Does your iPhone need a little more California cool? The Van Halen Store is now selling official EVH striped iPhone cases which will wrap your iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5 in Eddie’s iconic red, white and black stripes. You can order yours here. This is, of course, in addition to the other cool EVH striped goodies they sell, such as beach towels, flip flops, high-top sneakers, and of course guitar gear like the new limited edition 35th Anniversary Jim Dunlop EVH pedals: Eddie’s three signature effects (the Wah Wah, Flanger and Phase 90) adorned them with premium high gloss paints in a hand-placed, EVH-approved pattern based on two of the most iconic guitars in history: “Black and White” and “Frankenstein.” Continue reading
Is there any cooler pedal than the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion? Well, maybe, but it’s a pretty tough one to top. Just listen to that thing. But the team behind that possibly-underappreciated Dude You Totally Have To Try It pedal have just announced their newest offering, the Super Badass Distortion, which allows you to further personalise your distortion sound with separate Bass, Mid and Treble controls and nice broad range of distortion levels. Jim Dunlop has a great blog post where they discuss the pedal with the design team, and you can check that out here. But here’s the press release: Continue reading
Here’s something pretty neat from MXR: a new distortion pedal that’s exclusive to Guitar Center (both instore and online) and Musicians Friend. It’s a vintage-vibed stomper which seems quite flexible and amp-like. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post to get a feel for what this baby can do. By the way, don’t MXR do the coolest videos? I like their style. They seem to capture that whole exciting tunnel-vision vibe you get when you try a new pedal for the first time. And their videos from NAMM this year were killer too.
Here’s the press release for the Prime Distortion, followed by the videos.
One of MXR’s early successes was the Dyna Comp compressor. This legendary little red box was particularly integral to the tone of David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and it also found favour with country players who dug the way its rounded tone smoothed over some of the sharp edges of their Telecaster tones (which could be especially emphasised by slapback delay). And it has a permanent place on my pedalboard.
Whoa! Okay, two of my favourite effects are my octave pedal and an MXR Jimi Hendrix System Octave Fuzz. Looks like MXR and Slash have gone and combined their essences into one imposing chimera of tonal goodness in the form of the MXR Slash Octave Fuzz. This little box features fuzz tone with a separate Sub Octave voice and an Octave Up Fuzz, and in true Dunlop/MXR style it features even more tweakability than it initially appears: in addition to Volume, Tone, Fuzz, Sub Octave and Octave Up controls, there are also two internal trimpots to adjust the gain and tone of the Octave Up effect. Want! And there’s also a new Slash Cry Baby with a deeper voicing, which you know has gotta be cool – after all, Slash knows his way around a wah!
Dunlop Proudly Presents The MXR Slash Octave Fuzz & Slash Cry Baby Classic
Dunlop and Slash have teamed up to create a triad of products due out just ahead of the guitar legend’s latest album release, Apocalyptic Love.
With Slash’s own experimentation and input, we created two pedals to complement his raw, expressive sound: the MXR Slash Octave Fuzz and the Slash Cry Baby Classic. The Slash Octave Fuzz features a searing fuzz tone that can be combined with a separate sub octave voice and an octave up fuzz to thicken up your tone with a sinister growl. The Slash Cry Baby Classic is tuned to a lower frequency and features a custom-wound resonance inductor, giving this wah-wah a huge dynamic range and a wide sweep.
PickBay is a great way of either framing a special pick to keep with you – the pick you caught at a Steve Vai gig, the promotional one that came with your copy of Paul Gilbert’s Alligator Farm CD, the one you used at your first gig, or whatever – or for just making sure you always have a pick or three handy when you need them.
YES! One of my favourite pedals this year – earning itself an instant place in my live rig as the heart of my lead sound – is the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion. You can see my review here. Well that little red monster now has a slightly tamer but no less rockworthy brother in the form of the Modified Overdrive. Check it out!
Last year, we unveiled the MXR Custom Badass line of classic circuits fine-tuned to deliver a wider tonal spectrum, more versatility and increased dynamic range. The ’78 Distortion debuted as the first Custom Badass offering and was an instant hit. Guitar World Magazine said it was “as wild and raunchy as music was back in hard rock’s glory days,” offering “the versatility and low-noise performance that today’s players demand.”
This year, the Custom Badass team brings you the MXR Custom Badass line is the Modified Overdrive—a classic overdrive circuit with modern modifications for improved performance and versatility.
Now this is cool. Universal Audio and Jim Dunlop have collaborated on an MXR Flanger/Doubler plug-in – the very same model of flanger/doubler that Dimebag Darrell used so awesomely on Far Beyond Driven.
UNIVERSAL AUDIO RELEASES MXR® FLANGER/DOUBLER AND LITTLE LABS® VOG FOR UAD-2 PLATFORM
—New Plug-Ins Accompany Enhancements to Pro Tools Workflow and ATR-102 Tape Recorder Plug-In in UAD Software v6.1—
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • November 1, 2011 — Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio recording hardware and software, is proud to release UAD Software v6.1, featuring the new MXR® Flanger/Doubler Plug-In, the Little Labs® Voice of God (VOG) Bass Resonance Tool, plus enhancements to Pro Tools workflow and the Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In.
Developed in close collaboration with Dunlop Manufacturing, the MXR Flanger/Doubler plug-in for the UAD-2 platform replicates the legendary sound of this classic bucket-brigade flanging effect with unparalleled accuracy. Through its signature flanging, doubling, and delay effects, the MXR Flanger/Doubler imprints a unique stamp on guitars, bass, keys, drums, or just about any source. The MXR Flanger/Doubler Plug-In also includes additional “UAD Exclusive” features and artist presets from legendary engineers Vance Powell (The Dead Weather, Buddy Guy), Neil Dorfsman (Paul McCartney, Sting), and Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Jeff Beck).
