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AXP releases SoftDrive GV guitar distortion plugin

AXP SoftDrive GV

AXP has released SoftDrive GV, a free virtual-analog model of the Marshall “Guv’nor” and “Guv’nor GV-2 Plus” guitar distortion effects.

The Guv’nor is a solid-state distortion pedal first issued in 1989 to recreate the sound of a cranked up Marshall stack in a small stomp-box format. It became rather popular in the 90′s and is still used widely nowadays for its quality high-gain sound and a its tonal versatility. It was re-issued in the early 2000 in an updated housing and incorporating a new “Deep” control to mimic the effect of a JCM2000′s “Deep” switch.

This VST model is a tribute to the original effect and models the circuits of both the “vanilla” Guv’nor and its modern GV-2 variant.

SoftDrive GV expands on the original design and brings in new possibilities unthinkable of outside of the digital realm. In the spirit of my prior creations, this plug-in also features a few things to visualize what’s going on inside the box.

SoftDrive GV is available to download as freeware for Windows (VST).

More information: AXP / SoftDrive GV

IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Slash Special Sale—40% off apps and in-app purchases

IK Multimedia AmpliTube Slash for iPhone

IK Multimedia is offering 40% off AmpliTube Slash for iPhone/iPod touch and iPad and In-App purchases in a limited time sale.

IK Multimedia is pleased to offer mobile users 40% off AmpliTube Slash for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for a limited time. This is your chance to get the Apocalyptic Tone of Slash on your iPhone and iPad at a great price. From now until December 13th, 2012 you can get AmpliTube Slash for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for only $8.99/€7,99 each on the App Store. That’s 40% off the normal price of $14.99/€13,99!

Now you can play through a rock icon’s pedals and amplifiers, all from the convenience of your iPhone or iPad. AmpliTube Slash features models of all the legendary signature gear used by Slash in the studio and in his live performances. You can rock models of the legendary Marshall® JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee, the Marshall® AFD100, 6 Slash’s signature guitar pedals, and play along with Slash’s extensive discography or any music from your music library.

Use IK’s AmpliTube iRig or iRig STOMP mobile interfaces to connect your guitar, bass or keyboard to your mobile device and you are ready to rock! You can also use the iRig Mic to process and record vocals and acoustic instruments with this powerful mobile suite.

The sale ends December 13th, 2012.

More information: IK Multimedia

Hal Leonard publishes Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna

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Hal Leonard Guitar Masters Intimate Portraits

The guitar, particularly in its electric form, is the most influential instrument of the past 60 years.

Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits by Alan di Perna spotlights the players who made it that way: the visionary talents and living legends who developed the sound and style of the electric guitar as we know it and love it.

Guitar Masters traces the life stories and assesses the musical legacies of superstar guitarists as well as lesser known, but equally influential sidemen: Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Steve Cropper, Dick Dale, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, James Burton, David Gilmour, and Keith Richards. Veteran music journalist di Perna draws on three decades worth of experience as a writer and interviewer to extract the essence of what makes each of these gifted guitarists unique.

As di Perna writes in his preface, “Much has been written – a good deal of it by me – about how the electric guitar changed the sound and essential nature of popular music in the middle years of the twentieth century, launching a counter culture youth revolution as a sideline. And much of this cultural history has focused on the tremendous advances in guitar technology that took place from roughly the 1930s to the 1970s, and the work of pioneers like Leo Fender, Ted McCarty, Paul Bigsby, Jim Marshall, Roger Mayer, and others.”

“All this is undeniably true,” di Perna concedes. “But none of it would mean a damn thing if it had not been for the visionary guitar players who adopted this fledgling technology and, each in his own way, made glorious, game-changing, populist, heart-wrenchingly beautiful art out of the stuff.” The stories di Perna tells are as diverse as they are inspiring, yet what each of these guitar masters shares is an unshakable dedication to his craft and a deeply intuitive connection with their chosen instrument.

Guitar Masters gives fans and players new insights into the lives and music of the guitarists who showed us what a guitar can sound like and how it can move us like no other instrument can.

The book is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits

phi-L Audio releases free Tonestack plugin

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phi-L Audio has introduced Tonestack, a free effect plug-in that emulates the tonestack of a well-known amplifier manufacturer.

phi-L Audio Tonestack
phi-L Audio’s Tonestack plug-in emulates a typical tonestack found on Marshall amps.

I’ve built a small plugin, that emulates a Marshall tonestack.

