Is Kemper about to announce a new floorboard effect?

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A few days ago, Kemper introduced the new Profiler OS 6 with two new effects. Now the German company has surprised many by running a video teaser for a new product due to be announced on July 24. We’ve been trying to decipher the images in the video and on Kemper’s Instagram feed – and […]

Amp modelling vs Tube Amps: Has ‘digital’ won the guitar tone war?

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Recently, the “tube amps versus modelling” debate has heated up online. Products like Line 6’s Helix, Fractal Audio’s FM3, Hotone’s Ampera and, of course, the Kemper Profiler are getting closer and closer to the sounds of real classic valve amps. Recently, players like John Mayer and even Mark Knopfler have used guitar modellers live during concerts, instead […]

Sampleson spectral model a Honer Pianet T into the 30MB Model T

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Sampleson has developed a method of sampling instruments and recreating them through spectral modelling. It can take a huge sample library and reduce it down to simple sine waves which can then recreate the exact timbre and behaviour of the instrument. They began with the Electra Piano T, then the Rhodes and Wurlitzer and this […]

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 […]

bx_oberhausen is Brainworx emulation of an Oberheim classic

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Brainworx and Plug-in Alliance promised us some software synths at NAMM earlier in the year. The first one to emerge is a rather brilliant recreation of the classic Oberheim SEM (although they distinctly refrain from mentioning it by name). Brainworx is known for the quality of their analogue modelling of hardware effects and so bringing […]

NAMM 2019: HoTone Ampero – The Helix Killer is here at last

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I wrote all about the forthcoming HoTone Ampero back in October last year, which you can read about here. Well, it looks like it is finally getting a release now and we have a price and date. Chances are you can check it out at NAMM this week as well. HoTone MP-100 Ampero Touted as an […]

Audient teases new guitar I/O product on Twitter

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UK-based maker of consoles and interfaces Audient has today teased a new ‘guitar product’ via Twitter. It looks like it could be some type of modelling/processing hardware; luckily the company says we’ll only have to wait till Firday to find out what the fuss is all about… Audient’s Twitter Tease So could it be a […]

Positive Grid Bias Amp 2 LE – Free until Boxing Day!

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Positive Grid is giving everyone a free download of its Bias Amp 2 LE software bundle. The only caveat is that you need to do it by the 26 December. So, if you want to grab some free guitar effect software, you’d better get over there now.  Positive Grid Bias 2 Amp LE Positive Grid […]

String Studio VS-3 adds new dimensions to unique string oscillators

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String Studio VS-3 uses a collection of unique string oscillators in place of the usual VCOs and DCOs found in most synthesizers. These form the basic sounds sources and can be plucked, bowed and hammered before routing through a blend of synthesis components. String Studio VS-3 The new version brings in two voice multitimbrality by […]

Markus 88: a spectral modelled Stage 88 electric piano

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When this press release dropped into my mailbox I absolutely assumed it was yet another sampling of an electric piano. Nothing wrong with that except that there are a lot of them about. But with the Markus 88 instrument developer Sampleson have approached it differently and they call it Spectral Modelling. Spectral Modelling They start out […]