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Tom Oberheim announces TVS Pro Special Edition

Tom Oberheim announces TVS Pro Special Edition

The Oberheim TVS Pro is back by popular demand in a Special Edition complete with original Oberheim badge and personally signed by Tom. The post Tom Oberheim announces TVS Pro Special Edition appeared first on gearnews.com.

Way Huge and Joe Bonamassa announce Penny Saver Royale OD/Chorus

Way Huge and Joe Bonamassa announce Penny Saver Royale OD/Chorus

Way Huge and Mr Bonamassa have joined forces again for the new Penny Saver Royale dual stompbox - and it packs quite a tonal punch, too. The post Way Huge and Joe Bonamassa announce Penny Saver Royale OD/Chorus appeared first on gearnews.com.

Vector 2.5: touchable hybrid synth gets an update and reopens the shop

Vector 2.5: touchable hybrid synth gets an update and reopens the shop

Production on the next batch of Vector Synth starts this week plus some major improvements to the preset management, curve mathematics and some housekeeping. The post Vector 2.5: touchable hybrid synth gets an update and reopens the shop appeared first on gearnews.com.

Sontronics expand podcasting range

Sontronics expand podcasting range

Sontronics expand podcasting range Podcast Pro now available in a range of colours, plus new podcasting mic stand and interface unveiled.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/sontronics-expand-podcasting-range

Line 6 HX Stomp XL: It’s official at last!

Line 6 HX Stomp XL: It’s official at last!

The new Line 6 HX Stomp XL announced earlier this year is getting an official release. It has a new layout and even more footswitches! The post Line 6 HX Stomp XL: It’s official at last! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender Ben Gibbard Artist Series Mustang: Hear it in action here

Fender Ben Gibbard Artist Series Mustang: Hear it in action here

Fender's new Artist model is based on Mustangs modified for Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, with some cool hidden updates to the classic formula. The post Fender Ben Gibbard Artist Series Mustang: Hear it in action here appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender Custom Shop Prestige Collection 2021

Fender Custom Shop Prestige Collection 2021

With eye-watering attention to detail (and prices), the Fender Custom Shop Prestige Collection 2021 is replete with some weird and wondrous guitars. The post Fender Custom Shop Prestige Collection 2021 appeared first on gearnews.com.

The new Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal is ready to shine

The new Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal is ready to shine

After nearly a year since it was first announced, Gamechanger Audio has finally launched the Light Pedal, a spring reverb with infra-red sensors. The post The new Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal is ready to shine appeared first on gearnews.com.

Win a Vintage Minimoog in the 2021 Moog Foundation Raffle

Win a Vintage Minimoog in the 2021 Moog Foundation Raffle

It's raffle time again and on the 50th anniversary of the shipping of the first Minimoog the Bob Moog Foundation has a vintage Model D synthesizer on offer for $20 a ticket. The post Win a Vintage Minimoog in the 2021 Moog Foundation Raffle appeared first on...

Review: Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo 4 HH

When we think of consistent and reputable instrument makers, one brand usually springs to mind straight away, and that’s Ernie Ball Music Man. Their legendary StingRay has been a mainstay in the rock, funk and jazz scenes alike for the past half century, and has been...

Check out the Fender Custom Shop’s Prestige Collection for 2021

Fender’s Custom Shop have pulled out all the stops today and unleashed the 2021 Prestige Collection, debuting twelve custom instruments made by some of the finest luthiers working today. Each instrument in the Prestige Collection is handcrafted by one of the Custom...

Splendour In The Grass has been rescheduled to November 2021

Splendour In The Grass’s 20th Anniversary has been rescheduled again from July to November this year. Keep up to date with all the latest touring news here. International headliners Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator are available to perform at the festival...

Gear Rundown: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon

Gear Rundown: Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon

Released back in 1973, it’s undeniable that Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon changed the course of popular music forever. Fusing studio experimentation and technological revolutions such as tape manipulation and synthesisers with hauntingly brilliant songs...

A Jeff Buckley biopic is set to enter production this year

A film centred around the life and career of ’90s alternative icon Jeff Buckley has been confirmed for development this year, as reported by Variety.  Never miss an update – sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news, reviews, features and giveaways. ...

Aston Microphones join Music Tribe

Aston Microphones join Music Tribe

Aston Microphones join Music Tribe British microphone makers join fellow venerable UK brands Midas, Klark Teknik, Tannoy and Turbosound.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/aston-microphones-join-music-tribe

SynthSpace virtual modular synth unveiled

SynthSpace virtual modular synth unveiled

Aston Microphones join Music Tribe New VR synth app will ship with over 40 modules, and the source code has been made available to allow third-party developers to create their own.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/synthspace-virtual-modular-synth-unveiled

System80 upgrades the Jove filter with the 860 MK2

System80 upgrades the Jove filter with the 860 MK2

How can you possibly replace the awesome Jove filter? System80 believe they've added some improvements in the 860 MK2 - the nerve of some people! The post System80 upgrades the Jove filter with the 860 MK2 appeared first on gearnews.com.

