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PreSonus Studio One 5 arrives with heaps of new features

PreSonus Studio One 5 arrives with heaps of new features

PreSonus has announced Studio One 5. The new version of the DAW comes with many new features, including redesigned effects, score view and a new live performance mode. The post PreSonus Studio One 5 arrives with heaps of new features appeared first on gearnews.com.

Symphonic AI: Orchestra controlled by animated intelligence

Symphonic AI: Orchestra controlled by animated intelligence

Sample Logic's Symphonic AI is an ambitious orchestral instrument built with 13GB of multi-samples animated by a proprietary quad-core audio engine and messed about with randomness. The post Symphonic AI: Orchestra controlled by animated intelligence appeared first on...

Diezel VHX amp and profiling detection: Peter Diezel speaks out

Diezel VHX amp and profiling detection: Peter Diezel speaks out

Online forums exploded today when a feature in Diezel's VHX amp head caused a bit of a stir. We talked to company founder Peter Diezel, who gave us the lowdown on the technology in question. The post Diezel VHX amp and profiling detection: Peter Diezel speaks out...

Dean adds two new models to its Icon Select lineup

Dean adds two new models to its Icon Select lineup

These two new models in the Dean Icon Select series come with all the ingredients necessary to make a good quality instrument, while still managing to keep costs down. The post Dean adds two new models to its Icon Select lineup appeared first on gearnews.com.

Initial Audio IA-LA1 compressor: How much colouration would you like?

Initial Audio IA-LA1 compressor: How much colouration would you like?

Initial Audio has released the IA-LA1 compressor. It's not an LA-2A clone, but it does borrow some ideas. And here's a nifty feature: you can dial in the amount of colouration. The post Initial Audio IA-LA1 compressor: How much colouration would you like? appeared...

Analog synthesizer on a chip – Coolaudio introduces the V3397

Analog synthesizer on a chip – Coolaudio introduces the V3397

Semiconductor manufacturers Coolaudio has designed an "analog synth on-a-chip" based on the CEM3396 called the V3397 and it will open the door to some very compact polyphonic synthesizers. The post Analog synthesizer on a chip – Coolaudio introduces the V3397 appeared...

The Brainworx Rockergain 100 plugin: An Orange Rockerverb for your DAW

The Brainworx Rockergain 100 plugin: An Orange Rockerverb for your DAW

Based on the Orange Rockerverb valve head, the all new Brainworx Rockergain 100 plugin gets you high-gain tones without the need for hearing protection. The post The Brainworx Rockergain 100 plugin: An Orange Rockerverb for your DAW appeared first on gearnews.com.

Five Of Johnny Marr’s Most Iconic Moments With The Smiths

Of course, Marr's career can't be solely pinned down to his playing with The Smiths - he's appeared on albums with New Order's Bernard Sumner, guested on a number of Modest Mouse records in the 2000s, and has enjoyed quite a successful solo career in his own right....

Listen to John Bonham’s last ever concert with Led Zeppelin

As incredulous as it may seem today, in 1980, Led Zeppelin were petrified at the prospect of becoming culturally irrelevant. The rising popularity of genres like punk and new wave were starting to render the rock 'n roll heroes of yesteryear obsolete, and it was...

Neural DSP Archetype Cory Wong plug-in: Get your funk on!

Neural DSP Archetype Cory Wong plug-in: Get your funk on!

Neural DSP takes its Archetype series in a refreshing new direction, modelling the clean, tight funk tones of Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong, including his favourite amps, cab IRs and effects. The post Neural DSP Archetype Cory Wong plug-in: Get your funk on! appeared...

WALKEN’s guide to unconventional guitar sounds

With the release of their new single 'Fever Dreams', we caught up with the band to find out more about how they get by without a bass player, and all the tips and tricks they employ to make the most out of their humble axes.     1. Modify Your Guitar Matt: In case you...

The story of Modular Recordings, told through 10 iconic tracks

In addition to their local roster, which boasted the likes of The Avalanches, Bag Raiders, Wolfmother, Cut Copy, The Presets and Tame Impala at its commercial peak, Modular also represented international indie titans like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rapture and The...

Best free plug-ins this week: Nils K1v, JP-ME-1 and Universe

Best free plug-ins this week: Nils K1v, JP-ME-1 and Universe

Two unique synths and an 80s-style reverb – that sums up this week's collection of the best free plug-ins. Check out K1v, JP-ME-1 and Universe! The post Best free plug-ins this week: Nils K1v, JP-ME-1 and Universe appeared first on gearnews.com.

