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HardWire announces HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner

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HardWire has announced the HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner, a tuner for guitarists and bassists that can be used to tune all 6 strings of an instrument simultaneously.

HardWire HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner

Based on technology from 3dB Research, the HT-6 is designed to make tuning instruments faster and easier by strumming all strings and viewing the ‘string’ display readout as to which string is in or out of tune.

The HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner pedal interface is similar to chromatic tuning pedals, but features standard effects pedal, 6 rows of LED lights (one for each string) and an LED display matrix that represents the six strings of a guitar or bass. Two buttons on the HT-6 Tuner’s top display panel are used for selecting display modes (Mode) and tuning references (Tuning).

HT-6 features

  • True Bypass circuitry preserves your tone when bypassed.
  • 5 Tuning Modes: Standard, Drop-D, 4-String, 5-String, and 6-String Bass.
  • Player intuitive display with 90 LEDs, 15 per string, so you can quickly see which strings need to be tuned.
  • 9V Battery Operation with Constant High-Voltage Rails.
  • 9V DC Power output for power chains (cable optional).
  • Patented Pedal Release Pins for fast access to battery compartment.
  • Rugged, all metal construction for durability.
  • Slightly wider footprint for stability on stage.
  • HardWire Pedals include the following stage accessories
    • Pedal Switch Glow Sticker helps you locate the pedal in adverse stage lighting.
    • Custom-cut Hook and Loop Pedalboard Pad to attach and lock your pedals to your pedalboard.
  • Longest pedal warranty available

The HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner is expected to ship in March 2011 with an estimated price of £99 RRP inc VAT.

More information: HardWire / HT-6 Polyphonic Tuner


IK Multimedia announces AmpliTube Fender™ for iPhone and iPad

IK Multimedia has announced AmpliTube®Fender™ for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®: full featured tone guitar rig apps with built-in recording studios offering the legendary Fender tone designed and developed in close cooperation with Fender.

AmpliTube Fender for iOS

The AmpliTube Fender™ app, at its core, is all about pure Fender® tone. It was developed with careful guidance and critical tone testing from the tone gurus at Fender® to ensure the authenticity of the sound.

Derived from the award-winning desktop version of AmpliTube Fender™, the app offers 5 Fender® amp models — the ’65 Deluxe Reverb®, the Super-Sonic™, the ’65 Twin Reverb®, the ’59 Bassman® LTD and the Pro Junior™, and 6 Fender® stompbox models — Tape Delay, Compressor, the Blender™, Phaser, Overdrive and Noise Filter.

AmpliTube Fender™ features

  • Real time guitar and bass mobile multiFX + recording app.
  • Full rig with 3 stompboxes (iPhone)/4 (iPad) + amp with effects + cabinet + mic.
  • 6 Fender® Stomps — Fender® Phaser, Fender® Blender™, Tape Delay, Overdrive, Compressor (by registering) and Noise Filter.
  • 5 Fender® Amps with matching Cabinets — ’65 Deluxe Reverb®, ’65 Twin Reverb®, ’59 Bassman® LTD, Super-Sonic™ and Pro Junior™.
  • 2 Mic models, dynamic and condenser.
  • Single track recorder (with re-amping) expandable to full 4 tracks (iPhone)/8 tracks (iPad) recording studio with master effects through in-app purchase.
  • Import and play up to 50 songs/backing tracks directly from your iPod library on your device or from your computer.
  • Ultra-realistic tones derived from the AmpliTube Fender™ Mac/PC studio.
  • Slow down or speed up to tempo (-50% to +200%) of imported songs without affecting their pitch.
  • 36 presets can be saved/named/recalled on the fly.
  • Includes tuner/metronome.
  • Low-latency for real time playing.
  • FREE version also available – can be expanded by individual gear model purchases, or bundle purchase via the in-app purchase feature.
  • Can be incorporated into the AmpliTube 2 for iPhone/iPad app via in-app purchase.

The AmpliTube Fender apps for iPhone and iPad costs $14.99/ €11.99 each and will soon be available on the iTunes app store. A free version will also be available and will be expandable with individual amps and effects a-la-carte through in-app purchases. The 4 –Track recorder and 8-Track recorder with master effects section on iPhone and iPad cost $9.99/ €7.99 and $14.99/ €11.99 respectively as an inapp purchase.

