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 […]

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 […]

IK Multimedia Dimebag Darrell Cowboys From Hell Collection on iPad & iPhone

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IK Multimedia has launched a Dimebag Darrell Cowboys From Hell Collection for Apple iPad and iPhone. This package gets you a raft of metal tones on your iOS devices. Previously, it was only available for PC/Mac, but now with the iOS release, you can easily take it for a walk! Dimebag Darrell Cowboys From Hell Collection The late Pantera […]

Valve vs. solid state guitar amps: Can you guess which is which?

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Ah yes, that age-old spat among guitarists: What’s better, a valve amp or a transistor amp? Although there are good reasons cited by advocates of both types, the main bone of contention between the two camps is, obviously, the sound.  Can you guess which is which? In the video below, Brian Wampler and Travis Feaster have […]

Sony C-100 dual-capsule condenser microphone hits markets

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Sony has not forgotten about its strong legacy in studio microphones, it seems. The Japanese giant is shipping the C-100 dual-diaphragm condenser mic announced at AES 2017; it’s Sony’s first new microphone in around a quarter of a century. Sony says this model continues the legacy of the classic C-800/C-800G dual-capsule model and offers an […]