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

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

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

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

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

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

Error Instruments Sound Scaper: Metallic digital sound torturer

Error Instruments Sound Scaper: Metallic digital sound torturer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Strymon NightSky has officially landed – and it looks good

The Strymon NightSky has officially landed – and it looks good

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

Strymon NightSky leaked and yes, it is a reverb pedal

Strymon NightSky leaked and yes, it is a reverb pedal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will Boss Pocket GT revolutionise how we learn electric guitar?

Will Boss Pocket GT revolutionise how we learn electric guitar?

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

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

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

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

Audio-Technica AT2020V Microphone Giveaway

Thanks to our mates at Audio-Technica Australia, we've got one of these fancy little things to give off to one of our readers this month.    To enter, all you need to do is follow our Instagram (@mixdownmagazine), and sign up to our mailing list via the form below,...

Introducing: Vintage Electric

Introduce us to Vintage Electric - how long have you been dealing with vintage electric guitars?  Vintage Electric is an online retail shop selling guitars, basses and amps sourced from Gibson and Fender collectors in Australia and abroad.   There are around 9-10...

Nine of the best tracks to use the Roland TR-909

Introduced by Roland in 1983 as a successor to their then-malgined (yet similarly pivotal) TR-808 drum machine, the TR-909 proved to be even more of a commercial failure than its predecessor. At the time, musicians wanted drum machines to sound like real drums - the...

Origin X: Snazzy Modern Loop Engine for Kontakt from Artistry Audio

Origin X: Snazzy Modern Loop Engine for Kontakt from Artistry Audio

Artistry Audio has put together a loop-based instrument featuring a wad of modern content with an emphasis on sound design and cinematic soundscapes. Origin X looks rather nice. The post Origin X: Snazzy Modern Loop Engine for Kontakt from Artistry Audio appeared...

Leak: Teenage Engineering is building a BlueTooth Speaker

Leak: Teenage Engineering is building a BlueTooth Speaker

Teenage Engineering told us they have a new magical device that they'll tease us about until the end of September. But a leaked report tells us it's a Bluetooth Speaker called the OB-4. The post Leak: Teenage Engineering is building a BlueTooth Speaker appeared first...

Leak: Native Instruments standalone Maschine+ groove box imminent?

Leak: Native Instruments standalone Maschine+ groove box imminent?

Is Native Instruments about to release a standalone groove box? A leak from VintageKing reveals what could be a self-contained version of Maschine that they are calling Maschine+. This could be good. The post Leak: Native Instruments standalone Maschine+ groove box...

Labor Day Deals: Get up to 75% off IK Multimedia plug-ins!

Labor Day Deals: Get up to 75% off IK Multimedia plug-ins!

IK Multimedia has cooked up some 'Krazy Deals' for Labor Day. Now is your chance to save up to 75% on some of the company's mixing, mastering, and guitar amp plug-ins! The post Labor Day Deals: Get up to 75% off IK Multimedia plug-ins! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Walrus Audio debut revamped Julianna chorus/vibrato pedal

Although it'd be easy to assume the Julianna is a mere aesthetic rebrand for the Julia, it seems that Walrus Audio have pulled all the stops to make that anything but the case. All the classic analogue sounds and features of the original Julia have received a...

Reviewed: Audio-Technica Limited Edition AT2020V

Since its introduction in 2006, the Audio-Technica AT2020 has resided right at the pointy end of this sector. With its sleek design, incredibly tantalising price-tag and studio-ready sound, the AT2020 has long been the go-to option for entry-level home recordist and...

Walrus Audio debut revamped Julianna V2 chorus pedal

Although it'd be easy to assume the Julianna V2 is a mere aesthetic rebrand for the Julia, it seems that Walrus Audio have pulled all the stops to make that anything but the case. All the classic analogue sounds and features of the original Julia have received a...

Six easy and effective ways to modify your guitar

While some players tend to view guitar modifications with an eye of caution - probably due to the amount of beautiful vintage Les Pauls that were butchered by Floyd Rose tremolo cavities in the '80s - a modification can actually prove to be one of the best creative...

