Christian de Looper

Christian de Looper was born in Canberra Australia, and since then has lived in Europe and now lives in sunny California. When he's not tinkering with the latest music gear, Christian is devouring news on new consumer technology.

Arturia releases Beatstep pad controller

Today Arturia released their new Beatstep pad controller, an affordable MIDI pad controller that offers portability and functionality. The device only costs $129, which is really not bad at all for something like this. The Beatstep has two different modes, the MIDI controller mode, and the Step Sequencer mode. It includes 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads, 16 encoders, and even iPad compatib...[Read More]

Antares announces Auto-Tune EFX 3

Yesterday Antares announced the new Auto-Tune EFX 3, which is powered by the same technology as their flagship, Auto-Tune 7. Auto-Tune EFX 3 is designed to be a quick and easy solution to pitch correction, but it does strip away many of the more complex features that can be found in Auto-Tune 7. Auto-Tune EFX 3 has a variable retune speed and Humanize controls, which provide “a new level of ...[Read More]

Elektron Analog Rytm shipping starting today

The Elektron Analog Rytm was unveiled a couple of months ago and many people have been excited about its release since then. According to the company, if you want to buy the machine you’ll have to act quick because the first run has a limited number. The Analog Rytm is a “one stop solution beat machine”. It includes 8 drum voices, 12 velocity sensitive pads, an analog master comp...[Read More]

FabFilter Pro-MB multi-band compressor [Review]

A couple days ago we introduced you to the FabFilter Timeless 2, a beautifully well designed delay plugin. Now it’s the Pro-MB’s turn. As one of FabFilters more recent plugins, I was very excited to test drive the new Pro-MB (ok, so it was released a few months ago…). I’d been on the hunt for another multi-band compressor to add to my plugin list, and I’d also read a ...[Read More]

Puremagnetik and Ableton release effects pack with over 200 racks

Today Ableton released a new effects pack in collaboration with Puremagnetik. The pack includes over 200 racks, including channel strips, DJ and live effects, modulators, filters, and so on. According to Ableton, the creators of the effects pack aimed to explore a wide range of sound manipulation possibilities. Source: Ableton

Gibson introduces the Joe Bonamassa 1959 Les Paul

Gibson today introduced the Joe Bonamassa 1959 Les Paul “Skinnerburst” model, featuring Gibson‘s Custombucker and Burstbucker pickups, which were favored by Joe Bonamassa himself. The guitar will also feature a precise neck profile, and an aged look finish, giving it that well used look. The guitar is a perfect representation of Joe Bonamassa’s Les Paul, and Gibson studied ...[Read More]

FabFilter celebrates 10th anniversary with 10 day discount sale

Today FabFilter announced a sale to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first plugin, the FabFilter One. The sale will last until April 24, and all plugins will be sold with a 40% or more discount! Not only is it a great sale, but FabFilter is also donating money from the sale to Stichting MEMO, an organization that brings children in contact with professional musicians. You can check out the ...[Read More]

Zildjian releases new K Kerope series

Zildjian‘s K line of cymbals has been hailed as one of the most classic lines of cymbals out there. Well today Zildjian released a new branch to their K cymbals – the K Kerope series. The name comes from the great Kerope Zildjian, who was a big part of the Zildjian company his whole life, from his birth in 1865 until his death in 1909. The cymbals themselves were developed in conjuncti...[Read More]

Fender Releases Modern Player Jaguar bass

While Hofner is releasing their new Contemporary Series Verythin Bass with its classic Hofner tone, Fender is releasing a bass on the other side of the spectrum. A bass to appeal to the modern player. The new Fender Modern Player Jaguar Bass is really supposed to appeal to today’s bassist. With that instantly recognizable Jaguar shape, this bass really catches the eye. Fender has gotten rid ...[Read More]

Hofner Releases Contemporary Series Verythin Bass

Hofner used to lead the way in basses, especially in the UK. This was long before the rise in popularity of the violin bass. Since then, however, basses like the Fender Jazz and Precision basses have taken over in popularity and classic double cutaway hollowbody basses have somewhat been forgotten. Until now. The new Hofner Verythin bass certainly has a distinct sound, and it excels in giving thos...[Read More]

Elektron Analog Keys unveiled with full specs

Elektron, a company based out of Sweden, has become pretty well known over the past few years for creating some real quality synthesizers. Today they launched the latest edition to their lineup – the Elektron Analog Keys. The Elektron Analog Keys promises to be a great instrument, with incredible playability. According to the Elektron website, it is “the instrument for the expressive m...[Read More]