NEWS: Van Halen heading to Oz with Soundwave Revolution!

WOO! The Soundwave Revolution line-up – due to be released about 40 minutes from now – has leaked slightly early. Check this out (according to Faster Louder)!

Van Halen
Hole
Alice Cooper
Bad Religion
Machine Head
Danzig
Sisters Of Mercy
Alter Bridge
The Pretty Reckless
All Time Low
Dashboard Confessional
Gojira
Hatebreed
Hollywood Undead
Street Dogs
Panic! at the Disco
Relient K
Attack! Attack!
Face to Face
Framing Hanley
Watain
The Used
Cro-Mags
Thrice
Kvelertak
Yellowcard
Holy Grail
Unearth
Times of Grace
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Funeral For a Friend
Thursday
Steel Panther
Devin Townsend
Sum 41
Black Veil Brides
Zebrahead
Set Your Goals
Hellogoodbye
The Dangerous Summer
We Are The In Crowd
The Word Alive
In This Moment
The Damned Things
Hellyeah
Skindred
Whitechapel
The Acacia Strain
Every Time I Die
Madina Lake
Make Do And Mend
Story Of The Year
We Are The Ocean
Four Year Strong
Terrible Things
The Swellers
This Providence
Young Guns

NEWS: Universal Audio releases Lexicon 224 reverb emulation

PRESS RELEASE

UNIVERSAL AUDIO RELEASES OFFICIAL LEXICON® 224 DIGITAL REVERB EMULATION FOR UAD-2 POWERED PLUG-INS PLATFORM

— The Classic Sounds of Lexicon’s First-Ever Reverb Unit,
Plus Numerous UAD-2 Satellite Enhancements, Comprise UAD Software Version 5.9–

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • May 6, 2011 — Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio hardware and award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins for Mac and PC, has released new UAD Software v5.9. Along with new features for the UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerator, v5.9 includes the highly anticipatedLexicon® 224 Digital Reverb plug-in for the UAD-2 platform.

From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era, and remains one of the most popular and influential digital reverb units of all time.

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Why You No Buy Tab Books No More?

When I was a little’un, the second greatest thing in the world was getting a new copy of Guitar World and sifting through the tabs. I didn’t know half the songs in it, but that didn’t stop me from trying to learn them. This was pre-YouTube and if a song wasn’t on TV, you had to physically go to a store and purchase it with real actual money by interacting with a real actual human being. If a band didn’t have an Australian deal, you (and by ‘you’ I mean ‘me,’ and by ‘me’ I mean ‘my parents’) had to pay about $50 for an imported CD. Yipes. So in a way, my only way to figure out if I liked a band or not was to play through the transcription of their song in Guitar World. This is how I found out that I liked Megadeth (“Hangar 18”) and Sepultura (“Dead Embryonic Cells” in Guitar World‘s sister magazine, Guitar School), respected ZZ Top (“Doubleback”) and did not care for Bulletboys, not one jot sir (“Talk To Your Daughter,” although I think that was a cover).

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Epiphone ‘1984’ Explorer EX

I’ve always wondered why there was no Gibson or Epiphone pickguardless Explorer with EMGs. Seemed logical. Gibson used to make an Explorer with no pickguard and a black headstock way back in the day, and a certain famous thrash guitarist used one of these with EMG active humbuckers in place of the stock passive humbuckers.

The 1984 Explorer EX has EMG 81 and 85 (neck and bridge) pickups. The body and neck are mahogany, the fretboard is rosewood, scale length is 24.75″. Available colours are Ebony and Alpine White.

Click here for more info. More pics below.

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