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    Russ has been playing guitar since the late 70's. He started to become a "collector" of electric and acoustic guitars, as well as amps and effects, in the 90's.

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  1. This brass will kick your .... What You Need to Know If you are downloading Hollywood Pop Brass as your first EastWest instrument library, you will also need to install Play 6 on your DAW (digital audio workstation). Play 6 is an advanced sample engine that powers EastWest’s virtual instrument collection. PLAY 6.1.2 is the latest upgrade for Mac users running OS X 10.7 or higher, and for Windows users running 7 and above. PLAY 6.1.2 is available for free to all EastWest customers. System Requirements for Play 6: Minimum Spec: • Intel dual-core i5 (or
  2. Collings Guitar is located outside of Austin, Texas. When I began planning for a trip to the 2019 South by Southwest festival, I knew that I wanted to include a visit to the Collings shop on my itinerary. I called several weeks ahead to reserve a space for a tour of their shop. Shop tours are only held on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. So, it’s a good idea to reserve a space in advance. The Collings Guitar shop is located on Hwy 290 west of Austin, Texas. (512-288-7776) Bill moved from Ohio to Houston in the mid-70’s where he worked as an engineer with an oil field company by day.
  3. Austin has been on my bucket list as music town for a while. When I ran into people from Austin at the winter NAMM show, I would ask “Is SXSW the best or the worst time to visit Austin?”. The answer was usually “Yes”. So, I planned my trip with a mix of excitement and apprehension. I spent some time looking on-line, watching Youtube videos, and downloading some apps. I had to filter through a lot of non-music related material to find useful information. Following are some recommendations from my limited experience. Austin Outdoor Art and SXSW Poster SXSW – M
  4. Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Monarch John Petrucci Signature Electric Guitar A signature guitar for the majesty of Dream Theater! by Russ Loeffler Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars are designed and built in California. The Music Man shop incorporates a blend of high-tech automation with hand-built applications in a manner that is common with custom and boutique guitar shops. They build electric guitars that reference classic guitar styles, but they are recognizable with their 4 + 2 tuner headstock configurations. They also design and build guitars with orig
  5. Amigo Guitar Shows began hosting guitar shows in the late 70’s. They now host “world” guitar shows in Nashville, Chicago, Southern California, and the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Amigo International Guitar Show in Texas each year. The winter SoCal World Guitar Show is scheduled each year on the weekend of the Winter NAMM show. The guitar show is held at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, less than 15 miles from the Anaheim Convention Center. Before leaving for my annual trek to the NAMM show, my wife asked if was going to that “flea market” again. Flea market
  6. Vengeance Sound VPS Avenger Synthesizer The Last Synth You'll Ever Need? by Russ Loeffler Vengeance Sound has released VPS (Vengeance Producer Suite) Avenger. It is a complete and user-friendly plug-in synthesizer with accompanying Avenger plug-ins available for purchase. Amazingly, the street price for VPS Avenger comes in under $200. Here is a high-level summary of features: * 64-bit and VST3 standard (64-bit required) * Over 930 factory presets * 620 multisamples * 218 special samples (attacks, noises) * 154 resa
  7. Little Guitar Shop on the Mountain - a Visit to D'Angelico Guitars Aspen high! Who needs legalized drugs with all these guitars? by Russ Loeffler D’Angelico – Aspen Style When I travel to Colorado for the Guitar Town Festival at Copper Mountain, I always add a day or two of site seeing to places like Boulder, Vail, Estes Park, and Aspen. This year, I found something new in Aspen, a D’Angelico guitar shop. The shop has been open for less than a year, but it has the look of a well established gallery. The shop has the largest display of D’Angelico guitars in
