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Backbeat Books publishes The Epiphone Guitar Book

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Backbeat Books has announced it has published The Epiphone Guitar Book, the inside story of one of the world’s leading guitar makers by Walter Carter.

Backbeat Books The Epiphone Guitar Book

The epic story of Epiphone, one of the world’s oldest and most famous guitar companies, spans three centuries, from its Old World roots in the 19th century to the golden age of American guitar makers in the 20th century and onward into the global market of the new millennium.

Former staff historian Walter Carter recounts the story in The Epiphone Guitar Book, mirroring the story of American business, from an individual luthier to a family business and on to corporate ownership. This is also the story of American popular music, powered by Epiphone guitars, from the big-bodied Emperor that drove the swing bands of the 1930s to the electric hollow-bodies of the 1960s used by the Beatles, to the custom solid-body models preferred by such modern rockers as Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance).

Along the way, Carter considers the effect of new ownership by Gibson, starting in the late 1950s, and the way that Epiphone survived moves to offshore production to take on the strong individual identity it enjoys today. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of all the important Epiphone instruments and the extraordinary musicians who played them, and featuring a collector’s section that provides specifications for every Epiphone guitar made from the 1920s to the present, The Epiphone Guitar Book is the fascinating story of how a name in the world of the guitar became iconic.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Backbeat Books / The Epiphone Guitar Book

Ample Sound updates Ample Guitar series to v1.2.0

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Ample Sound has updated its Ample Guitar series of virtual guitar instruments for Windows and Mac to version 1.2.0.

Changes in Ample Guitar v1.2.0

  • Slide Smoother: Enable the users to make different slide sounds via MIDI velocity, in order to make slide sounds more natural and smooth with controllable time, volume, and even acceleration.
  • Fixed a crash issue due to the Compressor Gain.

Previous Ample Guitar customers can update Ample Guitar to v1.2.0 at no cost.

More information: Ample Sound

Samplephonics releases Funk and Soul Guitar

Samplephonics Funk and Soul Guitar

Samplephonics has announced Funk and Soul Guitar, a collection of timeless guitar loops and samples influenced by some of the true greats including Jimmy Nolan Ray Parker Jr, Wah Wah Watson, Nile Rodgers, Roland Bautista, Leo Nocentelli, Al Mckay, Tony Maiden, Ernie Isley and David T Walker.

Expect to find a range of styles in this sample pack including mellow jazzy chords, crunchy riffs, dirty wah wah grooves and funky rhythm guitar loops.

Played by guitarist Pete Hall who used 2 guitars, a Fender Strat Lone Star and a Gibson 335, chosen specifically for their solid, familiar tone heard on so many classic records.

These loops and samples will suit a wide variety of music genres, including funk, soul, rnb, jazz, house, hiphop, chillout and pop.

Funk and Soul Guitar features

  • 252 loops and samples, 254 MB content.
  • 85-130bpm bpm.
  • All sounds are available as a royalty free download.
  • Includes a range of sampler instruments and one shot samples.
  • 24 Bit Wav or Apple Loops formats.

The sample library costs £27.40 GBP.

More information: Samplephonics / Funk and Soul Guitar

Yuvi Gerstein releases free Jazzy quirky guitars sample pack

Yuvi Gerstein

Yuvi Gerstein has released Jazzy quirky guitars, a free collection of guitar samples.

A new guitar sample pack teaser made by Yuvi Gerstein, released today. The pack includes Jazzy, funky and arpeggio guitar samples in all sorts of sounds and tempos, neatly organized into one pack. There are plenty more to come, so take this is a teaser pack.

All samples were recorded using a Gibson ES-175, a Fender Stratocaster 1978, TC Electronic Nova System Effects processor and Pro Tools 10.

Jazzy quirky guitars features

  • 20 jazzy, funky and arpeggio guitar samples.
  • Files include key and tempo information, categorized in 5 bpm folders.
  • All samples are 88.2Khz, 24Bit, .WAVs.

The sample pack is a free download at Yuvi Gerstein.

More information: Yuvi Gerstein

Ample Sound releases Ample Guitar Series sample libraries

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Ample Sound has released the Ample Guitar Series, a collection of three guitar sound libraries.

Ample Guitar is a sample-based virtual instrument with high quality samples and intelligent technology. In order to get high quality and no FX processing dry samples, Ample Sound chose the traditional and classic way to record the instrument.

Ample Guitar is automated and intelligent. All the things like instrument playing rules, making MIDI humanized, etc., are achieved by software.

Ample Guitar P
Ample Guitar P: virtual PRS Custom 24 guitar instrument.

