Lunastone Brings 4 New Pedals to NAMM 2018

Lunastone is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The company is known for their TrueOverDrive pedals (Wise Guy, Big Fella and Three Stage Rocket) that use a technique that has no clipping diodes in the signal chain at all. The overdrive comes exclusively from cascading gain stages, much like in a real amplifier. Lunastone will bring 4 brand new pedals to NAMM 2018.

The new Lunastone pedals come in 4 brand new Dirt Flavors: Red Fuzz 1, Distortion 1, Smooth Drive 1, and Blue Drive 1. They are expected to appear in guitar shops during the Spring of 2018 at an expected price of $199 / € 199.

Red Fuzz 1 is a hot-tempered, screaming Hendrix-style Fuzz pedal, but with a sizzling almost synthesizer-like tone to it as well. Lunastone likes to keep their pedals clean and with Scandinavian minimalistic style and sleek design that TrueOverDrive 1 and 2 introduced.

Distortion 1 is a dedicated hard rock style pedal resembling the classic tone of iconic shredders such as Eddie van Halen. Dirt-wise, this is a step up compared to TrueOverDrive 1 and 2, but with the same true approach to creating a sound that responds ideally for your natural playing, using various dynamic techniques to express your music.

Distortion 1 offers a massive, yet classic, distortion sound for hard rock guitarists and psychedelic shredders alike.

Blue Drive 1 has a delicious and crunchy tone that is more focused on the meticulous details of the slightly gained range than simply adding maximum amounts of gain. Set the gain low on this moody pedal and play softly and you will get a sound that is almost like a clean boost, but with a clear and glass-like character that will make you stand out in an elegant and classy way.

Smooth Drive 1 is a silky and smooth drive pedal that will give you just a little edge, Think BB King, Larry Carlton and 335 Gibson guitars – even Jazz player will love the delicious crunch of this drive gem.

Compared to TrueOverDrive 1, this is a notch down from the drive ladder. It was made for those who wished for an even more gentle and subtle drive pedal than TOD 1, but without sacrificing the core of TrueOverDrive.

Bitwig Announces Bitwig Studio 2.3

Bitwig announced Bitwig Studio 2.3. With their biggest point update yet, they deliver a number of features requested by the community, alongside hot new things, profoundly expanding the sound design possibilities in Bitwig Studio.

Sink your teeth into Phase-4, the massive new phase manipulation synthesizer, time signature changes, voice stacking capabilities and gloriously expanded views for seven devices.

Additionally, with Bitwig Studio 2.3, Bitwig introduces major improvements in time-stretching, including industry-leading Elastique algorithms from zplane. Bitwig tops things off with two new selector devices, a new modulator, a multitude of improvements, and a sound content update involving renowned sound designers.

The beta testing phase of Bitwig Studio 2.3 starts soon. All Bitwig Studio 2 license holders will be able to test the new version, and Bitwig will send out a newsletter as soon as the beta is available. The release of Bitwig Studio 2.3 is planned for the end of February.

Fender Announces American Original Series

Fender Musical Corporation announced the launch of the American Original Series, a new line of American-made electric basses and guitars inspired by some of Fender’s most-successful ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s models. Boasting 11 models and 30 SKUs to match a variety of musical tastes and players, the American Original Series replaces the American Vintage Series, which was first introduced in 1982.

Whether you’re a gigging musician, lover of vintage-style design or a collector – this new series marries that classic Fender vibe players have always loved about ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Fender electric guitars and basses with distinct, modern features offering greater comfort, playability and best-in-class performance.

Priced from $1,799.99 to $2,099.99, American Original electric guitars and basses are designed and handcrafted in Corona, California.

The progressive lineup features a wide variety of models across decades, including ’50s and ’60s Stratocaster guitars, ’50s and ’60s Telecaster guitars, ’60s Jazzmaster and ’60s Jaguar guitars, ’50s and ’60s Precision Bass guitars, ’60s and ’70s Jazz Bass guitars, as well as left-handed models of the ’50s Stratocaster, ’60s Stratocaster and ’50s Telecaster.

Thirteen classic Fender colors are features on these electric guitars and basses: Aztec Gold, White Blonde, 2-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, 3-Color Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde, Fiesta Red, Lake Placid Blue, Surf Green, Ocean Turquoise, Natural and Black.

Marrying classic style, modern playability and performance, the American Original Series brings together vintage-style design cues, as well as modern fingerboard radii and switching. Other key features include: vintage-style hardware, vintage-tall frets, body radii and neck shapes, lacquer finishes, original-spec pickups, classic Fender colors and vintage-style cases.

