Sonoma Wire Works'' Riffworks is a simple but useful recording software
Like any technology, digital recording technology inevitably grows more complex as it becomes more widely available. And as its power and potential expand, so do the number of options, functions and practical applications. Finding out what you need to know about a new gear and new uses can become complicated, quickly and dreadful. Take heart—the three words emblazoned on the box containing RiffWorks digital recording software from Sonoma Wireworks are: “Recording made fun.”
It makes sense that the “quick and easy to use” spirit that pervades the material on the RiffWorks software would be a selling point to guitar players who just want to use the stuff without having to go back to school. But what makes RiffWorks actually fun is the way it makes digital recording technology more convenient and helpful.
I’ve been using it to generate new ideas for solos by recording the chord progressions of songs in my current setlist and applying some of the licks I’ve been pilfering from other places. It seems to be working.
The building block of the RiffWorks process is the “riff,” which is a loop that records or plays back over and over. But instead of re-recording every time it loops, it stores each pass as a separate “layer” in the loop (up to 24 layers per riff). You can lay down an idea, listen to it on the first pass, and lay down another idea on the next pass. This is great if you want to experiment or build a sequence on the fly with different musical parts to hear how they sound together. Or you can try out several takes of the same part by setting the riff to mute each successive layer as it’s recorded, then listen to them individually when you’re done.
The interface is blissfully simple, made to look like gear, rather than a full-blown studio on your screen. You can build an entire song out of riffs, record right on the song timeline or combine them.
RiffWorks also contains seven studio effects and some synchronized backups that can be applied to your input signal, layers or riffs, and it supports VST and AU plug-ins, which makes just about any kind of amp modeling software an easy fit. I’m using Line 6’s GearBox, but RiffWorks’ standard package also comes with IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 2 Live.
RiffWorks software also includes access, through RiffWorld.com, to an online community for collaborating and posting songs, providing digital recording enthusiasts with a tailor-made social networking environment. It also offers teachers a convenient way to provide students with musical examples to follow as well as recording opportunities. RiffWorks is software only, so you must either have or buy an ASIO/Core Audio compatible interface device. Almost any type will do, but there’s also an extensive device compatibility chart on the company’s website, sonomaworks.com. I’ve been using Digitech’s Mbox and a Line 6 TonePort GX with GearBox software on my MacBook Pro, and they both work well.
RiffWorks takes the loop-based recording process into territory useful for those who want playing and composing to be as immediate as possible. There’s no need for elaborate preparation; the whole thing is up and running, and ready to go before you can decide which guitar to plug in.
you want a useful, easy (and yes, fun) way to bring digital recording into your playing routine.
you don’t know a thing about digital recording.
MSRP $129 - Riffworks - sonomawireworks.com
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
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