Modern Animated Percussion – Blurring The Line Between Beat Making And Rhythm





Sample Logic & Soundiron have teamed up and are proud to introduce the world’s most modern drum machine: Modern Animated Percussion.

MAP redefines everything you know about percussion and rhythms. Built for the full Kontakt sample player, MAP contains over 6,000 sounds and instrument presets.

The intuitive design and programming of every preset delivers infinite options for sound sculpting. Packed with creative presets, the effortless user interface makes it easy to conjure rhythmic timbres and tones.

From tomorrow, MAP will be available at an introductory price of $249.99 instead of $349.99 ($100 savings) for just 2 weeks.


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Toontrack Release Orchestral Percussion And SD3 Orchestral Edition


Toontrack release the latest, brand new SDX – Orchestral Percussion and new SD3 Orchestral Edition – The Immersive Saga Continues!



Since Toontrack’s announcement at NAMM in January, these 2 May releases have created excitement, anticipation and a buzz that has been building amongst, composers, writers, hobbyists and musicians alike for several months now.  So, what are we going to get from SDX Orchestral Percussion?  Definitely not ‘just’ a sound library it’s arguably the most all-encompassing and carefully captured collection of handpicked orchestral percussion instruments on the market.  Whilst the SD3 Orchestral Edition delivers close to 300 GB of raw unprocessed sounds and includes more than 120 orchestral percussion instruments!


Both are available to download instantly at Time + Space:


Orchestral Percussion SDX – £159 inc vat

SD3 Orchestral Edition – £386 inc vat


SDX Orchestral Percussion – Welcome to the Orchestral percussion SDX for Superior Drummer 3!


Captured in the same room, with the same scrutiny for detail and the same 11.1 microphone positioning philosophy as the Superior Drummer 3 core library, the Orchestral Percussion SDX is not just the perfect complement to the Superior line of sounds, it’s a revelation in terms of flexibility and playability within the Superior Drummer 3 framework.



  • More than 120 individual instruments
  • Recorded at the same studio as the Superior Drummer 3 core sound library
  • A complete immersive experience
  • Playback in stereo up to 11-channel surround systems
  • Sampled with extreme attention to detail and articulation
  • Optional tools available for selected instruments
  • A comprehensive collection of MIDI
  • Comes as a factory bundle including two SDX configurations


Full product details including audio demos and images can be found:



​….. and theres more




SD3 Orchestral Edition – An epic bundle for near infinite percussive creation, immersive sound design, scoring and composition!


This bundle includes the regular version of Superior Drummer 3 and the Orchestral Percussion SDX. Combined, you’ll have near 300 GB of raw, pristine sounds to use in the limitless creative palette that is Superior Drummer 3.




  • Includes a regular version of Superior Drummer 3 with its full core sound library as well as the Orchestral Percussion SDX
  • Both libraries recorded in the same room, the main hall at Galaxy Studios
  • Recorded with an additional eleven separate room microphones set up in a surround configuration for a complete immersive experience
  • Playback in stereo or up to 11-channel surround systems
  • In total close to 300 GB of raw, unprocessed sounds
  • More than 120 orchestral percussion instruments, seven (7) drum kits, 25 snare drums, 16 kicks and approx. 350 electronic drum sounds


Full product details including audio demos and images can be found:




A little bit about Toontrack ….. 

Toontrack Music is a leading developer of music making software for songwriters and musicians as well as home to the world’s most successful drum samplers EZdrummer and Superior Drummer. Other product lines include the widely acclaimed multi-mixing tool EZmix 2 as well as the revolutionary piano software instrument EZkeys.



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IK Multimedia Unveils UNO Drum Analog/PCM Drum Machine


IK Multimedia unveils UNO Drum analog/PCM drum machine

Ultra-portable, easily programmable drum machine expands the UNO line

May 8, 2019 – IK Multimedia unveils UNO® Drum, the newest member of its UNO series.  Designed in collaboration with Italian analog specialist Soundmachines – the same team behind IK’s acclaimed UNO® Synth – UNO Drum offers a wide sonic palette combining fat, punchy analog sounds with digital flexibility and convenience. A robust selection of programming and live performance features and controls makes it easy for musicians, producers and DJs to add massive drum grooves to their music. UNO Drum’s compact form, battery power and affordable price make it ideal for on-the-go music creation and performance.

