Orange OPC Guitar Amp + Computer First Look

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Remember the Orange OPC Guitar Amplifier + Recording Studio Workstation – the bizarro computer + guitar amp combination that was introduced at this year’s NAMM Show?

Music Radar got their hands on one of the Orange OPC computers and put together this first look at it.

According to Orange, the OPC computer will be leading the way with a number of ‘Firsts’:

  • The first PC to feature an integrated audio interface enabling the user to plug in a guitar or microphone using a standard 1/4? jack plug
  • The first computer of its kind to have built-in high powered speakers which deliver full range studio quality sound as well as producing vintage guitar sounds.

The OPC comes with the following software packages:

  • IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 including Custom Shop Orange Amps – Amp and Effects Modelling Software
  • Presonus Studio One Custom Orange Edition – DAW
  • Acoustica Mixcraft 5 – DAW
  • Toontracks EZdrummer Lite
  • Lick Library Player – Guitar learning and jamming centre

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NAMM News – Orange Amplifiers Intros OPC Guitar Amplifier + Recording Studio Workstation

Orange OPC Computer

2011 NAMM News: Orange Amplifiers is introducing the OPC – an all-in-one Guitar Amplifier and Recording Studio Workstation.

According to Orange, the OPC will be leading the way with a number of ‘Firsts’:

  • The first PC to feature an integrated audio interface enabling the user to plug in a guitar or microphone using a standard 1/4″ jack plug
  • The first computer of its kind to have built-in high powered speakers which deliver full range studio quality sound as well as producing vintage guitar sounds.

The OPC comes with the following software packages:

  • IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 including Custom Shop Orange Amps – Amp and Effects Modelling Software
  • Presonus Studio One Custom Orange Edition – DAW
  • Acoustica Mixcraft 5 – DAW
  • Toontracks EZdrummer Lite
  • Lick Library Player – Guitar learning and jamming centre

Details below.

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AmpliTube 2 For iPod touch, iPhone, iPad

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IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 2 (App Store link) for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad:

Turn your iPhone/iPod touch into the ultimate mobile guitar and bass multi-effect processor and mobile recording studio! Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter to connect your guitar to your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and you are ready to rock!

Play, practice and record anytime, anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones right in the palm of your hand. AmpliTube for iPhone gives you incredible ultra-realistic tones and effects, plus full multitrack recording capabilities in a convenient mobile app, all from the leader in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios.

Features:

  • 5 new stomp effects available as in-app purchase
  • Improved sound with DSP parts derived from AmpliTube and T-RackS for Mac/PC Apps (www.amplitube.com, www.t-racks.com)
  • Built-in recorder with re-amping
  • Multitrack recorder with 4 tracks and master FX section with 3 effects available as in app purchase
  • Export your recordings and mixes as high quality audio files or send them by email as MP3s
  • Import songs as backing tracks directly from your iPod library on your device or your computer using file sharing or Wi-Fi
  • Speedtrainer for slow down/speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch
  • Up to 50 songs can now be imported
  • New preset naming feature

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Eric Barbour Intros The Fucking Fucker Amplifier

At the 2008 Winter NAMM Show, Eric Barbour of Metasonix introduced the G-1000 Fucking Fucker (not the sucking fucker), a high-end tube amp that brings Barbour’s interest in using using vacuum tubes in original ways to amps.

We caught up with Eric at the show and this was what he had to say about the new amp.

The Most Powerful Tube Amplifier Ever Built?

The Most Powerful Tube Amplifier Ever Built

OK – you’ve got the most powerful synths ever, and you’ve got the most powerful computer gear ever, and you’ve got the most powerful kick ass tracks ever – what are you going to play them on?

The NAT Audio Magma, of course – designed to be the most powerful tube amplifier ever built.*

The NAT Audio Magma is capable of blasting its raw power at 4 or 8 ohms with a frequency response of 10-10,000 Hz. To produce this power the Magma relies on three different tubes: the 6N1P-EV, the 6N30P-DR, and the Eimac 450TH.

In order to handle this power, the Magma utilizes an unusual direct-heated NOS amp design that runs into a DC-coupled all-tube circuit, which allows the amp to achieve a damping factor of 20. In addition, the power and output transformers are rated for 1000 watts, and the power supply capacitance is over 500 joules. The Magma weighs in at 88 lbs. and will set you back $55,000 for a pair of the monoblock amplifiers.

