INTERVIEW: Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares


Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares is a pioneer of modern metal guitar technique. His ultra-tight picking, monstrously heavy tone and pioneering use of Ibanez seven and eight string guitars helped to solidify the combination of mechanical precision and brutal riffing that spurred an industrial metal revolution and eventually fed into the development of the djent sound. And Dino’s riffage is in fine form on the band’s new album, The Industrialist [Riot]. The collection is perhaps the most pure representation of the Fear Factory philosophy yet, with Dino handling guitar, bass, and drum programming, and vocalist Burton C. Bell dishing up the kind of anthemic melodies and brutal textures that made albums such as Demanufacture and Obsolete such classics.

“We’ve been getting that a lot,” Cazares says of the Demanufacture/Obsolete comparison. “I think part of that is just because it’s me and Burt! I think it’s the purest you’re going to get of Fear Factory.” The Industrialist marks a departure for Fear Factory in its use of programmed drums in place of a live player such as Raymond Herrera or Gene Hoglan. But the move is not entirely out of character for the band. “When me and Burton started the band in 1990 we were using a drum machine to record our demos” Cazares explains. “Over the years we’ve never been a band that has shied away from technology. We’ve never been a band who hid what we did in the studio. Over the years we’ve used drum machines on certain songs and certain albums, and even though we’ve had live drummers we have edited the drums to be like a machine, and we’ve changed the sounds to machine sounds. So either way it would not have made a difference if we used live drums or not. It would have been the same outcome. Some people are kind of shocked by it, like they didn’t realise that’s part of our schtick. That’s who we are. It’s what we do! Again, even if we had a live drummer it would come out to be the same outcome. And one of the benefits of using a drum program on your Mac laptop is it’s much more cost-effective. And with the way the music industry is going these days, it’s getting really hard to make a solid income because record companies are going down, and the amount of money you would spend in an actual recording studio to record the album, nowadays it’s still pretty expensive. So using a drum program is definitely a much more cost-effective way than hiring somebody to do it.” But Dino remains coy on the exact drum program used on the album. “Oh, I don’t want to promote any kind of drum program that doesn’t give it to us free,” he laughs.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Line 6 StageSource L3t

I just received a press release from Line 6 about their new StageSource L3t powered loudspeaker, which is now shipping. At first glance this looks like a great PA-type speaker – and I’m sure it is – but it also offers some very interesting applications for the guitarist. It can serve as an acoustic guitar amp, which is handy, but it can also be used with Line 6 POD gear as a speaker system. So if you’re really attached to your ‘in the box’ POD settings and would like to use them onstage without running through a conventional amp, pair your POD with one of these and you’re ready to go.

Line 6 Ships StageSource L3t, the World’s Most Versatile High-powered Loudspeaker for Musicians

– Now available, StageSource L3t combines multi-function design with Smart Speaker modes, integrated mixer and digital networking for the widest variety of live sound applications –

CALABASAS, Calif. – April 10, 2012 – Line 6, Inc. proudly announces the availability of StageSource™ L3t. StageSource loudspeaker systems are built on a powerful new technology platform that enables a single enclosure to provide best-of-class performance in multiple live sound functions.

StageSource L3t is the most flexible loudspeaker available for musicians. Using six innovative Smart Speaker modes, the L3t optimizes its output for a variety of performance scenarios: front-of-house PA, floor monitor, personal PA, keyboard and acoustic guitar backline or with Line 6 POD® multi-effect processors as a high-performance electric guitar speaker system. Smart Speaker modes can be set manually or automatically via built-in orientation sensors that detect whether the speaker has been pole-mounted or rotated and tilted for use as a monitor.

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NEWS: Line 6 releases Pod Farm 2.5

PRESS RELEASE

NOW AVAILABLE: POD FARM™ 2.5, POD FARM™ 2.5 PLATINUM AND POD FARM™ 2.5 FREE TRIAL VERSION SOFTWARE PLUG-INS

—New software plug-ins feature stunning collections of POD® tones for any DAW and more—

CALABASAS, Calif.—May 17, 2011—Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, just released POD Farm™ 2.5 and POD Farm™ 2.5 Platinum, the latest updates to their premium tone plug-ins that add world-renowned POD® tone to any digital audio workstation. A new, free trial version is also available.

POD Farm 2.5 is the latest offering in the Line 6 POD and Amp Farm® modeling software legacy.  Its new features include compatibility with any USB audio interface, 64-bit support, standalone capability and the new free trial version.  Upgrading to POD Farm 2.5 is free for owners of POD Farm 2.

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REVIEW: Line 6 PODHD500

Line 6′s POD line of amp simulators is as ubiquitous in studios both home and professional as the venerable Shure SM58 mic, or a pair of headphones held together with duct tape, or old skin mags in the bathroom. From the tiny Pocket POD to the famous kidney bean-shaped desktop units to the Floor POD, there’s a POD for all people in the Line 6 line-up. The new HD range ups the ante by offering even more accurate amp models, all laid out on the floor in an extremely foot-friendly manner. The available HD models are the HD300, HD400 and HD500. Let’s look at the most kitted-out one, the HD500, shall we?

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