Okay, 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. Continue reading
Ah, 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: Continue reading
The 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.
I 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. Continue reading
Forgive 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: Continue reading
Feedback 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? Continue reading
Ever 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. Continue reading
Between The Buried And Me’s critically acclaimed concept album The Parallax II: Future Sequence is a modern classic of progressive metal, swinging through various musical moods and sonic settings while miraculously bringing the band into more cohesion, which is no mean feat given their reputation for eclecticism. It’s the continuation of the band’s 2011 EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, and they’ll be playing it across Australia this month. Joining them on the tour are US Prog Metal alchemists The Contortionist, who combine influences of Rush, Dream Theater, Cynic and even BTBAM and mix it all up with their own personality, a frenzy of warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and arresting vocals. In short, this tour will be an incredible opportunity to see a stunning, virtuosic night of musicianship. I caught up with Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner ahead of this unprecedentedly progtastic tour. Continue reading
Do you have an album that helps to define a particular your of your life? I have a few, and one of the most important for me is Sluggo! by Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins. I got this album in 1998 and that was a year that was pretty huge for me in terms of that whole ‘defining your sense of self’ thing. I didn’t yet know who I was going to ultimately be, but I knew which things resonated with me. And Sluggo! hit me hard (probably even harder than Scambot did a few years ago). It’s so creative, expressive, funny, intense, melodic, virtuosic… and it was also a little raw, at least in its sonics, which is why it’s awesome to hear that Mike has given Sluggo! the remix treatment! It’s available in a variety of formats featuring a great deal of unreleased audio and video material, and featuring new stereo and surround mixes of the album. “I’ve always felt the album is really good, but I’ve had reservations about the mix forever,” Mike says. “It’s a long story (told at length in the new liner notes in the reissue packaging), but the upshot is I’m finally completely happy with the sound of the album. Sixteen years after recording it, I finally feel like I’ve finished Sluggo!” Continue reading
Back in January we all gasped in awe at the EVH Wolfgang Custom Relic U.S.A. on display. The particular one sitting on the wall was Eddie Van Halen’s personal guitar, but now you can own one too. Or, if you’re not into the whole Relic thang, there’s a non-dinged-up version called the EVH Wolfgang Custom Deluxe U.S.A, which is the same guitar except with different binding and inlays, and minus the fine-tuning tailpiece and locking nut. At the same time, EVH Gear has unveiled a new limited edition hand-customized EVH 5150 III 100S head and 4×12 cabinet combination which are identical to the amps and cabs Eddie Van Halen has recently been touring with. Here’s the press release: Continue reading
The second line-up announcement for Australia’s Soundwave Festival was unveiled overnight and there are some killer bands added to an already face-punchingly great array of acts. You ready for this? A Day To Remember, Mastodon, HIM, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, Glassjaw, Panic! At The Disco, Eagles Of Death Metal, Mayday Parade, Sevendust, Crosses, Suicide Silence, The Porkers, Gojira, Black Veil Brides, Zebrahead, Satyricon, Dream On Dreamer, Mute Math, Desaparecidos, Stiff Little Fingers, Thy Art Is Murder, Graveyard, Dir En Grey, Deez Nuts, In Hearts Wake, Breathe Carolina, Defiler, I Call Fives, Hacktivist, The Devil You Know, Soil, Boss Hoss, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Nostalghia and Upon A Burning Body. Continue reading