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Two Notes And Victory Announce V4 Kraken Guitar Amp With Torpedo Embedded Technology

Two Notes And Victory Announce V4 Kraken Guitar Amp With Torpedo Embedded Technology

Victory Amplification, working closely with Two notes Audio Engineering, announce the release of the V4 Kraken Guitar amp. This powered (inc. all valve preamp) pedal features Victory’s valve feel, unique, class D power stage (180W @ 4 Ohms) with embedded Torpedo DynIR cabinet simulation and tone-shaping tools.

The Victory V4 Kraken Guitar amp (with the highly respected Kraken contemporary, articulate and powerful high gain tone) features fully featured Torpedo Remote embedded functionality, that allows players to elegantly and simply DI the amp straight to FOH (or DAW) and still retain their backline.

Two notes DynIR technology (fully controllable via USB Torpedo Remote), ships with a choice of 10 included Victory cabinets (and a further 400+ more available from the Two notes store), each with a choice of 8 microphones, dual mic’ing (front and back), studio-grade post effects (EQ and Enhancer) and the ability to save 6 presets.

Martin Kidd – Victory Amps Chief Designer

‘After the success of the V4 Duchess Guitar amp, the Victory amps community kept asking ‘Where is a Kraken version?’ So here it is! With the V4 Kraken Guitar amp we wanted it to have all the best bits of the range, in a package that you could take with you everywhere!’

Guillaume Pille – Two notes Audio Engineering CEO 

‘We are extremely excited to see the pedal-format Kraken V4 guitar amp be announced to the world. It has long been our vision that we work closely with the most exciting and forward-thinking companies in our industry, and with Victory, the pedal-format Kraken guitar amp is the perfect way to highlight this. With the fully embedded USB controllable Torpedo (featuring our DynIR technology), fans of the Kraken tone can now go direct to the board in any live and studio environment and be confident that with Two notes, their direct tone is going to be on point!’

V4 Kraken Guitar amp with Torpedo embedded technology

Technical specifications
  • Preamp valves: 1 x EC900, 3 x CV4014
  • Power output: 180W @ 4 ohms (approx 90W @ 8 ohms, 45W @ 16 ohms)
  • Features: Aluminium chassis, reverb, remote switching for channels, series FX loop, balanced DI out, Two notes embedded technology, 6 virtual cabinet presets.
  • TWO CHANNELS – FOOTSWITCHABLE: Two independent channels with controllable gain and master knobs to make dialing in tone simple and easy. Gain 1 has less gain compared with the high gain of Gain 2.
  • THREE-BAND EQ: Powerful bass, middle and treble controls to shape the tone. These also have an effect on the gain character and drive levels – just like in any valve guitar amp.
  • SIM PRESETS: The V4 Kraken comes with ten Victory DynIR Virtual Cabinets. There are 6 programmable presets (created by Rabea Massaad) that are switchable from the V4 Kraken. These can be edited and changed via Two notes Torpedo Remote (USB).
  • SERIES EFFECTS LOOP: Sits between the preamp and power amp. Run your time-based effects here for total clarity.
  • BALANCED LINE OUT & CAB SIM OUT: Send a direct feed to FOH or DAW. Can be used with or without a speaker connected. Cab Sim output works with Two notes DynIR virtual cabinets and imported 3rd party IRs.
  • 180W @ 4 ohms. (Approx 90W @ 8-ohms / 45W @ 16 ohms)
  • Power requirements: Mains IEC
  • Size: 258mm (10.2″) x 174mm (6.85″) x 105mm (4.13′) – inc. feet & handle
  • Weight: 1.7Kgs
  • SRP/MAP: £799 / €919 / $999
  • UPC: 5060462940745 (available exclusively from Victory Amps)

Two notes : https://www.two-notes.com/
DynIR Virtual Cabinet Technology : https://www.two-notes.com/dyn-ir
Torpedo Remote : https://www.two-notes.com/torpedo-remote
Victory Amplification : https://www.victoryamps.com/

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Gearbox – Andy Wood Signature Pedal

