Ibanez is arguably the most important Japanese guitar brand, and this new book tells the story of its electric guitars, tracking the fortunes of this impressive brand from its origins to today. The reader is hooked after first paragraph: “How on earth were they going to sell all these mad-looking guitars? Would they prompt Ibanez’s final plunge into guitar-making oblivion?” We all know the story has a different ending, and Tony Bacon tells it in a fascinating and captivating fashion.
The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book leads us from the early years, through the decades and on to today, from the first cheap and basic models, to the copies of leading Gibson instruments, such as the Les Pauls, SGs, and Explorers, to Steve Vai’s impressive and spectacular JEM signature models in the late ‘80s, and on to the international success of Ibanez original designs. Exclusive interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Benson, Mick Thomson, and others illustrate Ibanez’s leading role among guitarists of many styles, from metal to pop to jazz and alternative rock. The book hinges on the game-changing development of Vai’s JEM model and its important related design, the RG, and explains the intriguing ups and downs in the history of this great modern guitar brand.
The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book is a veritable treasure: a thoroughly researched story, exclusive interviews with some of the best guitar players of our time, and a useful reference section detailing production years and specifications of all Ibanez’s electric models. The amazing gallery showing virtually every Ibanez model ever made, as well as vintage posters and pictures of famous players makes this book a must-have for any guitar enthusiast.
Hammered Acoustic Guitar (HAG) is the result of “playing” an Ibanez AE acoustic guitar with drum sticks and brushes. In order to make it punchy and powerful we used two steel strings and tuned them to same pitch. This way we could maintain a slight modulation of the sound, a beat frequency.
But we did not stop after recording single notes. In fact, we have expanded the concept and did additional recording sessions dedicated to percussion and effect sounds. Especially the FX content is heavily processed and offers great material for musical sound design. Check out the special features of each package in the tab menu below. Also, you shouldn’t miss to take a closer look at the patch list.
Hammered Acoustic Guitar features
More than 45 patches (Full Bundle).
Up to 9x round robin per note per velocity (Core).
Up to 7 velocity layers (Core).
Morphing feature included in percussion patches (FX & Perc).
4 tonal fx patches (FX & Perc) [1 /w 16 ambiences, 3 /w random detune function].
Size Core content: 1.4 GB Kontakt .ncw format.
Size FX & Percussion: 1.1 GB Kontakt .ncw format.
Sample resolution: 44.1kHz / 24-bit stereo.
The sample library costs 109 EUR / $139 USD. Core and FX & Percussion packs are sold individually for 59 EUR / $79 USD each. Prices ex VAT.
Toontrack has announced the Metal Guitar Gods EZmix Pack, an expansion pack for EZmix 2, focusing solely on amp and cab simulation presets for guitar and bass.
It comes with everything from rhythm, lead and clean sounds to settings for acoustic guitar and bass. All content was custom designed by four of the most iconic and trendsetting guitarists in metal: Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Misha “Bulb” Mansoor (Periphery) and Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Project).
We call this colossus of a product Metal Guitar Gods simply because these four gentlemen are nothing short of gods. Fredrik for being the father of “Djent” and for forever having changed metal as we know it by introducing eight-string guitars. Devin for continuously pushing the boundaries and the perception of what “metal” is. IA for gathering inspiration from all corners of the world, channeling it through his guitar and ending up with highly personal and inspiring renditions of our time. “Bulb” for riffs that go far and beyond what anyone thought was possible within the confines of a metal track!
We couldn’t be prouder about the fact that their custom sounds and a little bit of their magic is bottled in this pack and available for you! So, plug your instrument straight into your sound card, launch EZmix 2, select your Metal Guitar Gods setting and start forging your next metal masterpiece. It’s really that simple!
The Metal Guitar Gods pack is available to purchase for 39 EUR / $49 USD.
Sometimes too many options can be scary – here is the widely popular and powerful multi-effect mixing tool EZmix 2 conveniently bundled with six (6) EZmix Packs optimized for the ABCs of metal mixing and mastering! This bundle takes you all the way from plugging your instrument straight into your sound card to a finished, mastered mix, ready to take over the airwaves!
EZmix Metal 6 Pack features
Metal Guitar Gods EZmix Pack: Custom designed amp and cab simulation presets from four of the most iconic and trendsetting guitarists in metal: Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Misha “Bulb” Mansoor (Periphery) and Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Project).
Randy Staub EZmix Pack: Randy Staub had mixed groundbreaking works like Metallica’s “Black Album”, Mötley Crüe’s “Dr Feelgood” and honed the sound for artists like Nickelback, Bon Jovi and Alice in Chains. Randy is beyond just an award-winning mix engineer, he’s helped define the sound of a generation.
Metal Essentials EZmix Pack: This pack does exactly what it sets out to: cover the essentials in metal mixing! The fact that it was hand-crafted by the creative mind behind the sound of August Burns Red, Trivium, All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder says a little bit about how heavy it sounds.