Fender 60th Anniversary Road Worn Jazz Bass: Aged to perfection?

Fender 60th Anniversary Road Worn Jazz Bass: Aged to perfection?

In 1960 Leo Fender released the successor to the Precision - the Jazz Bass was born! In 2020, Fender has released the 60th Anniversary Road Worn Jazz Bass - it looks like a compelling instrument. The post Fender 60th Anniversary Road Worn Jazz Bass: Aged to...

CEntrance PortCaster Audio Interface: Broadcasting made easy?

CEntrance PortCaster Audio Interface: Broadcasting made easy?

If you podcast or live stream, then the new PortCaster by CEntrance could be for you! Full of clever and useful features, we take a look at this well-priced podcasting solution... The post CEntrance PortCaster Audio Interface: Broadcasting made easy? appeared first on...

The story of the Hammond B-3, shown by four of its greatest players

In 1933, a gifted US engineer by the name of Laurens Hammond was tasked with designing an affordable organ for churches that didn’t have the cash nor space for a pipe organ. The resulting invention relied on an electric motor that rotated a set of tonewheels at...

How (not) to choose your first polysynth

How (not) to choose your first polysynth

You're going to finally realise your dream and buy your dream polysynth, now you're standing in a showroom surrounded by magical music machines: How do you choose your first polyphonic synthesizer? The post How (not) to choose your first polysynth appeared first on...

8 cheap pedals every guitarist needs to try

8 cheap pedals every guitarist needs to try

Vintage pedal snobs: the truth is that there are distortion, fuzz, delay, chorus and flanger pedals that sound great going for around or under £60/$80! Here are 8 cheap pedals you need to try. The post 8 cheap pedals every guitarist needs to try appeared first on...

Solar Guitars announce new 6- and 7-string Canibalismo V.1 models

Solar Guitars announce new 6- and 7-string Canibalismo V.1 models

The new Solar Guitars 6- and 7-string V.1 Canibalismo models are both equipped with EverTune bridges, and come in a very bright 'take-no-prisoners' finish. The post Solar Guitars announce new 6- and 7-string Canibalismo V.1 models appeared first on gearnews.com.

An electric guitar made from Himalayan salt?

An electric guitar made from Himalayan salt?

YouTuber Burls Art has just made his most bizarre creation yet, a guitar body out of Himalayan salt. Definitely not your typical material of choice for a T-style instrument. The post An electric guitar made from Himalayan salt? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Harley Benton launches new SolidBass bass amp and cab range

Harley Benton launches new SolidBass bass amp and cab range

The new Harley Benton SolidBass series of bass amps and cabs has something for every eventuality, and are aimed at everyone from beginners to working musicians. The post Harley Benton launches new SolidBass bass amp and cab range appeared first on gearnews.com.

NSW Government announces 50+ acts for Great Southern Nights lineup

The ambitious COVID recovery scheme was announced by the NSW Government in June, with over 1000 gigs to be played in eight different regions of the state over the month of November and culminating with the ARIA Awards in Sydney at the end of the month.    Artists who...

The ten most iconic Fender Jaguar players of all time

First introduced to the Fender stable as a top-of-the-line offering in 1962, the Jaguar was always ahead of its time. With its quirky Jazzmaster-inspired offset body, shorter 24" scale and infamous pickup switching system, the guitar was considered by many to be too...

The 20 greatest dad rock songs of all time

To coincide with this holy day for dads, we've racked our brains to think of the 20 greatest dad rock songs of all time, just to help you get in the mood for some fatherly fun this Sunday. Rock on!   ‘Reelin’ In The Years’ - Steely Dan​ Musically, ‘Reelin’ In The...

Sennheiser MKE 200: The best mic for content creators?

Sennheiser MKE 200: The best mic for content creators?

