Guitarist Brad Craig uses S-Gear on new Hardgroove single!Brad Craig (guitarist and vocalist) has collaborated with Brian Hardgroove (bassist with Public Enemy) on a new single entitled, Bailout, with Brad using the Scuffham Amps software, S-Gear, for all the guitar parts. In his studio Craig now only uses S-Gear and said, “I'm using S-Gear exclusively for all my guitar parts (it sounds fantastic)!”
The song is a social commentary on the current financial crisis and subsequent bailout of the banks ultimately posing the question, “When Somebody Gonna Bail Me Out?” Brian and Brad teamed up with Victor Burks (keys and vocals) and Mike Boyko (drums) as the band Hardgroove. Check out the single, Bailout, which is available for free download from the Hardgroove website: www.hardgroove.com.
PRESS: Sound & Recording, Germany (DE)"Scuffham Amps spendiert seiner Vorzeige-Amp-Simulation mit dem RoomThing eine weitere Effekterweiterung der Spitzenklasse. Damit bleibt S-Gear auch in der aktuellen Version seinem Boutique-Konzept treu. Eine der besten, wenn nicht die beste virtuelle Gitarrenrack-Lösung, die man heutzutage für die eigene DAW kaufen kann − und dabei trotz Preiserhöhung immer noch ein Schnäppchen!"
'TESTBERICHTE SCUFFHAM AMPS S-GEAR 2.1 - Jetzt mit Raumpflegepersonal', by Markus Thiel, Sound & Recording 03/13
S-Gear AAX for Pro Tools 10The AAX 32bit plug-in for Pro Tools 10 is now available. Please access the release version from the Download page and find more information.
Scuffham story hits the Estonian news"And one might also suspect that Scuffham's core consumers might be people just like him - those who truly understand and appreciate the beauty of a traditional amplifier, those who might actually spend more time playing guitar than surfing the web looking for guitar products."
Guitar Hero, by Scott Diel on ERR News Estonian Public Broadcasting, 20.09.2012
S-Gear v2.1 available now!Version 2.1 has released today with the versatile algorithmic reverb unit, RoomThing. To get a preview of the RoomThing sounds take a look at the YouTube video! This release also includes great new functionality such as saving and recalling presets for each individual device, 'drag & drop' for importing presets and much more...for full details of all the new features please download the updated manual.
Other Product news:
- For studios we are now offering a special S-Gear Studio Pack. This Pack offers 5 simultaneous license activations at a favourable price. Please contact us for more details.
- From January 1st 2013, the price of S-Gear will increase to $99 (excluding VAT/Sales tax). S-Gear still represents tremendous value for money, and as per our previous commitment, all S-Gear license holders will enjoy free updates until May 2013.
PRESS: MACProVideo (EN)...S-Gear has focused on just three highly versatile and responsive amp simulations which gain a lot of tonal flexibility from the cabinet simulations...this is probably one of the best amp simulations I’ve ever used. A wide range of presets will keep you happy or making your own is super simple too.
Review: Scuffham Amps S-Gear by Toby Pitman in Review, Aug 18 2012
PRESS: Guitarist / Music Radar, UK (EN)...the thinking might be that S-Gear is not that versatile. Not true: the differences between those three amps, combined with the solid tweakability of the speaker emulation, means that what you get is access to a really broad range of tones fit to grace any recording.
Scuffham S-Gear by Trevor Curwen, Guitarist Summer 2012 Issue 358
PRESS: Sound on Sound, UK (EN)
S-Gear sounds expensive — in a good way...Perhaps the most impressive thing about it is the attention paid to dynamic response and the ‘feel factor’...
Scuffham S-Gear - Amp Simulator for MAC OS & Windows by Sam Inglis, Sound on Sound - August 2012
PRESS: Electronic Musician, USA (EN)
Roundup - High-Tech Guitar by Craig Anderton, Electronic Musician - July 2012 issue
PRESS: Sound & Recording, Germany (DE)"Holy Moly! Mit Version 2.0 seiner Gitarren-Amp-Simulation hat Mike Scuffham erneut mächtig vorgelegt. Durch die konsequente Umsetzung eines individuellen Konzepts, welches gänzlich auf Sound-alike-Clones und klangliche Abziehbildchen verzichtet, entstanden mit den S-Gear-Modellen drei durch und durch authentische Originale, die einen Vergleich mit weitaus kostspieligeren Hardware-Boutique-Verstärkern nicht zu scheuen brauchen. Für meine Begriffe momentan eine der am besten klingenden, wenn nicht die beste virtuelle Gitarrenverstärkerlösung für Bühne und Studio - und das zu einem Preis, der in Relation zum gebotenen Gegenwert und mit Schulterblick auf die Konkurrenz schon fast einer Frechheit gleichkommt."
'Virtuelle Originalität', by Markus Thiel, Sound & Recording 06/12
S-Gear v2.02 released
A new release is now available from the Download page. As well as bug fixes, the ProConvolver channels now offer a channel delay control allowing wide stereo and room ambience effects.
Release of S-Gear v2
We are pleased to announce the release of S-Gear v2.0! The files are now available from the Download page. The new rack gives you much more control over the effects processing, and it also means in the future we can deploy new rack devices very easily.