  8. 2018 Guitar Town Festival at Copper Mountain Colorado The 2018 Guitar Town Festival included another great line up for this FREE annual guitar festival. FRIDAY John Jorgenson always performs with bands on both Acoustic Saturday and Electric Sunday. This year, he decided to step it up and also perform with his electric band for the Friday night kick-off on the main stage. ACOUSTIC SATURDAY Rory Hoffman demostrate his unique style of guitar playing. Rory says he learned this technique because he started playin
  9. During a recent vacation in Paris, I decided to see if there were any guitar stores to visit. A person needs a break from the great food, museums, and architectural wonders. After a few minutes of on-line searching, I noticed that several guitar shops had similar addresses. In fact, they were on the same street. Rue de Douai is narrow street located in the 9th district, north of the city center. There is a short section of Rue de Doaui between Rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle and Rue Fromentin where there are a dozen shops with guitars, basses, and guitar related products. The idea o
  10. Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands Because sometimes you can't fit a grand piano in your studio ... by Russ Loeffler Synthogy has introduced two new virtual pianos to their Ivory II series - the Ivory II Studio Grands. The Steinway B Grand Piano was recorded at the Power Station New England in Waterford, Connecticut, while the Bösendorfer 225 Grand Piano was recorded at the Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena, California- both world-class studios. Boasting a 112 GB library, Ivory II Studio Grands is the largest Ivory product yet, and with good reason. Each piano includes
  11. Spitfire Audio Symphonic Strings Not your ordinary symphony in a box ... by Russ Loeffler Spitfire Symphonic Strings (SSS) is the flagship to deliver Spitfire Audio’s impressive library of symphonic strings as a Kontakt instrument. SSS not only consolidates their Mural 1, 2, 3 and Ensembles collections, it's a ‘core’ product with the best and most diverse microphone positions C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient). Expansion packs will follow with #1 Additional Mics & Mixes and #2 ‘Evolutions.’ But why would they decide to remove the previous Mural 1, 2, 3, Ensembles & Evolu
  12. Making Better Art – Timothy Drury Combines His Love of Music and Visual Art When art and music cross paths ... Interview by Russ Loeffler Timothy Drury was born and raised in Los Angeles. Timothy has been adding to his resume since his first big break with Don Henley in 1989. He played keyboards on Henley’s “End of the Innocence” tour and went on to play on the Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” tour from 1994 to 2000. He has also played on tours with Joe Walsh, Whitesnake, and Don Felder. Timothy has several co-writes with Don Felder, former guitarist from the Eagles, on his recent
  13. Expert Review: Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-160E Acoustic Electric Guitar A Great Take on an Iconic Guitar By Russ Loeffler John Lennon was not the only artist to play the Gibson J-160 (George and John received their first JE-160’s on the same day). However, for many Beatles fans (and gear heads) the J-160E is one of the most iconic guitars associated with John Lennon. Many players covet the Gibson J-160E, but the near-$2,000 price tag is beyond their reach. This is where the Epiphone Limited Edition EJ-160E comes in. The EJ-160E is a full-size Dreadnought with Gibson-style
  14. Expert Review: Eventide H9 Max Guitar Multieffects How to Do a Lot with (What Seems to Be) a Little By Russ Loeffler I began my evaluation of the Eventide H9 Max with some skepticism. Putting a programmable, multi-effects system into one pedal seems like too much. The classic Eventide pedals (like the Time Factor) have more than three footswitches and tons of knobs. So, how is this two-footswitch pedal supposed to give me more than that, with less? Well, it really comes down to the programming power and the multifunction operations of the pedal controls, which provides a surprisin
  15. Festival Overview by Russ Loeffler Guitar Town 11- Copper Mountain, Colorado (August 7-9, 2015) This year marked the 11th anniversary of Guitar Town, the free guitar festival at Copper Mountain resort in Colorado. Every year, world-class guitarists arrive at Copper Mountain to perform in front of an audience comprised mostly of guitar players (and their significant others) - and this year may have been the best artist line-up in the histroy of Guitar Town. The traditional format for the festival includes an Acoustic day on Saturday and and Electric day on Sunday. This year's lin
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