Lightweight, compact, and priced at just EUR 95, will the new Sennheiser MKE 200 offer you a noticeable improvement over your standard camera mic? The post Sennheiser MKE 200: The best mic for content creators? appeared first on gearnews.com.

iZotope release RX 8

iZotope release RX 8

Stay-at-home deals Audio clean-up suite gets major update, with new modules for guitar noise removal, spectral recovery, and more.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/izotope-release-rx-8

Roland Zenology takes on the King of polysynths: JUPITER-8

Roland Zenology takes on the King of polysynths: JUPITER-8

Roland's Zenology, the software version of their ZEN-Core technology, hits the much-anticipated milestone which is the arrival of the legendary JUPITER-8 polyphonic synthesizer. The post Roland Zenology takes on the King of polysynths: JUPITER-8 appeared first on...

iZotope RX 8: Interesting new features and a few improvements

iZotope RX 8: Interesting new features and a few improvements

RX8 is here with useful new features for music producers and content creators, along with a host of usability and functionality improvements. The post iZotope RX 8: Interesting new features and a few improvements appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer stomps into podcasting with the Bigfoot USB microphone

Behringer stomps into podcasting with the Bigfoot USB microphone

Behringer wants to conquer the podcasting mic market with the new Bigfoot USB mic. The spec sheet seems very familiar, with three capsules and four polar patterns. Will it stomp on the competition? The post Behringer stomps into podcasting with the Bigfoot USB...

Reviewed: Fender Player Series Lead II

America, forever the spiritual and economic home of the guitar, was for the first time under legitimate siege, as a sea of Japanese knock-offs of beloved US classics began to flood the local market. The Lead series was Fender’s attempt to regain some of this ground by...

BIGSOUND announces free virtual event for 2020

The Brisbane-based conference has announced that this year's event will focus on 'three pillars of community, survival and re-futuring', aiming to deliver a conference custom-built for the changes the music industry has faced in 2020.    In an effort to replace the...

Epic Deal on the Eden Amplification Module bass preamp pedal

Epic Deal on the Eden Amplification Module bass preamp pedal

Looking for a bass preamp pedal? You can now grab the featured-packed Eden Amplification Module for a stunning price! Stocks are limited, so hurry up! The post Epic Deal on the Eden Amplification Module bass preamp pedal appeared first on gearnews.com.

UDO Super 6 synthesizer is available at last!

UDO Super 6 synthesizer is available at last!

The Super 6 is probably the most eagerly awaited synthesizer of recent times and they have kept us dangling so long. Finally the 12-voice polyphonic binaural analogue-hybrid synthesizer is here! The post UDO Super 6 synthesizer is available at last! appeared first on...

Creative Sound Mangling On Synergy Core

By being billed as a Living Organism of Drive, Dynamics, and Tone, Instinct Synergy certainly delivers on all counts. The effect excels when used for dynamics processing, tone shaping, or adding gritty distortion. Indeed, it can be used in a sound design capacity by...

Are you a PRS Pulse Artist?

Are you a PRS Pulse Artist?

Aimed at up-and-coming players with local renown that have yet to become global superstars, PRS's new Pulse Artist program launches today. Apply now to be among the first wave of PRS Pulse Artists! The post Are you a PRS Pulse Artist? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Hell has frozen over: NI Guitar Rig Pro 6 is coming!

Hell has frozen over: NI Guitar Rig Pro 6 is coming!

Native Instruments has just announced the imminent release of Guitar Rig Pro 6 - and we may finally have an update worthy of what was once a force to be reckoned with in virtual amp sims. The post Hell has frozen over: NI Guitar Rig Pro 6 is coming! appeared first on...

DJ Swivel Spread: 3 bands of stereo widening and enhancing

DJ Swivel Spread: 3 bands of stereo widening and enhancing

DJ Swivel Spread is a multi-band stereo enhancer plug-in with some cool features. With 3 bands, a side filter and a tilt function, will Spread become your new weapon of choice for stereo tracks? The post DJ Swivel Spread: 3 bands of stereo widening and enhancing...

