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Overloud TH-U iOS: Pipped to the post by Mooer’s GE Labs?

Overloud TH-U iOS: Pipped to the post by Mooer’s GE Labs?

Overloud's TH-U iOS has just been released, coming soon after Mooer's GE Labs. The two appear quite similar, both run on Apple iPhone and iPad. Is TH-U iOS too late to the party? The post Overloud TH-U iOS: Pipped to the post by Mooer’s GE Labs? appeared first on...

Bad Comrade V3: Eurorack glitch, delay and chaotic distortion module

Bad Comrade V3: Eurorack glitch, delay and chaotic distortion module

In only 4HP the Bad Comrade V3 from Recovery Effects will bring some disaster to your bleeps and bloops with scrambled gate delays, frozen blips and deep distortion. The post Bad Comrade V3: Eurorack glitch, delay and chaotic distortion module appeared first on...

PRS releases Limited Edition SE Custom 24 Fade – Exclusive for Europe

PRS releases Limited Edition SE Custom 24 Fade – Exclusive for Europe

This limited edition run of PRS SE Custom 24 models is inspired by the company's Private Stock Fade colour schemes. Only 200 of each of the 4 new finishes will be available. The post PRS releases Limited Edition SE Custom 24 Fade – Exclusive for Europe appeared first...

Hilltop Hoods + Tones & I sweep the 2020 APRA Music Awards

As predicted, Tones & I snagged two of the night's biggest honours, nabbing the Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year and Peer-Voted Song of the Year for her astronomical breakout 'Dance Monkey.' In case you've missed it, 'Dance Monkey' just surpassed a billion views on...

Mushroom Group launches new label 100s + 1000s

Billed as a "full service music development company with the predominant focus on discovering and nurturing talent for a global audience", 100s + 1000s aims to create a platform for young artists to release music and flourish creatively, while having their affairs...

Show & Tell: Sweet Whirl

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? A Samick bass guitar with 24-frets and the 'metal' headstock.    How did you come across this particular item? I felt an urge to get a bass guitar about six years ago, and I went to my local Swop Shop. They know me...

The 15 Best Synthesisers of the 1980s

15. Korg M1 Released in 1988 as a comprehensive music workstation to tackle the market, the Korg M1 was a digital powerhouse by all standards, utilising PCM samples and AI synthesis to replicate every classic synth sound you could ever think of. It also helped to...

Watch Powderfinger’s first show together in ten years

As far as live-streamed gigs go, One Night Lonely was a masterstroke in doing it the right way. Each member of Powderfinger was filmed performing from their own home studios, with bass player John Collins taking things to the next level by rocking out in an...

Destroy All Lines launch new artist agency

The agency announced the news in a statement shared today, as well as detailing over 20 artists who have joined their family. These include acts previously associated with the roster like Polaris, Thornhill and Alpha Wolf, as well as new acts like Circles, Caligula's...

Source Audio debut the powerful new EQ2 pedal

With up to 18dB of boost or cut across ten frequency bands spread between 20 and 20,000Hz, the EQ2 is about as comprehensive as a pedal EQ can be. It can also be widened to make big adjustments, or you can narrow things to make immediate adjustments to fix particular...

UVI Drum Replacer: the next big drum trigger VST?

UVI Drum Replacer: the next big drum trigger VST?

Drum Replacer looks like a cutting-edge drum replacement and clean-up tool that stands up to industry standards like Slate Trigger and Drumagog. The post UVI Drum Replacer: the next big drum trigger VST? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Yamaha Rivage PM series grows with new PM3 and PM5 mixing consoles

Yamaha Rivage PM series grows with new PM3 and PM5 mixing consoles

Yamaha adds the PM3 and PM5 consoles to the flagship Rivage PM series of live digital mixers. A leap forward or just a small step? We give you the lowdown on these new consoles. The post Yamaha Rivage PM series grows with new PM3 and PM5 mixing consoles appeared first...

ST Modular Renegade 0HP series rack-powered desktop modules

ST Modular Renegade 0HP series rack-powered desktop modules

ST Modular has spilled out of the rack into a series of 0HP modules that offer mixing, modulation and multing while taking their power from a Renegade Power Supply Module. The post ST Modular Renegade 0HP series rack-powered desktop modules appeared first on...

