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Source Audio SoundBlox Hub v1 – MIDI Interface/Port Expander/Multi-Pedal Scene Saver

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Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of guitar and bass effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox Hub v1: MIDI Interface / Port Expander / Multi-Pedal Scene Saver. The Hub introduces an entirely new “modular” approach to multi-effect systems. It has the power to unite up to five Soundblox 2 pedals into one thoroughly integrated, MIDI controlled, multi-effect machine.

With its ability to send and receive MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages, the Soundblox Hub unlocks the range of MIDI options in the entire line of Soundblox 2 pedals. Users can edit pedal parameters and save up to 128 pedal “scenes” easily recalled with an external MIDI foot-controller or computer MIDI interface. Recalling a saved scene activates the corresponding pedals used in the scene, complete with assigned external controllers like a passive expression pedal or the Hot Hand 3 Wireless Effects Controller.

The Hub dramatically expands the preset storage capabilities of each Soundblox 2 pedal, but it also allows users to keep their favorite “go-to” presets saved directly within each pedal. This approach gives musicians the option of interacting with their pedal board in the traditional way or with simple one-step MIDI switching.

Via the Hub’s USB port, the Hub Manager Software and latest pedal software and firmware can be downloaded directly from the Source Audio website. It is available for Mac or PC operating systems and can be used to edit saved presets and customize parameters within the Hub. As Source Audio continues to offer new features and custom arrangements, the Hub will enable users to upgrade their own equipment without the expense of purchasing an entire new setup.

soundblox hub v1
Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of guitar and bass effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox Hub v1: MIDI Interface / Port Expander / Multi-Pedal Scene Saver. The …

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Seymour Duncan Release Black Winter 7 & 8 String Versions

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The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for extended range guitars, Seymour Duncan is happy to announce you’ll now be able to get all the heavy saturation, articulation and aggression of the Black Winter in your 6, 7 or 8 string axe.

“Black Winter’s look matches its dark intentions: a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, blood red wire, and the Seymour Duncan logo in Old English font. Black Winter 6, 7 and 8 string versions are available in either a bridge or neck version or in a complete calibrated set.”

For more information, visit: http://www.seymourduncan.com

blackwinter 7 & 8 string

The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for extended range guitars, Seymour Duncan is

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Schecter Guitars Webisode 1 – Conquering Rifftopia with Jeff Loomis & Keith Merrow


If you haven’t heard already Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow have recently formed a new band and released their stunning debut album Conquering Dystopia, Jeff and Keith are a fantastic partnership and I highly recommend checking the album out. As both Keith and Jeff now have signature Schecter Guitars (the KM-7 and JL-7) Schecter have recorded a webisode above called Conquering Rifftopia, hopefully part 1 of many, and in this episode Jeff demonstrates the Hellraiser C-7 FR/S playing some of the music from the new album.

http://www.schecterguitars.com/media-vault/videos/item/356-conquering-rifftopia-webisode-i


If you haven’t heard already Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow have recently formed a new band and released their stunning debut album Conquering Dystopia, Jeff and Keith are a fantastic partnership and I highly recommend checking the album out. …

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Strum Guitar like Justin with FourChords app


Press Release
FourChords, the Guitar Karaoke app (free on iOS) has launched a new “strumming” feature to help aspiring beginners learn to strum their guitars via their iPhones and iPads.

Developed by Finnish music app developer Musopia, the FourChords app helps people enjoy playing the guitar quickly and easily by presenting a continually updated range of songs – from folk or rock classics to the latest chart toppers – in an easy to follow karaoke-style app using just a few chords. In its latest version FourChords can take the guitar player a step further where in addition to the easy chords; the app guides the player to learn the different strumming patterns for each song.

Justin Sandercoe, of guitar teaching website www.justinguitar.com, was named by the Independent newspaper as “one of the most influential guitar teachers in history” and has partnered with FourChords to present chord playing tutorial videos for guitar beginners. Now Justin demonstrates the FourChords strumming feature which lets you see and hear the strumming pattern for you to play on your guitar.

Paula Lehto, CMO of Musopia said; “We want to get people playing, and enjoying, music as quickly as possible. Justin is a great ambassador for FourChords and his latest video for us illustrates just how easy it is to strum good guitar patterns to great songs. We design apps which take budding guitarists through each level of learning and our apps prepare them to what we call the ‘Campfire guitarist level’ – where they’ll be good enough to play guitar for a sing-a-long around a camp fire!”

http://www.fourchords.com/


Press Release
FourChords, the Guitar Karaoke app (free on iOS) has launched a new “strumming” feature to help aspiring beginners learn to strum their guitars via their iPhones and iPads.

Developed by Finnish music app developer Musopia, the FourChords …

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Toontrack releases Classic Amps EZmix Pack

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Back in Nov 2012 I reviewed Toontrack’s Metal Guitar Gods EZMix Pack for EZMix 2 and I was really impressed at the quality of presets available from some big names in modern metal such as Misha Mansoor and Frederik Thorndahl. So I guess it is really no surprise that Toontrack have been working on some classic amp models and have just announced the release of the Classic Amps EZmix Pack for EZmix 2.

Press Release
The Classic Amps EZmix Pack presents 50 complete signal chain presets including amps, stomp boxes, speakers and various effects. The speakers were modeled using custom impulse responses, capturing the essence of several premium vintage cabinets and combos. The settings express a wide variety and cover anything from clean and muffled rhythm sounds to rich and saturated leads.

“We wanted to model the most influential amps of the past 50 years and put together a collection of tones that could work for any kind of guitar oriented music. We ended up with settings spanning anything from blues to British Invasion, punk, grunge and pop”, says Toontrack sound designer Ulf Edlund.

This collection is a testament and homage to the amps that managed to survive and seep through several decades of musical progression. The inspiration to your next riff is just a mouse-click away. Make sure it sounds great – add some of that warm tube sizzle, subtle speaker rattle or warm fuzz to it!

Find more information and audio demos here:
http://www.toontrack.com/products.asp?item=239

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Back in Nov 2012 I reviewed Toontrack’s Metal Guitar Gods EZMix Pack for EZMix 2 and I was really impressed at the quality of presets available from some big names in modern metal such as Misha Mansoor and Frederik Thorndahl. …

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Metallica’s James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett Gear Rundowns

TC Electronic’s Tore Mogenses meets James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet’s guitar techs to talk about the gear, pedal and amps that Metallica use.

James Hetfield:

Kirk Hammett:

TC Electronic’s Tore Mogenses meets James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet’s guitar techs to talk about the gear, pedal and amps that Metallica use.

James Hetfield:

Kirk Hammett:






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MI Audio Super Blues Pro Vs Klon Centaur


Sydney based MI Audio make some of the best effects pedals in the world and recently released an upgraded version of their Blues Pro pedal called the Super Blues Pro which adds even more tonal features and versatility. Anyway MI also recently obtained a Klon Centaur which as you know has a unique tone unobtainable by any other means due to the circuitry being dipped in Unicorn tears. MI decided to see what the Super Blues Pro sounded like in comparison and did a little shootout video. So rather than pay $1000 for an overhyped gold coloured box maybe check out some of the alternatives on offer like MI Audio’s Super Blues Pro and spend more time worrying about playing than whether your pedals contain mystical mojo created on forums.

We recently had the KLON Centaur in the MI Audio workshop and after playing it for awhile, realised that it had a similar tone to the MOSFET setting on the Super Blues Pro.

So did a quick A/B shootout and were able to dial in some verrrrry close tones. Difference being that the MI Audio Super Blues Pro can be had for $149 AND it has much more versatility than the 3-knob KLON.

The MI Audio Super Blues Pro isn’t gold, nor does it have a Centaur on it. But it does deliver crystal clean boosts, transparent overdrive, mid-range crunch and many more tones.

The setup used was an SG into KLON/Super Blues Pro into MI Audio The Duchess prototype amp set clean – SM57 close mic’d into a M-Audio Fast Track Ultra.


Sydney based MI Audio make some of the best effects pedals in the world and recently released an upgraded version of their Blues Pro pedal called the Super Blues Pro which adds even more tonal features and versatility. Anyway MI …

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Ola Englund demonstrates the Chapman Guitars ML-7 S


You may have recently seen the Ola Englund demo of the new Chapman Guitars ML-7 T, well this time Ola has recorded a demo of the alternative to the T, the ML-7 S which looks and sound great. Full specs can be found on the Chapman Guitars website, if you are in the UK check Andertons Music for pricing and availability.


You may have recently seen the Ola Englund demo of the new Chapman Guitars ML-7 T, well this time Ola has recorded a demo of the alternative to the T, the ML-7 S which looks and sound great. Full …

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Ola Englund demonstrates the Chapman Guitars ML-7 T


Chapman Guitars recently announced the addition of not one but two collaboratively designed 7 string guitars, the ML-7 T and ML-7 S. Above you can see Ola Englund giving the ML-7 T a thorough workout! I’m not a fan of the natural finish personally but I know it is very popular judging by the comments. I would like a gloss black version with black hardware, just black everything for da brootalz! The Chapman Custom Pro 7 Alnico Passive Humbuckers sound pretty damn good too! Hopefully Ola posts a video of the ML-7 S too soon as a comparison.


Chapman Guitars recently announced the addition of not one but two collaboratively designed 7 string guitars, the ML-7 T and ML-7 S. Above you can see Ola Englund giving the ML-7 T a thorough workout! I’m not a fan of …

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DunlopTV : Zakk Wylde / Experience Hendrix 2014 Tour


DunlopTV’s Bryan Kehoe caught up with Zakk Wylde at the Experience Hendrix Tour in Milwaukee. This is the first of a series of interviews with some of the tour’s top performers. Here, Zakk Wylde talks about how Jimi Hendrix inspired generations of guitar players.


DunlopTV’s Bryan Kehoe caught up with Zakk Wylde at the Experience Hendrix Tour in Milwaukee. This is the first of a series of interviews with some of the tour’s top performers. Here, Zakk Wylde talks about how Jimi Hendrix inspired …

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