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Empress Compressor

Read more about Empress Compressor at MusicRadar.com Founded by designer Steve Bragg, Canada-based Empress Effects offers a broad and increasing range of stompboxes with more than a different slant or two. The Compressor, for example, is not your usual plug-in and squash variety."An excellent addition to your pedalboard if standard compressors don't cut it for you"It offers 2:1, 4:1 and 10:1 switchable rati ...

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Buy their sound: Yngwie Malmsteen

Read more about Buy their sound: Yngwie Malmsteen at MusicRadar.com In a world of media-savvy, identikit rockstars, Yngwie Malmsteen is a glorious misfit, more likely to throw a curveball into an interview than a stock answer, while wearing what appears to be the contents of a 1970s gigolo's wardrobe. And that's not to mention his outstanding guitar playing... Read more about Buy their sound: Yngwie Malmste ...

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Blackstar Amplification updates Insider software

Read more about Blackstar Amplification updates Insider software at MusicRadar.com Blackstar Amplification has announced an update to its Insider software, with plenty of benefits for ID:Series and ID:Core amplifier owners. Version 1.6.0 includes the Super Wide Stereo feature on all ID:Series models for recording/playback via the amp's emulated output or USB audio, and Super Wide Stereo on ID:260TVP live so ...

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How to program realistic drum parts: basic beat

Read more about How to program realistic drum parts: basic beat at MusicRadar.com Before you can hope to get your sample-based drum kit parts sounding like the real thing, you need to master the basics of beat construction, and in this walkthrough, we're going to help you do just that. Starting right at the beginning, we'll lay out a very simple kick/snare/hi-hats groove in four simple steps.All you need is ...

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T-Rex NeoComp

Read more about T-Rex NeoComp at MusicRadar.com Most guitar compressors are based on OTA circuitry, but T-Rex's NeoComp uses a VCA (as does the Boss CS-3), and is apparently modelled on the studio-grade Blackmer VCA."The NeoComp delivers an adjustable range of practical compression" Comp and gain knobs control the amount of compression and the output volume, with the sound's envelope shaped by attack and re ...

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Strymon releases DECO tape saturation and doubletracker pedal

Read more about Strymon releases DECO tape saturation and doubletracker pedal at MusicRadar.com In a move that'll get vintage and retro fans scratching their itch for Sun Studio style crunchy tape effects, Strymon has announced the release of the DECO; a stompbox emulation of classic tape sounds.Spanning saturation, slapback delay and doubling plus modulation effects including flanging and chorus, the DECO ...

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Win a John Mellencamp Plain Spoken Ultimate Signed Bundle

Read more about Win a John Mellencamp Plain Spoken Ultimate Signed Bundle at MusicRadar.com To celebrate the release of legendary singer-songwriter John Mellencamp's 22nd album, Plain Spoken, we have an almighty Ultimate Signed Bundle to give away, including a copy of Plain Spoken on vinyl, plus a John Mellencamp Crosley Record Player and signed Plain Spoken lyric packet – worth £175!Click here to enter!Pla ...

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VIDEO: Me and my guitar interview with Skindred's Mikey Demus

Read more about VIDEO: Me and my guitar interview with Skindred's Mikey Demus at MusicRadar.com Total Guitar met up with Skindred's guitarist Mikey Demus backstage to take a closer look at one of his live guitars; a Fender hybrid made up of a Japanese Tele body with a Highway One Strat neck with Mikey's personal hardware spec. Read more about VIDEO: Me and my guitar interview with Skindred's Mikey Demus at ...

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HitLogic: half-price reports for all!

Read more about HitLogic: half-price reports for all! at MusicRadar.com Summer feels like it happened so long ago that maybe it actually happened to someone else. But back in summer, we ran a competition which hordes of you entered to win reports from the music analysis tool HitLogic.In case you don't remember, or didn't see it, HitLogic is a natty little piece of software that song writers or producers can ...

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