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Good Things Festival announce dates and venues for 2021

Good Things Festival, Australia’s favourite alternative music festival, has today revealed the dates and venues planned for next year’s events. Good Things 2021 will go down in the first week of December 2021, with large outdoor events being planned over three days in...

Abbey Road Institute Australia to open at Studios 301 in 2021

Abbey Road Institute Australia has today announced that they’ll be partnering with Studios 301, one of the most historic recording studios in the Southern Hemisphere, to deliver an unparalleled audio education experience for students in 2021. Studios 301, who play...

Tash Sultana teams up with Fender for new Signature Stratocaster

Tash Sultana teams up with Fender for new Signature Stratocaster

Few artists have experienced the career trajectory Tash Sultana has within the space of five years. From their early days busking in Melbourne through to spellbinding crowds in their thousands at festivals around the world, Sultana has risen to become one of the...

Low Frequency Expander 2.0 now works with Rev 4 Prophets

Low Frequency Expander 2.0 now works with Rev 4 Prophets

Big update to the LFE module that brings additional LFOs and envelopes to Sequential synthesizers and more, now supports the new Prophets. The post Low Frequency Expander 2.0 now works with Rev 4 Prophets appeared first on gearnews.com.

Elektron, HEDD Audio + more: our top five gear releases of the week

This week, we’re checking out a limited new Octatrack from Swedish juggernauts Elektron plus a new monitor range from Berlin titans HEDD, as well as new gear from PreSonus, Bad Cat and Mr. Black. 1. Elektron Octatrack MKII Anniversary Edition  Released to the public...

First Look: Ableton Live 11

First Look: Ableton Live 11

Ableton, a staple in the electronic music scene, builds upon past iterations to deliver its best product yet, with a clear focus on user interaction and improved sound quality for its native plugins. You’d have to be living under a rock to be in the music biz and not...

GekkoSound G.Boost Pedal Giveaway

GekkoSound are a recently minted Melbourne boutique pedal company, specialising in all-analogue gear to spruce up your tones something special. To celebrate their launch, we’re giving away one of their handmade G.Boost pedals – providing up to 26dB of ultra clean...

Gibson unleash the Slash ‘Victoria’ Les Paul Standard Goldtop

Gibson unleash the Slash ‘Victoria’ Les Paul Standard Goldtop

Guns N’ Roses guitar hero Slash has once again partnered with Gibson to debut the ‘Victoria’ Les Paul Standard Goldtop, paying tribute to one of the top-hatted guitarist’s most iconic riff machines. Packing a hefty mahogany body with a dark finish on the sides and...

Sunbury Festival ’73 to be reissued on vinyl this January

Deemed to be one of the most significant events in the shaping of Australia’s musical identity, Sunbury 1973 is set to receive a triple vinyl reissue this summer. Held across January 27, 28 and 29, Sunbury ’73 was attended by an estimated 30,000 music fans, with an $8...

Flip! It’s a sampler app by Andrew Huang

Flip! It’s a sampler app by Andrew Huang

Flip is designed for easy music-making on the go and features 9 channels of sampling, sequencer and performance tools. The post Flip! It’s a sampler app by Andrew Huang appeared first on gearnews.com.

The top five Sennheiser products for musicians these holidays

The top five Sennheiser products for musicians these holidays

It’s hard to believe, but once again, the festive season has snuck right up on all of us, giving us the perfect chance to give back to our friends and family with a whole swag of fun gifts. If you’re hunting for the perfect present to give to a musician these...

Holy Holy share new single, announce East Coast tour

Acclaimed Aussie duo Holy Holy have returned with a brand new single and details of an East Coast tour, set to go down in January and February of next year. Inspired by an essay about pandemics penned by Arundhati Roy, ‘Port Rd’, sees Oscar Dawson and Tim Carrol team...

Melbourne Music Week unveil massive lineup for 2020/21 event

Melbourne Music Week will take on a different role and identity across its three-month lifespan in 2020/21, serving as an industry kickstart for a live music scene only just emerging from an extended hibernation. The festival, to be reconceived as Melbourne Music...

