Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rotosound Launch Guitar Tuner And Chord Finder

Rotosound is pleased to add the new Guitar Tuner/Chord Finder to its growing selection of guitar accessories.

Like the existing Rotosound guitar tuners this cool new gadget is intuitive to use and works simply by clipping the unit to your instrument where it picks up the string vibrations. When a note is played the clear LCD screen displays how close you are to having that string in tune.

The built-in chord finder has an easy to use search function which allows you to search by chord letter name or chord root. Once you have found your selected chord letter you then select whether it is minor, major, diminished, augmented or suspended chord and further options for 7th and 9th chord versions. With a large library of chords, this handy finder will be like having your own guitar teacher you can take with you anywhere you go.

The Guitar Tuner and Chord Finder is fast and precise, highly sensitive, light and highly portable. Like all things Rotosound it is designed and built to the highest possible specifications and is highly affordable at only £17.95 ($24.95)

The Guitar Tuner and Chord Finder  (Product Code ATC-10) is for guitar payers who want an easy to use tuner and a reliable chord finder with a clear display. To find out more, or to order your Guitar Tuner and Chord Finder visit

Posted in Accessories, Guitar, Strings

Institute Unveils 2012 Music Scholarships Worth Over £30,000

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce, in conjunction with its leading partners, the launch of over £30,000 worth of scholarships for deserving students to study on the Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma course. The scholarship categories are as follows:

  • GUITAR: Supported by Yamaha Guitar and Total Guitar Magazine
  • BASS: Supported by Musicman Bass and  Bass Guitar Magazine
  • DRUMS: Supported by Mapex/Paiste and Drummer Magazine
  • VOCALS: Supported by Shure

Each category includes one full scholarship (worth over £5,000 to the winner) and one partial scholarship (worth £2,500 each). The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The Institute, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists.

Previous Institute students can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue, Eric Clapton and Paolo Nutini.  Previous scholarship winners can be seen performing with successful artists across the world including Estelle, N-Dubz and Lauren Hill.

Closing date for entries is 24th February 2012 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from

Lick Library Release Learn To Play Killswitch Engage

Lick Library are pleased to bring you Learn To Play Killswitch Engage; a collection of classic tracks to help you learn the best riffs and solos from one of the founding metalcore bands.

Considered by many to be one of the founders of the melodic metal genre, Killswitch Engage’s music is characterised by distinctive ferocious riffs, pummeling rhythms held together by melodious harmonies. The power sources behind the sound are guitarists Adam Dutiewicz and Joel Stroetzel who together have created there distinctive sound.

Walking you through some of the bands best-loved tracks is the incredible UK shredder and metal guitarist Andy James. Well known for his Lick Library contributions and as the lead guitarist of the band Sacred Mother Tongue, Andy shares his knowledge and experience in this easy to follow guitar tuition double DVD set. The technical explanations from Andy are concise and clearly demonstrated by the split screen that shows what each of his hands are doing at the same time. Plus you can pause and rewind the Guitar lessons on the DVD whenever you want, so you can go over any part, time and again until you really have it nailed.

Included on Learn To Play Killswitch Engage are five killer tracks featuring several of the best riffs and solos from some of the greatest metal performers around today. Taken from the 2002 Alive or Just Breathing album are My Last Serenade and Fixation On The Darkness and then Andy takes a look at Rose Of Sharyn and The End Of Heartache from the 2004 album of the same name. Last but not least, Andy takes you step by step through My Curse from the 2006 As Daylight Dies album.  With over three hours of guitar lessons and note by note tutorials, this double DVD set will help you improve your technique and also covers a range of topics including song construction, dynamics, tone as well as learning blistering riffs!

You can find out more visit where you will also find details of wealth of guitar tuition DVDs, CDs and books.

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

Avid Announces Pro Tools + Eleven Rack; Delivering Guitarists Unprecedented Studio Power and Incredible Value

Avid® has announced the release of Pro Tools + Eleven Rack, a new specially designed bundle for guitarists that comes with the world’s most popular professional recording software, a DSP-accelerated audio interface that offers hyper-realistic tones of classic amps and effects, and the Eleven Rack Expansion Pack add-on – delivering a powerful live performance and recording solution for guitarists at an incredible value.

  • Expanded collection of emulations of classic amp tones inspired by Fender®, VOX®, Marshall®, Soldano, Mesa/Boogie®, Bogner®, Ampeg® and Matchless®*, among others, provide an incredible range of tones.
  • Enhance tones and embellish tracks with an even broader assortment of classic stompbox effects inspired by MXR®, Electro-Harmonix®, Ibanez®, Pro Co, Univox®, and more*.
  • Compose, record, edit, reamp and mix using industry-standard Pro Tools software.