True analog tone and PCM flexibility
Six warm, rich, true analog drum sounds – two different kick drums plus snares, claps, and hi-hats – form the essential core kit for creating fat analog beats. Additional PCM elements (with 54 samples to choose from) provide deeper sonic flavors. They include toms, rims, cowbells, rides and crash cymbals for creating complex, unique and full rhythm tracks. Up to 12 elements can be used in total between analog and digital sounds, with 11-voice polyphony available. The analog and digital elements can be freely swapped, for sonic possibilities that go beyond the pre-set combinations. Together, these analog and PCM sounds suit the widest genres of music and musicians, and a variety of live scenarios.

A wide range of drum elements is organized in UNO Drum’s 100 pre-programmed and fully editable drum kit presets, a first in its class. This makes it easier and faster for users to find an inspiring kit they can experiment with or tweak to create the perfect groove. All sounds can be stored and recalled on the fly.

Top panel editing controls allow for adjustment of key parameters of each sound element. Users can tweak the Tuning of their kicks for sub-shaking hip-hop, adjust the Snap for punchy EDM drums, push the Decay for thundering industrial sounds, and much more. UNO Drum’s in-depth controls encourage experimentation to take drum tracks far beyond the norm.

Analog audio effects with character
For added punch and sound character that stands out in a mix, UNO Drum also offers two analog master audio effects: Drive and Compressor. Increasing the drive will make grooves hit harder, with an aggressive edge. Adding compression will result in tracks that are tighter, fatter, and more powerful. User settings can be saved along with drum kits for instant recall.

Easy to play and program
UNO Drum offers 12 touch-sensitive pads with two velocity zones, for more expressive live playing and easier programming. They can be used to play entire beats live with a pad-style feel, or to easily add live flare on top of pre-programmed rhythms.

These pads are also used to select individual drum pattern elements. Each element’s pad can be used to edit parameters for that specific drum sound, in real-time, as patterns play. This enables users to evolve tracks, build tension towards a drop, go lo-fi for a break, and more. For added performance convenience, a dedicated Tap Tempo pad is also included.

Flexible programming options
UNO Drum offers easy programming options to suit any style. The 64-step sequencer allows users to program in patterns one step at a time, using the 16 buttons across the bottom of the panel, or record a pattern in real-time. Up to eight parameters can be automated per step, to add even more variation and feel to their grooves. The Song mode lets users chain up to 64 patterns together to create extended grooves. Any of the stored sequences can be triggered live on the fly, in any order desired.

Additionally, for quick inspiration out of the box, UNO Drum also comes pre-loaded with 100 drum patterns (in addition to the 100 drum kits). Users can quickly scroll through choices and find a pattern that adds the perfect flavor to their genre, or experiment with new styles. Sounds can be swapped out or adjusted, and patterns can be instantly saved and revisited at a later time.

Head-turning performance effects
For even more performance impact, UNO Drum offers a generous set of five performance effects on the programmed patterns: Stutter (from subtle repetitions to DJ style loops), Roll, Humanize (slight randomization of velocity, timing and volume to emulate a live drummer), Swing (timing and accent adjustments) and Random (brand new pattern creations).

Integrate into any live, studio, or mobile set-up
For use at home, in the studio, in a DJ booth, and beyond, UNO Drum can perfectly integrate into regular live set-ups, computer DAW-based studios, or mobile rigs centered around an iOS device. It offers USB and traditional MIDI via 2.5mm jacks (cables included) for use with Mac/PC, iOS devices or traditional outboard MIDI gear, for a perfect pairing in any rig. UNO Drum also offers an audio input to daisy chain directly with IK’s UNO Synth or any other gear, routed through its internal compressor, with no need for an additional mixer.

On-the-go music made easy
Weighing only 400g, UNO Drum is super lightweight and small enough to fit in a backpack, yet sturdy enough to hit the road for gigging. It can also be used as a portable sketchpad to create grooves and songs that can be saved and recalled whenever and wherever they’re needed. UNO Drum can be powered by 4 AA batteries or via the USB port, either from a computer or a battery pack.

Pricing and availability
UNO Drum is available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store with free shipping* and for pre-order from IK authorized dealers worldwide, for the affordable price of only $/€249.99**.

UNO Drum is proudly made in IK’s own Italian manufacturing facility using a combination of state-of-the-art, automated mounting machines and test systems, and fine, renowned Italian craftsmanship. Shipping is scheduled for June 2019.