ADAM Audio gives away free plug-ins, extends warranty to five years

ADAM Audio gives away free plug-ins, extends warranty to five years

Do you own monitor speakers or headphones by ADAM Audio? You could be eligible for free plug-ins and an extended five-year warranty! Check out the details here. The post ADAM Audio gives away free plug-ins, extends warranty to five years appeared first on gearnews.com.

Aston Element design enters final phase

Aston Element design enters final phase

Stay-at-home deals Last chance to help design Aston's newest microphone — voting ends on July 15th.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/aston-element-design-enters-final-phase

Zoom H8 Portable Recorder unveiled

Zoom H8 Portable Recorder unveiled

Stay-at-home deals The new H8 is the flagship of Zoom's SOS Award-winning H-series of portable audio recorders.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/zoom-h8-portable-recorder-unveiled

Harley Benton ST-Travel: The perfect travel companion?

Harley Benton ST-Travel: The perfect travel companion?

The new Harley Benton ST-Travel Candy Apple Red cuts away body wood - and price - to offer you a neat and compact little travel companion for your holiday. The post Harley Benton ST-Travel: The perfect travel companion? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Amped Studio: browser-based DAW now hosts third-party VST plug-ins!

Amped Studio: browser-based DAW now hosts third-party VST plug-ins!

Amped Studio's latest technological breakthrough is hosting third-party plug-ins inside the browser-based DAW! Is this the future of online music collaboration? The post Amped Studio: browser-based DAW now hosts third-party VST plug-ins! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Deal: Save 100 euros on Sennheiser XSW 1-835 wireless microphones!

Deal: Save 100 euros on Sennheiser XSW 1-835 wireless microphones!

Our colleagues at Thomann are offering some insane deals on Sennheiser XSW 1-835 wireless systems. Read on for tech details and money saving offer links. The post Deal: Save 100 euros on Sennheiser XSW 1-835 wireless microphones! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern: Now with EMG pickups!

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern: Now with EMG pickups!

Harley Benton has announced a hard-edged rock monster, the EX-84 Modern... this axe will take no prisoners! At a price point that caters for all, this guitar packs a punch. The post Harley Benton EX-84 Modern: Now with EMG pickups! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Check out this epic ESP LTD Mega Deal on Thomann

Check out this epic ESP LTD Mega Deal on Thomann

Don't miss out on these massive savings on ESP LTD instruments from Thomann. This mega deal includes the signature Nergal model, baritones, 6-string basses, and more! The post Check out this epic ESP LTD Mega Deal on Thomann appeared first on gearnews.com.

TYXIT T.ONE promises a wireless live sound revolution

TYXIT T.ONE promises a wireless live sound revolution

TYXIT aims to revolutionise the way you connect your instruments. Quick setups, and freedom from cables. Is this the beginning of a connectivity revolution? The post TYXIT T.ONE promises a wireless live sound revolution appeared first on gearnews.com.

The 10 funkiest jazz-fusion jams of all time

10. ‘Floop De Loop’ – George Duke (1975)  Duke’s 1975 release The Aura Will Prevail is an often overlooked, yet hugely innovative contribution to the then-evolving concept of jazz fusion. By the mid ’70s, Duke had begun to discover his singing voice, and was dabbling...

Jackson Guitars announce new Adrian Smith signature models

Crafted with Smith's rigorous tour and studio schedule in mind, the updated USA Signature Adrian Smith San Dimas models feature a lightweight alder body and a bolt-on quartersawn maple neck, reinforced with a pair of graphite rods for ultimate neck stability. The SDM...

Mixdown’s Greatest Drum Machines Of All Time: Part Two

Numbers ten to six were a real murderer’s row of cult classics and genre defining mainstays, encompassing everything from analogue also-rans and calculator-esque digital offerings right through to hybrid ‘tweeners and even a contemporary legend in the making.   In...

The Emberton is the smallest Marshall speaker to date!

The Emberton is the smallest Marshall speaker to date!

The new Marshall Emberton is a compact little Bluetooth speaker with 'True Stereophonic' sound and an IPX7 water resistant rating. Not only does it fit in your hand, it's ready for the elements. The post The Emberton is the smallest Marshall speaker to date! appeared...

Prok Modular brings their drum modules and more to VCV Rack

Prok Modular brings their drum modules and more to VCV Rack

The Prok Modular drum mobiles are a popular way to add versatile drum sounds to your Eurorack modular. Now you can have those same modules in VCV Rack along with 10 modules only available in software. The post Prok Modular brings their drum modules and more to VCV...

