Scuffham Amps updates S-Gear guitar amp plugin to v2.5

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Scuffham Amps has released version 2.5 of S-Gear, a software guitar amplification plug-in for Windows and Mac

Scuffham Amps S-Gear

S-Gear is a collection of guitar amps, speaker cabinets and effects implemented in software for use with your computer, Windows PC or MAC. The software comes as a Standalone Application and as plug-ins for use with the most popular DAW (digital audio workstation) recording software.

Changes in S-Gear v2.5

  • Precision tuner in collaboration with Sonuus UK
    • Ultra fast and accurate pitch detection technology.
    • Tuning accuracy to within 1/2 cent, right down to the low bass guitar strings.
    • Highly visible analogue style metering with smooth, responsive ballistics.
    • Big note indicator.
  • New cabinet options
    • A boutique 2×12″ rear ported cabinet
    • Alnico Gold and G12-65 speaker options
    • Clean and precise impulse capture process
  • Delay pan control allows you to position mono mode delays in the stereo field.

S-Gear for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for $99 USD ex. VAT.

More information: Scuffham Amps


Positive Grid intros .strandberg* Signature BIAS amps

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Positive Grid and Strandberg Guitars have announced a major update to BIAS, the revolutionary guitar amp designer and modeler for mobile and desktop devices.

Positive Grid .strandberg* Signature for BIAS

This new version offers BIAS users a series of .strandberg* amps created by .strandberg* guitar artists, and focuses on giving a stunning tube amp tone made to enhance extended range guitars tone. The new BIAS .strandberg* amps are available for BIAS iPad users first, and will be available for BIAS Desktop users in the following weeks. Strandberg Guitars will host a series of BIAS Strandberg live demo sessions for the product at the NAMM Show this January 22-25.

“Launching our amps as ‘virtual amps’ using BIAS gives us so much more than just awesome tone. Our guitar customers can now reproduce the exact tone that our artists created for that guitar and that they might have heard in a demo or on an album. Not to mention they are free and don’t add an ounce of weight to the rig.” says Ola Strandberg, the founder and CEO of Strandberg Guitars.

During the NAMM show, BIAS and BIAS Professional are on sale for $74 USD and $174 USD, respectively.

More information: Positive Grid


Ampeg shows redesigned BA Series bass combos at NAMM

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Ampeg BA Series bass combo

At NAMM 2015, Ampeg shows off the entire redesigned Ampeg BA Series Bass Combo Amp series with five new models – the BA-108, BA-110, BA-112, BA-115 and BA-210.

Delivering true Ampeg tone, the new bass combo series is re-envisioned with new features ideal for practice and smaller gigs. Featuring front-facing controls and a true 60-degree monitoring angle that provides increased clarity, the new cab design has performing in mind. Additionally, the all-new Bass Scrambler™ overdrive circuit effortlessly delivers classic tube-like grind.

“Ampeg designed the world’s first bass amps and we are setting a new standard with the new BA bass combo series,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “We are giving bass players classic Ampeg tone and power with modern features like the Bass Scrambler overdrive and a 60-degree monitoring angle that allows for versatility in any playing situation.”

The all-new BA bass combo series features classic Ampeg tone in a sleek modern design. True 60-degree monitoring angle gives players the ability to position the amp to suit their space and stage setup, while the front-facing controls make it quick and easy to adjust settings while performing. Additionally, the Bass Scrambler overdrive circuit provides muscular grit and grind rock bassists demand. Available on the BA-110 and up, the Bass Scrambler, includes separate drive and blend controls, on/off control and is foot-switchable on the BA-112 and up.

Offering a wide range of options, the new series is suitable for a variety of applications. All amps in the new BA Bass Combo series feature 3-band EQ along with independent drive and blend controls, in addition to master volume, 1/8″ stereo auxiliary input, and 1/8″ stereo output. The amps feature phantom black powder-coated all-metal chassis with front-panel backlighting. The smaller BA-108 and BA-110 are ideal for practice just about anywhere. They are lightweight for portability and offer a headphone output for silent practice as well as aux input for playing along with a smartphone or iPad. The BA-112 and BA-115, featuring Ampeg’s famed Ultra Hi and Ultra low circuits, are perfect for musicians who need an amp they can use for practice and small stages. The BA-210 delivers 450-Watts of power for on-stage performances. This performance-driven amp features a -15dB input pad for active basses or additional level control, extension speaker output for connecting additional bass cabs, along with a dedicated XLR balanced line out.

The new BA Bass Combo series are available worldwide. U.S. MSRP pricing: BA-108 $139.99, BA-110 $251.99, BA-112 $419.99, BA-115 $559.99, BA-210 $699.99. Visit Ampeg at the Winter NAMM 2015, upstairs in Demo Room 290A/B.

More information: Ampeg


Melodiefabriek releases Boutique Amp ReFill

Melodiefabriek Boutique Amp

Marco Raaphorst of Melodiefabriek has announced the release of Boutique Amp, a ReFill library for the Softube Amp Rack Extension.

Boutique Amp ReFill for Propellerhead Reason gives you access to the classic sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Angus Young, Brian May, Steve Lukather and many more. It consists of 54 patches which are build on the Softube Amp Rack Extension (included for free with Reason 8 or bought separately for Reason 6.5 and Reason 7 users). Although many of the patches can be pushed hard to obtain overdriven tones no “scooped mids” Metal sounds were included, because I am not a Metal head.

The amp sounds included in this Boutique Amp ReFill are the best guitar tones I ever got out of software. I prefer them over using tube amps.

The front panel of the included Combinator patches are programmed in such a way you can quickly make changes, by altering the amount of overdrive, or switching additional effects on or off (like chorus, phaser, reverb, tremolo and echo), or even do complicated multiple parameter changes using one single button or pot.

The Boutique Amp ReFill is available for purchase for the introductory price of $5 USD until January 31st, 2015 (regular $6 USD). Use coupon code rock-out at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Melodiefabriek / Boutique Amp


Rupert Neve Designs announces new products for the NAMM show

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Rupert Neve Designs has announced RNDI and R6, two new products to be presented at the upcoming Winter NAMM show.

New for the 2015 Winter NAMM Show, Rupert Neve Designs is proud to announce two new products: the RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface, and the R6 Six Space 500 Series Rack.

Rupert Neve Designs RNDI

The RNDI utilizes a custom Rupert Neve-designed transformer and a class-A biased discrete FET amplifier to elegantly balance an instrument signal – whether straight from a bass guitar or a screaming 1000W amp – with sonics extending beyond 100kHz, superb phase coherence, and the famous Rupert Neve tone heard across 50+ years of classic records.

Rupert Neve Designs R6

The R6 is a rack made for serious sound. With more than 150% the required current and a full complement of XLR, TRS and DB-25 I/O, the R6 helps your best modules realize their fullest potential.

The RNDI and R6 will be available late January 2015, priced at MSRP of $299 USD and $599 USD, respectively.

More information: Rupert Neve Designs


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