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SoundForce Dual ADSR module loops, smooths and acts like a Juno

SoundForce Dual ADSR module loops, smooths and acts like a Juno

Built on an ARM micro-controller the SoundForce Dual ADSR module is very smooth, CV controlled, individually loopable and reflects their Juno obsession. The post SoundForce Dual ADSR module loops, smooths and acts like a Juno appeared first on gearnews.com.

Rumor: A New 14-inch MacBook Pro Slated for May 2020?

Rumor: A New 14-inch MacBook Pro Slated for May 2020?

A rumour about the imminent launch of new MBPs is currently doing the rounds: Could a 14-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard and 10th-generation Intel CPU be slated for May? The post Rumor: A New 14-inch MacBook Pro Slated for May 2020? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Someone put a Kahler trem on a PRS Silver Sky and we don’t know why!

As if the Silver Sky didn't have enough controversy surrounding it, someone appears to have cut a huge chunk out of its body and installed Kahler tremolo! The post Someone put a Kahler trem on a PRS Silver Sky and we don’t know why! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Dave Smith announces new Sequential Synthesizer

Dave Smith announces new Sequential Synthesizer

Dave Smith of Sequential released a video thanking people for their birthday wishes and casually mentions how he's working on a new synthesizer for the summer. What do we think that might be? The post Dave Smith announces new Sequential Synthesizer appeared first on...

Best free plug-ins this week: SI6MA, SnareBuzz and CX5M-V

Best free plug-ins this week: SI6MA, SnareBuzz and CX5M-V

There's something for everyone on this week's list of the best free plug-ins. We've got a metal amp simulator, a unique snare buzz emulator and an FM synth. Here's Sigma, SnareBuxx and CX5M-V. The post Best free plug-ins this week: SI6MA, SnareBuzz and CX5M-V appeared...

Best mini amps: 6 tiny amplifiers for lockdown guitar practice

Best mini amps: 6 tiny amplifiers for lockdown guitar practice

Are you in lockdown and need a new mini practice amp for guitar? These six tiny guitar amplifiers by Marshall, Fender, Blackstar, Yamaha, Orange and Boss should be on your radar. The post Best mini amps: 6 tiny amplifiers for lockdown guitar practice appeared first on...

ToneBoosters Dual VCF: An attractive filter plug-in for EUR 19.

ToneBoosters Dual VCF: An attractive filter plug-in for EUR 19.

Dual VCF gives you dozens of modelled analog filters, envelope following and LFO for modulation, for the price of a home-delivered meal. We think this could be a neat little addition to your arsenal. The post ToneBoosters Dual VCF: An attractive filter plug-in for EUR...

Sonible Balancer AI-driven mixing plug-in is free until April 13!

Sonible Balancer AI-driven mixing plug-in is free until April 13!

sonible's Balancer spectral balance plug-in is free to download and own for life until April 13! So here's a free alternative to oZone Mastering Assistant. The post Sonible Balancer AI-driven mixing plug-in is free until April 13! appeared first on gearnews.com.

GibsonTV: Mark Agnesi giving away a new Epiphone guitar every day

GibsonTV: Mark Agnesi giving away a new Epiphone guitar every day

GibsonTV is giving away free Epiphone guitars all this month and you can also donate money to charity to be in with a chance to win some of Mark’s Music Rig, including some top gear, too! The post GibsonTV: Mark Agnesi giving away a new Epiphone guitar every day...

Tone Projects Unisum: a highly tweakable mastering compressor

Tone Projects Unisum: a highly tweakable mastering compressor

Tone Projects has released Unisum, an impressive new mastering compressor plug-in. Unisum is a highly tweakable compressor designed to give engineers precise control. Let's see what it can do. The post Tone Projects Unisum: a highly tweakable mastering compressor...

John Frusciante quietly releases new electronic EP

Spanning four tracks, Look Down, See Us is an abstract odyssey fueled by vintage Roland gear, warped breakbeats and pure eccentricity. It's short, but he squeezes out a lot of ideas in that short time, flipping classic James Brown samples atop of jungle and acid...

QSC Australia announce #QSCAtHome competition

Launching today, #QSCAtHome aims to promote creativity and some much needed cheer in our community, with all entrants going in the running to win a QSC CP8 powered speaker and a swag of merch to boot. If there's ever been a good reason to post your new beat to...

