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Toontrack releases Classic Amps EZmix Pack

Toontrack Classic Amps EZmix Pack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Classic Amps EZmix Pack, an expansion pack for the EZmix 2 multi-effect mix tool.

The Classic Amps EZmix Pack presents 50 complete signal chain presets including amps, stomp boxes, speakers and various effects. The speakers were modeled using custom impulse responses, capturing the essence of several premium vintage cabinets and combos. The settings express a wide variety and cover anything from clean and muffled rhythm sounds to rich and saturated leads.

“We wanted to model the most influential amps of the past 50 years and put together a collection of tones that could work for any kind of guitar oriented music. We ended up with settings spanning anything from blues to British Invasion, punk, grunge and pop”, says Toontrack sound designer Ulf Edlund.

This collection is a testament and homage to the amps that managed to survive and seep through several decades of musical progression. The inspiration to your next riff is just a mouse-click away. Make sure it sounds great – add some of that warm tube sizzle, subtle speaker rattle or warm fuzz to it!

Some say the tone is in your fingers. We beg to differ.

The pack is available for purchase for $49 USD / 39 EUR.

More information: Toontrack / Classic Amps EZmix Pack

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IK Multimedia releases AmpliTube Orange for iOS

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IK Multimedia has announced the release of AmpliTube Orange for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

AmpliTube Orange for iPad

Officially licensed and developed in close partnership with Orange Amplification, the new AmpliTube Orange for iPad and for iPhone/iPhone Touch is a real time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier.

Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated in both looks and sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere.

AmpliTube Orange for iOS features

  • Real-time Orange amp and effects guitar/bass suite.
  • 5 Classic and modern officially certified Orange guitar amps: OR50, Rockerverb 50, Thunderverb 200, Tiny Terror, AD 30, AD 200 MK 3 Bass Amp.
  • Matching speaker cabinet models can be mixed & matched.
  • Selectable speaker mic choices: passive & condenser.
  • 4 Stomps: Echo Trip delay, Highway Drive overdrive, Shaker tremolo, Noise filter.
  • Built-in tuner, metronome.
  • 4 (iPad)/3 (iPhone) slots for daisy chained stompbox effects.
  • Single track recorder included (expandable to 8 (iPad)/4 (iPhone) tracks with bounce feature, master effects via in-app purchase).
  • Song section for importing device library music and play-along.
  • MIDI controllable via iRig PRO or iRig MIDI.
  • Create and save presets.
  • Works with all IK Multimedia mobile interfaces like iRig PRO, iRig HD or iRig Stomp.
  • Standalone app or available as in-app bundle in AmpliTube for iPad/iPhone.
  • Full production music suite for your iPad.
  • Designed and engineered in Italy.

AmpliTube Orange for iPad and iPhone/iPod touch is available for purchase for $14.99 USD/13.99 EUR each. The 4–Track recorder and 8-Track recorder with master effects section are an in-app purchase for $9.99 USD/8.99 EUR and $14.99 USD/13.99 EUR respectively.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube Orange for iPad

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BluGuitar introduces Amp1 guitar amplifier

BluGuitar has announced Amp1, a new analogue guitar amp unit.

BluGuitar Amp1
The Amp1 by Thomas Blug, renowned guitarist and official “Strat King of Europe”.

Amp1 is a fully analogue guitar amp with four channels amplified by a newly designed 100-watt Class D tube power amp. The amp sets new standards in terms of power, vitality, responsiveness and genuinely analogue output stage behaviour – the only Class D power amp to offer a PowerSoak. Amp1 features a Clean Channel and three Overdrive channels. Each of the four channels can be supplemented with an extra portion of gain via the built-in Boost control. Thanks to Amp1’s unique Custom Controls, guitarists can even customise the responsiveness and tonal character of each of the four channels to their own personal needs in order to maximise their individual tone.

Amp1 is perfect for use without a loudspeaker, just with headphones or for “Silent Recording”. You can use Amp1 like an amp head on top of your cab, connect it up to your effects board and stompboxes, or simply use it like an FX pedal on the floor in front of you. Amp1’s three footswitches let you select between the Clean/Vintage/Classic/Modern channels, with Boost and Reverb settings either on or off.

