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Shattered Glass Audio releases Ace free tube amp plugin

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Shattered Glass Audio has announced Ace, a free tube amplifier effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Shattered Glass Audio Ace

Ace is a faithful digital emulation of a legendary 1950s, American, all tube, tweed, 5W amp. We have added to the model two of the most common amplifier mods: adjustment of the amount of feedback and addition of grid stopper resistors, both of which can be turned off for the original amp sound.

For added flexibility, speaker emulation can be switched out in case you want to use a different speaker emulator. Ace also features 2x, 4x, or 8x selectable oversampling.

Simple controls and a conservative CPU usage make ACE easy to use in live settings as well as for re-amping.

Ace features

  • Accurate modeling of the whole circuit to capture dynamic interactions between amp stages.
  • Authentic 12AX7 and 6V6GT vacuum tube models.
  • Models of the two most common amp mods.
  • Adjustable strength of the input signal with up to 12 dB boost.
  • Cabinet simulation that can be switched on or off.
  • Selectable 2x, 4x, or 8x oversampling.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows and Mac as freeware (VST/AU).

More information: Shattered Glass Audio / Ace

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Kuassa releases Cerberus Bass Amplifikation Rack Extension

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Kuassa has announced the launch of Cerberus Bass Amplifikation, a bass amp Rack Extension for Reason.

Kuassa Cerberus Bass Amplifikation

Cerberus Bass Amplifikation is a three-channel bass amplifier Rack Extension/Plug-in that will deliver thundering lows straight from your computer. With it’s intuitive single screen interface, whatever your playing stye is, pick or fingerstyle in any music you play, Cerberus Bass Amplifikation will provide the warmth and mellowness of tube amp, clarity and punch of solid-state power or turn it up to destruction on the Drive amp type. For further tweaking, Cerberus Bass Amplifikation gives you tonal control through its compressor, contour control, parametric and graphic EQ, and D.I. wetness control. Carefully tuned and carrying enough power to rumble your studio.

Cerberus Bass Amplifikation also comes with features standard to Kuassa’s other amp products; noise gate, and dual cabinet miking modeler. In addition, the Rack Extension version features a handful of CV input controls, while the VST/AU version will have an external IR loader and a 3D miking interface.

Cerberus Bass Amplifikation features

  • 3 Amp Types.
  • Built-in Compressor, Noise Gate and Output Limiter.
  • 3 types of matching cabinets, 6 microphones and Direct Mix.
  • Freely adjustable dual-miking configurations with mono/stereo options simulation a real-life bass guitar recording session.
  • Flexible tone-shaping capability with Contour, Semi-parametric EQ, and Graphic EQ.
  • CV input controls for various parameters (*Rack Extension Version exclusive).
  • External IR loader and move your microphones in 3D space (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX exclusive).
  • Straightforward and easy to use graphic interface.
  • Supports up to 96000Hz Sample Rate.

Cerebus Bass Amplifikation is currently available as a Rack Extension for $49 USD / 39 EUR ex. VAT. The VST/AU/RTAS/AAX plug-in version is in development.

More information: Kuassa / Cerberus Bass Amplifikation

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Ampeg ships redesigned BA-112 & BA-115 Bass Combos

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Ampeg BA-115

Ampeg has announced that it is shipping the completely redesigned BA-112 and BA-115 Bass Combos.

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.

“The Ampeg BA-115 is easily the most popular bass combo ever designed,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager Zane Williams. “With the all-new BA Series combos, 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.”

Ampeg BA-112

The all-new BA bass combos feature 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. The Bass Scrambler also includes separate drive and blend controls, on/off control and is foot-switchable.

Offering a wide range of options, the new series is suitable for a variety of applications. These amps include 3-band EQ in addition to master volume, 1/8″ stereo auxiliary input, and 1/8″ stereo output along with phantom black powder-coated all-metal chassis with front-panel backlighting. 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.

Other models in the new BA series include the practice-ready BA-108 and BA-110 plus the stage-ready BA-210 which will all be available beginning Fall 2014.

