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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]

XILS-lab XILS 4 synthesizer [Review]

XILS-lab has once again released another great version of the XILS synth, the XILS 4. The XILS 4 emulates the EMS VCS4, which was never released but quite sought after. Based on two integrated, interlinked and interacting VCS 3 cores, it could create a wide variety of new sounds. The ability to do this as well as have the freedom of the pin matrix for processing allows for unparalleled freedom in ...[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]

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!