How These New South Whales minted their own media empire

How These New South Whales minted their own media empire

A year of lockdowns as well as a blanket of commercial closures has presented a new challenge for the music industry, with artists having to find new means to connect with audiences away from stages. The importance of a digital connection and virtual presence has...

Audio-Technica Creator Pack Pro Giveaway

Pre-empting the content creating craze that would sweep the world with the onset of COVID-19 last year, Audio-Technica’s Creator Pack was a massive hit upon launch, bundling a pair of ATH-M20X headphones with a microphone and desk stand for producers and podcasters to...

Best free plug-ins this week: HUM808, Yoin Reverberator and Rare

Best free plug-ins this week: HUM808, Yoin Reverberator and Rare

Check out these awesome freebies: 808-style sub basses, an experimental reverb and an update for one of the best free Pultec emulations. Here's HUM808, Yoin Reverberator and Rare. The post Best free plug-ins this week: HUM808, Yoin Reverberator and Rare appeared first...

Fender criticised for misogynistic Instagram post

Fender criticised for misogynistic Instagram post

The Veronicas’ bassist Camilla Charlesworth was one of many Instagram users to call out Fender's recent Instagram post as inappropriate and misogynistic. The post Fender criticised for misogynistic Instagram post appeared first on gearnews.com.

12 excellent new Australian releases arriving this Autumn

Historically, Autumn has always presented itself as the best time for Australian artists to release new music: thanks to its close proximity with Australia’s mid-year festival season, artists are able to milk the live circuit for everything it’s worth and keep the...

KISS announce final Australian tour dates for 2021

After their intentions for a 2019 send-off tour were scuppered after guitarist Paul Stanley came down sick just days out from kick off, KISS have today unveiled a run of rescheduled dates for their hotly anticipated End Of The Road tour this year. The ’70s rock icons...

Studio Essentials: Winston Surfshirt

If Melbourne claims to be the soul capital of Australia, then Winston Surfshirt makes a pretty good case for himself to be the funkiest man north of the Murray. For the best part of five years, he’s been an integral part of Australia’s live circuit, treating punters...

Algoritm FM Synthesizer: 9 operators of FM for Reason

Algoritm FM Synthesizer: 9 operators of FM for Reason

Reason brings the fun to FM Synthesis with the colourful Algoritm FM and plays with 9 operators, filters and completely free routing. The post Algoritm FM Synthesizer: 9 operators of FM for Reason appeared first on gearnews.com.

New, colourful Apple iMacs and a mini Mac Pro for 2021?

New, colourful Apple iMacs and a mini Mac Pro for 2021?

There are rumours abound that Apple is working on redesigned iMacs and a new Mac Pro, all running its next-generation ARM chips. The post New, colourful Apple iMacs and a mini Mac Pro for 2021? appeared first on gearnews.com.

How much gear is too much gear?

I’m going to discuss a problem with you. This particular predicament of mine will apply to all musicians and not just drummers. How much gear is too much gear? Some would literally through the milkshake at me and say, “…are you serious? What kind of a question is...

Factory Spec Dpa Is Out Of This World

NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover touched down on the Red Planet last week, with DPA Microphones along for the historic ride. Outfitted with DPA’s 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone, MMA-A Digital Audio Interface and MMP-G Modular Active Cable, the rover provided the first...

The Offspring announce new album Let The Bad Times Roll

Mega-selling punk icons The Offspring have shared details of Let The Bad Times Roll, their tenth studio album and their first new release since 2012’s Days Go By. Never miss an update – sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news, reviews, features and...

Do you still need a console to make, mix and master music?

Consoles are synonymous with music production and recording. Regardless of whether they’re used in a recording process or not, the imagery of faders, banks of EQ and master sections are used for promotional purposes, as well as for the interfaces of our favourite...

Review: Fender Acoustic Preverb Acoustic Preamp/Reverb Pedal

No stranger to working with sparkling tones, Fender have finally jumped wholeheartedly into the game of making pedals and are definitely making up for lost time. The Acoustic Preverb is voiced specifically for acoustic guitar and can certainly bring out the best in...

Review: RockBoard TRES 3.1 Pedalboard with ABS Case + Accessories

Something that is often understated is the difference that an organised pedalboard makes on not just your performance, but also your creativity. The RockBoard TRES 3.1, with its incredible range of accessories, takes pedalboard efficiency to another level and is...

