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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 →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Progressive Music Icons Dream Theater and the  Prestigious Berklee College of Music Announce the  Creation of The Dream Theater Scholarship Fund

Progressive Music Icons Dream Theater and the Prestigious Berklee College of Music Announce the Creation of The Dream Theater Scholarship Fund

Berklee College of Music and Dream Theater announce the creation of the Dream Theater Scholarship Fund. In celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary, Dream Theater and Berklee are creating a fund that will provide scholarship money to student musicians in need on an ongoing basis through the future.
Recently, alumni John Petrucci ’86 (guitarist) and wife Rena (who recently completed her Berklee online Advanced Guitar Certificate) visited Berklee to tour the production and music studios of the college. This trip was the couple’s first time back to the campus since their son Reny graduated in 2018. While there, they met with Berklee President Roger Brown and discussed the founding of the Dream Theater Scholarship.

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Steve Vai Signature – Dual Channel All-Tube Synergy Module

Steve Vai Signature – Dual Channel All-Tube Synergy Module

Synergy Amps proudly introduces the first ever signature module, designed with Steve Vai – without a doubt, one of the most iconic artist and guitar players in the guitar industry.
Over the past decades, Steve Vai has become synonymous with tone, technique, and all aspects of the electric guitar with tenacious, creative energy that explodes through his music, performances, and especially his signature gear designs.

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Ernie Ball Announces All-New Premium Flat Ribbon Patch Cables

Ernie Ball Announces All-New Premium Flat Ribbon Patch Cables

Ernie Ball, the world’s leading manufacturer of guitar strings, musical instruments and accessories, is proud to announce the availability of an all-new line of flat ribbon patch cables. Built from the ground up, these cables are the result of improving upon extensive research of the limitations and problems with existing patch cables on the market.

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Gruv Gear Introduces LYNK Pedalboard & Pedalboard Kapsule Case

Gruv Gear Introduces LYNK Pedalboard & Pedalboard Kapsule Case

Gruv Gear designer and manufacturer of innovative gear and world-class accessories for gigging musicians, is delighted to announce the LYNK Pedalboard and a new universal Pedalboard Kapsule Case.

Gruv Gear’s LYNK Pedalboard introduces a fresh new approach to the traditional guitar pedalboard. It is an ingenious modular system of ‘lynkable’ panels that allows guitar and bass players to optimize their pedalboard design and construction with click and play convenience. Gigging and traveling musicians can quickly and easily customize their pedalboard configuration to ensure they bring only what they need for each performance. Continue reading →

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Torpedo Captor X For Tube Amp Lovers

Torpedo Captor X For Tube Amp Lovers

Two notes Audio Engineering announce the Torpedo Captor X at Winter NAMM 2020 (Hall D, Booth 5647). Two notes CEO, Guillaume Pille, “Playing your tube amp in a great sounding room with an exceptional choice of perfectly matched speaker cabinets and microphones is truly joyous and an unparalleled experience. Torpedo Captor X is for tube amp lovers who crave this every time they play – no matter the environment.”

Torpedo Captor X is a premium compact reactive load box, tube amp attenuator, miked cab simulator, IR loader and stereo expander for home, live and studio use with a compelling price point of $549 / €549 / £469. Two notes pioneered the digital load box and over the last decade, thousands of Two notes hardware users have captured and enjoyed the harmonic complexity and responsiveness of their tube amps both in the studio and on-stage. Continue reading →

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Ovation Custom Shop Opens

Ovation Custom Shop Opens

Adamas Guitars, Custom Ovation Orders And More

Ovation Guitars is proud to announce the opening of the all-new “Ovation Custom Shop”. This purpose-driven shop is located in New Hartford, Connecticut and features a small team of dedicated luthiers and technicians who have a truly specialized focus – custom-made, USA built Ovation guitars. These craftsmen have well over 100 years of combined Ovation-specific expertise. Utilizing their unique cumulative knowledge, cutting-edge technologies and the most sophisticated construction techniques available, the resulting Ovation and Adamas guitars offer a playing and performance experience that is completely off the charts. Continue reading →

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Neural DSP Release The Quad Cortex Pedal

Neural DSP Release The Quad Cortex Pedal

Neural DSP are bursting into 2020 in a huge way, by releasing the Quad Cortex. Not content with dominating the amp and effects software market, they have now used their knowledge to develop their first physical product.

The Quad Cortex uses machine learning via Neural Capture. Neural Capture features a unique neural network architecture that is capable of autonomously analysing, learning, and replicating an amplifier’s sound and dynamic response in a way that closely resembles human perception for unparalleled accuracy and realism. Users can use Neural Capture to create profiles based on their own rig using the most accurate and powerful technology on the market.

Powered by 2Ghz of dedicated DSP from the Quad Cortex’s quad-core SHARC and dual ARM architectures, this hugely powerful pedal will be able to run 4 amp models, stereo reverb and multiple effects simultaneously. All of this power has been squeezed into a small and portable unit made from aluminium and featuring a 7-inch multi-touch screen. The stainless steel footswitches also rotary encoders for making adjustments to your settings.

Neural DSP Quad Cortex

The Quad Cortex will ship with 50+ amps, 70+ effects and 1000+ IRs. These will be expanded with free updates.

Neural CNS allows you to connect the Cortex to various devices via wifi allowing real-time control, preset sharing and updating wirelessly.

Neural DSP Quad Cortex Rear

If Neural DSP’s software is anything to go by, the Quad Cortex is going to be a game-changer!

You can pre-order one of the first 1000 units now with a €200/$200 deposit. The total cost will be €1599/$1599 and orders will ship by September 2020.

Visit neuraldsp.com for more information

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
New releases from Sandberg Guitars

New releases from Sandberg Guitars

NAMM 2020

Visit Sandberg At Hall D Booth #2846

Sandberg Guitars today announced several new basses for Winter NAMM 2020! The Lionel Bass is a new short-scale (30”) passive bass, the California TT4 SuperLight with Roasted Maple neck, the Nighthawk Plus,  and the addition of Aguilar Electronics to the options list! Continue reading →

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