IK Multimedia and Orange Amps Announce “Tiny Terror” Giveaway

orange_ipadWe’re currently working on a review of the new AmpliTube Orange for iPad and iRig PRO from IK Multimedia. In the meantime we wanted to let you know that today IK Multimedia announced a collaboration with Orange Amplification to kick off the exciting release of AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPad by giving musicians the chance to win over $2200 in hardware and software music creation prizes! Entries will be accepted on the IK Multimedia website through April 30th, 2014.

“We’ve been creating amp-modeling gear for over 12 years now and you have GOT to hear it to believe us when we say: this is the best one yet – AmpliTube Orange is a real-time mobile Orange amplifier and effects studio featuring digital models of 5 classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers and one Orange bass amplifier. Each amp and cab model has been meticulously recreated, both visually and in sound to deliver spot-on Orange tone any time, everywhere.” says Davide Barbi the CTO IK Multimedia.

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Posted on 04/23/14 at 8:30 am Related Gear 0 Comments

Making Noise – Smoke Fairies

Here at The Noise Room we’ve been enjoying Smoke Fairies’ self-titled new album which is set for release in North America on May 20th on Full Time Hobby. Above we have the video for Eclipse Them All.

In 2013 Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies of Smoke Fairies took themselves to a remote recording studio in Kent with producer Kristofer Harris. “It was on a very old industrial estate,” says Davies. “It was a really eccentric area – it used to be a council office, now there’s a bubble car garage, a tattoo parlour and a granite workshop. It just physically felt so distant from anything to do with the music industry.” It was there that they set about crafting their latest album, calling on their bandmates and old touring friends such as drummer Andy Newmark (Sly and the Family Stone, Roxy Music, John Lennon) to help out.

For more information, please visit www.smokefairies.com

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Posted on 04/18/14 at 9:07 am Related Video 0 Comments

Hands On with WOW2 from Sugar Bytes

sugarbytes_wow2I’ve been meaning to check out WOW2 from Sugar Bytes for a few months but with the holidays and rebuilding my Pro Tools computer, it got put on the back burner. That is until I received an email from Groove 3 announcing a new video tutorial called WOW2 Explained. Laurence Holcombe is the presenter and instructor for this series of seven videos that have a total run-time of 43 minutes. I jumped on the opportunity and watched the videos to learn more about the WOW2 plug-in and how it could work with my recordings.

According to Sugar Bytes, WOW2 is a multi-mode filter plug-in offering 21 high quality filter types. Each filter type can be operated in vowel mode giving you the best vocal sounds available. Choose from three analog and four digital distortion types to beef up your audio. It works with Mac OS X as VST / AU / RTAS / AAX and Windows as VST / RTAS / AAX. Artists such as Skrillex, Boys Noise, SiriusMo, Modeselektor, and MouseOnMars use WOW2.

The interface for WOW2 is very clean and well organized. On the right you have five main buttons or knobs. The largest is the Cutoff control which determines what frequency to filter. There are a number of filters to choose from including Moog and MS Filter Models, along with some of Sugar Bytes’ own. The other knobs are Dry/Wet, Volume, Resonance, and Distortion. The Distortion can be placed before or after the Cutoff filter for more control over your sound sculpting. To the left there are a large number of presets to inspire you. Of course any settings you make can be saved as a user preset.

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Posted on 04/11/14 at 8:49 am Related Gear 0 Comments

Session Keys Grand Piano Instruments from e-instruments

Yesterday, e-instruments announced the immediate availability of Session Keys Grand S and Session Keys Grand Y, two Kontakt-based instruments with a new and innovative approach to creating the perfect piano sound. We hope to provide a hands on review of Session Keys in the near future but wanted to give you a little taste of the new release.

For more information, please visit www.e-instruments.com

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Posted on 04/4/14 at 7:40 am Related Gear 0 Comments

Ear Trumpet Labs Introduces Mabel Multi-Pattern Studio Microphone

ear_trumpetThere are a number of performance videos where artists such as The Devil Makes Three, The Milk Carton Kids, and Haim are using Ear Trumpet Labs microphones. They use these mics not only because of their professional-quality electronics and sound, but because they are just absolutely beautiful to look at. Ear Trumpet Labs uses common hardware, everyday objects, and found things to create their hand made microphones. Today they introduces Mabel, their first multi-pattern studio microphone.

From Ear Trumpet Labs:

Mabel is a hand-built multi-pattern condenser microphone utilizing two cardioid medium-large diaphragm (26mm) capsules, designed primarily for capturing demanding sources like acoustic instruments, drum overheads, and vocals. Mabel features a unique copper-ringed head basket with brass grill work, held in a pivoting mount within a stainless-steel yoke, and a copper-and-brass body. The design is both visually stunning and extremely practical, as the pivoting head makes for easy positioning adjustments.

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Posted on 04/3/14 at 8:16 am Related Gear 0 Comments