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Save USD 400 on Slate Digital’s Virtual Recording Studio bundle!

Save USD 400 on Slate Digital’s Virtual Recording Studio bundle!

Slate Digital is chopping USD 400 off the price for its Virtual Recording Studio, which includes a modeling mic, interface and a whole bunch of plug-ins. The post Save USD 400 on Slate Digital’s Virtual Recording Studio bundle! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Harley Benton SC-Custom II: An affordable single cut design evolves

Harley Benton SC-Custom II: An affordable single cut design evolves

Harley Benton has updated its SC-Custom range, now named the SC-Custom II. These single cut models have a redesigned neck joint for better upper fret access, along with a new roasted fretboard. The post Harley Benton SC-Custom II: An affordable single cut design...

United Plugins Quick AG: Perfect acoustic guitar sound in-the-box?

United Plugins Quick AG: Perfect acoustic guitar sound in-the-box?

A plug-in made to deal with your acoustic guitar woes, Quick AG blends compression, EQ, reverb and other FX to quickly touch-up an acoustic performance. The post United Plugins Quick AG: Perfect acoustic guitar sound in-the-box? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Save 50% on Softube Volume 4: 28 premium plug-ins for EUR 400!

Save 50% on Softube Volume 4: 28 premium plug-ins for EUR 400!

Softube is approaching the end of Summer with a 50% off sale on its Volume 4 plug-in collection! The offers are good until August 31. The post Save 50% on Softube Volume 4: 28 premium plug-ins for EUR 400! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Zoom PodTrak P4: a complete podcasting studio in a portable format

Zoom PodTrak P4: a complete podcasting studio in a portable format

Zoom launches a powerful new podcasting recorder, the PodTrak P4 with 4 mic inputs, four headphone outputs and pads for sound effects. Yup, it's a complete podcasting studio in a portable format. The post Zoom PodTrak P4: a complete podcasting studio in a portable...

Exonic UK AI Master: AI-based mastering at the push of a button

Exonic UK AI Master: AI-based mastering at the push of a button

AI Master by Exonic UK is an AI-based mastering plug-in with only two buttons. Are you ready to leave your audio at the mercy of the mastering humanoid? The post Exonic UK AI Master: AI-based mastering at the push of a button appeared first on gearnews.com.

PRS Guitars Europe launches CE 24 Standard Satin Limited Run

PRS Guitars Europe launches CE 24 Standard Satin Limited Run

A very limited run of exclusive PRS CE 24 Standard Satin models has just been announced, but only for the European market. With only 125 units available, you'll need to be quick to get one of these. The post PRS Guitars Europe launches CE 24 Standard Satin Limited Run...

The ten most iconic Telecaster players of all time

Over its near seventy years of existence, the Telecaster has fallen into the hands of many an iconic player - however, as well all know, there's bound to be some who've rocked it better than the rest. It's these players that we're exploring today, as we dive into the...

Akai, Zoom + more: our top five music gear releases of this week

1. Akai MPK Mini Mk III Touted as the 'world's best selling USB MIDI keyboard controller', the 25-key MPK Mini has been given a third production run by Akai, ensuring it retains its popularity among emerging producers. the Mk III retains many of the key features of...

Reviewed: Mastro Valvola Effects Pedals

By some blow of fate - or more likely, the sheer quality of their products - Mastro Valvola have so far dominated in the field of the former. The Italian boutique manufacturers, whose pedals are abundant in looks, features and functionality, have recently captivated...

DeRoom Pro: A machine-learning room removal plug-in!

DeRoom Pro: A machine-learning room removal plug-in!

DeRoom Pro debuts a new reverb removal feature based on machine-learning, promising promised quick and natural-sounding result. The price is for pros, though! The post DeRoom Pro: A machine-learning room removal plug-in! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Ten studio essentials with: Big Words

When COVID struck earlier in the year and put countless musical careers on ice, Kieren and Will seized the opportunity to bunker down in Will's bedroom studio, blowing the dust off ideas originally intended for their forthcoming debut album to produce Cherry: a new...