Gearbox – Andy Wood Signature Pedal

Andy Wood is recognized as one of this generation’s most influential guitarists. He spent most of his childhood playing and competing in festivals and touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather. This lit Andy’s creative fire and by the age of 22, he demonstrated his outstanding electric guitar skills being crowned champion of Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon” competition. Andy has toured professionally with a wide range of acts including Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan, Locash, Scott Stapp, and Sebastian Bach. Andy Wood has definitively blurred the lines of preconceived genres with his most recent album, “Junktown”, a masterpiece of different guitar styles and progressive southern inspired fusion.  Junktown was recorded with a prototype of what is now the Wampler Gearbox Andy Wood Signature pedal.

Gearbox features modified versions of two of Brian Wampler’s best loved drive circuits: the Tumnus and the Pinnacle.  This combination makes the Gearbox one of the most versatile dual pedals Wampler has ever created.  A top-switchable stacking order control, dual inputs and outputs, a unique noise gate, premium quality components, along with a stunning finish, makes Gearbox THE single pedal solution that delivers.

Channel 1 (based on the legendary Tumnus) is a perfect addition to any board setup and any playing style. It’s versatility allows you to stack it with another pedal to help push or shape the total amount of gain, use it as a stand-alone overdrive, or as a slightly dirty boost, to push the front end of your amp over the edge.

Channel 2 (Based on the Pinnacle, one of Brian’s most popular distortion pedals) delivers that legendary “Brown Sound”.  The three band EQ lets you dial in your soaring lead tone while the unique noise gate keeps the clarity on point.  Stack both channels together for tonal bliss – warm, yet brutal grunt; delicate and controllable harmonic overtones; and beautifully defined distortion that cuts through the mix.

The Order switch lets you select which pedal comes first in the signal chain.  For ultimate control, connect both sets of inputs and outputs to an external switcher to mix or match in parallel or series. Andy named this pedal the Gearbox as it was designed to be the driving force behind your sound.

Gearbox – Andy Wood Signature Pedal

  • Built in the U.S.A. with high-grade components selected for superior sound and response, premium finish and controls.
  • Dual Independent drives based on two of Brian Wampler’s Classic Circuits – a Tweaked Tumnus on Channel 1 and a modified Pinnacle on Channel 2.
  • Independent Volume and Gain controls for both channels, Tone Control for channel 1, Bass, Middle, Treble and Noise Gate controls on Channel 2.
  • Channel Order switch with two pairs of Input and Output jacks
  • Power draw: 52mA at 9v
  • 9v power jack – DC supply only, do not exceed 9v DC, battery Included
  • Includes Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Dimensions: 5” x 4.5” x 1.5″ (88.9mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
The Windmiller Preamp is now available on Kickstarter!

The Windmiller Preamp is now available on Kickstarter!

Aclam launches its new pedal using Kickstarter platform

The Windmiller Preamp pedal is a faithful recreation of the Grampian Reverberation Type Unit 636 built-in preamp, which was used as a saturation tool by The Who’s Pete Townshend between ’66 and ’67 to fatten his legendary tone and boost the guitar signal.

Aclam Windmiller

The result is a versatile pedal that can be used as an ‘always on’ preamp with a beautiful color, a booster for solo parts, or a tool to saturate and enhance the amp’s natural overdrive. 

  • Based on the preamp of the Grampian Reverberation Unit Type 636, S/N: 1138
  • Hi. Cut and Lo. Cut tone shaping controls for maximum versatility.
  • Suitable for Guitar, Bass and Keys
  • Includes the overload indicator lamp as the original Grampian 636 does.
  • Improved and quieter circuit including true bypass switching.
  • Custom enclosure designed to match Smart Track® pedalboards.

MAP: €269

Available on Kickstarter.

Aclam presented the new pedal during the 2021 virtual NAMM Show, and now it is already available on Kickstarter! Be one of the very first people to get The Windmiller Preamp or give them a symbolic support! 

