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A.O.M. Nu Compressor: 52 compressors in one $300 plug-in

A.O.M. Nu Compressor: 52 compressors in one $300 plug-in

With 52 programs to choose from, A.O.M.'s newly released Nu Compressor is like many different compressors in one plug-in. But does that justify its premium price tag? The post A.O.M. Nu Compressor: 52 compressors in one $300 plug-in appeared first on gearnews.com.

Warm Audio WA-87 R2: The Neumann U87 clone gets an update

Warm Audio WA-87 R2: The Neumann U87 clone gets an update

Warm Audio has announced the WA-87 R2. The new version of the condenser microphone uses higher-quality components to get even closer to the sound of the famous U87. The post Warm Audio WA-87 R2: The Neumann U87 clone gets an update appeared first on gearnews.com.

Ernie Ball Music Man release September Ball Family Reserve models

Ernie Ball Music Man release September Ball Family Reserve models

The September 2020 Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve models include a Cutlass, Mariposa, JP, and a Bongo bass, in striking Lemon, Lime, and Cinnamon finishes. The post Ernie Ball Music Man release September Ball Family Reserve models appeared first on gearnews.com.

Gibson has built Kirk Hammett a ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul

Gibson has built Kirk Hammett a ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul

Kirk Hammett of Metallica has just posted a photo on his Instagram of Peter Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard - cloned by Gibson! Does this mean we will see a limited run of this guitar soon? The post Gibson has built Kirk Hammett a ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul appeared first...

Harley Benton Mighty-15TH: An affordable new 15-Watt all-tube head

Harley Benton Mighty-15TH: An affordable new 15-Watt all-tube head

Harley Benton adds to its range of affordable amps with the Mighty-15TH, an all-tube 15-Watt amp head offered at a very impressive price point. The post Harley Benton Mighty-15TH: An affordable new 15-Watt all-tube head appeared first on gearnews.com.

Roland FANTOM V2.0 update brings multisampling, new effects and more

Roland FANTOM V2.0 update brings multisampling, new effects and more

Roland introduced the FANTOM in 2019 as an all-in-one music production environment. Version 2 overhauls the sampling engine, introduces effects to the master section and brings automation editing to the touch screen. The post Roland FANTOM V2.0 update brings...

Leak: Ableton Push 3 – could it be a standalone groovebox?

Leak: Ableton Push 3 – could it be a standalone groovebox?

An image has emerged of the back of what could be the Ableton Push 3. There appear to be audio inputs and outputs making it very possibly a standalone groovebox rather than just a MIDI controller. The post Leak: Ableton Push 3 – could it be a standalone groovebox?...

Best free plug-ins this week: jParaComp, GON and Fuzz Ball

Best free plug-ins this week: jParaComp, GON and Fuzz Ball

This week’s collection of the best free plug-ins has a little bit of everything: A stereo compressor, a useful stereo goniometer and an open-source fuzz. Here’s jParaComp, GON and Fuzz Ball. The post Best free plug-ins this week: jParaComp, GON and Fuzz Ball appeared...

The Stratocaster and the Genius of Leo Fender: A Short History

The Stratocaster and the Genius of Leo Fender: A Short History

As the release of the Fender American Professional Series II seems imminent, we take a brief look at the Stratocaster, and how one Leo Fender changed the landscape of music, forever. The post The Stratocaster and the Genius of Leo Fender: A Short History appeared...

Jimi Hendrix guitar tones: Tips and gear to get you started

Jimi Hendrix guitar tones: Tips and gear to get you started

Fifty years ago today, the world lost Jimi Hendrix. Looking to replicate some of those legendary tones? Here's some tips and a list of gear that will get you started. The post Jimi Hendrix guitar tones: Tips and gear to get you started appeared first on gearnews.com.

Error Instruments Sound Scaper: Metallic digital sound torturer

Error Instruments Sound Scaper: Metallic digital sound torturer

Error Instruments brings us a metallic nightmare that'll generate shifting digital soundscapes. Sound Scaper is available in Eurorack or desktop with unique features. The post Error Instruments Sound Scaper: Metallic digital sound torturer appeared first on...

Fender’s new American Professional II series gets leaked online!

Fender’s new American Professional II series gets leaked online!

Fender's American Professional II models have been leaked online! Looks like we'll be seeing new V-Mod II pickups, roasted pine bodies, a new heel joint, and a Dark Night finish option. The post Fender’s new American Professional II series gets leaked online! appeared...