* Free shipping valid for pre-orders from the IK Multimedia online store only
** All prices excluding taxes

For more information about UNO Drum, please visit:

To see UNO Drum in action or watch the tutorial series:


IK Multimedia. Musicians First.

About IK Multimedia: IK Multimedia is a leading music technology company that harnesses advanced software and hardware design to make professional quality tools accessible to everyone – from its ground-breaking AmpliTube, T-RackS and SampleTank software, to its acclaimed iRig series of music creation tools for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC; from the award-winning iLoud reference monitors, to its first analog hardware synth UNO Synth. With millions of installations and registered users worldwide, IK leads the way for musicians in the studio, on the go or on the stage.
iRig, AmpliTube, T-RackS, SampleTank, iLoud, UNO Synth and UNO Drum are trademarks or registered trademarks of IK Multimedia. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Kurzweil Introduces PC4 Performance Controller And Production Station


Kurzweil Introduces PC4 Performance Controller and Production Station

PC4 Has 256-Polyphony, Fully-Weighted, Velocity-Sensitive Keyboard,
Powerful Processing and Intuitive Controls
Kurzweil Music Systems’ all new PC4 packs patented FlashPlay® technology, 256-voice polyphony and powerful DSP into a highly-portable performance controller and production station designed to meet the needs of performing artists, studio musicians, song-writers and producers.

The PC4’s simple and intuitive user interface begins with a large color display with six soft keys and includes dedicated front-panel transposition and tempo controls, nine programmable knobs, sliders,and switches, instrument category selection, and dedicated arpeggiator and sequencer transport controls.The 88-note, hammer-action keybed is fully-weighted and velocity-sensitive offering the feel of an acoustic grand with the added benefit of keyboard aftertouch.

The PC4 excels as both a performance controller and production station with its 2 GB of factory sample content and another 2 GB of user-loadable space with up to 16 Zones in Multi Mode. Access a broad library of more than 1000 factory programs, versatile FX with full editing capabilities, a 16-track sequencer, 16 arpeggiators, 16 riff generators, versatile MIDI control with 16 MIDI CC step sequencers and full native V.A.S.T. editing capabilities. The PC4 also showcases a powerful six-operator FM Engine that imports 80’s/90’s FM SysEx files.
Along with its MIDI I/O, the PC4 has versatile analog I/O connections including a stereo audio input with FX. Add up to four switch pedals and two CC pedals. A second USB port accepts a USB thumb drive for external storage.
Kurzweil’s powerful new PC4 will be available soon at Kurzweil dealers. Visit Kurzweil’s website for more information.
American Music & Sound (AM&S), the leading independent distributor of Pro Audio, Music Creation, and Musical Instrument products from the world’s finest manufacturers, is proud to distribute Kurzweil in the USA. For more information, visit or


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Are You An 80’s Dreamer?



Its new release day and this week we’ve got 80’s Dreamer, synthwave stardom is now at producers fingertips.

Zenhiser Pack: 80’s Dreamer

Price: $60.00 AUD

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Mercuriall Audio Releases A New Free Distortion Plugin – Metal Area MT-A!


Mercuriall Audio releases a new free distortion plugin – Metal Area MT-A!


We are proud to announce the release of a new free product: Metal Area MT-A.


We’ve modeled the iconic Metal Zone MT-2 pedal with absolute perfection using our custom Neural Hybrid Engine technology.



• Low CPU usage
• Stereo and Mono modes
• Oversampling


The best part – it’s FREE!


The plugin will appear here once released.



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VocoPro Launches Commander-SingAndHear


VocoPro Launches Commander-SingAndHear, the First Wireless Microphones with Included Mic Receiver/In-ear Monitor System



LOS ANGELES, Calif. May 7, 2019—For singers, singing groups and bands, VocoPro today announced its innovative new Commander-SingAndHear Series, the first wireless microphones to combine a wireless microphone, wireless mic receiver and wireless in-ear receiver in one easy-to-use and affordable system.

With the new Commander-SingAndHear Series, the wireless microphone simultaneously sends the vocal signal directly to the wireless in-ear receiver and the wireless mic receiver going into the sound system without the need for an additional in-ear monitor transmitter or mixing board to connect them.

