Monthly Archives: June 2015

Diamond Amplification & Custom Audio Electronics Jointly Develop the Dual Amp Selector

Dual Amp Selector

The Dual Amp Selector is a new product from a joint venture between Diamond Amplification and Bob Bradshaw’s Custom Audio Electronics. I have actually been looking online over the past week or so for something that will allow me to switch between two amps into a single speaker cabinet and then I suddenly get an email about the Dual Amp Selector, sounds ideal!

“For years, guitar players have wanted a way to switch heads into one cabinet (or even two cabinets run in parallel) to expand what they can do live, or even make things much more convenient at home, but there simply hasn’t been an effective, or quality solution,” stated Diamond’s President and CEO, Jeff Diamant. “The Dual Amp Selector allows a player to safely connect two amps to one cabinet and switch between them with the click of a switch and give them access to the full array of tones from both amps,” Diamant continued.

The Dual Amp Selector boasts a healthy array of features including: switch two amps (including combos) into a single cabinet, passive and buffered inputs, two parallel speaker outs, footswitchable, separate “direct” out, isolated outputs, high-end components and construction and the ability …read more

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TC Electronic PolyTune Plug-In Released

“TC Electronic announces PolyTune plug-in, the new polyphonic tuner plug-in for the recording musician.”

I’m a huge TC Electronic fan, the PolyTune Mini (and previously the PolyTune) has had a permanent place on my pedalboard ever since it was released. Now TC Electronic have announced a plug-in version of their polyphonic tuner so that you can launch it directly from within your DAW. Now I have mixed feelings about this (for the first time in TC history) only because almost every Amp Sim plugin that I use has a built in tuner. I think they might actually find it a bit tricky to sell this plugin which has an introductory price of $39 and a regular price is $49. But having said that it does have features that no other tuner plugin have:

  • Polyphonic Tuner
  • Chromatic Tuner (+/- 0.5 cent)
  • Up to 5 semi-tones flat tunings
  • Change pitch reference
  • Mute button for silent tuning
  • Support for Audio Units-, VST and AAX-plug-in formats

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Gear demo: Xotic USA SP Compressor


I was first introduced to the Xotic USA SP Compressor watching the excellent YouTube channel Daniel TheGigRig, in case you haven’t seen Daniel’s videos please check out his channel as Daniel really knows his stuff and is the creator of the amazing looking GigRig G2 switching system. This man knows effects so when I see and hear a pedal on one of his demo boards I sit up and listen. I have owned an Xotic BB+ Overdrive pedal in the past so I am well aware of the quality of their effects and wanted to experience the SP Compressor for myself to see if it would live up to the hype, I can say with all honesty it didn’t take very long for me to realise that yes, it does.

Mini pedals are a growing trend and with good reason in my opinion, if you can pack all of the features into a smaller enclosure guitarists can either use much smaller pedalboards making it easier to transport, or more importantly, can squeeze more effects onto their boards! The SP Compressor is tiny, as you will see in the video above it is roughly …read more

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The Quest For The Perfect Pick – Dunlop Primetone™ Standard Sculpted Plectra

Dunlop Primetone™ Standard Sculpted

When I first picked up the guitar I had a Charvel pick that I bought from One Way Music in Wolverhampton which I’m pretty sure I used for about 2 years!? I honestly can’t remember what I replaced it with but it was probably the same pick, a hard glossy standard sized guitar pick. No frills, nothing special and you know what? I was perfectly content. Then something happened to me, I became consumed with the evil that is guitar pick obsession syndrome and in the last 6 or 7 years I have tried hundreds of different picks trying to find “The One”. My quest started with variations of Dunlop standard sized picks that had varying thickness and material, Delrin, Celluloid, Tortex, Ultex… I also tried many other manufacturers such as Red Bear (great picks but super expensive), Graph Tech, Dava, V Picks, the list goes on and on and on.

Over the past couple of years the picks that I have been gravitating toward are Ultex and Celluloid, I have a heap of different shape Ultex picks but never really get on with default Jazz III size so tend to stick with standard size or Jazz III XL. I …read more

Source:: The Quest For The Perfect Pick – Dunlop Primetone™ Standard Sculpted Plectra


MXR Carbon Copy Bright Exclusive From Pro Guitar Shop

mxr carbon copy bright

I love Pro Guitar Shop’s exclusive pedals, they take popular pedals and tweak them to give a new angle on a classic design. In this case they have taken the MXR Carbon Copy which is known for it’s warm analog delay echoes and created the Carbon Copy Bright which not only changes the look from a dark green to a bright sparkly green but also given the effect shimmery bright repeats.

