stays in the analog domain.

Noise gates are the secret weapons in modern metal sounds. Therefore COREBLADE is the first amp to take advantage of the newly developed IDB™ (Intelligent Dual Breakpoint) noise gate. This cool device simultaneously measures the gain at the input jack and after the preamp, thus being able to react perfectly in any given situation, be it as a radical tool for sound design on stage or as a delicate noise suppressor in the studio.

As the sole amp manufacturer worldwide Hughes & Kettner masters the use maintenance free PRN potentiometers (PRN = programmable resistor network), completely analog rotary knobs with 256 resistor steps which can be digitally accessed. Employing this elaborate technology each of COREBLADE's channels can be set up total independently and all parameters like EQ, gain or presence may be saved and recalled in an instance with the push of a single button. And all this with no digital components in the signal path, mind you. Management of the 128 user presets is easy as a breeze with the included MIDI floorboard.

The TSC (Tube Saftey Control) power amp management, introduced with SWITCHBLADE earlier this year, automatically adjusts the bias, takes care of defective valves (emergency switch-off) and displays the tubes' characterists at the rear of the amplifier. TSC accepts EL34 and 6L6 tubes, even in mixed operation – which means personal tube customizing without limits!

The MC412CL is a new 4x12“ cabinet, especially crafted for COREBLADE. Oversized and made of even stronger wood, it is loaded with Celestion Classic Leads and handles 320 watts at 8 ohms, thus converting the amp's primal power into massive sound pressure.

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Pro Tone Pedals is proud to offer the Gold Label Overdrive, the first in the Premium Overdrive line.The Gold Label Overdrives 18 volt circuit was designed to deliver lush overdrive with the head room to provide a rich clean boost. The Gold Label Overdrive is not for everybody.

This luxurious overdrive was designed for players with exacting tastes in equipment by playing to the strengths of the 'beauty in simplicity' of vintage amps and modern recreations of those timeless designs.

The Gold Label Overdrives touch sensitivity will astound you as the subtleties of your technique are audible like never before.

As a tone seeker, you understand the significance of your overdrive running on 18 volts. The Gold Label operates on a 9 volt power supply, with an internal voltage converter converting that 9 into 18 volts.

18 volts provides more balanced power and head room which allows for a unwavering, full-spectrum reproduction of your guitars pure signal.

The Gold Label Overdrive creates huge tone by fusing its distortion with your clean signal. The Drive knob controls this functionality by adjusting the amount of gain and the mix of clean signal. With the drive set low the Gold Label Overdrive acts as a gorgeous clean boost. The Gold Label Overdrive will be the last overdrive pedal you'll ever need to invest in.

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Amidst one of the most controversial product launches of all time, Gibson has posted a blog entitled Live From The Production Line At Gibson USA that seems to indicate that a high-end Authentic Hendrix model is set to join the Authentic Hendrix electric guitar packages announced earlier this week.
The pictures show unfinished instruments awaiting hardware and electronics but it is apparent that they are set neck in construction and appear to be routed for a large locking vibrato system and three single-coil sized pickups.In addition, the headstock sees Gibson's famous 'open book' outline integrated into a Stratocaster-style six-a-side peghead.

These guitars at least appear to be less Strat-derivative than their lower-priced siblings. Lets look forward to seeing the finished product.

Sontronics' existing Phantom-powered ribbon mics – the Sigma and Apollo – have cemented the company's deserved reputation for well-designed and reliable mics that combine a traditional ribbon sound with the benefits of active electronics. So it should come as no surprise that its latest offering, the Delta, follows suit and looks set to build on this heritage.