Native Instruments update flagship software

Native Instruments update flagship software

Stay-at-home deals German sampling experts NI have just announced a major update to their flagship software bundle Komplete, along with a new version of Guitar Rig Pro.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/native-instruments-update-flagship-software

Two Notes release 16Ω Captor X

Two Notes release 16Ω Captor X

Stay-at-home deals French virtual-guitar-amp experts Two Notes have released a new higher-impedance version of their acclaimed Captor X reactive load/speaker simulator.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/two-notes-release-16o-captor-x

Softube Statement Lead: no nonsense polyphonic lead synthesizer

Softube Statement Lead: no nonsense polyphonic lead synthesizer

Statement Lead starts with waveforms of rare, modern and legendary synths drops them through a step modulated filter, shapes, articulates and flows out through FX. Simple, clear and instantly usable. The post Softube Statement Lead: no nonsense polyphonic lead...

DrēmTrigger: electronic drum sounds made easy

DrēmTrigger: electronic drum sounds made easy

Stay-at-home deals New hardware drum trigger features 16GB onboard memory, a rechargeable battery, dual trigger pads and a laser sensor.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/dremtrigger-electronic-drum-sounds-made-easy

Discogs report 30% increase in physical sales during the pandemic

As detailed in their recent mid-year report, the Discogs Marketplace experienced 29.7% increase in physical orders between January and June this year, netting a total of 4,228,270 extra units over the measured period.    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Discog's data...

A documentary about the chaos of Woodstock 1999 is coming to Netflix

According to Deadline, the docuseries is said to have started production, with production company Raw (Don't Fuck With Cats, Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia) and BBH Entertainment (the team behind last year's Depeche Mode doco Spirits In The Forest) working together...

Is Teenage Engineering about to release the OP-2?

Is Teenage Engineering about to release the OP-2?

Teenage Engineering has a huge product announcement to make on the 30th of September. They say they've been working on it for years and it's great for the outdoors. Is it the OP-2 or a hammock? The post Is Teenage Engineering about to release the OP-2? appeared first...

Moog are raffling off a trio of vintage synths

Named in honour of the company's founder, the Bob Moog Foundation helps carry his legacy as an innovator through to future generations by educating children and adults about electronics, how they inform music and the intersections between science and sound.   This...

The ten greatest film soundtracks composed by popular artists

To create a truly brilliant film score, it seems, is a task that few are equipped to do, and there's no shortage of sub-par soundtracks out there from popular artists who probably should've known better. However, a number of notable musicians have successfully managed...

Can Leapwing Audio RootOne lift your LF game?

Can Leapwing Audio RootOne lift your LF game?

Driven by a proprietary algorithm, RootOne is a subharmonic generator, saturator, compressor and decay shaper with an easy to use interface. Will it lift your LF game? The post Can Leapwing Audio RootOne lift your LF game? appeared first on gearnews.com.

Quantum7 Central To Player Immersion In Spectator-lite Nba

The NBA’s 2019-2020 season looked set to be one of the most exciting yet. However, it was interrupted on March 11 by the COVID-19-induced sports shutdown, just before its Playoff series was to begin in April. Instead, the NBA reformatted its season, with teams playing...

Batflowers: How Washington’s new album bloomed from isolation

For any artist to be so prolific during one of the most creatively neutering times in recent memory is quite a commendable feat -  for Washington, of course, it’s just another day at the office.   “When lockdown happened I was like ‘what the fuck am I going to do?’,”...

Faith Blood Moon Neptune Acoustic Guitar Giveaway

Thanks to our good friends at CMC Music, we've got one of these amazing acoustic guitars - valued at $1995 and including a custom hardshell case - to give away to one lucky reader.    To win, first you'll need to find the answers to these two questions:   1. What year...

The 7 most influential Australian music producers of all time

The role of the producer has always been one muddied by public perception, and in today's age of the bedroom producer, it's complicated even further. Is a producer the head honcho who sits behind the desk twiddling knobs and orchestrating performers like Brian...

