Def Leppard Rocks PreSonus ADL 700 Channel Strip

1383This email from PreSonus (I use and love their Studio One recording software) just popped up in my inbox and it reminded me of that time I interviewed Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott about guitar for Guitar World – I thought it’d be fun to get Joe’s take on guitar, given that he’s so known as a vocalist but has been playing guitar pretty much forever: he initially auditioned to be the guitarist for the band that would eventually become Def Leppard. You can read that interview here. Now on to the press release:

PRESS RELEASE: Having worked with UK rockers Def Leppard in the studio and as concert front-of-house engineer for well over a decade, Ronan McHugh has had ample opportunity to try out lots of different gear with the band. McHugh has been using the new PreSonus ADL 700 tube channel strip to record the band’s first studio album since their 2008 Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, and he gives the channel strip high marks all around. “Before we started working on the album, I did a record with Joe [Elliott, lead vocalist for Def Leppard],” McHugh reports. “He has another project called Down ‘n’ Outz. We recorded most of the vocals through a Shure SM7, directly into the ADL 700. I found that with the impedance control at just the right setting, it really brings the vocal to life.” Read More …

Klon Centaur Vs. MI Audio Super Blues Pro

Aah, now this is interesting! The good folks at MI Audio recently had the venerable KLON Centaur in their workshop, and after playing it for awhile they realised that it had a similar tone to the MOSFET setting on their own Super Blues Pro pedal. So they did a quick A/B shootout “We were able to dial in some verrrrry close tones although the two pedals are very different designs,” they say. “The Klon is a fairly unique circuit, and the Super Blues Pro is from the Tube Screamer family. So we recorded a very quick clip to compare the two pedals. Now, we’re not at all claiming that the Super Blues Pro is identical to Klon. It’s not, and that was never the intention with the Super Blues Pro. However, it was surprising that given virtually any setting on the Klon, it was possible to dial up a setting on the Super Blues Pro which got pretty damn close.”
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INTERVIEW: Kill Devil Hill’s Rex Brown

rexrocker With Pantera, Rex Brown has created a legacy which serves as a sort of ‘how to’ on heavy metal bass playing. His heavy attack and his ability to simultaneously lock in with Dimebag Darrell’s guitar and Vinne Paul’s drums is as good an education on playing bass in a heavy band that you’re ever gonna get. Rex further showcased his sense of groove and power during his long tenure with Down, but it’s with his new band Kill Devil Hill that he really gets to shine as a bass player – without even trying. Rex’s playing in KDH is no Billy Sheehan-esque shredfest: rather it’s a tour de force of playing perfectly in the pocket and yet never being lost within the mix or underneath the arrangement. And with material that bobs and weaves through hard rock, heavy metal and grunge and even something close to blues-rock, Kill Devil Hill calls on Rex to be more musically flexible than ever while still maintaining his own musical voice. Kill Devil Hill are touring Australia in April with Killswitch Engage (read my interview with KSE’s Joel Stroetzel here).  Read More …

Majik Box Shipping Doug Aldrich Rocket Fuel LTD5 5th Anniversary

RocketFuel5thPRESS RELEASE: In celebration of  the 5th Anniversary of the venerable Rocket Fuel pedal and their association with guitarist Doug Aldrich, Majik Box begins shipping the RF-LTD5 today. Sonically identical to the original Rocket Fuel, the RF-LTD5 features a special anodized treatment that Majik Box developed together with a Los Angeles area hot rod shop. This special process conforms to the Mil-A-8625, ASTM , military and automotive standards, and is known for its durability and beauty.  The special finish chosen for this special run pedal is called Atmospheric Blue. Read More …