Fender Custom Shop Mid-Year Collection with models for Phil Lynott and Stevie Ray Vaughan

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News from the Fender Custom Shop for 2019: Fender has unveiled a limited-edition Mid-Year Collection, with signature models for Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) and Stevie Ray Vaughan. All instruments are handmade in their USA Custom Shop facility. It’s all pretty similar to releases we’ve seen in previous years, quite ‘middle of the road’ and safe. But at least there […]

Kemper Profiler Stage multi-FX modelling floorboard officially launched!

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After all the frantic build-up over the weekend, here it is: The Kemper Profliler Stage has now officially been announced. It’s a multi-effect guitar amp that packs the whole Profiler system into a floorboard unit, including the company’s profiling technology, adding a foot controller package for live use. Kemper Profiler Stage After the teaser video […]

Summer NAMM 2019: Fishman TriplePlay MIDI controller for guitar

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Fishman has just introduced its new TriplePlay MIDI controller during Summer NAMM and it looks like this new  hardware installs without any major modifications on most electric and acoustic guitars, as the mounting hardware is magnetic. Fishman TriplePlay MIDI controller This unit is billed as a low-latency pitch tracking pickup system and comes with a Lightning […]

The best gear of Summer NAMM 2019

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Summer NAMM is an interesting show from a music technology perspective because there are so many smaller, boutique pro audio brands in attendance. With Nashville’s vibrant recording studio scene, this is a perfect location for them to show off their latest gear to the recording engineers and producers the products are made for. But it’s […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Vanguard Audio Labs V7 is a many headed beast of a mic

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Vanguard Audio Labs has debuted the V7, a FET large-diaphragm condenser microphone with tailored to vocals. What’s unique about the V7 is the ability to swap out custom-voiced capsules easily, essentially giving you different mics to work with from one unit. The mic’s front panel boasts nine different patterns, which, when combined with the various […]

Summer NAMM 2019: The best gear of Day 3

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We’ve reached the conclusion of Summer NAMM 2019! Here are five of our favourite offerings from the last day. Eventide iOS plug-ins Eventide has ported over three of its popular effects to iOS: the MicroPitch, Blackhole Reverb and UltraTap Delay. These are available in AUv3 plug-in format and can be used in any compatible DAW […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Audioscape Engineering makes affordable Gates-style vocal compressor, the V-Comp

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Audioscape Engineering has launched the V-Comp, a vocal compressor inspired by the famed Gates Sta-Level. Although largely similar in specs to the original, the V-Comp has a slight twist: faster recovery times. Turning the recovery time knob towards the ‘faster’ region gets you breathy, pumpy vocals in the style of The Beatles. Taking this same […]

LEAK! New Kemper Profiler Floorboard Effect spotted on Instagram

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The rumours circulating all weekend at Summer NAMM are true: Kemper’s new Profiler floorboard has been spotted on the Instagram account of guitarist Jakob Schulze from the German band Swiss & Die Andern! Kemper “Profiler Floor” seen in the wild The image shows Jakob holding what we presume is the new Kemper Profiler Floor (or whatever it’s going to […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Audioscape Engineering’s EQP-A Pultec recreation is made in the USA

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Audioscape Engineering has replicated Pultec’s iconic 50s EQ designs in its latest device: the EQP-A Program Equalizer. The hand-made unit is stocked with NOS components – such as tubes and carbon comp resistors – and boasts EQ curves that are said to be accurate to vintage specs. Just like its forebear, the EQP-A is also […]