Shorter and fatter than the Sigma, the Delta is designed to be more rugged and up to regular use in a live environment. Reading Sontronics' press release it's clear they have that ribbon favourite guitar amplifiers firmly in their sight. But to be fair, any instrument with complex high frequency content (drum kits and brass spring to mind) can benefit from the smoothness of a ribbon mic.
So, aside from the size and shape, what else marks the Delta out from its sibling? Basic specs such as figure-8 pattern and noise figures (14dB) are similar, and you get the same type of suspension cradle.
Mics are individually serial-numbered, although for the Delta this is a sticker on the underside, rather than an etched faceplate like the Sigma, which is a shame. At £499, its price is also similar to that of the Sigma. But beyond these points, the Delta is definitely a different beast with slightly lower sensitivity (11mV/Pa) and a quite different frequency plot.
The use
When tested, the Delta in close at a few inches and centred on the speaker cone, the sound is brilliantly rounded and balanced with plenty of proximity and none of the pokiness you tend to get from dynamic mics.
Obviously, the higher top end is restrained, and this may not be ideal for all applications. What's more, although the plot indicates a slight mid-range lift at 2kHz, this isn't obvious to us. However, in typical ribbon mic style, you can add plenty of top end EQ without things sounding too processed.
Although ribbon mics have theoretical figure-8 patterns, the front and back do tend to sound slightly different. Sticking with the guitar amp and flipping the Delta round produced a slightly brighter sound, although the differences were subtle.
Moving on to some other sounds, the Delta easily delivers a warm, radio-friendly speech tone. It also does a good job of rounding off the edges for hand-held percussion such as shakers and tambourines.
Peering through the mic grille, it's obvious there's an extra layer of protection compared with the Sigma, and the ribbon assembly (or motor as it's known) is not visible. This may have been done to add wind protection or modify the frequency response… either way, with any plosive or air-shifting source, speech and vocals especially, the Delta still benefits from a standard pop shield.
Clearly, the Sontronics Delta sets out to deliver silky smooth electric guitar sounds with a retro flavour, and in that respect it really delivers. What was not expected was how easy it would be to achieve this.
Positioning on a guitar amp is quick and simple, making it an instantly rewarding mic. And if you want some extra top end, it responds well to EQ.
Even so, like all ribbon mics it's not what you'd consider an all-rounder, so it should be purchased to complement the condensers and dynamics in your mic collection rather than replace them.

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The much anticipated Series One is now available in the USA. Due to rapid growth, Blackstar Amplification have expanded their dealer network into independent stores. There is more exciting news in the form of Blackstar USA Inc. which is being headed up by Loren Molinare. Loren has over 10 years experience in the MI industry and was the guitarist in respected bands, The Dogs and Little Caesar.

The Series One 100

Series One delivers incredible high gain performance with a level of tonal refinement found previously only in the very best boutique and vintage amps.From the incredible power of the 200W KT88 equipped head to the beautifully crafted 45W combo, each Series One design sets new standards for valve tone and flexibility.

The Series One dual patent design is the result of hundreds of hours of research by one of the most experienced design teams in the business. The built in DPR power reduction system allows reduction to any level down to 10% of the rated power with no loss in tone or valve reliability and the ISF control provides tonal flexibility beyond that of any traditional tone control system.

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VOX Amplification has announced the release of the affordable new V845 Wah Wah Pedal. Sonically, the V845 preserves the spirit and tone of the early VOX wah-wah pedals, a sound still sought after by today's players. Designed to withstand the rigors of life on the road, the V845 features a solid yet lightweight diecast aluminum housing, as found on authentic VOX wah pedals from the 1960s. Cosmetically, the V845 creates a vintage mood with its period-authentic black crepe finish and black-on-black pedal surface.

The V845 Wah Pedal will be available November 2009 with a retail price of $155.00.

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Destined to create more than just another effects pedal, Tone Box, Inc. sets out to break the mold of traditional stomp box shapes and tones adding a new dimension to every musician's on-stage performance. Co-founded by industry veteran, Kasha and special effects creator, Shawn Crosby, Tone Box officially unveils its first product, the Skull Crusher. Kasha and Crosby saw the need to kick the pedal world into overdrive when they noticed, as Crosby states - "the current market selection was simply boring in their appearance and presentation on stage. We wanted something that adds a visual third dimension to the musicians playing and tone." Aligning themselves with 'A' List rock stars and utilizing the production services of Rockmodules, Skull Crusher has opened the doors on what is only the beginning of a promising line of pedal effects.

