Audiffex has released ampLion Free, a free virtual guitar amp for Windows and Mac.
It’s a “lite” version of ampLion Pro, a commercial virtual guitar amp by the same dev.
- Precise modelling technology
- 5 channels covering wide range of genres
- Two independent speaker positions
- Adjustable pickup microphone
- Noise-gate with soft knee
- Automatic output volume setting
- Switchable simulation quality
- Presets storage
Download it at the Audiffex site.
This may be the greatest idea ever – but we’re a bit skeptical about the iWah, a dock that turns your iPad into a giant wah pedal. A $700 glass wah pedal by your foot on a dark stage.
Here are the features:
- made of aircraft 6061 T-6 aluminum
- bead blasted finish (other colors are available upon request)
- Special edition “hot pink” model where 10% of the sale will go to the National Cancer Institute.
- iPad cradle allows both landscape and portrait mode.
- Magnetic “lock” and pin feature holds the iPad cradle in place.
- Silicone tubing and bumpers are used on the iPad cradle to protect your investment.
- rubber bumpers are used on the base to prevent slipping and protect hardwood floors.
- non-slip grip tape used on foot pedal.
- cradle design allows ipad to remain plug in for continual charge.
The iWah sells for $135 at IIXXStands
Multi Eventide stompbox demo jam freakout!
The results of an improvised mess-about tweaking all our in-house Eventide Stompboxes, sometimes all at once. The chain is Suhr Guitar into Eventide ModFactor fed into TimeFactor, then into Pitchfactor, then into a Jet City 50 Watt 2 x 12 Combo amp. Guitar is provided by Source’s resident shredder Ian Iredale, knob twiddling by Alex. You can hopefully get an idea for the sheer range of ideas, sounds and general all round genius these particular pedals provide.
Eventide stompboxes are as much studio effects as they are guitar effects (all are stereo, with selectable Line/Guitar input/output volumes), all sound completely fabulous and are easy to use, but still super super deep.
Mic setup is Shure SM57 on the cone going into a UA 610, RØDE NTG1000 on the rear of the cab, RØDE NTG2 to pick up our voices, all fed into a PreSonus FireStudio Mobile for conversion.
For more info on the Eventide Stompbox range (note the new Space reverb we didn’t have in time for this session!): http://www.eventide.com/AudioDivision/Products/StompBoxes.aspx
To find a dealer in the UK: http://www.sourcedistribution.co.uk/
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Tutorial on programming the Roland GR-55 to duplicate the distinctive sounds of the Roland GR-300, as heard on the vintage Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays tune, Are You Going With Me?
Includes tips on using the control assignment page.
This video demonstrates how to make a DIY talk box for bass guitar.
Not the coolest looking effect to use, unless you’re into guys fellating microphones – but it does sound pretty cool.
IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop, version 3.5 of their amp and effects modeling software.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
The Custom Shop is an entirely new tone shopping experience that is like visiting a real guitar store, but one that is open 24/7 right in the comfort of your own studio. The AmpliTube Custom Shop has the widest offering of legendary, officially certified brands and a price model affordable to anyone for building your truly custom tone.
Every new user can start by downloading a FREE, fully functional version of AmpliTube 3 – both a standalone application and plug-in – with a collection of 24 gear models (9 stomp boxes, 4 amplifiers, 5 cabinets, 3 microphones, 2 rack effects and digital tuner) for recording and mixing in their favorite Mac/Win DAW, for playing on stage or practicing at home.
Then with the new Custom Shop feature – directly accessible within AmpliTube using an online connection – over 200 gear models of stomp boxes, amplifiers, cabinets, microphones and rack effects can be browsed, auditioned and purchased à la carte.
Continue reading IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop
Rocksonics has released Triode, a free Class-A vacuum tube preamp in VST plugin format for Windows.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Triode” is a simple VST Plugin (1 control) that generates the asymmetric transfer characteristic of a Class A Triode vacuum tube pre-amp. The effect adds both even and odd harmonic distortion which creates the characteristic tube “warmth” that is NOT generated with filters.
“Triode” can be daisy-chained with the Rocksonics “Saturator” plugin (listed below) to emulate a Class A pre-amp followed by a push-pull output stage.
Source Audio has introduced the Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter, a pedal which packs the power and flexibility of a rack-mounted unit into a user-friendly stompbox.
The GEF offers a set of 21 individual envelope filter effects, from traditional auto wah sweeps to more dramatic vocal simulations. Filter categories include 2 and 4 Pole Low Pass, Single Peak, Triple Peak, Peak & Notch, and Phaser. Due to the finely tuned nature of the pedal, even the slightest gap in the incoming signal will reset the filter position providing a full sweep range for every note. The control panel is simple, but allows users to dial in a broad range of tones. Minor adjustments, such as a change in the direction of the filter sweep, can produce significantly different sounds within a single filter type. The three-knob control panel provides adjustability to the center point of the frequency sweep, the depth and direction of the moving filter, as well as the attack and decay times.
On its own, the GEF can be modulated in the fashion of a standard auto wah, but is also controllable via Source Audio’s Hot Hand Motion Controller Ring for a remarkably expressive and unique approach to filter modulation. The unit also features proprietary state-of-the-art 56-bit Digital Signal Processing (DSP) with 24-bit converters for crystal clear output. Continue reading The Soundblox Guitar Envelope Filter
Cyryl Lance, lead designer at Moog Music, demonstrates some advanced effects that you can achieve with the Moog Guitar.
Some crazy stuff!
Video from Sonic State from Musikmesse 2011.
Heptode has released a pair of free guitar pedal VSTs for Windows, Deep Crunch and Heavy Tone:
HEPTODE offers free download of VST plugins that simulates DEEP CRUNCH and HEAVY TONE pedals. The audio sample rate should be at least 44.1kHz for best quality. The Heptode VST plugins are configured with a single mono input and a single mono output.
It is still difficult to simulate the whole behavior of analog components (analog pedals are still alive!). The virtual pedals are therefore not perfect, and do not intend to replace the real pedals. Quality also depends on external components such as the audio card or the computer itself.
Download the free guitar pedal effect VSTs at the Heptode site.