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BPB List of Top 40 Free VST Plugins

Bedroom Producers Blog have published a big list of the 40 best freeware synths and effects released in 2014. I picked up a few through…

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Video: Slate Digital VMR Demo with EDM loops and first impressions review

Slate Digital just released the Virtual Mix Rack plugin and while I was trying it out I made a quick demo video. I’m using presets…

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Review: PreSonus Monitor Station V2

The PreSonus Monitor Station V2 is an affordable desktop monitor controller with a lot of the same functions you would find on a large analog…

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Review: iZotope RX3 Standard

RX3 is the latest version of the magic audio repair software from iZotope. I’ve had a few weeks to play with RX3 standard and I’m…


Review: Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording

Last night I saw the announcement of Larry Crane’s (TapeOp Magazine, Jackpot! Studio) video tutorial at and I immediately signed up for a free…


Electro Harmonix 16-second Digital Delay Reissue

I am the proud new owner of an EHX 16 second Digital Delay.  This thing is big, complex, and capable of some pretty crazy sounds.…

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Tubescreamer pedal shootout with hardware and software

It’s pretty amazing how many different options we have for Tubescreamers these days. There’s the classic TS-808, TS9, the TS7 which I just bought last weekend, then there’s Screamer emulations in every virtual guitar amp package and then there’s the boutique and modded screamers. Ibanez even has 5 different Tubescreamers in production today. They all sound different! Every guitarist and studio engineer has one version they swear by.

A Tubescreamer can be used as a distortion pedal of course but it’s most used as a way of tightening up the bottom-end of an amp and to push an amp into distortion while still maintaining the character of the amp. The circuit includes a high pass filter which makes a huge improvement in tightness of palm mutes, it also has a midrange hump that adds clarity to picked notes. To learn more go here.

Today I spent some time shooting out my Ibanez TS7 pedal with my CMATMods Tube Slammer (a boutique pedal based on TS-808 circuit with upgrades). Since I put that effort in I figured I’d continue and run my software versions through the same tests – Amplitube, PodFarm and GTR.