How to use guitars with Ableton Live 10

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For a long time it seemed like guitarists were resisting using computers, and it’s actually quite easy to understand why. However, a new generation of guitarists are far more comfortable with software, computers and mobile devices, so there’s no excuse for anyone to be a tech hold-out any longer. Ableton Live has always versatile, and […]

Yonac’s Roxsyn turns guitars into synths without MIDI

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Yonac has introduced Roxsyn, an iOS synth for guitars and basses. Unlike some other similar systems, this synth plug-in does not require MIDI – just plug your instrument into a lightning/USB audio interface to get started. What’s unique about Roxsyn is its original sound generation technology known as ‘Metamorphic’. Instead of relying on pitch tracking […]

Michael Beinhorn on recording Hole’s Celebrity Skin

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Michael Beinhorn is a stalwart of 90s rock. The producer has worked with the likes of Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the experiences from which still inform his work as a ‘pre-producer’ today. One of the most storied albums he produced was Hole’s Celebrity Skin – but beyond the well-publicised spats behind […]

Michael Beinhorn on recording Soundgarden’s Fell On Black Days

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When we spoke to Michael Beinhorn, the acclaimed producer didn’t mince his words about what he thought of contemporary pop. In his view, pop today lacks the tension and release so common in tracks from the 90s and earlier – like Soundgarden’s Fell On Black Days, which Beinhorn worked on. He tells us more about […]

“I can’t get any satisfaction from pop music today”: producer Michael Beinhorn

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Michael Beinhorn got his big break in production working with Herbie Hancock as a synth and drum programmer, co-writing the breakdance favourite Rockit. However, he’s best known for his work on 90s rock records such as Soundgarden’s Superunknown, Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals and the notoriously troubled recording of Celebrity Skin by Hole. Now he’s drawing […]

Spitfire Audio’s new Ambient Guitars collection is perfect for dark creations

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Spitfire Audio has unveiled Ambient Guitars, a collection of cinematic guitar sounds, textures and loops recorded by guitarist/producer Leo Abrahams. This collection is designed to complement TV, films or video games of a darker nature. Ambient Guitars combines both new and old content, presented in Spitfire’s eDNA Engine UI. There’s more than 600 sounds at […]

Review: Loopmasters Complete Dance Guitars

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Price £24.95 Contact Loopmasters This new pack from Loopmasters features 325 guitar riffs at 128bpm for use in a wide range of dance-music genres and beyond. There are folders of clean, heavy and extreme loops, with a mix of funk chops, wah solos, heavy-metal chugs, and classic-rock-style riffs. Everything has been cleanly processed (distortions notwithstanding), […]

IK Multimedia brings AmpliTube’s Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection to iOS

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Last year, IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube desktop software was beefed up with the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection. The same collection is now available on the AmpliTube CS apps for iPad and iPhone, comprising nine models sampled from gear used on Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell. The nine models include emulations of two amplifiers, two cabinets and five […]