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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]

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]

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]

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]

Presonus releases the Monitor Station v2.0

Today Presonus started shipping the second version of their popular monitor control station, Monitor Station V2. Apart from the obvious change of white to black, the new device offers a number of improvements over the first version of the Monitor Station. Improvements include a more ergonomic design as well as a S/PIDF digital input. It also offers 4 stereo inputs, including 2 stereo balance TRS i...[Read More]

Akai teases iMPC Pro iPad app

Akai began teasing their upcoming iMPC Pro iPad app a couple of weeks ago with an image of the app and the caption “…and in this corner, iMPC Pro. 64 tracks of heavyweight music production for the iPad. Coming mid-Spring.” Well Akai has once again released a teaser, this time in the form of a few videos. The first video explains the mixer, which can be watched below while the second of...[Read More]

Arturia announces Spark 2, for premiere beat creators

Arturia has announced the second version of their Spark software, Spark 2. The software promises to expand on the original Spark, and offers a number of great features. Some of the features of the new beat creation software include TAE virtual analog, sampling and physical modeling sound engines, a full mixer with studio effects, and an impressive library of sounds that covers all genres, with ove...[Read More]

TC Electronic announces 3 new loudness meter plugins

Today TC Electronic announced 3 new loudness meter plugins – the LM1n, LM2n and the LM6n. According to TC Electronic, the LM2n and the LM6n offer a wealth of new features, including their “radar view” (pictured above). The LM2n and LM6n will replace the old LM2 and LM6 plugins. The plugins support all major plugin formats, including AAX, RTAS, VST, and so on. The LM2n and the LM6...[Read More]