The Vahlbruch FX PIPELINE v2 reverb looks cool

Vahlbruch FX PIPELINE v2 – the next evolution stage!
Outstanding spring reverb sounds, combined with new technical features

Springe/Germany, 06 November 2020 – The Vahlbruch PIPELINE has long been an integral part on many pedalboards around the world thanks to its unique emulation of classic spring reverb sounds. With the PIPELINE v2, Vahlbruch FX is now lifting its well-known reverb pedal to the next level. A decay control extends the sonic performance of the pedal significantly and the innovative, Vahlbruch-original MagTraB foot-switch replaces the conventional 3PDT footswitch for many good reasons.

The PIPELINE v2 is a handmade reverb unit that delivers the legendary spring reverb sounds of classic tube amps in pedal format. Its unique circuitry combines the advantages of analog and digital audio technology, creating a classic analog and warm sounding reverb pedal with intuitive handling, controllable versatility and superior noise reduction.

In the PIPELINE v2 the direct guitar signal does not undergo any digitalization, so it is completely free of latencies and unfavorable frequency influences. Also the signal processing before and after the reverb generation is 100% analog. Only the reverb simulation is realized digitally and later added to the parallel running analog signal.

The sonic possibilities of the pedal are presented by a switch described with “Springs”. In its positions (S)hort, (M)edium and (L)ong the number and length of the simulated reverb coil springs varies. The “Decay” control, newly integrated in the v2 version, allows the (L)ong reverb duration to be adjusted to individual sound preferences up to rich ambience sounds.
The “Tone” switch affects the timbre of the reverb signal in three stages – (N)neutral, (B)right and (D)ark) – so that analogue warm to high-level crisp reverb sounds can be set as desired. The original guitar signal remains completely unaffected.
Vahlbruch Magnetic Transducer Button Technologie (MagTraB)

Like all Vahlbruch pedals of the present generation, the PIPELINE v2 is equipped with the company’s own MagTraB foot switch, in the head of which a magnet is integrated, whose respective position is detected by a sensor inside the pedal. If the switch is moved, e.g. when it is pushed down, the sensor measures the alteration and transmits it via a micro-controller to a gold-plated relay that triggers the switching process.

The advantages of the MagTraBs:
– MagTraB pushbuttons are virtually indestructible and guarantee an almost infinite number of switching cycles.
– No more annoying, mechanical switch clicking. Instead, switching is very smooth and almost noiseless.

Further information and sound demos are available on the manufacturer’s website: www.vahlbruch-fx.com

Check out the new Intervals video

Torchbearers of progressive, instrumental rock, INTERVALS, have shared ‘String Theory’, the latest single from the band’s highly anticipated full-length, Circadian, due out 13th November.

Featuring a guest performance from guitar virtuoso Marco Sfogli, listen to ‘String Theory’ here:

Aaron Marshall comments: “‘String Theory’ features one of my all time favourite guitarists Marco Sfogliand I’m hyped for you guys to hear his contribution on this tune”.

‘String Theory’ follows the widely praised singles ‘Lock & Key’ and ‘5-HTP’.

Circadian was co-produced by Marshall and fellow Torontonian, Sam Guaiana (Silverstein, Obey The Brave, Like Pacific) – marking the first time the esteemed producer had ever worked on an instrumental record. It was also the first time that most of the work on an INTERVALS record was done locally in Toronto. As a result, Marshall had the opportunity to be more involved in the production and mixing process than ever before.

Circadian is meant to be viewed as a singular piece, with obsessive attention paid to the flow of the record. It’s full of motifs, cadences, and themes that are revisited throughout the record and even recalled from previous releases. Circadian intentionally clocks in at eight songs and roughly 40 minutes, as Marshall gave considerable thought to where the sweet spot between listener satisfaction and desire to immediately play it back was. Every minute detail surrounding the record has purpose, and builds towards an all encompassing experience.

Pre-order Circadian here: https://www.sheethappenspublishing.com/artists/intervals

More info:

https://www.facebook.com/intervalsmusic
http://www.intervalsmusic.net/
https://www.instagram.com/aaronintervals/

More information on INTERVALS:

Through the progressive, instrumental rock project, INTERVALS, Aaron Marshall has long been considered an innovator. He’s built a career on trusting his instincts, even when that intuition has led him down a road that is decidedly less travelled. That may mean tearing down genre norms, finding creative ways to interact with fans, or a commitment to self-releasing music even when label opportunities are readily available to him. Marshall has bet on himself continuously, and backed that gamble up with hard work, unparalleled creativity, and an uncompromising desire to make each INTERVALS release a pivotal moment in the lineage of instrumental rock. On INTERVALS’ latest record, Circadian, Marshall continues to push the limit at every turn, resulting in arguably the most dynamic record in the band’s highly-revered catalogue.

