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Ibanez TS9

Best Cheap Tube Screamer Pedals From $20

It’s crazy how many different cheap tube screamer clones that are available these days. Not only that but the prices for some are dirt cheap, and you can even get one delivered to your door for under $20. I’m a cheap bastard so there’s no way in hell I’m going to drop $180 for an […]

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Cypress TT-15

Free Amp Sim: Cypress TT-15 from Black Rooster Audio

Black Rooster Audio has just released a new amp sim plugin that is free to download and use for anyone that wants it. The free amp sim is called Cypress TT-15. Apparently it’s based on an Orange Tiny Terror mini amp head. The Cypress TT-15 plugin also includes a simple 2×12 cabinet sim that can […]

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Orange PPC212

6 Best 2×12 Guitar Cabinets for Metal and High Gain from $200

Here’s a roundup of some of the best 2×12 cabinets for metal and high gain, and of course a wide range of other tones. Last week I posted a list of the 5 Best Mini Amp Heads for High Gain so naturally it makes sense to follow that up with a list of cabinets to […]

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X50-Pedals

How to Record DI Guitars Using Amp Sims, Plus Tips and Tricks

There’s never been a better time to record guitars using DI, or direct input. The method works with bass guitars, electric guitars and even acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments. Recording DI offers some advantages like being able to reamp the DI track through an amp after recording and being able to use amp sims […]

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EVH 5150 III 50w Head

Best 5 Mini Tube Amp Heads for High Gain

Lately I’ve been looking into getting a mini or low-wattage tube amp after I saw how cheap the Peavey 6505MH and EVH 5150 III LBX are going for these days. Mostly I like using amp sims like Thermionik and Amplitube 4, especially their Mesa rectifiers, but the one thing I don’t like about them is […]

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Celestion IRs

Celestion Now Sells IR Packs of Their Speakers, Plus Free IR

The maker of Celestion speakers has started selling a line of impulse responses for seven of their own classic Celestion speaker models. Other companies have been selling IRs of Celestion speakers for years so they might as well produce some officially and get paid for it while bringing attention to their brand. Plus Celestion is […]

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MODO Bass

IK MODO Bass Reviews and Demos Roundup (Videos)

IK Multimedia’s MODO Bass software was released a couple months ago, and everyone seems to really like it—all the early reviews have been very positive. Watching some YouTube videos gives a pretty good idea of how it sounds and works, so I decided to put together this quick post with a roundup of video reviews […]

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tonedeluxe

ToneDeluxe – Free Analog Tube Amp Sim

Several new free amp sims have been released recently. Yesterday I posted about the SoftAmp PSA, a SansAmp sim, so let’s go in a different direction today. There’s a new analog tube amp sim called ToneDeluxe by a developer called Lostin70’s. The plugin is available in AU and VST formats in 64 bit. The ToneDeluxe […]

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