“We knew there was only one company we could turn to when it came time to create a plug-in version of the classic MXR Flanger/Doubler,” says Jeorge Tripps, Dunlop’s Director of Product Development. “The UA emulation is spot-on, and we are looking forward to seeing the reaction from musicians and engineers.”
The Little Labs-authenticated Voice of God (VOG) plug-in for the UAD-2 platform accurately models the sonic characteristics of this unique 500-series hardware audio processor in every detail. The VOG is used to accurately target and accentuate low frequency material, from vocals to bass guitar and drums — adding both heft and precision far beyond a simple EQ.
“The VOG has been very well-received for its ability to quickly and easily manipulate low end like nothing before it,” says Jonathan Little of Little Labs Professional Audio. “Our hardware version was first available in the API 500-Series format, then as the i-VOG and a standalone unit. Now, UA has put the VOG live in the digital world as well, covering all the bases.”
“I’m excited about the MXR Flanger/Doubler plug-in, as I used to have a hardware unit in my rack and I still miss it. Our collaboration with Dunlop has resulted in an extremely faithful plug-in emulation,” says Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “Add in the Little Labs Voice of God, which is really a must-have tool, and UAD v6.1 offers a solid enhancement to the UAD-2 platform.”
Available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the MXR Flanger/Doubler Plug-In sells for $199. The Little Labs VOG Bass Resonance Tool sells for $149.
These new plug-ins are available as part of the new UAD Software v6.1 release. In addition to the MXR Flanger/Doubler and Little Labs VOG plug-ins, v6.1 includes additional enhancements to Pro Tools workflow and the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in.
More information on the MXR Flanger/Doubler Plug-In:
More information on the Little Labs VOG Bass Resonance Tool:
UAD Software v6.1 is available as a FREE download for Mac and PC users worldwide:
Learn more about the award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform here: http://www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html
About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr. and based in Scotts Valley, California, Universal Audio is best known for its vintage analog reproductions and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology, including the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform. The company is focused on merging the best of classic analog and modern digital technology. UA is devoted to this endeavor, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.” www.uaudio.com.
The Universal Audio name, the UA “Diamond” logo, “UAD”, “UAD-2″, and “Powered Plug-Ins” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Universal Audio Inc.
Dunlop announces the release of the MXR Analog Chorus.
This all-analog pedal uses bucket-brigade circuitry to create classically lush, liquid textures that you just can’t get with digital circuitry. Rate, Level, and Depth controls, as well as knobs for cutting High and Low frequencies allow ultimate tone control. Like all MXR pedals, the Analog Chorus comes in a heavy-duty housing with durable jacks and switches for a lifetime on the road.
The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion is the first product from the Custom Badass design team of Dunlop Director of New Products Jeorge Tripps (founder of Way Huge Electronics), Dunlop Senior Engineer Bob Cedro (who cut his teeth working with the legendary Tom Scholz of Boston) and Bryan Kehoe. The ’78 Distortion is described as a factory-modded pedal designed to give players the boutique vibe of an aftermarket-modded pedal without actually buying a pedal then paying for some dude to poke around in its innards.
Controls are your standard Output, Tone and Distortion knobs, along with a Crunch button (and accompanying blue LED which remains on when the button is depressed, whether the effect itself is on or not). There’s a red status LED, input and output jacks, and a 9v power supply jack. Battery access is via removing the bottom plate – kind of annoying and fiddly, especially if you keep your pedals attached to a pedalboard, but at least you don’t risk losing or breaking a battery door like some other pedals.
First there was the Smart Gate. Now they’re beefing up their noise suppression arsenal with the Noise Clamp. Jim Dunlop showcased this little baby at Winter NAMM (that’s where I took the pic you see above) and now it’s hitting the streets.
Dunlop announces the release of the MXR Noise Clamp.
Crank your stomp pedals to the extremes without the fear of any hiss or excess noise with the MXR Noise Clamp. By sensing your guitar’s dry signal, the Noise Clamp reduces the noise level within the effect loop, coming down hard on even the noisiest signals. At its highest settings, the Noise Clamp works more like an effect, working perfectly for super tight syncopated rhythms.
A single Trigger knob allows you to set the volume threshold at which the gate is active, and a green LED shows whether the gate is on/off. The Noise Clamp is capable of reducing noise up to 26dB, maintaining riff definition at extreme gain levels.
An internal switch toggles between two bypass modes: Loop Bypass or Loop On. In Loop Bypass mode, the Send/Return effects loop is bypassed when the pedal is off. In Loop On mode, the Send/Return effects loop is active while the pedal is off. This can be accessed by removing the back plate of the pedal.
Remember this story about the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion? Sure ya do, because it was the very last story I wrote before this one. Well I happened to get my hands on one of these bad boys today, so without further adieu, and as a teaser for an eventual full review, wrap yer listening gear around this little demo I whipped up.
The gear used on the recording is:
Guitar: Ibanez UV777BK (Universe) 7-string
Pickups: DiMarzio Crunch Lab 7, DiMarzio Liquifire
Amplifier: Marshall DSL50 (clean channel)
Cabinet: Marshall 1960A w/Celestion V30s
Microphone: Shure SM57
A little delay and reverb was added in Pro Tools.