Strymon Introduces Magneto “Interstellar Space Machine”

Strymon introduced the Magneto four head d’tape echo. It is described at the “Interstellar Space Machine”. With Magneto, you can create expansive soundscapes and evolving, otherworldly tones.

Packed with powerful features while maintaining intuitive playability, Magneto is a stereo multi-head tape delay that also functions as a looper, phrase sampler, vintage spring reverb unit, phase-aligned clock multiplier, chaotic oscillator, zero latency sub-oscillator and more, with extensive CV I/O.

Use Magneto to turn simple monophonic signals into complex orchestrations. Create new oscillator tones using self-oscillation. Add rich stereo dimension to your sound, and enjoy the inherent warmth and sweet, subtle distortion characteristics of magnetic tape. Magneto transforms even the smallest rack into a fully expressive, immersive instrument.

Every function, control, gain stage, and signal path component in Magneto works together to respond musically and smoothly, even during the wildest live modular improvisations. All this is combined with a luxurious spring reverb to take the sound of your modular setup to a new level, and your sonic explorations into far-out territories.

Features include:

  • Tape-voiced delay with four playback heads and one record head
  • Processor-intense d’Tape algorithm delivers meticulously nuanced recreations of vintage tape echo systems
  • Three operational modes: Echo, Sound On Sound Looper, Phrase Sampler
  • Varispeed algorithm with dynamic machine mechanics, 8:1 speed range
  • Input record level for clean reproduction to warm, fat saturation
  • Self-oscillating for tone regeneration
  • Independent Spring Reverb

Hughes & Kettner Introduce Era 2 Acoustic Amplifier

Hughes & Kettner have introduced the era 2. It is the second amplifier in Hughes & Kettner’s era acoustic series.

Alongside extraordinary acoustic power, era 2 gives you richly detailed definition for peerless authenticity and tonal brilliance, plus a bunch of remarkably innovative and intuitive features to make every performance better.

Built in Germany to the highest quality standards, era 2’s extra bass and low-end make it the perfect choice for players who require serious volume and bass for performance purposes.

Highlights include:

  • Painstakingly selected, top-drawer components
  • Excellent preamps
  • Premium-quality AD/DA converters
  • Custom-made power amp with a massive 400 watts of headroom
  • Two fully featured, identical channels
  • Independent FX engine for each channel with 16 programs
  • Very effective Preshape and Mode buttons to voice channels to suit different instruments and vocal registers
  • Only slightly larger than conventional 60-watt acoustic combos

Technical Data includes:

  • Power Amp – 400 watts
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) – 350x475x290mm
  • Weight – 14,10 kg / 31.1 lbs (wood), 14,45 kg / 31,9 lbs. (black)
  • Tilt Stand (Included) – 25°/ 35°
  • Pole Mount – 35mm
  • Protective Cover (Included) – Padded

Panasonic Introduced LUMIX GH5s C4K Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic has introduced the new LUMIX GH5s C4K mirrorless camera. It is a professional grade camera that offers over 29 LUMIX and LEICA compact lens options built in the next-generation (ILC) interchangeable lens camera standard [Micro Four Thirds] pioneered by Panasonic.

It’s “mirrorless” design enables the high performance, durability, mobility and low light gathering needed for professional cinematic and anamorphic 4K video production. The LUMIX GH5s comes installed with HDR Hybrid Log Gamma and Panasonic’s V-logL along with professional grade exposure tools like: Time Code sync, Waveform, Vector Scopes and programable Zebra patters.

The LUMIX GH5s supports important recording features like 14bit RAW for stills, dual native ISO, Panasonic XLR mic Adaptor support, and the return of multi-aspect capture.

The Panasonic LUMIX GH5s is estimated to ship in Feburary-March.


  • 10.2MP high-sensitivity MOS sensor with multi-aspect and dual native ISO (400 & 2,500) with a range from 160 – 51,200; extendable to 80 – 204,800.
  • Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit; 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR
  • 4K anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance, durability, and mobility
  • TC In/Out/Synchro Terminal (via included BNC cable), 3.5mm Mic Jack with Line Input, 3.5mm headphone jack 2.5mm remote socket, HDMI Type A Socket, USB-C 3.1 Socket
  • Dual SD Card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible), V-LogL pre-installed, and 4K HDR hybrid log gamma support

Universal Audio Introduces Arrow

Universal Audio has introduced Arrow – the world’s first Thunderbolt 3-powered desktop recording audio interface for Mac and Windows. It delivers class-leading audio conversion, two Unison mic preamps, and a suite of onboard UAD plug-ins for album-quality results.

