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Solar Guitars has just launched its first bass guitars: the AB2 series

Solar Guitars has just launched its first bass guitars: the AB2 series

Solar Guitars has finally launched its very first bass guitars! The new AB2 series includes 4-string and 5-string models that are aimed squarely at the modern metal player. The post Solar Guitars has just launched its first bass guitars: the AB2 series appeared first...

Seismic Industries PSU II: a Eurorack power supply stuffed into 1HP

Seismic Industries PSU II: a Eurorack power supply stuffed into 1HP

The slightly confusingly named PSU II (PSU 2) is, at 1HP wide, the narrowest Eurorack power supply ever conceived. Designed for small and space-challenged cases it's a very beautiful thing. The post Seismic Industries PSU II: a Eurorack power supply stuffed into 1HP...

Elysium: Percussion and synth layered in a state of perfect motion

Elysium: Percussion and synth layered in a state of perfect motion

Wide Blue Sound has fused tonal rhythms with beautiful sounds to give us a utopia of possibility in Elysium their new flagship Kontakt-based software synthesizer. The post Elysium: Percussion and synth layered in a state of perfect motion appeared first on gearnews.com.

Tokyo Dawn Records brings the hammer down with Molot GE

Tokyo Dawn Records brings the hammer down with Molot GE

This is Molot, aka. the Hammer - one of the most intriguing compressors to ever grace a DAW - and though it never went away, it's now back with a vengeance! The post Tokyo Dawn Records brings the hammer down with Molot GE appeared first on gearnews.com.

UJAM Finisher FLUXX turns you into a mad sound design scientist!

UJAM Finisher FLUXX turns you into a mad sound design scientist!

Twist a macro knob and render your audio unrecognizable as an internal FX engine bends space and warps time! The tech under the hood of this sound design tool a jealously guarded secret. The post UJAM Finisher FLUXX turns you into a mad sound design scientist!...

Moog celebrate 100 years of the Theremin

Moog celebrate 100 years of the Theremin

Stay-at-home deals Moog Music have announced a limited edition of the classic proximity-sensing instrument, called the Claravox Centennial Theremin.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/moog-celebrate-100-years-theremin

Moog marks 100 years of Theremin with the Claravox Centennial

Moog marks 100 years of Theremin with the Claravox Centennial

It's 100 years since Leon Theremin invented a strange electronic musical instrument. Moog is celebrating by releasing the Claravox Centennial Theremin - the most versatile theremin ever produced. The post Moog marks 100 years of Theremin with the Claravox Centennial...

Shure DuraPlex: A new miniature microphone for harsh environments

Shure DuraPlex: A new miniature microphone for harsh environments

Shure's DuraPlex subminiature microphone is designed to withstand water, dust and dirt. Could this be the ideal choice for location recording and theatre work? The post Shure DuraPlex: A new miniature microphone for harsh environments appeared first on gearnews.com.

Is Fuse Audio Labs’ Flywheel the best tape machine sim for EUR 25?

Is Fuse Audio Labs’ Flywheel the best tape machine sim for EUR 25?

Flywheel brings back the subtle imperfections of tape recording thanks to simulated saturation, hysteresis, upper frequency damping, and head bumps. Is this the best tape sim plug-in for €25? The post Is Fuse Audio Labs’ Flywheel the best tape machine sim for EUR 25?...

Solar Guitars A1.6: Vinter is coming… and it is feature-packed

Solar Guitars A1.6: Vinter is coming… and it is feature-packed

Solar Guitars' A1.6 Vinter is a super cool six-string in an eye catching, all-over, Pearl White matte finish, and comes loaded with an Evertune bridge and a set of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers. The post Solar Guitars A1.6: Vinter is coming… and it is...

Big Fish Audio Aura: 4 sound engines, endless soundscapes

Big Fish Audio Aura: 4 sound engines, endless soundscapes

Aura consists of 4 separate sound engines, each with a dedicated X/Y pad for parameter morphing. These are complemented by a collection of 23+ audio effects, 10 of which can be modulated... The post Big Fish Audio Aura: 4 sound engines, endless soundscapes appeared...

