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Neural DSP Omega Ampworks Granophyre Review

Neural DSP Omega Ampworks Granophyre Review

Neural DSP have teamed up with Omega Ampworks for their latest guitar plugin and have brought the Granophyre into the digital realm. The single-channel monster seems like the perfect amp for a Neural DSP plugin but can this beast of an amp really be turned into a digital model without losing its edge?

Let’s find out.

Neural DSP Omega Ampworks Granophyre

This isn’t an Archetype plugin so it doesn’t have all of the features found in those plugins. Instead, we return to the same kind of format as the Fortin Suites. You get one amp, an overdrive pedal, a graphic EQ and a cab sim. Simple and straightforward. Continue reading →

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Neural DSP Archetype: Abasi Review

Neural DSP Archetype: Abasi Review

Neural DSP are back with another new Archetype plugin, the Abasi. As the name suggests, this time they’ve teamed up with Tosin Abasi. The prog-metal legend has a unique style, so does this translate to a unique plugin? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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Fortin Amplification Grind Pedal Review

Fortin Amplification Grind Pedal Review

Sick of your 8 string monster sounding dull and muddy through your monster valve amp? Perhaps the Grind pedal by Fortin Amplification could be the answer!

Many of us can only dream of owning an amp built by Fortin Amplification, but there is a cheaper way for us mere mortals to infuse some of that signature Fortin sound into our rigs. The Grind pedal takes Mike Fortin’s favourite 6irth and 6rind settings from his amps and puts them into a pedal. With one single knob, this pedal may be simple, but it will totally change the sound of your amp. Continue reading →

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ML Sound Lab MIKKO Cab Simulator Review

ML Sound Lab MIKKO Cab Simulator Review

ML Sound Lab are widely regarded as one of the leading IR producers in the world right now. Their IRs have been used on hit albums and are included in some of the best amp sim plugins. Now they want to reverse the roles and put you in charge. Yes, the MIKKO lets you create your very own IRs! Say goodbye to scrolling through folders of IR files. Now you can create the cab sounds yourself. Continue reading →

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The Pick Ninja Review

The Pick Ninja Review

I come across some interesting products on the hunt for new equipment to review. One such product is the Pick Ninja. The Pick Ninja is a removable guitar pick grip which is designed to not only improve your grip on a pick but also reduce muscle cramping and improve your picking accuracy as well as endurance. Big claims for a little product!

$2.99 gets you a small piece of recyclable rubber/plastic blend. I’ll be honest, it’s not the most attractive guitar accessory in the world. There is a slit running through the Pick Ninja so you can push a pick into each end allowing you to have two different thicknesses available at all times. I only used it with a single pick but I can see the benefit of being able to hold two. The middle of the Pick Ninja dips down which makes it nice and comfortable to hold. The rubber/plastic is soft but with just enough roughness to keep it feeling secure in your fingers at all times. Continue reading →

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MeloAudio Midi Commander Pedal Review

MeloAudio Midi Commander Pedal Review

Midi pedals might not be the sexiest pieces of gear in the world but they’re one of the most useful. Many people now use software for recording or even live, and with hardware manufacturers looking to provide more compact rigs they sometimes reduce the amount of control you have over their products. This is where midi pedals like the MeloAudio Midi Commander come in. Continue reading →

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JST Bassforge Rex Brown Review

JST Bassforge Rex Brown Review

Joey Sturgis Tones have teamed up with Rex Brown to develop a plugin to help you to recreate his classic bass tones. Rex Brown might not have received as much attention as other members of Pantera but, in my opinion, he was absolutely vital in giving the band their legendary sound. In fact, it’s hard to find a more solid bass player in metal music. Dimebag’s tone wasn’t pretty but it was effective, however, it needed a great bass tone behind it to really give it some warmth and weight. Rex Brown found the ideal tones to do just that and add an extra dimension of his own.

Can the same great tones be found in a plugin? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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Neural DSP Archetype: Nolly Review

Neural DSP Archetype: Nolly Review

What do you get when you combine the plugin geniuses at Neural DSP with the super talented musician, mixer, engineer and producer Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood?

The Neural DSP Archetype: Nolly

Neural DSP almost blew up the internet when they announced their latest plugin, but does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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Laney Mini Lion Amp Review

Laney Mini Lion Amp Review

The Mini series of amps are Laney’s entry into the hugely popular mini amp market. Available in three different styles along with mono, stereo and Bluetooth varieties, there is a version to suit everyone. Today, I’m looking at the standard 3 watt Mini Lion to see if it roars. Continue reading →

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Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

Optiweb is Elixir’s latest string coating and they claim it gives the most natural sound and feel of any coated guitar string. I remember trying coated strings when they first came out and I wasn’t hugely impressed. Have Elixir nailed the recipe?

Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings

I must admit, after my experiences with coated guitar strings in the past I was a little reluctant to try them again. I do tend to eat through strings at a pretty rapid rate though so the idea of longer lasting strings definitely appeals to me so I ordered a set of Elixir Optiweb 10-46 and fitted them to my Solar S1.6FR when they arrived.

I picked that guitar for a few of reasons. Continue reading →

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