With Amp1 it’s possible to build a complete 100-watt guitar amp and effects setup on a single pedalboard for the first time ever. This will really help reduce the amount of cabling guitarists will need to use, which not only benefits their tone, but will also save the pro player an awful lot of time with assembly and clear-up before and after the gig.

Amp1 & Remote1

Using the optional Remote1 foot pedal, all of Amp1’s functions can be directly selected via 9 switches. These settings can be stored as presets. There are 4 Banks with 9 Presets available. Consistent with the Presets, Remote1’s MIDI out can be used to switch programmes on external MIDI-capable effect devices.

Alternatively, the optional MIDI1 Adapter allows players to control Amp1 with their own favourite MIDI foot pedals. For players who want to integrate their favourite FX pedals into the Amp1 guitar system, the optional Looper-Kit extension (featuring four true bypass relay loops) is available, making pedalboard tap dancing and sound loss a thing of the past.

BluGuitar Amp1 is available in stores from June 2014, priced at RRP 649 EUR. BluGuitar Remote1 retails at 349 EUR; BluGuitar Looper-Kit is 249 EUR, and the BluGuitar MIDI1 Adapter costs 49 EUR.

The Amp1 guitar amplifier system and the 61 Masterbuilt electric guitar are introduced at Musikmesse 2014, in Hall 4.0, Stand H10.

More information: BluGuitar

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Puremagnetik releases free Ableton Live Packs inspired by John Cage

Puremagnetik has announced the release of Hotel Prepared Piano and Amplified Cactus, two free Ableton Live Packs inspired by the experimental, avant-garde composer John Cage.

Amplified Cactus

Amplified Cactus a la John Cage

Puremagnetik’s free Amplified Cactus Pack includes a drum rack of “plucked”, percussive articulations and a multisampled rack of “scraped” sounds. Rocks, grass, paper and feathers are among the exciters used to create these sound varieties.

Amplified Cactus was recorded using a barrel cactus mic’d with TranceAudio surface pickups and a custom built low-noise preamplifier.

Hotel Prepared Piano

Hotel Room Prepared Piano

Whilst abroad in Israel, Puremagnetik sound developer Micah Frank found his hotel room equipped with a vintage upright piano. After a few attempts to create a conventional upright piano recording, the plan was aborted due to outside noise. Instead, Micah jammed paperclips, seashells, twigs and pieces of plastic into the piano strings and recorded two octaves of prepared piano tones and noises.

Puremagnetik’s Prepared Piano is available as a free Ableton Live Pack that includes a multisampled Rack of the two-octave piano and a selection of effects captured during the recording process.

The packs are available to download at no charge.

More information: Puremagnetik

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Positive Grid releases BIAS for iPhone & iPod touch

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Positive Grid has announced the release of an iPhone version of the BIAS amplifier modeler and designer app, previously released for the iPad.

Positive Grid BIAS for iPhone

The new iPhone and iPod Touch version of BIAS features a number of sonic improvements over its initial iPad version debut, as well as the addition of ToneCloud, the industry’s first cloud-based amp sharing social platform. With BIAS for iPhone, users are able to create and share their own custom amp creations with fellow musicians as well as download, like and comment on the creations of others.

“With this new version of BIAS, musicians can own, design and share an infinite collection of highly realistic sounding amps right in their iPhones,” says Positive Grid Marketing Manager Jaime Ruchman. “And we know that a lot of them want to rock the stage with BIAS, so, with our upcoming BT-4 Bluetooth controller rounding out the complete product ecosystem, they’ll be ready to live the whole BIAS experience anywhere.”