Kickstarter link: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewindmillerpreamp/the-windmiller-preamp-push-your-amp-to-its-raw-power

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Jamstack Gears Up to Release Second Generation of the World’s Most Portable Amplifier

Jamstack Gears Up to Release Second Generation of the World’s Most Portable Amplifier

The first model revolutionized the way we think of amplifiers, the second generation will revolutionize the way we think of musical collaboration and creation.

Jamstack is gearing up for the release of the second generation of the portable/attachable Jamstack Amp, with a whole new app and software to change the way musicians play, record, and share their music. The JS2 will interact with your smartphone to control 1000’s of tone settings, creating sound quality and volume you won’t believe can come out of such a tiny amplifier. Jamstack CEO and Dragon’s Den Alumnus Chris Prendergast spent over a year digitally recreating the world’s best gear, circuit by circuit, to create the most realistic virtual gear experience on the market.

The new app will give players the ability to play along to any music on their smartphone, record music directly onto their device, and share and collaborate with other users. Its unique 2-way wireless capabilities turn it into a bluetooth speaker – making it the world’s best Bluetooth speaker for its size and the world’s only stereo wireless amplifier for networked audio – for listening to music from your phone, your home stereo, your entertainment system, or on-the-go. The small speakers pack a punch with their custom 2.5” drivers and 30W output, at a volume you won’t believe can come from a package only weighing 1.78 lbs, earning its place as the world’s smallest true modelling amplifier.

Jamstack 2

With the increase in guitar sales during the pandemic, the folks at Jamstack have kept in mind the needs of players – from beginners to pros – who are learning, practicing, recording, and collaborating from home, and they are the only amp to offer seamless 3rd party app integration. The Jamstack is designed for ‘acoustic-level’ portability, encouraging electric players to pick up and play their instruments with the same ease as an acoustic instrument.

Jamstck 2

About Jamstack:

In 2018, Jamstack’s first portable, attachable guitar amplifier hit the scene after four years of product development. The idea first came to Chris Prendergast – a high school coding teacher and guitar player – who was frequently frustrated by not being able to play his electric guitar without lugging a mountain of gear wherever he went. After a successful crowdfunding and Dragon’s Den campaign, the JS1 ended up earning over $2 million in sales. The Jamstack 2 – which comes with a 3x increase in power, performance quality, and all-around enhanced user experience – was launched on Indiegogo in November 2020, reaching its funding goal in under 10 min, and raising over $200K. Customers can still go to the Indiegogo page to pre-order the JS2 with special perks, and are encouraged to sign up for the newsletter where secret perks are released to their followers.

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Jon Gomm Shares New Video For ‘The Ghost Inside You’ To Coincide With The Launch Of New Ibanez Signature Model Guitar JGM10

Jon Gomm Shares New Video For ‘The Ghost Inside You’ To Coincide With The Launch Of New Ibanez Signature Model Guitar JGM10

NEW ALBUM ‘THE FAINTEST IDEA’ OUT NOW ON KSCOPE 

Jon Gomm, the UK based acoustic guitar virtuoso, has shared the video for latest single ‘The Ghost Inside You’ taken from his recent album on Kscope, The Faintest Idea.

As with the previous videos in the series, Jon has collaborated with The Samsara Collective to film in the stunning setting of Niamos Radical Arts Theatre, Manchester, to showcase the immersive and expressive emotional quality of his music.

The instrumental video features the new JGM10 guitar Gomm has developed with Ibanez Guitars: A company he grew up admiring as the designers of electric guitars for his teen guitar idols. 

“To have been on this adventure with my childhood dream guitar company, to design a guitar perfect for modern fingerstyle guitar playing… I do not deserve it.”

Gomm becomes the first ever acoustic guitarist to develop a signature model with them.

When most people look at an acoustic guitar, they see exactly that – a wooden box with strings. As one of the pioneers of the modern fingerstyle sound, however, Jon Gomm has a rare gift for turning one instrument into what feels like an entire orchestra…

The Blackpool-born singer-songwriter’s 2003 home-recorded debut, Hypertension, was nothing short of a musical revelation: drumming beats, tapping chords and striking harmonics on his acoustic underneath that warm, soulful voice. 