Erica Synths Black Quad VCA 2: An update on a classic

Erica Synths Black Quad VCA 2: An update on a classic

You can never have enough VCAs and the Quad VCA has become a classic route to the control of CV and audio. Erica Synths updates the Black Quad VCA 2 to make it more versatile. The post Erica Synths Black Quad VCA 2: An update on a classic appeared first on gearnews.com.

The Strymon NightSky has officially landed – and it looks good

The Strymon NightSky has officially landed – and it looks good

The Strymon NightSky has now officially been launched, a reverb with analogue-synth like control and a step sequencer. It is everything we all hoped for and could be the perfect creative effect for your rig The post The Strymon NightSky has officially landed – and it...

Strymon NightSky leaked and yes, it is a reverb pedal

Strymon NightSky leaked and yes, it is a reverb pedal

The Strymon NightSky leaked! And yes, the blue pedal is a reverb, and you can see the leaked pictures of this new effect here. The post Strymon NightSky leaked and yes, it is a reverb pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

IK Multimedia MixBox: A virtual channel strip with 70 effects!

IK Multimedia MixBox: A virtual channel strip with 70 effects!

With a whopping 70 virtual 500-series modules taken straight from IK's various effects and insturment suites, MixBox is a Swiss Army knife of a channel strip. The post IK Multimedia MixBox: A virtual channel strip with 70 effects! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Boss reveal new OC-5 octave pedal & Pocket GT amp modeller

Based on the brand's classic OC-2 that was first introduced back in 1982, the OC-5 takes the blueprint of the original unit and up-skills it to suit the needs of the modern guitarist. In addition to featuring the monophonic mode of the original, the OC-5 makes use of...

Deal: Get BreakTweaker Expanded + Trash 2 & Carbon for EUR 9.66!

Deal: Get BreakTweaker Expanded + Trash 2 & Carbon for EUR 9.66!

You can get iZotope BreakTweaker Expanded at Plugin Boutique for EUR 9.66! In addition, you will receive the Trash 2 & UJAM Carbon Bundle! That's a discount of - drum roll - 95%! The post Deal: Get BreakTweaker Expanded + Trash 2 & Carbon for EUR 9.66! appeared first...

Will Boss Pocket GT revolutionise how we learn electric guitar?

Will Boss Pocket GT revolutionise how we learn electric guitar?

The new Boss Pocket GT has Bluetooth music streaming, a USB audio interface and YouTube compatibility as well. This multi-effects and amp simulator appears to handle a lot of useful things in one neat package. The post Will Boss Pocket GT revolutionise how we learn...

Deal: Soundtoys Effects Rack in a flash sale for only EUR 89!

Deal: Soundtoys Effects Rack in a flash sale for only EUR 89!

Plug-in stronghold Soundtoys is temporarily reducing the price of its all-encompassing virtual tool box Effects Rack by almost 70 percent! Check 'em out here. The post Deal: Soundtoys Effects Rack in a flash sale for only EUR 89! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Dunlop releases limited-edition Tom Morello Cry Baby Wah

Dunlop releases limited-edition Tom Morello Cry Baby Wah

This bright red Dunlop limited-edition Tom Morello Cry Baby Wah is emblazoned with two quotes by the guitarist and is based on his favourite Cry Baby GCB95 circuit. The post Dunlop releases limited-edition Tom Morello Cry Baby Wah appeared first on gearnews.com.

The MXR FOD Drive gives you two amp tones in one pedal

The MXR FOD Drive gives you two amp tones in one pedal

The new MXR FOD Drive lets you stack two distinctly different guitar amp circuits together, and then blend between them, allowing you to create your own unique overdrive tones. The post The MXR FOD Drive gives you two amp tones in one pedal appeared first on...

A world-first COVID Safe festival is coming to Australia next month

Locked in to go down on Saturday October 31 in Busselton, WA, Good Day Sunshine will be headlined by the likes of John Butler, Josh Pyke and Xavier Rudd, and will also feature sets from Vikki Thorn, Kyle Lionhart, Dulcie and Moon & Honey.   Logistically, Good Day...

Bill Wyman’s bass sells at auction for a record-breaking $384,000

The 1969 Competition Orange Mustang, which was part of the Julien's Auctions' mammoth Property From Bill Wyman and His Rolling Stones Archive event, was Wyman's weapon of choice with the Stones between 1969 and 1970.   Somehow, it's now the most expensive bass guitar...

Studio Essentials: Golding

Now, Golding look to assert their status as one of Australia's finest emerging acts with a stunning visual to match the dulcet tones of their breakout hit, 'Alone. Together.'. Featuring a head-snapping bass line and cushioned by a ridiculously smooth vocal performance...