Like a fine jeweler or a portrait sculptor, Crosby approached the housing of a stomp box with a different, but very skilled eye. He saw beyond the utilitarian tin can encompassing the electronics and seized an opportunity to enhance the musicians playing and tone by creating a visual third dimension that both inspired the musician and entertained the audience. Design and construction of the Skull Crusher is hand sculpted to the finest detail by trained artists, then molded and finished to the highest grade of finish. Enhancing the stainless steel body are red and blue LED's that illuminate when the pedal is activated, achieving an eye-stunning effect. Production models are available in four finishes: gun metal, stainless steel, aged and ancient. Also available are custom precious metal models in 24k gold and sterling silver.

To compliment its captivating appearance, The Rockmodules technology inside of the Skull Crusher was designed after the Kasha Amplifiers Rockmod sound. It is the world's first overdrive pedal with eight distinct analog voicing's and can be used with guitar, bass or any other musical instrument. On the back of the head you will find the VOICING, TONE and GAIN controls to give the player flexibility like no other overdrive pedal. The voicing knob allows the musician to select from four presets labeled as CLEAR (3dB up), ICE (11 dB up), CHAINS (15dB up) and BODY (18 dB up). Combine these four with the 10 dB BOOST and the artist now has eight voices to create his wildest dreams.

In addition to the four production models, Tone Box will be accepting limited custom orders on a first come, first serve basis and pricing will very per order depending on the availability and requests of the customer.

Tone Box is actively seeking domestic dealers and international distributors.

Base Models start at $399.00 USD.

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Lollar Pickups has announced the release of a Supro-style string through steel guitar pickup. The pickup features Alnico 5 magnets, dual split coil humbucking construction with adjustable poles. The pickup requires a small route 1/8" deep or it can be surface mounted on top of a pickguard. For guitars with taller bridges, shims are available to raise the pickup.

From the Lollar Pickups Website:

This is an exact copy of the Supro/ Valco/ National string through steel guitar pickup as used on the "Coodercaster." The pickup is humbucking yet it sounds exactly like a single coil. Output is remarkably high yet it has all of the clarity of a low output pickup. The steel plate that goes over the strings spreads the magnetic field to surround the strings. This increases the pickup's sensitivity and reduces magnetic pull on the strings which increases sustain.

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VOX Amplification has announced a new acoustic simulator as the sixth member of its popular amPlug Series of portable headphone guitar amplifiers. Each amPlug (Lead, Metal, AC30, Classic Rock, Bass and now Acoustic) plugs directly into the output jack on any guitar, and delivers an amplified headphone signal for private practice without the use of an amplifier.

The amPlug Acoustic (APAG) features circuitry that simulates the sound of an acoustic guitar. Two distinct tones are available using the Fat/Bright switch, emulating steel and nylon string guitars. The Blend control allows the acoustic tone to be mixed with the original electric guitar signal for just the right balance. In combination with an electric guitar's own tone controls and pickup selection, the sound variation is unlimited.

An AUX IN jack is also provided, for jamming along or practicing to any MP3 or other audio source. When using alkaline batteries, the amPlug Acoustic can provide up to 27 hours of extended, on-the-go use.

The VOX amPlug Acoustic (APAG) will be available October 2009 with a list price of $56.00.

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If you are an enthusiast for tube amp tremolo then your're in for a real acoustic treat with the Delta-Trem. This pedal authentically recreates the alluring, hypnotic tone and feel of a vintage amp tremolo. This is accomplished by using a filament lamp and photocell assembly in conjunction with a vacuum tube signal path — twice for stereo! This gives an exceptionally warm and musical tremolo effect that blends well with clean and overdriven guitar sounds. The dual signal path allows the pedal to operate in mono tremolo mode into a single amp or stereo where the sound is ping-ponged between two amps for a huge, spacious tone.

Circuit operation is extremely quiet with none of the audible "ticking" often associated with tube amp tremolo. The Delta-Trem features a configurable low frequency oscillator that accurately reproduces the classic deep sine wave throb found on early Fender tube amps along with triangle, square, pulse, rising and falling sawtooth waveforms to recreate a "Leslie" rotating speaker swirl through to a deep swampy tremolo effect. This pedal is designed to give players easy access to classic rock 'n' roll, blues and surf tremolo tones with outstanding warmth and hi-fidelity.