Peavey relaunches the HP 2 following Eddie Van Halen’s death

Peavey relaunches the HP 2 following Eddie Van Halen’s death

Peavey has just officially announced that it will restart production of the HP 2, a guitar based on the Wolfgang model from the 1990s designed in cooperation with the late Eddie Van Halen. The post Peavey relaunches the HP 2 following Eddie Van Halen’s death appeared...

Peavey announce reissue of the EVH-inspired HP2 offset

Inspired by the design of the Peavey Wolfgang, the company's longstanding signature model for Eddie Van Halen until his departure from the brand in 2007, the HP2 has already re-entered production, with Peavey's CEO Hartley Peavey detailing that the first 400 models...

Mixdown’s Picks: Markbass Marcus Miller Signature Series

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Sadowsky Metro Line Vintage J Bass

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Ampeg BA-108

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Radial HDI Studio Grade Direct Box

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Fender American Professional II Jazz Bass

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Ampeg Micro CL Stack

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Hartke LX8500

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Mixdown’s Picks: Boss OC-5 Octave Pedal

For this special, we're turning our focus to one of the most essential aspects of any genre: the bass. Whether it’s jazz, punk, pop or beyond, it’s all about that bass, and to celebrate, we're spotlighting the finest instruments, amplifiers, tools and effects...

Novation unveil AFX Station

Novation unveil AFX Station

Stay-at-home deals Novation have teamed up with EDM legend Aphex Twin to produce a special edition of their modern classic monosynth, the Bass Station 2.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/novation-unveil-afx-station

Rupert Neve Designs unveils the 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor

Rupert Neve Designs unveils the 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor

The Rupert Neve Designs 5254 Diode Bridge Compressor delivers two channels of classic Neve 2254-style compression in one unit of rack space, with some modern improvements. The post Rupert Neve Designs unveils the 5254 Dual Diode Bridge Compressor appeared first on...

AFX Station revealed as a rebranded Bass Station II – is that it?

AFX Station revealed as a rebranded Bass Station II – is that it?

After a global campaign of intrigue and excitement teasing a new synth in collaboration with Aphex Twin it ends up in crushing disappointment. They could have just given us a bunch of stickers.  The post AFX Station revealed as a rebranded Bass Station II – is that...

u-he CVilization: the details are in and it’s available now

u-he CVilization: the details are in and it’s available now

You Mix, Route, Record/Mutate and Pan - that's what CVilization is all about through its 4 colour-coded modes of CV manipulation and it hopes to change your whole approach to modular. The post u-he CVilization: the details are in and it’s available now appeared first...

Novation and Aphex Twin team up for the new AFX Station synthesiser

The AFX Station, which is essentially a limited edition variant of Novation's Bass Station II, takes all the features you know and love from the original and crams them into a new purple chassis, with Aphex Twin's iconic logo slapped on the back for good measure.   ...

Yes, The Chats now have their own signature cask of goon

Now, the Sunshine Coast punks have teamed up with UNIFIED Music Group and Crowbar to launch their very own 'fucken sick' cask of wine, thanks to the team at Delinquente Wine Co.    The collaboration, which comes as part of an initiative from UNIFIED and Crowbar to...

d16 Group Spacerek: workhorse room reverb with tons of possibilities

d16 Group Spacerek: workhorse room reverb with tons of possibilities

The new d16 reverb is all about room simulations and tweaking potential, driven by a cutting-edge hybrid algorithm. Intro and loyalty prices are pretty great, given what's on offer. The post d16 Group Spacerek: workhorse room reverb with tons of possibilities appeared...

What’s On — October 2020

What’s On — October 2020

STUDIO 52: WHAT A YEAR TO MOVE Well it seems like years now since the relocation of Studio 52 to Heidelberg’s Empire Music Studios; the new Studio 52. It’s been a huge process from finding the right building to getting a permit and then building a world class new...

Behringer 2600 rolls off the production line, to cost $599!

Behringer 2600 rolls off the production line, to cost $599!

Behringer has released some photos of their ARP 2600 clone going through test procedures and sitting around in boxes ready to ship. How much it will cost is still unknown. The post Behringer 2600 rolls off the production line, to cost $599! appeared first on...

Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption as you’ve never heard it before!

Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption as you’ve never heard it before!

