Reviewed: Zoom G5n Multi-Effects Processor

Dynamic Music | | Expect To Pay $559

Having seen the development of the Zoom range of guitar effects over the years, it has been great to see the ideas all fall into place one by one to end up with a flagship unit like the one that landed on my studio floor this month. Those of you who have used Zoom products before will know that the effects are always top-notch, delivering quality in audio and modeling at any stage in their current range. What the G5n does is to bring together the best of the best and combine them into a user interface that is designed with picky guitar players in mind. It is not just a set of preset patches, it offers the user the options that individual pedals do, but with far more variety and versatility.

One thing that I love about this board, which has so much on offer, is the way in which it operates both like a multi-effects board and at the same time behaves like a selection of individual stompboxes. The lower section of the top panel has five buttons to help you navigate through patches, set up the tempo or engage the tuner. You do need a pointy toe on your boot to engage these easily, no problem for me there, as they are tucked in, out of the way for the other operations.

Hits and Misses


Great sounding effects and models

Stompbox style effects recall

Easy to read screens showing effects parameters

Simple storage and recalling of patches


Volume pedal has very little range in movement


Riffstation lets you download the chords to your favourite songs for free

Simply Upload An MP3 And Start Learning

Riffstation, the music software that breaks down songs into chords for easy learning, has just been released as a free download for Mac and PC.

In a message posted to the Riffstation website, the company shared the news that users can now download and use the software tool to improve their guitar playing for free.




Motörhead, Deep Purple and Ghost members to honour Metallica at awards ceremony

Recognising Metallica As Winners Of The Polar Music Prize

This month, Metallica will receive the prestigious Polar Music Prize at a ceremony featuring tributes from members of heavy metal giants Motörhead, Deep Purple, and Ghost.

The Polar Prize ceremony typically features Swedish musicians paying tribute to the winners, with this year’s festivities set to include performances from members of Ghost and Candlemass. Also performing on the night are Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén and Scorpions/ex-Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who will premiere a piece of music written especially for the occasion. Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple will also be present to read the citation.



The 1975 announce two albums, release new song ‘Give Yourself a Try’

Their First New Music Since 2016

They’ve been fuelling rumours with cryptic social media posts for months, and now The 1975 have finally announced they’ll be releasing not one, but two albums over the next 12 months.

The band revealed album details during an appearance on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, where they also premiered their first new song in two years, ‘Give Yourself a Try’. This morning, a new music video for the track was shared which sees The 1975 changing their image yet again ahead of the additions to their discography. 




Gear Rundown: Bootsy Collins

A Crash Course On The Funk With Bootsy

When it comes to funkin', few have done it harder than Bootsy Collins. Kicking off his career by joining James Brown's backing group The JBs in 1969, Bootsy would go on to change the face of music forever with his bass playing in George Clinton's funk conglomerate Parliament-Funkadelic, adopting a groove heavy style with an emphasis on the down beat and slap bass stylings. As well as enjoying an illustrious solo career, Bootsy has also experienced years of success as a studio gun for hire, and experienced a new wave of popularity and critical acclaim with the G-Funk movement spearheaded by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in the 1990's. In short, he's a deadset legend. To celebrate one of his most famous groups Parliament, who recently released their first LP in almost 40 years, we take a geez at the gear of one of the funkiest men alive - it's Bootsy, baby.






Reviewed: Xotic Effects Soul Driven Overdrive

Gladesville Guitar Factory | | Expect To Pay: $265

Stompboxes are, by design, implements of very occasional joy. Sure, some stay on longer than others, but you’d be hard pressed to find a player in the world who relies on flanger, for example, as the bedrock of their sound. For the vast majority, the first step on the path to tonal glory is an amp, tube driven or otherwise, that has all the spunk and moxie that they feel satisfied deeming the bare minimum. True as this may be, there have emerged over the last few years an increasing number of pedals that promise to enhance that foundation tone in one way or another.

By far one of the most successful ‘always on’ pedals that I’ve come across is the EP booster made by Californian innovators Xotic Effects. This slim little number is intended to be reminiscent of the preamp stage of an Echoplex tape delay with the repeats dialed out, a trick used by Jimmy Page and The Beatles to add extra heat to what they already had cooking. While the owner’s guide calls it a booster, it has fast become a staple starting point for a vast number of effects chains with users noting the way that its warmth and transparency adds a ruddy cheeked sense of health to their tone.

Hits and Misses


Harmonically rich, clear and tonally versatile in a snappy chrome casing




The Music Gym launches to provide easy musical stress relief

New Music Hub Opens At Galleria

Never worry about skipping leg day again - or legato day, in this instance - as a new gym has opened up in Melbourne's CBD to allow adults to engage in group music classes in between the hustle of their day-to-day work schedule.

Opening its doors for the first time on Thursday June 14 - just in time for Make Music Day Australia - this new venture by seasoned music educator of 21 years Catherine Prifti, is aimed at giving people an alternate method of stress release in their busy lives.


Kamasi Washington premieres new single 'Street Fighter Mas'

Ahead Of New Album Heaven And Earth

Set to release mammoth double album Heaven and Earth next month, talented saxophonist Kamasi Washington has shared the third single off the upcoming record entitled 'Street Fighter Mas', with an accompanying music video set to follow.

Taken from the Heaven half of the record, this latest track was inspired by Washington growing up towards the end of the arcade era, before console gaming took over. Washington was raised in the turbulent neighbourhood of Inglewood in Los Angeles in the early '90s, where a local video game arcade was the respite from all the madness and gang violence the city was experiencing at the time. Young people from all around would head there to play games such as Street Fighter, and while they were there everything was equalised and it was all about the game. 



Propellerhead releases Europa Synth standalone plugin

Popular Reason Synth Now Available On Any DAW

The powerful Europa synth by Swedish software veterans Propellerhead is now being released as its own standalone synthesiser plugin, giving users the freedom to incorporate it with their go-to workstation.

The popular spectral wavetable synthesiser, usually only usable with the company's flagship DAW Reason, has now been made available in VST and AU formats to be used with any other platform through its standalone plugin. Europa boasts deeply customisable wavetable modification options, while keeping the user interface clean and easy to navigate. The plugin additionally comes free with any purchase of the latest Reason 10, or when current owners of the DAW upgrade to the latest version of the software.



Details of Eric Clapton documentary Life In 12 Bars soundtrack announced

Featuring Four Unreleased Tracks

The Showtime documentary chronicling the life of Eric Clapton is coming to a 32-song soundtrack album, featuring the wide array of world renowned artists he worked with over his long and successful career.

Directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck - best know for her work on Rush, Driving Miss Daisy and Reign of Fire to name a few - this very intimate look into the life of the 18-time Grammy award winning musician and songwriter is now soon to be released as a standalone soundtrack. The two CD, four LP set will include 32 tracks from right across Eric Clapton's whirlwind musical career, and is slated for release on Friday June 8 via Universal.