Make your Cheap Squier sound like an American Fender: Ugrade your Potentiometers!

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Last time in Part 1, we looked at the basics of soldering. Ideally you’ve had a chance to practise your soldering skills and it’s time to move onto upgrading and modifying your guitar. This week, I’m going to cover potentiometers and why you should upgrade yours before anything else.  Listen To give you an idea of […]

NAMM 2018: Laney LA100SM Supergroup 100-watt beast

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The new Laney Supergroup LA100SM is based on the original late ’60s amp head. This much sought after 100-watt valve head has had one significant modification, the addition of a master volume. Laney LD100SM After the announcement of the new Laney Black Country Customs pedals, it is good to see another new amp from the British company. […]

fourMative CONTOURS: four single phase envelopes with complex combinations

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Vermona had a competition to come up with the confusing mix of majuscule-minuscule letters that form “fourMative CONTOURS”. It’s just a thing us peDanTic music technology journos have to deal with. However, it does quite cleverly and loudly describe the idea of a 4 channel envelope, which is what this is. And more, because it’s always […]

Tone Lab: a stackable modular synthesis system for easy music making

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Apparently, all this music making business with synths, DAWs and whatnot is really hard. It can certainly be a bit challenging. Well, never fear because designer Colin Hearon has had a notion about how to make the whole experience both simple and beautiful. Meet Tone Lab, a synthesizer for “youth and adults alike” that focuses […]

The Audiophile Circuits League take on a Monster Multi-Function Discrete VCO

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Hot on the heels of the development of their System 1 Stereo Synth comes a super wide monster of an oscillator. They are calling it simply the Multi-Function Discrete VCO, which is probably an understatement. I am loving that tuning knob, it looks like it comes off an old safe and gives you precise control […]