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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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Source Audio releases Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar & Bass microModeler

Source Audio has announced the release of the OFD Guitar microModeler and OFD Bass microModeler, two Soundblox 2 effect pedals.

Source Audio OFD Guitar/Bass microModeler

The “OFD” stands for “Overdrive, Fuzz, and Distortion.” Both pedals offer twelve meticulously crafted overdrive, fuzz, and distortion tones specifically voiced to accommodate the individual frequency range of either guitar or bass.

Each pedal’s comprehensive collection of distortion effects includes tone accurate models of Marshall® and Mesa Boogie® amps, as well as iconic pedals including the Big Muff®, Fuzz Face®, and Tube Screamer®.

The OFDs are the result of dramatic advancements in modeling technology as well as years of research by the Source Audio engineering team. The OFDs’ distortion effects were finely tuned through an intense process of examination and A/B comparisons with the pedals and amps on which each effect was modeled. The end-result is a dynamic collection of precise and naturally responsive tones, from warm and chunky tube overdrive to over-the-top fuzz.

Both of the OFD pedals are housed in compact and extremely durable cast-aluminum chassis. Their sturdy exterior and relay-based buffered or true bypass switches are built to withstand endless gigging and rehearsal, plus the compact 4.5 x 4.5 inch footprint easily finds a place on any size pedalboard. Both boxes include easy-to-adjust internal Noise Gates and individual Treble, Mid, and Bass Tone controls. The OFD Bass microModeler also features a clean/dirty Mix knob as well as Source Audio’s signature low-end preserving algorithm, Lo-Retain. Lo-Retain insures that bassists will not lose the thumping bottom essential to maintaining a strong low-end foundation.

The OFDs offer several forward thinking design functions. Preset morphing allows guitarists and bassists the opportunity to seamlessly shift from one preset to another with either an expression pedal or Source Audio’s own Hot Hand 3 Universal Effects Controller. Contrary to what one might think, OFD Preset Morphing is not a simple crossfade, but rather an actual metamorphosis in the form of a multi-parameter shift, so fixing an expression pedal mid-sweep creates truly hybrid tones, opening a practically endless range of tone possibilities. Along with the entire line of Soundblox 2 pedals, the OFDs also contain the option of MIDI compatibility upon Source Audio’s release of its MIDI Control HUB in early 2014.

The Soundblox 2 OFD Bass microModeler and OFD Guitar microModeler are available to purchase for MSRP $249 USD (street $169 USD).

More information: Source Audio

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BOSS launches Big BOSS Giveaway – Win autographed pedals

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Big BOSS Giveaway

BOSS has announced the return of the Big BOSS Giveaway, a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by Steve Vai, John 5, and more.

BOSS has gone berserk again with another round of The Big BOSS Giveaway.

The biweekly contest gives tone freaks everywhere a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by top guitar heroes and $1,000 in BOSS gear.

Every two weeks between August 5, 2013, and September 30, 2013, a different signed BOSS pedal from a famous guitar hero will be given away, as well as $1,000 in BOSS gear. Contestants can enter once every two-week period, giving them up to five chances to win. Contestants should enter at the BOSS U.S. Facebook Giveaway tab.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only.

More information: BOSS / Big BOSS Giveaway

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123creative.com releases Classic colored pedals 1

123creative.com has announced the release of Classic colored pedals 1, a collection of guitar pedal effects by G-Sonique.

Classic colored pedals 1 is collection of 4 classic yet very useable VST guitar effects: virtual guitar pedals / stompboxes, that was created in cooperation with G-Sonique engineers.

G-Sonique Classic colored pedals 1

Classic colored pedals 1 features

  • Stereo Delay SD-1: classic stereophonic delay with delay, feedback and mix knobs.
  • Blue Chorus CR-1: classic blue chorus with rate, depth and mix knobs.
  • Tremolo TR-1: gentle sounding sinus tremolo perfect for all mellow styles like folk, blues, jazz and others.
  • Noise gate NG-1: if you want to eliminate noise of your analog to digital converter (mostly audible if use distortion pedals which significantly multiply volume of input signal) or if you want to remove guitar acoustic reverberation/feedback use Noise gate NG-1. Noise gate release just signal which is louder than set level (by threshold knob), all quieter sounds are removed.

The plug-in pack for Windows (VST) costs 7.90 EUR.

More information: 123Creative / Classic colored pedals 1

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123Creative intros Vintage Guitar Boutique 1

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G-Sonique Vintage Guitar Boutique

123Creative has announced the release of Vintage Guitar Boutique 1, a bundle of guitar effect plug-ins by G-Sonique.

