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Blackstar-HT Series Pedals Demos; Modulation,Delay

April 7, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Blackstar Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out some of Blackstar's new HT-Effects pedals; Modulation, Delay and Reverb.

The Modulation is described as having a tone from gentle tremolo to roaring jet engine flange, it brings you all the musicality of the classic vintage effects pedals. For ease of use the Slow/Fast feature lets you adjust the modulation time of the eight different modulation effects while you are playing. The unique Saturation control then lets you add real valve compression and harmonics.

The Delay has eight different delays in one pedal and they can take you from vintage and multi-head tape delays to classic analog and linear full bandwidth effects and two loop modes as well. You can then add in real valve compression and harmonics using the unique Saturation control.

Finally, the Reverb can take you from your room to an arena via hall, plate, spring, gate and reverse-reverb effects. Valve compression and harmonics are added using the Dwell control, and you can switch the reverb time from short to long while you are playing.

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Kala Ukuleles - U-Bass Demo

April 7, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Kala Ukulele booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their U-Bass.

The U-Bass is a short-scale bass (21") that produces the same pitches as a standard bass and is tuned like a standard bass, too. The U-Bass is made with a one-piece of mahogany and comes with a rosewood fretboard and bridge. It is loaded with four individual piezo element pickups so it works as a fully-functioning bass.

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Orange Amps - The O PC Demo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Orange Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out the new Orange O PC prototype. A full-functioning Windows machine, the O PC comes with a pre-installed Orange Amp VST plug-in (a custom version of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube), an 8" JBL speaker, a dedicated 1/4" input, an ext. speaker jack (for the optional stereo cab), DVD drive, top-mounted Wi-Fi antenna, amp-style knobs (Volume, Balance, Treble, and Bass), and all the connection ports you'd expect.
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TC Electronic - BG500 Bass Amp Combo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the TC Electronic booth. In this segment, we get a rundown of TC's new bass amp combo - the BG500. The BG500 is built off the RH450 bass amp platform with a few key alterations and changes.

TC Electronic's BG500 is 500 Watts of power combined with custom-built Eminence drivers, tone shaping tools and a full list of ground-breaking features, making both BG500s (1x15 or 2x10) a suitable rig for any gig. BG500 shares many of the tools that have made the revolutionary RH450 bass amp such a success. BG500 features the incredible SpectraComp? compressor from RH450 that allows per string compression that evens out the compression across all strings, creating a much more musical sound. BG500s TubeTone? effect has also been taken directly from the RH450 amp, and rather than replicating a tube sound using one small preamp tube, it emulates the characteristics of a tube preamp and true tube power amp section to deliver an unrivaled full tube sound. Yet another feature ported from the RH450 is the user-defined presets. Combined with tone shaping tools, these presets allow bass players to create the tones they need and then switch between them instantly and seamlessly. For quick and instant tuning, BG500 also features a fully integrated bass tuner that automatically mutes when activated, allowing for swift, silenced tuning. Furthermore, BG500 introduces the innovative TweeterTone? control that allows front panel tweeter control, as well as two new Contour shapes that create warm and smooth tones instantaneously.

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Bolt Amps - BTH-50 Head Demo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he swings by the Bolt Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from Bolt's newest amp - the BTH-50.

The BTH-50 is a 50 watt head loaded with 12AX7 preamp tubes and 6L6 power tubes (which can be exchanged for EL34s). The Lead and Rhythm channels feature Gain & Level Controls three selectable Reverbs, Selectable active & passive EQ with Bass, Mid (swept in Lead Channel), Treble and a three-way position Voicing switch. The Master section features Level, Presence, SoloBoost with amount, On/Off & Gain/Level Select, effects loop on/off and power amp mute switch.

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Morpheus FX - Capo Pedal Demo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Morpheus FX booth. In this segment, we get a demo and walk-thru of their newest effects pedal - the Capo Pedal.

With the Capo pedal you can electronically capo your guitar and maintain perfect pitch. For example, play an E chord in standard tuning, then use the Capo pedal to up tune your guitar so the chord is changed to an F, F#, G, G#, A, Bb or B. In addition, the CAPO pedal has Full Octave Up Pitch and a great-sounding Octaver/12- string emulator that causes your 6-string to sound like a 12-string, with octaves for strings 3-6, and doubles strings 1 and 2.

It pedal also features effect-toggling so you can instantly toggle back and forth between the up pitch and the Effect Off for a cool up/down pitch-shift effect during rapid ascending/ descending arpeggios and scale runs.The Capo uses proprietary polyphonic pitch up algorithms that maintain perfect harmonic accuracy and tonally correct overtones.

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TC Electronic - PolyTune iPhone App Demo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the TC Electronic booth. In this segment, we get to check out a demo of TC Electronic's new PolyTune iPhone App.

The PolyTune iPhone app has everything the PolyTune stompbox has, including polyphonic tunings of all six strings at once, alternative tunings and the ability to adjust the pitch.

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Wampler Pedals Super Plextortion and Pinnacle Pedal Review

April 2, 2010
The Super Plextortion and Pinnacle from Brian Wampler aim for two iconic rock sounds: Plexi Marshall and Van Halen''s "Brown Sound."
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Elmwood El Toro Head, 2-Channel Distortion Pedal

April 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Elmwood Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear about two new Elmwood products - the El Toro 60 watt head and the 2-channel distortion preamp prototype pedal.

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