YouTuber maromaro1337 has a unique take on the famous guitar solo Eruption, and we think Eddie would have loved it! So sit back and enjoy this 1 min 54 seconds of blistering Stylophone. The post Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption as you’ve never heard it before! appeared...

Killer Double Paradiddle Ideas

Remember the ol’ Double Paradiddle? Well, it’s a total winner and you should totally smash it out and mess around with some of the following ideas.    I’ve mentioned this rudiment can give good mileage. There’s a variety of options for how to use it and I certainly...

Less Is Best: 13 iconic basslines that feature five notes or fewer

Of course, like any other musician in an ensemble, most bassists possess quite a lot of chops, and from time to time, they'll want to show those chops off with an intricate bassline full of double stops or spiky scale runs. However, the hallmark of a truly great...

Erica Synths SYNTRX analogue synthesizer ships

Erica Synths SYNTRX analogue synthesizer ships

The SYNTRX synth is now available off-the-shelf from your local music store and direct from Erica Synths for a Synthi AKS inspired, convention challenging audio adventure. The post Erica Synths SYNTRX analogue synthesizer ships appeared first on gearnews.com.

SynthBooth: Weston Precision Audio TS0 Time Segment Oscillator

SynthBooth: Weston Precision Audio TS0 Time Segment Oscillator

From a DIY Pro-One replica to Thru-Zero Eurorack modules Weston Precision Audio is carving out a space for interesting tones so the TS0 Segment Oscillator is unsurprisingly complex and rich. The post SynthBooth: Weston Precision Audio TS0 Time Segment Oscillator...

SynthBooth: IO Instruments KALYKE, CARPOL and KALLICHORE modules

SynthBooth: IO Instruments KALYKE, CARPOL and KALLICHORE modules

IO Instruments has released a line of modules this year and was showing three new ones at SynthBooth: KALYKE Dual Function Generator, CARPOL triple headphone amp and KALLICHORE their extraordinary 6 Voice DCO module. The post SynthBooth: IO Instruments KALYKE, CARPOL...

Google have introduced a new Hum-to-Search feature

Thankfully, these frustrations could all be a thing of the past with the latest development from Google, who've gone and one-upped Shazam with their new Hum-to-Search feature.    The new feature, which is available as part of the Google application's latest update for...

Is the GigRig G3 the ultimate pedalboard switching solution?

Seven years after the initial success of the G2, GigRig have debuted the GigRig G3 Pedal Switching System, a comprehensive lot of four switching and routing devices to simplify all your stompbox signal flow woes.    Comprised of the G3, G3 Atom, G3 Hub and G3...

Mixdown’s Guide to Filming Live Concerts From Home

Before you whip out your phone and start shooting, we’ve partnered with Ted’s Cameras to compile a handy guide to get you acquainted with all the best cameras, microphones and lights for streaming, as well as a few nifty tips to help you wrap your head around how to...

Five iconic delay pedals you can’t go wrong with.

Five iconic delay pedals you can’t go wrong with.

Looking for a new delay but overwhelmed by the staggering amount of options? Don't worry, we've narrowed the choices down to a list of 5 delay pedals that we think are worth considering. The post Five iconic delay pedals you can’t go wrong with. appeared first on...

Best free plug-ins this week: Dirty Filter, FenrIR and PanCake 2

Best free plug-ins this week: Dirty Filter, FenrIR and PanCake 2

This weeks collection of the best free plug-ins brings us a filter and distortion effect, a versatile impulse response loader and a classic panning effect that should be in everyone’s collection. The post Best free plug-ins this week: Dirty Filter, FenrIR and PanCake...

IMPLEXUS: West and East Coast fusion analog synthesizer needs you!

IMPLEXUS: West and East Coast fusion analog synthesizer needs you!

The IMPLEXUS from Majella Audio needs 1 or 2 more pledges to get it over the line. You could help make this amazingly visual synthesizer a reality with only a couple of days to go. The post IMPLEXUS: West and East Coast fusion analog synthesizer needs you! appeared...