Photo: Wyatt Clough

Meet the Revv Generator MKIII Series

The World’s First Stereo-Direct-Output Reactive Load & Impulse Response Amplifiers – Revv is Back for the Attack with Generator MKIII Series 

Winnipeg, Manitoba – November 9, 2020 – Redefining the award-winning Canadian high-gain titans. The Revv Generator MKIII Series took 4 years of research & development based on feedback from world-class touring artists, session guitarists, & audio engineers. Featuring a plethora of tonal updates, all-new noise gate & digital reverb, & integrating advanced Two Notes Audio Engineering virtual cabinet & reactive load technology, Revv Amplification is committed to bringing you the most complete amplifier experience available.

Revv’s MKIII Series 120 & 100 watt heads are available as the Generator 120 with all 4 channels, or the 100P & 100R, which each feature a single high gain channel. 

The Generator MKIII Series features:

  • Go Direct with Two notes Torpedo-embedded Stereo XLR Output
  • Utilize Virtual Cabs & Mics, Twin Tracker Stereo Doubler, Reverbs, & More
  • 4 All-Tube Independent-EQ Multi-Voice Channels Take Your Tone from Clean to Scream
    • 4 Channel Generator 120. Available as 3 Independent EQ Channel 100P & 100R Models
  • Updated High Gain Purple & Red Channel Voicings & New Cut Switch 
  • New Clean Blue Channel Wide Switch & 3 Crunch Green Channel Drive Modes
  • Built-in State-of-the-Art Noise Gate & Digital Reverb (Both Fully Bypassable)
  • Dual Master Volumes, Presence & Depth Controls, & Power Scaling Down to 10 Watts 
  • Fully Programmable with MIDI or Included Footswitch. Two notes Editable via Bluetooth
  • Manufactured in Canada to Rugged Quality Standards. 5 – 12AX7, 4 – 6L6GC

The Generator 120 MKIII is $3299 & the 100P & 100R are $2699. They can be pre-purchased through many fine dealers or directly at www.revvamplification.com starting November 12 2020. 

Introducing the First Ever Railhammer Pickups in Glorious Gold

TOLEDO, OH (November 9, 2020) – Railhammer Pickups are now available in gold. Customers have been clamoring for gold Railhammers for their guitars with gold hardware. Several models of the replacement pickups are now available in gold.

Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level of performance. Rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows and poles under the plain strings for fatter highs. Railhammer Pickups have outstanding tonal balance. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.

Railhammer humbuckers produce incredible tone like no other pickup. Railhammer Humcutters deliver that venerated P90 tone without any of the hum. All Railhammers let the guitar be loud and clear.

To find out more about Railhammer Pickups, visit https://railhammer.com/.

Hear the new Plini single, ‘Papilillo’

Sydney’s independent instrumental progressive solo artist, Plini, will be releasing his long-awaited sophomore record, Impulse Voices on November 27. Voted as one the greatest musicians of all time by Prog magazine readers, watch the video for 2nd single, Papelillo here:

PRE-ORDER IMPULSE VOICES HERE

Impulse Voices was mixed and co-produced by Simon Grove, with artwork designed by long-time collaborator Alex Pryle. The album features Chris Allison on drums, Simon Grove on bass, with guest contributions from Dave Mackay on piano & synthesizer, John Waugh on saxophone, Amy Turk on electro-acoustic harp, and additional production from Devesh Dayal & Aleksandra Djelmash.

Plini says, “The early demos for these songs range from a few months to a few years old, but the majority of the work that went into the album was during the first half of this year. With all travel plans cancelled until further notice, I slowed my lifestyle way down and spent almost every day from March til August wandering around Sydney, listening to podcasts and music, and then coming home and chipping away at these songs.”

He adds, “It was an extremely fun, rewarding and explorative process – the closest I’ve felt to the free-spiritedness I had when I first started writing music (way before ever releasing it), but informed by everything I’ve learnt and experienced in the last few years of tours and travel. To make an analogy, I feel like I designed a pretty cool house for the listener to inhabit with these songs, but it was made truly special by the masterfully-crafted furnishings and decorations added by Chris, Simon and the rest of the musicians involved.”

