Posts tagged ‘Soundcloud’

06/08/2018

Green Guitars P-Bass – Now on SoundCloud

Maahantuoja/Distributor: Nordsound

18/06/2018

Seven bridge P-90s and humbuckers played through an overdriven combo

The bridge pickups of seven different guitars played through a crunchy setting on a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo.

On the compilation track each guitar takes one turn with the order being:

Les Paul Junior –> Casino –> Kasuga –> Melody Maker SG –> G-400 –> Les Paul Standard –> Hamer

22/05/2018

Now on SoundCloud: Shadow JMS 52E-NS

Shadow JMS-52E-NS

• all solid cutaway dreadnought
• thermo-treated woods
• solid German spruce top
• solid African mahogany rims and back
• mahogany neck
• blackwood fretboard
• genuine bone nut and bridge saddle
• built-in Shadow pickup system with master volume and tone

Rhythm guitars recorded with an AKG C3000. Lead guitar recorded direct off the Shadow pickup and preamp.

Contact: Musiikki Silfverberg

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14/05/2018

Testipenkissä: Hagström Fantomen

Hagströmin uusi Fantomen on tavallaan nimikkomalli, sillä kitaraa on kehitelty yhteistyössä ruotsalaisen metallibändi Ghost:in kanssa.

Ulkonäöltään Fantomen tuo mieleen vanhan Gibson-klassikon 1970-luvulta, RD:n, jonka suosion rajoitteena silloin toimi Moogin kehittämä aktiivielektroniikka. Hagströmin Fantomen taas on suunniteltu suoraviivaiseksi ja käytännönläheiseksi, mutta monipuoliseksi rock- ja metal-kitaraksi. Tutustutaan siis tarkemmin…

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Hagström Fantomen -mallilla (katuhinta noin 850 €) on mahonkikaula ja suhteellisen ohut mahonkirunko (paksuus: 3,5 cm).

Vaikka Fantomen on saatavilla myös valkoisena tai mustana, minun täytyy sanoa, että testiyksilön sunburst-viimeistely on erittäin näyttävä.

Runko on tehty kahdesta isosta mahonkipalasta, ja sen etupuolta on reunalistoitettu useammalla mustalla ja valkoisella kerroksella. Rungon takapuoleen on veistetty mukavuusviiste.

Hagströmin viritinlapa on jo itse saavuttanut klassikon aseman, samoin kuin virittimien art deco -tyyliset nupit.

Kaikissa Hagström-kauloissa löytyy kaksi erikoispiirrettä:

Firman itse kehittämä Hagström H-Expander -kaularauta on oiva keksintö. Systeemin säädettävä kaularauta on rakennettu metallikiskoon, jolla on H-muotoinen poikkileikkaus. Koko rakennelma istuu kaulapuuhun tehtyyn samanmuotoisen aukon sisällä. H-Expander-järjestelmää varten ei tarvitse poistaa kaulasta niin paljon puuta kuin perinteisille kaularaudoille, mikä parantaa kaulan kestävyyttä, ja samalla myös kitaran soundia ja sustainia.

Hagström on myös jo pitkään käyttänyt ruusupuun ja eebenpuun sijaan firman omaa Resinator-materiaalia otelaudoissaan. Kauan ennen kuin ruusupuun käyttöä rajoitettiin oli Hagström löytänyt tavan yhdistää ohuet puukerrokset hartsin kanssa keinotekoiseksi eebenpuuksi, joka ei rasita maailman sademetsiä.

Fantomenilla on Fender-tyylinen pitkä mensuuri (64,8 cm/25,5″), ja se tarjoaa 22 medium-jumbo nauhaa, sekä loivan 15 tuuman otelautaradiuksen.

Kitaran kromattuun metallitavaraan kuuluu tune-o-matic-tyylinen talla, palkkimainen kieltenpidin, sekä ”Hagström H:lla” koristetut säädinnupit.

Hagström Fantomen -kitarassa käytetään ruotsalaisen mikrofonigurun, Johan Lundgrenin, suunnittelemia Lundgren Designed -humbuckereita.