Behringer MonoPoly: Pre-Orders open at $699 on Thomann

Behringer MonoPoly: Pre-Orders open at $699 on Thomann

Behringer has attached a stunning ticket price of $699 to their clone of the Korg MonoPoly synthesizer and says they are about ready to ship. The post Behringer MonoPoly: Pre-Orders open at $699 on Thomann appeared first on gearnews.com.

5 Beginner Microphone Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them!

5 Beginner Microphone Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them!

Getting the most from your mics isn't difficult or expensive: Here's some easy-to-follow advice on how to avoid the most common microphone mistakes. The post 5 Beginner Microphone Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Spitfire release Haunted House

Spitfire release Haunted House

Modal Cobalt 8m & 8x unveiled The British sampling experts' latest soft-synth was made in collaboration with Warp Records electronica duo Darkstar.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/spitfire-release-haunted-house

Shure Mv7

Shure Mv7

USB Podcasting Microphone Not many people have bad things to say about the Shure SM7B, although its price tag positions it slightly beyond the ‘budget-friendly essentials’ category. For this reason, the idea of a cheaper SM7B-style mic from Shure has always been...

Yamaha launch three DTX6 electronic drum kits

Yamaha have today rolled out a new line of electronic drum set with the DTX6 Series, offering three different setups for players who need “a compact kit and want to have fun, play like a pro and easily transfer their skills to acoustic drums”. Comprised of three...

Amplifying Bass: All About Wattage and Headroom

Easily one of the most satisfying elements of a live gig or listening through a hi-fi system at home is that feeling the bass gives. Strong, defined low end in a mix avows power and punch, ah yes, how we love the bass. But with great low end, comes great (albeit...

Sennheiser MD435 and MD445: New Premium Vocal Microphones

Sennheiser MD435 and MD445: New Premium Vocal Microphones

The MD435 and MD445 are two new premium live vocal microphones from mic meisters at Sennheiser - boy are we looking forward to digging into the specs! The post Sennheiser MD435 and MD445: New Premium Vocal Microphones appeared first on gearnews.com.

Affordable MPE from ROLI

Affordable MPE from ROLI

Spitfire release Haunted House The new LUMI Keys Studio Edition offers polyphonic aftertouch, pitch-bends and more.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/affordable-mpe-roli

A Friedman Smallbox amp in a pedal? Yes please!

A Friedman Smallbox amp in a pedal? Yes please!

Originally unveiled at Winter Namm 2020, the new Friedman Smallbox squeezes its popular amp head of the same name into a compact, pedal-sized enclosure. The post A Friedman Smallbox amp in a pedal? Yes please! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer MonoPoly: Pre-Orders open at $699 on Thomann

Behringer MonoPoly is about to ship for $699

Behringer has attached a stunning ticket price of $699 to their clone of the Korg MonoPoly synthesizer and says they are about ready to ship. The post Behringer MonoPoly is about to ship for $699 appeared first on gearnews.com.

Five Key Takeaways from APRA’s 2020 Virtual Annual General Meeting

However, with over 108,000 members, APRA is the largest member based organisation for creatives in Australia. Consequently, APRA’s annual reports and its annual general meeting are a wellspring of information for those interested in the music business, and probably...

Epiphone launch a huge line of guitars to close out 2020

Epiphone launch a huge line of guitars to close out 2020

Christmas is right around the corner, and with today’s immense product announcement, it looks like the festive season could be Epiphone’s for the taking, with the brand today unveiling a run of eight new models to join their stables. First up, there’s new reissues of...

Guns N’ Roses announce 2021 Australian tour

This is happening: Guns N’ Roses have announced a mammoth run of Australian stadium shows for November 2021. Following the band’s blockbuster Not In This Lifetime tour of 2017, TEG Dainty are bringing the Lords of the Sunset Strip out of hibernation for a huge leg of...

Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200

Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200

Epiphone's Inspired By Gibson brings three iconic acoustic guitars, the Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200, to the masses at a much more affordable price. The post Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200 appeared first on gearnews.com.

The Epiphone Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood are back for 2020!

The Epiphone Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood are back for 2020!

Epiphone has taken three of its classic designs from the late '50s, and updated them for 2020. Introducing the Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood Custom. The post The Epiphone Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood are back for 2020! appeared first on gearnews.com.