“We know our customers also demand tremendous functionality from a guitar recording solution,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Avid Vice President, Products and Solutions, Creative Enthusiast. “We responded with Pro Tools + Eleven Rack, providing guitarists with unprecedented recording power, tonal control and versatility – in the studio and on stage – at an incredible value.”

Pro Tools + Eleven Rack is available for£759.99 GBP / 825 € EUR. To learn more about Pro Tools + Eleven Rack visit

For purchasing inquiries, please visit the

* Eleven Rack is not connected with, or approved or endorsed by, the owners of the Ampeg®, Bogner®, Electro-Harmonix®, Fender®, Ibanez®, Marshall®, Matchless®, Mesa/Boogie®, MXR®, Pro Co, Roland®, Soldano, Univox®, or VOX® names. These names are used solely to identify the guitar amplifiers, cabinets, speakers, and effects emulated by Eleven Rack.

iDrum Issue Five features Steve Smith, Gregg Bissonette, Chris Frazier and more

The latest issue of the free digital magazine iDrum is brimming with electrifying video interviews, pages of new gear, album and drum DVD reviews, and masses of practical know how in the form of top teacher tech sessions and filmed lessons.

Steve Smith, best known for his work with Journey, has played with literally hundreds of different artists during his extensive touring and recording career. Renowned for his explosive drum solo’s and intricate time keeping, he has been voted Number One All Round Drummer by the readers Modern Drummer five years in a row. iDrum 5 brings you an excusive three part video interview with Steve Smith where he talks about why he is still learning and still refining his drumming.

This issue features an interview with Gregg Bissonette and asks the question: ‘What’s it like to play with one of the Beatles?’ The interview includes footage from the recent Ringo Star All Star Band and highlights from Ringo’s press conference.

Other interviews include Ilan Rubin talking about his new band The New Regime, Luke Flowers – drumming with Corinne Baily Ray and the Cinematic Orchestra, and Chris Frazier known for his drumming with Whitesnake, Carol King and Tom Hanks!

There are 25 pages of in depth video reviews of all the very latest gear including drum kits from 2 Box, Sonor, Natal and Traps as well as Zildjian’s new Gen-16 e-cymbal system, Meinl and Ufip and heads from Aquarian. These video reviews let you see and hear the gear being put through its paces, plus gives you a full guide to construction and features. Combine this with the 12 pages of album and drum DVD reviews; you will have all the information you need to compile your Christmas wish list.

The magazine’s tech sessions section features iDrum’s resident leading tutors including Jamie Borden, Jungle Drummer and Pete Lockett. The video lesson included in this issue cover Simple Independence, Amen Breaks, Indian Rhythms, Odd Time Signatures and Cajon Techniques.

Immerse yourself in a totally interactive experience and subscribe now at to get all the FREE interviews, features, reviews and tuition drummers in the know have come to expect.

Protection Racket Welcome Anthrax’s Charlie Benante To The Family Plus Eight Other Endorsees

Protection Racket is proud to welcome nine more endorsees to their drum case family.

Covering a whole diverse rang of music genres, the new endorsees include bands from the Heavy Metal, Rock, Soul, Hip Hop and Electro scenes.

Newest endorsee is Charlie Benante, the double kick demon from Anthrax. He is joined by Stuart Wilkinson currently playing with Lissie, Mat Hector who works with Thomas Dolby and Josh Morgan of the Subways. Other new endorsees include Blake Davies from Turbowolf, Jamie Nicholls, the new member of My Passion and Samson Jatto known for his work with Maverick Saber. Then there is Simon Tellier busy with Tynchy Stryder and independent drummer Dave Elitch who has recently been playing with Mars Volta and at the London Drum Show.

The new endorsees join their roster of world-class drummers including Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) and many more.

Protection Racket’s road tested drum cases are uncompromising in their ability to safeguard your precious kit, yet are lightweight and easy to transport. To find out more about the Protection range of maximum protection and their endorsees visit

Sheet music now available on iTunes

As the first publisher in the world has just released several hundred pieces of classical and christmas sheet music on iTunes – ready to download for the bargain price of $1,99 per piece. It has never been easier to bring great sheet music with you, says Lars Christian Lundholm, founder of

Buying sheet music on-line has never been easier thanks to and iTunes. Finally music lovers everywhere can buy sheet music directly on iTunes instantly available on your computer, iPad, iPod as well as all android-based tablets.

Just a few years ago I would drag up to 25 lbs of sheet music from place to place when I was performing. Now I just bring all my sheet music digitally on a tablet. You just place it on the music stand and you’re ready to play any piece from your digital library. It’s amazing, says Lars Christian Lundholm, professional composer and musician and founder of

Not only is it easy to buy sheet music on iTunes, it is also lowpriced and of the highest quality. The flawless-guarantee of also covers sheet music bought on iTunes. Find any mistake in one of the sheet music ebooks and get a 200 percent refund.