Kaulamikissä on alnico II -magneetti, kun taas tallamikrofonissa on vahvempi alnico V -vastine.

Gibson-tyylistä säädinjärjestelmää (kaksi volumea, kaksi tonea) on laajennettu tone-säätimiin upotetuilla nostokytkimillä, joilla humbuckerit saa puolitettua.

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Vaikka tämän mallin runko on melko isokokoinen, tuntuu Hagström Fantomen kuitenkin hyvin mukavalta. Testiyksilön paino on vähän keskivertoa kevyempi.

Kaulaprofiiliksi on valittu hoikka D, ja testisoittimen erinomaisen setupin ansiosta Fantomen on erittäin vaivaton soittaa. Nauhatyö on tärkeimmissä kohdissa laadukas, vain viimeiseen kiillottamiseen olisi voitu käyttää hieman enemmän vaivaa ja aikaa. Suoraan kuljetuslaatikosta vedettynä nauhat tuntuvat kielten venytyksissä hieman karhealta, mutta karheus katoaa nopeasti soittamisen kautta.

Minusta päätös käyttää Fantomenissa maltillisen voimakkaita humbuckereita on ehdottomasti hyvä, koska se tekee kitarasta monipuolisemman, dynaamisemman ja kolmiulotteisemman. Fantomen reagoi mallikkaasti soittodynamiikkaan, ja se voi soida sekä pehmeän lempeästi että purevan hyökkäävästi. Mikrofonien puolitus toimii hyvin, kun tarvitsee välillä Fender-tyylisiä soundeja.

Tässä esitetään kitaran pääsoundeja puhtailla vahvistinasetuksilla (käsintehty Bluetone Shadows Jr. -kombo). Täydet humbuckerit tulevat ensimmäisinä:

Demobiisissä käytin sekä Juketone True Blood -vahvistinta (Tweed Champ -klooni) että Bluetone Shadows Jr. -komboa. Biisi on äänitetty ilmain efektipedaaleja:

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Vaikka Fantomen-kitaran takana on yhteistyö metallibändin kanssa, Hagström ei tehnyt sellaista virhettä, että malli olisi kehitetty vain ja ainoastaan metallikitaristeja varten. Fantomen ei ole tylsä huutaja, vaan sen sävyissä löytyy myös pehmeyttä ja syvyyttä. Hagströmin Fantomen on ulkonäöltään selvä rocksoitin, mutta kitara tarjoaa todellisuudessa selvästi laajemman soundimaailman.

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Hagström Fantomen

Katuhinta noin 850 €

Maahantuoja: EM Nordic

Plussat:

+ työnjälki

+ soundi

+ monipuolisuus

+ vastinetta rahalle

Miinukset:

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09/05/2018

Review: Bluetone Load Box

Finnish boutique amp company Bluetone has released a Swiss Army Knife-style lifesaver for valve amp users on stage and in the studio.

The Bluetone Load Box (370 €; incl. 1.5 metre speaker cable) is a professional quality dummy load (100 W/8 Ω) in a very compact format (only slightly larger than a big paperback) that doubles as a DI-box for guitar amps.

As any valve amp user should know, using an amplifier with a valve-driven power amp without a speaker (cabinet) connected – unless expressly allowed by the manufacturer – is a surefire path to disaster. The results of driving an amp without a speaker load can range from the output transformer catching fire to larger-scale component meltdown inside the amp, depending on the volume levels the amplifier is played at, and how quickly the fuses react.

This is where load boxes – also called dummy loads – come in. A load box allows you to run a valve amp safely without any speaker connected, while usually also offering signal attenuation and/or line level outputs. As a result, you are able to direct inject any amp into a PA system or recording equipment, as well as running the amp at full tilt without blasting everybody off the stage.

Doing away with the speaker (cabinet) isn’t as straightforward as you might think, because the impedance stated on a speaker is only nominal. The speaker, being an electromechanical transducer, behaves in a frequency- and signal level-dependent way, which results in dynamically shifting impedance values.

