REVIEW: TC Electronic Hall Of Fame Mini Reverb

hofminiOkay, we all know that TC Electronic makes incredible effects. Their 2290 delay is legendary. Their G System, G Major and G Force: legendary. Their Nova series of pedals: legendary. But the TonePrint series of pedals is a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that’s going to become legendary. Because TonePrint pedals allow you to dial in your own sounds, sure, but they also give you access to finely tweaked effects designed by some of the best ears in the biz, including Dream Theater’s John Petrucci, Steve Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Bumblefoot and many, many more. Read More …

Bluesfest 4th Announcement. Ooh, Buddy Guy!

image003Press Release: Today Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held over the Easter long weekend (17th – 21st of April) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, opens the fourth chapter to its 25th Anniversary special edition and the message coming from the Bluesfest HQ is that there will be at least one more artist release before Christmas – after all the Festival still has many of its artists left to announce.
Reports also say that Bluesfest 2014 Tickets, in particular the 5 day Festival ticket will sell out in the near future. Read More …

Positive Grid Launches BIAS Amplifier Modeler

biasAh, now here’s something very cool. Positive Grid has released BIAS Amplifier Modeler and Designer, an extremely – extremely – powerful amp sim app for iOS. Positive Grid is, of course, the creator of JamUp Pro XT for iOS. And with BIAS they’ve given you the ability to get right down into the fine details to build your ideal virtual amp. Change your preamp tube types, edit the preamp voicing, adjust the bias, try out various transformer types, swap out speakers and cabinets, move virtual mics around… you’ll find your tone in there somewhere! I’ll be checking this one out for you soon but here’s the press release in the meantime: Read More …

REVIEW: Dean Cadillac Straight-Six

cadillacThe Cadillac is one of Dean Guitars’ oldest designs, originally surfacing in 1980. On the surface it could be viewed as ‘Oh, that’s just the front half of an Explorer stuck to the back half of a Les Paul,’ if you wanted to get all basic about it, but Dean have always put their own spin on things, so of course you’re getting Dean’s own approach to crucial things like neck profile, fretwork and electronics: we all know that a guitar is about much more than just the shape. The Cadillac Straight-Six is one of Dean’s newest models, members of the Straight-Six series which adds a six-in-line headstock and classy gold hardware to one of four classic Dean shapes: the ML (think Dimebag Darrell), the V, the Z (think Explorer) and of course the Cadillac.

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Rebecca Dirks Handpaints Awesome 12AX7 Xmas Ornaments

XmasI would have saved these for the forthcoming I Heart Guitar holiday gift guide but who am I kidding: they’re too cool to wait, and will probably be sold out by then anyway! Rebecca Dirks – you know her from those awesome Rig Rundown videos when she was with Premier Guitar – has made a batch of Christmas tree ornaments using real pre-loved 12AX7 preamp tubes. You can buy them on Etsy but you’d better be quick! The listing reads:

“Have your passion for guitar tastefully represented on your Christmas tree with a unique 12AX7 tube ornament made by me, Rebecca Dirks!

Each tube is unique and made to order and available painted or unpainted. Hand-painted tubes can feature snowflakes, an initial, a guitar silhouette (of your choice), or a logo. Please specify custom paint instructions on checkout. Read More …

Periphery & Animals As Leaders Oz Tour

PERIPHERYForgive my girlish squeal but eeeeeeek! Periphery and Animals As Leaders have just announced an Australian tour for this January/February, hitting three cities (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne). Now, if you caught Periphery during their last Australian tour – when they were here for Soundwave – you’d know that these guys are pretty much un-freaking-stoppable as a live unit at the moment. And Animals As Leaders were here this time last year (has it already been that long? Whoa) with Between The Buried & Me. But this is a killer chance to catch them both together here in the Antipodes. Here’s the press release:  Read More …

Feedback Frenzy: Comparing The BOSS DF-2 And FB-2

BOSS feedbacker pedalsFeedback is fun. Feedback is really fun. But in order to generate it and control it you need a perfect combination of a couple of key elements. For starters you need volume, and that can present certain challenges in the home environment. Secondly you need a feedback-friendly environment. You may be able to coax feedback out of your amp at just the right volume but there are all sorts of sweet spots in a room or on a stage where you’ll find different harmonic overtones. The one you’re standing it could just plain be wrong for the guitar, the amp, the key of the song you’re playing. Get those two elements wrong and you’re in trouble. Nobody wants to have neighbours bashing down their door at 2am complaining that their rendition of “Flying In A Blue Dream” is a little iffy, right? Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Roger Mayer 456

456Ever felt that your digital mixes were just missing something? Something warm and musical and just flat-out real? Well, what you’re probably missing is the beauty of analog tape. There’s something very pleasing to the ear lurking in the particular way analog tape captures sound, and it’s something that’s impossible for digital technology to replicate. And yet, as Roger Mayer observes, these qualities can be captured on a CD, which leads us to the realisation that they can be incorporated within your own recordings too. But how? Roger’s 456, that’s how! It allows you to duplicate the dynamic and harmonic qualities of analog tape even within the digital realm. Here’s Roger’s extensive documentation about what the 456 is, what it does and how it does it. Read More …