Using VocoPro’s Tap and sync function, users can synchronize their mic and vocal signal to all other Commander receivers within RF Range to monitor or record the performance on a PC, Mac, or even iPhone. Four different frequency groups means users can run up to four transmitters to unlimited receivers. Each transmitter has 20 PLL frequencies that can be switched on the fly to avoid interference—all designed to work together with no setup or re-syncing required.


  • World’s first wireless microphone system to include its own in-ear receiver for personal monitoring.
  • Up to four frequency groups, designed to work together without interference the receiver or the transmitter without complicated synchronization or setup.
  • Built-in rechargeable battery with 6 hours of run time on each charge. (3.7v Li-ion 650 mAh)
  • Extend run-time with Mini 5V USB charging port or power bank (not included) as power source.
  • Tap-and-Sync(TM) allows users to change frequency and automatically re-connect at the tap of a button.
  • Digital UHF operates in 900 MHz, away from TV, radio and Wi-Fi Interference.


Packages and Pricing:

SingAndHear Solo
One microphone, receiver and in-ear monitor
$149 MAP

Two microphones, receivers and in-ear monitors
$299 MAP

Three microphones, receivers and in-ear monitors
$449 MAP

Four microphones, receivers and in-ear monitors
$599 MAP



About VocoPro

VocoPro is a California-based professional audio company that was founded in 1991. For more than two decades, the VocoPro name has been synonymous with professional karaokesystems, and still holds the number one spot for high-end professional karaoke products. Providing the highest level of customer service in the industry, VocoPro understands that it takes more than a great product to keep a customer happy. A few of their many “world’s first” designs include an all-in-one entertainment P.A. system, and a dual tray multi-format hard drive player. In addition to their many innovations, VocoPro’s multi-channel wireless microphones systems reign as the top-sellers for most major music retailers. For more information about VocoPro, please visit



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Celestion Introduces The New Suhr Cabinet Impulse Responses


Celestion Introduces the New Suhr Cabinet Impulse Responses  
New IRs Accurately Replicate the Tone of Legendary Suhr Cabinets Loaded with Classic Celestion Speakers

Ipswich, UK (May 7, 2019) — Celestion, the premier manufacturer of guitar and bass loudspeakers and professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with Suhr to capture the tones of their highly-regarded cabinet collection and are pleased to debut the new Celestion Suhr Cabinet Impulse Responses, available in the Two notes Wall of Sound file format. These new IRs which feature six of Suhr’s legendary cabinets, are available for audition and download at The new IRs allow users to easily replicate authentic Suhr cab tone in the Wall of Sound software environment whether at home, in the studio or playing live on stage.

The new Celestion collection of Suhr cabinet impulse responses in Two notes Wall of Sound format includes six iconic cabinets. Painstakingly recorded with meticulous recording techniques, Celestion’s expert sound engineers have faithfully captured the distinctive tones of six high-quality Suhr speaker cabinets, including the:
  • Suhr Bella 1×12 with a Celestion V-Type speaker
  • Suhr Badger 1×12 with a Celestion Vintage 30
  • Suhr Hedgehog 2×12 with Celestion G12-65 speakers
  • Suhr PT 2×12 with Celestion G12H-75 Creamback speakers
  • Suhr 4×12 with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
  • Suhr 4×12 with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
In addition to the range of cab sizes (1×12s, 2×12s and 4×12s) available in this collection, included is a classic selection of some of Celestion’s most iconic speakers – the V-Type, Vintage 30, G12-65, G12M Greenback and the G12H-75 Creamback.
The new Suhr Cabinet Collection of Impulse Responses join the extensive family of genuine Celestion acclaimed guitar and bass speaker Impulse Responses such as the: A-TypeBN15-300X, Celestion BlueCelestion Cream, Celestion Gold, Classic Lead 80,Heritage G12H 55Hz, Heritage G12M, G12 EVH, G12K-100, G12-35XC G12T-75,  G12-50GL Lynchback,  G12-H150 Redback, G12M Greenback, G12M-65 Creamback, G12M-75 Creamback, G12H Anniversary, G12-65, Neo Creamback, PULSE10, PULSE12 andPULSE 15, V-TypeVintage 30 and other models.
The Suhr Cabinet Impulse Responses from Celestion are available for purchase individually or as a collection for a significant discount. This collection offers great value for money and has something for every type of guitar player – perfect for experimenting with a range of genres and playing styles.
About Celestion Impulse Responses
Celestion IRs, which capture the essential behavior of the cabinet in the specific space in which it was recorded, including the frequency and phase response of single drivers as well as the interaction of multiple speakers, offer the user significant benefits. In both recording and live production, Celestion IRs enable the desired tone to be precisely and consistently reproduced regardless of the music recording or live sound environment. And IR users can escape the limitations of a single mic and cabinet setup and explore a universe of possibilities to create the perfect tone. Once you find a tone that you love, it can be precisely recreated, in the studio or on the road, time after time. And the IRs allow Celestion customers to audition specific models before purchasing one or more physical speakers.
Celestion IR digital downloads are available in uncompressed, industry standard .WAV format at 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz sample rates at 24 bit depth, in lengths of 200 and 500 milliseconds Once the files are downloaded and unzipped, users simply load the IRs into a convolution plug-in in their DAW or into other processing hardware. These formats will work in all known hardware capable of loading IRs, and for the most popular hardware Celestion have already grouped together the correct formats. Guitar processor manufacturers supported include Atomic Amps, Fractal Audio Systems, Kemper, Line 6, Logidy, Positive Grid, Two Notes, Headrush and Yamaha. The Celestion IR files may be downloaded in the sample rate and length appropriate for the hardware being used or as a complete package of all rates and lengths. Certain third party hardware requires the files to be converted into a proprietary format before use.