Plini composes, plays guitar, records, produces and manages his unique brand of instrumental progressive rock all from a bedroom studio. His critically-acclaimed debut album Handmade Cities was voted #5 in Guitar World Magazine’s “20 best guitar albums of the decade,” and hailed by Steve Vai as “one of the finest, forward thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep, evolution of rock/metal instrumental guitar records I have ever heard.”Routinely mentioned in “best guitarist” lists, Plini was named #4 in the “Top 10 best prog guitarists in the world today” by Music Radar in early 2020.Over the last few years, Plini has toured the world supporting bands like Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Tesseract and Intervals, as well as playing festivals and headlining his own tours all over North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and India. In 2018, Plini was the first instrumental act ever to play the legendary Download Festival in the UK.Plini was a special guest instructor at “Vai Academy” in 2019, alongside Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Devin Townsend, and despite being entirely self-taught, he has been invited to give masterclasses at some of the most prestigious contemporary music colleges in the world, including Berklee College of Music, Musician’s Institute (USA), BIMM (UK), and JMC Academy (Australia).Plini has a signature guitar with Strandberg Guitars, signature guitar amp software with Neural DSP, and endorsement deals with Yahama Music, Dunlop, D’Addario and Fractal Audio.

IMPULSE VOICES TRACK LISTING:

01. I’ll Tell You Someday
02. Papelillo
03. Perfume
04. Last Call
05. Impulse Voices
06. Pan
07. Ona / 1154
08. The Glass Bead Game

Solar Guitars announces its first basses

Solar Guitars -the brand created by Ola Englund – who’s recognized as a member of notable Swedish metal groups The Haunted and Feared, is very proud to announce the introduction of a new line of basses. This new line is aimed at Rock / Metal bass players, featuring aggressive, pointy lines, combined with sleek necks and powerful active electronics. This is only the beginning of our new bass line, with more models under development.


AB2.4BOP: 699 $/€ suggested street pricing. Black Open Pore finish.
4 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Sungkai body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 34” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.


AB2.5RB: 849 $/€ suggested street pricing. Roasted Brown finish
5 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Sungkai body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 35” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.

AB2.5NA: 899 $/€ suggested street pricing. Natural Aged finish
5 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Alder body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 35” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.

All basses are immediately available from the Solar Guitars web-store:
www.solar-guitars.com, and selected dealers.

Solar Guitars is owned by Chugs & Hugs AG located in Zug, Switzerland. Chugs & Hugs AG is an international M.I. company that manufactures and distributes products worldwide.

For more information on Solar Guitars, visit www.solar-guitars.com

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IK Multimedia unveils Amplitube 5

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 5 guitar software has been my amp modelling plugin of choice ever since Version 2 way back when. Now Version 5 has been announced and while it boasts plenty of cool features like new rack effects derived from T-Racks 5, an enhanced looper, a bunch of new models and improved interaction between preamp and power amp sections, I get the feeling a lot of people are going to truly flip out when they see the new redesigned cabinet section with 600 impulse responses for every speaker of every existing and new cabinet model. Here’s more information.

October 29, 2020 – IK Multimedia’s leading amp and effects modelling software takes a giant leap forward with the unveiling of AmpliTube 5. The AmpliTube series accurately captures the sound, feel and vibes of the world’s most-sought after guitar and bass gear in a perfect format for practising, recording and performing anywhere. The new AmpliTube 5 offers a massive increase in gear, features and flexibility for an even more seamless and satisfying user experience, raising massively the bar of what can be expected from an amp simulator today.

It delivers 129 new gear models for a total of over 400 ultra-realistic models, a cutting-edge re-designed cabinet section with unique new VIR™ technology, and improved power amp / speaker cab interaction for dramatically improved sonic authenticity.

An all-new, resizeable interface makes creating and routing rigs a breeze, with improved gear selection, drag & drop placement, and support for one, two or three-amp rigs with up to 57 simultaneous effects.

New rack effects derived from IK’s award-winning T-RackS 5 can easily craft professionally polished, “just like the album” tones, a new mixer window, AmpliTube‘s popular 8-channel DAW, an enhanced Looper with 2 simultaneous tracks and infinite layers of sound add even more sonic power in the studio or live.

AmpliTube 5 can work both as a desktop app and plug-in for any DAW, and it’s available in four versions to suit every need – from the free AmpliTube 5 Custom Shop up through to AmpliTube 5 MAX, which offers full access to all current official artist and brand collections.

Nearly 20 years ago, IK introduced the original AmpliTube – the world’s first guitar & bass amp and effects plug-in to model the entire guitar/bass chain from instrument to recording device in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way. Today, the diverse AmpliTube series includes collections created with renowned brands such as Fender®, MESA/Boogie® and Orange®, and iconic artists such as Joe Satriani, Brian May, Slash and many more.

