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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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TC Electronic announces Ditto Looper X2

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TC Electronic Ditto Looper X2

TC Electronic has introduced Ditto Looper X2, its new looper pedal designed for guitar players.

The original Ditto Looper rocked guitarists with a lust for looping like nothing else. Finally something that was simple, made for guitarists and sounded great.

What would possibly be better? Well, how about all of that, plus new, next level looping features forged from pure awesome?

  • Dedicated Start/Stop Button
  • Looper effects: Stop, Reverse and Half Speed
  • Loop Import/Export and Backing tracks

Ditto Looper X2 features

  • The guitarist’s looper – made by guitarists for guitarists.
  • Loop FX (Reverse and ½ speed).
  • Import/Export loops from PC/Mac.
  • Backing Track – perfect for solo practice and live performance.
  • Stereo In/Out.
  • Undo / Redo function.
  • Unlimited overdubs.
  • Audiophile approved 24-bit uncompressed high quality audio.
  • Dedicated Stop/Clear footswitch.
  • True bypass and Analog-Dry-Through.
  • 5 minutes of looping.

The Ditto Looper X2 will be available from March 1st, 2014, priced at MSRP $179.99 USD / 169 EUR.

More information: TC Electronic / Ditto Looper X2

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DigiTech ships JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper

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DigiTech JamMan Express XT

DigiTech has announced that the JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper/phrase sampler is now shipping.

The size of a standard stompbox, JamMan Express XT offers a host of capabilities including up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time and DigiTech’s exclusive JamSync feature for synchronizing multiple JamMan pedals.

The JamMan Express XT is ideal for use with guitar, bass, keyboards and other instruments. It provides up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time. Its control layout is simple yet incredibly versatile – a single pedal switch, three Record, Dub and Play LEDs and a Loop Level knob provide access to a multitude of looping functions.

“We designed the JamMan Express XT to offer players great value as the most user-friendly and compact looping pedal available,” said Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech. “Whether you want to record loops and rhythm tracks for playing along with, create sonic backgrounds for solo or band performances or sample loops and phrases to drop into your recordings the JamMan Express XT is designed to do it all.”

All loop recording, playback and loop overdubbing can be controlled simply by clicking on the pedal switch. The three LEDs indicate looping and phrase sampling status – red for record, green for playback and yellow for overdubbing. This simple but effective looping scheme has been standard on single-button JamMan loopers for years to create lush, richly textured loops or multiple instrumental parts for a one-person-band backing track.

The pedal’s JamSync feature enables the JamMan Express XT to be synchronized with other JamSync-enabled pedals to create multi-track loops or play loops with other musicians. Simply connect the pedals via their 1/8-inch mini jacks. Multiple JamMan pedals can be cascaded together with one JamMan acting as a master for all synched slaves.

The JamMan Express XT is available to purchase for MSRP $149.95 USD.

More information: DigiTech / JamMan Express XT

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Line 6 releases POD HD500X guitar multi-effects processor

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Line 6 has introduced the new POD HD500X guitar multi-effects processor, the successor to the POD HD500.

Line 6 POD HD500X
With even more processing power, POD HD500X enables musicians to create more intricate sounds and signal chains than ever before. Professional-grade, backlit footswitches provide total control and are highly visible in any environment.

“POD HD500X is the ultimate tool for the creative guitarist,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Products, Line 6. “HD500X has a world-class collection of amps and effects that enable guitar players to get the tone they’re after, both in the studio and on the stage. And with more DSP power, tour-grade footswitches and a higher contrast display, HD500X is the best POD yet.”

Like its predecessor, POD HD500X features an unparalleled collection of HD amps. From vintage classics to modern powerhouses, each HD amp provides incredible sonic depth, character and touch nuance. POD HD500X also includes more than 100 studio and stomp effects, enabling guitarists to emulate classic signal chains or discover unique new sounds.

With unparalleled flexibility and more processing power than anything in its class, POD HD500X is built for tone customization. It features dynamic DSP, so guitarists have the freedom to decide which effects to use, and where to place them. They can add even more effects to their signal chains than with any other POD.

POD HD500X features professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings that are easy to see from anywhere on stage. The robust bent-metal chassis and die-cast expression pedal make POD HD500X ideal for performance.

POD HD500X is the perfect foundation for any guitar system, whether used live through a traditional guitar amp or full-range system, or in the studio as part of a computer-based recording setup. POD HD500X integrates seamlessly with a James Tyler® Variax® guitar and DT amp or StageSource® speaker to form the Line 6 Dream Rig—the only system that can be virtually any rig.