PRS revisits the SE P20E parlor acoustic, now in Powder Blue

PRS revisits the SE P20E parlor acoustic, now in Powder Blue

PRS issues a Powder Blue version of the well-received P20E launched in 2020. But if you want to grab yourself this limited edition, don't hang around. The post PRS revisits the SE P20E parlor acoustic, now in Powder Blue appeared first on gearnews.com.

Bruce Swedien: 1934 – 2020

Bruce Swedien: 1934 – 2020

SOS Awards: Hurry, vote now The legendary recording engineer has died, aged 86.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/bruce-swedien-1934-2020

Modal Electronics announce bigger and smaller COBALT8s

Modal Electronics announce bigger and smaller COBALT8s

We all saw this coming: Just like the ARGON8 the COBALT8 has spawned a bigger COBALT8X with 61-keys and a smaller COBALT8M desktop version. The post Modal Electronics announce bigger and smaller COBALT8s appeared first on gearnews.com.

15 of the most iconic tracks from the Guitar Hero franchise

Back in November 2005, those dreams came true in the form of Guitar Hero: a gaming revolution that allowed punters to live our all their musical fantasies, with its iconic controller, unique gameplay and wonderful assortment of songs solidifying the title as an...

Hands Like Houses announce 2021 Australian tour

It’s been a hot minute, but it looks like live music is returning with a vengeance in Australia this summer, with local alt-rockers Hands Like Houses today announcing a run of East Coast shows for this January. Dubbed the Reflect tour, the COVID-safe shows will see...

Apple unveil new tweaks in Logic Pro 10.6 update

It’s been a big week in DAW world. First we had the announcement of Ableton Live 11,  then there were new updates to Cubase and Pro Tools, and now, Apple have joined in on the fun with the unveiling of Logic Pro 10.6. Tying in with the launch of Apple’s new M1 chip...

Jim Dunlop launch the Cry Baby Junior wah-wah pedal

The Jim Dunlop Cry Baby is renowned as one of the most famous effects pedals of all time, and its pint-sized follow-up, the Cry Baby Mini, has surged in popularity in recent years as players opt for more compact and portable pedalboards. Now, the brand has presented...

Avid introduce nifty new features in Pro Tools 2020.11 update

Following the announcement of Ableton Live 11 and Steinberg unleashing their new version of Cubase last week, Avid have now shared details of their latest Pro Tools update, with 2020.11 bringing a number of useful tweaks to improve the DAW’s workflow and appearance....

Spectrasonics update Trilian

Spectrasonics update Trilian

SOS Awards: Hurry, vote now Version 1.5 is free to existing owners, and represents a major overhaul of the acclaimed bass instrument.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/spectrasonics-update-trilian

Harley Benton MB-4 and MB-5 SBK: Two new basses with attitude!

Harley Benton MB-4 and MB-5 SBK: Two new basses with attitude!

Harley Benton's MB-4 and MB-5 SBK basses come with a single humbucker and plenty of attitude - we're digging the Satin Black finish and red pickguard! The post Harley Benton MB-4 and MB-5 SBK: Two new basses with attitude! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer floats the idea of a Eurorack RD-9

Behringer floats the idea of a Eurorack RD-9

Behringer would like to know whether you think an RD-9 based Eurorack drum sequencer would be a thing you might want? The post Behringer floats the idea of a Eurorack RD-9 appeared first on gearnews.com.

MODOR DR-2: 6-part DSP drum machine for digital grooves

MODOR DR-2: 6-part DSP drum machine for digital grooves

A refreshing diversion from X0X obsessions the DR-2 gives us unapologetically digital DSP based drum sounds and a 128 step sequencer. The post MODOR DR-2: 6-part DSP drum machine for digital grooves appeared first on gearnews.com.

8-voice polysynth from Modal

8-voice polysynth from Modal

SOS Awards: Hurry, vote now The virtual-analogue Cobalt8 provides a wealth of modulation options, and features a full-size velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive keyboard.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/8-voice-polysynth-modal

Korg OpSix announced

Korg OpSix announced

SOS Awards: Hurry, vote now The latest instrument from Japanese synth giants Korg aims to make FM synthesis more intuitive.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/korg-opsix-announced

Mic Loopback For 2 Track App Recording

PreSonus announces Revelator, a USB-C microphone with StudioLive voice effects processing (with Fat Channel DSP built in). More than a USB microphone, Revelator also features two stereo streams for loopback audio so you can quickly and easily conference in Zoom calls,...

