The new Fender Mustang Micro is adorable and I want to pinch its little cheeks

FENDER® EXPANDS ACCLAIMED MUSTANG™ SERIES WITH POCKET-SIZED MUSTANG™ MICRO PERSONAL AMP

Mustang™ Micro Packs 12 Amp Models, 12 Effects Combinations In One Portable Package, For Players To Practice Anywhere

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 6, 2021) — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today launched the latest amp in the widely-acclaimed Mustang™ series, the Mustang™ Micro. The Mustang™ Micro is the complete personal guitar amplifier with a wide selection of tones and effects from the acclaimed Mustang™ Series amps, now available in a compact, portable product that fits in a player’s pocket and allows them to jam silently anywhere.  Fender’s personal amp has streamlined the playing process with no compromises, providing an affordable option with great sound capabilities. 

The ultimate on-the-go guitar amplifier, the Mustang™ Micro has over four hours of continuous play time and can be plugged directly into your guitar and connected to your favorite wired headphones. Players can easily choose from a selection of amps depending on your musical preference — from classic cleans to metal — and a bevy of effects. With 12 amp models and 12 effects combinations straight from Fender’s Mustang™ Series of amps, it makes it quick and easy to get iconic Fender tones no matter where you are. The Mustang™ Micro is ideal for beginners and seasoned players alike. Its simple and intuitive controls, as well as rechargeable batteries, are made for the player on the go, while its headphone output and Bluetooth play-along capabilities make it perfect for quiet, at-home practice sessions. 

“We’re thrilled to bring the iconic Mustang™ amp tones into a pocket-sized amp,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “The Mustang™ Micro will allow everyone from touring artists to new players at home to plug in without disturbing anyone around them. Players will be able to express themselves through authentic effects and tones without being tied to an external amp, allowing for Micro’s portability to take them wherever the music goes.”

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • 12 Amp Models and 12 Effects Combinations Built-In: Straight from our Mustang series of amps with adjustable parameters. All signal processing is self-contained. Just plug in and play.
  • Backing Track Bluetooth Streaming with Audio Video Sync: Wirelessly stream audio backing tracks and play along with your favorite songs or practice app without latency or skipping.
  • Simple and Intuitive Controls: Easy to use features are ideal for beginners to seasoned players.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Internal battery is rechargeable via USB (cable included).
  • Recording Output: Record to your Mac or PC via USB with no additional hardware needed.

Fender discusses the Mustang™ Micro in an episode of Fender’s serialized social video series, Fender® Demos™. Watch it here. Fender Demos is an educational video series focused on providing a deep dive into Fender’s newest products. The series focuses on showcasing not only the key features and benefits but also the sonic quality of Fender’s instruments, amplifiers and pedals. In addition to product demos, the series also provides valuable beginner, intermediate and advanced tone tips, set-up and maintenance guides and insights to getting the most out of your Fender gear.

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.

MUSTANG MICRO ($99.99 USD, £89.99, €99.99, $219 AUD, ¥11,000 JPY) The Mustang™ Micro is a complete personal guitar amplifier featuring a wide selection of tones from the wildly popular Mustang™ series of amps. Simply plug Mustang™ Micro directly into your guitar, connect a pair of headphones and choose your amp and effects. It’s ideal for any player from beginner to pro, making it quick and easy to get great tones when jamming silently at home or on the go. You can even play along to your favorite tracks or instructional videos using the built-in Bluetooth audio connection. Main features include: an all-in-one personal headphone amplifier with onboard DSP, 12 amp models and 12 effects combinations from the Mustang™ series of amps for a wide range of clean and dirty tones, Bluetooth audio streaming with audio/video sync for playing along in real time and a USB interface for recording output and firmware updates. 

To learn more about the Mustang™ Micro, click here. For product images click here. See and hear what the Mustang Micro can do in this video. 

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ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION: 

Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of owned and licensed brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH®, Charvel® and Bigsby®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear, and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends. In 2021, Fender celebrates 75 years of giving artists “wings to fly,” carrying on the vision of its founder, Leo Fender, and connecting players through a shared love of music.

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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

New Boss Octave pedal

My trusty BOSS OC-2 Octave pedal is probably the only thing that’s stayed on my pedalboard ever since I got it (in 1997, yikes!). It’s a great pedal but it’s notoriously finicky when it comes to note-tracking. The latest iteration of the BOSS Octave has those legendary OC-2 sounds built in, but with improved tracking, but it can also do a lot more, including enhanced polyphonic and octave-up features. Here’s the press release.
Next-Generation Compact Pedal with Vintage and Polyphonic Modes, Lightning-Fast Tracking, and Extended Range
 
Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 2020 – BOSS announces the OC-5 Octave, the latest generation of the long-running OC series of octave pedals for guitar and bass. Offering the most advanced BOSS octave performance to date, the OC-5 features a new Vintage mode, polyphonic enhancements, and an octave-up feature for extended range. And with the latest tracking technologies, users can enjoy smooth, accurate playability with no latency. Highly versatile and easy to use, the OC-5 covers a wide variety of octave sounds in one high-performance pedal.