The BA-112 is available for MSRP $419.99 USD, the BA-115 is $559.99 USD.

More information: Ampeg / BA Bass Combos

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Peavey releases ReValver 4 amp modeling effect

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Peavey ReValver 4

Peavey has announced the release of ReValver 4, an amp modeling software for Windows and Mac.

Redesigned from the ground up, ReValver 4 contains amp modeling capabilities that capture the characteristics of real tube amplifiers. It runs as Stand Alone or as an AAX/VST or AU plug-in on Mac OS X or Windows.

Peavey has updated and improved the modeling engine in ReValver 4. It also incorporates a GUI and UX redesign and the ability to run on a Windows tablet, plus other high-level features including GIG mode, ACT (Audio Cloning Technology) and RIR 2 cabinet modeling.

Based on feedback from the extensive ReValver user community, the application’s redesign has been done so to improve user experience and workflow. The GUI now separates pedal board, amps/cabs and effects into their own views, thus minimizing the amount of vertical scrolling needed to navigate the application.

GIG mode further expands ReValver’s power as a live performance solution by allowing the user to load 8 presets into memory and seamlessly switch between them. The presets can also be assigned to MIDI controller switches. In addition, another primary consideration of the GUI and UX redesign was to make ReValver 4 the ideal solution for amp modeling on Windows tablets. As a result, the combination of ReValver 4, an audio interface, and a Windows tablet makes the “perfect live performance rig”.

Peavey’s ReValver 4 also features ACT (Audio Cloning Technology) modules that allow the user to mold and shape the guitar sound at both the input (before amp modeling) and output (after modeling). At the input, ACT turns ReValver into an instrument modeler by altering the incoming guitar signal to mimic the sound and characteristics of other instruments, such as acoustics, folk instruments, and even other electric guitar and pickup combinations. At the output, ACT allows the user to load presets that sculpt the signal to fit in a recording mix or mimic the sonic characteristics of famous guitar rigs.

With improved Impulse Responses, ReValver 4′s RIR 2 feature gives the user independent control of speaker configuration, microphone, and mic placement, allowing for almost endless tone shaping options. Also, the electrical features or the cabinet that alter the response of the amp have been captured, allowing for even greater realism and dynamics. The new Pedal Board feature provides a familiar environment to build and edit an effects chain before the amplifier whilst the effects rack sits post amp for all your delay, reverb and modulation needs.

ReValver 4 also comes with the introduction of the Amp Store, allowing users to purchase new amps, stompboxes, effects, and ACT content through in-app purchases. Users can begin with downloading ReValver 4 which is free (included modules listed below) and then simply purchase the additional content they desire.

ReValver 4 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/Standalone) is available to download for free and comes with a number of free modules. Extra modules are available for purchase from the Amp Store.

A Producer Pack, which includes Over $250 USD of modules, is available for purchase for $99.99 USD. ReValver MK III.V owners can upgrade to the Producer Pack for $49.99 USD.

More information: Peavey / ReValver 4

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AXP releases Flextron guitar amp plugin

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AXP has released Flextron, a virtual-analog guitar amp effect plug-in for Windows, made for the KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2014.

AXP Flextron

It’s based on a concept of the hybrid guitar distortion pedal I’ve built for myself a while ago. The prototype pedal in its turn was based on two commercial tube emulation technologies – Flexwave by Crate and Cooltron by VOX.

This combination was discovered by accident when I was repairing my bandmate’s VOX Bulldog distortion pedal. I didn’t like the Bulldog that much, however I got interested in its low-voltage tube design so I assembled a copy on a test bench. On its own it has provided very little overdrive, just as expected, but when combined with the Crate Flexwave preamp (my favorite solid-state distortion) it has completed its already great tone, giving it more fullness and presence. I’ve used this arrangement for rehearsals and some gigs and got complemented for the tone.

Flextron goes a step further and accurately models a range of Crate solid-state amps powered by the Flexwave circuit. Every stage of the preamp signal path is carefully analyzed and modeled with the same attention to details as my previous SoftDrive GV and SoftAmp FM25 plugins.