Watch Thundercat play Jaco, discuss favourite basslines in new video

As you'd expect, Thundercat lists off a whole stack of slick grooves from the likes of Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Herbie Hancock, as well as the unexpected (but not unwelcome) addition of Jack Bruce's bassline on 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. Towards...

Melbourne’s Sweet Whirl shares new track ‘Sweetness’

A soothing cut reminiscent lo-fi '90s alt-pop, 'Sweetness' pairs Edquist's breathy harmonies with colourful, sparse instrumentation with key changes galore. It's an absolute masterclass in minimalistic songwriting - less is always more, and it seems that Edquist's...

Show & Tell: STUMPS

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? A Roland SPD-SX.   How did you come across this particular item? There would always be a drummer who would pull it out mid-set to play their little 808 drum part, and that would be the end of it. They always seemed...

Critter & Guitari EYESY Video Synthesizer makes music for the eyes

Critter & Guitari EYESY Video Synthesizer makes music for the eyes

Boutique electronic instrument makers Critter & Guitari has a new visual box of tricks that will generate fabulously dynamic video projections in response to your music. The post Critter & Guitari EYESY Video Synthesizer makes music for the eyes appeared first on...

API debut the 2500+ Bus Compressor

While there's no huge changes to the formula here, API have tweaked the 2500+ to ensure it does hold up a bit stronger in a modern studio environment. The unit now features a Blend/Mix circuit to offer parallel mixing of wet and dry signals, as well as a cross fader...

Show & Tell: RAAVE TAPES

Joab Eastley What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? I’ve gone with the brains of this whole pedalboard operation - the Musicom Labs EFXiii+ programmable bypass switcher. It probably sounds a bit vanilla choosing a switcher for show and tell, but this...

SPL Crescendo duo: a new hi-end dual-channel German mic pre

SPL Crescendo duo: a new hi-end dual-channel German mic pre

The Crescendo duo features two mic pres with the same sonic and technical specifications as the flagship 8-channel Crescendo mic pre, the one that's "impossible to overdrive." The post SPL Crescendo duo: a new hi-end dual-channel German mic pre appeared first on...

API introduces the 2500+ bus compressor with parallel compression

API introduces the 2500+ bus compressor with parallel compression

API has introduced the 2500+ stereo bus compressor. It retains all the signature features of the classic 2500, but adds a blend/mix circuit for parallel compression. The post API introduces the 2500+ bus compressor with parallel compression appeared first on...

Klevgränd Hood:ify: Get 50% off plug-ins, plus a free license

Klevgränd Hood:ify: Get 50% off plug-ins, plus a free license

Klevgränd Hood:ify is the plug-in developer's way of helping you stay creative. Buy at least three of the company's plug-ins and get 50% off your entire cart and an additional license for a friend. The post Klevgränd Hood:ify: Get 50% off plug-ins, plus a free license...

Faith No More announce rescheduled Australian tour dates

In a statement released today, the alt-rock legends voiced their dismay towards changing the dates, but acknowledged that the reasons were well out of their control. “The circumstances that have forced this decision are well beyond our control but not being able to...

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever announce new LP

The record is slated for release via Ivy League on Friday June 5, acting as the follow up on 2018's critically acclaimed debut Hope Downs, which saw them support the album on a huge international tour and playing the likes of Coachella, Primavera Sound and Governors...

ZVEX unveil the Fuzz Factory 7 Raw

The limited-run handwired pedal features a raw aluminium enclosure, while the guts of the Fuzz Factory 7 will contain two coveted NOS 1960s 2N404 germanium transistors to create a myriad of filthy velcro fuzz tones. Interestingly enough, these new ZVEX FF7 Raw pedals...

Fender’s Tom Morello Soul Power Stratocaster is out now

Given that his original Soul Power Strat currently resides in the Rock & Roll Of Fame, it only seems fitting for Morello to receive an Artist Signature model as replacement for his Audioslave-era weapon of choice. Morello discussed the creation of the guitar in a...

Show & Tell: Hinds

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?  Hello!! Carlotta here -  so glad to show you our gear currently, because it has changed a lot during these years! At the moment our live show goes with two guitars, one keyboard, one bass and drums. Keyboards are...

ADDAC System 106 T-Noiseworks snare and hi-hat generator

ADDAC System 106 T-Noiseworks snare and hi-hat generator

Finishing off their T-Networks series of modules based on vintage drum machine technology the ADDAC106 pumps 4-channels of noise into the circuit for some snare and hi-hat action. The post ADDAC System 106 T-Noiseworks snare and hi-hat generator appeared first on...

