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02/08/2019

5 Legendary Guitars Of Rock – Fender

Here we will be taking a stroll through the annals of rock history, taking a glance at some of the most influential Fender guitars and their respective players along the way. Great guitarists can sometimes be said to sound like themselves regardless of what they pick up, but when they really sound like themselves, it can be something truly special.   Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” There was a time when everything Eric Clapton touched seemed to become famous in its own right, with guitars such as “The Fool” and “Brownie”, used in... Read More

26/07/2019
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Spectrasonics Omnisphere and Roland Synth Integration

A Brief History of Spectrasonics Let’s begin with a brief background on what Omnisphere is and how it can expand your musical horizons. Spectrasonics sum up Omnisphere as ‘an incredibly deep synthesizer with a massive Core Library that will take a lifetime to explore’. Well, I agree… we are still exploring. Founded in 1994 by Los Angeles composer Eric Persing and his wife Lorey, Spectrasonics quickly became a leading developer of world-class sampled sound libraries. As Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation since 1984, Eric was already well-known in the music industry... Read More

18/07/2019
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One Knob Wonder Pedals!

Sometimes you don’t want to be over faced with choice and the order of the day is a swift dive in at the deep end. While it’s always nice to be able to pick from an infinite choice of tones and settings, occasionally you have a sound in your head that you want to get to as quickly as possible. That’s where single-knob guitar pedals can have the edge over multi-control effects. In this post, we will look at some of the most interesting options available.   EarthQuaker Devices Erupter... Read More

11/07/2019
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2 Brand New BOSS Pedals Just Announced!

BOSS RC-10R RHYTHM LOOP STATION Song-Based Looper and Smart Rhythm Machine for Modern Music Creators CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER Hamamatsu, Japan, July 11th, 2019 — BOSS introduces the RC-10R Rhythm Loop Station, the latest addition to its long-running family of Loop Station products. Combining song-based looping, organic rhythms, and class-leading sound in a compact package, the RC-10R gives musicians an expressive new tool for developing ideas and making stage performances more dynamic and compelling. Designed for in-the-moment music creation, the RC-10R brings loops and rhythms together in a powerful, interactive... Read More

03/07/2019
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How To Arrange Your Pedalboard

Solutions for your Signal Chain Effects pedals offer a new world of possibilities to guitarists. Since the very first tremolo effects unit came around in the 1940s, the pedal buzz has grown and grown into what is now arguably the golden age of pedals and effects. There are so many great companies pushing the boundaries of stompbox technology that one is often spoilt for choice. However, some things have remained a constant, and signal chain order is one of those. Time for a small disclaimer: there is no right or... Read More

27/06/2019

An Insight into Nik Huber Guitars

Founded in 1996, Nik Huber guitars has been a manufacturer of renowned high-end guitars for over two decades. A small team of 8 specialists is creating up to 240 guitars per year, all handcrafted and built to perfection, tone-wise and build-wise. Nik Huber guitars are known around the world for their singlecuts. Whether it’s the Orca and Krautster that resemble the design of a Les Paul, or the Dolphin, Twangmeister, and Rietbergen guitar models that are not-so-distant cousins to the Telecaster, offering a fuller, more rounded body shape and a... Read More

13/06/2019

BOSS announce 4 NEW 200 Series Effects Pedals

Just in time for summer Namm Boss have surprised us all this morning with the announcement of 4 new premium effects pedals. Introducing the 200 series, the next-gen of guitar effects from Boss featuring a digital delay, modulation. graphic EQ and Overdrive hybrid pedal. Each pedal is capable of storing four presets and include a pair of footswitches, the second of which is assigned to memory and tap/boost functions, depending on the pedal. Full details below… DD-200                   With the 200 series,... Read More

28/05/2019

Unleash The Power of Your JD-XA

The Roland JD-XA is a unique crossover synth that brings together analog warmth and digital versatility in one super-creative, no- compromise instrument. First, there’s a four-part, all-analog monster with true analog filters and a direct dry output. Next up is a four-part digital engine powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL synth technology, plus an impressive selection of potent effects. The JD-XA’s engines can be used independently or interactively, providing an incredibly flexible platform for sound design, studio work, and live performance. Use the analog and digital parts side by side, stack them... Read More

24/05/2019
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Eight Of The Best Overdrive Pedals

Overdrives. There are hundreds. But which have risen to the top like tone-shaping croutons in an otherwise confusing bowl of soup? Some classics have maintained a presence in the Google searches of new guitarists everywhere, while new models nip at the heels of these pedalboard stalwarts. Here we will take a look at both and hopefully clear a path through the undergrowth.   Fulltone OCD Both a favourite of reviewers and players alike, the Fulltone OCD has become one of the most popular overdrive pedals on the market. Contrary to... Read More

17/05/2019

Who is John Hall?

Rickenbacker chairman John Hall will host his first UK event in 25 years at Sound Affects. After taking over the company from his father Francis C. Hall in 1984, John has been running and illuminating the legendary Rickenbacker business. The early 1960s saw Rickenbacker become entwined in one of the biggest music upheavals of the 20th century: The Beatles. You immediately think of the Liverpool lads as one of the main bands affiliated with Rickenbacker’s back in the day. Francis gave George Harrison his first 12-string, only the second one... Read More