Gibson debut the signature Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior

The new Lukas Nelson Les Paul Junior stays relatively faithful to Nelson's own model, with Gibson adding a few minor tweaks in the form of new medium jumbo to make it a little more friendly for modern players.    With a classic slab mahogany body and baseball bat '50s...

Eventide ShimmerVerb promises endless pitch-shifted reverbs

Eventide ShimmerVerb promises endless pitch-shifted reverbs

Eventide starts off each month with a new effect in its H9 series and has just added ShimmerVerb, a shimmer reverb algorithm borrowed from the H9. The post Eventide ShimmerVerb promises endless pitch-shifted reverbs appeared first on gearnews.com.

Yours & Owls announces all ages spin-off show for Wollongong

The all ages festival is set to go down on January 24 at the University of Wollongong's Uni Hall, and will be headlined by none other than hometown heroes Hockey Dad, who have just released their third full-length Brain Candy and nabbed Triple J's coveted feature...

Serek’s new short-scale bass features an inbuilt fuzz circuit

The Grand is a short-scale 30.5" bass that the company tout as their 'coolest short-scale we've built yet', and it's incredibly hard to disagree with their argument here. The bass features a nitro-finished poplar body with a deluxe roasted maple neck for a smooth...

Way Huge debut the Green Rhino MkV overdrive pedal

Despite the name, the Green Rhino MkV is actually the smallest version of the pedal to date, with the compact enclosure and top-mounted inputs and outputs making it friendly with a range of pedalboards.    Way Huge have also added two new smaller knobs on the pedal to...

Could the ARM MacBooks be Apple’s most affordable laptops ever?

Could the ARM MacBooks be Apple’s most affordable laptops ever?

A leaker on Twitter says Apple may offer an ARM-driven MacBook priced at USD 799! That would become Apple's most affordable laptop ever. And a MacBook Pro 13 at USD 1099 would be a treat, too! The post Could the ARM MacBooks be Apple’s most affordable laptops ever?...

12 hidden gems from Melbourne’s indie scene

Seeing as our live music scene has unfortunately been put on ice, we thought it would be worth taking the time to celebrate some of the quality studio work and artists that have helped define our renowned brand of indie music. So, without further ado, here are our 12...

Six essential guitar solos from Ian Moss

Since the '70s, Mossy has been widely considered as a local hero among many of our country's finest shred-heads, with his nimble fretwork never failing to impress after decades of playing on the live circuit. With a penchant for staunch, bluesy guitar tones, Mossy's...

Warm Audio teases a new guitar product, and it sounds foxxy…

Warm Audio teases a new guitar product, and it sounds foxxy…

Could Warm Audio's latest video be teasing a re-make of the legendary Foxx Tone Machine pedal? It would mark Warm Audio's first foray into the guitar product market... The post Warm Audio teases a new guitar product, and it sounds foxxy… appeared first on...

Baby Audio Parallel Aggressor: Spank and Heat your audio!

Baby Audio Parallel Aggressor: Spank and Heat your audio!

Parallel Aggressor does the old parallel processing trick justice with heavy-handed compression and saturation algorithms on top of some sweet options! The post Baby Audio Parallel Aggressor: Spank and Heat your audio! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Deal: Grab Pigments 2 and other Arturia software at 50% off!

Deal: Grab Pigments 2 and other Arturia software at 50% off!

Arturia continued its 20 Year Anniversary celebration with a sale, offering its software synths and effects at 50% off! Grab Pigments 2 now for €99 instead of €198! The post Deal: Grab Pigments 2 and other Arturia software at 50% off! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Steinberg releases VST 3.7 SDK with many feature enhancements

Steinberg releases VST 3.7 SDK with many feature enhancements

Steinberg has released the VST 3.7 Software Developer Kit (SDK) with new features designed to facilitate VST3 plug-in development. It also includes support for Apple's ARM processors. The post Steinberg releases VST 3.7 SDK with many feature enhancements appeared...

