Line 6 lately has made available three new models in its LowDown bass amp series with similar features than other devices in this series, this three new models LD400 Pro, HD400 and HD750 are professional bass amps that provide huge power and better used in stage or studio.
All three amps share some features like 5 bass amp models (clean, r & b, rock, brit and grind), 5 built-in bass effects (compressor, envelope filter, octaver, chorus and adjustable bass synth), deep switch for more sound fatness, 4 programmable channel memories, balanced XLR direct with A.I.R. processing, 2 NL4M-series Speakon four-pole mono speaker outputs, 1/4″ preamp output, instrument input and built-in front-panel tuner.
The Line 6 LowDown LD400 Pro Bass Amp is a combo model that features 2 x 10″ speakers, 400 watts power output, headphones output and aux input. While the Line 6 LowDown HD400 and Line 6 LowDown HD750 bass amps feature extraordinary power in 3 rack spaces format, having 400 watts and 750 watts power output, each.
All amps are now available and their prices are $800 for the Line 6 LowDown LD400 Pro, $600 for the Line 6 LowDown HD400 and $800 for the Line 6 LowDown HD750.
Mr. Big and X-Racer former member, Paul Gilbert, and Homebrew Electronics have joined forces to release the first signature pedal for Gilbert and the second artist series product for Homebrew. The Homebrew Paul Gilbert Detox EQ Pedal has been build under the personal requirements of Paul Gilbert to get a clean tone with its humbucker pickup guitar at low volumes without killing sound frequencies, and here it is the result in a compact stompbox way.
The Homebrew Paul Gilbert Detox EQ Pedal can clean or boost your tone with any kind of sound and it features true bypass, simple treble, mid, bass and level controls, noise-free operation and is powered by a 9V baterry or a DC adapter. Simple and effective pedal that could be a great addition to our gear.
The pedal is now finished, although Gilbert still uses a prototype, but there have been no news about a release date but we do know that it will come in yellow and signed by Gilbert. Probably the best thing about the Homebrew Paul Gilbert Detox EQ Pedal is that knowing how well it works the price is only $160.
FuzzHugger is a compay that I must say that I never head of but their last release seems very interesting, the FuzzHugger Hugger Loop Effect Pedal is a compact-sized stompbox which can be very useful, it can be used as a boost pedal or as a loop pedal to activate an effects chain, but you can also add to the loop any kind of boosting, of course supported by the device. The boost stages are completely transparent so you can use it even without the loop function just to get a higher volume for you own custom tone.
The FuzzHugger Hugger Loop Effect Pedal features 3 operation modes (single-stage boost, dual-stage boost, pre & post boost and two independent boosts), true bypass switch, boost and master controls for the boost stages, 3 toggle switches to activate/deactivate operation modes and on/off bright white LED and footswitch.
Each pedal comes hand painted but don’t think that for that is a weak stompbox because it comes with rugged aluminum enclosure, switchcraft jacks and 5-year warranty, it’s powered by a 9V battery or a power adapter. The FuzzHugger Hugger Loop Effect Pedal is now available and its price, only as an introductory promotion, is from $110 to $120.
Sontronics is a very new British company that is specialized in mics but lately they have released some other products like the Sontronics Sonora Preamplifier & Direct Input, their second effort in the preamp product line, that provides a high quality vintage sound made up with modern technology that will be a very good door for your recording system.
The Sontronics Sonora Preamplifier & Direct Input is a dual solid-state channel device that has the same features on each channel including gain control, 75Khz low-pass filter, 0 to -20dB attenuation pad and +48V phantom power, electronically balanced 1/4″ (instrument) and XLR (mic) inputs, and balanced/unbalanced 1/4″ and unbalanced XLR outputs. Besides that the preamp also features 20Hz to 40kHz frequency response, zero latency and distortion-free headroom figure.
And among all these this preamp is a very compact device weighting only 1 Kg and its measures are 24.5 x 14.5 and 6.5 cm; it’s powered by an external and included power supply. The Sontronics Sonora Preamplifier & Direct Input is now available and its price is $699.
Rees Electric Guitars is one of those semi-unknown companies that we bring to you so you can choose from the highest number of possibilities and now they have released their first bass guitar model, the Rees Electric Guitars 5bass Electric Bass that is designed from the beginning to be a 5-string model and to provide long sustain and an optimum rich tone using high quality woods, but this model is also very configurable, lets see its features.
