What’s the best choice for your first (or next) amp?
A frequent question from novice harp players is: what should I buy for my first amped setup? Some of the people reading this are going to buy an amp for themselves or someone else for Christmas, or buy one after Christmas with their Christmas money….
Monster Rock Harp: “Blues to News”
10 minutes plus of some of the most intense and original live rock harmonica ever recorded. Live performance with looper by Richard Hunter, 2017. Lee Oskar Natural Minor harmonica into an Audix Fireball V mic into a Digitech iStomp running the Swingshift polyphonic pitch shifter,…
Another taste of a Blue Future: Disconnected Blues
“Disconnected Blues” is one of the pieces I recorded for my upcoming record “Blue Future”. I’ve included two clips: the first 12 bars of the piece, and the first 12 bars or so of a 36-bar solo. These are sections from a very rough mix,…
Rock Bottom Cheap and Cheerful Amp Modeling: The Joyo JF-14 American Sound
Rob Paparozzi wrote recently on Facebook that he was using a Joyo JF-14 American Sound amp modeling pedal in his home studio. The thing is apparently modeled on a Fender ’57 Deluxe amp, so when you plug its output into a PA or keyboard amp,…
More Hot RP500 Sounds With the Lucky 13, Plus a Gift for RP500 Patchset Licensees
Happy Holidays everybody! (And no, that is NOT a political statement.) I’m still working on the sounds to go with the songs for the upcoming recording sessions for my next record, “Blue Future.” My favorite tool for making orchestral sketches (“orchestral” used here in a…
Get Ready for the Huntersounds Fender Mustang Patch Set
Inspired by David Barrett’s review of the Fender Mustang I modeling amp, I downloaded Fender’s FUSE software for the Mustang v.2 amps today. Very impressive. Unlike Digitech’s Xedit, you can run FUSE without a device connected for purposes of editing and saving patches, and I…
The Harps and Gear I Used to Record “50 Grand”
“50 Grand” is the only piece on my record “The Lucky One” that has something close to a standard 12-bar blues structure. I broke up the 12-bar form with a vamp that includes a cool harmonica horn section, and the lyric structure–unlike a typical blues–does…
“The Lucky One” is here! Check out the songs!
Richard Hunter has released â€œThe Lucky One,â€ the groundbreaking 21st century rock harmonica record. The 13 songs on this record, including ten originals plus covers of Morphineâ€™s â€œEarly to Bed,â€ Amon Tobinâ€™s â€œOrphan Black,â€ and ? (Question Mark) and the Mysteriansâ€™s â€œ96 Tearsâ€, are full on rockers with a unique sound driven by layers of amped-up effected harmonicas. This record establishes entirely new roles for the harmonica in a rock band, and the result is a big new sound and new life for the instrument.
Video of the Day 10 January 2015: Marcos Coll and Reyharp Naufal
Is Digitech Phasing Out the RP355?
I noticed something interesting in the last few days. First, the price of new Digitech RP255s has dropped to about $100. That’s a pretty good deal on a pretty capable device. Second, RP355s are listed as discontinued at Sweetwater, Musicians Friend, etc. etc. Put it…
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