Perhaps one of the greatest surprises with The Faintest Idea is how it contrasts the incredible human warmth of Gomm’s acoustic articulation with more icy affairs, thanks to the synth parts and production work from Australian musician Andy Sorenson. Instead of a war between man and machine, the collaboration delicately cross-pollinates simple honesty with more forward-thinking atmospheres. It is a contemporary masterpiece – rich in its sense of paths traveled and roads taken, while also daring to gaze into the unexpected future.

The album is complemented by the delicate hand-drawn pen and ink cover art created by Lee Zimmerman

The Faintest Idea is out now on CD, double LP, digital and as a stunning limited edition deluxe 3 disc hardback book edition which will feature – CD1 – The Faintest Idea album, CD 2 – The Naked Artist Mix – a stripped back version of the album; a DVD containing 6 exclusive performances filmed in a medieval church, guitar technique presentations,  a 35 minute Jon Gomm interview, song description videos and The Faintest Idea in high-resolution stereo audio. The beautiful book features Lee Zimmerman illustrations, song descriptions, handwritten lyrics and full track tablature for the song “Check You’re Still Breathing”. Jon’s reaction to the deluxe edition can be seen in this latest unboxing video here.

 All formats are available to order now https://jongomm.lnk.to/TheFaintestIdea

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR PREVIOUS SINGLES: COCOON / DEEP SEA FISHES / DREAM FACTORIES

Faintest Idea UK/Eire Tour

Oct 2021

1 – Dublin, Academy 2

8 – Haverhill, Arts Centre

9 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

10 – York, Crescent

15 – Trowbridge, Emmanuel’s Yard

16 – Swansea, Sin City

17 – Cardiff, The Globe

21 – Bristol, Thekla

22 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms

23 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

29 – Huddersfield, The Parish pub   

30 – Glasgow, Oran Mor

31 – Newcastle, Cluny 

Nov 2021

4 – Liverpool, The Leaf Café

5 – Blackpool, Bootleg Social

6 – Preston, The Ferret

13 – Guildford, Boileroom

14 – Southampton, Joiners

15 – Brighton, Komedia

27 – London, Bush Hall

Dec 2021

4 – Manchester, The Bread Shed

5 – Leeds, Brudenell Social

16 – Runcorn, Brindley Theatre

Follow Jon Gomm:

Facebook / Youtube /  instagram / Twitter

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
BLACKFIRE PICKUPS – 
Gus G Launches His Own Pickup Company

BLACKFIRE PICKUPS – 
Gus G Launches His Own Pickup Company

Introducing 2 brand new sets of high output Metal Pickups

Legendary metal guitar player Gus G, known for his work with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIREWIND announces new venture BLACKFIRE PICKUPS – his own Pickup company. Without a doubt, Gus is one of the most influential metal shredders to emerge on the scene the past two decades and has had a long-lasting line of signature products, including guitars & amplifiers.

Thru different ongoing cooperations with the industry´s biggest brands over the past years, Gus developed a very precise and distinctive idea about how he wants his gear to function and of course, how it has to sound and behave to help him expressing his musical creativity. 

Gus states: “Creating my own pickups was a dream come true. This wasn’t about making another signature piece of gear, but rather than creating something new from scratch based in my 20 year long experience touring and recording professionally. Being on a constant search for the perfect tone, I wanted to make the pickup that will be suitable not only for myself, but for any Rock & Metal player that is looking for solid, uncompromising tone.”

Gus was working on the idea for BLACKFIRE PICKUPS for several years. Endless prototypes and tests later, the fist pickups came to life – The Proteus & Immortal sets!

Originally living exclusively on his latest Jackson signature models, the pickups are finally available as standalone products and you can preorder them now!

Check out this Video of Gus explaining the story of BLACKFIRE PICKUPS: 

https://youtu.be/U0YhvuQbgZk

 IMMORTAL – passive humbucker

Blackfire Pickups

Immortal is a high output passive humbucker pick up set designed in conjunction with Gus G. Based on an Alnico 5 magnet, this is a great pickup for Rock and Metal tones with powerful midrange boost that provides crunchy rhythm tones and screaming leads.