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Dunlop Manufacturing has unveiled their latest MXR offering, the FullBore Metal Distortion pedal. Dunlop describes the all-analog pedal as a "compact but powerful device that provides guitarists all they'll need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard." It's designed to turbo-charge the guitar signal with more high gain than necessary. This is achieved by combining a built-in Noise Gate to knock out the noise associated with extreme gain levels while also adding definition and tightness to syncopated metal riffs.

Its EQ controls include, Bass, Mid, sweepable Mid-Freq and Treble knobs that let you sculpt your tone with precision. The additional Scoop switch provides an instant high and low frequency boost that Dunlop says can "rumble the room while also adding clarity." Other features on the MXR FullBore true-bypass switching and 9V battery powered with AC input available.

The pedal is available now with a street price of $99.99 and List price of $169.99.

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Authentic Hendrix LLC has announced the introduction of three branded Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Packages as part of an exclusive agreement between the Gibson Guitar Corp. and Authentic Hendrix properties. Specifically chosen for its innovation, quality and global impact, Authentic Hendrix LLC began conversations with the Gibson Guitar Corp. in 2008 to develop guitar packages that would serve as a tribute to the musician who many have called the world's greatest guitarist of all time.

The effort is also part of preserving his legacy so that generations to come could develop and appreciate his techniques and musicianship. Each guitar will have the Jimi Hendrix signature and logo on it and will come with special added value components only offered with the specific package.

Free Fender Champion 600 amp!

Posted by sarabdeep Wednesday, September 23, 2009 0 comments

UK and Ireland-based guitarists thinking about purchasing a new Fender American Standard guitar couldn't have chosen a better time.
Until 30 September you have the chance to claim a free Champion 600 valve combo worth £159.99 with every American Standard guitar purchased. That's right, 30 September, so get your skates on or miss out!
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Steven Tyler and Joe Perry may not be speaking to one another, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make music together. As reported by the Hawaiian newspaper the Star Bulletin, next month Aerosmith will make good on a promise to stage two concerts – one in Maui and the other in Honolulu.
The shows, which will take place on Sunday, October 18, and Tuesday, October 20, are “make-up” events for a concert the band cancelled two year ago, which resulted in a class action lawsuit. More recently, Aerosmith was sidelined by injuries Tyler sustained in a fall during a show in early August.
Ticket prices for the Honolulu concert, which will take place October 18 at the Blaisdell Arena, range from $75 to $195. Prices for the Maui show, which is scheduled for October 20 at the Maui War Memorial Stadium, range from $65 to $125.

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The Foo Fighters have revealed the track list for their forthcoming Greatest Hits album, which is scheduled for release on November 3. In addition to the new songs “Word Forward” and “Wheels,” the disc will feature 13 past hits plus an acoustic version of “Everlong.”
Fans will also be able to opt for a “deluxe edition” of the album, which includes a DVD and a 28-page booklet. The DVD consists of several videos as well as live footage culled from concerts staged at Wembley Stadium and Hyde Park, and from the Skin + Bones theater tour.
Currently, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is immersed in the side project Them Crooked Vultures. The “supergroup” also features Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones.

Greatest Hits track list:
“All My Life”
“Best Of You”
“The Pretender”
“My Hero”
“Learn To Fly”
“Times Like These”
“Big Me”
“Long Road To Ruin”
“This is a Call”
“Skin and Bones”
“Word Forward”
“Everlong (acoustic)”

Branded with the Traktor logo, this controller squarely aims itself at the fast-becoming users of NI's Traktor Pro software and comes packaged as an all-in-one solution complete with a built-in audio interface.
In the box there's an installation CD complete with Traktor LE, a USB lead and a power supply (although the unit powered fine over USB, it's recommended that you use this).