About Celestion and Celestion Guitar Speakers
An important element to essential British guitar tone since the birth of Rock & Roll, Celestion Guitar Speakers are famous for their lively and vocal midrange character with plenty of sparkle and chime. With worldwide headquarters in Ipswich, England, Celestion design, develop and manufacture premium guitar and bass loudspeakers, and high-quality professional audio drivers for sound reinforcement. These world-renowned speakers are used onstage and in clubs, theatres and other venues the world over. Contact Celestion and visit us on Facebook at

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Epiphone Presents Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit


Epiphone presents:
“Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit”
–Debut Signature Epiphone From Halestorm Legend–
Halestorm Currently Touring Worldwide,
Summer U.S. Trek With Alice Cooper Starts July 17 In Allentown, PA
LZZY HALE of Halestorm with her new Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Ryan 
(Nashville, TN, May 7, 2019,) Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments, proudly welcomes LZZY HALE of Halestorm to our Signature Artist family. The “Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit” features a classic Explorer in an Alpine White gloss finish, Alnico Classic PRO humbuckers, Grover™ Rotomatic machine heads, an Ebony fingerboard and gold hardware. A Custom Hard Shell Case and Certificate of Authenticity are also included. Visit your Authorized Epiphone Dealer for details and see the Q&A with LZZY HALE below.
For over two decades as the founder and leader of Halestorm, LZZY HALE has been called one of thegreatest metal guitarists of her generation. And for her debut Signature model, LZZY worked closely with Epiphone’s luthiers in Nashville to design an Explorer to match her fiery fretwork. 
“I always feel like a rock star with my Epiphone,” says LZZY. “I hope anyone who picks it up feels like a rock star, too. I would encourage them to make a lot of noise with it because that’s currently what I’m doing!”
The Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit has a Mahogany body with an Alpine White gloss finish with multi-layer black and white binding and a gold metallic pickguard. The Mahogany neckhas a Custom “C” profile made to LZZY’s specifications, an Ebony fingerboard with block inlays, medium jumbo frets, a GraphTechTM nut and a traditional Explorer headstock with a vintage Epiphone logo in gold. LZZY’s Explorer is powered by Epiphone Alnico Classic PRO™ Humbuckersthat have the tonal characteristics of classic 1950s humbuckers, but instead use Alnico V magnets witha slightly higher output for a more modern sound. 
See the Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit in action on Halestorm’s worldwide tour including U.S. and European festival dates as well as a summer U.S. trek with Alice Cooper. Halestorm is currently touring worldwide in support of their latest album, Vicious–released July 2018 via AtlanticRecords. The disc was recorded at Nashville, Tennessee’s Rock Falcon recording studio with producerNick Raskulinecz. For all Halestorm dates, visit:
Look for the Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit at your favorite Authorized Epiphone Dealer in Summer 2019. Visit for full details.
Ltd. Ed. Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer Outfit Street Price: $849. Download specs HERE.
Below is a partial Q&A with LZZY HALE of Halestorm. For the full LZZY HALE Q&A with Epiphone, go HERE and visit:
You’re always in a whirlwind of activity. What’s that like for you? What is your musical life like right now?
It’s interesting, when you get into music it’s an unexplainable thing. You can’t put your finger on why it’s happening. I’ve been talking a lot about how music chooses you because you can pinpoint when you had the epiphany that: ‘Wow, I really want to do this.’ But there’s no real rhyme or reason about choosing to be in this industry. It’s one of those things where there is no real guarantee, there is no real rule-book to follow. You have to thrive in the chaos and be good at that in order to keep it moving. When you start out, it’s this magical thing where you’re trying to figure out how to do this. How do I get up on stage in front of 60,000 people? Will that ever happen? So, you take everything in these baby steps. I guess I’ve tried to narrow it down to three different levels of where I’ve been at in my life. 
Fans expect their favorite artists to be on-call 24/7. There’s a demand for artists to have new music on a regular basis, sometimes even monthly or weekly. How does this new reality of the music business sit with you? Do you feel pressure to always be active?
I feel a little of that now, but only in the past few years have I really been feeling that tug. We’ve been asking those kinds of questions ourselves… Do we put out a 12-song record or put out 7 songs? EP now and EP later? How do we do this? For us, what we’re doing right now is chasing what gets us excited. At the moment, we’ve had a little bit of time off which is a bit nerve wracking. I don’t know how to do nothing. My routine lately has been, I wake up with my cup of coffee, I have a songwriting station with my guitar…and right now it’s my Lzzy Hale Explorer because that’s my new toy! And I have my piano. I start on something in the morning and when I get stuck, I do laundry (laughs) or some menial task and I keep that idea running in my head. I’ve been writing a lot of songs in the past month. I write because I like to do it and I write because it’s enjoyable. I’ve always been much better at putting my feelings out on paper through songs. It’s one of those things where your passion is also your affliction (laughs) and you kind of need to do it every day. For right now, we’re writing because we love it. We’ll see it what happens. But it’s also my way of being prepared just in case someone says: ‘Hey, you know what would be a really good idea?’ and I can say ‘I have just the thing for that!’