  PROTEUS – active humbucker

Blackfire Pickups

The Proteus is a powerful active humbucker pickup set designed in conjunction with Gus G to match his needs for his Metal playing style that requires powerful rich tone and expressive feel.

The pickups come with a high output, low-noise preamp that gives enough kick and distortion, with well-balanced EQ and rich harmonics that respond perfectly to picking attack and dynamics.

Pricing:

IMMORTAL Set (passive): 175€

PROTEUS Set (active): 199€

Pre-Order:  https://gusgofficial.bigcartel.com

www.blackfirepickups.com

Dealer inquiries: 

Please contact sales@gvunitedinc.com

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Revv’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Revv’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Revv Amps are spreading holiday cheer with the new Revv’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! With 12 gifts up for grabs (revealing 1 every day until winners are announced), you have the opportunity to win everything from some merch to Revv’s all new Generator 120 MKIII 4-channel tube amplifier with built-in Two notes Audio Engineering reactive loadbox and impulse responses. The best part – it’s totally free!

REVV Christmas Giveaway

“It’s no secret that for many of us, Christmas is going to be strange this year. However, here we are in December 2020 and we’ve made it this far by coming together. The support we’ve seen from the entire music community throughout 2020 cannot be understated. It’s time to give back. We want to spread the spirit of giving with a chance to win one of 12 gifts, up to and including a brand new Generator 120 MKIII! Every day from December 11th to December 22nd a new prize will be revealed here, and on December 23rd we will announce the 12 winners via livestream! Tell all your friends, and spread kindness this holiday season.”

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from our Revv family to yours! Learn how to sign up now.

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KYRO DULO – The Ultimate Pedalboard Amp?

KYRO DULO – The Ultimate Pedalboard Amp?

KYRO Audio, a small company out of Sofia, Bulgaria, has just released the KYRO DULO – a highly versatile Class D pedalboard amp constructed to be the ultimate pedal platform.

Designed and hand-built by some ingenious Bulgarian engineers with a big passion for guitar gear, the KYRO DULO is the perfect working musician, fly rig, and mobile recording solution.

Recently reviewed by respected YouTuber EytschPi42, the KYRO DULO is the real deal. Not a toy. Not an amp that works well with some FX but not others. But a useful, mature pedal platform that WORKS.

As EytschPi42 recently stated:

“A small company from Bulgaria did what H&K and Vox could not! THIS is the pedalboard amp that actually works!”

Watch playthrough + review of the KYRO DULO by EytschPi42!

Focused on making a bulletproof platform, KYRO Audio built a mini pedal that does double duty: record an album during the day AND play a gig at night.

The KYRO DULO can live on your pedalboard or fly rig, ready to go at any time. And if you’re not a gigging musician, you can run this thing on your desk and not take up a ton of space like traditional amps.

KYRO is currently offering a special limited run of 100 units (numbered + certified) shipped before Christmas. The company will continue with standard production in 2021 and has exciting plans for an expanded line of amp pedals.

Save a ton of space, money, and your back. The KYRO DULO literally fits in your pocket!

Features:

  • Class D Power Amp
  • Single Clean Channel
  • 3-Band EQ (with EQ Bypass)
  • Built-In Cab Sim (with Bypass)
  • DI Line (XLR) and ¼” Outs
  • Volume Control
  • Presence Control
  • Bright Switch
  • Ground Lift Switch
  • Mute Switch
  • DULO Tone Enhancer® Circuit

Technical Specification:

  • Output Power: 30W @ 8Ω / 15W @ 16Ω /50W @ 4Ω
  • Input Impedance: 1MΩ
  • DI Line Out: +4dB (3.472 Vpp)
  • Power Supply: 100 – 240VAC
  • Weight: 0.81 kg / 1.81 lbs (incl. power adapter)
  • Amp Dimensions: 95 x 120 x 50 mm / 3.75″ x 4.75″ x 2.0″
  • Adapter Dimensions: 50 x 124 x 32mm / 2.00″ x 5.00″ x1.25″

Price: $249

KYRO are currently running a weeklong Black Friday sale on the KYRO DULO. Only $199 (down from $249) thru 11/30.