Eventide, MXR + more: our top five gear releases of the week

1. Eventide Black Hole Reverb Despite being released back in 1994, the Eventide DSP4000 Ultra-Harmoniser is still regarded as one of the most revered rack units of all time, yet there's one algorithm that's a little more famous than the rest: the beautiful Blackhole...

Automatic: Chatting jazz, gear and the cosmos with Mildlife

Now, two years on and in a world that couldn't be further removed from the one that birthed Phase, Mildlife are gearing up to release their highly anticipated follow-up effort, Automatic: a densely textured, wonderfully cinematic record that's as heavy on the groove...

PATCH & TWEAK with Moog

PATCH & TWEAK with Moog

Stay-at-home deals The creators of the highly-regarded original PATCH & TWEAK book have teamed up with Moog Music to produce this 200-page book on Moog’s Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizers.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/patch-tweak-moog

Lightning Boy TI Box: A “thicker” sounding premium DI box

Lightning Boy TI Box: A “thicker” sounding premium DI box

Lightning Boy Audio drops its TI Box Direct Input box aiming to give you a "thicker" sounding DI box with rich harmonics and high output. Is the TI Box worth getting excited about? The post Lightning Boy TI Box: A “thicker” sounding premium DI box appeared first on...

The iPad Air 2020 is more like the iPad Pro and starts at USD 599

The iPad Air 2020 is more like the iPad Pro and starts at USD 599

Slim bezels, USB C, Apple Pencil & keyboard covers compatibility, new A14 chipset, five colors - the iPad Air just got plenty of love! All that starting at USD 599 for 64GB + Wi-Fi. The post The iPad Air 2020 is more like the iPad Pro and starts at USD 599 appeared...

Eventide pulls out all the stops with new Blackhole Reverb pedal

Eventide pulls out all the stops with new Blackhole Reverb pedal

The new Eventide Blackhole Reverb pedal gives you a superb level of control over your reverb, whether it's tight spaces, or infinite expanses that trail off into the universe. The post Eventide pulls out all the stops with new Blackhole Reverb pedal appeared first on...

Arturia PolyBrute unveiled

Arturia PolyBrute unveiled

Arturia PolyBrute unveiled Click to read our in-depth, world exclusive review of Arturia's brand-new flagship polysynth.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/arturia-polybrute-unveiled

Arturia PolyBrute Analog Matrix Synthesizer: Full details!

Arturia PolyBrute Analog Matrix Synthesizer: Full details!

After the image of this impressive-looking new synthesizer leaked yesterday we now have all the details of Arturia's PolyBrute 6-voice, 2 oscillator analog flagship polysynth. The post Arturia PolyBrute Analog Matrix Synthesizer: Full details! appeared first on...

M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3: The Keystation controller grows wider

M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3: The Keystation controller grows wider

M-Audio extends the range of their MIDI/USB Keystation controllers to a full 88 keys with the Keystation 88 Mk3 while keeping it lightweight and gigable. The post M-Audio Keystation 88 Mk3: The Keystation controller grows wider appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fostex PM Studio Monitor Giveaway

Thanks to our friends at Syntec Australia, we've got three sets of monitors from the Fostex PM series to give away to three very lucky readers this month.    All you need to do is like and share this post on Facebook, then sign up to our mailing list using the form...

Ernie Ball Music Man unveil the September Ball Family Reserve range

Continuing the company's bi-monthly tradition, the Ball Family Reserve September run is comprised of five spec'd out bespoke models, including two flashy Cutlass models, a Bongo bass, a JP6 and a very slick Mariposa.    First up, there's the two EBMM Cutlass models,...

Arturia officially unveil the PolyBrute analogue synthesiser

After being leaked onto the web ahead of its release yesterday, Arturia have revealed all the details of their new polyphonic flagship today, and it truly is something to behold.    The 61 key PolyBrute offers six voices of polyphony drawn from two analogue VCOs, with...

Reviewed: Fostex PM0.3dH and PM0.4c Studio Monitors

The brand also produce a gamut of full size studio grade gear, and importantly, have a strong history of speaker production. Fostex has now launched a series of extremely well priced active studio monitors, including the diminutive but gutsy hyper-near-field PMO.3dH...

HK Audio launch Polar 12

HK Audio launch Polar 12

Arturia PolyBrute unveiled HK's affordable Polar series gains a new, larger model featuring a 12-inch subwoofer/base unit.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/hk-audio-launch-polar-12

Leak! Arturia are about to release a PolyBrute!

Leak! Arturia are about to release a PolyBrute!

