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.

Propellerhead announces continued growth of Rack Extension platform

Today Propellerhead announced that their Rack Extension platform is continuing to rapidly grow and expand, with more than 230 Rack Extensions currently available for Reason 7.1. Propellerhead released a new interview with Rob Papen, an acclaimed software designer who we have reviewed and covered in the past. Rob Papen was one of the first instrument developers to embrace the Rack Extension plugin,...[Read More]

LANDR – an online drag and drop service that instantly masters your music

Getting your music mastered can sometimes be a little bit of a hassle. You can either do it yourself, which isn’t necessarily a good idea if you don’t know what you’re doing, or you can pay a lot of money to get a mastering engineer to do it. But what if there was a third, much easier option? Well maybe there is! Introducing LANDR. LANDR, pronounced L and R, is described by MixGe...[Read More]

Gibson releases new ES-335 Studio and ES-339 Studio

Gibson recently released new version of their classic ES-335 and ES-339 guitars, the ES-335 and ES-339 Studio. Both guitars are a fraction of the price of their older brothers, but offer a great tone nonetheless. The ES-335 Studio is 100% American-made, and features classic Gibson humbucking pickups. It has simplified pickup controls and does not come with a pickguard. The pickups in the guitars a...[Read More]

Moog releases the Theremini

Today Moog announced the availability of the new Theremini, a re-imagination of the classic Theremin. The design of the instrument fuses the classic instrument with the sound engine from Moog‘s classic synth, the Animoog. The device includes pitch quantization, allowing players to adjust to the difficulty of playing the device. This means that you can set the device so that you cannot play a...[Read More]

Waves releases Abbey Road Collection

Waves Audio has announced the availability of their new Abbey Road Collection bundle of plugins. The plugins include the J37 Tape plugin, the REDD EQ, the Reel ADT plugin, the RS56 Passive EQ, and the King’s Microphone plugin. The plugins were developed in association with Abbey Road Studios, and according to Waves they recreate the sounds heard on many historic recordings that came out of A...[Read More]

Gibson announces two new Les Pauls

This week Gibson unveiled two new Les Pauls, the Les Paul Supreme and the Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul. The Les Paul Supreme is quite a classy guitar, with an AAAA grade top, f-holes, a floating humbucker for a neck pickup, and a 492T bridge pickup. All this doesn’t come cheap however, and the guitar well set you back $5339. The Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul has a finish that ha...[Read More]

Nano Bass Big Muff announced

Electro-Harmonix has had a couple Big Muff related announcements in the past couple days, including the new Deluxe Big Muff Pi. Just yesterday, Electro-Harmonix announced the new Nano Bass Big Muff. The pedal is designed to be the same size as the other pedals in the Electro-Harmonix Nano line, but to not sacrifice any of the tonal characteristics in doing so. The Nano Bass Big Muff has the same 3...[Read More]

Rob Papen Blade synthesizer [Review]

Rob Papen recently released their eXplorer-III plugin bundle, which included a number of great instruments and effects processors. We will be reviewing each of those plugins, with the first of those being the Blade synthesizer, which is a highly comprehensive, complex, additive synthesizer. Controls Blade is an additive synthesizer that was originally aimed at being a more obscure synth. Despite t...[Read More]

Electro-Harmonix reimagines the classic Big Muff Pi in the new Deluxe Big Muff Pi

The classic Big Muff Pi has long been a favorite fuzz pedal for many guitarists, including the great Jimmy Hendrix. Well today Electro-Harmonix announced a completely new variation of the pedal in the new Deluxe Big Muff Pi. The pedal adds some new features for tone-shaping, including a foot switchable midrange section, a noise gate, the ability to adjust attack, a switchable bass boost, and true ...[Read More]

XILS-Lab announces availability of XILS 4

Today XILS-Lab released their long awaited XILS-4 synthesizer, the “ultimate analog matrix modular synthesizer”. XILS-4 is based on the same core modules found in XILS-3 (which we reviewed not too long ago), but instead of one VC3 Synthesizer, XILS-4 has two hard synced VC3 Synthesizer. Owners of XILS-3 can purchase an upgrade to XILS-4 for around $35 until June 10th, after which it wi...[Read More]

AKG K845BT Bluetooth headphones [Review]

Late last year, AKG released a number of new headphone models. Among those was the K845BT, a closed-back, over the ear, Bluetooth headset. We have seen a number of new Bluetooth headsets over the past year or so, mostly for mobile connectivity, but also for use around the home. Read on to see why this model stands out. Design The first thing to notice about the headphones is the design. The headph...[Read More]

Focusrite releases the Saffire PRO 26 audio interface

Today Focusrite released their new Saffire PRO 26 audio interface, offering 18 inputs and 8 outputs. The interface connects through FireWire, or through Thunderbolt if you get the FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter. Focusrite is selling the interface based on it being compatible with Thunderbolt, which is technically true, but buyers should be aware that an adapter will need to be purchased separatel...[Read More]