Review: NS Design CR6 Radius Bass

There’s few names who’ve brought about as much change in the world of Bass as Ned Steinberger has. After designing the revered Spector NS-1 in the late ‘70s and radically challenging instrument manufacturing as the world knew it with his first run of headless guitars...

Ableton Live 11 – Digital Audio Workstation

Ableton Live 11 – Digital Audio Workstation

Any ‘whole number’ DAW release comes with a price. There’s the actual price, you know, the money thing. There’s the price associated with the risk of adopting new software too early. Then there’s the time soak. Could you really be bothered upgrading if it’s going to...

Softube and Empirical Labs team up for some beautiful plug-ins

Softube and Empirical Labs team up for some beautiful plug-ins

Softube has teamed up with Empirical Labs to recreate the Mike-E Comp and Lil FrEQ hardware units as plug-ins. And if you're a Console 1 user, you can have it all in one channel strip. The post Softube and Empirical Labs team up for some beautiful plug-ins appeared...

Live 11 now available

Live 11 now available

Live 11 now available The latest version of Ableton's DAW has just gone on sale. Click to read our exclusive review!https://www.soundonsound.com/news/live-11-now-available

Oneonta Stanley Clarke Spellcaster: Is it a bass or a guitar?

Oneonta Stanley Clarke Spellcaster: Is it a bass or a guitar?

The Oneonta Stanley Clarke Spellcaster is a short-scale four-string bass that is based on a Stratocaster-style body, complete with a tremolo system! The post Oneonta Stanley Clarke Spellcaster: Is it a bass or a guitar? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Review: Fender Acoustic Junior 100w Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

As any acoustic player will happily tell you, the design considerations of acoustic amps differ greatly to that of their electric brethren.  For starters, you are dealing with an entirely different set of goalposts, one that puts a heightened emphasis on the...

Daft Punk’s ten greatest musical moments, revisited

Today, the world reels from the news that Daft Punk – one of the most iconic musical duos of the modern era – have broken up. The pioneering French duo, formed by school friends Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo in 1993, would revolutionise dance music...

Spotify to launch a Hi-Fi audio streaming option this year

Spotify has announced that a new subscription-based Hi-Fi streaming service will be offered to their customers this year, giving listeners access to lossless audio via the platform. Summary Spotify HiFi will be launched later this year and made available to Spotify...

Thenatan Vybz: a creative lo-fi multi effects plug-in

Thenatan Vybz: a creative lo-fi multi effects plug-in

The Thenatan Vybz is like the ultimate signal chain for creative audio mangling contained in a single plug-in. And if you hurry, you can save USD 50! The post Thenatan Vybz: a creative lo-fi multi effects plug-in appeared first on gearnews.com.

Getting to know Ironbark Drums

Looking to give your drum-kit a bit of a facelift for the new year of playing? There’s no better way to go about this than with a set of drum wraps from Ironbark Drums – one of Australia’s best bang-for-buck custom wrap companies. We caught up with founder Rob Barratt...

Three ways to speed up your progress on bass guitar

Many musicians cruise along doing whatever and just working on things here and there, and often get frustrated at a lack of progress and wonder why they aren’t improving. We all know there aren’t any real shortcuts when it comes to improving as a musician, but here...

Roland revive a classic with the Juno-60 synth plug-in

Ask any synth fanatic to rattle off a list of iconic ’80s keyboards, and more often than not, the Juno will be the first name that rolls off the tip of their tongue. Units like the sophisticated Juno-60 and its more streamlined – yet all the more infamous – Juno-106...

The genius of Rupert Neve: 6 of his best studio innovations

The genius of Rupert Neve: 6 of his best studio innovations

On 12 February, Rupert Neve, the “godfather of modern recording”, passed away. Today we look at six of his most iconic creations and their lasting impact. The post The genius of Rupert Neve: 6 of his best studio innovations appeared first on gearnews.com.

Best free plug-ins this week: HY-ESG, MacPack and Crush

Best free plug-ins this week: HY-ESG, MacPack and Crush

This week's collection of the best free plug-ins features a very cool Euclidian gate sequencer, a bundle of 13 effect plug-ins for Mac and a bit crusher with a few extras. The post Best free plug-ins this week: HY-ESG, MacPack and Crush appeared first on gearnews.com.

The VOX Clyde McCoy Wah: A classic wah pedal and its history

The VOX Clyde McCoy Wah: A classic wah pedal and its history

The humble wah pedal has come a long way. Today we take a brief look at the history of this effect, and its connection with Clyde McCoy. The post The VOX Clyde McCoy Wah: A classic wah pedal and its history appeared first on gearnews.com.

BilT Guitars Revelator with built-in Chase Bliss Blooper!

BilT Guitars Revelator with built-in Chase Bliss Blooper!