POD HD500X

  • Extensive collection of award-winning HD amps for authentic tone and feel.
  • 100+ studio and stomp effects—use up to eight simultaneously.
  • Selectable speaker cabinets and mics.
  • Unparalleled flexibility to craft your tones:
    • Dual signal paths
    • Multiple routing options
    • Dynamic DSP with more power for amps and effects
    • Stereo FX loop can be inserted anywhere in the signal chain
  • Professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation.
  • Comprehensive I/O includes USB 2.0, MIDI, S/PDIF, balanced XLR outputs, integrated mic preamp and more.
  • Variable input impedance.
  • L6 LINK™ connection for integration and control of DT-series amplifiers and StageSource® series loudspeakers.
  • VDI connection for integration and control of James Tyler® Variax® guitars.
  • 512 user-writable preset locations.
  • Eight set list banks.
  • Assignable expression pedal controls amp and effect parameters.
  • Integrated 48-second looper with dedicated footswitch.
  • Built-in chromatic tuner Tap tempo.
  • Professional-grade construction with bent metal chassis, chrome roll bar and die-cast expression pedal.
  • Downloadable POD® HD500X software editor/patch librarian.

The POD HD500X is available for MSRP $699.99 USD ($499 USD street).

More information: Line 6 / POD HD500X

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Loomer updates Sequent to v1.3.11

Loomer Sequent

Loomer has updated the Sequent modular multi-effects unit to version 1.3.11.

Sequent has seven individual effect blocks: a Beat Looper; two Filters, both switchable between lowpass, bandpass, and highpass modes and capable of self oscillation even without an audio input; an oversampled Distortion unit; a Gate with variable depth and slew; a Panner; and a Delay unit capable of sub millisecond delay times, great for creating everything for from dub, slapback, and bouncing ball style echoes, to metallic comb filters or flanger effects.

Changes in Sequent v1.3.11

  • (fix: Mac OS X) Cables between effect modules can now be removed using a single button mouse.
  • (fix: Mac OS X) Fixed issue which could cause Sequent to be skipped by Kore or Maschine’s plug-in scan.
  • (fix: Mac OS X Audio Unit) Space key-presses will now always be passed through to Logic, ensuring that Logic’s transport can be started and stopped.
  • (fix: Mac OS X) Gatekeeper signed installers now install correctly on Mac OS X 10.5.
  • (improvement: Windows) The 32-bit and 64-bit VST plug-ins are now installed as separate components. You can choose which one(s) to install, as well as selecting different install folders for each architecture.
  • (fix: Mac OS X Audio Unit) Fixed issue which caused Reaper to host new instances of Sequent as a mono plug-in.
  • (fix: Mac OS X Audio Unit) Fixed minor memory leak in parameter names.
  • (improvement) Clearer UI fonts in various places.
  • (improvement: Linux) Presets and configuration files are now located to comply with the XDG Base Directory Specification. Older installations will still use any existing preset library location to maintain backwards compatibility.

Sequent for Windows, Mac and Linux is available to purchase for £49 GBP.

More information: Loomer / Sequent

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BOSS introduces RC-505 Loop Station

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BOSS has announced the RC-505 Loop Station, the newest addition to its industry-leading lineup of live looping devices.

Boss RC-505 Loop Station
The Boss RC-505, a unique and powerful live performance tool that’s perfect for next-generation loop artists.

Featuring five phrase tracks, onboard effects, rhythms, and a powerful tabletop design that can be easily operated with the hands, the RC-505 is ideally suited for next-generation loop artists such as beatboxers, singers, and club performers. In addition, the RC-505’s extensive MIDI control options and ability to import audio phrases via USB open up a wealth of creative opportunities for all musicians.

RC-505 Loop Station features

  • Tabletop Loop Station that can be operated with the hands, perfect for beatboxers, vocalists, and club performers.
  • Five simultaneous stereo phrase tracks, with dedicated controls and independent volume faders.
  • Wide range of Input FX and Track FX for processing loops, including DJ and sampler-style effects.
  • Independent play mode and tempo sync settings enable a flexible combination of track behaviors and advanced performance options.
  • 99 phrase memories, each containing five phrase tracks, custom effects/playback settings, and more.
  • 85 onboard rhythm patterns, including odd-measure beats.
  • External control via MIDI and optional footswitches or expression pedal.
  • USB for phrase import/export with computers; USB audio/MIDI functionality for integration with DAW software.
  • XLR mic input with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and stereo AUX input.

More information: Roland / RC-505 Loop Station

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mono.casual updates Giada loop machine to v0.6.0

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mono.casual Giada

mono.casual has released version 0.6.0 of its Giada free audio tool for DJs and live performers.

Load or record up to 32 samples, choose to play them in single mode (drum machine) or loop mode (sequencer) and start the show with your computer keyboard as a controller.

Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows for production use and live sets.

Changes in Giada v0.6.0

  • New, full screen, redesigned sample editor.
  • Zoom with mouse wheel in sample editor.
  • Use kernelAudio::defaultIn/defaultOut for DEFAULT_SOUNDDEV_OUT.
  • Volume knob in main window now updates the editor.
  • Sound system issues in OS X (fixed).
  • Output device info dialog refers to wrong device (fixed).

Giada is available to download at no cost (open-source GPL), as binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as source code.

More information: Giada

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