AmpliTube for iPhone/iPad Adds Ampeg & Fulltone gear, iOS 9 Compatibility


PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce a new update to AmpliTube®, the ultimate mobile tone studio for iPhone and iPad that adds 7 new pieces of gear that include everything from bone shaking metal amps to versatile stomps and more. The update now also lets musicians export loops made in the Looper feature so they can be used in the DAW for song composition or other audio apps. In addition to the new gear and features, AmpliTube now sports easier gear navigation and selection, iOS 9 compatibility and a number of new in-app gear bundles. Read More …

A New Look For Spector


PRESS RELEASE: Brooklyn native Stuart Spector famously designed his first instrument in 1976, beginning a revolution that would change the music world forever. In the years that followed, Spector Basses have been used to hold down the low-end on the world’s biggest stages. Now, nearly 40 years later, Spector is proud to introduce the latest additions to the Spector lineup including two new Bass models, several new finishes to their Legend line, and extended pickup options. To celebrate the new releases, Spector is giving away four free Metallic Red Performer 4 basses via

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INTERVIEW: Tommy Thayer of KISS


KISS are about to hit Australia on their 40th anniversary tour, and if there’s one thing you can rely on in music, it’s that KISS are going to put on a big, big show. But this time they’re bringing their biggest: their ‘Spider’ lighting rig is coming with them to tower over the band and be even more menacing than Gene Simmons’ famous blood-spewing bass solo. And on stage left you’ll find Tommy Thayer inhabiting the role of the Spaceman as he has done since 2002. In the 13 years since Tommy started donning the iconic makeup and costume he’s gradually added hints of his own character to the icon. You can hear it in a certain confidence to his own solos, and see it in his choice of guitars, which diverge from the three-pickup Les Pauls Ace Frehley used when he was the Spaceman. Read More …

Meet The Orange Micro Dark


PRESS RELEASE: Responding to thousands of customer requests, Orange Amplification is delighted to present the Orange Micro Dark. This new pint-sized valve/solid-state hybrid head joins a well-established dark brotherhood that includes the Dark Terror and Dual Dark amps. Cowled in smoky black, the Micro Dark shares the same intuitive Shape control as its older siblings, sporting a deceptively simple layout, which disguises the amp’s cunning versatility.
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Fascinating Facts About Steve Vai’s Passion And Warfare


Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare turned 25 years old this past July, and the guitar has never been the same. Part hard rock, part psychedelia filtered through 80s neon, part Looney Toons soundtrack, part Zappa, Passion & Warfare found Vai breaking out on his own with an incredible level of focus and determination. Read More …

IK Multimedia announces AmpliTube 4!

For many years now I’ve been a huge fan of IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube range of amp/effect/cabinet simulators. AmpliTube 3 is still my go-to plug-in even after years of reviewing anything and everything. In fact, at this very moment I’m getting to know AmpliTube: MESA/Boogie for a review, and it’s once again demonstrating how incredibly flexible and detailed the AmpliTube universe is. And now IK Multimedia has announced AmpliTube 4, with some really advanced new features and a suite of new British-inspired amplifiers, including one based on the legendary Marshall JMP-1 tube MIDI preamp! And something I’ve been hoping for for quite a while: an effects loop insert point between the preamp and power amp. Awesome. Below is the video and press release.

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Made On Planet Earth By Grover Jackson


PRESS RELEASE: Following the recent announcement by venerable acoustic guitar maker and iconic American brand C.F. Martin to cease putting “Made in the USA” on their products, GJ2 Guitars by Grover Jackson that have previously been marked “made in USA” will, with immediate effect, be marked “Made on Planet Earth by Grover Jackson”.  Read More …