Deal: Mad Professor Amber Overdrive with Midas Touch mod for 20% off

Deal: Mad Professor Amber Overdrive with Midas Touch mod for 20% off

For a limited time you can get 20% off this special run Mad Professor Amber Overdrive with the Midas Touch mod, introduced this year during lockdown. Grab one now while stocks last. The post Deal: Mad Professor Amber Overdrive with Midas Touch mod for 20% off appeared...

TheoryBoard Thy333 – never play a wrong note again

TheoryBoard Thy333 – never play a wrong note again

The TheoryBoard returns in a slightly different form called Thy333 and hits Kickstarter as a colourful MIDI controller, composition tool, chord generator and music instrument. The post TheoryBoard Thy333 – never play a wrong note again appeared first on gearnews.com.

Circuit Bending: How Sinclaire built a synth out of a Sega Genesis

What many don't know about Sinclaire, however, is that the band's resident keyboardist Jake is quite the boffin, studying electrical engineering and building some of the gear heard in the group's music by hand. Being the tech nerds we are, we were totally fascinated...

Sequential Pro 3 synthesizer gets Wavetables created by you

Sequential Pro 3 synthesizer gets Wavetables created by you

The Sequential Pro 3 is a delicious multi-filter mono synth that features 2 analog VCOs and a Wavetable oscillator and they've just opened up that third digital oscillator to user-created wavetables. The post Sequential Pro 3 synthesizer gets Wavetables created by you...

After Later Audio releases 3 new modules: Blend, Tilt and Steps

After Later Audio releases 3 new modules: Blend, Tilt and Steps

Blend will mix and control the amps, Tilt will function generate and envelope and Steps will burst with random looping stepped CV. Three solid new modules from After Later Audio. The post After Later Audio releases 3 new modules: Blend, Tilt and Steps appeared first...

Milkman Sound teases amp head version of The Amp on Instagram

Milkman Sound teases amp head version of The Amp on Instagram

Milkman Sound posts a teaser on Instagram of a new version of The Amp in a head/tabletop format... and we know quite a few players who will now be waving wads of cash in Milkman's direction.... The post Milkman Sound teases amp head version of The Amp on Instagram...

iConnectivity mioXC: The world’s first MIDI USB-C interface?

iConnectivity mioXC: The world’s first MIDI USB-C interface?

iConnectivity says its new MIDI I/O is the world's first with laptop- and tablet-friendly USB-C port. A mobile MIDI solution for whatever digital device you have with you - an alluring prospect. The post iConnectivity mioXC: The world’s first MIDI USB-C interface?...

Corey Taylor announces debut solo album CMFT

CMFT, which we can only assume stands for Corey Mother Fucking Taylor, is set to drop through Roadrunner Records on Friday October 2.   Recorded at Hideout Studios in Las Vegas with producer Jay Ruston, the album is jam-packed with original material from across Corey...

Hockey Dad break down the making of Brain Candy

Zach and his rhythmic counterpart Billy Fleming’s first official incarnation of Hockey Dad was minted back in 2013, but the duo starting jamming together well and truly before that. Their unique blend of classic rock with modern garage rock has made them a force to be...

The 25 most iconic Australian voices of all time

Today, we're aiming to rectify that oversight by taking a deep dive into some of the most iconic Australian voices of all time. From hard rock icons to understated titans in their field, we're exploring some of the most gifted, versatile and unique vocalists to have...

SCV Distribution take on SPL

SCV Distribution take on SPL

Stay-at-home deals Transient Designer pioneers join established London-based distributors SCV.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/scv-distribution-take-spl

AvidPlay gets Dolby Atmos compatibility

AvidPlay gets Dolby Atmos compatibility

Stay-at-home deals Update to Avid's distribution service makes it easy to release Atmos tracks on Amazon Music and Tidal.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/avidplay-gets-dolby-atmos-compatibility

HoRNet MasterTool: a magic mastering formula for instant results?

