Nick Johnston Becomes Latest Orange Amps Ambassador

Nick Johnston Becomes Latest Orange Amps Ambassador

Canadian guitarist and songwriter, Nick Johnston, has become Orange Amplification’s latest Ambassador. The critically acclaimed musician, known for his fantastic tone, is delighted to be continuing his exploration of new levels of melody, harmony and composition with an Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII.

Johnston is one of the hottest virtuoso guitar players around. He is much admired for his compelling ability to blend progressive metal seamlessly with thematic instrumental playing. Johnston’s distinctive approach is widely acknowledged as unique, drawing heavily on an extensive range of music genres from blues to classic sci-fi scores. The dramatic and mature combination of his musicality and natural storytelling skills allow him to paint vivid, luscious landscapes with his music. Continue reading →

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Victory Amplification And Two Notes Team Up

Victory Amplification And Two Notes Team Up

Victory Amplification and Two notes are proud to announce a new partnership with the launch of the Victory Official DynIR Virtual Cabinets.

Victory and Two notes have come together to create 20 speaker captures, available individually or within six packs, capturing two of Victory’s cabinet range – the Copper and Sheriff.

Both ranges come in two versions, Classic or Boutique with the classic range allowing you to choose from 8 industry standard performance microphones, including models of a 57 and 421.

The boutique range is made up of more nuanced and iconic studio microphones, such as the U87, when combined can give you the most articulate and incredibly detailed tones from your Torpedo device. Continue reading →

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Eminence Speakers Go Digital

Eminence Speakers Go Digital

Eminence Speakers, continuing its legacy for excellence, is proud to launch the digital version of its legendary guitar speakers—Eminence Impulse Response (IR) library—developed in conjunction with the highly respected amplifier profiler and guitarist, Michael Britt.

For more than fifty years, Eminence Speakers has specialized in custom engineering and manufacturing loudspeakers for some of the world’s most recognized professional audio and musical instrument brands. During this time, Eminence branded guitar speakers such as Cannabis Rex, The Governor, and Swamp Thang—along with many others—have earned a reputation for delivering the speaker characteristics guitar players seek. Continue reading →

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Review – Tonor T20 Boom Arm Mic Stand

Review – Tonor T20 Boom Arm Mic Stand

After recently checking out the Tonor TC-777 USB Mic, I’m now going to take a look at the Tonor T20 Boom Arm Mic Stand. Microphone stands might not be the most exciting studio purchases but they’re a very important bit of kit. Coming in at £29.99, the T20 seems to offer good value but does it perform? Let’s find out.

Tonor T20 Boom Arm Mic Stand

The first thing I noticed about the T20 is how solid it feels. The steel construction gives it a reassuring weight. Tonor say it can support mics weighing up to 4lbs/1.8kg so popular choices like the Blue Yeti can be handled with ease. The black finish is flawless and it looks like a well-made piece of equipment. The external springs are a common feature on lower priced boom stands, more expensive ones usually have internal springs. Having them exposed does mean they are more likely to make noise if you adjust the stand when the mic is on but, from a design perspective, I actually prefer the look of external springs. They don’t seem to make any noise anyway so I don’t see it as an issue. Continue reading →

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SYNERGY Amplification to team up with iconic amplifier designer Steven Fryette

SYNERGY Amplification to team up with iconic amplifier designer Steven Fryette

Fryette Pitbull Ultra-Lead Preamp Module

SYNERGY AMPLIFICATION proudly announces cooperation with iconic amplifier designer Steven Fryette to release the The Fryette® Pittbull®  Ultra-Lead® module. The Fryette ® Pittbull ® Ultra-Lead ® (formerly branded VHT ® ) has been the secret sonic weapon of metal guitarists Page Hamilton (Helmet), Mick Thompson (Slipknot) Aaron Turner (Isis, Sumac), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat) Gregg Tribbet (Mudvayne) and Koichi Fukuda (Static-X), to name just a few. This iconic tone machine amp head dishes out some of the tightest, most thickly distorted all-tube tones in history, making it ideal for players who want every note they play to explode off their fretboard. The Pittbull Ultra-Lead is also one of the most tweakable high-gain tube amps you’re likely to find. With its onboard 6-band EQ and range of Boost, Shift, and Edge switches, you can precisely dial your perfect version of an impossibly aggressive metal tone. Continue reading →

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Revv Amplification goes for gold with Limited Edition G2 Overdrive

Revv Amplification goes for gold with Limited Edition G2 Overdrive

Everybody likes gold! Revv Amplification’s most recent pedal gets a 2020 update with the Limited Edition Revv G2 Gold. Based on the Green Channel from Revv’s boutique amplifiers, the G2 adds a 3-position “Drive” mode to revoice the pedal from clean tone shaping, to touch sensitive overdrive, to classic tube amp tones. Continue reading →

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Review – Tonor TC-777 USB Condenser Microphone

Review – Tonor TC-777 USB Condenser Microphone

The Best Budget USB Mic?

