Reverb celebrates the stompbox in The Pedal Movie

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Online musical instrument marketplace Reverb.com has released a trailer for an upcoming feature-length documentary in which makers and players chart the history of the guitar pedal. The Pedal Movie tells the story of the stompbox from its beginnings under the feet of Hendrix, built by Roger Mayer, to the huge industry that it’s become to […]

Origin Effects reissues the Cali76-TX compressor pedal

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In celebration of building its 10,000th Cali76 Compact Deluxe, Origin Effects has announced limited reissues of the original full-sized Cali76-TX and TX-L compressor pedals. The two larger originals feature the same compression technology as the Cali76 Compact Deluxe, with the TX version sporting a custom-wound iron core transformer designed to subtly saturate and add extra […]

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 […]