Ample Guitar features

  • Three guitar models:
    • Ample Guitar P: PRS Artist Custom 24 Guitar
    • Ample Guitar F: Fender Stratocaster Custom 50′s Guitar
    • Ample Guitar G: Gibson Les Paul Custom R8 Guitar
  • Dry samples in 24bit 44.1khz samples, DFD (Direct from disk) streaming.
  • Two Instrument groups to fit different needs for solo and rhythm: Neck, Neck + Bridge.
  • Original Total Start Time which makes the picked instrument sounds more natural.
  • Each Cycle & Rhombic Sampling structure – Separate sample cycle for each note and vel layer to improve sample utilization.
  • Sustain(Standard), Hammer On & Pull Off, Slide up & down, Slide in & out, Palm Mute, Artificial Harmonic(Neck), Natural Harmonic, Short(Neck), Bender, Strumming, 10 techniques, Legato at random length & pitch.
  • Capo Logic – Intelligent play according to guitar rules.
  • Double Guitar – different samples at L & R.
  • CPS (Customized Parameters Setting), any button knob etc can be controlled by MIDI CC or Automation.
  • Manual vibrato wheel designed specifically for guitars.
  • Poly Legato.
  • Double Keyswitch – combine 2 techniques via pressing 2 keyswitches at the same time.
  • Poly Repeater.
  • Easy Strum Play with 2 fingers.
  • 13 Strum notes + 27 playing modes for each chord.
  • Strum Legato – both Slide and HP can be played in strummer.
  • Easy Strum Time Control via the velocity.
  • Body Response & Mute Degree.
  • Strum time total, each, Velocity, Swing, Start Time, 5 humanize settings.
  • Customized Chords.
  • Strum SEQ with customized rhythm.
  • Delicate presets.
  • Reverb, Stereo Delay, Chorus, Phaser, Compression, EQ, Overdrive, Wah-Wah 8 FXs.

The Ample Guitar Series libraries for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) are available to purchase for $149 USD each, $249 USD for a bundle of two, or $299 USD for all three (33% off individual prices).

More information: Ample Sound

Splurgo Audio releases Hard Rock Ballad Guitars & Progressive Rock Guitar Loops

Splurgo Audio has announced two new hard rock guitar loops sample packs.

Splurgo Hard Rock Ballad Guitars / Progressive Rock Guitar Loops

Splurgo Audio announces the release of two new sample packs in odd timings: Hard Rock Ballad Guitars (6/8) and Progressive Rock Guitar Loops (5/4 and 7/4). All loops were recorded with a Gibson Les Paul and have been dubbed to create a fat stereo sound.

Splurgo Hard Rock guitar sample packs

  • Hard Rock Ballad Guitars – Get ready for some heavier riffs and chord patterns in 6/8 timing. This pack contains 64 guitar loops recorded at 100 bpm (6/8). All files are available in Acid Pro Wav and Apple Garageband AIFF.
  • Progressive Rock Guitar Loops – Unlike most pop and rock music, progressive rock doesn’t have typical verse-chorus structures or 4/4 timing. This sample pack has 65 modern progressive rock guitar riffs and chord progressions recorded at 100 bpm and will show you that there’s more to explore in 5/4 and 7/4. All files are available in Acid Pro Wav and Apple Garageband AIFF.

Both sample packs are available to purchase for $8.95 USD each.

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More information: Splurgo Audio

Cakewalk and OurStage.com Launch Music Competition with Intel – Intel Superstars 2011

Cakewalk and OurStage.com, along with new sponsors Orange Amplifier, Gibson Guitars, and Blue Microphones, have come together to launch with Intel Corporation another exciting competition for emerging artists.

Intel Superstars 2011

The “Intel Superstars 2011 Competition” invites musicians and producers to submit original music in six genre-based competitions: Rock, Pop, Country, Singer-Songwriter, Urban, and Latin.

All submissions will be ranked by fans through OurStage’s patented judging technology, with prize packages awarded to the First Place winners from each genre-based competition. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected by a panel of industry experts from amongst the Top 10 overall ranked artists.

More than $35,000 in prize packages will be awarded to the First Place winners, including Intel® Core™ i7™ processor-based Orange Amplification OPC’s, Cakewalk SONAR X1 Production Suite Software, Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphone’s Yeti professional USB mic, as well as promotion to the millions of OurStage.com and Intel fans. In addition, one lucky fan will win a Gibson USA Firebird X Guitar. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 in cash that can be used to record an album, tour the country, fix up the band van, pay the rent, or anything else a ”Superstar” would need.

More information: Intel Superstars 2011

Backbeat Books introduces Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

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Backbeat Books, publisher of books for performers and fans who are passionate about music, has published Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.

Backbeat Books Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

In this new book, venerable music author Tony Bacon shows how a trio of radical guitar designs triumphed over commercial failure to inspire a new generation of makers and players to become the look of choice for the modern metal guitarist.

Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like…guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird tells the story of those first peculiar instruments and goes on to describe Gibson’s second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early ’60s. The book shows how most of these were a commercial failure at first and goes on to detail the influence of the designs on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson’s original weird-is-good design ethic. In parallel with the story of the makers is an absorbing account of the players who discovered these odd-shaped instruments, including Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Edge (U2), and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).

Exclusive interviews with players like Billy Gibbons, Michael Schenker, K.K. Downing, Johnny Winter and more illuminate the story of this fascinating assortment of electric guitar innovations, alongside specially commissioned images of every key model and brand and an enviable collection of guitar memorabilia, plus a gallery of leading guitarists photographed in action with their instruments. If it’s weird and has strings, it’s in Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird is available to purchase from Hal Leonard Books, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books