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.

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]

Line 6 releases AMPLIFi FX100 effects unit with Bluetooth connectivity

Today the Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 effects unit went on sale. The AMPLIFi FX100 provides the same classic Line 6 effect processing and amp modeling, but it also goes a step further allowing for iOS compatibility through Bluetooth. The ability to connect with your smartphone or tablet allows for the user to be able to wirelessly control almost any parameter on the device, allowing you to dial in tones ...[Read More]

Universal Audio releases Neve 1073 preamp and EQ plugin collection

The Neve 1073 channel preamp is an absolute classic, and Universal Audio recently brought that classic to the digital world with its Neve 1073 preamp and EQ collection of plugins, dubbed “The Sound of ’73”. The plugin collection aims to bring color and dimension to your tracks, and could be especially useful on drums. Check out the video below for more!

Keeley Electronics releases 2 new pedals

Keeley Electronics recently released two new pedals – the White Sands Luxe Drive, and the Sfocato Fuzzwah. Both pedals promise to be a great addition to the Keeley lineup, and the first 100 of each sold will be signed by Robert Keeley himself. The White Sands Luxe Drive aims to be a very light overdrive, adding a little dirt to the mix but retaining clarity in bass and treble. The Sfocato Fu...[Read More]

Arturia Spark 2 [Review]

Arturia recently released the second version of their Spark software, Spark 2, for “premiere beat creation”. With the first version of Spark being quite a hit, the name had a lot to live up to this time around. But would it live up to that name? Upon opening Spark 2 it became apparent just how intense the software is. I even got the “pinwheel” of death for a few seconds while it started up, someth...[Read More]

Toontrack EZdrummer 2 now shipping

Yesterday Toontrack started shipping the second version of their popular EZdrummer software, EZdrummer 2. The new version is a complete refresh of the program, and offers a host of great new features. For starters, EZdrummer 2 features 5 drum kits, instead of the 2 that were found in EZdrummer. It also includes 16 stereo outputs, individual velocity control, pitch control for individual instrument...[Read More]