NAMM 2020 is next week. I will try and get my report up sooner this year. If you are looking for a distillation of some of the most interesting gear for the modern guitarist to come out of 2019, this is a good place to start. Nick Reinhart, and Juan Alderete always have their fingers on the pulse of what is forward thinking and cool.
I recently wrote about Blue Cat Audio’s Axiom amp sim plugin for my column in Electronic Musician. Included in that software is their Late Replies plugin, to be used for delay effects with your amp models. It allows you to modify its delays with a variety of built-in effects (filters, pitch-shifting, etc), as well as any of your AU, VST, or VST3 plugins!. And that is just the beginning; Late Replies is one of those effects that is more like an instrument. Check out these videos or download the demo and prepare to lose a day playing with the almost infinite parameter permutations.
If it seems like years since Empress introduced what appeared to be the ultimate pedal effect at NAMM that’s because it has been—almost two to be exact. Apparently, Zoia has finally started shipping and is already sold out. Here is a short video of how it can be used with guitar. Read more for a longer one and specs. Still more videos are on the Empress site.
While perusing the latest edition of Electronic Musician, I chanced upon the Enos Looper by Audio Damage.Much as I love doing loops on my iPad with Simpler, Borderlands, and iDensity, I have been looking for a more basic looper to add to the iOS arsenal. I was intrigued enough to plop down $5.99 USD and check it out, only to learn that , while it can be used for basic looping and Frippertronics, ala the Ableton Live Looper, it is capable of much more. I recommend checking out the video. (It demos the plugin, but they are very close).
I can’t believe it has been four years since I spoke to Eivind Aarset, the guitarist largely responsible for sending me on this Guitar Moderne journey. Now is the perfect time, as he is featured on four new records. We spoke about three of them, and surprise, surprise, his first new guitar in, well, forever.