*NAT say they have produced the most powerful single ended in the world. Continue reading

DigiTech Intros GSP1101 1U Guitar Modeling Preamp/Processor

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NAMM Show: DigiTech, a leading manufacturer of guitar and bass multi-effects processors, and a Harman International, introduced the GSP1101 1U Modeling Preamp/Processor.

Featuring the latest in modeling from DigiTech, the new 1U rack processor will include two AudioDNA2 super chips exclusively designed by DigiTech. The GSP1101 will feature top-level control knobs such as Gain, Bass, Mid-range, Treble and Amp Level for quick, easy tone shaping as well as front panel guitar input and headphone output are for easy access.

Additional features include: Over 120 amp, cabinet, preamp and effects models including vintage stompboxes, 40 Tone and 40 Effects Libraries totalling 1600 exclusive DigiTech tone combinations, a large LCD screen, a stereo effects loop, global EQ, balanced stereo XLR and 1/4″ outputs, an internal power supply, a chromatic Tuner, USB computer connectivity with audio streaming and editor software, MIDI in and Thru and expression and footswitch inputs.

A targeted MSRP has been set at $779.95 with expected delivery in the Spring of 2007.

Denon Professional Intros DN-A7100 A/V Surround Preamplifier

Denon Surround Sound Amplifier

NAMM: Denon Professional announced the new DN-A7100 A/V Surround Preamplifier.

Designed specifically for surround sound decoding in installed sound, house of worship, broadcast, conference and studio monitoring applications, the DN-A7100 provides a flexible array of features suited for fully balanced 5.1 and 7.1 surround playback. This dedicated professional quality surround preamp was developed based on feedback from leading industry contractors and system integrators to incorporate the most sought-after features needed for today’s high-definition multi-channel formats.

The DN-A7100 is equipped with 7.1 unbalanced line inputs, 2 stereo balanced XLR inputs and 8 balanced XLR line outputs for ultimate quality and ease of integration whether used with multi-amped line array speaker systems, small boardroom installations, or active home theater/boardroom monitoring systems. All XLR connections are +4 dB/-10 dB switchable for added signal compatibility. Four Optical and two Coaxial digital inputs are also included. Additional HDMI 2-source video switching capability is included and employs integrated Convert to Component adaptability for transforming composite and/or S-video sources to component video without compromising video quality.

Featuring 192 kHz/24-bit Crystal DAC’s for all 8 channels and 32-bit digital surround processing chipset architecture, the DN-A7100 supports the latest in surround sound format playback options including Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital, DTS ES (Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1, Neo:6) Decoding, Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Movie, Music, Game) and Circle Surround II (Movie, Music, Mono). The DN-A7100 additionally features an AM/FM tuner, serial RS-232C remote capabilities for AMX/Crestron and other third party integrated control systems, HDCD decoding capabilities and XM Satellite Radio compatibility.

The Denon Professional DN-A7100 A/V Surround Preamplifier represents a complete solution for any surround sound application requiring superior sound quality and signal integrity, without the use of quality-degrading adapters or cumbersome consumer components not well suited for the job. Utilized as the main control interface for any surround monitoring system, the new DN-A7100 offers a practical and cost-effective approach to multi-channel audio distribution and playback.

The Denon Professional DN-A7100 A/V Surround Preamplifier ships February 2007 with a U.S. MSRP of $1099.99.

TheAirtightGarage Intros BunnyMkII Amp.

bunny ampTheAirtightGarage has introduced the BunnyMkII amplifier, a small form factor amplifier using a single ten inch speaker. It is of minimalist design, having only a single channel and a single volume control.

The amplifier puts out 18 watts of class A single ended power via two L6GCs. One tube can be pulled to bring the power down to around 10 watts. The amp is self biasing, and mached pairs are not needed. The BunnyMkII is also capable of running 6V6GT output tubes for reduced output power and a change in tone, again with no adjustments needed. The front end is tube driven utilizing a single 12ax7.

This is not your papas small clone single ended amp. This amp is very loud for its size, does not give up when hammered and tends to like pedals very much. It growls without barking.

The BunnyMkII comes standard in cypress with a Weber ceramic speaker and 6L6GCs. Options are available upon request.

TheAirtightGarage is a boutique amplifier builder that creates new amps with vintage feel and sound.

For more information see the BunnyMkII at TheAirtightGarage.