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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.

R.I.P Robert Zildjian Sabian Cymbal Founder

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Robert ZildjianRobert Zildjian, founder of Sabian cymbals passed away today. If you don’t know the back story here is the write up on the wiki page.

Robert Zildjian (14 July 1923 – 28 March 2013) was the founder of Sabian Cymbals, the 2nd largest manufacturer of cymbals in the world. Robert Zildjian belongs to the Zildjian family, which brought the technology of cymbal making from their ancestral homeland in capital city of modern Turkey to the United States by Avedis Zildjian and then was passed on to future generations of the family members.The company was founded in 1981 in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada by Robert Zildjian, son of Avedis Zildjian III, the head of the Avedis Zildjian Company. Family tradition had it that the head of the company would only pass its secrets down to the oldest son, but Avedis III gave the information to both his sons, Armand and Robert. A family feud resulted in Robert leaving Zildjian to form the rival Sabian Cymbals company. The companies continue to be rivals, and are both among the world’s most popular cymbal brands. Sabian cymbals have been used by many famous drummers in the world. The company’s name is a combination of his three children, Sally, Bill, and Andy.

You can read about it and post on the guestbook on Sabian’s website here…..

Gibson Guitars Announces Joe Perry Signature 1959 Les Paul

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Joe Perry Gibson

Gibson announced a 1959 Signature limited run Les Paul. “It is available now in a limited run of 50 guitars aged and hand-signed by the artist, 100 aged guitars, and 150 finished in Gibson’s VOS process.” According to Gibson’s website.

This guitar is no joke and you will need to get your checkbook ready in order to pick one up. One of these beauties will set you back anywhere from about $10-$19k according to the MSRP on their website. But if you’re a fan it’s a totally cool item to get your grubby little mitts on or maybe you should wear gloves when handling it. I’m not the sharpest tack in the box, I would probably tune it to Ab and play old Korn tunes on it or something.

Here is the link to the Gibson page if you want to check further. It’s a good chunk of history on that guitar to read about at Gibson’s website HERE…..

Bernie Rico Jr Guitars Update

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

So if you’re a guitar enthusiast you’ve probably heard of Bernie Rico Jr. Guitars. He is the son of Bernardo Chavez Rico or the founder of BC Rich. I have had the pleasure of playing a few of these instruments and I must they they are every bit what the hype says they are.

I was just recently in need of a new 7 string. And I have been desperately looking for a builder that I can bond with to make the type of guitars I love to play. My first thought was BRJ. I knew the build times were a bit long but the end product of any high end fiddle normally is. And like I said I have played a couple and they’re totally top notch.

But as of recently I noticed people saying that BRJ had gone dark. No response, orders not getting fulfilled. I personally knew a couple of cats that had worked with BRJ getting guitars built and toured the shop and met up with BRJ. So I held out. Well last night Bernie’s wife took to social media to address Bernie’s situation. I have to say this is totally sad to read and at this point one must say screw guitars just get better!! So I personally hope for the best for Bernie and his family.

Below is her statement that was posted on the BRJ Guitars and BRJ’s Facebook page.

“I am speaking to you tonight on behalf of my husband, Bernie. Bernie is currently unable to deliver this message, himself. I am not affiliated with BRJ Guitars in any professional sense, so I am unable to address any specific issues regarding outstanding orders with BRJ Guitars. In no way is this statement designed to assuage the confusion and anger those of you feel towards BRJ, or justify the extended delay on your orders. I am here to state facts, not give excuses.

Bernie is currently receiving acute psychiatric treatment in a controlled environment. By controlled, I mean that he has no access to phone, email, or basically any medium to conduct business with. Bernie has been admitted for psychiatric treatment several times since early 2012. More recently, Bernie was admitted 8 weeks ago, and his date of release has yet to be determined. My husband has developed a mental illness and is a danger to himself, and has been for some time.

As you can imagine, all of this has been devastating to our family. I have been left with a situation that I am in no way qualified to handle. I have limited and scheduled communication with my husband, so I am unable gain any immediate resolution in regards to his business. I won’t tell you to be patient, because I know that has been asked of you for far too long. I simply hope that this helps you understand why closure to this situation has been delayed, and why it will continue to be delayed.