BilT Guitars has been showing off a new Revelator on Instagram with a built-in Chase Bliss Blooper stompbox - and it looks pretty amazing. The post BilT Guitars Revelator with built-in Chase Bliss Blooper! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Immerse Virtual Studio plug-in now supports all headphones and DAWs

Immerse Virtual Studio plug-in now supports all headphones and DAWs

This AI-driven tech that models the acoustics of famous studios now supports all DAWs and studio headphones. Sceptical? There's a 14-day free trial version... The post Immerse Virtual Studio plug-in now supports all headphones and DAWs appeared first on gearnews.com.

Beads, an illustrated history from Mutable Instruments

Beads, an illustrated history from Mutable Instruments

Émilie Gillet Of Mutable Instruments has articulated the fascinating journey from the concept of a "Clouds Light" in 2017 through to the release of Beads in an illustrated post on her forum. The post Beads, an illustrated history from Mutable Instruments appeared...

Monster “Machin” coming from Baloran

Monster “Machin” coming from Baloran

Baloran, the makers of The River analog polysynth is working on a new monster synthesizer they are called “The Machin”. The Machin It’s very much a work in progress but Laurent Baloran can’t hide his delight in showing it to the world via YouTube. There is no other...

Waves Vocal Bender Plugin

With Waves’ Vocal Bender plugin, vocals can be manipulated in real time for the most popular sounds in hip-hop, pop, R&B and electronic genres. With zero latency and two simple Pitch and Formant controls, tracking, mixing and performing hit-sounding pitch-shifted...

Review: Fender Diamond 75th Anniversary Guitar Range

The legendary Leo Fender started what is now known as the Fender Musical Instruments Company way back in 1946, making 2021 the 75th anniversary of the inception of what has become one of the biggest musical instrument producers in history. Alongside its US-made...

Review: Fender Diamond 75th Anniversary Bass Range

As a music fan, you’d be hard pressed to find modern music without the presence of an electric bass. Loud guitars and drums are synonymous with rock and roll, but the difference between a good and a great band is the bass. Audiences have been feeling the...

How to get creative with comping

How to get creative with comping

Lead lines, bends and shredding are great, but as a guitarist, you’re going to spend a lot of time playing rhythm as well, and this is something that often takes a back seat when it comes to practice. Guitarists may know a heap of ways to solo over a certain chord...

Tash Sultana, Mogwai + more: our five favourite records of the week

Friday is here, which means it’s release day for a bunch of artists at home and around the world. With so many hot releases out there to tuck into, we’ve compiled some of the best to present to you for the weekend. This time around, we’re spotlighting the lush...

Do musicians still need a website in 2021?

Once upon a time, the internet was met with an upturned lip by musicians. For many, the notion of having to compromise on perfecting your live show or studio chops in favour of setting up a website and cultivating a mailing list simply seemed obscene. Of course, this...

Tommy Emmanuel teams up with Reverb to sell off gear collection

Australian fingerstyle virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has teamed up Reverb to sell off a cache of gear from his personal collection. Never miss an update – sign up to our newsletter for all the latest news, reviews, features and giveaways.  The Official Tommy Emmanuel Reverb...

Spitfire expand Abbey Road One range

Spitfire expand Abbey Road One range

Live 11 now available New string and woodwind sample libraries can be used on their own, or alongside the full Abbey Road One: Orchestral Foundations instrument.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/spitfire-expand-abbey-road-one-range

IK Multimedia iRig Pre 2 preamp

IK Multimedia iRig Pre 2 preamp

Live 11 now available Compact battery-operated mic preamp provides 48 Volts of phantom power, and is designed to work with phones, tablets and DSLR cameras.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/ik-multimedia-irig-pre-2-preamp

Duesenberg, Kali Audio + more: our top five gear releases of the week

Duesenberg, Kali Audio + more: our top five gear releases of the week

Been out of the loop with everything that’s gone down in the world of gear this week? No problemo. Here’s all the best releases we’ve seen over the past few days from the likes of Duesenberg, Kali Audio, Gretsch, Dean and Godin – let’s go! This week’s top picks:...

Zappa: Unpacking this year’s must-watch music documentary

What does it mean to be successful as a creative individual? Does success entail using one’s creativity to write a plethora of easily accessible FM radio rock tunes, with the aim of selling countless records and accumulating shitloads of money? For a band such as the...

Fender’s limited edition 75th Anniversary models are out now

After being debuted to the public at NAMM last month, Fender have officially launched their 75th Anniversary range around Australia today. Summary Fender are celebrating their 75th Anniversary with both a Mexican-made and US-made run of limited edition models. The...

Crowded House announce new album Dreamers Are Waiting

More than ten years since their last album hit shelves around the world, Neil Finn and co. are returning to release a brand new Crowded House record this year. Dreamers Are Waiting, which will arrive on Friday June 4, will act as the seventh full-length effort and...

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