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Learn Music Software, Hardware, Tracking, Mixing and More at Groove3

My one year all-access pass at Groove3.com is drawing to a close — and its been groovey!

Groove3 is a video tutorial production company focused on serving the pro audio community. The tutorials at groove3.com revolve around the world of music recording and include all facets of software, hardware and production. You can learn about DAWs, plug-ins, virtual instruments, real instruments (such as guitar, bass, drums and piano), stand-alone music production software and music theory.

The company was founded in 2003 by Asa Doyle and Antony Livoti and is based out of Austin Texas with satellite offices in Florida and California. Groove3 works closely with many pro audio manufacturers such as Apple, AVID, Cakewalk, IK Multimedia, iZotope, PreSonus, Universal Audio and others.

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Guitar Software and Plugins 2016–Peavey Revalver 4 Review

Peavey Revalver 4 is a powerful stand alone and plug-in amp and effects modeling software for guitar and bass

Revalver 4 starts as a  free download available directly from Peavey Electronics. The sign up, download and installation process is straight forward and intuitive. The software is robust yet does over tax your cpu and has an adjustable buffer from 16 to 2016 samples.

The free Revalver 4 package contains enough amps and effects to get you started with some great sound for guitar and bass. Then you can custom build your sounds by adding bundles and individual ala carte stomp boxes, effects, cabinets, amp models and profiles from the Peavey Revalver Amp Store. Prices for the add-ons start at $1.99. So, rather than spending hundreds of dollars for a bloated software that you may never fully utilize, you can pick and choose to your liking.

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Aquilina Basses Shelby Single Cut Bass at NAMM 2016

Hand built basses from French luthier Sebastien Aquilina

Aquilina basses are musical works of art. Sebastien’s elegant design, choice of woods, electronics and understated appointments meld to create a beautiful and eminently playable instrument. The Shelby, inspired by and dedicated to the spirit of the Ford muscle car, is fast and sleek like it’s namesake. And it has plenty of power with the installed Aguilar super single pickups and Glockenklang preamp.  This bass sings with enhanced harmonics due to the composition of carefully selected and crafted tone woods and a sonically chambered body.

Aquilina basses are incredibly easy to play with low action and easy reach all the way to the top of the fretboard. The Shelby basses are lighter than many other 5 string single-cuts and balance at just the right angle without even the slightest hint of neck dive.

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ToneWoodAmp SOLO Introduced at NAMM 2016

The ToneWoodAmp SOLO is an electro-acoustic device that adds effects to an acoustic guitar (Reverb, Delay, Tremolo/Delay, Leslie style Tremolo, Auto-Wah and Overdrive) UNPLUGGED – with the effects emanating organically from the guitar’s sound hole and body with no amp and no speaker. No holes to drill, no screws.

 

Late in the day on Sunday, the last day of Winter NAMM 2016, I was stumbling through Hall D ready to call it a day when I was flagged down by Helene Webman. She enthusiastically insisted that I had to check out a new acoustic guitar product invented by her husband, Ofer Webman. I was escorted to a sound booth where I witnessed the demo of a very unique and useful musical device. The ToneWoodAmp SOLO sounds great! Unobtrusively attached to the back of an acoustic guitar, it makes 8 popular effects available to the player without the need for an amp or speakers.

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Fodera Introduces A New Line Of Bass Guitar Strings At NAMM 2016

Plays like butter…I just had a chance to try a set of Fodera’s light gauge nickels on my 5 string. Very zingy, yet punchy, for a nickel round. They felt a little edgy at first, not sticky, but you could almost feel a sharpness to the edges sliding up and down the neck. They mellowed after a couple hours and now they feel great – and sound great!
 
The Fodera Light Nickel Roundwound 4120 set is on the flexible side and not only because of the gauge which is 40/60/80/100/120, but because of its round core, which is inherently more flexible than a hex core. These are not exposed core stings like the Labellas I had used previously, and that coupled with the lighter gauge and lower tension required a little extra setup and break in, and it was worth it!

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Gittler Instruments Introduces New Line of Titanium Bass Guitars at NAMM 2016

This is a stunning minimalist instrument for the bass player who has everything

I met with Russ Rubman at NAMM 2016 to play the Gittler space age work of art bass guitar. Wow! This thing is amazing. Incredibly light yet responsive with a big bass sound. It takes a couple minutes to adjust to the feel of the form factor – the weight, the shape, the lack of a fretboard – but once you’re dialed in, this is bass bliss. I need one.

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