Are there artists that are heroes to you for the way they have handled their lives as touring musicians? 
Absolutely, I always have gone back to go forward. I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of my idols. I talk to Tom Keifer from Cinderella quite a bit, he lives here in Nashville and we became friends a couple of years ago. It’s so crazy to have a friendship with someone that you grew up listening to. I was born in 1983 and technically I was a teenager in the 90s, but my A,B,C,D’s were and still are: Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Cinderella and Dio. That’s the basis for everything that I do. You can pepper in other things, but it all comes back to those. One thing in common that I find with Tom and artists like Tony Iommi or Slash—all the legends and everyone I’ve admired and talked to–is they literally spend their every waking moment not wasting time and practicing every day. But they don’t call it practice.  They say, ‘you just make noise until you like the noise you make. Don’t call it practice.  If you call it practice, then it’s work.’ So, whenever I start getting stuck for ideas, I love talking to those guys, or at least looking back on what they’ve said to me. As far as career-wise, I also got to talk to Pat Benatar, just for a female perspective. She was one of those people who said look, there’s going to be a time when you have to reach outside of yourself. It’s not always going to be exciting and you’re going to have to reach for that passion. And that’s ok. Everybody goes through that. It’s not over (laughs)! You’re just trying to figure out how to piece the puzzle together. It’s comforting to hear those things from your idols.
How do you stay inspired, musically?
One thing I’ve been doing with the band is I try to learn one new thing every day—no matter how small. And then that night incorporate it into the show. We have these sections in our live set where we kind of go off the rails a little bit and we don’t really know how we’re going to end. It’s kind of jazz (laughs). You have to listen to each other. Even when I was 13 when we started the band, I was always impatient. I wanted to get out there, I wanted to play live.  I’ve been trying to harness that again. That pressure kind of helps. Those little rewards of learning something and applying it and seeing how it improves your work.    
Since you first came by Epiphone to see your new Signature Explorer, the guitar has never left your hands. Now that it’s had some stage-time, how is it holding up?
Dude, it’s amazing. This guitar was something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. In passing, they’d say, ‘We should do an Epiphone…’and I’d say ‘yeah…yeah… that would be great.’  And now here it is! Having an Epiphone signature is extremely important to me because it gives me a broad reach. I’ve had signature models before, but they’ve also been pretty much a mortgage payment. Even from a financial aspect, with my Epiphone, I get to give the gift of music and put a great guitar in the hands of people who want it. It could be someone’s first guitar, but it’s not something you’ll ever have to upgrade. This a real guitar and it feels like home to me. What I love about an Explorer is when you see someone playing one, you know they’re going to rock. It has those edges to it. I always feel like a rock star with myEpiphone. I hope anyone who picks it up feels like a rock star, too. I would encourage them to make a lot of noise with it because that’s currently what I’m doing (laughs)!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Ryan
For more information on LZZY HALE and Halestorm:
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About Epiphone: 
For over 140 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design with models like theCasino, the Texan, and the new Masterbilt Century Archtop Collection. Epiphone is also home to thePRO-1 Collection and is the official instrument of Rocksmith® Remastered, the acclaimed video experience that’s teaching millions around the world how to play guitar and bass. Epiphone began as the“House of Stathopoulo” family business in Sparta in the 1870s and rose to fame during Manhattan’s jazz age before joining Gibson Brands in 1957. Today, Epiphone continues to make history from its headquarters in Nashville, TN. Epiphone Instruments have powered classic recordings by Les Paul, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones along with today’s top artists like Slash, Vampire Weekend, Gary Clark Jr., Peter Frampton, Matt Heafy of Trivium, Tommy Thayer of KISS, and James Bay.Epiphone offers innovation, history, and a lifetime guarantee. At Epiphone, we’re designers, we’re players and we’re mavericks. And, we’re passionate about everything we do. Learn more
About Gibson:
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered inNashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger and Gibson Pro Audio division brands Cerwin Vega, KRK Systems and Stanton. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at and follow us onTwitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Audient Introduces Nero: Desktop Monitor Controller