On behalf of the Rico family, I sincerely apologize.

Teresa Rico.”

Peavey AT-200 Auto Tune Electric Guitar!! Pretty Snazzy!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

So most people when they think AutoTune get this terrible look on their face and think of everything from Cher to almost all of the current pop music of today. Autotune has become a 4 letter word if you will to musicians. And rightly so, today a 18-year-old girl with so so vocal ability can sound killer with just a little auto tune. Now I have always been from the camp that auto tune and pitch correct are different things. Granted it’s the same technology but if I have a singer in here and he has a killer take but slides a bit flat and it doesn’t sound good, i’m all for correcting the pitch if it betters the song and doesn’t take a way from the delivery of the vocalist. But now it’s cool to see companies are branching out with this same tech.

Peavey introduced this year the AT-200 which is a guitar with Anteres auto tune built-in. What’s cool about this guitar is it allows the most screwed up tunings to be in tune and do the tunings you want. It understands bends, and allows for any kind of custom tunings. This is pretty slick for the weekend warriors playing in the local cover bands that don’t want to screw with multiple guitars or multiple tunings just to get through the night. And at the street price of $499 that could be pretty enticing for someone in that arena. I’m going to see if I can get my grubby mitts on one so we can get a good run of Gearzombiee videos out of it!! Because I honestly want to see if I can make it screw up!! Below is a YouTube link to the guitar and also a link to Peavey as well as Musicians Friend.

http://www.peavey.com/products/at200/

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/peavey-at-200-auto-tune-electric-guitar?tandt_rdir=1

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Include Rush, Public Enemy and Deep Purple

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

If you’re a musician and shit, maybe if you’re not, the R&R HOF can be very confusing. I actually wish they just wouldn’t call it the “Rock and Roll” HOF. I don’t know who is in it half the time and a lot of the time they’re not even Rock anyway. Some people are very passionate about it. Like Eddie Trunk if you ever listen to his stuff or watch That Metal Show. That dude about spits nails when the hall gets mentioned. I think maybe it should just be the Music HOF. Like important acts are snubbed like, Journey, Kiss, Judas Priest, Chicago, Faith No More.

But this year Deep Purple and Rush are nominated but so are Public Enemy and N.W.A and Randy Newman? W.T.F I mean, not that Public Enemy and N.W.A weren’t huge and deserve recognition. But in the R&R HOF? And don’t get me started on Randy Newman. I mean dude…. Nevermind… Ohh well anyway if you want to read the full article it was in Rolling Stone HERE

**New** Jackson DK2M Pro Series Dinky

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

It’s a Dinky!!! A DK2M Pro Series Dinky to be exact!! And this looks to be a sexy one!! I like Jackson, they make great stuff, take for example this guitar. It’s listed on Jackson’s website at $1133.32 MSRP so we know its going to street under that. But let’s just say it’s $1K. You’re still getting actual Seymour Duncan’s and a Floyd, maple fret board if you want it. Really you wouldn’t have to do much to it if you didn’t want to. But go check it out yourself at Jackson’s website HERE

Peavey 6534+ Orange 4×12 Demo

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a quick demo of the Peavey 6534+ played through an Orange 4×12. Good morning world of music type people. As I state in the video the 6534 is basically the 6505 but it uses El34’s instead of 6L6’s in the power section. Does it make a difference? I think so!! In many cases I think the difference between EL34’s and 6L6’s is very slight sonically. And more importantly I think that unless you’re cranking your amp to the sun you’re even farther away from telling a difference. But really in my opinion it’s the pre stage that really makes the amp. But in this case switching the power tubes made the head that much better.

I felt that the 6534+ maybe had a bit more bottom available than the 6505+ but it wasn’t huge. I also liked the clean just a bit more. While people always tend to gripe on forums about how crappy the 6505+ clean is, I personally didn’t mind it. And played it in a band that had a lot of clean parts. Again, the differences were very slight. That being said, I am a bit biased as I ran a 6505+ for a long time and is still to this day my favorite daily driver. And one that I regret selling every day!!

