INTERVIEW: Scott Ian of Anthrax

L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais

L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais

Anthrax has done what few bands get to do: put out one of the best, most memorable, most crushing albums of their career a good three and a half decades in. For All Kings is everything you loved about Anthrax, amplified and brutalized. Scott Ian’s rhythm guitar is as aggressive and tight as ever and his tone is massive. I caught up with him to talk about the record and how he gets that sound. Read More …

TC Electronic Ditto Stereo Looper

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PRESS RELEASE: TC Electronic announces Ditto Stereo Looper, the latest addition to their innovative line of looper pedals. Ditto Stereo Looper builds on the same “all thrills, no frills” philosophy as the original Ditto Looper that ushered in the golden era of looping, and perfectly combines it with first-rate stereo I/O functionality, the ability to run on a 9v battery and the loop import/export feature first introduced with Ditto X2 Looper. Read More …

TC Electronic Viscous Vibe

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PRESS RELEASE: With Viscous Vibe, TC Electronic has created a dead on 1:1 digital recreation of the legendary Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe, known from countless unforgettable recordings by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower and Pink Floyd. The Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe is known for its otherworldly lush and syrupy sweet tones, and with Viscous Vibe these sounds are finally available in a modern, high-quality and compact pedal that won’t break the bank. Read More …

REVIEW: TC Electronic Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo

I recently checked out the TC Electronic Alter Ego X4, a vintage-vibed delay unit occupying the same footprint as the mammoth Flashback X4 Delay. That pedal offered a wealth of old-school sounds curated by US store ProGuitarShop. The Alter Ego X4 is a huge, hulking pedal that’s perfectly designed for stage use, but perhaps you don’t want a single pedal with the footprint of a lunchbox on your pedalboard. Perhaps you want a more conventional compact delay pedal that’s still packed with vintage tone. Well, my friend, meet the Alter Ego V2 Vintage EchoBuy the TC Electronic Alter Ego V2 Vintage Delay here.

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REVIEW: TC Electronic Alter Ego Vintage Echo X4

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TC Electronic’s TonePrint line of pedals is a great innovation: when it was first launched, various rock stars and industry pros were handed the keys to a special program which allowed them to design custom effects which could then be loaded into the pedal by everybody (via USB or a handy mobile app). But then the program was made available for everyone, and now anybody who wants to tweak their tone and then share it with the world can do so. The Alter Ego Vintage Echo X4 Delay is related to the smaller Alter Ego delay, which was born when Andy and Aaron of ProGuitarShop got their paws on the TonePrint software for the Flashback Delay and created two exclusive new delay modes worthy of their own pedal. Now the Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo takes this pedal and blows it out, in a similar way to the awesome Flashback X4 Delay.

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TC Electronic Announces PolyTune 2 Mini

Untitled-1.121508PRESS RELEASE: PolyTune 2 Mini takes everything that’s great about TC Electronic’s innovative polyphonic tuning technology, and crams it into an unfathomably small enclosure that willl fit on basically any pedalboard out there. On top of that, the new PolyTune 2 Mini features an upgraded display with 109 ultra-bright LEDs, which ensures that no matter where you play, you will always get a fast and clear read on whether you’re in tune or not. Finally, a new super-precise strobe tuner mode has been added. With its 0.1 cent accuracy, PolyTune 2 Mini is the perfect tool for setting up your instrument with dead-on precision. Read More …