Travelling up from South Wales, Chris Buck who has shared the stage with the likes of Slash, came to Blackstar HQ to shoot an Artist Spotlight video and several licks for the newly launched Blackstar Potential online lessons. Chris talked us through his mighty Series One 50 rig and tried a few top secret Blackstar prototypes! Chris’ videos will be available in the coming weeks but in the meantime check out his band Buck and Evans here: http://www.buckandevans.com
Ace, the guitarist from British rock band Skunk Anansie, now has four of his signature tones available on the INSIDER Community. Ace, one of the founding members of Skunk Anansie, has created a clean, a crunch, a rhythm and a lead patch which can now be downloaded to any ID:Series amplifier via the INSIDER Community. So if you are a fan, download the patches, plug in your ID:Series amp and jam along to the likes of "Brazen (Weep)" and "All I Want".
The LT pedals are the latest products in the Blackstar line to receive independent awards. The LT Drive, LT Dist, LT Metal and LT Dual all received Total Guitar best buy awards with reviewer Michael Brown stating, ‘rugged compact enclosures and valve-like response without valves, the Brit amp gurus revolutionise dirt pedals all over again.’ Check out the full review in the December issue of Total guitar.
Pedal guru Ace from Skunk Anansie has been checking out the LT and HT pedals. See what he had to say about each pedal on the artist quotes page. You can also check out his favourite settings on each pedal from the pictures below:
Ihsahn, the legendary guitarist from Emperor, now has two ID:Series artist patches on the INSIDER community. Ihsahn who is renowned for his unique style of symphonic black metal is often cited as the inspiration behind many modern black metal bands, not only in Scandinavia but across the world. You can now download two faithful representations of his main Series One 200 settings but inside the award winning ID:Series. Download the free INSIDER software today to sound like Ihsahn.
Bob Mould, renowned for fronting seminal alt-rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, and user of Blackstar Amplification’s Artisan 100 head now has an ID:Series patch available to download. Log on to Blackstars Insider software, download Bobs patch to any ID amplifier and get the tone that was the inspiration behind Green Day, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and The Smashing Pumkins to name but a few. September 2012 Mould performed his latest single ‘The Descent’ on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking his first televised performance using the Artisan 100. Mould also completed a European and US tour, also with the 100watt, EL34 based Artisan 100 in tow.
Blackstar and Kanda Shokai are hosting a Japanese clinic tour in November with Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind shredder Gus G. Gus will be playing tracks through his Blackfire head and demonstrating how to get the Blackfire tone from other amplifiers in the Blackstar product range. Check out the gig guide for locations near you.
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Our award-winning ID:Series is now placed in one of the top rehearsal studio in Niigata Japan. The ID:100TVP and ID:412A will be used by many of Japan’s top artists from every kind of musical genre. The versatility of ID:Series combined with the innovative power and tone of TVP (True Valve Power) will ensure they can nail their sound.
Blackstar Amps are now part of the world famous Metropolis Studios’ inventory of guitar amplifiers. A HT-Stage 60, ID:260TVP and the Artisan 30 combo all now feature in the London recording studios. Metropolis Studios are responsible for recording the likes of The Verve – Urban Hymns, The Stone Roses – The Second Coming and Amy Winehouse’s – Back To Black. During Blackstar’s recent visit to Metropolis Studios in August, US pop superstar Will.I.Am was busy recording in Studio A.
Expect exciting collaborations between Blackstar and Metropolis in the coming months.
East Londons premier recording and rehearsal studio The Premises has just taken delivery of some cool new guitar amplifiers courtesy of Blackstar Amps. The Premises whose client list includes the likes of Blur, Jarvis Cocker, The XX and The Horrors now has an HT Club 50 half stack, an HT Studio 20 and an ID:260TVP. The main recording studio at The Premises is fully solar powered; the first in London!
Check out their website here:- www.premisesstudios.com