Up front there's a crossfader curve adjustment rotary, a headphone jack and a microphone input. These inputs both have individual EQ rotaries which effectively work like tone controls, but are a welcome addition nonetheless.
There are decent sized, touch-sensitive jog wheels and good fader actions - the whole unit feels sturdy without weighing quite as much as other controllers such as the Vestax VCI-100.
Around the back the connections are RCA stereo outputs and RCA stereo inputs which can be switched from line-in to phono for connecting a turntable and routing it to a third 'Audio Thru' deck in Traktor.

The Use
Once you've installed the drivers and plugged the unit in, you have to hunt down the Traktor TSI files that hold all the mapping information. This proved to be a bit of a pain as the Reloop website only has these as downloads within their forum, which you have to register on to see the download links.
Most new users will find the preset mappings very usable, but tweaking within Traktor's MIDI mapping preferences may be required depending on your preference.
Loading tracks into deck A and B is simple, with a push of the large central rotary switching the Traktor track browser to full screen. You can turn the same rotary to scroll up and down or, alternatively, you can use the jog wheels to browse the file tree or tracklists separately.
"Most new users will find the preset mappings very usable, but tweaking within Traktor's MIDI mapping preferences may be required depending on your preference."
Using the white backlit shift button switches the plus and minus pitchbend buttons into close and open folder buttons when browsing, which is useful but awkward to use as you have to shift and then remember to un-shift to scroll the tree again. But, of course, this could be remapped and modified to work better for you if you wish to create your own custom MIDI map.
All the EQ and effects rotary controllers also work as push buttons. This works great for kill switches and turning the filters on and off, but means you have to be relatively careful not to push them by accident if you get a bit over excited in the DJ booth.

Overall, it's hard to fault the controller itself (apart from the jog wheels maybe spinning a tad fast) as the majority of the gripes rest with the mapping choices. If you take the time to find the right mapping of the controls, this becomes one of the best all-in-one DJ solutions on the market, with plenty of knobs and buttons in a well-thought-out layout. It may not be the perfect Traktor controller yet, but this one certainly gets pretty darn close.

Blue Cat Audio's range of plug-ins has long been a favourite among freeware hunters, and it's just had an update. Elsewhere, Togu Audio Line's reverb comes out of beta testing, and there's a new stereo widening effect and a ridiculously simple sample player.

Togu Audio Line TAL-Reverb
Platform/format: PC, Mac/VST, AU

This open-source plate reverb has apparently had its sound enhanced since the beta version (it's now at v1.0), and delivers a wider stereo spread. It still looks pretty easy to use, though, and is said to be usable on a wide range of sounds (percussion in particular is cited).

Open Ambience Project SHEPPi

Platform/format: PC/VST

Released under a Creative Commons License, SHEPPi stands for Stereo Haas Effect Ping Pong Inverter. That might not mean a lot to you, so we should say that it's a stereo enhancement tool that promises to give your recordings a sense of space, and can be used as a track insert or on an aux bus. Blue Cat Audio Freeware Plugins Pack

Platform/format: PC, Mac/VST, DirectX, AU

The cats at, err, Blue Cat have updated their entire range of free effects plug-ins, fixing a few bugs and improving the Windows installer. There are nine effects in all and, to make life even easier, you can download the whole lot in a single bundle.

WOK SampleTrigger
Platform/format: PC/VST
You will rarely see a simpler sample player than this: load in a sample and you can play it at its original speed from your keyboard. And that, aside from the inclusion of an ADSR envelope, is it.

Many artists have contacted us asking "Can you make a guitar pick with the traditional shape and size, and still have that V-Pick sound and gripping action?" Well, here it is! The V-Pick Tradition! The same size and shape of a regular guitar pick that we all grew up with. Only this pick adds a bit of a twist to that old formula. You will not drop this guitar pick due to the V-Pick "grippage" that you have heard so much about. They will cling to your fingers when your body temperature warms up the pick! They also give you much more volume than a regular pick. A great sounding tight bottom end, a huge mid range, and a beautiful, singing high end. Much like a human voice. This pick has a lot to offer, indeed!

