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 […]

Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200: “The largest-sounding combo ever produced”?

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Not so long ago, Hughes & Kettner introduced the Black Spirit head, rated at 200 Watts. Now comes the logical next step, a sibling amp in combo form. And according to the manufacturer, the Black Spirit 200 Combo is the “largest-sounding combo ever produced.” How about that for a confident claim? Black Spirit 200 Combo The […]

Keeley DDR Drive Delay Reverb: A Swiss Army knife effect pedal?

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Keeley’s new DDR Drive Delay Reverb is designed to be “the only pedal you may ever need”, combining the three most common effects into one compact unit. Keeley DDR Drive Delay Reverb The concept is simple enough: put the three most commonly used effects into one compact pedal and make it simple to setup and […]

Neural DSP releases Archetype amp modelling plugin with help from Plini

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Neural DSP has released a new amp modelling plug-in called Archetype Plini. It’s been built with help from the eponymous Australian guitar virtuoso and roles three dedicated virtual amps into one, adding a powerful 9-band EQ to help you sculpt your tones. Archetype The new Archetype plug-in models three all-new amps using Neural DSP‘s proprietary virtual […]

Coma Reactor: a crunchy delay module that fractures consciousness

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New from Mumbai based guitar and bass effects and amplification company Animal Factory Amplification (AFA) comes their third Eurorack module. This is not a port of one of their pedals, the Coma Reactor is a whole other thing. Coma Reactor The Coma Reaktor uses the crunchy sounds of the PT2399 chip found in devices such as […]

Ellistronics Panic Voice Data-Distort Oscillator screams into life

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More noise from the madcap world of Ellistronics. Developing the Data Distortion synthesis Ellis discovered in the StarCruncher we now have the monstrous Panic Voice Data-Distort Oscillator. This time it’s not a one-off, there are 7 of these things. Where will the madness end? Panic Voice It looks weirdly like the butchered headstock of a […]