We felt something like this, something huge was going to drop from Arturia and we weren't wrong. The PolyBrute is Arturia's new flagship polysynth and it's a beauty. The post Leak! Arturia are about to release a PolyBrute! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Electro-Harmonix launch the polyphonic Pitch Fork+

Boasting two fully controllable pitch-shifting engines to create +/- 3 octaves of polyphonic pitch-shifting with a de-tune range of +/- 99 cents, it's possible that the Pitch Fork + is one of the most packed harmoniser units released in years. The unit features two...

Tom Morello announced as key speaker for BIGSOUND 2020

The legendary guitarist noted the importance of events like BIGSOUND during times like these in a statement released today, saying “Join me at BIGSOUND to talk music, activism, and how the guitar can be a divining rod for truth and justice. The world is at a dangerous...

Mixdown Presents: ‘Isolate and Innovate’ Content Series

One area which has proved particularly productive for cutting-edge development is in the field of remote learning, with Melbourne’s own Collarts emerging as a world leader in remote solutions for the audio education sector.   For the first installment of our 'Isolate...

Ten steps for musicians to overcome creative block

Maintaining creativity amid all this doom and gloom - particularly in a sector that's been ravaged as hard as the entertainment industry has - is one hell of a challenge.   Now that the initial burst of inspiration you may have experienced during the first lockdown...

Audio Test Kitchen launches new website

Audio Test Kitchen launches new website

Stay-at-home deals ATK 2 promises faster loading times, more recordings, Spotify integration and more!https://www.soundonsound.com/news/audio-test-kitchen-launches-new-website

Has COVID-19 saved the electric guitar?

Has COVID-19 saved the electric guitar?

As lockdown hit, the future of the guitar industry looked bleak. But now it appears that manufacturers are struggling to meet demand. Has Covid turned around the fate of the electric guitar? The post Has COVID-19 saved the electric guitar? appeared first on...

Strymon teasing a new pedal on Twitter: Space & Blue = Reverb?

Strymon teasing a new pedal on Twitter: Space & Blue = Reverb?

On September 17th, 2020, Strymon wants to introduce a new effects pedal and shows two teaser pictures. We can already guess something about it. Is the blue a clue for reverb? The post Strymon teasing a new pedal on Twitter: Space & Blue = Reverb? appeared first on...

Behringer gives us an update on the RD-9 drum machine

Behringer gives us an update on the RD-9 drum machine

Behringer says they are trying to fix the RD-8 MIDI sync which impacts the RD-9 firmware and so once one is ready the other will ship because "we simply don't compromise on quality". The post Behringer gives us an update on the RD-9 drum machine appeared first on...

Best free plug-ins this week: The Seductress, QRange and Vocal King

Best free plug-ins this week: The Seductress, QRange and Vocal King

This week's collection of the best free plug-ins has it all: a tonewheel organ emulation, a linear phase EQ and a vocal mixing plug-in. Here's The Seductress, QRange and Vocal King. The post Best free plug-ins this week: The Seductress, QRange and Vocal King appeared...

Concrete Guitar – Yes, a guitar made of concrete!

Concrete Guitar – Yes, a guitar made of concrete!

This Strat-style guitar has a body made from concrete, using a silicon mould and a basic guitar building kit. Can you guess how much it weighs? The post Concrete Guitar – Yes, a guitar made of concrete! appeared first on gearnews.com.

8 more cheap pedals every guitarist needs to try

8 more cheap pedals every guitarist needs to try

Here are 8 more great budget effects pedals that you should try before you die. They include tube overdrives, classic chorus effects, reverbs, tremolos, and more. All for around £60 each! The post 8 more cheap pedals every guitarist needs to try appeared first on...

5 floor tuners that cater to every budget

5 floor tuners that cater to every budget

Looking for a floor tuner but not sure which one to get? We've narrowed the choices down to these 5 options that we think would be a worthy addition to any rig. The post 5 floor tuners that cater to every budget appeared first on gearnews.com.

Catalinbread Epoch Boost: A modern take on an old tone secret

Catalinbread Epoch Boost: A modern take on an old tone secret

The new Catalinbread Epoch Boost recreates the fabled preamp of the Maestro Echoplex EP-3 in a smaller enclosure, with a few modern enhancements to bring it up to date. The post Catalinbread Epoch Boost: A modern take on an old tone secret appeared first on...

DirtyWave M8: Handheld synth and tracker project is looking stunning

DirtyWave M8: Handheld synth and tracker project is looking stunning

The M8 is an open-source sequencer/tracker and synthesizer project by musician Timothy Lamb (AKA Trash80) is based on Mutable Instruments Braids and is shaping up beautifully as it nears release.  The post DirtyWave M8: Handheld synth and tracker project is looking...