‘Mixing Pop Music’ video course from Samplecraze.com

‘Mixing Pop Music’ video course from Samplecraze.com

Stay-at-home deals The best way to explain how to mix a pop song is to actually mix a pop song, from start to finish! Spanning five hours and 24 videos...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/mixing-pop-music-video-course-samplecrazecom

Sound Particles release Air plug-in

Sound Particles release Air plug-in

Stay-at-home deals New processor simulates the effect of high-frequency absorption in air.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/sound-particles-release-air-plug

Roland releases JX-8P Model Expansion for Zenology

Roland releases JX-8P Model Expansion for Zenology

Roland's Zenology virtual instrument gets its first Model Expansion in the shape of the classic 1985 JX-8P polyphonic synthesizer and includes the editing functions of the PG-800 programmer. The post Roland releases JX-8P Model Expansion for Zenology appeared first on...

15yo Aussie music fan sets up signed guitar raffle for Support Act

The signed Fender Jimi Hendrix Signature Stratocaster is up for raffle via Help A Mate, a service affiliated with Support Act that allows individuals to raise funds to support struggling musicians or industry professionals in Australia.   The guitar itself is valued...

Neumann, Dreadbox + more: our top five gear releases of the week

1. Neumann V402 Dual Channel Microphone Preamp Neumann are expanding their audio empire even further with the launch of the V402, their first ever standalone microphone preamp. Boasting two channels with state-of-the-art transformerless microphone preamps and...

Seven ‘90s movies every music fan should watch

Today, we're turning back the clock to explore some of the finest music-related films of the era, as well as looking at some of their best moments and what makes them great. To keep things fair, we're going to omit all proper documentary films from consideration -...

Charvel adds sandblasted Neon Pink Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1!

Charvel adds sandblasted Neon Pink Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1!

This neon pink, sandblasted Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR E Ash just screams "Look at me!" - and with these specs it is definitely worth a look. The post Charvel adds sandblasted Neon Pink Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1! appeared first on gearnews.com.

UA Midi Control: Control the Universal Audio Apollo Console via MIDI

UA Midi Control: Control the Universal Audio Apollo Console via MIDI

Developer Radu Varga has released an app that lets you map a MIDI controller to the UA Apollo Console software. That sounds like a very useful tool for Apollo owners, and there's even a free version! The post UA Midi Control: Control the Universal Audio Apollo Console...

Made To Create: Novation live video series

Made To Create: Novation live video series

Stay-at-home deals Novation's Made To Create programme is a week-long series of free daily online events, spanning artist interviews, music business seminars, product demos and technology chats.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/made-create-novation-live-video-series

Check out these sweet summer acoustic guitars deals on Thomann!

Check out these sweet summer acoustic guitars deals on Thomann!

Summer is here, which means songwriting sessions in the sun! But if you don't already own an acoustic guitar, here are three amazing deals we've rounded up for you, and you won't believe the prices! The post Check out these sweet summer acoustic guitars deals on...

Music Victoria Awards announces its return for 2020

Despite the hard-hitting impact of COVID-19 on the local industry, the 16th annual Music Victoria Awards will go down this November alongside Melbourne Music Week, celebrating the achievements and contributions of the state's best bands, venues and personnel.    This...

The 10 greatest short-scale basses of all time

10. Rob Allen Mouse Bass The only fretless model to get a mention on this list, the Rob Allen Mouse 30 is the perfect weapon for any jazz bassist looking to experiment with a short scale bass. A piezo pickup installed under the bridge lets you hone in on woody bebop...

Malcolm Young’s five best rhythm guitar moments in AC/DC

'Meanstreak' - Blow Up Your Video, 1988   Most of us wouldn't immediately associate the word 'funk' with AC/DC, but when you hear the groove on this deep cut from the band's 1988 album Blow Up Your Video, there's simply nothing else that comes to mind. On...

Native Instruments release Stradivari Violin

Native Instruments release Stradivari Violin

Stay-at-home deals NI's latest Kontakt instrument samples a 1727 violin made by renowned vioin-maker Antonio Stradivari.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/native-instruments-release-stradivari-violin

Siren Pedals takes on the classic Boss HM-2 & BluesBreaker pedals

Siren Pedals takes on the classic Boss HM-2 & BluesBreaker pedals

The new Eligos and Juneau effects from Siren Pedals are based on the now legendary Boss HM-2 and Marshall BluesBreaker circuits, but with a few modern tweaks and unique graphics. The post Siren Pedals takes on the classic Boss HM-2 & BluesBreaker pedals appeared first...