Audient Introduces Nero: Desktop Monitor Controller
Hampshire, UK (May 7, 2019) – British audio company Audient is proud to announce Nero, the desktop monitor controller. Offering a comprehensive range of I/O, console style monitor control, an assignable sub output, Precision Matched Attenuation Technology and more, Nero is designed to be at the core of the desktop studio.
Marketing Director, Andy Allen says, “Nero builds on our 20 years of expertise in analogue design heritage, courtesy of David Dearden designed circuitry. As a studio grows, it can be difficult to keep a handle on monitoring but Nero will provide centralised, customisable control for all your monitoring needs – right from your desktop.”
Four stereo analogue inputs, including two line level inputs, a dedicated cue mix input, one aux input (RCA or Mini Jack) and both optical and coaxial SPDIF inputs give you a wide variety of connectivity options. These can be fed to three stereo speaker outputs (with the ability to set and match volumes), one assignable sub output, and four headphone outputs. “Nero has both a monitoring grade headphone output for the engineer and three foldback headphone outs for the artists, providing plenty of volume and crystal clear headphone mixes when recording or mixing,” he says. 
Audient have also developed Precision Matched Attenuation Technology, which perfectly matches the volume of the left and right channels of your stereo signal. Unlike other monitor controllers, this prevents any deviation in volume between your left and right monitors, enabling you to monitor accurately and mix with confidence.
Building on the functionality of the Centro monitor controller, Nero is inspired by Audient’s heritage in analogue console design and features a range of flexible monitor controls, including dedicated talkback, cut & dim along with polarity, mono, speaker select and cue mix monitoring and the concept of Smart Touchpoints.
“Smart Touchpoints are configurable buttons that allow you to customise your workflow on the fly,” says Andy. Hold a touchpoint down to enter setup mode, then simply route and configure Nero’s relevant monitor controls to create and save monitoring combinations that work for you. For example route your sub permanently to any or all sets of speakers without losing the ability to switch it on and off. Or permanently sum an output to Mono for your Mono reference speaker.
When it comes to talkback, Nero features an internal mic as well as a dedicated mic input with phantom power, enabling the use of a dynamic or condenser mic of your choice. You can then route any input source as well as talkback to any headphone output, which means you’ll always be in control of your session.
“Nero utilises Audient’s vast experience in implementing monitor control in recording consoles and desktop controllers, and we feel that knowledge has led us to deliver the best sounding, most flexible desktop monitor controller available at this price point,” concludes Andy.
Nero is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2019 and will retail at $499 MAP.



from Harmony Central Press Room