G-Sonique: Vintage guitar boutique 1 is collection of VST guitar effects: pedals/stompboxes and guitar combos modeled and inspired by real gear from 60s and 70s.

Vintage guitar boutique is aimed for following music styles like: rock n roll, blues, jazz, rock, surf rock, indie rock, dream pop, dub, chillout, downtempo, reggae, ska, big beat and others.

All effects are STEREO, so can be used for almost any music production, not only guitar tracks. For example tape echo or rotor can be used for various styles of electronic music and downtempo.

The Vintage Guitar Boutique bundle costs 24.90 EUR. It is currently on sale for 14.94 EUR.

More information: 123Creative / Vintage Guitar Boutique 1

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123Creative releases BigQ and XL Cream Fuzz effect plugins

G-Sonique BigQ

123Creative has announced the release of the BigQ envelope follower/filter and XL Cream Fuzz virtual analog guitar pedal effect plug-ins for Windows.

Envelope follower / multifilter. Cutoff (frequency) of filter is controlled by amplitude of input signal. Louder you play more intensive cutoff frequency of filter is modulated.

Perfect for BASS guitar, Electric guitar and Drums.

BigQ features

  • 4 selectable filters (low pass, high pass, band pass, peaking).
  • Envelope follower module with attack and release knobs, which modulate filter´s cutoff frequency.
  • Envelope amount knob.
  • Input gain knob – louder is input signal more significantly is modulated filter frequency/cutoff.
  • Dry/Wet knob – set ratio between dry and wet (effected) signal.
  • Up/Down switch – cutoff frequency of filter can be modulated in negative or positive direction (up or down).
  • Analog drive switch adds little bit of warm.
  • Bypass switch.
G-Sonique XL Cream Fuzz

The XL Cream Fuzz is a new virtual analog guitar pedal by G-Sonique.

XL Cream FUZZ sound is based on legendary vintage rock fuzz pedals and its internal architecture is similar to real analog pedal circuits.

XL Cream FUZZ deliver heavy yet gentle, creamy and silky vintage fuzz sound.

XL Cream Fuzz features

  • Drive knob – from little to heavy distortion.
  • Tone knob – from gentle deep tone to screaming madnezz.
  • Treble – from no trebles to silky diamond trebles.
  • Output volume knob.
  • Bypass switch.

Both plug-ins are available for Windows (VST), priced at 4.90 EUR each.

More information: 123Creative

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Sunsine Audio releases Vanishing Point fuzz pedal

Sunsine Audio Vanishing Point

Sunsine Audio has announced the release of Vanishing Point, a dual gain stage silicon transistor fuzz featuring high-quality components and true bypass switching, designed for both traditional and electronic musicians.

The Vanishing Point fuzz is extremely sensitive to your instrument controls including volume, tone, pick-up selection etc. It can deliver both soft clipping (creamy tube-style distortion) as well as hard clipping (square-wave fuzz distortion).

Roll the Shape and Fuzz knobs, or your guitars volume knob back and you will find a slightly distorted and boosted classic overdrive sound, bringing to mind pushed pre-amp tubes. Crank the knobs up and it smears into a velvety chainsaw fuzz, chopping the guitar signal into a squarewave and delivering shades of late-60s nostalgia. Additionally, turning the volume knob up provides enough additional gain to overdrive the first stage of an amp. Stomp the effect off, and you have your original signal, unaffected in any way.

Designed with a very wide frequency response range to accommodate guitars and basses as well as synthesizers, drum machines, vocals, iPads and just about anything else – this pedal does not weaken your bass frequencies. Perfect for rudely smashing up beats or adding some analog grit or bite to any signal.

Manufactured in the USA utilizing high quality parts. Entirely hand drilled, wired and assembled with love, including testing and selecting “matched” transistors to ensure quality and consistency. Each unit is numbered, signed and dated and comes with a One Year Service Warranty on all electronic parts.

Vanishing Point features

  • All Analog.
  • Dual Gain Stage.
  • Hard and Soft Clipping.
  • High Quality Components.
  • Hand Wired and Assembled.
  • Numbered, Signed, Dated.
  • One Year Electronics Warranty.
  • Rugged Aluminium Knobs and Enclosure.
  • True Bypass.
  • Designed for all musicians.

The Vanishing Point effect unit is available to purchase for $140 USD.

More information: Sunsine Audio / Vanishing Point

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