Best free plug-ins this week: Fracture, Nova and FreqEcho

Best free plug-ins this week: Fracture, Nova and FreqEcho

The free plug-in developers are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. So we've gone through the archives and dug up three classic freeware plug-ins that everyone should know. Check them out here! The post Best free plug-ins this week: Fracture, Nova and FreqEcho appeared...

Fundraiser launched to help displaced Universal Audio employees

Fundraiser launched to help displaced Universal Audio employees

Stay-at-home deals Several employees at Universal Audio have lost their homes and all of their belongings in the California wildfires. Help them get back on their feet...https://www.soundonsound.com/news/fundraiser-launched-help-displaced-universal-audio-employees

NI release Butch Vig Drums

NI release Butch Vig Drums

Stay-at-home deals Grunge pioneer teams up with Native Instruments to produce hard-hitting drum instrument.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/ni-release-butch-vig-drums

Jones-Scanlon add main monitors to Red series

Jones-Scanlon add main monitors to Red series

Stay-at-home deals Big Reds house twin 10-inch woofers and offer low-frequency extension down to 28Hz.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/jones-scanlon-add-main-monitors-red-series

7 Live Mixing Consoles That Changed the Industry Forever

7 Live Mixing Consoles That Changed the Industry Forever

Live mixing consoles changed the way engineers and audiences experience live audio. These seven mixers changed the industry forever thanks to innovations by Yamaha, Soundcraft, Allen&Heath and others. The post 7 Live Mixing Consoles That Changed the Industry Forever...

Lego Les Paul: A single cut guitar for Minecraft!

Lego Les Paul: A single cut guitar for Minecraft!

This amazing Lego Sunburst Les Paul is a full-scale replica of the iconic instrument we all know and love, made completely from Lego and with all the details of the classic single cut. The post Lego Les Paul: A single cut guitar for Minecraft! appeared first on...

Putting In The Laps

Putting In The Laps

Artist: Cassian Album: Laps The first time I looked up who mixed Rüfüs du Sol’s latest album Solace, I was surprised. I’d always figured it’d be a ‘name’ guy like Tom Elmhirst, not a relatively unknown Sydney producer named Cassian with a handful of credits to his...

Deal: Get over 20% off the MOTU UltraLite AVB audio interface

Deal: Get over 20% off the MOTU UltraLite AVB audio interface

Looking to upgrade your studio or live recording rig? The MOTU UltraLite AVB audio interface is currently on sale at over 20% off! Getting into AVB audio networking has never been more affordable. The post Deal: Get over 20% off the MOTU UltraLite AVB audio interface...

Aydin Sayar and Montogomery’s top five saucy duets

Produced alongside Gab Strum of Japanese Wallpaper fame, 'Missed Calls' sees Sayar team up with fellow Melbourne indie stalwart Montgomery for a dazzling duet about forgotten flings and dicey endings. Underscored by a muted bed of synths and driven by an...

Virsyn AddStation: Next Generation Additive Synthesis for iOS

Virsyn AddStation: Next Generation Additive Synthesis for iOS

Virsyn has just revealed their latest software synthesizer for iOS called AddStation. It's based on additive synthesis and combines thousands of sine waves with unique morph sequencing. The post Virsyn AddStation: Next Generation Additive Synthesis for iOS appeared...

Kemper Profiler OS 7.5, now with an Acoustic Simulator

Kemper Profiler OS 7.5, now with an Acoustic Simulator

The new Kemper Profiler OS 7.5 gets a new Acoustic Simulator and some neat stereo widening effects. There's also a new Rig Manager 3.0 update to go along with it. The post Kemper Profiler OS 7.5, now with an Acoustic Simulator appeared first on gearnews.com.

Private Function’s ten essential tracks for the tour van

It's on this voyage across the grey, kangaroo carcass-dotted highway where band friendships are truly put to the test, and no band understands this quite like Melbourne's own Private Function. These rough and ready punks are true road warriors: a touring band who...

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