Flawless sheet music for everyone – just click, pay and play

Making flawless sheet music available on iTunes is perfectly in tune with the concept behind

“Our mission it to make beautiful sheet music accessible for everyone everywhere, which really makes iTunes and the perfect match” says Lars Christian Lundholm.

By January 1st 2012 the selection of sheet music on iTunes will reach a 1.000 pieces and new sheets will be added everyday.

In addition to the sheet music on iTunes, offers more than 10.000 pieces on its website for direct buy as well as on Facebook, at Barnes & Noble and on Sonys Reader Store. Every piece is sold for the same price – $1,99.

Posted in News, Sheet Music, Web Sites

Orange Amps OPC and Intel launch 2011 Superstars Competition

Orange Amplification are proud to announce they are co-sponsors of the Intel 2011 Superstars Competition, with the revolutionary musicians’ personal computer, the OPC, forming part of the $35,000 prize fund.

The Intel Corporation and along with sponsors Orange Amps, Cake Walk, Gibson Guitars and Blue Microphones, have got together to launch an exciting competition for emerging artists. The Intel Superstars competition invites musicians and producers to submit original music to one of six genres: Rock, Pop Country, Singer-Songwriter, Urban and Latin.  All submissions will be ranked by fans using the patented judging technology, OurStage, with prize packages being awarded to the First Place winners in each category. Plus, one Grand Prizewinner will be selected by a panel of industry experts from amongst the top ten overall ranked artists.

The Intel Core i7 processor-based Orange Amps OPC is the one-stop shop for musicians who want to play, record and edit their music using one piece of equipment with full computing and amplification capabilities. All you need to do is plug it in, play, record and share. The OPC along with Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 Production Suite Software, Gibson’s USA Les Paul Studio 60s Tribute Darkback Guitar and Blue Microphones’ Yeti Pro USB mic, form the bases of the prize packages. In addition, the Grand Prizewinner will receive $10,000 in cash to help them record, tour, or buy further equipment. Plus, one lucky fan who voted in the competition will win a Gibson USA Firebird X Guitar in a prize draw. For more details go to

To find out more about the OPC visit To find out more about the Intel 2011 Superstars Competition visit


Heavy rock legend Steve Smyth delivers exclusive masterclass

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce that heavy metal legend Steve Smyth will be delivering a ‘shredding masterclass’ at the school on Wednesday 23rd November 2011.

Steve is of course no newcomer in the metal music or shred guitar world. He spent four years with power metallers Vicious Rumors and four years with thrash metal legends Testament, touring the world in support of two albums playing to nearly 500,000 satisfied fans. Having also had stints with Forbidden, Nevermore and Dragonlord, he is a thoroughly accomplished guitarist.

During the masterclass, in addition to demonstrating his virtuoso playing Steve will share his personal experiences and speak about his career, including a discussion about different career avenues one can take in the music business. And following the event, Institute students will be given the chance to have private lessons with Steve

For more information on this event or courses at the Institute, contact us directly:

Posted in Education, Events, Guitar

Nomad Factory Releases MAGNETIC II – Real to Real Audio Tape Warmer Plug-In.

Nomad Factory,  leader in tube emulation technology, proudly announces the launch of “MAGNETIC II”, a truly realistic “Real to Real” audio tape warming effect plug-in that gives your audio tracks the exclusive vintage tape sound which your ears crave. This effect can inject sterile audio with the warmth and character of classic tube circuitry and analog tape saturation. The plug-in features pure analog reel-to-reel tape speeds, tape/tube saturation and tape color effects, as well as a dedicated vintage style EQ and a built in Boost mastering section. The result is a creamy, warm sound that can only be achieved by MAGNETIC.

MAGNETIC II offers great new features and 9 new tape models that offers the authentic sound of famous vintage tape machines such as Otari MX-80 / MTR-90, Studer A80MkII and many more…

MAGNETIC can be used in many different musical ways. Try using it on individual tracks to add subtle warmth and tape color to your drums or use it to create a filtered cassette AM-radio effect on a vocal. But that’s not all… when used on the master bus, MAGNETIC can warm your entire mix and “boost” it up to broadcast level. It’s just like having a 30+ year old reel-to-reel tape machine at your fingertips, without all the maintenance costs.

From Today through December 31, 2011 the new MAGNETIC II plug-in will be sold at introductory price of $79 (MSRP $149). An upgrade path from MAGNETIC I is also available for only $20. Magnetic II is also available as part of Nomad’s new “Integral Studio Pack III” actually promoted at only $199 (MSRP $599). 

Learn more from the Nomad Factory website: