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Line 6 Variax Standard Guitar and Firehawk FX Demo

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Here is the demo presentation that was put on by Line 6 covering the new Variax Standard Guitar and the Firehawk FX.

Scott Dixon Cases Demo

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Here is a great interview with John from Scott Dixon guitars at Namm 2015.

Jason Becker Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars Namm 2015

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Ken Susi ESP Guitars: (Unearth) Signature LTD KS-7

Monday, January 5th, 2015

ESP Guitars has a Ken Susi Signature model and it looks bad ass if for no other reason it comes loaded with an EverTune bridge.  I actually got to meet Ken at Namm last year (2014) and he’s a super cool dude to.  Congrats to him getting his own signature ESP.  Certainly deserves it just out of chops alone. 

The guitar looks super cool it’s a Neck-thru 25.5″ scale seven string with a Mahogany body, quilted maple top, maple neck and ebony fingerboard. For pickups it’s loaded with EMG 85-7H Chrome in the neck and the EMG 91-7h Chrome in the Bridge.

If you’re not familiar, check out the video that ESP released.  And Ken has a bunch of stuff all over youtube so google the dude he’s a champ.

Ibanez Announces Guitar Lineup Namm 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

For Gearzombiee Namm is the event.  Like the superbowl of gear.  As a guitar player and an Ibanez fanboy it’s the first booth I want to hit when I get there, and then I hit it again like 30 times more over the next couple days.  The second booth??  Well since i’m a drummer also it’s the Tama booth, normally located right next to Ibanez.  So Hoshino is my day 1 Namm warm up.  So the musicradar.com post announcing the lineup for this years Namm show tickled me more than normal for one reason.  The Ibanez Jem 77P.

I have always wanted a blue floral but finding the original in any kind of shape has been tough.  And if you do find a decent one it’s the price of a nice used car!  If the musicradar.com post is correct it’s going to be a Jem Premium so the price wont be terrible.  And if you’ve played any of the premiums you know that they’re decent guitars.  Are they full blow Jem quality??  No.  Will you care???  No.  I think for the most part they’re killer guitars and for me a Jem while a beautiful guitar, the price to quality ratio isn’t there for me personally.

Musicradar posted 27 items in total, one of them being a mini tube screamer which was kinda cool.  But below are the guitars that grabbed my attention, please go to musicradar.com to check out the full listing!

 

 

 

Wayne Static Tribute at Crypticrock.com

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Wayne Static was part of my life’s soundtrack for what seems like as long as I can remember.  Growing up in the midwest, playing in bands, always loving heavy music and with some electronic elements.  When I first got a taste of Static-X I was in love with that sound.  I had the same love affair with Powerman 5000.  A combination of heavy, angry powerful music but music that had a drive and an audible bounce.  People had fun at those shows.  In retrospect it was the beginning of the end for music as I knew it.

 

These bands were popular when there were still rockstars, well before the homogenized version of music we get today.  It’s unfortunate that music that is fun has all but disappeared.  But that’s for an entirely different rant.  Maybe later tonight.

 

For now, here is a great post from over at crypticrock.com   Called When The Pighammer Falls.  Click the link and check it out.  It’s worth the read!

 

http://crypticrock.com/when-the-pighammer-falls-a-tribute-to-wayne-static/

Butcher Babies On Tour with Black Label Society and Hatebreed

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Unfortunately, this tour isn’t getting very close to me but if it’s in your neck of the woods it’s 3 fun bands to see!!

BUTCHER BABIES have just completed recording for the follow-up to their debut full-length, Goliath. Due out summer 2015, this currently untitled album was produced by Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH), who also worked on the band’s recently released covers EP, Uncovered (the video for the cover version of “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” can be viewed here). For a preview of new material, be sure to catch BUTCHER BABIES on the road, where they will be debuting tracks for the first time live!

To purchase BUTCHER BABIES’ latest release, Uncovered, head over to iTunes for a digital copy or Best Buy for the CD.

BUTCHER BABIES live with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HATEBREED
12/27/2014–Studio Seven–Seattle, WA
12/28/2014–Knitting Factory Concert–House Spokane , WA
12/29/2014–Commodore Ballroom–Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014–Kelowna Community Theatre–Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014–Flames Central–Calgary, AB
1/2/2015–Shaw Conference Centre–Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015–Convention Hall–Arts Centre–Regina, SK
1/4/2015–Burton Cummins Theatre–Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015–The Community Auditorium–Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015–London Music Hall–London, ON
1/8/2015–Kool Haus–Toronto, ON
1/9/2015–Metroplis–Montreal, QC
1/10/2015–F Shed At The Market–Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015–Reverb–Reading, PA
1/13/2015–State Theatre–Portland, ME
1/14/2015–Webster Theater–Hartford, CT
1/16/2015–Royal Oak Music Theater–Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015–The LC Pavillion–Columbus, OH
1/18/2015–The Fillmore Charlotte–Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015–Diamond Ballroom–Oklahoma City, OK
1/21/2015–Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland–Kansas City, MO
1/22/2015–Sokol Auditorium–Omaha, NE

Unreleased Dimebag Track Whiskey Road

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Guitar World Magazine is preparing their tribute issue to Dimebag for their Feb 2015 release. With that, they have released a solo track of Dime’s titled Whiskey Road. According to GW this was recorded by Dime in 2001 during the last leg of the Reinventing the Steel U.S Tour and features Dime on all instruments including vocals.

The upcoming issue appears to be loaded with coolness including a private tour of Dime’s home and a segment on his most cherished guitars. It looks to be a great issue so pick it up!! But until then check out the tune!!

iZotope Iris 2 Release

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

If you’ve ever used any iZotope stuff you know it’s incredible.  Here is a release from them for their new sample based synth called Iris 2.  Surely to be killer!!

iZotope Releases Iris 2
New sample-based synthesizer includes
11 GB of versatile patches and samples

Cambridge, MA (November 20, 2014) – iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has just released the newest version of their sample­-based synthesizer, Iris. Iris 2 is a visual instrument that combines the power of a sampler with the flexibility of a modular synth.

New features include a robust modulation system, sample pools that can load both samples and classic oscillator waveforms, a completely redesigned interface with extensive visualizations and metering, enhanced effects and filters, and fresh patches to inspire creativity.

Iris 2 is built so that new sounds can be discovered right out of the box, including soaring leads, growling basses, classic synths, and percussive effects. More than 350 patches with intuitive controls are included, so that users can easily produce and perform music that they have tweaked and customized.

“After listening carefully to feedback from hundreds of musicians, producers, and sound designers, it became clear that Iris is a one-­of­-a-kind tool in their craft,” says iZotope Product Manager Bradford Swanson. “We’ve designed Iris 2 to help inspire musicians with new possibilities and sounds that are easy to access and tweak, but still totally unique.”

The core of Iris 2’s creative engine is the ability to layer samples. Endless combinations can be made by mixing a built-­in collection of analog oscillator waveforms, an 11 GB sound library of samples, and users’ own audio files. Dynamic tremolo effects, expressive vibratos, and radical filter sweeps can be achieved through up to five adjustable ­curve ADSR envelopes, as well as five LFOs with dozens of morphing wavetable options. Iris 2 is rounded out with multiple effects, like eight distortions, a classic synth chorus, digital and analog delay options, and a warm plate reverb emulation.

iZotope’s award­-winning spectral filtering technology contributes to the Iris experience. Users can visualize and edit their sound with incredible precision by drawing, selecting, and isolating sonic components from each sample layer.

The world is your instrument.

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See Iris 2 in action:

Hear the sounds of Iris 2:

Learn more at: www.izotope.com/iris

Availability

Iris 2 is available now at www.izotope.com/iris and at select retailers.

Pricing

Iris 2 is on sale for $199 USD ($99 USD upgrade) through December 11, 2014. After that date, Iris 2 will be available at the regular price of $299 USD ($149 USD upgrade).

For international customers, check with your local reseller for Iris 2 pricing.

Compatibility

Iris 2 runs as a plug-­in or as a standalone application.

Operating system requirements:

Windows: 7, 8 Mac: OS X 10.7 or later (Intel only)

Plug­in formats:

32/64 bit Audio Units, VST, VST3, AAX, and RTAS

Plug­in host compatibility: Ableton Live 8 and 9, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio, Bitwig, and many more.

About iZotope, Inc.

iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®. For more information on iZotope products, please visit www.izotope.com.

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

I got a cool email today from Hal Leonard about a new book they’re releasing titled The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information.  If you’re a fan of Fender products this looks like something that would be a great edition to your collection!!!

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information

Montclair, NJ (November 11, 2014) -Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information. Written by Tom Wheeler with foreword by legendary guitarist James Burton, The Fender Archives is part history, part archive, part scrapbook, and part treasure chest, telling the story of an American icon through it’s rich past.

 

In The Fender Archives, Wheeler takes

the reader on a research expedition, a sort of archeological dig through several sites: file folders in Fender’s offices; the family archives of Don Randall; author/curator Richard Smith’s collections; the photo galleries of John Peden and Fretted Americana; jammed metal cabinets in a sweltering warehouse near the Corona factory; and the home of the late Bob Perine in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, just blocks from the beach where he and Ned Jacoby took now-iconic photos of high school kids, surfboards, palm trees, and chrome-clad rocket-ship guitars in Shoreline Gold and Daphne Blue and Candy Apple Red.

 

“Tom has compiled a captivating collection of artifacts that is guaranteed to satisfy the most passionate Fender fanatic,” said Richard McDonald, executive vice president of the Fender brand.

 


The Fender Archives
looks at the company from the inside; handwritten letters, production totals, personal logbooks, in-house memos, Leo Fender’s drawing-board sketches, financial reports-such documents are freed here from long confinement in cardboard boxes and filing cabinets, dusted off, and promoted from background to spotlight.

 

The Fender Archives sheds new light on the inspirations for revolutionary instruments and amplifiers, their sometimes-difficult births and growing pains, the environment into which they were unleashed upon the world, and the motivations and personalities of key players. Featured are rare and previously unseen photographs and documents from Fender’s decades-long rich history as well as reproduced historical documents, posters, and other items housed in several folders bound within the book.

About the Author:
Tom Wheeler is a writer, educator, and musician. After freelancing for Rolling Stone, Wheeler held the post of editor in chief of Guitar Player Magazine and became the founding editorial director for Bass Player. He has authored several books, including The Guitar Book, American Guitars, The Stratocaster Chronicles, The Soul of Tone, and The Dream Factory. Wheeler currently serves as a professor at the University of Oregon’s School of journalism. He lives in Eugene, Oregon. 

The Fender Archives
$45.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00103138
ISBN: 9781476817477
Width: 12.0″
Length: 9.0″
96 pages

 

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.