This means that a dummy load is a much more involved design than just a few resistors thrown together. Dummy coils, and a heap of capacitors and resistors are needed to simulate realistically the behaviour of a speaker, to attenuate the speaker signal (by dissipating part of it as heat), and to produce a quality DI-signal.

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Bluetone’s Load Box has a very clear and logical layout:

The left side carries all speaker-related connectors, offering an input, as well as both an attenuated output (Speaker Out) and a straight speaker output (Speaker Through). Why would anyone need two speaker outputs? The answer is simple: If you want to run an isolated cabinet backstage at full speaker output for the FOH engineer, and an attenuated speaker signal for the backline to keep onstage volume levels manageable.

The right side sports two output jacks – one is carrying a headphone signal, while the other one is the balanced output for connection to a mixing console or a soundcard.

The controls and switches are self-explanatory:

Top left is a four-way rotary switch for speaker attenuation, with ”Off” muting the Speaker Out signal completely. I should also mention that you can use the Bluetone Load Box without any speakers connected, regardless of the selector setting.

The middle knob is the headphone level control. Because the Load Box is a completely passive design – meaning there’s no need for any sort of power supply – the output level of the headphone output is directly dependent on the signal level (and wattage) of the connected amplifier. On the early production model used for this review the headphone signal can be a tiny bit on the quiet side, when using a low-wattage amp and power hungry headphones. This is a known issue, and Bluetone will increase the signal level in future.

The line level output offers a healthy output levels. If you need an XLR connector for the Load Box’ balanced output, Bluetone offers a handy adapter for 20 €.

A three-way mini toggle gives you two different types of cabinet simulation – 1 x 12″ and 4 x 12″ – while its two-way counterpart makes it possible to bypass speaker simulation for the Line Out signal.

The Bluetone Load Box’ dummy load and attenuator work really well in dropping volume levels while keeping virtually all of your amp’s tone intact. Now you can run your non-master volume valve amp at pub-friendly levels, without sacrificing your sound.

Bluetone’s DI-output captures your amp’s tone without the need for a speaker cabinet and microphones, which is great news for home recordists and small project studios. The Load Box’ analogue speaker modelling offers a fine solution for capturing your sound with the least amount of fuss.

Here’s what my Fender Strat sounds like played through a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo on clean settings, and recorded with a Shure SM57:

Here’s the same clean example direct recorded with the Load Box set to 1 x 12″:

Here’s a distorted clip with the sound of the Shadows Jr. recorded with the SM57:

And the same clip recorded through the Load Box:

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In my opinion the Bluetone Load Box offers great value for money. Bluetone’s compact Load Box is a product every owner of a valve amp that doesn’t come with output attenuation built in should at least consider adding to his/her equipment.

The clever bit is how Bluetone has managed to fit the different functions into a lightweight, easy-to-carry, handcrafted piece of equipment. The Load Box is a sturdy device that will get the job done with the minimum amount of fuss, and it comes at a fair price.

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Bluetone Load Box

370 € (including a 1.5 metre speaker cable)

Contact: Bluetone Amps

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Pros:

+ handcrafted in Finland

+ lightweight and compact

+ features

+ sound

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07/05/2018

Now on SoundCloud: Bluetone Load Box

Bluetone Load Box

• 100 W/8 Ohm passive, reactive load box
• Four-stage speaker attenuation
• Line level out with analogue speaker emulation
• Headphone output

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Audio clips recorded with a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo (1 x 10″ WGS Green Beret speaker), and the Bluetone Load Box set to 1 x 12″ speaker emulation.

03/05/2018

Now on Soundcloud: LTD M-400M & MH-1000NT

Demo track recorded with a Blackstar HT-1R.

Rhythm guitars – MH-1000NT (left) & M-400M (right)

First solo – MH-1000NT
Second solo – M-400M

24/04/2018

Rockwayn erikoisukulelien testi on ilmestynyt

Lue testi TÄSSÄ.