The TC-777 is a small, low-cost USB mic produced by Tonor. They’re not a brand I was aware of but they seem to offer a range of well-priced products that could be perfect for those looking for good quality equipment on a budget.

The TC-777 at around £35, I was surprised by how nicely packed the mic was. First impressions count and you feel like you’re opening something far more expensive. The microphone is already fitted into a shock mount on a small stand and even includes a pop filter. Simply plug it into your computer, select it as your audio source (the well-written manual explains how to do this) and you’re ready to go! Continue reading →

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New Release: Keep Me Down – Breathe

New Release: Keep Me Down – Breathe

Blending influences such as Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd, Breathe marks a change in styles for Keep Me Down.

Mark Smith said –

The Breathe writing session started off on the piano which is pretty unusual for me. This took me in a different direction compared to when I write on the guitar. While I was writing it I actually thought it might not feature guitars at all but then I got out my new Schecter Nick Johnston signature model and the Gilmour style licks seemed to come pouring out.

Released on Saturday 1st of August, Breathe is available now on all of the major streaming services.

Listen now on Spotify

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New Single: Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

New Single: Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

Laura Mazon Franqui Delivers Retrospective & Melodic Classical Guitar Single ‘Un Dia de Noviembre’

Laura Mazon Franqui releases her newest soothing, emotional, and uplifting classical guitar single “Un Dia de Noviembre.” The Cuban native delivers a simple, yet message-heavy instrumental led by an emotion-drenched guitar progression. The release offers pure beauty that will mesmerize listeners from the press of play. With its high and low notes, the song will take listeners into an introspective musical journey. Through the difficult times the world is going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laura Mazon Franqui’s “Un Dia de Noviembre” will bring comfort from a musical perspective. The song is elegantly arranged to put listeners in a state of trance. The track covers Leo Brouwer’s soundtrack for Humberto Solas’ film “Un Dia de Noviembre.” The film is one of Cuba’s most renowned cinematic pieces which is directed by one of the biggest Cuban filmmakers. For Laura Mazon Franqui, “Un Dia de Noviembre” is a piece that brings nostalgic memories as well as delivers a message of life, meaning, and connection. Make sure to check out the release, and add “Un Dia de Noviembre” to your playlists.

Laura Mazon Franqui- Un Dia de Noviembre

About Laura Mazon Franqui

Augustine Artist Laura Mazon is praised as “An accomplished guitarist of Hispanic Latino descent” (Digital Journal) and a performer who “plays the guitar with majesty and sensitivity to color and nuance” (Adam Levin), Born in Cuba, Laura Mazon Franqui is a Hispanic Internationally awarded guitarist determined to explore the guitar possibilities into the contemporary context. As a performer, feminist, millennial, fashionista, trendsetter, rebel entertainer and performer, she seeks to break boundaries between the popular(electrical/acoustic) and the classical styles and to take the instrument to a higher level of reception to new audiences and generations. Innovation and Art integration are the words that drive her as a mission. Since age ten, Laura has been an active guitarist, participating numerous masterclasses with some of the biggest names in the guitar world, performing at hundreds of venues around the world in countries such as Cuba, Spain, Ecuador, and the United States and engaging in multiple recording collaborations for the music industry, as well as television and cinema and being part of numerous festivals and competitions. Innovation and Art integration are the words that drive her as a mission.

Links:
http://www.lauramazon.com/
https://www.instagram.com/llillaura/?hl=es
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPJ2eeYKX9cXQdgZYbxN8fA

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Paradise Lost Release First Album Trailer For Obsidian

Paradise Lost Release First Album Trailer For Obsidian

Nick and Greg discuss “Fall From Grace”

The book has been closed but the story continues: Paradise Lost sharpen their pens and add another chapter to their dark, gloomy history of death, doom and gothic metal. In difficult times, the British legends from Halifax, Yorkshire are the drug that numbs the pain, the lover that takes away the sorrows, the story that craves to be told. “Obsidian”, the new album from Paradise Lost, will be released on 15th May.

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