The Rees Electric Guitars 5bass Electric Bass features are korina hardwood body, figured hard maple top and neck, chosen fingerboard wood, 22 frets, 34″ scale length, 5 individual maple bridges, 2 Seymour Duncan Passive Phase II NYC Soapbars humbucker pickups, humbucker, 3-way pickup switch and volume, tone and pickup mode (dual-coil and single-coil voice modes) controls.
The configurable parts of the bass guitar are the wood colors and the fingerboard wood, but not many info about the possibilities has been released. The price of the Rees Electric Guitars 5bass Electric Bass is £935 and is now available.
The last effort from M-Audio is a mic that looks vintage-fashioned but will be very appreciated by studio’s, specially for those who need to mic intense signals like kick drums, guitar amp or brass instruments. The mic, called M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic, allows to have the so-much-desired vintage sound but with modern components and technology
The features of the M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic are Class A solid-state electronics, cardioid pickup pattern, 3 micron x 1.1″ evaporated-gold diaphragm, solid brass capsule, +48V phantom power, 10dB pad, 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response and roll-off filter (switchable).
The mic includes shock mount and wood box, and if you are interested this mic will be soon available. The M-Audio Luna II Condenser Mic price is $400.
Rode has just released a new mic that is supposed to be the perfect companion for long and hard tours, the Rode M1 Dynamic Rock ‘N Roll Mic that will some singer’s, specially those who need to buy a huge number of mics for any kind of tour, favorite mic. But not only is good for its longevity but also for its great balance of weight and ergonomics.
The features of the Rode M1 Rock ‘N Roll is a dynamic mic that features cardioid pickup pattern, high output capsule, 75Hz to 18kHz frequency response, gold plated XLR connectors, internal pop-filter, low noise, die-cast body and a huge resistance to any abuse made on stage without loosing any kind of its high quality.
Rode is so sure that this mic will last any forever-tour that offers lifetime warranty for this mic, that comes with stand mount and zip couch but you can also get a desk stand or tripod as optional accessories. And all the Rode M1 Dynamic Rock ‘N Roll Mic promises and good features for only $150, now available.
If you ever though how to record vocals with your computer you may have your question answered with this device, the Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp that also works as analog-to-digital converter, that will manage to be a must-have in home studios. With this small, really small, preamp you could have studio quality sound in your own house but you should take care also of other environment conditionals.
The Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp is a plug-and-play recording device that features 16-bit audio resolution, 44.1 sampling rate, 48V phantom power (for condenser mics with on/off blue LED), balanced XLR input, USB port, low noise, analog gain control and very low consumption.
This little boy, that works in Mac and Windows computers, is an excellent complement for vocal recording but specially for podcasting because it includes voice recognition and messaging. The Blue Icicle In-line USB Preamp will be available next December and its price is $59.95.
Behringer comes back to the scene with a new floor pedal that is more than one inside a stompbox, the Behringer VM1 Vintage Time Machine Pedal that tries to get to your hands 4 different vintage sounds to give a special touch to your tone on your live shows.
The features of the Behringer VM1 Vintage Time Machine Pedal are tape echo, delay, vibrato and chorus in one box, true analog delay (with delay time up to 550ms), true hard-wire bypass, delay, chorus/vibrato depth, feedback, mix and volume controls, on/off blue LED and footswitch.
This multi.effects pedal is designed to be used in live stage because it’s rugged construction and that can be powered by 9V battery or DC adapter. The availability of the Behringer VM1 Vintage Time Machine Pedal has not been announced yet, but its msrp is $100.
It look like a great guitar model but there were no features enough to talk about it but now Gibson has unveiled what become the rumor of the last week, the Gibson Dark Fire Guitar. The product page confirms that is the second generation of the Robot Guitars, so expect automatic tune to the tone you want with only pushing a button, just like the first version, but it also comes with some more interesting features like the pickup combination or the stunning cool finish.
The Gibson Dark Fire Guitar features chambered mahogany body (that makes the guitar lighter that any other Gibson), mahogany neck, teflon nut, re-designed knobs, … As I commented before, the pickup combination looks great with one Burstbucker 3 humbucker (bridge, provides classic PAF sound), one P-90h black soapbar (neck, P-90 vintage sound with high output and sweet treble response) and piezo pickup (with one saddle per string, located in the bridge) that comes with an studio active amp for enhancing the acoustic sound.
Almost one year after the first Robot guitar we receive the second one, this time is a limited edition guitar that includes some cool features but no info on availability nor price, so we’ll have to wait yet. But good news for Robot owners, all the new features of the Gibson Dark Fire Guitar will be available for your guitars with a low-cost upgrade kit.