2015.10.16 News Feed October 16 2015

Howdy, long time no see!

Sorry I've been so quiet on the digital media and website fronts, I've been keeping busy!

I've been exploring adding a new product line to the site...speaker cabs. This is mainly out of necessity, I was having a hard time finding a good open back 1x15" guitar cab to pair with my rig, so I figured I could build a few myself and see if anyone wants one. Will have them up on the store soon if anyone is interested.

 

Quietly Playing with Yourself...

Having a little one sleeping in the room adjacent to my studio has presented problems when it comes time to squeeze in some jam or pedal testing time. As a result I've been on a gear journey to find a way to get great tone while keeping noise to a minimum.  I have done digital modelers in the past, and I don't want to go that route this time (in fact, I have been selling off most of my digital units from the studio lately, shipped a Tonelab LE and a Digitech RP1000 this week). Since I'm sure I'm not the only one going through this (if you have apartment neighbors, kids, time constraints, etc.), I'll be making a series of videos to share my experience. I'm dubbing them "Adventures in Quiet", and should start in the next week. A sample of the units I will be testing in a quiet playing set up...

  • Various tube amps with speaker loads
  • Blackstar HT Dist
  • AMT F1
  • AMT V1
  • AMT O2
  • AMT S1
  • Carl Martin AC Tone (the big one)
  • Joe Meek GBQ
  • Randall RG13
  • Radial Tonebone Classic
  • Tech 21 Character series
    • Leeds v2
    • British v2
  • Electro Harmonix EHX Tortion

I'll test these units with their own speaker emulation as well as some standalone speaker emulators. Should be fun!

 

So, the release of Fuzzy Memory v2 was pushed back a bit to incorporate more bells and whistles so you can get more bang for your buck. It will be released during the upcoming Halloween sale though, so keep an eye out.

 

Speaking of which, Halloween sale coming soon! More details this week...

 

Lastly, I read an interesting article on sexism in music instrument sales on Reverb.com's  blog recently, and it got me to thinking, why's there no dudes in guitar marketing? No male-shaped eye candy? If for no other reason, it should drive home the rediculous nature of the double standard in marketing. To address this, I'm working on artwork for a new fuzz coming out this year. Let me ask you, what's fuzzier than fuzzy? How 'bout a BEAR HUG? And so, my new fuzz, Bear Hug is coming soon. Adorned with all the manly fuzz one can handle, I think you'll like it. The circuit will rip your face off, and the artwork will be...fuzzy. I'm excited to turn this bear on. All joking aside, it's gonna freakin rock.

 

So that's what's up with me. Getting a deluxe vinyl version of my buddies Thing Sloth's album Lenoirmous ready. Interesting story, Chris, Dave, and Sam recorded all 14 tracks for the original in one looooong ass session, at the risk of life, limb, and vocal chords. It's a great punk album, and I'm proud to have been involved with bringing it to the masses. Buy it when it comes out, and support independent music.

That's all for now, folks!

-Andy