Available for presale NOW (shipping in early December).

CONTACT:

Emil Kirilov

CEO & Founder

emil@kyroaudio.com

Devin Barroga

Marketing & Co-Founder

devin@kyroaudio.com

Instagram: @KyroAudio

Facebook: @KyroAudio

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The World’s First Stereo-Direct-Output Reactive Load & Impulse Response Amplifiers – Revv is Back for the Attack with Generator MKIII Series

The World’s First Stereo-Direct-Output Reactive Load & Impulse Response Amplifiers – Revv is Back for the Attack with Generator MKIII Series

Redefining the award-winning Canadian high-gain titans. The Revv Generator MKIII Series took 4 years of research & development based on feedback from world-class touring artists, session guitarists, & audio engineers. Featuring a plethora of tonal updates, all-new noise gate & digital reverb, & integrating advanced Two notes Audio Engineering virtual cabinet & reactive load technology, Revv Amplification is committed to bringing you the most complete amplifier experience available.

Revv’s MKIII Series 120 & 100 watt heads are available as the Generator 120 with all 4 channels, or the 100P & 100R, which each feature a single high gain channel. 

The Generator MKIII Series features:

  • Go Direct with Two notes Torpedo-embedded Stereo XLR Output
  • Utilize Virtual Cabs & Mics, Twin Tracker Stereo Doubler, Reverbs, & More
  • 4 All-Tube Independent-EQ Multi-Voice Channels Take Your Tone from Clean to Scream
    • 4 Channel Generator 120. Available as 3 Independent EQ Channel 100P & 100R Models
  • Updated High Gain Purple & Red Channel Voicings & New Cut Switch 
  • New Clean Blue Channel Wide Switch & 3 Crunch Green Channel Drive Modes
  • Built-in State-of-the-Art Noise Gate & Digital Reverb (Both Fully Bypassable)
  • Dual Master Volumes, Presence & Depth Controls, & Power Scaling Down to 10 Watts 
  • Fully Programmable with MIDI or Included Footswitch. Two notes Editable via Bluetooth
  • Manufactured in Canada to Rugged Quality Standards. 5 – 12AX7, 4 – 6L6GC

View the debut video now.

Revv Generator MKIII amplifier series 


The Generator 120 MKIII is $3299 & the 100P & 100R are $2699. They can be pre-purchased through many fine dealers or directly at www.revvamplification.com starting November 12 2020.

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Flamma Launches FS06 Digital Preamp Pedal

Flamma Launches FS06 Digital Preamp Pedal

The Flamma lineup continues to expand as they launch their first preamp pedal, boasting 7 digital guitar preamps covering a wide range of tones fit for any genre. 

As with all Flamma pedals, focus is placed on offering high-quality, flexible tone options with a simple UI at an affordable price. Each preamp inside the FS06 features two channels that can be easily switched between. The built-in cabinet simulator can also be toggled on and off for when a real-life cab isn’t available and built-in EQ knobs allow easy adjustment of Bass, Mid, Treble, Gain, and Volume levels that can be saved to each channel’s preset slot. Two modes of operation are available for the footswitch, allowing it to be used as either an on/off switch or a channel selection switch.

All of these features are wrapped with a clean, industrial design and royal purple finish that complements any pedalboard.

Preamp Models: Deluxe Blue, AC31, Coral Reef, Plex 50, Blue Eye 100, MB 5th Gen, HVE 5151

FS06 Features:

1. 7 different preamp models that cover a wide variety of classic and modern guitar tones. 

2. Each preamp model has two channels with preset save slot for each preamp.

3. Built-in cabinet simulation allows users to connect directly to mixer/PA system.

4. Footswitch can be used to switch channels or to toggle pedal ON/OFF.

The FS06 will be available from Flamma Amazon USA/Canada/Japan, flamma.shop and Aliexpress from November 18th 2020.

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News