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23/03/2018

Now on Soundcloud: The TOOB

Contact: TOOB

22/03/2018

Review: Hagström Fantomen

You could call Hagström’s Fantomen (Swedish for The Phantom) a signature guitar of sorts, as it has been designed in collaboration with Swedish Metal band Ghost.

In terms of its outline the Fantomen is not a million miles removed from Gibson’s forgotten Seventies classic the RD, which was sunk by the ill-advised addition of active electronics. The Hagström Fantomen, in contrast, has been designed as a straightforward and practical, yet versatile, electric guitar for the Rock and Metal guitarist. Let’s take a look…

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The Hagström Fantomen (current price in Finland ca. 850 €) marries a set mahogany neck to a relatively thin mahogany body (3.5 cm/1.38″).

The Fantomen is available in black and white finishes, too, but I must say that the sunburst finish on our test sample is a stunner, really showing off the two-piece body’s wood grain.

The front of the body sports multi-ply binding, while a comfortable ribcage chamfer has been added to the back.

Hagström’s stylish headstock is a bona fide design classic, as are the stepped tuner buttons.

Two special features are included in all Hagström models:

The Hagström H-Expander truss rod is an ingenious piece of engineering. The adjustable rod sits inside a metal rail with an H-shaped cross-section. The entire assembly is then inserted into a slot of the same shape that has been cut into the neck wood. The H-Expander requires less wood to be removed than any of the other traditional truss rod designs, which is a good thing for the structural integrity of the neck, which in turn benefits the guitar’s tone and sustain.

Hagström has also long been favouring its proprietary Resinator-material for all of the company’s fingerboards. Long before the recent ban of genuine rosewoods was even on the horizon, Hagström found a way to bond sustainable wood slivers and resin into man-made ebony, calling the material Resinator.

The Fantomen has a Fender-style scale of 64.8 cm (25.5″) and offers 22 medium-jumbo frets on its 15-inch radius fretboard.

The chrome hardware further comprises a tune-o-matic-type bridge and a stopbar tailpiece, as well as a set of Hagström’s H-embossed knurled control knobs.

For their Fantomen model Hagström turned to Swedish pickup guru Johan Lundgren, who designed a set of Far Eastern Lundgren Designed humbuckers for the model.

The neck humbucker is loaded with an Alnico II magnet, while the bridge unit uses a stronger Alnico V version.

The Gibson-type control setup of two volumes and two tones is further augmented by push/pull-switches in the tone controls that split the humbuckers.

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For such a comparatively large-bodied guitar the Hagström Fantomen is rather comfortable to ”wear” and play. Our test sample’s weight is on the moderate side of medium.

The neck profile is a slim D and the excellent, buzz-free setup makes the test sample a real player. The fretwork is very competent, even though our test guitar’s frets would have benefitted from a few minutes more attention during polishing. Straight out of the box there’s a tiny amount of coarseness you can feel during bends, which will disappear by itself, though, simply by playing the Fantomen regularly.

The decision to use humbuckers with a moderate output level in the Fantomen really pays off. The tones this Hagström delivers are nuanced, dynamic and three-dimensional. The Fantomen is a guitar that faithfully translates a player’s touch into music, meaning it can be gentle just as well as aggressive. The coil splits go a long way in providing fairly authentic single-coil sounds for those Fendery moments.

Here is a clip showing you the six main pickup selections played through a Bluetone Shadows Jr. boutique combo. The full humbucker settings come first:

The demo song was recorded using a Juketone True Blood amp (Tweed Champ clone) and a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo. No pedals were used:

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Even though the Fantomen was designed in collaboration with a Metal band, Hagström haven’t fallen into the trap of creating a one-dimensional, balls-to-the-wall screamer. The looks may say ”Rock”, but Hagström’s Fantomen also offers fine clean tones, turning this model into a great all-rounder.

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Hagström Fantomen

Current price in Finland approx. 850 €

Finnish distributor: EM Nordic

Pros:

+ workmanship

+ sound

+ versatility

+ value for money

Cons:

– gigbag not includedSave

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