DEAL: ENGL Custom Alpha Drive & Custom Reverb pedals over 50% off

DEAL: ENGL Custom Alpha Drive & Custom Reverb pedals over 50% off

Grab the German-made ENGL Alpha Drive and Custom Reverb pedals at a huge discount, at more than 50% off their normal price. It's a phenomenal pedal deal! The post DEAL: ENGL Custom Alpha Drive & Custom Reverb pedals over 50% off appeared first on gearnews.com.

Initial Audio Dynamic Delay: stereo delay with integrated ducking

Initial Audio Dynamic Delay: stereo delay with integrated ducking

Initial Audio Dynamic Delay is a stereo delay with an integrated ducker. This means that you no longer need an external compressor to accomplish the popular delay ducking effect. Sounds like a winner! The post Initial Audio Dynamic Delay: stereo delay with integrated...

The 10 Best Songs Written About Perth

'Highway To Hell' - AC/DC Of course, no list about Perth would be complete without a reference to WA patron saint Bon Scott. AC/DC's iconic track 'Highway To Hell', while seemingly penned about the band's misadventures as a touring rock band, also refers to the...

The 20 Best Music Gear Releases Of 2020 (So Far)

Akai MPC One   After the huge success of the MPC Live (and its recent follow-up, the Live 2), Akai went back to basics with the MPC One, and boy has it taken off. The combination of the classic boxy aesthetic of original units is only made better by the powerful OS of...

Stay-at-home deals

Stay-at-home deals

Stay-at-home deals We round up some of the best software bargains and freebies to help get you through the quarantine.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/stay-home-deals

Five of the best Aussie NPR Tiny Desk sessions

Courtney Barnett  Courtney Barnett continued her American takeover with a performance on Tiny Desk all the way back in 2014 with a trio of now-seminal cuts: 'Avant Gardener', 'History Eraser' and 'Depreston.' Her unique style of Aussie storytelling put American...

Make Them Suffer break down the recording of How To Survive A Funeral

Now, the band have turned in their excellent new album How To Survive A Funeral; a remarkable full-length effort with a reinvigorated lineup and fresh take on their classic sound. The record marked the first time Make Them Suffer worked with another producer, with the...

10 times Australian bands were sampled in hip-hop

Today, we're taking a look at some of the instances in the past where big name hip-hop acts have sampled from songs originally written by Australian artists to explore just how deep of a culture crate-digging and sampling really is.    Beastie Boys - ‘Rock Hard’...

Gibson Signature Les Paul for Tool’s Adam Jones enters production

Gibson Signature Les Paul for Tool’s Adam Jones enters production

Remember the Gibson Adam Jones Signature model from NAMM? The Silverburst Les Paul Custom has now entered production, per Tool's Instagram page. Will it ship by this summer? The post Gibson Signature Les Paul for Tool’s Adam Jones enters production appeared first on...

XILS X-201 Vocoder and vintage effects box

XILS X-201 Vocoder and vintage effects box

Modelled after the classic Sennheiser VSM-201 vocoder as used by Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock, Boney M and Battlestar Galactica the XILS  X-201 brings that immediately recognisable sound back to life. The post XILS X-201 Vocoder and vintage effects box appeared first on...

Neumann announces V402 dual-channel mic preamp

Neumann announces V402 dual-channel mic preamp

The mystery unit glimpsed in the teaser video looked along the lines of a preamp or a monitor controller. Well, it turned out to be a dual-channel preamp! The post Neumann announces V402 dual-channel mic preamp appeared first on gearnews.com.

Is the Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH the dinkiest offset ever?

Is the Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH the dinkiest offset ever?

Those Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH models leaked earlier this year have now been officially released. Could these tiny offsets be the perfect travel guitar? The post Is the Squier Mini Jazzmaster HH the dinkiest offset ever? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Fender Japan shows-off new Indigo Dye Stratocaster and Telecaster

Fender Japan shows-off new Indigo Dye Stratocaster and Telecaster

Fender Japan unveils two new stunning deep blue models, with finishes based on the traditional Japanese art of 'indigo dyeing'. But will we ever see one outside of Japan? The post Fender Japan shows-off new Indigo Dye Stratocaster and Telecaster appeared first on...