Dreadbox tease a new box in the Temple of Poseidon

Dreadbox tease a new box in the Temple of Poseidon

During a few moments of personal exercise, someone from Dreadbox found themselves with a new device in hand at the Ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. Synth or an effects box? The post Dreadbox tease a new box in the Temple of Poseidon appeared first on...

Is Source Audio’s EQ2 the most powerful EQ pedal yet?

Is Source Audio’s EQ2 the most powerful EQ pedal yet?

Source Audio's new EQ2 pedal is certainly a powerful tone sculpting tool for your pedalboard. But is it really the most powerful EQ pedal on the planet? The post Is Source Audio’s EQ2 the most powerful EQ pedal yet? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Prince’s iconic Cloud 2 Blue Angel guitar up for auction!

Prince’s iconic Cloud 2 Blue Angel guitar up for auction!

The famous Purple Rain 1984/85 cloud guitar that Prince played throughout the '80s and appeared in numerous magazines and music videos with is heads to auction next month! The post Prince’s iconic Cloud 2 Blue Angel guitar up for auction! appeared first on...

A new photograph of Robert Johnson has been uncovered

The photograph, which shows a young Johnson posing with an acoustic guitar, is set to appear in the book Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson, written by the supernatural bluesman's stepsister Annye C. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach. The image brings the...

Show & Tell: Bootleg Rascal

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? I have my left-handed Fender Telecaster. I have had it for almost four years now and it has been around the world a few times.    How did you come across this particular item? I was living in Camden and I used to...

Positive Grid release BIAS 2 mobile FX app

Positive Grid claim that BIAS FX 2 brings a 'completely re-engineered' DSP engine with 'hundreds of improvements' on the original software. The app itself is available to download for free, and users can purchase additional virtual equipment inside the app if they...

Fender unleash the MTG Tube Tremolo pedal

Designed in conjunction with the legendary Bruce Egnater, the MTG Tube Tremolo essentially puts the tones of Fender's legendary tube amplifiers into a compact, pedalboard friendly enclosure. It utilises a US made NOS (new old stock) 6205 preamp tube for its...

Another long-lost Prince guitar is headed to auction

The instrument, which Prince dubbed his 'Blue Angel', is a prime example of the workmanship that went into his iconic Cloud guitars of the '80s. Crafted in 1984, the Blue Angel was used for seminal television appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Arsenio Hall...

The Bigger The Better: Aussie Amps of the Sharpie Era

This especially rings true in the fickle world of musical subcultures, where locally borne movements tend to bubble under the surface for a period before quickly being extinguished to make way for the next big import or the next big repurposing of the 808.   But this...

Roadie 3: Robot tuner gadget takes a big step forward

Roadie 3: Robot tuner gadget takes a big step forward

The new Roadie 3 looks to be a big step forward for a successful gadget, adding features like a vibrating metronome, higher winding speeds, better display, dynamic frequency display among others. The post Roadie 3: Robot tuner gadget takes a big step forward appeared...

OPFXS releases its new Asteroide sampler and harmoniser pedal

OPFXS releases its new Asteroide sampler and harmoniser pedal

If you want to get a little more out of your guitar, or maybe give the bass player a break, the Asteroide sampler and harmoniser pedal from OPFXS could be just what you're looking for! The post OPFXS releases its new Asteroide sampler and harmoniser pedal appeared...

Mixdown’s Picks: Sennheiser HD 300 Pro Headphones

Today, we kick off proceedings with one of the staples of the modern recording climate and in many ways, a product group that has a much bigger influence on production quality than most probably realise - the humble studio headphone.   Sennheiser HD 300 Pro Closed...

Mixdown’s Picks: Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Headphones

Today, we kick off proceedings with one of the staples of the modern recording climate and in many ways, a product group that has a much bigger influence on production quality than most probably realise - the humble studio headphone.   Audio-Technica ATH-M60x...

Mixdown’s Picks: Beyerdynamic DT-1770 Pro Headphones

Today, we kick off proceedings with one of the staples of the modern recording climate and in many ways, a product group that has a much bigger influence on production quality than most probably realise - the humble studio headphone.   Beyerdynamic DT 1770 Pro Closed...

