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NAMM 2017: Fender Custom Shop Commemorates 30th Anniversary

NAMM 2017: Fender Custom Shop Commemorates 30th Anniversary

In honor of Fender Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and its guitar luthiery pioneers have reunited for 2017 Fender Custom Shop Founders Design: eight guitars, each designed by one of eight visionary Founding Master Builders who kick-started the iconic Custom Shop – known as the “dream factory.” One of the most exclusive and coveted collections in the Shop’s history, only 30 units of each design will be built by a team of artisans at Fender Custom […]

NAMM 2017: BAE Audio creates new subsidiary UK Sound

NAMM 2017: BAE Audio creates new subsidiary UK Sound

Analogue gear manufacturer BAE Audio [NAMM 2017: Hall A: Booth 6290] announced it has created a new subsidiary, UK Sound. The new branch of BAE Audio will develop and manufacture affordable, high quality analogue equipment for musicians and project studios looking to integrate the unmistakable character of vintage recording gear into their signal chains. The company’s first product, which will be on demonstration at the NAMM Show, will be its new 1173 Preamplifier/Compressor. Designed and manufactured at BAE Audio headquarters […]

Unity Audio Heads to NAMM 2017 with Line of Monitors

Unity Audio Heads to NAMM 2017 with Line of Monitors

Unity Audio, a forward-thinking engineering company on the leading edge of studio monitor design, will be exhibiting its flagship active studio monitors at the 2017 NAMM exhibition, held in Anaheim, CA from January 19-22 on booth 7613. Used by the world’s most progressive audio engineers, producers and Grammy Award-winning artists, Unity Audio’s purpose-built monitoring solutions are engineered for superior performance. “Unity Audio monitoring solutions are designed by the world’s leading authority on audio,” comments Kevin Walker, founder, Unity Audio. “Each […]

NAMM 2017: EBS Blue Label Pedals for guitar & bass

NAMM 2017: EBS Blue Label Pedals for guitar & bass

’BLACK HAZE’, ’DRIVE ME CRAZY’ and ’THE DRIVE’ offers significantly different drive characters and are designed and developed by EBS with the input from several Swedish top session guitarists. Black Haze The Black Haze is a beautiful drive with some darkness to it to make it interesting and irresistible. This pedal features a three-level character switch to boost or cut certain frequencies, dual drive engines and low-range compensation for improved performance with bass. Drive Me Crazy The Drive Me Crazy turn […]

NAMM 2017: Antelope Audio Announces Pro Tools HD compatible interface with Orion32 HD

NAMM 2017: Antelope Audio Announces Pro Tools HD compatible interface with Orion32 HD

Antelope Audio [NAMM Hall A – Booth 6596], a leading interface company specializing in world class clocking, conversion and FPGA-based vintage FX modeling, has announced the latest addition to its acclaimed Orion series of audio interfaces: Orion32 HD. Delivering 64 channels of stunning audio quality via HDX or USB3, the Orion32 HD is compatible with any DAW on the market, making it an excellent choice for users of both Pro Tools and Native systems. Further, it also delivers Antelope Audio’s […]

LucidSound Invites Gamers to Nintendo Switch To A New Standard of Powered Audio

LucidSound Invites Gamers to Nintendo Switch To A New Standard of Powered Audio

LucidSound, innovators of premium gaming audio hardware invite Nintendo® gamers to make the switch to a better audio experience via the LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset. Available for purchase today at all leading retailers, the LS20 features unrivalled, powered gaming audio, serving as the perfect partner to the new Nintendo Switch™ Home Gaming System available from March 3, 2017. With a modern, lifestyle appearance, strikingly different from traditional gaming headsets, the LS20 has been engineered for gaming-on-the-go. Featuring a compact, […]

Metal Life review: Rock N Roll Inventions series episode 1

Metal Life review: Rock N Roll Inventions series episode 1

A new Smithsonian Channel series is about to make some noise as some of the biggest names from the recording industry break out their drumsticks, synthesizers, and everything in between to explain the technology and innovations that have provided the soundtrack to our lives. The new six-episode series, ROCK’N’ROLL INVENTIONS premieres Monday, January 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series kicks off with ROCK’N’ROLL INVENTIONS: THIS DAMN MUSIC and looks at wind-up gramophones, 78rpm shellac records, vinyl singles, the transistor […]

new Ibanez BTB basses for 2017

new Ibanez BTB basses for 2017

The new BTBs continue to redefine what a boutique bass can offer. Notable this year is the inclusion of a zero fret, which gives open string notes a deeper, fretted tone and more sustain. Now standard are D’Addario NYXL strings, which boast an expanded dynamic range and increased harmonics. The 2017 BTBs combine a new, ultra-comfortable body arch, expressive Bartolini® BH2 pickups and a BTB5 5-piece maple/rosewood neck with neck-through construction, creating an extremely musical bass that features many luxurious […]

IK Multimedia announces Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube now available

IK Multimedia announces Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube now available

IK Multimedia is proud to announce that Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube is now available for Mac and PC from participating retailers worldwide, the IK Multimedia web store, and from the AmpliTube Custom Shop. Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube brings seven of Fender’s dream machines – some of the most toneful and genre-defining amps from the dawn of rock and beyond – to AmpliTube, providing spot-on recreations of the glorious tweed amps and more from the ’50s and ’60s. Included […]

Managing Gain & Distortion from The Blackbird Academy Foundation Series

Managing Gain & Distortion from The Blackbird Academy Foundation Series

Hal Leonard has released a new installment of The Blackbird Foundation Series at Groove3: Managing Gain & Distortion. Taught by The Blackbird Academy Co-Director and Instructor Kevin Becka, this new course explains terms like Unity Gain, Digital Zero, Negative Infinity dB, and their importance for recording and mixing audio. The course consists in 5 tutorials, each no longer than 4 minutes, yet covering the following essentials: Introduction to Gain & Distortion Demystifying Zero: Zero can mean different things on different […]

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