Monthly Archives: August 2012

Rotosound Re-invent Legendary Vintage Fuzz Pedal

Rotosound is thrilled to re-issue their legendary Vintage Fuzz Pedal using the same essential circuit configuration as the 1960’s original design, combined with modern resistors and capacitors. The new pedal combines yesterday’s mojo and tone flavour with the reliability and stability of today’s component technology.

The original prototype pedals were only ever available in limited numbers and never released for general sales. Nonetheless these pedals were found all over the place – there is even a picture of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing one.

Rotosound have reinvented this celebrated pedal working together with fabled guitar tone tweaker, Dr. Barry R. Pyatt. The pedal is faithful to the original, with the important active components being genuine vintage germanium stock, thus preserving the authentic, and original, sound.

The re-issue circuit, just like the original uses a Darlington Pair for high gain input, which drives a compensated ‘fuzz’ transistor. The Fuzz Control changes the amount of drive from a soft crunch to a gruff growl whilst still retaining the signature germanium roundness. The Treble Control then varies the ratio of bass to treble allowing a good range from muddy to crisp. The Volume Control alters the output level and to maintain cleanliness of sound, the pedal is switched on using dedicated contacts on the ‘instrument’ input jack. The re-issue pedal now features “true bypass” switching to be compatible with contemporary pedal architecture.

Renowned as one of the easiest effect pedals to use when first launched in the UK, its simplicity was always one of its main attractions as well the exceptional tone and smooth sustain. The new pedal retains all these original qualities with the addition of contemporary controllability and consistency.

The pedal (RRP £250, $379) is encased in a pressed steel box finished in a gloss silver hammer powder coating, again mimicking the traditional Rotosound pedal. It is extremely robust, durable and hardwearing and in keeping with their tradition of manufacturing in the UK, the pedal is made at Rotosound’s factory in Sevenoaks, Kent under the strictest quality control. It will be shipping November/December 2012.

If it is true vintage germanium fuzz you seek, then you have found your ‘Holy Grail’ in this re-release of the Rotosound Fuzz Pedal. The Rotosound Fuzz is back! To find out more visit http://www.rotosound.com/fuzz_reissue.php.

Rotosound 1960s Reissue Vintage Fuzz Pedal

Posted in Effects, Guitar, News, Technology

Mackie Unveils the New Shape of Sound with Ultra-Compact, 2000W DLM Loudspeakers

New Line Delivers Premium Performance at One-third the Size of Traditional Designs.

Mackie today announces a new line of ultra-compact, powered loudspeakers offering a level of innovation never before seen in the world of portable sound reinforcement — DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Packed with cutting-edge technology, DLM speakers each feature a staggering 2000 watts of power, proprietary Mackie TruSource™ technology and a full-featured integrated digital mixer/processor. This potent technological combination not only allows for the incredibly small form factor of DLM, but also delivers a level of performance and fidelity that is simply not otherwise available. The extremely powerful DLM system includes two full-range models (DLM8, DLM12) along with a high-output compact subwoofer (DLM12S).

“With DLM you are seeing Mackie’s commitment to delivering groundbreaking technology,” commented John Boudreau, Mackie SVP. “Yes. It’s amazing that DLM speakers are a third smaller than anything in their class. But it’s the unmatched power, processing and fidelity that really sets DLM apart from everything else on the market.”

Each DLM Series Powered Loudspeaker delivers 2000 watts of ultra-efficient Class-D power. Featuring TruSource™ technology, the full-range DLM8 and DLM12 are equipped with Mackie’s TruSource driver that incorporates the high-output woofer and 1.75” compression driver into an incredibly compact common-magnet design. Powerful TruSource DSP delivers seamless clarity, consistent dispersion and unmatched fidelity. Both the DLM8 and DLM12 feature the Mackie DL2 integrated digital mixer, providing a dual-channel mixing solution for a wide array of possible connections with incredible channel features like 3-band EQ and 16 great-sounding effects. Plus, system processing like a multi-band feedback destroyer, six speaker modes and Smart Protect technology provide the tools needed for truly professional applications. The ultra-compact form factor of the DLM8 and DLM12 includes a rugged PC-ABS cabinet, powder-coated grille and integrated kickstand for personal monitor use. The companion DLM12S packs 2000 watts of chest-pounding power  and deep low end into the highest-output compact sub on the market. The integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system processing tools like a variable crossover, speaker modes for optimum voicing and the system protection. The rugged 15mm poplar cabinet is unbelievably compact with a durable, powder-coated grille and integrated pole-cup for mounting a DLM full-range loudspeaker plus additional configuration options that include wall mounting and flying for professional installs.

For more information, please visit www.mackie.com/DLM. There are two videos available including an in-depth feature and technology video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-yC1GziTlo&feature=youtu.be) and a hilarious video that shows the true power of DLM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeDRLmH9xCQ&feature=youtu.be). There’s also an email signup form to keep up with the latest DLM info (http://eepurl.com/oI9Vv).

Enter for a chance to win a pair of DLM12 12″ Powered Loudspeakers by entering Mackie’s DLM: The New Shape of Sound Sweepstakes hosted on Mackie’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/mackie). The contest runs until September 27, 2012.

Mackie DLM Series 2000W Powered Loudspeakers will be available Q4, 2012. The DLM8 will have a UK RRP of £699 Inc. vat. The DLM12 will have a UK RRP of £799 Inc. vat. The DLM12S will have a UK RRP of £999 Inc. vat.