Beyerdynamic DT-1770 Headphones Giveaway

To enter, all you need to do is follow us on Instagram, like our Facebook page and sign up to our mailing list below, then you're in it to win it!   Name Email State Select...NSWVICQLDACTTASSAWANT Subscribe   Please note: all giveaways are only available to our...

OPFXS debut the Asteroide sampler + harmoniser pedal

With controls for single or dual mode sampling, as well as low octave, fundamental, high and second harmonics, the Asteroide is a pedal that relies on users thinking outside the box.   You're able to use the sample function to catch and grab a note to use as a...

Party Dozen’s absurd world

After years of jamming and working together intensively, Party Dozen have emerged with the follow-up to their 2017 debut, Pray For Party Dozen. Peppered with pastiches of Krautrock, industrial and stoner-rock, Pray For Party Dozen is an abrasive effort that sees the...

Mixdown’s Picks: Shure SRH1540 Headphones

Today, we kick off proceedings with one of the staples of the modern recording climate and in many ways, a product group that has a much bigger influence on production quality than most probably realise - the humble studio headphone.   Shure SRH1540 Premium...

Mixdown’s Picks: Neumann NDH20 Headphones

Today, we kick off proceedings with one of the staples of the modern recording climate and in many ways, a product group that has a much bigger influence on production quality than most probably realise - the humble studio headphone.   Neumann NDH20 Monitor Headphones...

Donny Benét is… Mr. Experience

“People are pretty starved for new material at the moment, so in a bizarre kind of way, it’s a good time for everything,” he confesses. “There’s been lots of Zoom things. I’m getting a bit of Zoom fatigue, but I think everybody else is too.”   The roll-out of Mr....

Will the new Two notes Torpedo Captor X kill the Ox?

Will the new Two notes Torpedo Captor X kill the Ox?

Could the new feature-packed Torpedo Captor X load box from Two notes Audio Engineering, with its compact design and affordable price, replace its costlier competitors? The post Will the new Two notes Torpedo Captor X kill the Ox? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Eventide Rotary Mod: Leslie speaker simulation for Mac and Windows

Eventide Rotary Mod: Leslie speaker simulation for Mac and Windows

Eventide has ported its Rotary Mod iOS app to macOS and Windows. The latest of the H9 series plug-ins simulates the classic Leslie rotary speaker cabinet with additional modulation. The post Eventide Rotary Mod: Leslie speaker simulation for Mac and Windows appeared...

Is the new PRS SE Tonare Parlor the perfect couch guitar?

Is the new PRS SE Tonare Parlor the perfect couch guitar?

PRS has officially announced its new SE Tonare Parlor acoustic model. The guitar harks back to those days of yore when smaller-bodied instruments ruled the roost. The post Is the new PRS SE Tonare Parlor the perfect couch guitar? appeared first on gearnews.com.

OB-Xa V: Arturia models the classic Oberheim analogue polysynth

OB-Xa V: Arturia models the classic Oberheim analogue polysynth

The Oberheim OB-Xa has always managed to capture the imagination with its fat analogue sound and emotive presence and Arturia hopes to have captured its essence in their OB-Xa V virtual instrument. The post OB-Xa V: Arturia models the classic Oberheim analogue...

The Teskey Brothers Bring the Forum to Life

A talk with lead guitarist Sam Teskey sheds light onto how the live album harkens the group’s roots of busking and gigging around Melbourne since 2008.   “We’ve always really made the most of having a crowd to sort of feed off all throughout our years of performing,”...

The 10 Best Boss Pedals Of All Time

As a precursor, I just want to state that this ranking is solely dedicated to the range of Boss effects that only feature a single footswitch - you'll find no Space Echo pedals or fancy looping stations on this list. In the pedal world, Boss have proved a hundred...

IK Multimedia have released a wearable social distance monitor

Considering how hard Italy was hit by the initial COVID-19 outbreak, it makes sense for IK Multimedia to take this initiative. The Safe Spacer uses ultra wideband technology, which is ten times more powerful than Bluetooth, and runs wirelessly on a rechargeable...

PRS unveil new parlour guitar range

These new PRS models boast an all mahogany construction for a classic, warm tone, while the hybrid X / classic bracing increases top vibrations for a much more resonant sound. They also feature ebony bridges and fretboards and a bone nut and saddle.    Although the...

Acustica Audio Pink4: The API sound in-the-box?