AC/DC, Hachiku + more: five new releases to listen to this weekend

Friday has finally arrived, which means it’s release day for a bunch of artists at home and around the world. With so many hot releases out there to tuck into, we’ve compiled some of the best to present to you for the weekend. This week, we’ve got our ears tuned to...

ROLI release Equator 2

ROLI release Equator 2

Spectrasonics update Trilian The powerful synth originally developed for ROLI's Seaboard Grand MPE instruments has been given a major overhaul.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/roli-release-equator-2

Apple macOS 10.16 Big Sur OSX Update: Don’t do it (yet)!

Apple macOS 10.16 Big Sur OSX Update: Don’t do it (yet)!

Apple releases macOS 10.16 Big Sur for (almost) all MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros. Should you update now? In a word, no. Here's why. The post Apple macOS 10.16 Big Sur OSX Update: Don’t do it (yet)! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Harley Benton is giving away prototypes of two sold out models!

Harley Benton is giving away prototypes of two sold out models!

Harley Benton is giving you a chance to win a prototype of the sold out Ferris Blue DC-Junior FAT or the recent TE-20HH models in this great giveaway! The post Harley Benton is giving away prototypes of two sold out models! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Behringer FLOW8 Podcasting Mixer: Pre-orders open now

Behringer FLOW8 Podcasting Mixer: Pre-orders open now

Behringer has finally shown their hand in the podcasting and streaming market with the FLOW8 digital mixer bringing the fight to Zoom and RODE. The post Behringer FLOW8 Podcasting Mixer: Pre-orders open now appeared first on gearnews.com.

Eight of the most criminally underrated AC/DC tracks

Over a career that spans five decades, the Australian rockers have gone through hell and high-water, experiencing the lowest of lows and reaching the most triumphant of peaks on their road to greatness. They’re considered by many as one of the most quintessential rock...

Steinberg rolls out brand new features in Cubase 11

Steinberg have announced the latest update to their powerful Cubase music production software, with version 11 bringing all-new plug-ins, editor modes and performance tweaks to make it a force to be reckoned with in today’s cluttered DAW domain. Available to download...

Two of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars are headed to auction this December

Two of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars are headed to auction this December

Could there ever be a better flex than being the custodian of a Stratocaster previously owned by Jimi Hendrix? As part of Julien’s Auctions upcoming Icons & Idols Trilogy auction series, a left-handed 1969 Olympic White Fender Stratocaster owned and played by the...

Korg’s new Opsix aims to demystify the science of FM synthesis

With the surging popularity of synths like Elektron’s Digitone and the Sonicware ELZ_1, it seems like FM synthesisers are well and truly back in vogue. Now, Korg – who’ve previously tapped into this trend already with their formidable Volca FM unit – seek to achieve a...

Watch the new trailer for The Pedal Movie here!

Watch the new trailer for The Pedal Movie here!

A full-length documentary, The Pedal Movie, celebrates and explores the history and culture of guitar effects. Watch the trailer here. The post Watch the new trailer for The Pedal Movie here! appeared first on gearnews.com.

Cubase 11 now available

Cubase 11 now available

Spectrasonics update Trilian Cubase Pro now features EuCon controller support, and streamlines the process of exporting projects and stems.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/cubase-11-now-available

Steinberg Cubase Pro 11 review

Steinberg Cubase Pro 11 review

Steinberg has revealed the latest version of its long-running daddy of all DAWs, Cubase. Here's our review of the improvements, plugins and features of the update. The post Steinberg Cubase Pro 11 review appeared first on gearnews.com.

LUNA lands on Planet API

LUNA lands on Planet API

Spectrasonics update Trilian UA's nascent DAW can now incorporate modelled API console summing.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/luna-lands-planet-api

Zoom F2 & F2-BT recorders unveiled

Zoom F2 & F2-BT recorders unveiled

Spectrasonics update Trilian Zoom's latest capture devices are super-compact yet feature laden, and promise up to 15 hours of operation on two AAA batteries.https://www.soundonsound.com/news/zoom-f2-f2-bt-recorders-unveiled

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