Try Ableton Live 10 Suite for free for 90 days without restrictions

Try Ableton Live 10 Suite for free for 90 days without restrictions

Ableton has joined the list of companies offering extended trial periods to help you stay creative. You can now try Ableton Live 10 Suite for free for 90 days, with no feature restrictions. The post Try Ableton Live 10 Suite for free for 90 days without restrictions...

Mesa-Boogie celebrates 50th anniversary with new documentary series

The videos have featured the likes of both company founder Randall Smith and popular Mesa-Boogie artists such as Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, as well as Carlos Santana, John Petrucci, Walter Trout and more.       Episode I features Smith and Santana...

QSC Australia launch the More Than A Black Box arts initiative

The vision for the campaign was minted by QSC back in late 2019 when the exterior of their office was decked out with a mural of Keith Harring and Jean-Michel Basquiat by eight Melbourne street artists to celebrate the NGV's exhibition of the pair. In a statement...

Ableton Live 10 Suite is now free to download for 90 days

The revolutionary clip-based production and performance suite can now be accessed in its entirety with a limited 90 day license - how generous. This means you'll be able to enjoy everything this DAW has to offer, including the formidable Wavetable, Operator, Sampler...

Mac DeMarco launches Advanced Recording Studio Tricks web series

Launched today, Eternal Family is a new subscription-based online content initiative described as "artist-run membership experience and a place to try out new ideas.” The website is comprised of a range of educational classes and how-to videos, as well as some...

Five Records That Shaped RINSE

The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me It’s extremely hard to choose a favourite from The Cure, but I’m going to go with this one because it’s the first record I ever heard by them, and it is a real mix of so many things I love about their music. This record has so many...

Logic Pro X to get Session view clip-launching feature

Logic Pro X to get Session view clip-launching feature

Big news for Logic Pro X users! Session view is coming to Apple's Mac-exclusive DAW. The news comes from a very reliable source: the Apple Education Products webpage! The post Logic Pro X to get Session view clip-launching feature appeared first on gearnews.com.

Apple are now offering free 90 day trials of Logic Pro X

Although all you video editing buffs will know that Final Cut Pro is available as a 30 day free trial online, this marks the first time that Logic Pro X has been offered as a trial, with both 90 day trials set to be made available via the App Store shortly.    If...

Waldorf introduce Quantum 2.0 update

The update sees the inclusion of the Kernel oscillator, which Waldorf are touting as an 'oscillator construction kit' that lets you combine six operators in a similar sense to FM synthesis. However, unlike FM synthesis, you're actually able to incorporate many...

Charvel debut the Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 2

It seems like the guitar world has gotten Tele fever as of late - Godin and Dean also announced new T-style guitars last week. The Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 2 falls somewhere in between these two designs, offering an ash body with a contoured lower back bout and cut heel...

Sonic Youth share 12 live albums to Bandcamp

Fans can now listen to a dozen live recordings from various points in the career of the alt-rock group, including their final concert in Brooklyn in 2011, a show recorded at the legendary CBGB's in 1988, the band playing Daydream Nation in its entirety in Glasgow from...

Radial Engineering release the USB-Mobile DI Box

Offering two analogue output channels via XLR, the Radial USB-Mobile also features an iOS-compliant USB port to let you charge your devices whle in use. Although it doesn't function as a soundcard, the USB-Mobile is definitely a practical solution for anyone running...

Getting to know Great Gable, Perth’s hottest new indie export

Hey gang! Introduce us to Great Gable – who’s in the band, what do you all play and how did you all meet?   Cal: So Alex sings and plays rhythm guitar, Matt plays hot riffs on his guitar for the lead stuff, Chris shreds bass and I plays drums. We all met at different...

Best free plug-ins this week: Filterstep, Echobox D7 and MERICA

Best free plug-ins this week: Filterstep, Echobox D7 and MERICA

It's Sunday again, and that means: more free plug-ins to keep you happy and inspired. This week, we've got a cool animated filter, a stompbox delay emulation and an American console EQ. The post Best free plug-ins this week: Filterstep, Echobox D7 and MERICA appeared...

Demystifing the trem: How to set up your floating tremolo

Demystifing the trem: How to set up your floating tremolo

If your tremolo is causing you problems but you've never tried setting it up before, this post is the perfect place to start. It's a lot easier than you think! The post Demystifing the trem: How to set up your floating tremolo appeared first on gearnews.com.

