Make your cheap Squier play like an American Fender: Three easy upgrades

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Many guitarists look for simple ways to upgrade or modify their Squier Stratocaster in an effort to get it playing like an American Fender. So where to start? A while ago, I posted a few tips on how to polish off poor finishing on fret ends to get your Squier playing better. Here are a […]

Softube Modular gets slapped and excited with Mutable Instruments Rings

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Softube Modular continues its campaign of authenticity in its software Eurorack environment by acquiring another official Mutable Instruments module. Mutable Instruments Rings is a popular physical modelling Eurorack module that’s helped define the sound of Eurorack over the past 3 years. Rings for Softube Rings is all about modelling materials that are then excited in […]

Dark Arcade: earthy and cybernetic low cost hybrid hardware synthesizer

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Onto Kickstarter, we have the Dark Arcade hybrid synthesizer tempting us to get on board with the first production run. Created by Stevey Yarusinsky initially as a labour of love but it has now taken over his life and wants to make it into the outside world.  Dark Arcade It was intended as an entry-level […]

Scanned: an organic wavetable oscillator that dynamically grows waves

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Qu-Bit has released their scanned synthesis wavetable animater that we first saw at NAMM earlier in the year. Scanned is an interesting concept using an unexplored technique of synthesis that has never before been implemented in hardware. Scanned Scanned synthesis was conceived by computer music guru Max Matthews. It’s based around the idea of a string […]

FR3TZ° – brings Euclidean beats to string harmonics in a Reaktor instrument

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FR3TZ is a new Reaktor instrument from Blinksonic. I’m guessing that you’d pronounce it like “frets”? The idea being that it is using a load of sampled guitar string harmonics as the basis of an interesting Euclidean rhythm based instrument. FR3TZ It’s a fascinating looking interface. You have 3 strings being triggered by a Euclidean […]

Pitch Pilot: A cool new pitch bending add-on for your guitar

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The Pitch Pilot is a cool little gadget that you attach to your guitar to manipulate string pitch on individual strings. It’s similar to a B-Bender, just without all the hassle of routing your favourite guitar! Pitch Pilot The Pitch Pilot has a range up and down up to 10 semitones, which is pretty impressive. There […]

TC Electronic Aeon String Sustainer: The new EBow in town?

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Those crazy, cool Danes over at TC Electronic have just announced the imminent arrival of the new Aeon String Sustainer, which aims to take the crown from the ever-popular EBow hand-held string sustainer. Aeon String Sustainer The Aeon is powered by a pair of custom-designed transducers and TC reckons this new modern-day take on the EBow could be […]

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? […]