Welcome to my guitar gear and software review blog. First, I’ll explain briefly what’s going on here. I used to be a writer for the excellent gear review site www.FrugalGuitarist.com, and I still would be happy to contribute a recording-related article now and again, but I was hired at Wampler Pedals in December of 2010. That naturally meant that I had a great deal of acclimating to do as I became part of an amazing company, one which I am very proud to work for. Where once I felt free to review hardware and software alike, hardware interests are now often conflicts of interest. And so, for more than a year, my blog sat there. It remained a resource for anyone who was interested in the topics I had already commented on, but as we all know, you’re not much if you’re not relevant, and for all intents and purposes, I have been asleep.
Time to wake up.
I’ve recently rediscovered my love of musical software! It’s been a joyful reawakening of a passion that never left, but which I just never felt I had the time to express. In the time since I went on hiatus, I’ve become a much more effective communicator. I’ve gained perspective into the industry, into gear, and into a wealth of musical information that I didn’t have. I am ready to not just revisit, but to revitalize this amazing thing that was such a significant element of my life for many years. Because hardware comes with caveats aplenty, I will be focusing strictly on software, and it is my goal to present a cornucopia of software review and commentary which will, I hope, be of use once again. I’ve had surprisingly steady traffic despite the long time spent away – now I look forward to, as they say, a new and improved experience… And I mean that genuinely, for everybody who visits this blog. I aim to make it an even more valuable resource than it was before, geared toward specificity and sharper, not longer, analysis. So, wish me luck as I gather forces, haha. By the end of the summer, I hope to be ready to provide the sort of content that will spark interest and keep people entertained, engaged, and, if I do what I intend to do well, more knowledgeable in the bargain.
Without further ado, here is the software I am currently using in evaluations. I think it will be a lot of fun for everyone as I think of new ways to make use of this wealth of virtual gear, and add more excellent products to the lineup! Thanks to everyone who has continued to come in, and welcome to all who are new. You’re witnessing a rekindling of genuine passion and interest. I hope to share that with you!
Drum Library Studio Pack
Drum Library Rock 2: Alternative, Soft
Genuine Soundware and Instruments (GSi)
GS-201 Tape Echo, a Roland RE-201 simulator
Spring Reverb Type4, a long-spring tank spring reverb simulator
Amplitube Custom Shop, kept fully up to date
Amplitube: Jimi Hendrix*
CSR: Classik Studio Reverb
T-Racks 3 Deluxe
Pod Farm Platinum
Guitar Rig 4 Pro
Guitar Rig 3*
Rig Kontrol 3 interface
Virtual Guitar Amp
Virtual Bass Amp
Amp Modeler Pro
*All products marked with an asterisk have been replaced by newer versions, but I retain licenses to the prior software and if it becomes of particular interest I can see how the old and the new compare.