I’ve been using ProTools for years now and there have been all sorts of updates in that time, some minimal, some sweeping, but none so big as the behemoth that is ProTools 9. Along with the recently-released new Mbox line, ProTools 9 redefines ProTools and does away with the old LE level of software altogether. The most revolutionary, or perhaps evolutionary, aspect of ProTools 9 is that you no longer need to hook up an Mbox or a ProTools M-Powered unit to run the program. That’s a first for this series, and it’s something users have been asking for ever since ProTools first came out. For folks like you and I that means we can now drag our laptops around to edit audio in ProTools without having to lug our Mbox as well – all you need is your computer and your iLok with your ProTools licence. ProTools 9 will run standalone on Avid hardware, or on third-party audio interfaces, and it includes an enhanced feature set including automatic delay compensation, higher track counts, EUCON open Ethernet protocol support, which allows users to include Avid’s Pro Series and Artist Series controllers and consoles. Oh and get this: there are no feature or functional differences between ProTools HD 9 software and ProTools 9 software with the added Complete Production Toolkit 2 option.
Yeah, sorry about that. I was trying to install a lovely new plugin that would make the site super-awesome, and, well, some stuff went wrong. Bad stuff. Site should be back to its full glory again by Saturday. Those of you with blogs back up regularly too, right?
In the meantime, why don’t you check out my latest article on Gibson.com, in which I speak to Bryan Beller, Razl and Steve Turner about the wonders of electronic collaboration?
In addition to a full-sized, direct drop-in replacement for those modern Fender® Wide Range Humbucker replacements I’ll be launching soon, I’ve designed a similar pickup to fit a standard humbucker size.
Remember my review of DVK Technologies pedals recently? Well these killer little units are now available in America!
DVK Technologies Aussie Stomp Boxes Invade America!
February 22, 2011, Santa Barbara, CA: Guitar FX pedal manufacturer DVK Technologies is now shipping the first four models in its new series of dual-function stomp boxes. Founded by Australian design engineer extraordinaire Craig Paine and pedal demo guru Brett Kingman (a.k.a. burgerman666 of the eponymous 3,000,000+ views YouTube channel), DVK Technologies specializes in pairing effects that guitarists often use in tandem.
The Hughes & Kettner Coreblade is quite unashamedly one thing: a metal amp. You can tell by looking at it ['hell, you can tell by simply picking it up' - Peter's spine]and you can definitely tell when you plug in. An amp that can garner the approval of Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is nothing to be grunted at. So what’s under the hood of this metal-spewing monster?
The 100 watt Coreblade head packs a quartet of EL34 power tubes, known for their warm sound and open attack. Oh but if you’re more into the steely, punchy, tight vibe of 6L6CG power tubes, the Coreblade can hang with those too. The preamp section includes three 12AX7s and four modes – Clean, Drive, Ultra I and Ultra II – selectable via a 4-way rotary switch over on the far right. Travelling right to left, there’s a Boost switch then Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Resonance (for fine-tuning low end), Presence (for the high end) and Volume controls.
Line 6′s POD line of amp simulators is as ubiquitous in studios both home and professional as the venerable Shure SM58 mic, or a pair of headphones held together with duct tape, or old skin mags in the bathroom. From the tiny Pocket POD to the famous kidney bean-shaped desktop units to the Floor POD, there’s a POD for all people in the Line 6 line-up. The new HD range ups the ante by offering even more accurate amp models, all laid out on the floor in an extremely foot-friendly manner. The available HD models are the HD300, HD400 and HD500. Let’s look at the most kitted-out one, the HD500, shall we?
Wow, Steve Miller is sure in workaholic mode! Hot on the heels of last year’s excellent Bingo! (read my review here) comes Let Your Hair Down. Take it away, press release!
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN, NEW ALBUM FROM THE STEVE MILLER BAND
SET FOR RELEASE ON APRIL 19
ALBUM RELEASE TO KICK OFF WITH TOUR BEGINNING APRIL 19
FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST GREGG ALLMAN
STEVE MILLER BAND TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF
NEW AUSTIN CITY LIMITS VENUE AT THE MOODY THEATER
WITH A SPECIAL GALA CONCERT BENEFITING KRLU FEBRUARY 24
AND NEW SEASON’S INAUGURAL TV PERFORMANCE ON FEBRUARY 26
Following the success of last year’s number one blues album, BINGO!, which was recently nominated as ‘Blues Rock Album of the Year’ by the Blues Foundation, The Steve Miller Band return with yet another new offering, Let Your Hair Down, which lands in stores April 19 on Miller’s Space Cowboy Records in partnership with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. The band will kick off the album release with a Spring tour beginning April 19 featuring special guest Gregg Allman. Prior to the album release and tour, The Steve Miller Band will celebrate the opening of the new Austin City Limits venue at The Moody Theater with a sold out gala concert event to benefit KRLU-TV, Austin PBS, on February 24, followed by the inaugural live taping on February 26.