DLM12S DLM12 DLM8 DLM12 kickstand DLM12 rear panel Mackie DLM Series

LickLibrary Launch Quick Licks Van Halen Vol 2

LickLibrary launches Quick Licks Van Halen Vol 2 DVD, featuring more than thirty guitar licks in the style of superstar guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Following the success of Quick Licks Van Halen Vol 1, this new guitar tuition DVD brings you a whole arsenal of new licks in a series of professional guitar lessons beautifully explained by popular tutor Jamie Humphries.

Quick Licks Van Halen Vol 2 (RRP £19.99) features guitar lessons with all the techniques you’d expect on a Van Halen DVD, such as tapped harmonics, tremolo picking, whammy bar dive bombs and much, much more. Included on this DVD is a solo in the style of Eddie Van Halen that uses a range of Eddie’s trademark licks, which you can learn and then practice along with the backing track included.

iGuitar columnist and UK session player extraordinaire, Jamie Humphries, talks you through all the lessons, breaking the concepts down easily understandable chunks. And at the same time you will be able to clearly see what both his hands do on the fret board and strumming with the all-important LickLibrary split screen presentation.

There are loads of Van Halen learning tools at LickLibrary as well as Quick Licks Van Halen Vols 1 & 2. Check them out and then discuss your progress at the LickLibrary Musicians Community.

LickLibrary Quick Licks Van Halen Vol 2

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar, News

Mackie Delivers Major Update to Master Fader Control App for Popular DL1608

Significant feature upgrades drive complete live sound solution.

Mackie has updated the Master Fader control app for the Mackie DL1608. Updates include the ability to store and recall presets for all plug-ins. This allows the user to quickly dial in a channel, with factory and user-defined presets available. Other updates include snapshot and show capabilities so users can store and instantly recall all aspects* of any mix. Most importantly, updates include the ability to configure up to ten iPad devices for wireless operation. For full details about the DL1608 and Master Fader control app, visit www.mackie.com/DL1608. Downloading Master Fader for free is the perfect way to try out the functions of the DL1608 mixer before you buy. To actually run audio, DL1608 hardware is required.

“This Master Fader update adds significant features, making the DL1608 a complete live sound solution, but we’re far from done,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “We have been gathering end-user feedback and will be continuously developing additional features and functionality. That’s the beauty of the DL1608. The update possibilities are endless.”

The Master Fader app delivers total control over the Mackie DL1608. With a focus on speed and control, the Master Fader control app was designed from the ground up for touch. Eliminating unnecessary screens and avoiding redundancies, the Master Fader control app offers simple navigation, wired or wirelessly, in conjunction with the Mackie DL1608 hardware.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

Master Fader version 1.1 is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Learn more about the Mackie DL1608 by visiting http://bit.ly/DL1608Podcast to subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series.

*Excludes mic preamp gain

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

Mackie DL1608 Master Fade App Mixer View Master Fade App EQ View

Mackie DL1608™ Digital Live Sound Mixer Now Shipping Worldwide

Highly-anticipated, innovative compact mixer with complete iPad control available now

Announced earlier this year and easily one of the most anticipated compact live consoles with complete iPad control ever, the Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer is now shipping. To meet unprecedented demand, Mackie has increased production capabilities and shipments are now leaving their North American manufacturing facility to eager customers worldwide.

“We are extremely excited to get the DL1608 into the hands of musicians and engineers,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “We’ve been addressing customer interest with a series of video podcasts that go over all the cool features. Plus, the Master Fader™ Control App has been fully updated with great new features that weren’t available in the preview version.”

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic™ AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer has a UK list price of £1260 inc vat. Due to the large volume of orders, it may take a few shipments before your local dealer will have it in stock. Contact your local dealer for detailed information regarding availability.

The Mackie Master Fader Control App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
For more information about the DL1608 or to find a dealer, please visit www.mackie.com/DL1608.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit http://bit.ly/KFTk5g. The videos are also hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDA2596CA90227187. Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit http://eepurl.com/iWslb to sign up.

Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

Mackie DL1608 Mackie DL1608 Right Slide

£5000 Music Business Scholarship to be won with ATC Management and the Institute

London’s Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is proud to announce its partnership with leading artist management firm ATC Management to provide the ATC Music Business Scholarship. ATC’s forward thinking approach to artist management and development makes them the ideal partner for the Institute’s innovative music business curriculum. ATC’s artist roster includes Faithless, Eliza Doolittle, Hadouken, Fink, Ethan Johns, and Kwes.

The ATC Scholarship will provide one deserving student with a fully funded place on the one year Higher Diploma in Music Business course (equivalent to the value of £4,950) to be taught at the Institute, London. The Music Business courses at the Institute are designed and delivered by leading music industry professionals and offer a unique opportunity to learn and apply management principles and business skills through working alongside talented artists and composers. The ATC Scholarship and wider collaboration brings the reality of the commercial music industry into the classroom from day one.

As part of the partnership, ATC will provide a panel of experts to judge and decide on the winner of the scholarship. The winning student will also get the opportunity to spend time working at the ATC London offices gaining experience and learning directly from the professionals.

In addition to the Scholarship, ATC will also be providing guest speakers throughout the year to teach on the Music Business course. Students will get the opportunity to learn first-hand about the processes specifically involved in the artist management side of the music industry.

Music Business Programme Leader Ken Foreman added: “ATC is one of the leading artist management companies at the forefront of the new music industry. They are driving huge changes in the methods by which young talent is scouted and how careers are driven forward from a business perspective.  We are extremely pleased to welcome them as part of the fabric of the new business school.”

Hopeful applicants wishing to apply for the Scholarship will need to submit a 1000 word business case for a new music business idea or concept. Proposals will be judged on their creativity and viability. For more information about the ATC Music Business Scholarship or the Higher Diploma in Music Business course, please contact the Institute directly:

ATC

ATC Music Business Scholarship

Posted in Education, Music, News