Why did I like it you may ask?? Well, a lot of heads that I also like require a lot of tweaking to get a sound that works for my ears. Take your average Mesa head. Everyone loves the recto sound but for me I always felt it was a bit too sloppy, squishy, fizzy sounding. Now the way to rectify that (no pun intended) is to toss an old trusty TS-9 in front of it and that sucks it all up in a nice tight package. Again, that’s just me personally. But I never ran anything tone effecting in front of the 6505+. I had Clean, Crunch and Dirty and it didn’t matter if I was playing metal or just hard rock that head just fit. And fit where in my mind a head should fit IN THE MID-RANGE!! And that’s really what guitar sound is about, sitting in the middle that’s what it’s designed to do.

Also, I think this is fairly low noise for a high gain head. Granted if you crank the gain to 10 it comes apart like any other head. But I probably ran mine between 6 and 7 and didn’t run a gate live. I really just didn’t need it. So in a nutshell, would I recommend this head?? 100%!! Sure you can get more features out of other heads, but really I think this a workhorse that everyone can play on. If you’re the classic rock cover band all the way to the death metal bands, this head will work and I don’t think you will be disappointed either way. But, what is a good head without a killer cab.

This video was shot through an Orange 4×12, which by the way, simply put the bad mamma jamma on the block. And it should be I think it weighs just as much as I do! Well, maybe 1/3 of me. I think they tip the scale at about 110lbs. Which is massive to lug around from gig to gig. But you know that really using the Orange cab you’re pretty much done with that part of your rig. I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say, “Man my Orange is ok but I sure wish I had a ….” That just doesn’t happen. As a matter of fact after playing on a couple of Orange cabs I can say that jumping to them would be a simple decision. Unless of course you’re not interested in a cab that sounds killer, is built like a tank and just looks dead sexy.

Below are some Guitar Center links for the 6534+ and Orange cabs. At least go test drive one!!

Peavey 6534+ Guitar Center HERE
Orange Cabs Guitar Center HERE

Soundgarden New Single “Been Away Too Long” Available To Stream

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

King Animal is the name of the disc. And if the single is anything like the rest of the disc its going to sound like…. Well, Soundgarden!!! Pretty cool track, very dry production, and it sounds like they did in the early 90’s!

Check this mother out streaming on the front of their website HERE.

Matt Halpern Mapex MyDentity Drums

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Have you heard of Matt Halpern?? If not, leave my website and go to google now!!! Dude is the drummer for the progressive metal band Periphery. I was fortunate enough to work on some stuff with those guys when I was freelancing for the magazine. During that time one of the most apparent things was that Matt was the real deal.

In prog music there are a lot of great drummers. But, IMO many of them tend to be mechanical. I don’t know that I would call that a bad thing but lets just say it’s something that I pick up on. In all reality a lot of prog music is rooted in mechanics be it odd meters or blazing speed, or blazing speed in odd meters!! For some making music that complex and unnatural sound natural is a more difficult than just mechanically learning the tunes.

But when I first saw Matt this dude was touring with the Goodwill drum kit. Busted up cymbals and hardware, drums looked like they had been on tour without cases since the 80’s but you didn’t notice once he played. He’s still pretty much a minimalist with his set up but does 10x’s more than most drummers using 10x’s more. And he does it with buckets of feel. Don’t take that as my saying he’s missing technique because that’s certainly not the case. Just think of it more as a huge blend of technique and feel. It seems when watching him play he’s not really thinking of what he’s going to do next he’s just playing his instrument with a massive amount of understanding.

Anyway enough stroking, Matt is using Mapex drums now, which IMO has always been one of the most underrated drum companies out there. I’ve played their stuff and known lots of people that have and I’ve personally never really heard a bad thing about them.

They have a really sweet line called MyDentity. Basically you can go out to the Mapex website and assemble your own kit, pick shell type between birch or maple, wrap types, hardware colors and hardware set up. And it’s really at a decent price. The coolest thing is in the end you’re getting what appears to be a great kit at a playable price. I’m looking at replacing my recording kit as life may allow me to start recording more drums live than programming. And I just miss playing!! I would love to try out a set of these!! Below is a video of Halpern talking about the MyDentity line.

If you want to visit Mapex there is a link HERE