HoRNet MasterTool: a magic mastering formula for instant results?

HoRNet MasterTool is a new mastering plug-in that "makes your tracks sound good with no effort". Has HoRNet found the magic formula for mastering, or are they promising the impossible? The post HoRNet MasterTool: a magic mastering formula for instant results? appeared...

Hayakumo release hardware VU meters

Hayakumo release hardware VU meters

Stay-at-home deals The new Foreno range comprises a desktop and rackmount model, both designed for home, pro and broadcast studios.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/hayakumo-release-hardware-vu-meters

PRS unleash the amazing Experience PRS 2020 Modern Eagle V

Limited to only 200 models, the 2020 Modern Eagle V features a maple 10 top and a mahogany back and neck, which is complemented with a 22 fret Honduran rosewood fretboard with 'Old School' bird inlays.    The 2020 Modern Eagle V is fitted with TCI humbuckers in the...

Elvis’ iconic Sun Studios Martin D-18 is up for auction

The 1942 Martin D-18 was Elvis' instrument of choice during the start of his career, with the King originally acquiring the guitar from O.K Houck's Piano Store in Memphis after trading in his small-bodied Martin 000-18 in 1954.    The auctioneers state that Elvis...

Reviewed: Jackson Pro Series Soloist SL3M Rainbow Crackle

Five pickup positions provide ample tonal variation, and with a nimble and glassy fretboard that instantly lends itself to rapid sweep picking at fast tempos, the Pro Series Soloist SL3M is a guitar that's suited to a whole spectrum of tones and styles, be it...

sonible wants to reinvent digital reverbs with smart: reverb

sonible wants to reinvent digital reverbs with smart: reverb

A refreshing new approach to reverb? Due August 10, smart: reverb is a source-adaptive reverb plug-in that works by generating harmonics off the audio it processes. The post sonible wants to reinvent digital reverbs with smart: reverb appeared first on gearnews.com.

Acustica Audio Green4 models George Massenburg EQs and compressor

Acustica Audio Green4 models George Massenburg EQs and compressor

Acustica Audio has updated its George Massenburg gear-modeling Green suite to version 4, totaling 3 parametric EQs and a versatile limiter/compressor. The post Acustica Audio Green4 models George Massenburg EQs and compressor appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer provide update on new Oberheim OB-Xa synth clone

Fittingly titled the UB-Xa, the copy is currently being worked on by an engineering team based in Manchester, who have been building the firmware and modulation matrix for the unit and tweaking the feature set ready for production.   Behringer's production update...

(Not So) Mellow Yellow: The continued rise of the KRK Monitor

The iconic yellow and black speaker has been the de-facto monitor for an entire generation of bedroom beatmakers, DJs and synth obsessives who have come up, having learnt to mix exclusively on the very unique and very singular sounding speakers. They are simply a part...

Screen time: The 10 best Australian music documentaries

Sunbury ’72 The inaugural Sunbury Music Festival was a massive cultural awakening for many young Australians, and it’s undeniable that the music festival was pivotal in the shaping of our own musical identity over the course of the next decade. This documentary,...

Deal: Sennheiser XSW-D wireless pedalboard set at 35% off!

Deal: Sennheiser XSW-D wireless pedalboard set at 35% off!

Thomann has a nice little deal on a Sennheiser XSW-D wireless setup for your pedalboard - if you're thinking of freeing up your live rig from some of that pesky cabling, this should be on your radar. The post Deal: Sennheiser XSW-D wireless pedalboard set at 35% off!...

Condenser Microphone Capsules: Build Your Perfect Mic Locker!

Condenser Microphone Capsules: Build Your Perfect Mic Locker!

The capsule is at the core of any condenser microphone's sound - if you're looking to expand your mic locker, this 101 on microphone capsules is the place to start in selecting your next mic. The post Condenser Microphone Capsules: Build Your Perfect Mic Locker!...