Acustica Audio Pink4: The API sound in-the-box?

Acustica Audio updates Pink! The Pink4 plug-ins suite comprises six plug-ins which recreate every aspect from a line of desirable 60's era American pro audio gear. The post Acustica Audio Pink4: The API sound in-the-box? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Mad Professor adds four new “Lockdown Special” modded pedals

Mad Professor adds four new “Lockdown Special” modded pedals

The Mad Professor has added four more pedals to his modded "Lockdown Special" range, including the Dual Blue Delay, Big Tweedy Drive, Stone Grey Distortion and Amber Overdrive. Nice! The post Mad Professor adds four new “Lockdown Special” modded pedals appeared first...

Danelectro releases the new Roebuck distortion pedal

Danelectro releases the new Roebuck distortion pedal

The new Roebuck distortion from Danelectro is a reimagining of the cult '90s Ibanez Mostortion, a pedal prized by session guitarists and collectors the world over. The post Danelectro releases the new Roebuck distortion pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

FabFilter Saturn 2: the multi-band saturator gets a big update

FabFilter Saturn 2: the multi-band saturator gets a big update

FabFilter has announced Saturn 2. The newest version of the multi-band saturation plug-in comes with an updated GUI, new distortion and amp styles, modulation visualization, and more.  The post FabFilter Saturn 2: the multi-band saturator gets a big update appeared...

Danelectro debut new Roebuck distortion pedal

The Roebuck takes inspiration from the Ibanez Mostortion, a MOSFET-based drive pedal with a distinct, Marshall-like growl. The original unit was discontinued in the '90s and later rediscovered by a number of notable Nashville session guitarists, which inevitably saw...

Party Dozen share new single ‘Auto Loser’ + Mogwai remix

With dissonant saxophones swirling around a warped Krautrock sequence, 'Auto Loser' is definitely one of Party Dozen's more structured affairs, but it certainly still has plenty of weird moments. Released last week, the song is the fourth single the Sydney duo have...

The 10 best live guitar solos by John Frusciante

10. 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' - Off The Map (2000) Filmed at the height of their post-Californication domination, Off The Map is a wonderful documentation of a live band in their prime. For starters, everyone (bar Chad) is repping a mohawk, and for OG Chili Peppers...

Getting to know: Brayden Sibbald

You wrote a demo for your latest track ‘Sparse’ on a trip to Iceland. Tell us about that trip - how did that experience overseas shape the nature of the track? Did it vary drastically to the way you write songs when at home? I instantly fell in love with Iceland - I...

Brand new PRS acoustic guitar leaked on YouTube!

Brand new PRS acoustic guitar leaked on YouTube!

A new, as yet unreleased PRS acoustic guitar model has popped up on YouTube being played on an acoustic track - can you guess what the new guitar will be called? The post Brand new PRS acoustic guitar leaked on YouTube! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Mla Provides The Thrust For Stereophonics

After 28 years of consistent touring, the Stereophonics’ relentless quest to improve their stage sound and gain closer engagement with their audience continues. At the request of the band, and specifically Kelly Jones, their sound techs were sent into overdrive,...

Keeping It Real At Studio Truth

Curtis graduated from SAE Creative Media Institute Brisbane in 2009 and after cutting his teeth in the industry in Queensland, founded Melbourne’s Studio Truth in 2016. Complying with ever changing government regulations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Curtis...

PBS Radio launch their annual membership drive for 2020

From Monday May 18 until Sunday May 31, PBS Radio will run their biggest on-air and online fundraiser of the year, with listeners being encouraged to sign up or renew their annual membership. The radio station, who are embracing the apt theme of 'You Can't Stop The...

Danelectro launch new ’66 12 string models

Expanding on the six string blueprint laid down by the original, the Reissue '66 features a semi-hollow construction with a double cutaway and reverse alder body, as well as an alder centre block, a single f-hole and a 'German-carved' bevelled edge.    The guitar also...

The 10 Best Songs Written About Sydney

'Breakfast at Sweethearts' – Cold Chisel Penned in 1978 by their keyboardist Don Walker, ‘Breakfast at Sweethearts’ appeared on the album of the same name. He wrote it about the popular Sydney café Sweethearts, a joint the band used to frequent. Located in Sydney’s...