What’s New in AmpliTube 5New cabinet section with VIR™ technology
A re-engineered Cabinet section features IK’s new Volumetric Impulse Response (VIR™) technology. To deliver the highest standard of accuracy and realism, IK painstakingly measured 600 IRs per speaker of every existing and new cabinet model, for a total of 143,000 IRs. To perform this process, and for it to be of millimetric precision, IK developed a custom measurement system with dedicated robotic automation. The result is a massive, 3D array of mic placement options – each capturing the interactions between speakers, cabinet and floor – for a completely true-to-life sound that has never before been heard either in software or hardware emulation. All of this is available with a new 3D grid interface that allows users to snap the cabinet section’s movable mics to a precise IR point or seamlessly blend between multiple measurements.Furthermore, users can now import and load their own IRs and tweak them to find the perfect match for their desired tone.New Gear
AmpliTube 5 offers the widest selection of sought-after guitar and bass amps, cabinets, speakers, stomps, mics and rack effects of any software, with more than 400 models (AmpliTube MAX version), including 129 newly created models.All 100 cabinets have completely been re-measured with VIR™ technology; 19 new rack effects have been added, including a selection of models derived from T-RackS 5 and optimized for guitar; two new stomps and five new amps hand-picked from top-of the-line boutique models are now included and two new room emulations that provide even more creative ambient scenarios are available in AmpliTube 5.Plus AmpliTube 5 revisits all of the original AmpliTube legacy gear, adding a fresh new look, optimized internal gain structure and re-developed power amp/speaker interaction to maximize realism and tone feel.

New GUI
Both existing and new users will enjoy an all-new, now fully scalable GUI, to conveniently adapt to any display size including the latest Retina displays, featuring an updated ergonomic layout and new level of realism.

Freely configurable signal chain
Beyond mono and stereo, the new, completely customizable gear chain now supports wet-dry-wet configurations and other advanced series and parallel routing.

The overall chain has been greatly expanded to support up to 57 simultaneous models divided between stomps, racks, amps and cabs. Users can easily drag and drop any model into place from a sidebar gear browser, to build or re-order even complex rigs in seconds.

New Mixer
A new Mixer window in the studio section complements AmpliTube 5’s expanded signal chain options and 8-track DAW. It allows users to blend their cabinet and microphone sounds, plus the DI signal, and make use of panning, levels, busses and 19 built-in effects with a selection derived from T-RackS 5 to bring a final studio polish to any track.

New redesigned Custom Shop
The AmpliTube Custom Shop offers an affordable and easy way to demo and build a custom gear collection à la carte. AmpliTube 5 features a totally redesigned Custom Shop with a modern, easy-to-navigate interface, helping users demo and unlock gear faster, sort by gear they own or don’t own, unlock preset-specific gear, and more.

AmpliTube 5 GUI - Image

Best guitar tone in the studio and live
AmpliTube 5 connects seamlessly with AXE I/O, recognized as the best guitar interface on the market by the world’s top guitar publications and media, as well as with AXE I/O Solo, the compact version of IK’s premium audio interface with powerful guitar shaping tools.

Options, pricing and availability
AmpliTube 5 (for Mac/PC) will be available in Q4 2020 and is currently available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide, with special introductory pricing:

  • AmpliTube 5 CS
free
  • AmpliTube 5 SE
$/€99.99* intro price (regular price will be $/€149.99)
  • AmpliTube 5
$/€149.99** – $/€199.99 intro price (regular price will be $/€299.99)
  • AmpliTube 5 MAX
$/€299.99** – $/€399.99 intro price (regular price will be $/€599.99)

For customers wanting the best of both hardware/software worlds, AmpliTube 5 will also be available bundled with IK’s premium guitar interfaces.

  • AXE I/O + AmpliTube 5 MAX
$/€399.99
  • AXE I/O SOLO + AmpliTube 5
$/€299.99
 
*All prices excluding taxes
** Upgrade/Crossgrade prices for IK users who have registered any IK products worth $/€99.99 or more

In addition, any customer who purchases AmpliTube 4 or any IK hardware package that includes AmpliTube 4 after October 15, 2020, will automatically receive an upgrade to AmpliTube 5 SE.

For more information about AmpliTube 5, please visit: www.amplitube.com/5

To see AmpliTube 5 in action: www.amplitube.com/5/video

Check out the video for AC/DC’s ‘Shot In The Dark’

AC/DC’s new album Power Up is out on November 13. Here’s the video for the first single, ‘Shot In The Dark,’ directed by David Mallet. “It’s got that great AC/DC vibe about it, great swagger, and a good AC/DC rock & roll chant,” Angus told Rolling Stone. “The title is a little bit cheeky because we all like a little nip [of alcohol] in the night or a few shots in the dark. I was very glad when the record company heard it [that] they felt it was a very strong song and should be the first one that people hear.”