The 10 greatest live albums of the 1970s

Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys (1970) Captured over two nights in New York, Band Of Gypsys sees Jimi accompanied by Billy Cox on bass and the dangerously soulful Buddy Miles on drums on vocals for the funkiest, rawest Hendrix performance ever recorded. While it’s best...

Six essential Peter Green guitar moments

A key figure in the second wave of the British blues scene in the '60s, Peter Green was a true maverick on the guitar, and a criminally underrated songwriter to boot. After first gaining recognition as the replacement for Eric Clapton in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers,...

Poly Effects Beebo put Eurorack modules on your pedalboard!

Poly Effects Beebo put Eurorack modules on your pedalboard!

Just, wow. Poly Effects' Beebo pedal puts a host of modular FX and synths from popular Eurorack modules neatly onto your pedalboard, with loads of tweakable settings and a 5" touchscreen. Oh yes. The post Poly Effects Beebo put Eurorack modules on your pedalboard!...

Reaktor Blocks 6.4 update: You can now patch User Blocks into racks

Reaktor Blocks 6.4 update: You can now patch User Blocks into racks

Seems obvious but up until now user-made Blocks couldn't use the front patching "racks" concept that was introduced in version 6.3 - but with 6.4 now they can! The post Reaktor Blocks 6.4 update: You can now patch User Blocks into racks appeared first on gearnews.com.

The best reverb plug-ins (of this year so far)

The best reverb plug-ins (of this year so far)

2020 has been a good year for reverb plug-ins so far with many interesting new releases. Here's our list of the best new reverb plug-ins that came out in the last few months. The post The best reverb plug-ins (of this year so far) appeared first on gearnews.com.

Six of the best vintage Japanese guitar copies

In fact, throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Japan was responsible for some of the best-made guitars ever produced. Were they original? Hell no, they were blatant copies. But this didn’t stop top musos from buying them, and today we’re going to show you six of the best...

Six essential solo albums from Australian music legends

Ian Moss - Matchbook Sure, Jimmy Barnes may steal the limelight, but any educated student of the Australian rock canon will know that it’s Mossy and Don Walker who form the heart and soul of Cold Chisel. On his 1989 solo debut, Ian Moss made sure the world knew just...

Hide audio content in your audio files with DECODER / ENCODER apps!

Hide audio content in your audio files with DECODER / ENCODER apps!

Play spy games with your fans and friends by encoding inaudible audio messages or other audio content into your audio files and having your people decypher them to play them back! The post Hide audio content in your audio files with DECODER / ENCODER apps! appeared...

Mesanovic introduces the SC1 small diaphragm condenser microphone

Mesanovic introduces the SC1 small diaphragm condenser microphone

Mesanovic has introduced the SC1 small diaphragm condenser microphone. The company's first SDC features exchangeable capsules and is sold in matched stereo pairs. The post Mesanovic introduces the SC1 small diaphragm condenser microphone appeared first on gearnews.com.

Tritik Irid serves up shimmering reverbs and colourful ambiences

Tritik Irid serves up shimmering reverbs and colourful ambiences

Tritik Irid is a new reverb plug-in with three pitch shifters for shimmering soundscapes and rich harmonic ambiences. Will it give Valhalla Shimmer a run for its money? The post Tritik Irid serves up shimmering reverbs and colourful ambiences appeared first on...

Soundscaping: the 7 best guitar pedals for ambient styles

Although ambient music has proved to fascinate musicians and listeners for decades now, it's undeniable that in today's age, it's more prevalent than ever. The rise of YouTube phenomenons like ASMR, tape loop drones and lo-fi beats to study/chill to has seen ambient...

40 years of Back In Black: a celebration of AC/DC’s hard rock opus

With its thunderous riffs, piercing vocals, driving grooves and all too memorable licks, Back in Black has rock anthem after rock anthem engraved throughout. Although it follows the same formulaic method as their previous records, the album managed to revitalise rock...

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