Dreadbox and Sinevibes Typhon is not just another monosynth

Dreadbox and Sinevibes Typhon is not just another monosynth

The Typhon is a quirky combination of analog synthesis, sequencing and digital effects in a very cool collaboration between Dreadbox and Sinevibes. The post Dreadbox and Sinevibes Typhon is not just another monosynth appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer pin matrix board for Synthi clone is coming along

Behringer pin matrix board for Synthi clone is coming along

Behringer has posted a few photos of their modulation pin matrix for a forthcoming Synthi VCS3 style synthesizer. These are tool-made samples which are a milestone in the development process. The post Behringer pin matrix board for Synthi clone is coming along...

New mic preamp from Neumann

New mic preamp from Neumann

Stay-at-home deals: updated Tuesday 16th June The V402 is a two-channel mic, line and instrument preamp with some useful monitoring facilities.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/new-mic-preamp-neumann

Leak! Dreadbox Typhon: analog monosynth with Sinevibes DSP effects

Leak! Dreadbox Typhon: analog monosynth with Sinevibes DSP effects

After a bit of teasing on social media about a new collab, a leak has confirmed an exciting new synth called Typhon - Dreadbox brings the synth and Sinevibes brings the effects! The post Leak! Dreadbox Typhon: analog monosynth with Sinevibes DSP effects appeared first...

Heritage Audio announces the Baby RAM passive monitor controller

Heritage Audio announces the Baby RAM passive monitor controller

Heritage Audio has announced the Baby RAM passive monitor controller. It's designed to deliver the same sound quality as its bigger siblings in a compact, all-passive package. The post Heritage Audio announces the Baby RAM passive monitor controller appeared first on...

Dynacord launches MXE5 Matrix Mix Engine

Dynacord launches MXE5 Matrix Mix Engine

Ever needed to mix, patch and route analogue and Dante audio in a single hardware box? Then the Dynacord MXE5 could be the box for you! We take a look at the first of Dynacord's MXE matrix series. The post Dynacord launches MXE5 Matrix Mix Engine appeared first on...

Did Gibson leak a Slash Goldtop Les Paul by accident?

Did Gibson leak a Slash Goldtop Les Paul by accident?

It looks as though a one-off Gibson Slash Goldtop Les Paul has escaped into the wild! Lucky for us, The Trogly's Guitar Show was able to bag it and document the guitar in full. The post Did Gibson leak a Slash Goldtop Les Paul by accident? appeared first on...

Output Thermal: Multi-band distortion that’ll make your head spin

Output Thermal: Multi-band distortion that’ll make your head spin

Output has released Thermal. With a multi-band distortion stage and the modulation engine from the Output Portal granular effect, Thermal is all about modulated distortion and saturation. The post Output Thermal: Multi-band distortion that’ll make your head spin...

Miniature shotgun microphone from DPA

Miniature shotgun microphone from DPA

Stay-at-home deals: updated Tuesday 16th June The new CORE 4097 is based around DPA's acclaimed 4000-series electret capsule.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/miniature-shotgun-microphone-dpa

TC Electronic debut the excellent new Ditto+ Loop Pedal

The new Ditto+ sees TC Electronic retain the simplicity and functionality of the original unit, while adding a few modern tweaks and giving it a bit of a makeover. There's now a high resolution colour screen and two extra navigation buttons, which helps you to keep...

Kurt Cobain’s broken DS-1 distortion pedal sells for $13k

A Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal, which has evidently been "used" by Kurt Cobain, sold at famous auction house Julien's for a staggering USD $9,000 - or $13k in Aussie dollary-doos.   The busted Boss pedal was supposedly played onstage by Kurt Cobain in the early '90s,...

The 10 best Australian late night television performances

Silverchair - 'Abuse Me' (Live on Letterman) This Newcastle trio are still one of Australia’s top musical exports, and this performance on Letterman 22 years ago proves why. Fresh out of high school, Silverchair provided an angst that felt more authentic than others...

HAIM, Khruangbin + more: Five new releases to listen to this weekend

HAIM - Women In Music Pt. III   For their first full-length full release since 2017’s Something To Tell You, HAIM have delivered an absolute doozy. Women In Music Pt. III might be the Californian sisters’ best work to date, with their trademark vocal harmonies and...

Ten incredibly underrated guitarists of the 2010s

Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the guitar heroes who might have flown under the radar in the last decade, but still demonstrated immense technical prowess and pushed the instrument in the right direction. Let’s tuck in!   Blake Mills  A true maverick of...

TC Electronic DITTO+ now with 99 presets

TC Electronic DITTO+ now with 99 presets

TC Electronic upgrades its DITTO+ looper pedal with 99 presets, 60 minutes loop time and a screen so that you can see when the hell is going on! If the price is right, this thing should be popular. The post TC Electronic DITTO+ now with 99 presets appeared first on...

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