Doepfer releases seven A-100 Slimline Eurorack modules

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Doepfer was showing a range of new slimline modules at Superbooth this year. Of the eight on show seven are now available leaving only the A-111-6 Mini Synth Voice to come. Slimline This new range is great. They are simple but comprehensive, small in HP but big on functionality. You can build a modular system […]

Ernie Ball Music Man Dustin Kensrue StingRay lets you run pickups to separate outputs

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The latest signature guitar model from Ernie Ball Music Man is a new Artist Series StingRay for Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue. And there’s one or two features that makes this one stand out from the crowd. Ernie Ball Music Man has added a new guitar to its Artist Series, creating a StingRay for Dustin Kensrue of Thrice. […]

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 […]

Get foot control over the Ableton Live Looper with State of the Loop

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State of the Loop attempts to bring the live performance ease of hardware loopers like the Boss RC-505 to the Ableton Live Looper device.  State of the Loop The Looper device in Ableton Live is a very useful live performance on improvisation tool. Although it has great integration with controllers such as the Ableton Push it […]

Kemper Profiler OS 5.5.2: More features, easier control and stereo

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The Kemper Profiler was one of the first modelling amps to gain widespread acceptance in the guitar world. That’s primarily because it sounds like a real amp, and also because of it’s easy to use. With the new Kemper OS 5.5.2 comes some new features that should delight many players… Kemper Profiler OS 5.5.2 The […]

Jacques Pedals Bête Noire – Classic Plexi tones plus modulation = Van Halen?

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The new Jacques Pedals Bête Noire pedal combines natural distortion and analogue phasing modulation into one pedal. Part of their professional effect pedals range handmade in France, this latest unit looks very interesting indeed. Jacques Pedals Bête Noire Over the years Jacques Pedals has made loads of cool boutique effects pedals and I’ve owned loads of them myself […]

MXR introduces Dyna Comp Deluxe, limited edition Carbon Copy & Phase 90

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The Dyna Comp is certainly a classic among compressor pedals. MXR has just launched a new deluxe version at Summer NAMM, alongside a limited edition of its Carbon Copy delay and Phase 90 phaser. The fancy graphics on these two wouldn’t look amiss on the cover of Cream’s Disraeli Gears album artwork. Dyna Comp Deluxe […]

Summer NAMM 2018: MXR EVH5150 Chorus pedal

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MXR has chosen Summer NAMM to reveal officially its new EVH5150 Chorus, based on the pedal used by Eddie Van Halen on tracks like Pretty Woman and Diver Down. MXR EVH5150 The new MXR EVH5150 Chorus is, at first glance, quite a large pedal. It’s similar in size to the EVH flanger of the same series. I […]

Cort Sunset TC: Boutique relic looks for those on a budget?

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The new Cort Sunset TC model is a retro-looking, relic-finished hard tail guitar with vintage looks and hints of boutique high-end styling. And for very reasonable money. Cort Sunset TC model These Cort Sunset TC new models are available in Worn Butter Blonde or Worn White Blonde finishes. Both have distressed/relic styling, which gives them a boutique feel […]

Nektar Pacer: A new footswitch MIDI and DAW controller for hands-free control

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Nektar Technology has launched the Pacer DAW and MIDI Footswitch Controller. This is their first foray away from the familiar keyboard-based controller. Nektar has a lot of interesting controller integration technology so this could be great not only for giving guitarist foot control over software effects but for DAW control as well. Pacer Comprehensive MIDI […]