Ashdown The Fallen Angel DSP Twin-Channel Guitar Amps

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Ashdown released a new serie of guitar amps, The Fallen Angel DSP Twin-Channel Guitar Amps with two ranges, the All Tube and the Tube Pre. The All Tube is the expensive range has 60W head, 40W 1×12 combo and 60W 2×12 combo, and the Tube Pre has 100W head, 50W 1×12 combo and 100W 2×12 combo.

The DSP system has 16 internal effects like chorus, flanger, vibrato and independent digital reverb. Outputs include built-in speaker emulation, line level recording and effects send (and return). The Fallen Angel DSP Twin-Channel Guitar Amps includes a 4–way footswitch.

Tube amps have been always the most valued amps for guitar players, but now DSP are built-in on the amps. I think is a very good meeting and, surely, I’d like to have one of those. Ashdown Engineering didn’t say anything about the price of the amps, we’ll stay tuned.

Lounge Lizard Session, Virtual Piano

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Applied Acoustic Systems released a electric piano emulating software based on Lounge Lizard EP-3, the Lounge Lizard Session. More simple than Lounge Lizard EP-3 but with the same sound quality.

Features 4 different pianos (from the Lounge Lizard EP-3), the classic Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos and some adjustable effects (tremolo, distortion, chorus, flanger, phaser, vibrato, wah, delays, and reverb).

Works standalone and as a plug-in for recording sessions. The requirements either in Windows or Mac are very normal for an actual computer.

Price for Lounge Lizard Session is $99, a bit cheaper than the $249 for Lounge Lizard EP-3.

Jesusonic, turn your computer into a DSP

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Justin Frankel, creator of Winamp, GNUtella, etc. launched a project called Jesusonic. The Jesusonic is a new concept of full configurable effects processor. Jesusonic has two sides, hardware and software. The hardware one is a DSP with a keyboard, screen and many buttons. There are two hardware versions of Jesusonic, the cross-form CrusFX 1000, and the more practical SKULR 500. The software one is a classic effect processing program but with all the new and brilliant features of Jesusonic.

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Digidesign Keyboard, designed for Pro Tools

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Pro Tools can be a complicated program to manage, you have a lot of options and you should better be able to control them fast. For this, nothing better than a keyboard specially designed for it. The DigiDesign Keyboard has the same layout as a normal keyboard, but it provides faster access to Pro Tools functions.

They use a series of symbols and colors to identify each key function and they are compatible with PCs and Macs. The Windows version comes with a PS/2 connection and a USB adapter and the Mac version comes with a USB connection and two USB ports.

They price is not very high, $119 for the Mac version and $105 for the Windows one.

Ashdown LABS Superfly, bass head amp

Ashdown-superflyYesterday we were talking about the new ampli Ahsdown released and today we see a programmable bass amplifier. The Ashdown LABS Superfly features a 2 x 250 Watt power section and produces a strong but clear and precise sound with its advanced digital power amp section.

Ashdown LABS Superfly has 69 user-programmable presets, 30 factory presets and a MIDI-compatible pedal to switch between the presets. The configuration can be done by its 7-band graphic equalization and compression or by a free download software and its USB and MIDI ports.

It only weighs 4,5 Kg and output features are 600 Ohms impedance with 0db nominal signal level effects send and line output, 600 Ohms impedance with 20db nominal signal level D.I. output and 2x250W into 4 Ohms speaker output. Inputs, besides commented digital inputs MIDI and USB, are a 10K Ohms impedance with 0db nominal signal level effects return input and less than 1 Meg Ohm impedance jack instrument input.

Ashdown LABS Superfly also has a very cool design and its price is $699, very recommendable.

 

Retro-King 45 Watt Combo & Ashdown AAR212 Acoustic Amp, new guitar amps

Time of talking about amps, two new guitar amps have been released recently and I’d like to take a look. First is Retro-King 45 Watt Combo, a hand-wired guitar amp replica of 1960’s Bluesbreaker 2×12 combo. An aluminum chassis tube amp with 4 inputs and 2 channels, high and low, for classic rock guitar players.

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Features 2 matched KT66 power tubes, 3 JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes, 1 GZ34 rectifier tube, Heyboer transformers (original  radiospares specs) and allows to select 4, 8 or 16 ohm output. And has an optional negative feedback control adjustable from the stock 27k to 77k feature.

Retro-King 45 Watt Combo seems a very good option, and price is not much expensive for this kind of amp, $1,845 (more if you wan any optional feature).

Second amp is Ashdown Radiator 2 AAR212 Acoustic Amp, an amp designed for live acoustic performances. Based on twin-channel Radiator 2 (AAR2), with its 160W the amp can support the volume levels of a live show.

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Featuring an advanced twin channel preamplifier for active inputs and a another channel for mic inputs, the Radiator 2 AAR212 produces a sweet tone with a dual triode vacuum tube.

A very good choice for acoustic shows, but we don’t know anything about the price yet.

Gretsch Electromatic Hollow Body Series

158053The Electromatic Hollow Body Series, are the new affordable Gertsch guitars. With the classic single cut Gertsch looking and available in several different colors like light blue top, black back and sides, firebird red top, etc.

Made from laminated maple and featuring a rosewood fretboard, a rosewood based Bigsby compensated bridge and a Bigsby licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece, and 2 US DeArmond 2000 single-coil pickups allowing 3 pickup position.

All hardware is chrome-plated and has common master tone and master volume and individual volume knobs.

The guitars are, in my opinion, really good looking and Gertsch’s guitars have good reviews so I’d like to play it a little bit and see how it sounds.

Recommended price is around $775.

Gator G-BUS-8, power all your pedals

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Gator released a very useful gadget for those who use several different pedals like EQ, reverb, wah, etc. The Gator G-BUS-8 supplies power up to 8 pedals.

Pedals must be powered by a 9V input, the most common one, or 18V, G-BUS-8 has 8 9V outputs and 3 18V outputs and short circuit protection with reset.

It has a robust heavy-duty aluminum housing for great durability and protection in for example at shows where many people is working and can involuntarily hit it.

Price is $149.99.

Cry ‘Q, Virtual EQ

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Another musical software is released, this time a virtual EQ, Crysonic Cry ‘Q. This software tries to bring the classics EQ sounds to the computer audio processing. Applicable for recording, mastering, mixing, restoration, audio post production and track sweetening.

Crysonic ‘Q is a minimum phase EQ over 4-octaves featuring volume preserving technology that allows to hear EQ sound result without boost or cut in the perceived loudness. With the audio host software it’s possible to adjust all parameters.

Other features include filter boost / cut: ± 12dB, filter slope 12dB per octave, EQ amount controllable by ratio, etc. If your audio host doesn’t support VST plug-in you can use Crysonic ‘Q with the VST-Directx wrapper

It’s only available as a plug-in for Windows and it’s price is $49.95. Until 1st June it will be a 20% off ($39.95).

Arturia Analog Factory, virtual synth

Arturia_analogfactoryLike the EVE 2 of the previous post, the Arturia Analog Factory is a virtual synth.

Analog Factory provides 2000 very easily modifiable sounds that can be stored as presets, and also has a preset manager that helps organizing the available presets by lots of parameters like bass, pads, hard, soft…. The analog sounds are accurate because of the TAE® Arturia technology.

Synth presets include MiniMoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V and Prophet VS. Features 8 snapshots buttons to quickly store up to 8 snapshots for sound comparisons, variations… It can work with up to 32 voices of polyphony.

Analog Factory has the possibility of controlling it with an external MIDI keyboard with few clicks. Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows. Price is $249 and will be available in July.