INTERVIEW: Devin Townsend

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Transcendence is the latest album from the Devin Townsend Project and in many ways it feels like a culmination of musical explorations that Devin begun in 2009 with Addicted! and that flowed through Epicloud and Sky Blue. It’s alternatingly melodic and crushing, ethereal and imposing, and in true Devin fashion it’s an album that reveals more about itself on each subsequent listen.

I love the new record. Y’know how every now and then an album comes along that’s just what you needed to hear at that point in time? 

That’s awesome. Thank you, Peter. It’s a special one for me in a lot of ways, and especially the latter half. The processes that went into it and the challenges that came into it, the control issues, letting go of things and trying to participate with other people and be analytical and aware enough of myself that I could call myself on my own shit is one thing. But it also coincided with what feels like a real tangible shift in my own psyche. Now, whether or not that was because of the fact that I took myself on vacation for the first time in my life, or something to do with age, or something to do with circumstances I’m not sure. But something shifted at the same time as the latter half of this record and now I find myself in a place that is new and foreign in a lot of ways and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Read More …

Meet The Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister Deluxe 40

The new Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister Deluxe 40 uses Deluxe Tone Technology which pairs groundbreaking new circuit design advances with renowned tone-shaping capabilities, all inspired by our flagship TriAmp Mark 3. H&K says “From sparkling vintage clean to throaty crunch, a beefy brown sound and crushing levels of all-out gain, sonic freedom the touch of a button away with GrandMeister Deluxe 40!”

Use the optional FSM-432 MK III MIDI board, which lets you store up to 128 presets and recall them with the tap of a toe. All of the amp’s parameters are saved, including gain, EQ, and all effects settings, giving you a practically inexhaustible library of different sounds. Pot values are saved via our ingenious Smart Rotary Control technology – which also lets us keep the GM40’s panel clean and easy to use, with only 9 pots instead of 14 per channel!

It includes Red Box AE, the latest version of H&K’s award-winning DI box with speaker emulation, which features DSP-driven Ambience Emulation to authentically mimic the room-filling sound of a 4×12 cab and the amp’s power section by tapping the signal between the power amp and the Power Soak.

There’s also a free GM40 REMOTE App for iPad which lets you watch, touch and control all your amp’s features on one handy screen, and you can also back up, store and share all your favorite sounds.

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The Fredric Effects Accomplished Badger

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The Fredric Effects Accomplished Badger is an original two stage boost, with an opamp buffer/boost driving a Germanium transistor gain stage. The Germanium transistors used are individually selected vintage new-old-stock components, tested for optimal gain and low leakage. Because of the nature of these two gain stages, the Accomplished Badger can be used as a sparkly clean boost, to just push an amp to breakup, or for a grittier saturated sound like a torn speaker or an overloaded recording desk tone. Read More …

Fender ’57 Custom Tweed Series Is Here!

Fender’s new ’57 Custom Tweed series of guitar amps are available now! These represent a range of eminently useful “tone machines” that complement almost any style of music, from studio to stage to aren, aimed at both vintage connoisseurs and today’s guitarists. “The ’57 Custom amps capture the essence of the highly-collectible originals, with thoughtful player-centric tweaks added for today’s player,” says Jim Ninesling, Vice President Fender Amplifiers and Pro Audio. “They represent the culmination of a 12-year journey, from our highly successful ’57 reissues and Eric Clapton Signature amps to the landscape of today.” Read More …

Aussies! Win a guitar and Devin Townsend lesson!

Devin Townsend’s utterly brilliant new album, Transendence, is out now. And exclusive to Australia, the wonderful people at Framus & Warwick have made an awesome acoustic guitar available worth $2,900 AUD and you now have a chance to win it along with a Skype lesson by Devin Townsend. Check out the video below where Dev explains to you how…

Purchase one of the three album formats available at JB Hi-Fi to enter in the competition. You have until Thursday 15 September 11:59pm, so what are you waiting for?

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

 

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Chorus is kind of a weird effect. Sometimes it can be sweet, delicate and organic. Sometimes it can be bold, crisp and hi-fi. It’s difficult to find something new to do with the effect after all these years, especially something that honours the established chorus sound we’ve all grown to love, but Seymour Duncan has taken a particularly unique approach with a new dynamic feature. Read More …

PLINI’s ‘Handmade Cities’ Out Now! Hear The Title Track

24-year-old progressive Sydney guitarist/musician PLINI released his highly anticipated debut full-length album, Handmade Cities today! The self-produced and self-managed sensation has developed a worldwide following after 3 highly successful and independently released EPs, a corresponding transcription book, numerous endorsements and a string of sold-out shows in the USA with Intervals; amassing over 5 million views on YouTube, with tens of thousands of fans on Facebook in all corners of the internet. Read More …