This compact 2×4 interface starts with esteemed UA conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo interface range, to sonically outperform anything in its class. With its Unison technology and built-in UAD-2 SOLO Core processor, you can record through classic audio tools including the 610 Tube Preamp, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and a genuine Marshall Plexi amp plug-in – at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio buffer setting.


  • Record with class-leading A/D and D/A conversion – as heard on hundreds of hit records
  • Mix with included UAD plug-ins like the Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec, EQs and more.
  • Track with near-zero latency though mic preamp and guitar amp emulations from Neve, API, Marshall, Fender, and more using Unison technology
  • Create on-the-go with a sonically superior, bus-powered interface with rugged all-metal construction

Electro-Voice ELX200 Series Does More and Weighs Less

Electro-Voice has designed and engineered leading-edge sound reinforcement solutions for 91 years. Their products empower the performer, exceed the expectations of the audio professional and elevate the audience experience. Electro-Voice has introduced the ELX200.

The ELX200 series offers professional Electro-Voice audio quality, precision control, and robust, EV-engineered components in an ultra-lightweight package. It does more and weighs less – a truly potent blend of performance and portability.

You can get an ELX200 in a size that suits your needs. All models are available in powered and passive versions.

ELX200-10P – 10”

ELX200-12P – 12”

ELX200-15P – 15”

IK Multimedia Introduces iRig Acoustic Stage

IK Multimedia has introduced the iRig Acoustic Stage. It is the new hi-tech solution for accurately reproducing the full sound of acoustic guitars and other instruments with studio-quality sound live on stage and in the studio.

The combination of its advanced MEMS microphone and hi-quality preamp and DSP processing unit provides – for the first time ever – a break-through solution that offers high-quality natural sound, advanced features, ease of installation, and a convenience never seen before.

The iRig Acoustic Stage is a patented, revolutionary digital microphone system that makes your guitar sound exactly as if it was captured with a classic recording studio setup, giving you full rich studio-quality sound on the stage.

It is a compact acoustic microphone and advanced digital preamplifier and processing unit that recreates a studio microphone set-up providing you with all of the true character and tonal nuance of your acoustic in live playing situations. Simply clip the iRig Acoustic Stage’s microphone to the sound hole, attach it to the iRig Acoustic Stage pre-amplifier processor, then connect the preamp to your amplifier or mixer.

iRig Acoustic Stage also features a “Cancel Feedback” button that gets rid of annoying frequency feedback during performance.


  • Advanced MEMS microphone clips on to sound hole
  • Preamp/DSP unit
  • Dramatically improves your live acoustic sound
  • 1/4” AUX input with volume for piezo, magnetic pickups or other onboard electronics
  • 1/4” Output with level control for amplifier or PA system
  • USB audio out for recording on a computer or mobile device
  • Cancel Feedback with multiple frequency feedback cancelling
  • 6 tone presets
  • Personal instrument calibration
  • Works on any acoustic, acoustic electric or ukelele with round sound hole
  • Phase switch for optimizing dual source sound

Enter the Spire “New Year New Gear” Sweepstakes

The Spire “New Year New Gear” sweepstakes is sponsored by iZotope. You must enter by January 31, 2018. The sweepstakes is giving away over $1,300 of new gear.

There are two ways to enter the “New Year New Gear” sweepstakes. The first is to purchase a Spire Studio by January 31, 2017.

The other way is to sign up for the Spire Newsletter mailing list. To do that, you need to enter your email address into the box on the sweepstakes website. The newsletters will include tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your songwriting in 2018.

Those who enter the sweepstakes, by either of those two methods, will be automatically entered to win the “New Year New Gear” prize packages worth over $1,300.

Grand Prize ($800 value) – Fender Classic ’50s Stratocaster with gig bag.

Second Prize ($400 value) – Traveler CL-3EQ Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar with gig bag

Third Prize ($168 value) – Kala Pacific Walnut Series Concert Ukulele with gig bag

As always, anyone who enters a sweepstakes should take the time to read the Terms & Conditions. Here are a few things to be aware of:

  • The Terms & Services call it the “Spire Sweepstakes”.
  • The Spire Sweepstakes ends on January 31, 2018, at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time).
  • The sweepstakes is open to legal residents who are 18 years of age or older. It appears the Terms & Conditions are talking about legal residents of the United States and Canada.
  • The winners of the sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Etnries received through the Promotion Period.
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information on February 15, 2018.