Welcome to the new emberafter.com! The website has been completely revamped and considerably streamlined since it’s debut around 2008. The main features are:
• From any page, you can listen to our featured tracks in the Soundcloud player in the sidebar. Since we believe that autoplay is obnoxious, the songs don’t play until you select them. You’re welcome. Also note that there will be demos, cover songs, and other treats you can listen to in the soundcloud player such as our cover of Rush’s Subdivisions that aren’t available any other way. Enjoy!
• You can also join our mailing list from the sidebar as well.
• If you liked the Geartalk feature of the previous site, all of Orren’s music technology related posts will still be collected on the Geartalk page.
• The Music Store page contains all the songs that we have for sale, directly on the page. You can play every song in it’s entirety as well. If you go directly to our Bandcamp page you can download individual songs, and even read the lyrics.
Speaking of Misery, that’s our other big news—The Misery EP is now available! You ca buy it directly from iTunes or from the Music Store page via bandcamp. If you buy from our bandcamp page, it’s cheaper, you can download the music in higher resolution, and in addition to getting the music and cover art, you get the liner notes as a PDF download as well. It’s a win-win!
So to celebrate the unveiling of the new website and the release of The Misery EP, I’d like to offer you the title song as a free download. You can click the play button to listen to the song, and if you like it, just click the download button. No charge, just an email address is required.
Thanks for checking out the new site, enjoy the new look and new music!
As you can see from the links on the right side of the Geartalk page, Ember Studios had a lot of killer gear, including amazing digital (Kemper Profiling Amplifier) and analog (Egnater) amps. One thing that Ember Studios doesn’t have a lot of, however, is space. Here’s why that matters: The KPA can cover everything from singing cleans to high gain incredibly well. I’ve got some amazing profiles of both my own and other people’s amps that are liquid and excellent. However, I do like the sheer pants-flapping-from-the-blast of a real nuclear high gain amp. I’ve owned a few of those in the past, but those 120W crazy beasts were just too much amp to really open up in a small studio. So I’m looking for something with that level of drive but at recording levels. Thankfully, Ember Studios isn’t in a bedroom, so I can open up a low wattage amp and get some real fire going, but it should be reasonable.
Right now, there are four I’m thinking of.
The first is the Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister. It’s got the advantage of having an extremely good speaker simulator for recording (a redesigned custom Red Box), and has great clean and rock tones. Not sure if it’s quite as super nuclear as I’m looking for, however.
And c’mon, how can you not love the blue LEDs?
At NAMM 2012 I heard the Rebel 30 HG, the Egnater Rebel 30 amp with a tweaked high gain channel. I love Egnater amps, the Rebel 30 is an amazing amp, and the new HG channel sounds even closer to crazy gain than the Rebel did before.
This amp is supposed to be out “real soon now”…
Orange may have started off (or at least popularized) the micro-amp craze with the Tiny Terror. And the latest in that series is the Jim Root #4 signature Terror, a Dark Terror voiced like Jim’s Orange Rockerverbs in the “Terror” lunchbox head. There are no great recordings of it, but I heard it at NAMM 2012 and it sounded better than the Dark Terror to me. Like the Egnater HG series, no idea when this will ship.
Finally, I’ve really been liking the Carvin V3M. It’s definitely got that nuclear gain thing going, it cleans up well, and it’s got LEDs to boot.
All these amps can be knocked down in Wattage to under 15W, which is imperative—I can get some real hair on a 15W amp, but I can’t really open up a 30W or more powerful amp in my space.
Do any readers have favorite high gain micro amps? What’s been working for you?