AmpliTube MESA/Boogie!

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Well then, this is pretty much the best news ever!

PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia is proud to announce AmpliTube® MESA/Boogie®, a new collaboration with the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering that brings some of the most legendary tones from the original boutique manufacturer’s amplifiers and cabinets to AmpliTube® 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. Read More …

Melbourne Guitar Show. And I’m Playing!

 

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Are you in Australia? Think you can get yourself to the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield on August 8 and 9 (which is really easy because there’s a train station right there)? Come along to the Melbourne Guitar Show! It’ll feature all sorts of displays, performances, seminars, workshops and even opportunities to buy gear right there on the day (which is exceedingly rare for a show like this in Australia). Performing artists include Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Davidson Brothers, James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Nick Charles, King of the North, Racer Axe and many more, one of whom is …me! I’ll be playing a set of instrumental progressive-rock-shred-metal-fusion with my trio, which includes Geoff Mison of Pony Music and Defryme on drums and my former Upperhand bandmate Rohan Drew on bass. We’ll be onstage at midday on Saturday August 9. Come along! Here’s the press release: Read More …

Meet The BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay

From BOSS.info: Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with exceptional audio quality, plus deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI, and much more. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that take your breath away, the DD-500 will launch your music places you never thought possible.

  • Studio-level stereo sound with 32-bit/96 kHz processing throughout
  • 12 versatile delay modes from vintage to modern deliver unlimited creative possibilities
  • Unrivaled real-time expression with customizable control settings for onboard and external switches
  • Graphic LCD for easy, intuitive operation while performing and editing
  • Onboard patch memories and hands-on controls
  • Equipped with a built-in Phrase Looper, MIDI, USB, and more
  • Selectable buffered or true-bypass operation
  • Runs on four AA-size batteries or PSA-series AC adapter

Return Of The DOD Gonkulator!

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First it was the DigiTech Meatbox, now the mighty DOD Gonkulator is back! From dod.com: “Freq out!” The updated DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator (2015) has all of the clangy, robotic sounds of the infamous ‘90’s era original, but with a far more flexible, adjustable, carrier signal control. The adjustable carrier signal allows you to tune the ring modulation giving you the ability to go from slightly-skewed modulation to wildly, atonal chaos. But wait there is more to the Gonkulator than just off-kilter pendulous tones, the Gonkulator is actually two effects in one! The Gonk has an aggressive distortion circuit to further mangle your guitar’s signal. Read More …

BackStory Events Live Interview Series to Host Guitar Icon Joe Satriani

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PRESS RELEASE: BackStory Events, a new series of curated live, feature-length interviews with iconic artists and musicians, announces guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani as an upcoming guest. The event will focus on Satriani’s new album Shockwave Supernova, and much more, and will take place Friday, July 24, 2015 (the album launch date) at the AOL Studios in New York City.  

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Marty Friedman To Tour The USA

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Oh this is cool! Marty Friedman is doing a solo tour of the USA for the first time in over a decade, in support of his album Inferno. Marty says: “On the rare occasion that I stop and think I about it, I realize I’ve done an insane thing: I left a successful international band to concentrate my efforts on the domestic music scene of a country thousands of miles from my home. Different culture, different language, different planet. Since I went to Japan, so many Americans have supported me, and while many doubted I would ever play live in my homeland again, now it’s happening. Choosing the setlist and doing prep for this tour has been a blast. Words can not describe how excited I am about finally touring North America!”

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Chris Cornell To Reissue Debut Album Under Proper Title

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Now this is cool news. I’ve always enjoyed Chris Cornell’s first solo album, Euphoria Morning. Now it’s being remastered and re-released and, in an interesting twist, being given a new name which is funnily enough its old name. Cornell originally planned to call the record Euphoria Mourning but was talked out of it. I like this title. It puts a different spin on the material and seems to make a lot more sense. I might just have to get this on vinyl when it comes out on August 14.

PRESS RELEASE: When GRAMMY-winning, GOLDEN GLOBE® nominated singer/songwriter and rock icon Chris Cornell was about to release his 1999 solo debut on Interscope/A&M/Geffen Records, he was dissuaded from his first choice for the title, Euphoria Mourning, and reluctantly dubbed it Euphoria Morning. Now, 16 years later, Universal Music Enterprises is correcting that admitted misjudgment, re-releasing the re-mastered album under its original name on August 14, for the first time on vinyl as well as reissuing digitally and on CDEuphoria Mourning will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and include a download card featuring 320 kbps MP4 audio ripped directly from the vinyl. Read More …

Plini Goes On Tour

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After years tucked away creating bedroom epics, PLINI has emerged as a living & breathing musical entity, set to embark on his first Australian headlining tour this August. PLINI will be joined on stage by the powerhouse drum-sensation that is Troy Wright and a selection of members from the tour’s special guests THE HELIX NEBULA, who will also be supplying their flavour of technical wizardry every night.

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