YOUR ONE-CLICK INDEX OF LAST WEEK’S REVIEWS
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THE BEST OF THE BLOG
Dominating most of this week on DV247 Blog, DJ and producer Paul Dakeyne focused his attention solely on the Sonnox Elite Native bundle of plugins, taking an unprecedented in-depth look at what each of the plug-ins offers. Over four lengthy articles, Paul found nothing to complain about, adding that readers should “download the free trial version of the Sonnox bundle, and take some quality time to fully investigate what these plug-ins can do”.
The hotly anticipated arrival of Sanden True Temperament guitars came to pass this week, and Marc Noel Johnson was quick to find out if the experience of playing a TT model really is different. Reviewing both purpose-built models over a two-part blog, MNJ wrote: “my hope is that a lot of serious guitarists will come and play these guitars to see for themselves just how good they are”.
THE BEST OF THE REST
News broke on Monday that the UAD-2 platform had won itself another high-profile fan, this time in the shape of one-time Longpigs frontman turned producer and in-demand songwriter Crispin Hunt. As the man who co-wrote both Florence & The Machine’s Drumming Song and Newton Faulkner’s Dream Catch Me, it’s no wonder that Crispin’s use of a UAD-2 Quad caused excitement within Universal Audio.
On Tuesday Rob Sandall fou himself testing the PRS Custom 24 57/08, a guitar that he described as possessing “one of the most recognisable company-specific body shapes on the planet”. Feeling understandably enthused, Rob concluded that “the tremolo bridge has smooth finesse in spades, and the tuners keep you tweaked and in tune effortlessly – it’s of course what you’d expect on a guitar of this price, but nice to know all the same”.
The first amplifier review of the week came on Wednesday when Marc Noel Johnson tested the Laney Prism P35. Having worked through the combo’s features, MNJ noted that “these low wattage digital guitar amps offer such a lot of features for the money and despite claims that they sound like the real amps (they don’t), are the perfect solution to any player who doesn’t have the resources to acquire a valve amp”.
Also paying a visit to the review bench on Wednesday was Barney Jameson, who tested the Audio Technica AT4080 ribbon microphone. Pointing out that unique technology within the mic meant that it didn’t behave at all like a traditional ribbon design, Barney was highly impressed when he sang into the AT4080, describing the experience as “not just impressive but something of a revelation”.
Self-confessed Electro Harmonix fan and looping addict Rob Sandall tested the Electro Harmonix 2880 Looper pedal on Thursday morning, and swiftly found himself “nerding out” in the face of all the 2880’s functions. “The 2880 is more than a curio, it’s an obsession. There’s no halfway house when it comes to looping, you’re either not going to get into it, or you’re going to be an absolutely massive nerd about it,” he wrote.
Marc Noel Johnson spent Thursday afternoon toying with TC Electronic Nova System, a “a floor-based solution for guitarists who want an compact, easy to use effects package that won’t break the bank”. MNJ praised the Nova’s “back-to-basics” approach, enthusing that the “analogue overdrive and distortion on the Nova really put this unit a little bit ahead of the competition”.
The Harmonic Octave Generator (or HOG) from Electro Harmonix came under Marc Noel Johnson’s spotlight. Designed to produce “some of the most glitch free organ and synth tones ever heard from a guitar pedal”, MNJ decided that the HOG “offers something unique”.
Rob Sandall decided to offer DV247 Blog readers a brief lesson in condenser microphone design when he reviewed the SE Electronics Titan on Friday and Saturday. Offering definitions of the features offered by the microphone, Rob finally decided that he “would be happy to pick up a microphone of this price that comes with so many appointments”.
Having finished his enormous four-part Sonnox review, Paul Dakeyne ended Friday with a passionate plea in favour of his spiritual and one-time DJing home, the Ministry of Sound. Bringing news that the nightclub is under threat of closure because of property development, Paul described how “tens upon tens of thousands of international clubbers from all walks of life, colours, creed, religions and sexualities have come together under this hallowed roof”.
Ending the week with a Sunday afternoon guitar review, Marc Noel Johnson picked up the Godin Redline HB, noting that Godin’s home country of Canada produces both sturdy people and even sturdier instruments. “I suspect the Redline HB is built to withstand a Canadian winter or two. If it’s rugged you want, guitars don’t come much more rugged,” he concluded.
THE WRITER’S BLOCK: OUR OPINIONS, YOUR COMMENTS
A thunderbolt of 3am inspiration struck producer Paul Dakeyne on Monday night, spurring him to write about the experience in his regular Tuesday column. “I’m talking about the times when you wake up during the night with your head buzzing with creative urges,” he announced.
Having repeatedly sold all of his guitar pedals then clamoured to get them back, Rob Sandall wrote about the unique relationship that guitarists have with effects in his Wednesday column. “I can’t commit to pedals, but I can’t seem to give them up,” he admitted.
In his Thursday Writer’s Block article Marc Noel Johnson argued the case for guitarists being able to repair their own instruments rather than having to return them. “Armed with some basic tools and a little know how, any guitarist can perform maintenance jobs on their own instrument,” he argued.
With a 24 hour deadline to find a name for his new band, and having so far only come up with bad ideas, DV247 Blog editor Barney Jameson decided to appeal to readers for suggestions. A pair of gig tickets were on offer for a good idea…