Tight Drive Bass Distortion Pedal
As a result of feedback from Greg Weeks of the Red Chord at the 2010 NAMM show, Amptweaker now offers a bass version of their popular guitar distortion unit. As its name implies, the Tight Drive specializes in providing a tighter low end. The pedal also features gain, tone, and volume controls, as well as a pre/post switch.
Velvet Blue Double Bass Strings
Designed for players with an inclination for modern techniques, Velvet’s Blue strings feature a synthetic core, rather than silk, but there is no compromise in the sound. Perfect for the upright player looking for a natural sound with a modern feel. The synthetic core design allows the string to come in at a more modest price than a traditional gut string but still sounds like its more expensive cousin.
Cakewalk V-Studio 20
The Cakewalk V-Studio 20 combines great software with great hardware, all in a package that makes it simple to produce quality recordings in your own home. The unit features a stereo USB audio interface, onboard BOSS-powered COSM DSP, effects for guitar & vocals, Guitar Tracks recording software, and a universal DAW control surface.
ProTune and ProTemp iPhone Apps
Planet Waves has jumped on the apple bandwagon and launched its ProTune and Pro- Tempo iPhone Apps. The ProTune features dedicated modes for guitar, bass, violin, banjo, and other stringed instruments, and you can use the iPhone’s built-in microphone, an external mic, or connect your instrument directly to the iPhone. With the ProTemp, use the touch-screen Tap feature to select a basic click-based tempo instantly or create and save your own customized rhythm patterns using the detailed controls.
Price ProTune, $5.99; ProTemp, $4.99
Tone Freak Naked ODThis distortion pedal works by lightly boosting your tone, whether you are already overdriving your signal or not. When set in front of a slightly or fully driven amp, the pedal can add a clean boost or just a bit more fuzz. In front of a clean signal, you can crunch your tone more pointedly. Freaks can tweak their tone to their delight with drive, tone, and level controls. The unit is true bypass and features durable Neutrik jacks.
Rotosound Drop Zone and Drop Zone Plus Bass Strings
For our low-down, hard rockin’ brothers who want to go even lower, Rotosound offers its Drop Zone strings. The RS 66LH “Drop Zone” .65–.130 gauge strings allow a 4-string bassist to drop down to B, while the Drop Zone+ set allows 5-string players to drop from low B to F# with .85–.175 gauge strings.