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 […]

Cwejman announces Bass Lead and Drum Generator BLD-2

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Cwejman is a bit of an exclusive synthesizer and modular brand. Only ever built in small numbers and usually snapped up by the synthesizer elite before anyone else gets much of a look in. But by all accounts the Cwejman modules are superb and we can all enjoy watching artists like Richard Devine using them. They […]

Tracktion Retromod recreates a bunch of Nord, Roland and Moog synthesizers

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Tracktion sometimes seem to move under the radar. We heard a little bit about their Retromod range of sample-based software recreations from NAMM in January. And then they disappeared. Now, without any fanfare or press release they have quietly become available. And they deserve a bit of attention I think. Retromod There are a lot of […]

Musikmesse 2018: AMT intros 5 mini-format tube preamp and drive pedals

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Siberian effect pedal and amp maker AMT brought a series of five new preamp effect pedals to Musikmesse. Each has a 12A7 tube housed in a metal cage for true valve tone. What the pictures below don’t really show is that all the pedals are in a mini-format enclosure. And there’s additional functionality planned for […]

Switch Pick – The plectrum with dual personalities?

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Sometimes the simplest piece of equipment can have the biggest impact on your guitar’s sound and for many the plectrum is where this all starts. The Switch Pick’s maker aims to give you a plectrum that can be used in different ways to give different ‘attacks’ when plucking the string. Valuable gadget or useless gimmick? […]