Monthly Archives: July 2015

Gear Demo: Positive Grid BIAS Desktop

“Positive Grid, creator of the best selling BIAS Amp guitar amp modeler, is proud to announce the release of BIAS FX Desktop: the world’s first and only cross platform guitar amp-and-effects processor for Mac and Windows. For the first time ever, users will be able to record and re-amp integrating BIAS Amp Match models capturing the tone from any real amp in dual amp mode, add ultra-high definition effects configurations in dual signal chains, and share and download thousands of rigs right on ToneCloud, Positive Grid’s tone sharing platform.”

I was so happy when I heard that Positive Grid were porting their awesome iOS app BIAS to a desktop plugin and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. In the demo above I am running BIAS as a plugin in Cockos Reaper, I plugged my Cilia CGA7 directly into a Focusrite Scarlet 2i4 interface connected via USB to my Mac. The tones you are hearing are all BIAS, no post processing, EQ or extra plugins.

“With its groundbreaking cross platform design, BIAS FX overall operation and presets can be synced all across Mac, Windows and iOS devices for instant access anywhere, any time. For the first time, musicians are …read more

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Review: Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova

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When I first picked up the guitar many years ago Joe Satriani had just released a live EP Dreaming #11 that featured tracks from his debut album ‘Not Of This Earth’ and the amazing follow up ‘Surfing With The Alien’. I remember being absolutely amazed by ‘Hordes Of Locusts’ and ‘Ice Nine’, I’d never heard anything like this before but at the same time it was exactly what I had been waiting for. The following year ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ was released, could it get any better than this? Well I’m not sure anyone can follow 3 albums of such epic intensity and groundbreaking guitar playing, except Joe of course who has just released his 15th studio solo album ‘Shockwave Supernova’. Clearly Satch is an incredibly prolific composer.

The interesting thing about Satriani is that listening to a track I can pick the rough era by the style of track, guitar tone and of course by the production. When Joe announced ‘Shockwave Supernova’ he talked about how he had created a complete back story theme and persona. Now Satch’s albums always have a theme but I think this album is the first time he has approached songs with this kind …read more

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Seymour Duncan Dave Murray Pickguard

Seymour Duncan Dave Murray Pickguard

Dave Murray was one of my first guitar heroes along with his bandmate Adrian Smith, Iron Maiden were one of my biggest musical influences when I picked up guitar at the tender age of 12. What I really love about Dave Murray is that he has always stuck with the Fender Stratocaster for decades as his go to guitar rather than opting for a super-strat option. To make the guitar suit his needs Dave uses Seymour Duncan sized humbuckers for high gain tones without the hum or noise of traditional Strat single coils.

To make life easier for those wishing to have the same kind of setup Seymour Duncan have created a preloaded Pickguard which is available in Pearloid, Black and White versions, each pickguard comes pre-loaded with the Hot Rails bridge and neck pickups plus a JB Jr. in the middle position, as well as high-quality Bourns volume and tone pots and a 5-way pickup selector switch, and it uses the 11-hole style which fits most post-1964 Stratocasters®. Each set comes personalized with special stickers as well as pickguard installation instructions.

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Summer NAMM 2015: Electro-Harmonix introduces the 22500 Dual Stereo Looper

ehx 22500

Press Release
The brand-new EHX 22500 Dual Stereo Looper is flexible, extensively-featured pedal looper that allows for easy operation of two loops at the same time. Expanding upon EHX’s looping legacy, the 22500 employs two high-quality, uncompressed audio tracks that can be played in parallel or series to enable the player to punch in and out harmonies and rhythms, or use each loop as different sections of a song. The pedal is capable of recording up to 12 hours with the supplied 8GB SD card.

The 22500’s user interface is intuitive and in depth. Loop A and Loop B footswitches engage recording and toggle between playback and overdubbing for each loop with a single tap or double tap to stop. A third footswitch can be programmed to function as a master Stop, Tap Tempo or Rhythm Start/Stop switch. Control sections for each loop include individual level control knobs and Reverse and Octave buttons to expand creative possibilities. Three loop status LEDs include Record, Playback and Memory. The multifunction Mode knob gives access to 100 loop banks, control over rhythm options and operational functions of the pedal including Series/Parallel looping, rhythm Quantized/Free Form looping and much more. Input Gain knob controls the …read more

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Summer NAMM 2015: Electro-Harmonix introduces The Silencer Noise Gate/Effects Loop

EHX Silencer

Press Release
Responding to the needs of pedalboard users and players whose high gain effects create difficult to control hum and noise, EHX has developed The Silencer, a sophisticated noise gate that can tame a single pedal or an entire effects loop.

The Silencer’s three-control layout provides precise fine-tuning to fit your system, instrument and playing style. Threshold adjusts how much level is required to open the noise gate and allow a signal to pass thru. Reduction regulates the degree to which the gated signal is reduced and is variable between -70db and +4db. Release controls how long the gate remains open after the signal drops below the Threshold. Release time is variable between 8ms and 4 seconds.

I/O includes ¼ inch Input, Output, Send and Return jacks. The footswitch selects whether the Silencer is engaged or in bypass mode; buffered bypass allows the effects loop to remain in your signal path when the gate is bypassed. A built-in AC jack accepts an EHX9.6DC power supply (optional) and the pedal ships with a 9V battery.

The Silencer has a $76.80 MSRP and will be available this August.

http://www.ehx.com/

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Summer NAMM 2015: Return of the Ibanez Talman

ibanez talman 1702

Well I know one man who will be very happy about this (although these Talman’s don’t quite have the bling factor of Peter’s). ‘

At Ibanez’s return to Nashville for the first time in a while for Summer NAMM they introduced the new Ibanez Prestige 1702 series Talman which features two single coil pickups and the Prestige 1730 series Talman which features 3 single coil pickups.

I couldn’t find anything on the Ibanez website as yet but I keep getting redirected to the Aus version of the site so maybe I’m missing something, http://www.ibanez.com/.

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PRS Guitars SE 30th Floyd Custom 24

PRS 30th se floyd

Not as hard to remember as one of Ibanez’s long winded codenames but it certainly is a mouthful, the PRS SE 30th Floyd Custom 24! This guitar is available in a number of finished including Black Cherry, Grey Black, Santana Yellow, Trampas Green but I thought that the Whale Green was the most classy looking. I think the SE colours are just a bit too bright which, in my opinion, looks a bit cheap. But that’s just me, this Whale Green finish looks amazing especially with the curly Maple top.

“The 30th Anniversary SE Custom 24 features the striking 30th Anniversary commemorative bird inlay package, quilt maple veneer, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups and a push/pull tone control for coil-tapping with 3-way blade switch in a gig-ready package. The guitar also comes equipped with a “1000 Series” Floyd Rose tremolo, which is made to the exact specifications and with the same high-quality materials as the “Original” Floyd.”

For more info head over to http://www.prsguitars.com/.

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ES-349

ES-349

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ES-335 Sixties Cherry

ES-335 Sixties Cherry

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Les Paul CM 2015

Les Paul CM 2015

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