Blackstar launches ultra-compact amPlug2 Fly headphone guitar amps

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Blackstar has just announced two new amPlug2 Fly headphone guitar amps, one for guitar and the other for bass.  The guitar version has three channels – Clean, Crunch and Lead – and uses Blackstar’s ISF control and has nine built-in effects. These include  three choruses, three delays and three reverbs, so enough to make practise a little more […]

Boss outs 4 new “premium” 200 Series effect pedals with delay, EQ, drive and modulation

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Boss has just announced a new pedal range, the 200 Series. The series launches with a new delay, an EQ, a modulation pedal and an overdrive. Boss says these pedals are part of a new “premium audio quality”, all with of 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing and 96 kHz sample rate. Coming in the mid-priced market […]

Get more free plug-ins and music freeware for your collection

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Some very interesting content got put up as freeware today and over the past couple of days. Chief among the freebies has to be a pack of four full-fledged software synths from developer TrapDoor Audio. It will load you up with synth sounds for days and weeks to come. Also interesting are the Ambient soundscape […]

Nylon: Geometric oscillators and explorative sound design

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Nylon from Wave Casual is a cool looking synthesizer that uses oscillators based on geometry to define the timbre via a circular path. Then it’s all morphing, modulation and movement for there into unexplored sounds. Nylon Now, this is a lovely looking piece of software, all clean lines, soft greys and gorgeously animated bezier curves. […]

Mr Black Mini Vintage Chorus: A Boss CE-1 circuit in mini pedal

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Portland, Oregon’s Mr Black makes some pretty amazing pedals. His latest is a take on the classic ’70s Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble – but now in a tiny pedalboard-friendly format.  Introducing the new Mini Vintage Chorus, a CE-1 that has been on a serious diet! Mr Black Mini Vintage Chorus The original Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble […]

NUX Mighty 20BT guitar amp: A budget Bluetooth home practice amplifier

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NUX makes some useful and affordable guitar gear and its latest release is the new Mighty 20BT. This Bluetooth enabled practice amp has plenty of handy features geared towards use at home. NUX Mighty 20BT guitar amp The NUX Mighty BT20 has four channels. Each has four sound presets available, making this a flexible little […]

Joyo R-09 Vision: 18 modulation effects in one pedal for under $90!

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Chinese pedal maker Joyo has announced the R-09 Vision, an affordable dual-channel modulation pedal with 18 effects onboard. And it comes in at under $90. That makes it probably one of the best-specified budget modulation pedals around. Joyo R-09 Vision Joyo has released a ton of budget pedals lately, including the R-02 TaiChi drive, the R-07 Aquarius […]

Zoom G1 Four and G1X Four: The ideal budget multi-effects pedals for beginners?

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Zoom’s new G1 Four and G1X Four multi-effects pedals manage to cram a boatload of effects into pedals that are, frankly, cheap as chips. These two new products may suit players on limited budgets or those looking to buy their first ever multi-effects unit. Zoom G1 Four and G1X Four After the Winter NAMM launch […]

TC Electronic June-60 pedal ‘Juno Chorus’ finally here?

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I wrote about the ‘new’ TC Electronic June-60 pedal back in 2017 and it was supposedly due out soon back then. Well, it has just popped up their site, so looks like we may finally see it in 2019. TC Electronic June-60 Essentially the chorus section from the Roland Juno-6 in pedal format. That is […]

NAMM 2019: Dreadbox Komorebi is a Chorus/Flanger pedal from guitar to Eurorack

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Dreadbox says that Komorebi is a Japanese, untranslatable word, which eloquently captures the effect of sunlight streaming through the leaves of the trees. That’s a beautiful description of a fascinating hybrid Chorus/Flanger pedal that’s designed for much more than guitar. Komorebi I’m really enjoying the trend of taking guitar pedals and turning them into more versatile devices. […]