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McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor review on Sonic Scoop

Our friends over at Sonic Scoop recently got up close and personal with the McDSP 6030 Ultimate Compressor plugin, a collection of 10 compressors in one tidy package: some based on the classics, and others developed entirely by McDSP. Rather than simply recreate quintessential models such as the 1176, Fairchild 670, or Neve 33609, each...

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Fryette Amplification to Release Pedal Line in 2011

Fryette Amplification is best known for their hand-built, high quality guitar amps and cabinets, and soon they’ll add a line of pedals to their repertoire. The Sound Effects series of tube-driven pedals will debut with the S.A.S. distortion and Boostassio boost, and should be available for around $199 street. Premier Guitar has the details on the...

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Stutter Edit Plugin and a new Nord introduced at NAMM

Gigging musicians will want to check out the Nord Piano 88, which has been designed with live performance in mind. This new 88 key stage piano from Nord weighs in at just 39.6 pounds, but it’s heavy on features. In addition to 24 banks of 5 programs totaling 120 different program possibilities, it includes modeling...

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More NAMM 2011: Rupert Neve Portico Plugins and AKG Groove Pack

Steinberg is teaming up with Rupert Neve Designs to release the first plugins modeled after Rupert’s Portico Series analog gear. The 5043 Compressor and 5033 EQ will both be available in VST and AU formats, for a price not yet announced. “Particularly known for designing all-analog signal processing equipment, Rupert Neve has been looking for...

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NAMM News: Blue Reactor Mic, Eventide Space Reverb

New product news from NAMM 2011: A uniquely-styled multi-pattern condenser from Blue Microphones, and the latest addition to the Eventide stompbox line. Blue’s new mic, the Reactor, will be available this coming spring for $499 retail. While the mic body could double as a hockey puck, the large diaphragm condenser capsule should look familiar: it’s...

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Blues Writer An iPhone App for Songwriters

A new App in the iTunes store called Blues Writer, is designed to help songwriters with the creative process. When stumped for a verse, you can double click and select a word from Schirmers Complete Rhyming Dictionary, which includes over 96,000 rhymes. The built in Instrumental tracks help put a structure to a song and...

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Bucktone Effects debuts with Black Powder Pedal

New pedalmaker Bucktone Effects is officially on the scene, and shipping its inaugural product, the Black Powder. This distortion/overdrive pedal allows you to break up and compress your signal, while affording you control over the tone of the resulting sound. In addition to gain and volume knobs, the Black Powder has a three-way compression setting,...

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Softube TSAR-1(R) Reverb Plugin Review

Looking for a high quality in-the-box reverb unit? Bo Boddie has a review on Sonic Scoop of the TSAR-1 Reverb, the latest plugin available from Softube: “In Softube speak, TSAR stands for True Stereo Algorithmic Reverb. Interestingly, this moniker highlights a return to ground-up coding of reverb algorithms, as opposed to the convolution trend over recent years, which involves...

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Audio Repair with iZotope RX 2

iZotope has released the latest version of their audio repair toolkit, with some new features and tools included to help you remove hum, hiss, pops, and any other unwanted noise from your audio. RX 2 and RX 2 Advanced both function as standalone editors, as well as a collection of plugins for your DAW. While...

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Rupert Neve, AMS Neve, and Daking 500 series modules

Three venerable audio companies have each introduced their first 500 series modules. Rupert Neve Designs announced the 517 Pre/DI/Comp (pictured above), AMS Neve released their historic 1073 in a lunchbox compatible format as the 1073LB, and Daking now has the Mic Pre 500. Rupert Neve’s 517 unit is a preamp, compressor, and DI in one...

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Studer A800 Plugin by Universal Audio

Universal Audio now has a plugin version of the Studer A800 tape machine. With a selection of controls to tweak – from tape speed and tape formula to calibration type, hiss, and hum – you can ‘hit the tape’ as hard as you like, and fine-tune the tone. While it’s a multichannel plugin, the handy...

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History and Construction of The Drums – Part 2

The following video is the second of a three-part segment on vintage drums by Michael Vecchio.  The interview was shot at Steve Maxwell Vintage and Custom Drum Shop on 48th Street in Manhattan with store manager and vintage drum expert Jess Birch.  This segment covers “History and Construction.”  Keep an eye out for part 3 in...

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Eternally In Tune

A recent Popular Science article showcases the simple yet effective EverTune guitar bridge. Utilizing a spring and lever for each guitar string, the device is able to keep consistent tension on every string, therefore keeping them in tune. You set the initial tuning you want at the bridge using a hex screw, and unless you...

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