A guitar processor capable of “copying” your whole setup of amp, stompboxes and built-in effects and speaker cabinet AND reproducing this setup as a preamp which you connect to your mixing board, or your active studio monitors, or headphones, or through an endstage to speakers or a PA system… How’s that for a paradigm change?
Such a wondrous box exists in the form of the Kemper Profiling amplifier. Continue reading
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Between Christmas and New Year I‘m visiting with my parents. On previous visits, I‘ve brought a varying amount of guitar gear in order to use free time I have here for practising and also inflicting some new pieces I learned on my relatives. As I‘m seldom content with only one acoustic guitar, these transports almost invaribly turned me into my own roadie, not to speak of the limited space my Kia offers. So this time, I tried out a minuscule amp, the Roland Micro Cube. No worries in the packing department there. It is small and sturdily made and so light that people hang it from a guitar strap and go play for change on the High Street with it (it can be powered with 4 AA batteries). Once you hear that, it is a reasonable assumption that this is one of these little pseudo amps that seem to result from a generous application of shrink ray on your typical Marshall stack, Vox or Orange amp, loosing any pretention of tone or volume in the process. But this one is different. Firstly, it is plenty loud enough. Here in Germany, this has earned it the nickname „Brüllwürfel“ (shout cube). And about the tone: electronically it emulates
All these tones are eerily realistic. Of course, with a speaker as small as this, the bass frequencies don‘t carry so far, but if you sit in front of it you get a close approximation to the real thing. There are built-in effects, too, of which I like Chorus, Flanger, and Delay best. It takes external effects well, too. As you can see above, I put a tc electronic Hall of Fame Reverb in front of it. As you can‘t, I also used an Electro Hamonix Crying tone wah (that one warrants it‘s own post). And, believe it or not, that was enough to realistically imitate Hendrix‘ Woodstock version of the „Star-Spangled Banner“. Wouldn‘t have believed it myself.
My mobile (is it mobile still? I fear by now the gear will fill the trunk of my car to capacity… ) recording studio is growing. Studio monitors are the latest addition. I found out you can’t really pipe the synthesizer‘s output over to a guitar amp and out of the amp’s speaker. Technically, you can, of course, Continue reading
I’ve been trying out a Marshall JCM1 50-th Anniversary amp over the last few days. It is one of their commemorative series and represents their take on the JCM 800 in a 1 Watt format. Big, screaming lead tones Continue reading
I’m on a ZZ Top trip lately, and so I decided to put “Pearly Gates” pickups into my PRS SE Bernie Marsden Les Paul Style guitar. For the uninitiated, “Pearly Gates” ist the nickname Billy F. Gibbons has given his apparently near-heavenly ’59 Les Paul. And some heavenly tones it does have, and a beautiful ‘burst maple cap, too. For my PRS, nothing can be done about the latter, but I tought I’d try to get a grittier Texas Blues tone with those pickups from Seymour Duncan. And it was a premiere for me soldering on one of my guitars. So, here goes:
Put new strings on my Les Paul and the Nashville Telecaster today and decided to try out Ernie Ball’s new Cobalt strings in a 10 – 52 set. So far, Continue reading
Last Sunday was a fun day. Europe’s largest online music store had it’s annual summer party in the little village in Franken where this family-owned business is still situated (one would not be amiss to say that Treppendorf is an annex to the Thomann warehouses!). It was cool event with nuclear-level Blasmusik followed by gigs of different groups on the wickedly nifty stage in a large beer tent. Plus workshops and tours through the impressive warehouses. I’ll have more to post on that event on my other ‘blog shortly, when I’ve developped the film. Continue reading
Ah, I got to admit I’ve GAS. Don’t worry, no proctological details here, it’s “just” gear acquisition syndrome. Stupidly sold my Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III and had to get get a new Les Paul consequently. Chose a PRS SE “Bernie Marsden” signature guitar. Yes, he of Whitesnake. Never heard of them Continue reading