Violent Soho share new making-of ‘Everything Is A-OK’ documentary

The documentary, which you can check out on the band's YouTube right now, offers a rare insight into the band's process, and also discusses the burnout the group felt after recording and touring Hungry Ghost and WACO in quick succession.    Hungry Ghost was still...

Reviewed: ADAM Audio T8V Studio Monitors

Now, ADAM Audio have launched the T8V: a new set of studio reference monitors that features many of the same specs as its predecessors, but boasts a little bit more power and growl under the hood.   Even though they’re housed in a lightweight enclosure, the T8Vs are...

Five moments that shaped the Australian music festival industry

Australia’s First Festival - Ourimbah (1970) Billed as the ‘Pilgrimage for Pop', Ourimbah was Australia’s first ever large scale music festival (a title often wrongly attributed to the ‘72 Sunbury festival). Taking place only a few months after Woodstock, Ourimbah was...

Show & Tell: Saskia from The Great Emu War Casualties

What piece of equipment do you have to show us today? Today I shall be showcasing my Schecter 345 bass guitar which has travelled over four countries in nothing but a soft case for like seven years and is still miraculously alive and kicking because it’s boss.   How...

Stop the press: Bakehouse Studios are reopening from June 1

In a post to their social channels, Bakehouse Studios detailed that their larger rehearsal rooms would be open for bookings from Monday June 1, with their medium and smaller rooms following shop on June 22. The studios have also said they'll be 'adhering to govt...

Best free plug-ins this week: Elsita-V, Exakt Lite and Scratchknott

Best free plug-ins this week: Elsita-V, Exakt Lite and Scratchknott

This week's collection of free plug-ins features a rare Soviet drum synth, an FM synth and a plug-in that lets you scratch any audio file. Check out Elsita-V, Exakt Lite and Scratchknott! The post Best free plug-ins this week: Elsita-V, Exakt Lite and Scratchknott...

Pande-Mic: how the breathing mask becomes an instrument!

Pande-Mic: how the breathing mask becomes an instrument!

Bernd Deckers has creatively turned a breathing mask into an unique instrument that looks like something straight out of an avant-garde performance! The post Pande-Mic: how the breathing mask becomes an instrument! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Accentize PreTube: AI-based tube preamp simulator and saturator

Accentize PreTube: AI-based tube preamp simulator and saturator

Accentize has released PreTube, an AI-based tube preamp simulator and saturator plug-in. Is it intelligent enough to know what your tracks should sound like? The post Accentize PreTube: AI-based tube preamp simulator and saturator appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer Jam: an MPC-style sampling groove box?

Behringer Jam: an MPC-style sampling groove box?

Is Behringer working on an MPC-style sampling groove box named Jam? On the same day as the AKAI MPC Live II announcement, the company has posted a render on Facebook that suggests so. The post Behringer Jam: an MPC-style sampling groove box? appeared first on...

Akai MPC Live II unveiled

Akai MPC Live II unveiled

Melodyne 5 unveiled Akai's new beat-creation system includes built-in speakers, a rechargeable battery, CV/gate outputs, and more.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/akai-mpc-live-ii-unveiled

AKAI MPC Live 2, firmware update 2.8 announced

AKAI MPC Live 2, firmware update 2.8 announced

Following this March's Reddit leak and another leak of a 25-minute video presentation, the AKAI MPC Live 2 has become reality. The post AKAI MPC Live 2, firmware update 2.8 announced appeared first on gearnews.com.

Akai debut the MPC Live 2 standalone production controller

Although the Live 2 retains most of the features and functionality of the original, there's some slight tweaks that make it a worthy addition to the hallowed MPC family. There's now a master volume on the front of the MPC, as well as shortcut buttons for features like...

Great Gable announce debut album Tracing Faces

Recorded with Corby and Alex Heriksson at Byron Bay's Music Farm Studios, Tracing Faces sees the Bunbury rockers embellish their classic sound with a slick modern sheen, making for their most captivating and colourful effort to date. It marks a huge moment for Great...

Beddy Rays’ five favourite up-and-coming Aussie bands

1. Semantics Classic Brissy powerhouse! We met them outside the Zoo a couple of years ago when they played their first show with us. Their new single 'SDE (Self Destruct Entirely)' opens up with a chorus with really thought out lyrics. 'SDE' sounds like someone who’s...

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