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The BOSS Pocket GT. Rock it from your pocket

Personal Amp/Effects Processor with Integrated YouTube Learning, Bluetooth Streaming, and Much More
 
Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 2020 — BOSS introduces Pocket GT, a powerful and innovative new solution for learning and jamming with guitar. Combining premium BOSS guitar tones with integrated YouTube® learning, this pocket-size amp/effects processor pairs wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet to create the ultimate go-everywhere lesson studio. Pocket GT works seamlessly with the companion BOSS Tone Studio app for iOS and Android, which features a YouTube browser and deep editing tools for crafting tones with over 100 amps and effects. Adding in Bluetooth® music streaming, USB audio interface capability, and more, Pocket GT is a must-have companion that no guitar player should be without.
YouTube has become the most popular music learning source for guitarists around the world, and Pocket GT makes working with the platform’s content easier and more productive than ever. The Pocket GT hardware provides the sound engine and audio connections, while the BOSS Tone Studio app Read More …

Cool Gear Alert: MXR EVH5150 Chorus

Some of my favourite recorded chorus sounds are courtesy of one Mr. Eddie Van Halen. Whether using an actual chorus pedal or setting his Eventide harmonizers to a slight pitch-shift, Eddie’s given us a lot of great chorus sounds over the years. And now you can get ’em too with the new MXR EVH5150 Chorus pedal, based on Eddie’s chorus unit from the early 80s (think Diver Down).
What I really like about this pedal is that more than any other chorus pedal on the market, this one is totally optimised for your rig regardless of whether you prefer chorus going into your amp’s preamp or in the effects loop, with three input level and two output level settings to make it play nicely with the rest of your gear. It has mono or stereo output, controls for Tone and Intensity, and a Volume control (not something you usually see on a chorus). It’s interesting to note that there’s no Rate control for the chorus, and as Pete Thorn notes in the video below, this is a little more static like the sounds Eddie got with his harmonizer until you really crank up the intensity.
This one was announced at Summer NAMM a few days ago and isn’t on the market just yet but I can’t wait for it to hit the streets.

Earthquaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanging Device

There’s a big hole in my heart. It’s shaped like a flanger with trigger mode, and there just aren’t enough of them on the market. Or at least there wasn’t until now: Earthquaker Devices has just announced the Pyramids Stereo Flanging Device. It has five presets, eight flanger modes, tap tempo, tap subdivision, a multifunction Modify control, positive and negative Feedback and a variable Mix control, which is something you don’t see on a flanger every day. But most excitingly for my Zappa-loving ass, it has Trigger Up and Trigger Down modes. 

From the press release: 

Pyramids “Activate” footswitch features EarthQuaker Devices’ exclusive Flexi-Switch™ technology. This relay-based true-bypass switching platform allows for momentary or latching operation, making it easier than ever to engage the effect to bedazzle individual notes or phrases! For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch to activate the effect and tap again to bypass. For momentary operation, simply hold down the footswitch for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Release the footswitch to bypass.

Pyramids eight flanger modes are:
Classic: delivers the “classic” (duh) jet-plane liquid-silk flanging sound we all know and love. In this mode, Pyramids recreates the studio-quality sounds of old-school ADT (automatic double tracking) as heard on timeless recordings by those fabulous mop-tops from England (you know which ones) and on the most ripping double-tracked riffs to come from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Through-Zero: provides authentic tape-style flanging without all the calibration, biasing, demagnetizing of heads, and so on that a real tape machine – two of ‘em, actually – requires. Use Through-Zero Mode to achieve intensified, swirling, dramatic phase cancellation and comb-filtering effects in stereo!
Barber Pole Up: infinitely sweeping upward flanging effect with no discernable beginning, middle, or end creating an “endless circular staircase” effect derived from the Shephard Tone auditory illusion popularized in television, video games, and film.
Barber Pole Down: infinitely sweeping downward flanging effect with no discernable beginning, middle, or end creating an “endless circular staircase” effect derived from the Shephard Tone auditory illusion popularized in television, video games, and film.
Trigger Up: In this mode, Pyramids provides an infinitely upward sweeping flanger that restarts the flange cycle with each new pick attack or by pressing the Tap/Trigger footswitch.
Trigger Down: In this mode, Pyramids provides an infinitely downward sweeping flanger that restarts the flange cycle with each new pick attack or by pressing the Tap/Trigger footswitch.
Step: sweeps up and down in stepped increments, producing a rhythmic flange effect similar to an arpeggiator and/or sequencer on a synth instrument.
Random: sweeps up and down in random intervals, creating a chaotic flange effect similar to a synthesizer or envelope filter’s “sample & hold” function.
To accommodate any input source, Pyramids includes stereo input and outputs which allow for a variety of routing options onstage or in the studio. Routing possibilities include:
Mono in / Mono out
Mono in / Stereo out
Stereo in / Stereo out
In addition, Pyramids’ Trigger Up/Down modes allow for Side Chain Flanging, in which an external control source (drum machine, sequencer, CV) may be used to trigger the flanger while you play another instrument! In this configuration, the primary instrument is routed through the Right Input and Right Output while the control source is patched into the Left Input. Also, Pyramids’ Manual control may be modulated in all modes via expression pedal (sold separately).

Jim Dunlop Geezer Butler Cry Baby Wah!

Geezer Butler wah wah

I don’t know a single bass player who has plugged into a wah wah pedal and not immediately played Geezer Butler’s N.I.B. intro licks. Geezer knows what he wants from his wah sound, and now he’s got it in the form of his new signature Jim Dunlop Cry Baby. It has several very stageworthy features: you bring it out of bypass simply by putting your foot on the pedal; you can set the effect ring-out time (ie: how long the effect remains engaged after you return the pedal to its heel position); and there’s an internal Q control. Rotate it clockwise for a narrower frequency range and more pronounced wah effect or counterclockwise for a wider frequency range and subtler wah effect. 

Order yours from Musicians Friend.

NEXI Industries Phaser

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PRESS RELEASE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June 20, 2017) — True to its name and purpose, the Phaser pedal for electric guitar has progressed through various musical phases, and across many stages, over the past few decades. Simple in delivery, NEXI Industries’ Phaser (PSR-01) represents the next stage for this effect pedal, with a plug-‘n-play design that makes compatibility a breeze—just like the effect’s signature sweeping and swooshing. Read More …