AmpliTube 2 for iPhone or iPad users will be able to add AmpliTube Fender stomp box and amplifier models as individual in-app purchases for only $4.99/ €3.99 per amp, $2.99/ €2.39 per stomp box, or $14.99/ €11.99 for the entire bundle.

More information: IK Multimedia / AmpliTube Fender for iPhone/iPod touch / for iPad


Moog releases Phatty Tuner, Alternate Scales Editor

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Moog Phatty Tuner

Moog has announced the release of the Phatty Tuner, an alternate scales editor now available for Slim Phatty.

Available for the Slim Phatty and coming soon for the Little Phatty with OS v3.0, this free download makes experimenting with alternate scales a breeze.

Tuning data is easily editable and is displayed as a ratio, frequency and in cents. Scala files ( can be imported and exported for use with other tuning software. An unlimited number of tunings can be saved on your computer and the synthesizer’s hardware can store up to thirty-two different tunings; enough to take you around the world and back again.

If your musical explorations actually take you around the world, the Little Phatty and Slim Phatty’s convenient size and universal power supplies make them ideal travel partners.

More information: Moog / Phatty Tuner


Peavey releases ReValver MK III.V, guitar amplifier modeling software

Peavey has announced the availability of ReValver MK III.V, a guitar amplifier modeling software for Windows and Mac.

Peavey ReValver MK III.V

Developed by veteran tube-amp maker Peavey Electronics, ReValver captures the true characteristics of vacuum tubes while allowing users control over their tonality, configuration, tube types, and gain structures.

ReValver MK III.VReValver MK III.V features the debut of 21 new amp models, including the Peavey 3120, Peavey Masterpiece, Peavey Sensation, Budda Superdrive II, and Budda Superdrive V Series. New effects models in ReValver MK III.V are the classic Peavey VCL-2 tube compressor, the Budda Budwah expression pedal, and the Gate Keeper, a tube-based noise gate. All of the amp models, effects models and deep editing popularized by ReValver MK III are also available in MK III.V.

ReValver utilizes exclusive Peavey algorithms that analyze the interactions of the amps’ components at the circuit level, based on the original schematics. ReValver is able to model every nuance of tube amplifiers with “unprecedented accuracy”.

As advanced as ReValver’s modeling algorithms are, operating the models can be as simple or as in-depth as the user desires. The software GUI is intuitive and easy to use, with a drag-and-drop interface where users can add and subtract individual components and devices such as amplifiers, preamps, power amps, stomp boxes and effects.

Unlocking ReValver’s customization tools is also easy. By right-clicking on an amp model, users can “go inside” and adjust the amp’s tones and components on the Tweak Module GUI. This allows users to modify every imaginable tube parameter on all amplifier models. Users can also modify tube types, power amps, rectifiers, output transformers and tone stacks.

ReValver MK III.V features a robust stompbox and effects section, including various types of chorus, distortion, wah, tremolo, compression, limiters, delays, octaver and much more. Its convolution reverb allows for very complex and smooth reverbs, including sampled spring reverb, and allows users to import their own impulse responses. The VST Host module allows users to load their favorite third-party VSTs for use within the ReValver software.

ReValver MK III.V also features many “under-the-hood” updates. The tube model algorithms have been enhanced, resulting in a new level of realism. The convolution modules have also been updated to improve the handling of imported IRs and new “Brilliance” and “Bottom” parameters have been added to the modules, allowing for further fine-tuning of the impulses’ tonal characteristics. The VST Host module also features enhancements to ensure robustness and ease of use. MK III.V now boasts improved runtime performance on both the operating system and host level, with a focus on upgraded Pro Tools support.

ReValver MK III.V features

  • 21 amplifier models, including the Peavey 6505, 6505+, JSX, 3120, Classic, ValveKing, Masterpiece and Sensation.
  • 12 preamp models.
  • 9 power amp models.
  • 21 stompbox/pedal-type effects.
  • 12 rack-style effects.
  • VST Host module.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit operation modes.
  • More than 150 speaker simulations using real-time convolution and membrane modeling.
  • 8 utility functions, including tuners, signal splitters, analyzer and more.
  • Fully MIDI mappable.

ReValver MK III.V for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for a MSRP of $299.99 USD.

More information: Peavey / ReValver MK III


TC Electronic announces Blacksmith, new crown jewel of the bass amp 2.0 concept

TC Electronic has introduced the Blacksmith, a bass amp which unites immense power and versatility, achieving raw excellence.

