Not exactly guitar oriented, but I get the feeling that a good proportion of Guitar Moderne readers are interested in synthesizers—and the Moog Model 15 Modular iOS App looks like a great one. Also, it is controllable by external controllers, which could easily include the MIDI Guitar app. Mostly, I just love the meta-ness of vintage modular technology from the Sixties being replaced by keyboard synths in the Seventies, regaining popularity in hardware form in the last couple of years, and now being available as the most modern of technologies: an app.
The new TC Electronic Sub’N’Up octave pedal looks impressive, especially the modulation you can add with the editor. Still, no expression pedal input seems odd.
As I write this, I am not even halfway through this record and we are not even halfway through 2016. Still, Lucinda Williams’ The Ghosts of Highway 20 already rates as one of the best Roots Moderne records of the year.
When I interviewed Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz about Guitar in the Space Age for Premier Guitar in 2014, they had just finished recording with Williams for Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. They appear together on a couple of tracks on that record, but Frisell told me at that time there was an amazing record in the can, made up entirely of the two guitarists interacting live with Williams and her rhythm section. The Ghosts of Highway 20 is that record.
Early Lucinda with a another pair of great guitarists, John “JJ” Jackson (Bob Dylan), and Kenny Vaughn (Marty Stuart) who studied with Bill Frisell as a young man in Colorado.
If you are a guitarist, odds are at some point you will have to play through an amp not your own, whether it is a backline rental for a fly-date, another player’s rig at a jam session, or the available amp at a rehearsal studio. This situation can be problematic: suddenly you are faced with a sound and/or dynamic response that makes simply playing, let alone creating, difficult. More and more pedal companies are coming up with effects to use as an intermediary between your guitar and this strange amp to help sculpt a sound you can live with. The Empire dual-preamp overdrive pedal is one such effect.