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 […]

Joyo Bantamp FireBrand: A lunchbox amp for modern high-gain metal tones

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Joyo Audio has just launched a new model in its BantAmp range, the Firebrand. It’s a lunchbox amp head tuned to a modern high-gain distortion tone and given its diminutive size has plenty of useful features. Joyo Audio Bantamp FireBrand The preamp on the FireBrand consists of a JFET plus a single 12AX7 tube. These two […]

HEDD HEDDphone: An AMT headphone revolution?

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Berlin-based HEDD (Heinz Electrodynamic Devices) has announced the HEDDphone. The company’s first headphones bring its signature AMT technology to the headphone market for the first time. What do the HEDDphones have to offer, besides their obviously very appropriate name and spectacular looks? Heinz Electrodynamic Devices was founded by Klaus Heinz, who was also a founder […]

4MS new modules let you plug in your headphones and Listen to your Eurorack

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4MS has taken on the issue of how you listen to your Eurorack with a range of mixer and I/O modules that feature headphone sockets and modular and line levels. Listen Four It’s a four channel stereo mixer with line, modular and headphone outputs. The top two channels are mono with pan pots, the bottom […]

Tech 21 updates Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig to V2

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It’s been nearly 5 years since Richie Kotzen and Tech21 got together to make the RK5. Now we’re faced with Fly Rig RK5 V2, an update that adds new features to reflect Mr Kotzen’s “changed needs”. RK5 Signature Fly Rig V2 Richie Kotzen is a well-respected solo artist and former guitarist of the glam metal […]

NAMM 2019: Vox Union Jack Mini Superbeetle gives the MSB25 a makeover

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With its decidedly patriotic look, the new Union Jack Mini Superbeetle amp immediately grabs your attention. Hang on, haven’t we seen an amp with exactly the same specs before? Vox Union Jack Mini Superbeetle This new Albion-themed exterior hides the Vox MSB25 amp model presented at last year’s Summer NAMM: a 50-Watt head with NuTube technology, an onboard tremolo and […]

Joyo R-08 Cab Box IR Loader: The best value IR cab pedal on the market?

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We’ve already written several times in the last few weeks about Joyo’s new R Series including the R-o1 Tauren Overdrive and the new OMB looper. Now the R series is to be expanded further with the R-08 Cab Box, a handy cab simulator that uses Impulse Responses and even lets you load up your own. Joyo R-08 […]

Rivera Clubster Royale Recording guitar amp – Bargain boutique studio amp?

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Rivera has just announced a new amp series. The Clubster Royale Recording guitar amps come in either head or combo formats. The amp has a few neat features that make it great for recording, so making it a viable option for a great all-around amp for guitar players. Rivera Clubster Royale Recording The idea is a simple […]

Summer NAMM 2018: Is the Line 6 Spider V 20 the ultimate home amp?

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Line 6 has just announced the new Spider V 20 amp at Summer NAMM 2018. Looking through the specs, this looks very tempting as a home or practise amplifier. Line 6 Spider V 20 The new Spider V 20 is the latest in the company’s line-up of affordable practise amps. It uses proprietary Line 6 modelling tech to […]

Superbooth 2018: ALM reveals sampler, DCO, and envelope/LFO/step sequencer

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We saw the ALM Busycircuits rack before they left for the show and were puzzling over what the modules could be. Well, now we know. They have a prototype sampler, a digital wavetable oscillator, a 5-stage envelope, an LFO and a step sequencer – cool! The Sampler As yet unnamed it has 8 channels of playback […]