TC Electronic Blacksmith

With Blacksmith on-stage, power is not an issue – large clubs, major venues or full-scale stadiums, Blacksmith covers it all. A massive 1600 watts delivers a huge bass tone that will follow the user’s slightest moves while playing those hard-rocking bass lines and hammering riffs.

Blacksmith offers more than excessive power, with renowned Bass amp 2.0 features such as integrated chromatic bass tuner, refined tone-shaping tools including 4 bands of EQ, SpectraComp™ ‘per string compression’, TubeTone™ ‘complete Tube pre- and power amp recreation’ and TweeterTone™ ‘intelligent HF control’ as well as the unique 3 user-defined memories, Blacksmith takes bass amplification to a new level in more than one respect.

Blacksmith is capable handling cabinet combinations all the way down to 2 ohms, so ultimately, four RS410 cabinets could be fired up simultaneously – that’s 16 x 10” or 8.7 square foot of speaker cones blasting air at the bass player standing in front of the rig… Better put that foot on the monitor to keep upright.

Blacksmith features

  • Power – 1600 watts (4500 watts peak).
  • Presets – 3 user-defined presets.
  • On-board chromatic tuner – Always active for instant pitch monitoring at any time.
  • SpectraComp™ – Multi-band compression – the musical way to compress!
  • TubeTone™ – Emulation of both the tube preamp and tube power amp sections.
  • 4-band EQ – Semi-parametric Bass, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid and Treble.
  • TweeterTone™ – Front panel tweeter level control for crisp and modern bass tones.
  • Transformer balanced Line Driver – Studio-grade DI for ultra-clean signals to PAs or DAWs.

The Blacksmith will be available in March, 2011, priced at a MSRP of $3,599 USD / €2,350 EUR List Price (excl. VAT).

More information: TC Electronic / Blacksmith


TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App updated to v1.1

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TC Electronic PolyTune iPhone App

TC Electronic has released version 1.1 of the PolyTune iPhone App, a software tuner for iOS.

The new version 1.1. software makes the PolyTune app fully compatible with iPhone4 as well as the iOS 4 operating system. You also get full Retina display support for the ultimate viewing experience when you’re tuning.

Further, a brand new Color Blind feature has been included, which allows you to switch out the green/red colors with yellow/blue.

Finally, we improved the overall graphics, and the app now has a new, very appealing icon that will stand out perfectly on your iPhone’s home screen.

The new PolyTune iPhone App is available to purchase for the introductory price of $0.99 USD until midnight December 19, 2010. The version 1.1 update is free for all existing PolyTune iPhone App users.

More information: TC Electronic / PolyTune iPhone App


Studio Devil releases Virtual Bass Amp Pro

Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp Pro

Studio Devil has announced the release of Virtual Bass Amp Pro, a virtual bass amplifier and effect plugin for Windows and Mac.

Studio Devil VBA Pro features

  • 2 Discrete Channels each with independent compressor, gain, tone, and limiter controls modeled using Studio Devil’s patented digital vacuum tube modeling technology.
  • A/B Switch and MIX Control to switch between channels or blend both channels together.
  • Bi-Amp Mode with tunable crossover lets you send lows to one channel, highs to the other, and then process and mix them independently.
  • Tube Preamp Controls: Dual tube preamps with Gain, Boost, Bass, Tunable Mids, and Treble controls that interact with your tone just like on real tube amps.
  • Power Amp Limiters: Dual power amp limiters with Drive and Variable Clipping controls.
  • Channel B Phase Switch lets you add or subtract harmonics and tone from your mix.
  • 5 Cabinet Emulation Modes: 8×10, 4×10, 1×15, DI Emulator, and Bypass Modes featuring cabinet models from the Red Wire Impulses® collection.
  • 12-Band Graphic EQ for precision tone sculpting.
  • 2 Studio Quality Effects: Custom Bass Chorus and World-Class Reverb.
  • Built-In Chromatic Tuner to stay in tune.
  • Master Volume control.
  • Import and Export Presets and Banks via XML files to share your tones with everyone via the Internet, email, and blogs.

Virtual Bass Pro is available to purchase for $99 USD. VBA and Amp Modeler Pro owners can upgrade/crossgrade for $59 USD.

More information: Studio Devil / Virtual Bass Amp Pro