Fano Guitars to launch new Oltre Series range, plus two new models

Fano Guitars to launch new Oltre Series range, plus two new models

Fano Guitars is poised to announce the new Oltre Series, with 40 colour options and custom ageing on offer, plus two mysterious new models, the new PX6 and MG6. The post Fano Guitars to launch new Oltre Series range, plus two new models appeared first on gearnews.com.

GigRig G3 pedal switching system: The ultimate stompbox control?

GigRig G3 pedal switching system: The ultimate stompbox control?

Behold, a new GigRig! The new G3 Pedal Switching System comes in four flavours: the G3, G3 Atom, G3 Hub and the G3 Extension Kit. Could this be the pedal switching system of your dreams? The post GigRig G3 pedal switching system: The ultimate stompbox control?...

Behringer MonoPoly ready for production

Behringer MonoPoly ready for production

Behringer is stacking up the production lines with the MonoPoly to follow the 2600 that has just been rolling off into boxes. Looks like it's going to be a busy Christmas for synths - but still no price. The post Behringer MonoPoly ready for production appeared first...

Is the Kustom MOD-L20 the dullest modelling amplifier of the year?

Is the Kustom MOD-L20 the dullest modelling amplifier of the year?

Is the new Kustom MOD-L20 the most pointless modelling guitar amp of the year? With specifications like this, it sure looks like it could win a prize for dullest product of 2020. The post Is the Kustom MOD-L20 the dullest modelling amplifier of the year? appeared...

Cranborne Audio Camden EC1: Small preamp, big studio sound?

Cranborne Audio Camden EC1: Small preamp, big studio sound?

The new single-channel Camden mic preamp gives its full-sized brethren a run for their money, packing the same technology in desktop (half-rack) format. The post Cranborne Audio Camden EC1: Small preamp, big studio sound? appeared first on gearnews.com.

SynthBooth: Fabulously curated synthesizer festival starts tonight

SynthBooth: Fabulously curated synthesizer festival starts tonight

In the best produced virtual online synthesizer show yet SynthBooth has a fabulous roster of speakers, panels, performers and an Exhibition floor where you can chat to manufacturers. The post SynthBooth: Fabulously curated synthesizer festival starts tonight appeared...

Embodme Erae Touch MPE & MIDI 2.0 controller: pre-orders go live!

Embodme Erae Touch MPE & MIDI 2.0 controller: pre-orders go live!

The Embodme Erae Touch consists of 18 fully map-able, RGB-lit touch points with support for Midi Polyphonic Expression (MPE) and MIDI 2.0 and will ship with a free synth by Wave Casual. The post Embodme Erae Touch MPE & MIDI 2.0 controller: pre-orders go live!...

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes Delia Derbyshire: The Myths & The Legendary Tapes — a cinematic portrait of the legendary musical innovator.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/delia-derbyshire-myths-legendary-tapes

Darklands: A Soundscape Synthesizer for our current Dystopia

Darklands: A Soundscape Synthesizer for our current Dystopia

If you're not feeling depressed enough then you can inject some added creepiness and despair with Darklands Dystopian Soundscape synthesizer from Puremagnetik - it's what we need right now. The post Darklands: A Soundscape Synthesizer for our current Dystopia appeared...

Vertex Effects launch the Steel String Supreme pedal

Famously used by John Mayer on his critically acclaimed 2006 release Continuum, the #001 Dumble Steel String Singer is deemed by many to be one of the most formidable valve amplifiers of all time, and its immense reputation has formed the basis for many a boutique...

15 Australian jazz trailblazers you ought to know about

As jazz began to infiltrate the mainstream more and more throughout the 20th century, post-war Australia began to adopt the stylings of American trailblazers such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gilespie and put their own twist on things, with the '60s and...

Deal: Kazrog True Iron transfomer saturation plug-in is 50% off

Deal: Kazrog True Iron transfomer saturation plug-in is 50% off

Developer Kazrog has taken 50% off the price of possibly the finest transfomer saturation modeling plug-in there is. That's a lot of iron for your USD 20, indeed! The post Deal: Kazrog True Iron transfomer saturation plug-in is 50% off appeared first on gearnews.com.

Mutable Instruments Stages gets an extended sequencer firmware

Mutable Instruments Stages gets an extended sequencer firmware

Stages, the Segment Generator 6-stage envelope, LFO and 4-step sequencer machine, has a firmware update to make it more usable as a standalone sequencer. Also, Marbles has a secret mode. The post Mutable Instruments Stages gets an extended sequencer firmware appeared...