“The chipset of the Carbon Copy Bright remains unchanged—warm, bucket brigade analog goodness is still the name of the game. Tone seekers will be thrilled with the changes to the circuit, as the repeats are more “vocal-like” than the original. The Carbon Copy Bright certainly blurs the lines between vintage analog BBD chips and brighter vintage tape delays such as the Echoplex. A wonderful byproduct of a brighter delay is the perception of extended repeats further than the original before feeding back. The Carbon Copy Bright’s defined repeats are a great companion to the original’s darker wash, and we made them play nicely together.”

Inside the pedal are two extra controls, Width and Depth which can be used to accentuate the brightness even more and …read more

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Vox quietly announces their new VX Series Modelling Amps


I say quietly because I haven’t seen any press releases about the new VX Series from Vox amps and usually these kind of announcements are saved for NAMM but instead Vox simply updated their website and posted some videos on YouTube. But whatever their reason for the quiet launch they have put together some really nice videos such as the one above that demonstrate the great tones available on the new VXI and VXII amps.

The Vox VXI is a 15 Watt version of Vox’s latest modelling amplifer which features a 6.5” Custom VOX Speaker. Vox say that their VET (Virtual Element Technology) modeling technology offers the most accurate amplifier models to date in a affordable & lightweight package. The VX Series offer 11 classic amp models from 50s & 60s Fenders to the Vox AC30 and high gain amps such as the SLO-100 and Dual Rectifier, eight different modulation (chorus, flanger, phase & tremolo), delay and reverb effects (analog delay, tape echo, spring reverb, & hall reverb) and space for 22 unique user presets.

Check out the YouTube demo here –


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Video: J. Rockett Audio Designs Manufacturing Process

This is a really interesting video from J.Rockett Audio Designs who are currently enjoying success of their Klon style pedal called The Archer used by Andy Timmons.

J.Rockett Pedals have been around for years and have a heap of pedals in their range, some of which I have previously featured here on Guitar Noize. What I really like about this video is the complete transparency and I guess because of their long lasting relationships with various partners they are willing to give away these trade secrets. Check out their latest pedal designed in collaboration with Pro Guitar Shop, the Archer Ikon, you can see a demo here –

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Joe Satriani demos the DiMarzio Satch Track Neck & Mo’ Joe Pickups

Joe Satriani demonstrates his DiMarzio Satch Track™ Neck and Mo’ Joe™ Pickups, and talks briefly about his new album, Shockwave Supernova due out very soon.

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Toontrack Release Indie Guitars EZmix Pack


Toontrack have expanded their EZ Mix line of plugins with a new guitar pack called Indie Guitars EZMix. The EZMix packs provide a simple interface to create various sounds, I have reviewed and demonstrated some of these plugins in the past such as the Metal Guitar Gods expansion pack which offers a number of presets that have 2 controls that have predefined functionality. This makes it very easy to get sounds and effects without having to spend hours tinkering with various parameters which can often detract from recording ideas.

“The Indie Guitars EZmix Pack presents a creative palette of guitar tones inspired by indie pop and rock of the past two decades. It includes 50 unique settings based on amp and cab modulation, all saturated by various chains of effects. In total, it paints a vivid picture of guitar tones ranging all the way from out-of-this-world ambient down to candid, clean, dry and distorted.”

As you can see in the player above there are 5 categories, Ambient, Dirty, Modulated, Basic amps – clean, Basic amps – distorted. I think the Ambient and Modulated examples sound great and could definitely inspire some creative ideas. I …read more

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Black Cat Pedals introduces the N-Fuzz

black cat fuzz

Black Cat Pedals is pleased to announce the Black Cat N-Fuzz, the latest legacy product from the original line created by Fred Bonte. The N-Fuzz is based on the Fuzz channel of the Black Cat OD-Fuzz, but has been modified to use Japanese components and features an extra wide ranging Bias control that allows you to dial in a sweeping array
of fuzz tones and timbres.

The original N-Fuzz was made in limited numbers between 2001 and 2003, and was only available in the Asian market. According to Fred Bonte, the letter N represented “N-Channel” to describe the type of transistors used. Like the names of most other Black Cat products, “N-Fuzz” was more short and to the point than “N-Channel Fuzz.”

Black Cat owner Tom Hughes states, “The new N-Fuzz also uses N-Channel (NPN) transistors. But we felt there was room for improvement with Fred Bonte’s original design. The toggle switch of the original N-Fuzz selected between two fixed bias points, which resulted in one position having a High output, and the other position having a Low output. We replaced the toggle switch with a variable bias control pot. This control makes the new N-Fuzz much …read more

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