Flextron for Windows (VST) is a free download.

More information: AXP / Flextron

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Harbinger Pro Audio releases MüV Series portable PA

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Harbinger Pro Audio has announced the introduction of the new MüV Series of portable PA systems.

Harbinger MüV Series

Harbinger MüV Series Portable PA systems are an easy-to-use, affordable solution for smaller performances, presentations, and rehearsals. Designed with small to mid-sized venues in mind, the Harbinger MüV systems deliver complete compact PA solutions for singer/songwriters, presenters, small theater productions, mobile DJs, instructors, and other casual performance applications.

The Harbinger M60 and M120 are full-featured systems including four-channel powered mixers with professional quality loudspeakers for natural sound and full-range musical performance. Both models offer four microphone/instrument inputs with individual volume controls, as well as an Aux input for connecting MP3 players for integrating music or backing tracks.

The MüV M60 PA system features a 60 Watt powered mixer with two 10-inch two-way loudspeaker cabinets. The larger M120 offers 120 Watts of power, with a pair of 12-inch two-way speakers with high frequency compression drivers. Both systems deliver crystal clear, full-range musical performance, with integrated two-band EQ and digital delay. The M120 also includes a three-band Master EQ and Clip LED. And all MüV systems are equipped with extra features including FX send and Record Out for added convenience and maximum versatility.

Each Harbinger MüV PA comes ready to rock, complete with all speaker cables for quick and easy setup. And every MüV speaker cabinet is designed with integrated 1-3/8 inch speaker stand mounts, giving you maximum versatility to adapt to any venue.

“For most musicians and performers, smaller and more intimate venues can be more of a challenge than larger halls, which typically have their own PA,” observes Harbinger Product Manager Jim Norman. “We’ve designed the MüV Series for the kind of casual, small and mid-sized gigs that working musicians face every day. We’ve made it easy to set up, easy to use, great sounding, and affordable.”

The new Harbiner MüV Series is available for purchase for $199 USD for the M60), and $299 USD for the M120.

More information: Harbinger Pro Audio / MüV Series

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Acoustic Amplification intros A20 acoustic instrument amplifier

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Acoustic Amplification has introduced its upcoming Model A20 Acoustic Instrument Amplifier.

Acoustic Amplification A20

More than just a guitar amp, the Acoustic A20 is a complete performance solution for today’s versatile acoustic-electric musician. Its full-range 8-inch studio-quality coaxial speaker, ported cabinet design, and 20 Watts of clean, pristine power effortlessly fill the room with rich, crystalline sound. Plug in a microphone and any acoustic instrument with a pickup and you’re ready to go.

Expressly designed to bring out the nuance and natural detail of acoustic instruments and vocals, the A20 delivers the advanced tone shaping control that has made Acoustic Amps “The Pro’s Tone” for almost half a century. Lightweight and portable, the A20 is packed with features, including two combo XLR-1/4″ inputs with independent level controls, 3-band EQ, digital reverb and chorus, effects loop, and Acoustic’s acclaimed Vari-Control feedback eliminator.

With its unique wedge-shaped design, the A20 makes a great, full-featured stage amp. With the power and performance of a small PA system, it’s the ideal rig for coffee houses and other acoustic performances, solo keyboard gigs, home recording, and small to mid-sized karaoke shows. The Acoustic A20′s 1/8-inch Aux input and headphone output also make it a great fit for players looking for a small, portable practice amp. A full-featured direct output with pre-post EQ switch and level control connects the A20 to any PA system for larger venues.

“Today’s musicians are more mobile, and more versatile than ever before,” remarked Rick Gagliano, Acoustic Product Manager. “The A20 addresses those needs, with a lightweight but powerful design that can easily adapt to a wide range of performance conditions. Whether it’s a PA for a mid-sized coffee house gig or a stage setup for a club gig, the A20 has the sound and the features today’s musicians are asking for.”

The A20 Acoustic Instrument Amp will be available in mid-September with a street price of $129.99 USD.

More information: Acoustic Amplification

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