The new V-Pick Tradition is available in three thicknesses. Ultra lites @ 0.8mm, Lites @ 1.5mm, and Regular @ 2.75mm. So, for all of you players out there that are very fussy about your guitar picks, and those of you that just can't change your ways, this pick is perfect for you.

Robben Ford once told Vinny Smith while referring to changing his pick style, "Vinni, I am an old dog, man". Vinny can't wait for Robben to try his new guitar pick!

So whether you are an old dog or a young dog, V-Picks think you will be blown away by this new series of V-Picks.

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JBL Professional LSR 2325P

Posted by sarabdeep Tuesday, September 22, 2009 0 comments

With so many companies trying to reinvent the wheel with new monitor technology, it's almost refreshing to see a pair which sticks to such a tried and tested formula: bi-amped two-way bass reflex design with a soft dome tweeter, a waveguide built in to the front baffle and a rear port. The simple black enclosure has a foam-covered base to provide a bit of isolation and stability.
Round the back, things are exactly as you'd expect. Balanced input is on XLR or 1/4-inch TRS; unbalanced is on RCA. Master volume can be set with a detented pot and a small amount of adjustment comes in the form of two trim switches which allow the low frequencies and high frequencies to be cut or boosted by a fixed amount using a pair of shelf filters which operate at 120Hz and 7kHz respectively.
Power is delivered by standard kettle lead connection and a recessed switch allows for 115V or 230V operation.

The first test with any new monitors is to set them up according to the manufacturer's recommendations and listen to a few tracks to get a feel for their overall sound. Straight out of the box, the JBLs sounded a bit rough so when left the room and let them play for a couple of hours to warm up.
After this time the harshness had disappeared, so it was probably due to a combination of new drivers and cold amps. The amps themselves are suitably clean class AB devices, based on the cheap but cheerful ST Microelectronics TDA7294 integrated circuits, operating at a maximum of 50W for the woofers and 35W for the tweeters.
First impressions after warm-up are generally positive, with impressive clarity and a relatively flat response. Stereo imaging is good and the sweet spot's easily big enough to work with for near-field purposes.
It's clear that bass isn't going to be the strong point of a monitor with a five-inch driver, but the LSRs put out a healthy amount, albeit with a hint of the low-end fuzziness that you always get with small drivers and ported enclosures.
There's very little sub-bass thump and things occasionally start to get a little messy below 100Hz or so, making it difficult to determine the pitch of bass notes the lower they go.
"It's clear that bass isn't going to be the strong point of a monitor with a five-inch driver, but the LSRs put out a healthy amount."
All this is acceptable considering the design and price. However, the LSR's main problems occur when you try and make them handle too much at once. Busier tracks cause the bottom end to go fuzzy and overwhelm the mid-range. Switching on the -3dB LF shelf filter improves things but the problem causes a lack of clarity.
Attempting to mix on the 2325s confirmed the suspicions from the listening test. Soloed tracks are reproduced accurately in a revealing manner, but when the same elements are summed and the whole mix is played back, things occasionally start to get messy. It's frustrating that the LSRs can clearly handle everything nicely until the mix gets busier but it's a classic problem with small drivers.
These monitors are capable of producing great results when they like what you're throwing at them, but it's impossible to predict when they'll struggle with more difficult material. Consistency is probably the most important factor when choosing a good pair of monitors, so it's a shame that these good near-fields are let down.
They're worth a listen, but make sure you compare them to the competition using a wide variety of material.

Authentic Hendrix LLC, a Jimi Hendrix Family Company, announced today the introduction of three branded Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Packages as part of an exclusive agreement between the Gibson Guitar Corp. and Authentic Hendrix properties.
Specifically chosen for its innovation, quality and global impact, Authentic Hendrix LLC began conversations with the Gibson Guitar Corp. in 2008 to develop guitar packages that would serve as a tribute to the musician who many have called the world's greatest guitarist of all time. The effort is also part of preserving his legacy so that generations to come could develop and appreciate his techniques and musicianship. Each guitar will have the Jimi Hendrix signature and logo on it and will come with special added value components only offered with the specific package.