Waldorf Quantum leaps to version 2.0 with FM and more

Waldorf Quantum leaps to version 2.0 with FM and more

Waldorf's hybrid uber-synth Quantum gets a big 2.0 update including a whole new oscillator that brings in 6-operator FM and blows open many more possibilities. The post Waldorf Quantum leaps to version 2.0 with FM and more appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fantastic Voyage: a hot-rodded virtual 4-track Portastudio for Mac

Fantastic Voyage: a hot-rodded virtual 4-track Portastudio for Mac

Fantastic Voyage is a new plug-in modelled on old Tascam tape Portastudios. updated here with effects and functionality by developer Giorgio Sancristoforo. The post Fantastic Voyage: a hot-rodded virtual 4-track Portastudio for Mac appeared first on gearnews.com.

Apple to unveil all-new Mac computers with ARM processors in 2021?

Apple to unveil all-new Mac computers with ARM processors in 2021?

Apple wants to switch its computers to ARM processors. According to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this could happen as early as 2021. What's in it for us Mac users? The post Apple to unveil all-new Mac computers with ARM processors in 2021? appeared first on...

Tracktion releases Waveform 11, introduces Waveform Free

Tracktion releases Waveform 11, introduces Waveform Free

Tracktion has announced the availability of Waveform Pro 11. Simplifying its portfolio, the company has also introduced Waveform Free, an impressive free intro version of the DAW. The post Tracktion releases Waveform 11, introduces Waveform Free appeared first on...

PER|FORMER open source DIY 8-track Eurorack sequencer

PER|FORMER open source DIY 8-track Eurorack sequencer

PER|FORMER is a stunning looking open source project from Simon Kallweit (AKA Westlicht). It's an 8-track step-sequencer for Eurorack designed for composition and live performance. The post PER|FORMER open source DIY 8-track Eurorack sequencer appeared first on...

Apple Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X go on 90-day free trials

Apple Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X go on 90-day free trials

Apple is offering a free 90-day trial of Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X, so if you'd like to give either or both of these famed packages an extended try, now is the time! The post Apple Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X go on 90-day free trials appeared first on...

Bob Dylan shares first new song in eight years

Over a lengthy 17 minutes, 'Murder Most Foul' sees Dylan recount the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy and the countercultural ramifications that subsequently followed. It's a historical tour de force from one of music's most celebrated songwriters,...

Four premium guitars you’ll (probably) never be able to afford

Four premium guitars you’ll (probably) never be able to afford

You're in the market for a new guitar and money is no problem. But you want something special, something truly unique. If so, here's a list of guitars that might tickle your fancy. The post Four premium guitars you’ll (probably) never be able to afford appeared first...

Godin Stadium HT: A modern T-style with a vintage feel

Godin Stadium HT: A modern T-style with a vintage feel

Canadian guitar maker Godin has unveiled the new Stadium HT, a T-style guitar with a modern touch, yet one that still retains a vintage look and feel. The post Godin Stadium HT: A modern T-style with a vintage feel appeared first on gearnews.com.

More on Lewitt Microphones Project 1040

More on Lewitt Microphones Project 1040

Coronavirus & SOS More details on the Austrian company's 10th anniversary microphone system, currently known simply as 'Project 1040'.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/more-lewitt-microphones-project-1040

HoRNet TotalEQ: a USD 30 Pro-Q alternative for mixing and mastering

HoRNet TotalEQ: a USD 30 Pro-Q alternative for mixing and mastering

The USD 30 dollar equalizer offers pretty much everything you'd expect from a full-featured parametric EQ, including a real-time spectrum analyzer, 12 freely adjustable bands, and analog saturation. The post HoRNet TotalEQ: a USD 30 Pro-Q alternative for mixing and...

Surprise! Nine Inch Nails have shared two new albums

Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts comprise of 23 new instrumental tracks, with Reznor noting upon release that the two records do not form as a double album, signifying them as “Two different records for two different mindsets." He also hinted that Ghosts V:...

Godin Guitars debut the Stadium HT electric

Crafted from lightweight Canadian Laurentian basswood with a hard rock maple neck, the Stadium HT is available with both a rosewood and maple fretboard, depending on what finish you're getting. It's fitted with two single-coil pickups - a Godin GGS-3 in the neck and a...

Dean unveil new NashVegas models

With a basswood body providing minimum heft and maximum tone, the NashVegas series features a standard bolt-on Telecaster-style neck with a 25.5" scale, which should provide some sense of familiarity amongst everything else going on. There's also a maple neck with a...