BIAS for iPhone features

  • The most complete, accurate and versatile amp modeling available in the world.
  • 36 factory authentic amp models (28 guitar, four bass and four keyboard/vocal) included with the introductory release, plus the ability to custom-design a near-infinite variety of new topologies.
  • Factory categories organize amps by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, insane, acoustic and bass.
  • Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets, panel controls and mic selection and placement—mix and match!.
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two eight-band equalizers.
  • Included room simulator adds depth and natural ambience.
  • Included noise gate nips noise in the bud with high-gain setups.
  • Save a virtually unlimited number of custom amps.
  • Quick presets recall up to eight favorites in turn with just one tap.
  • Seamless integration with Positive Grid JamUp Pro XT with one finger tap.
  • Works with GarageBand and other audio apps via Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.
  • ToneCloud amp sharing platform.
  • Designed for iOS7.
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5, iPhone 4s or superior.

BIAS for iPhone and iPod touch is available to purchase for the introductory price of $4.99 USD (regular $9.99 USD). Designed for iOS7, the app requires an iPod Touch 5 or iPhone 4s (or newer) to operate.

More information: Positive Grid / BIAS

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TSE Audio releases TSE X50 2.0 – Rock/Metal Suite

TSE Audio has announced the release of its TSE X50 v2.0 – Rock/Metal Suite for Windows and Mac.

TSE X50 2.0
The suite includes the newly modeled X50 hi-gain amplifier.

TSE X50 version 2.0 is a complete suite for a quick guitar tone setup for rock and metal.

It’s using one of the most advanced modeling algorithms presented in a commercial plugin to this date, offering a real-time simulation of the electrical network in the stompbox/amp with acceptable cpu usage for modern processors.

TSE X50 2.0 Rock/Metal Suite features

  • TSE808 – Our very popular screamer emulation now updated with improved even-harmonics etc.
  • TSE X50 v2.0 – Hi-gain amplifier, completely re-modeled with new interconnecting algorithms.
  • RACK – Tuner / Delay / Equalizer – Essential tools for getting that quick, good tone.
  • Power Tubes – Select between using 6L6GC or EL34 pentode models.
  • BIAS – Use the bias control to set the operating-point that suits you most. (Power Amp).
  • Oversampling – Oversampling from to 2X to 8X + Automatic oversampling from 2X to 4X / 4X to 8X.
  • Input Learn – Set your input-gain to a preferred setpoint automatically.
  • Lower cpu usage.
  • Zero-latency IR-loader with adjustable IR length.
  • IR Analyzer – Compare IR length vs frequency in a graphical way.
  • User IR Directory – Point X50 to your own IR collection.
  • Movement Control – Poweramp to speaker emulation including your favorite IR into it’s process.
  • Gate – A custom noise gate with adjustable Threshold / Attack / Release.
  • DaFuk Tuner – High precision tuner for low-tuned guitars.
  • King-Pong – Pong and asymmetric stereo delay.
  • Aqualaser – Equalizer with HP/LP, Lowshelf/Highshelf, peakfilter.
  • Zero-latency and topology preserving modeling throughout the entire signal chain.
  • Included IR’s from Frozen Sun Audio, Trackmix Studio, GuitarHack, and Ryan Harvey Audio.

TSE X50 2.0 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for the introductory price of 29.99 EUR until March 1st, 2014 (regular 49.99 EUR).

More information: TSE Audio / TSE X50 v2.0

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Audio Assault announces GrindMachine guitar amp effect plugin

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Audio Assault GrindMachine

Audio Assault has introduced GrindMachine, an upcoming guitar amp effect plugin.

GrindMachine, The most agressive guitar amplifier to date!

GrindMachine includes 10 ultra realistic, ultra high gain amplifiers and 20 Dynamically modeled speaker cabinets. 11 amps with the included clean amp!

No pedals or other boosters needed, no post processing just plug GrindMachine into your FX Slot and enjoy pure high gain tones that easily fit into any mix.

GrindMachine can also load your favourite speaker cabinet impulses but trust us, you’ll find keep going back to the dynamic cabs.

GrindMachine will be available soon. 64-bit VST, RTAS, and AU are in development.

Grindmachine Free for Windows (32-bit VST) is available to download now. This free download includes 1 German amp model and 3 cabinets.

More information: Audio Assault

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