The best 1176 compressor reissues, clones and alternatives

The best 1176 compressor reissues, clones and alternatives

The 1176 Limiting Amplifier is one of the most iconic compressor designs in history. Here's our list of the best hardware 1176 reissues, clones and alternatives. The post The best 1176 compressor reissues, clones and alternatives appeared first on gearnews.com.

New online course from Alan Parsons

New online course from Alan Parsons

Stay-at-home deals Fundamentals Of Recording & Music Production features 26 modules covering every aspect of music creation.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/new-online-course-alan-parsons

Sub51 release Partial Structures

Sub51 release Partial Structures

Stay-at-home deals New EDM Kontakt instrument combines sampling and synthesis techniques.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/sub51-release-partial-structures

Vinyl outsells CDs in the US for the first time since the 1980s

In their mid-year report, which you can view here, the RIAA's figures show that vinyl accounted for 62% of all physical revenue in the US from January - June, making up $232 million of the period's total $367 million sum. This essentially marks the first time that the...

Pioneer DJ debut the new CDJ-3000 media player

Featuring a heavy duty MPU processor, the CDJ-3000 is made to run far smoother and faster than its predecessors, fitted with two chips to ensure track previewing, beat matching and track loading is faster and more effective. The internal audio processing has also been...

Mixdown Presents: Collarts ‘Isolate and Innovate’ Video Series

One area which has proved particularly productive for cutting-edge development is in the field of remote learning, with Melbourne’s own Collarts emerging as a world leader in remote solutions for the audio education sector.   Through the implementation of advanced...

United Plugins Transmutator lets you get creative with crossfades

United Plugins Transmutator lets you get creative with crossfades

Crossfades are boring? Not anymore! United Plugins and JMG Sound have released Transmutator, a crossfading plug-in that lets you get creative with 16 different fade modes. The post United Plugins Transmutator lets you get creative with crossfades appeared first on...

The Avalanches announce new album We Will Always Love You

We Will Always Love You will act as The Avalanches' third full-length record, with the Australian act famously taking a 16 year absence between their two prior albums Since I Left You and Wildflower.   While there's no solid release date as of yet, the group have...

Felix Riebl’s six favourite travelling songs

On his latest solo project Black Room White Walls EP, Riebl once again confirms his status as one of the country's most iconoclastic and memorable voices. Marking somewhat of a departure from his previous solo works, Black Room White Walls sees Riebl take influence...

Music Expo Mix & Master line-up confirmed

Music Expo Mix & Master line-up confirmed

Stay-at-home deals The online seminar takes place on Friday 11th September and includes a start-studded cast of producers, musicians and engineers.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/music-expo-mix-master-line-confirmed

High Score: chiptune-tastic retro video game sounds from the 1980s

High Score: chiptune-tastic retro video game sounds from the 1980s

Renegade Soundplay has booted the classic computer and video game sounds of High Score onto Kickstarter in the hope that nostalgia and a love of chiptune will bring their project to life. The post High Score: chiptune-tastic retro video game sounds from the 1980s...

Eddie Kramer SDX unveiled by Toontrack

Eddie Kramer SDX unveiled by Toontrack

Stay-at-home deals Superior Drummer expansion inspired by classic tracks by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Rolling Stones.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/eddie-kramer-sdx-unveiled-toontrack

Waves Kaleidoscopes: a multi-faceted suite of modulation effects

Waves Kaleidoscopes: a multi-faceted suite of modulation effects

Waves Kaleidoscopes takes the classic modulation effects phaser, flanger, chorus and tremolo and lets you combine them in a variety of ways. It's a colorful swirl of dynamic modulation. The post Waves Kaleidoscopes: a multi-faceted suite of modulation effects appeared...

Overloud Voice: An all-in-one vocal mixing chain for your DAW

Overloud Voice: An all-in-one vocal mixing chain for your DAW

Overloud debuts Voice, an all-in-one vocal mixing chain plug-in with a wide range of preamps, EQs, compressors and other essentials - all the tools you need for a perfect vocal sound. The post Overloud Voice: An all-in-one vocal mixing chain for your DAW appeared...

Native Instruments launch Maschine+

Native Instruments launch Maschine+

Stay-at-home deals Native Instruments’ Maschine beat-production platform has gone standalone, with the launch of a new flagship hardware device that lets you create music sans computer.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/native-instruments-launch-maschine

Fender team up with Billie Eilish for new signature ukulele

Since first breaking into the mainstream with her 2015 SoundCloud hit 'Ocean Eyes', Eilish has been a staunch advocate for the ukulele, using the instrument as her primary songwriting tool and often playing it onstage during her live set.   This new Fender signature...

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