Author: Brendon Bradbury

Gear Rundown: Little Ditto

  The Ditto Looper is the looper from well-known brand TC Electronic. TC are known for building great quality stuff that is affordably priced. The Ditto, while small (read tiny), has one knob and one button, but packs more features than you can count on your fingers. If you’re not sure what a looper is, here’s the 10-second intro – click the button to start recording, play something cool, click the button again to stop – now your cool riff loops over and over again. They’re fun as hell and are great for playing with yourself, alone, in your...

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Gear Rundown: Little Miss Scarlett

Chances are if you’re reading our wonderful magazine, then you’re a fan of music. And if you’re reading Gear Rundown, you’re probably into playing music, right? What about recording music? These days it’s easier than ever before to record music – program up some sick drums, lay down some heavy ass guitars, smash out some bass, scream your knacks off and you’ve got a decent sounding song – all without having to get out of bed! My last review featured the Focusrite iTrackDock, this week we’ll be looking at another Focusrite product; the Scarlett 2i2. The Scarlett 2i2 is...

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Gear Rundown – ToneStack Part 2: All The Accessories

In my last review, I talked about an iOS app called ToneStack and basically how awesome it is – this review is about using it in a real-world setting. I was excited at the idea of using an iPad live instead of a traditional amp. Taking an iPad to a show instead of lugging a heavy amp around? Sign me up! I pieced together a reliable rig in a 4U rack that was easy to load on stage. The photo above is the first incarnation of my iPad rig – wireless into the iTrackDock, then to the 44 Magnum...

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Gear Rundown: I spy with my lowercase “i”, something beginning with: Tone

This week we’ll be leaving our gear on the shelf and getting our phones out – this week it’s all about apps, well one app in particular: ToneStack 3 by Yonac. Over the next few reviews we’ll take a look at the journey I’ve been on with ToneStack, how it changed my sound, my approach to live sound and the gear I used to pull it all together. ToneStack is an iOS app with over 45 amps and 100 effects for electric/acoustic guitar and bass. Classic, modern and boutique amps, cabs and stomp boxes, vintage effects and rack gear...

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Gear Rundown: Gettin’ down with the Dark

The Dapper Dark from Valeton is a multi-effects strip that packs a ton of features into a small, sturdy package. You get a tuner, boost, high gain distortion, noise gate, chorus and tap tempo delay. Oh, and let’s not forget the FX loop and cab sim! So who is Valeton? They’re a reasonably new company that comes from the design and build teams of well-known company MI, and specialise in compact effects pedals. There are several different models in the Dapper series to suit bass and various genres of the guitar. The Dapper Dark is specifically designed to suit the heavier...

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