First, I’ve derived the transfer function of the tonestack from the circuit. Then, I’ve calculated the coefficients of the z-transform by bilinear transform.

Tonestack is avaiable to download as a freeware VST effect plugin for Windows.

More information: phi-L Audio / Tonestack

IK Multimedia launches AmpliTube Slash

IK Multimedia has announced the release of AmpliTube Slash, the official Slash apps and software that let you play, practice and record with Slash’s signature pedals and amplifiers.

IK Multimedia AmpliTube Slash

All versions of AmpliTube Slash feature models of the signature gear used by Slash in the studio and for his live performances. Now users can rock with models of the legendary Marshall amplifiers used by Slash together with his signature guitar pedals. Also included is a comprehensive collection of Slash’s guitar tone settings provided as starting points for tone tweaking or playing along.

Additionally AmpliTube Slash provides a fully integrated multi-track recording studio for capturing ideas quickly and easily or producing entire songs and compositions. A robust song player section gives users the ability to play along with songs or backing tracks by importing them directly from their device library or computer.

AmpliTube Slash for iPhone and iPad are now available on the App Store at an introductory price of $9.99 USD / 7.99 EUR. Existing users of AmpliTube for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can purchase AmpliTube Slash as an in-app purchase for $9.99 USD / 7.99 EUR, or individual models a la carte starting at $2.99 USD / 1.99 EUR.

AmpliTube Slash for Windows and Mac is available to purchase from inside AmpliTube Custom Shop for $79.99 USD / 59.99 EUR (ex. taxes), or individual models can be purchased à la carte starting from $5 USD each.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube Slash

Igor Nembrini releases Crunck free guitar amp effect

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Igor Nembrini has released Crunck, a free virtual guitar amplifier is inspired by the Marshall JCM 2210.

Igor Nembrini Crunck
Igor Nembrini Crunck amplifier effect

Crunck features

  • Multi-stage distortion.
  • Two stages of output EQ tone stack.
  • 8 x oversampling.
  • Should run in most 32-bit DAW hosts as well (support for v2.4 VSTs required).

Crunck is a available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.

More information: Igor Nembrini

Avid announces Pro Tools + Eleven Rack bundle

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.

Avid Pro Tools + Eleven Rack

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.

More information: Avid / Pro Tools + Eleven Rack

* 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.

RedWirez Marshall 1960A/Celestion G12M-25s, free IR library

RedWirez Marshall 1960A/Celestion G12M-25

RedWirez has released a free impulse library of a Marshall 1960A with Celestion G12M 25-watt Greenbacks.

Ah, the legendary Marshall 1960A. Pretty, ain’t it? With its grill-cloth glistening in the bar-light as this beast muscles out power chords in an amaranthine haze of smoke, hot lights and adoring fans… this cab positively reeks of rock… the raucous, beer-soaked, unapologetic kind. Oh, and it sounds great, too.

It was the first cab we ever sampled and is still one of our favorites, so it seems fitting to release these IRs into the wild on Redwirez’ birthday.

Marshall 1960A IR features

  • Loaded with four, well-traveled 25-watt Celestion G12M “Greenbacks”.
  • 17 industry standard mics, so explore countless tonal possibilities: AKG C414B-ULS, Audix D6, Audix i5, Beyerdynamic M160, Coles 4038, Electrovoice RE20, Heil PR30, Neumann KM84, Neumann U47, Neumann U67, Neumann U87, Royer R121, Sennheiser MD409, Sennheiser MD421, Shure SM57, Shure SM7, TAB-Funkenwerk SM57. The paid version also includes DPA 4007, Neumann U47FET, Sennheiser MD441, Unidyne III 545, Earthworks TC30, Neumann M7 on BLUE Bottle, Neumann M8 on BLUE Bottle.
  • Added IRs of the G12M’s impedance curve at varying degrees of prominince (paid version only). These can be used to capture the effect of a tube amp interacting with the speaker. In general, tube amps have a higher output impedance than solid-state amps. As a result the speaker’s frequency response is shaped to varying degrees by it’s own impedance curve. All of our cabs will be getting this update in the near future.
  • Up to 54 positions per mic for a total of 777 IRs (1048 in the paid version)
  • Uncompromising signal chain that won’t add undesirable color to your sound. Bryston 4B -> Cab -> Mic -> Neve 1073 or Earthworks 1022 -> Prism Orpheus.
  • Edited for better phase coherence allowing you to mix multiple IRs.

The Marshall 1960A/G12M cab is available as a free download (valid email address required).

More information: RedWirez