Gibson Guitar and Authentic Hendrix LLC announced the launch of three exclusive Jimi Hendrix electric guitar packages.
The Jimi Hendrix "Experience" Electric Guitar Package is the ultimate tribute to the greatest guitarist who ever lived. The company has combed over historical details and taken the best from more than 100 years of guitar making so that every guitarist – from the beginner to the seasoned player – can find his or her inner Hendrix with this package. The "Experience" package will come with an official "Jimi Hendrix signature electric guitar" and all the necessary accessories and some fun extras including a Jimi Hendrix Signature "Voodoo Child" amplifier, a Foxey Fuzz pedal, a deluxe padded gig bag, an instructional DVD, an electronic tuner, two guitar cables, a Hendrix inspired strap, three picks and a USB drive containing exclusive Hendrix media content. In addition consumers will receive a Hendrix inspired tie-dyed tee-shirt and bandana. True to its name, this guitar package will give the music enthusiast the ultimate Hendrix experience. MSRP $449.99 USD.
Jimi Hendrix "Signature" Electric Guitar Package: It's been almost 40 years since Jimi Hendrix's death but he has continued to assert his tremendous legacy with the six strings of his guitar. In recordings and film footage, his mesmerizing showmanship lives on. In a fitting tribute to the man who famously played right-handed guitars upside down, Gibson and Authentic Hendrix have announced the Jimi Hendrix Signature Electric Guitar Package.
Designed in close collaboration with Janie Hendrix and Gibson engineers. The package inherited the best features from Jimi's original equipment so that Hendrix fans the world over can enjoy a deluxe guitar package the way Jimi would have liked it. This package comes with a "Jimi Hendrix signature electric guitar and all the necessary accessories, a Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child amplifier, a deluxe padded gig bag, an instructional DVD, an electronic tuner, a guitar cable, a Hendrix inspired strap, three picks and a USB drive. MSRP $332.99 USD.
The third offering from this exclusive partnership is the Jimi by Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing" Electric Guitar Package which Gibson engineers and Authentic Hendrix LLC designed with one question in mind: "What if the world's greatest guitarist was still alive today, what guitar would he want to play?" Combining the historical authenticity and more than 100 years of precision guitar making the launch of the Jimi "Little Wing" electric guitar package has been launched.
This "Jimi" guitar package is equipped with three Voodoo Child Inspired by Jimi Hendrix pickups and comes with the new 10-watt "Max Feedback" amplifier so that the musician is all set to recreate Hendrix's unearthly playing style. The package also comes with an instructional DVD, which includes detailed lessons and a walk through of the components of the entire guitar package. In addition consumers will receive a deluxe padded gig bag, a 10 foot guitar cable, a nylong strap with the Authentic Hendrix logo on it and three Authentic Hendrix guitar picks. MSRP $249.99 USD.
"Creating this new guitar is continuing Jimi's practice of giving back to people. He would go to Manny's Music store in New York to make himself available to young musicians and invite them to his studio to watch him record. He also gave away guitars or bought them for young players," said Janie Hendrix, Jimi's sister and CEO of Authentic Hendrix.
"It was our own idea to approach Gibson in the beginning after the positive experiences had with the Flying V's that they made based on Jimi's guitar some years back. Our excitement inspired their excitement, and here we are, creating these new branded musical instruments. This is just the tip of the iceberg."

Billy Corgan has announced that the next Smashing Pumpkins album will consist of 44 songs. Better still, the songs will be “available absolutely free, to anyone anywhere.”
In a lengthy post on the band’s website, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman says he hopes to release the first song around Halloween of this year, with additional tracks coming shortly afterwards “until all 44 are out.” “Free will mean free,” he promises, “which means you won't have to sign up for anything, give an email address, or jump through a hoop. You will be able to go and take the song or songs as you wish, as many times as you wish.”
Titled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, the album “is based on ‘The Fool’s Journey’ as signified in the progress of the Tarot,” writes Corgan, adding that it’s “[his intention] to approach this by breaking down the journey of our life here into four phases as made by these different characters; the Child, the Fool, the Skeptic, and the Mystic.”
Corgan goes on to say the music for the project harkens back to the Pumpkins’ original psychedelic roots: “atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.”
While the songs will be available without charge, diehard fans will have the opportunity to buy limited edition EPs consisting of four songs each. Other collectible formats and variations will be offered for sale as well, with a deluxe box set available for purchase after the rollout of songs is complete.
Corgan says recording work for the new material began on Tuesday (Sept. 15), but adds that he’s already written 53 songs for the project.