Dive into Northlane’s intense new short film, Negative Energy

Directed by Neal Walters, Negative Energy traces the adversities faced by the band following Adrian Fitapaldes' departure in 2014, with all members giving their perspective on the challenges that followed, including personal turmoil and difficulties with management. ...

Channel Tres delivers the goods on new single ‘Weedman’

The first track to be released on his newly minted label Art For Their Good, 'Weedman' takes the G-Funk formula and adds Channel Tres' signature steeze on top, making for an irresistibly groovy track to roll up and out to. It's a smokers anthem at heart, but it...

Expansions from Toontrack

Expansions from Toontrack

Coronavirus & SOS We take a quick look at what Toontrack have released over the past couple of months...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/expansions-toontrack

Hitting home: Roland’s Taiko1

Hitting home: Roland’s Taiko1

Coronavirus & SOS Roland are to release a more affordable and portable electronic version of the traditional Japanese taiko drum.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/hitting-home-rolands-taiko1

Recording guitars at home: Top tips for better tones

Recording guitars at home: Top tips for better tones

Recording guitar at home can be a challenge, so here are a few of my quick tips on using household items and mic placement to get a better quality recording. The post Recording guitars at home: Top tips for better tones appeared first on gearnews.com.

Coronavirus & SOS

Coronavirus & SOS

Coronavirus & SOS Sound On Sound Print and Digital Editions will continue uninterrupted for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, read our 'How to record yourself' guide.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/coronavirus-sos

Deal: Black Rooster Audio #StayHome bundle – 90% off all plug-ins

Deal: Black Rooster Audio #StayHome bundle – 90% off all plug-ins

Black Rooster Audio is offering the #StayHome bundle to help you stay home and get creative. They've cooked up a really sweet deal: 90% off the entire collection of 13 Black Rooster Audio plug-ins. The post Deal: Black Rooster Audio #StayHome bundle – 90% off all...

Coronavirus Relief Funds For Musicians: Where to get help or donate

Coronavirus Relief Funds For Musicians: Where to get help or donate

Are you a musician whose earnings have been decimated by the outbreak? Or are you looking for a way to help those who've been hardest hit? Find out here where to get help or support others. The post Coronavirus Relief Funds For Musicians: Where to get help or donate...

Show & Tell: Eliza & The Delusionals

Hey Eliza! What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?  My Rainbow Machine pedal by Earthquaker Devices!     How did you come across this particular item? I actually watched a Rig Rundown that Earthquaker Devices did with Taylor York (Paramore) and he was...

Check out Fender Japan’s new Heritage series

Released as a Japanese exclusive, the Made In Japan Heritage series aims to highlight the cream of the Fender crop between the 1950s and 1970s that helped shape the musical sounds we know and love today. The development of the series was spearheaded by the Fender...

Fender add new finishes to American Original series

If Fender's original finishes were a little too traditional for your liking, you'll definitely be a fan of these new finishes, inspired by the alternative Dupont custom colours offered back in the company's golden years.     These include Inca Silver and Shell Pink,...

Bicep return with new track ‘Atlas’

Driven by a jittery garage-inflected groove, 'Atlas' is drenched in woozy synths and deep sub-bass, with a very Bicep-like processed vocal sample dipping in and out over the course of the track for maximum effect. In a statement shared today, the duo, consisting of...

FRMS: where granular and FM collide with subtractive

FRMS: where granular and FM collide with subtractive

Imaginando has released FRMS the consonant free hybrid synthesizer that ties Granular up with FM and shoves it through a Subtractive sound engine. The post FRMS: where granular and FM collide with subtractive appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender American Original Series now with new finishes

Fender American Original Series now with new finishes

Fender has just added six new classic colours to its popular American originals range of guitars: Ice Blue Metallic, Inca Silver, Daphne Blue, Burgundy Mist Metallic and more on offer. The post Fender American Original Series now with new finishes appeared first on...

Get a free temporary Reaper license for social distancing

Get a free temporary Reaper license for social distancing

Cockos is offering free Reaper licenses valid until the end of June. This means that you can use Reaper while working from home, or use your time in isolation to give the DAW an extended trial run. The post Get a free temporary Reaper license for social distancing...

Meris Hedra — now in Lunchbox format!

Meris Hedra — now in Lunchbox format!

Coronavirus & SOS Boutique guitar-tech manufacturer Meris have announced a new version of the Hedra, plus a guitarist-friendly recreation of a classic reverb...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/meris-hedra-now-lunchbox-format

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