Metal EZmix Pack: Having worked with acts like Meshuggah, In Flames and Behemoth, engineer/producer Daniel Bergstrand has reinvented the sound of metal.
Dirt EZmix Pack: Designed by the man who helped define the shape of punk to come: Pelle Henrcisson. With 30+ years honing his craft behind the mixing console and world-renowned for his work with legendary heavy-weights like Refused (“The Shape of Punk to Come”), Meshuggah (“None”), Poison the Well and Hell Is For Heroes, Pelle knows a thing or two about mixing.
Mastering EZmix Pack: All mixes deserve proper mastering! This pack was designed by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors, senior engineer at Cutting Room, the leading mastering studio in Scandinavia. It aims to cover the most common mastering needs and music genres.
The EZmix 2 Metal Bundle costs 249 EUR / $299 USD, the Metal 6 Pack is 129 EUR / $169 USD.
A purchase will also give you a chance to win an electric guitar.
Buy and register Toontrack Music’s latest EZmix Expansion, Metal Guitar Gods and/or EZmix 2 before the end of November 2012 and you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win an 8 string Ibanez Guitar!
StrayWorx has released Bad Bassist, a deep sampled sound library of an Ibanez SRX305 bass guitar through a Powerstate PBT100+BB15 combo, using “fingered” playing technique.
This is NOT one of the usual bass guitar sample libraries, it has some unusual and different extra features!
The SRX305 has a nice tone, good for backing, adds deep and rich bass sound to your music. If you use it as a normal bass guitar library, then it sounds as a normal bass guitar library. It doesn’t contain much features, there are no various playing techniques inside, just a simple and easy to use bass guitar instrument.
Switch it to Bad Bassist mode and experience a totally different way of playing the bass: unique sound with bad and randomly played notes. Your music won’t be the same twice.
Avid has announced the release of Pro Tools® + Eleven Rack®, a new, specially designed bundle for guitarists that includes the world’s most popular professional recording software, a DSP-accelerated audio interface that offers hyper-realistic emulations of classic amps and effects, and the Eleven Rack Expansion Pack – delivering a powerful live performance and recording solution for guitarists at an incredible value.
Pro Tools + Eleven Rack features
Experience incredible sonic range with emulations of classic amp tones inspired by Fender®, VOX®, Marshall®, Soldano, Mesa/Boogie®, Bogner®, Ampeg® and Matchless®*, among others.
Enhance tones and embellish tracks with a broad assortment of classic stompbox effects inspired by MXR®, Electro-Harmonix®, Ibanez®, Pro Co, Univox®, and more*.
Compose, record, edit, reamp and mix using industry-standard Pro Tools software.
Pro Tools + Eleven Rack is available to purchase for $1,259 USD.
* Eleven Rack is not connected with, or approved or endorsed by, the owners of the Ampeg®, Bogner®, Electro-Harmonix®, Fender®, Ibanez®, Marshall®, Matchless®, Mesa/Boogie®, MXR®, Pro Co, Soldano, Univox®, or VOX® names. These names are used solely to identify the guitar amplifiers, cabinets, speakers, and effects emulated by Eleven Rack.
8DIO has released its new Progressive Metal sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Progressive Metal delivers a full fed collection of brutally hard rocking 7- and 8-string guitars in the style of Djent (ex. Meshuggah, Periphery, nods to Rammstein & Metallica). The collection includes 60 patches containing over 1500 deep-sampled phrases organized for song writing (ex. intro, verse, bridge, chorus, outtro).
The full product contains over 600 minutes of high-end session material boiled down to the meanest collection of phat and mean heavy guitars. The library was created with some of the best 8 strings (ex. Mayones Custom, EST/LTD, Ibanez RG series) fitted with world-class pickups (ex. Bare Knuckle, Aftermath, Lundgren), pre-amps (Fractal Audio), amps (ex. Mesa Rectifier, Diezel VH4). This is the most comprehensive selection of 8-string heavy guitars ever sampled.
Progressive Metal features
Progressive Metal (Djent style) Guitars.
+1500 Deep-Sampled Phrases.
Organized in Intros, Outros, Verses, Chorus etc.
Recorded with Mayones, EST and Ibanez 7/8-string guitars.
Bare Knuckle, Aftermath & Lundgren Pickups, MESA and Diezel Amps.
NI Kontakt 4.2+ required.
8DIO has also released Rhythmic Aura Vol. 1 “Acoustic” RMX, the original sample library for Kontakt remade for Spectrasonics Stylus RMX.
Rhythmic Aura Vol. 1 “Acoustic” is a highly intuitive, yet advanced scoring tool designed to create new compositions or augment your existing compositions.
Progressive Metal and Rhythmic Aura Vol. 1 RMX are available to purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD each, until 20 October, 2011 (regular $249 USD).