“The godmother to female musicians with loud guitars and idealistic dreams.” That’s how the New York Times once described Joan Jett, expressing a sentiment shared by Jett’s legions of fans.
From her pioneering stint in the Runaways in the ‘70s, to her trailblazing work on hits like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Bad Reputation,” the artist once deemed “the female Elvis” has paved the way for every young girl driven to strap on an electric guitar.
More than that, however, Jett has given us some of the most unabashed guitar-rock of the past three decades. Injecting sass and sneer into a sure-footed sense of melody, the ever-youthful Jett combines a love of classic radio pop with a gnarly attitude in a way that goes to the essence of what rock music is all about.
“I’m a big fan of [pop music],” Jett said, in 2001 interview. “I think it really has to do with degrees of intensity, as to whether a song is bubblegum or rock ‘n’ roll. Good rock ‘n’ roll has to have a good pop sensibility within it. You need to have songs that say something, that have a hook, and that are catchy. Of course I listened to things like Bowie and T. Rex, too. It’s all ‘poppy’ music, but with a harder edge.”
Jett has lost none of her passion for her beloved rock ‘n’ roll. Doubters need only check out her recent performance for the “Nissan Live Set” concert series to see a artist in full flight, still reveling in making music. “I’m so blessed to be doing what I do,” Jett says at one point.Likewise, we’re blessed -- blessed that Jett is still going strong and that she’s lost none of her leather-clad edge ... We join with Jett’s fans in wishing her a wonderful birthday.

Z.Vex Nano Head

Posted by sarabdeep Monday, September 21, 2009 0 comments

Capturing a thunderous drive sound in the studio isn't easy. The sound pressure generated by a valve stack can play havoc with microphones and produce harsh results. Enter Zachary Vex, the stompbox guru responsible for some of the most ingenious designs of recent years.

Rated at one half-watt and integrated into a pedal housing, the Nano Head is the world's smallest production valve amplifier. With its twin JAN-6921W military spec valves, mini transformer and cooling fan, the Nano Head is built exactly like a grown up amp, only it sounds better than most.


By hooking the head up to a 2 x 12 with Celestion Vintage-30 drivers and cranked up the volume to see what it was capable of. With the volume around three o'clock, the bright switch engaged and the Thickness and Mellow controls set to normal, the tone is reminiscent of a Blackface Bassman on full tilt, with a hint of classic Marshall.

"Close your eyes - it's hard to believe that the huge sound you can hear is really coming from the little Nano Head."

With just a budget condenser mic it will stunn you by the authenticity of the recorded tone: a truly exceptional high-gain sound full of harmonic complexity and bags of raunch, sitting perfectly in a mix without the need for outboard EQ.

Clean the tone up and things get a little more VOX-ish, but stay just as satisfying. Disconnect the cab and the Nano's internal speaker comes into play; try mic'ing this up for nasty no-fi fuzztones.

With your eyes closed it is hard to believe that the huge sound you can hear is really coming from the Nano Head. If £399 seems excessive, consider the price of either a power attenuator for your 100-watt head of choice, or rival low wattage valve amps that are still too loud for use outside of a soundproof environment when cranked.

Lennon 'Jesus' quote mag auctioned

Posted by sarabdeep Sunday, September 20, 2009 0 comments

A 1966 magazine signed by John Lennon in which he says The Beatles were more popular than Jesus has been sold for 12,713 dollars.

An orthopaedic surgeon at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Centre made the winning bid in a 17-day online auction run by RR Auction of Amherst, New Hampshire.

Lennon signed "John C Lennon" above his photograph in the September 1966 issue of Datebook, even though his middle initial is W for Winston.

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