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Neural DSP Fortin Nameless Suite Review

Neural DSP Fortin Nameless Suite Review

When news broke about Neural DSP teaming up with Mike Fortin to make an amp simulator, there were more than a few eyebrows raised. Mike Fortin isn’t a fan of amp modelling. He’s even quoted on Neural DSP’s website stating the fact, so could they really deliver a VST worthy of his name? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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Mercuriall Audio SS-11X Review

Mercuriall Audio SS-11X Review

Mercuriall Audio are probably best known for their Reaxis and Spark plugins, now they’ve turned their attention to recreating the AMT SS-11 preamp pedal. The AMT-SS11 has developed a strong reputation for providing great amp tones in a stompbox format. Have Mercuriall managed to capture that magic in VST form? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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Solar Guitars A1.6ET WHM Review

Solar Guitars A1.6ET WHM Review

Solar Guitars have been making a bit of a splash recently. The man behind them, Ola Englund, will be known to many of you as the guitarist from The Haunted, Feared and a YouTube sensation. Having split from Washburn in 2017 he created his own brand, Solar Guitars and put his years of experience into creating to the perfect guitars for modern metal.

Has he been successful? There’s only one way to find out… Continue reading →

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What Kind Of Guitar Tuner Should I Buy?

What Kind Of Guitar Tuner Should I Buy?

Whether you're just starting out, or have been gigging for 30 years, a guitar tuner is one of the most essential bits of kit you can own.

There are different kinds of tuners available and they all suit different setups and budgets so let's take a look at the main kinds.

korg tuner

The Standard Chromatic Tuner

There doesn't seem to be a name for this kind form of tuner other than a chromatic tuner. This is the basic kind of tuner many beginners buy as their first tuner.

Simply plug in, or use the microphone if you're tuning your acoustic guitar and tune.

The [amazon_textlink asin='B01NCIYQEV|B01NCIYQEV' text='Korg GA-2' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='32ab1ae3-707c-11e8-8451-e546b825b5e5'] is a great example of this kind of tuner. Simple and it gets the job done accuratley.

This kind of guitar tuner is great to use at home.

clip on guitar tuner

The Clip-On

Now I Must admit, I was sceptical about clip-on tuners for a long time. I thought they were a bit of a gimmick. Then someone gave me one as a gift and it totally changed my mind. They simply clip on to the guitar's headstock and have a small display to show everything you need to tune correctly. Some of the cheaper ones aren't so great but a decent version is still far from expensive and they work really well.

I actually have a few of these now and keep them in different rooms so I always have one around if I'm going to play unplugged. I also keep one in my guitar case as a backup for gigging.

[amazon_textlink asin='B004VVFZHW|B004VVFZHW' text='Korg clip-on guitar tuner' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='0c053c4c-707e-11e8-a6e0-e3416fcf1b65']

 

pedal-tuner

Pedal Tuners

If you are a gigging guitarist then there's a good chance a pedal tuner is the first part of your pedalboard. This is one pedal you really don't want to skimp on. Buy a good one and it will last for many years and you'll never have an excuse for being out of tune at a gig.

The [amazon_textlink asin='B004D8KX7K|B004D8KX7K' text='Boss pedal tuners' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='49b5aac0-707f-11e8-b686-5f93584f4b08'] have been the industry standard for years. They are robust and work well. More recently, pedals such as the [amazon_textlink asin='B0015RIN6U|B0015RIN6U' text='Korg Pitchblack' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='aa143b4c-707f-11e8-925a-e793491647e1'] and [amazon_textlink asin='B06Y4G7NQD|B06Y4G7NQD' text='TC Electronics Polytune' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='908717e1-707f-11e8-8daa-e7e5088c06f8'] have become well used alternatives. Check them all out and see which one fits your needs best.

rack mount tuner

Rack Mount Tuners

The other option for the gigging or studio guitarist is the rack mounted tuner. They have a bigger display so they can show how well in tune you are more accurately. Obviously, the main reason for choosing a rack mounted tuner is if you use a rack for other effects or your pre and power amp.

The [amazon_textlink asin='B00F0GPTRS|B00F0GPTRS' text='Korg Pitchblack Pro' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='3dca4c05-7081-11e8-9705-e9e5ae3f3485'] is a very good choice but if you have the budget you should look at [amazon_textlink asin='B000MSWT22|B000MSWT22' text='Peterson Strobe Tuners' template='ProductLink' store='uk125|us125' marketplace='UK|US' link_id='4d33c2c8-7081-11e8-bc6c-e31ec1c14217'] for the ultimate accuracy.

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I Bought A Line 6 Helix LT- A Short Review

I Bought A Line 6 Helix LT- A Short Review

 

A few weeks ago a lovely new [amazon_textlink asin=’B072N8TXBV|B06Y1WMTQ7′ text=’Line 6 Helix LT’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’uk125|us125′ marketplace=’UK|US’ link_id=’e67211b6-6977-11e8-ada7-737dc3d161c8′] landed at Guitar Noodle HQ.

A bit of background info. I’ve been playing the guitar and various other instruments for around 25 years now. During that time I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of money on equipment. I use to be pretty seriously into recording my own music but that got pushed to one side due to starting a family. A scenario I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with. Continue reading →

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