Danelectro revive the 1960s with the new Baby Sitar reissue

Introduced in 1968 to provide Western musicians with a familiar and cost-effective way to achieve the sounds of famed sitarists such as Ravi Shankar, Annapurna Devi and Nikhil Banerjee, the Baby Sitar was deemed as an oddity by many even upon release back then.  ...

Seven unmissable events to catch at BIGSOUND 2020

Despite this year's event being forced into the digital domain due to border closures around the country,  BIGSOUND are pulling no punches and making the most of a shit situation for 2020, packing their program with a wealth of resources that span all corners of the...

Danelectro Baby Sitar – get those Paint It Black tones!

Danelectro Baby Sitar – get those Paint It Black tones!

In 1968, the Baby Sitar was at the forefront of psychedelic raga rock, being used by bands like the Rolling Stoners and Beatles. Danelectro has now re-released the model in a new Vintage Aqua finish. The post Danelectro Baby Sitar – get those Paint It Black tones!...

Foxgear Tweed 55 and Plexi 55: two classic amps in a pedal format

Foxgear Tweed 55 and Plexi 55: two classic amps in a pedal format

Imagine fitting a Marshall Plexi or Fender Twin tube amp onto your pedalboard. Well, Foxgear is about to release its new Plexi 55 and Tweed 55 pedals which will do just that. The post Foxgear Tweed 55 and Plexi 55: two classic amps in a pedal format appeared first on...

SSL broke the secret of Fusion’s hidden Listen Mic Compressor!

SSL broke the secret of Fusion’s hidden Listen Mic Compressor!

Got an SSL Fusion? There's more to this unit than meets the eye - press and hold the HFC Compressor IN button for five seconds and you should hear some magic happen! The post SSL broke the secret of Fusion’s hidden Listen Mic Compressor! appeared first on...

SOS Awards: cast your votes now!

SOS Awards: cast your votes now!

Stay-at-home deals So who launched the best new audio interface in 2020? What new microphone deserves to be crowned king? What is your favourite DAW? Yes, voting in the highly coveted SOS Awards is now...

Focusrite expand RedNet range…

Focusrite expand RedNet range…

Stay-at-home deals ...and announce a new time-limited software bundle to be included with Clarett USB interfaces.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/focusrite-expand-rednet-range

Modal Electronics teases a new blue synthesizer

Modal Electronics teases a new blue synthesizer

As part of virtual Synthfest 2020 Modal Electronics released a little video showing glimpses of their history and finished with a gorgeous shot of a mysterious blue synthesizer. The post Modal Electronics teases a new blue synthesizer appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender raise the bar with their new American Professional II series

Acting as Fender's new flagship series, American Professional II packs a wide array of models to cater for all players, with a few left-handed models even being offered for good measure.    Players can choose between a range of Stratocasters, Jazzmasters, Telecasters...

Reviewed: Fender American Professional II Jazzmaster

The new American Professional II range pushes those designs further. Fender have ingeniously taken the best parts of their classic designs in the American Professional range, as well as their boundary-pushing designs in the American Elite and Ultra ranges, and...

Reviewed: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

Leo Fender built the company on the back of listening to musicians and addressing their needs, and the American Professional II Series continues that trend. These Strats, the standard triple single-coil model and the HSS variant with a Vintage Mod II Double Tap...

Mixdown’s top jobs in the Australian music industry (this week)

DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST - FENDER MUSIC AUSTRALIA (Sydney) Dream job alert!!! Ever wanted to work for one of the most culturally significant names in musical instrument history? Well, you're in luck: Fender Music Australia are on the hunt for a new marketing guru...

SunnAudio NU-1 Nucleus: an analogue preamp/distortion pedal

SunnAudio NU-1 Nucleus: an analogue preamp/distortion pedal

The new compact SunnAudio NU-1 Nucleus preamp/distortion pedal is a dual voiced analogue preamp that can handle all your electric, acoustic and even bass guitars. The post SunnAudio NU-1 Nucleus: an analogue preamp/distortion pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

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