Softube launches sale on reverbs, delays & Studio Collection + Partnership with Marshall announced

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Softube has announced a limited time sale on its reverb and delay effect plug-ins, and the Studio Collection.

Softube sale on reverbs, delays & Studio Collection

Until September 30, our TSAR-1 Reverb, TSAR-1R Reverb, Spring Reverb and Tube Delay will be 50% off here in our webshop and at all our dealers. The Reason RE equivalents of these plug-ins will be 30% off in the Propellerhead store.

But wait, there’s more! How about we throw in a nice, big plug-in bundle as well? OK, you got it: Our Studio Collection is 30% off. The Studio Collection is a dealer exclusive bundle, which means it can not be bought from our own web shop, only from the authorized Softube dealers across the globe.

Furthermore, Softube has announced a strategic partnership with Marshall.

Marshall / Softube

Marshall Amplification, the world’s leading guitar amplifier manufacturer, today enters into partnership with Swedish software wizards, Softube. This partnership will see both companies apply their proven expertise by designing and making innovative guitar products that will excite and inspire.

This is more than a passing collaboration; it’s a long term project with long term goals. Marshall and Softube already have several new products under development.

More information: Softube

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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

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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

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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

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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

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