Guitar Amps

by Jason T ·Posted 01/29/2021
Recording a guitar amplifier is easy, but recording one well can be quite tricky. In addition to the guitar and the amp, the acoustics of your recording space play a big role, as do mic placement and the microphone itself. This article is intended to be a quick primer to point you in the right direction when buying a microphone to record your guitar amp. It is not intended to be an all-encompassing guide for amp recording technique, and believe you me, there is a lot to know on that subject. However, learning about the kinds of microphones
by Howard Gotfryd ·Posted 07/01/2021
If you are a singer/songwriter/musician who has been itching to get back out in public to perform in the warm weather, the most flexible solution for busking in public spaces is a battery-powered guitar amplifier that will provide hours of dependable play time and can handle the kind of punishment the street can dish out. Bringing your words and music to your town’s culture-craving citizens could be just the ticket, not only for expanding your songwriting and performing
by Philip Nichols ·Posted 08/17/2020
Warm Audio has been heartily lauded for its ability to produce outboard gear and studio microphones that deliver high-end tone akin to popular classics at an ultra-competitive price point, so its entry into the realm of stompbox-style guitar effects with the Foxy Tone Box and the Jet Phaser starts a tantalizing new chapter, not only for the company
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 01/16/2020
Whether you’re an electric guitarist, an acoustic picker/strummer, a singer-songwriter, or a performing duo, Blackstar’s latest releases should be of interest to you and many attendees at the NAMM 2020 show. From a tube amp and several acoustic combos to accessories designed to make life on stage easier, the new offerings from Blackstar are worth checking out. First up are the 60W and 120W Sonnet Series acoustic amplifiers, each available in black or blonde Tolex to match your
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 12/05/2019
The clever minds at BOSS have a flair for figuring out what sorts of gear guitar and bass players dig. From their classic stompboxes to their slick amplifiers, BOSS equipment can be found in rigs around the world. The newest additions to the BOSS family—the SY-1000 three-voice guitar/bass synthesizer and the Waza-Air wireless guitar
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted 01/24/2019
Attention guitarists! Your "axe" deserves solid, characterful tone whether you're practicing in your room, playing on stage, performing on the street, or recording in a studio. The latest releases from Blackstar include combo amps, tube heads, and speaker cabinets designed to deliver a powerful combination of sonic satisfaction, versatility, and convenience without draining your liquid assets or getting you into trouble with the SPL police. Perfect for open-mic nights and busking
274 Views ·Posted 06/29/2018
Our man AB checks out the Universal Audio OX, a powerful reactive load box and guitar-recording system designed to be used with your amp of choice. He is joined by his friend and talented guitarist Oscar Bautista, who demonstrates some of the sounds the OX can produce. If you’re interested in a powerful piece of gear that can help you get the most out of your guitar amp, you should check this video out! We hope you enjoy the video, and invite
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 04/28/2017
Ever wondered what would happen if you could plug a classic VOX amplifier directly into your ears (and your guitar)? Well, now you can find out, with the amPlug series. It works like this: you plug its ¼" into the jack of your guitar, and then loop your headphones into its 3.5mm headphone port. There’s even a separate line input so you can jam with your favorite bands right from your smart device or music player—and no one has to hear you! Three different models are featured in this here roundup, though all of them give you built-in effects
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 03/23/2017
Blackstar, the Northampton, England amplification company, has been producing guitar amplifiers and effects since 2007. At its core, Blackstar is made up of musicians who fully understand the importance of great tone, whether practicing at home or performing live on stage. The FLY 3 Bluetooth builds upon the original FLY 3,
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 03/10/2017
How would you like to play your electric guitar anywhere, through a battery-powered amp—one that comes with software pro audio engineers regularly use to make DI’ed electric guitars sound like fully amped monsters of rock? Sure, you would. Now you can with the this item, which sports a 3" neodymium speaker and offers 3W of class B power, as well as a version of AmpliTube, the aforementioned software. Without the software, the amp emulates a British tone stack, complete with preamp and power-amp gain controls; you’ll achieve very nice tone,
by jaime traba ·Posted 02/16/2017
Aside from tracking drums, playing or recording electric guitars has always been a game of compromises for the apartment musician and recording engineer. You need to juggle playing and recording in rooms that just don’t sound right, and ultimately you can never really crank your amp to reach that “sweet” spot without drawing the ire of your neighbors. So, what do we apartment-dwelling guitarists and engineers do? We begin to compromise. The first thing I did was flip my Dual Rectifier half stack to fund a lower-watt combo amp. This’ll work
by Jurek Ugarow ·Posted 01/19/2017
Today at the 2017 NAMM Show, IK Multimedia announced two new “i”-themed audio products that primarily talk to guitarists. For acoustic and electro-acoustic guitarists, the iRig Acoustic Stage promises to deliver a “true acoustic tone” signal to an amplifier. Said to outperform ordinary piezo and magnetic pickups, the system consists of a clip-on microphone and a digital preamp that includes onboard DSP for personalizing the