Version 2.0 highlights include:
- Drag & drop flexible effects rack
- ModThing dedicated modulation processor
- More MIDI controller options
- Revised factory presets
PRESS: Guitar, Germany (DE)
"Here, you achieve multiple sounds that are fun to play - from classic rock, to bonedry AC/DC riffs to meaty Volbeat...Even though offering only three amps, S-Gear is highly competitive when it comes to grown up guitar sound from your computer. These amps hit the right tone."
"So erreicht man diverse Klangfarben, die richtig Spaß machen, von klassischem Rock, über knochentrockene AC/DC-Riffs bis hin zu vollmundigen Volbeat-Einlagen...Trotz einer Auswahl von gerade drei Verstärkern zeigt sich S-Gear der Konkurrenz gewachsen, wenn es um ausgewachsenen Gitarrensound aus dem Rechner gilt. Die Verstärker treffen den richtigen Ton."
"Die Software für Puristen', by Ulf Kaiser, Guitar, Ausgabe 3/12 nr.142
PRESS: Guitar Muse, USA (EN)
PRESS: Wusik Sound Magazine, Slovenia (EN) and Pluggar, Sweden (SWE)
"Men viktigast av allt är såklart hur det låter. S-Gear imponerar från de renaste tonerna till den råaste disten och spelkänslan är total. Förstärkarna reagerar lika dynamiskt som man kan förvänta sig och låter minst sagt fantastiskt!"
Windows 64-bit released!
Version 1_0_5 gives all Windows OS users a chance to take it up a Gear! The 64-bit download is now available and will provide a significant performance benefit. Check out the Download page for full details and the Forum for more information.
S-Gear MAC update
The S-Gear MAC v1_0_5 is now available for download! This release addresses a few issues for MAC users – for the details please refer to the Download page.
And remember, the 10% discount continues until the 14th November 2011! To get the offer, use the following coupon code: XNC-N12-5UN
S-Gear v.1.0.4 released!
The MAC OS X version of S-Gear has been released. To mark this occasion we are offering a 10% discount off the price of S-Gear, valid until the 14 November 2011. Use the following coupon code when purchasing:
Coupon code: XNC-N12-5UN
Available as a plug-in (AU) and Standalone Application, S-Gear for MAC offers all the same functionality as the current Windows release, and comes as a universal binary providing 32 bit and 64 bit operation. An S-Gear license key entitles you to use both Windows and MAC versions!
PRESS: Gitarre & Bass, Germany (DE)
"Which brings us to the most important point, the Sound. A modeling-software, which sounds and reacts so dynamic, tube-like, and versatile is hard to find. Silky and very expressive clean sounds, sparkling treble, full distortion, that reacts to your style of play and that is controllable through the volume potentiometer on the guitar, richness of sound, deep bass, and warmth; a very flexible modulation delay, that sounds as warm as an analogue one, as well as a realistic and modifiable speaker emulation, that can be switched off if need be, that offers impedance regulation and up to two virtual speakers simultaneously. With all of that S-Gear is totally convincing."
"Und damit sind wir beim wichtigsten angelangt, dem Sound. Eine Modeling-Software, die dermaßen dynamisch, röhrenähnlich und vielschichtig klingt und reagiert, erlebt man selten. Seidige und ausdrucksstarke Clean-Sounds, prickelnde Höhen, reichhaltige und ansprechend mit Spielweise und Volume-Poti an der Gitarre steuerbare Verzerrungen, Klangfülle, -Tiefe und Wärme, ein analog warm tönendes und äußerst flexibles Modulation-Delay-Gerät, sowie realistische und modifizierbare sowie im Bedarfsfall auch abschaltbare Boxen-Emulationen mit regelbarer Impedanz-Beeinflussung und bis zu zwei virtuellen Boxen gleichzeitig bietet S-Gear und überzeugt damit voll und ganz.."
S-Gear - Scuffham Amps by Thomas Jeschonnek, August 2011 issue
Three's a charm!
S-Gear v1.0.3 is now available from the Download page.
This next update deals with two issues:
- Standalone App being incompatible with some ASIO drivers, and
- S-Gear plug-in crashes Reaper 3.7.x when looping multiple active S-Gear tracks.
Note: if you are updating from v1.0.2 please do not forget to update any copies of the VST DLL.
PRESS: Computer Music, UK (EN)
"...streamlined simplicity and quality over quantity."Scuffham Amps S-Gear, Computer Music
PRESS: Electronic Musician, USA (EN)
"...even if you already have several amp sims, they [Scuffham's amps] provide an excellent complement because they're not trying to sound like some specific amp."High-Tech Guitar Effects by Craig Anderton
PRESS: AudioFanzine (FR)
"too, too good!!"
Software Amp Simulators by Scuffham
New version of S-Gear...
S-Gear v1.0.2 has just been posted on the Download page.
This release includes the promised MIDI control functionality. You can receive MIDI Program, Bank and Control Change messages. There are 8 controllers which can be assigned to (almost) any S-Gear parameter. The User Manual is being updated right now! so please check back on the support pages tomorrow.
Also in this release: various bug fixes, most importantly we have addressed the crashing issue with Reaper 3.7.x. Please let us know how you get on!
Thanks to everyone for your interest and support in S-Gear... more to come very soon!
Hang on to your guitar straps...
S-gear has finally arrived! Can I get a "yee-ha"?
We are absolutely delighted to inform you all that S-Gear is now available for download!
Remember that you get 15 days to try out all the features in S-Gear before you need to commit to buying. Please note that you will be asked go through a quick registration process before being able to run the download.
As you can imagine, we have been busy and there is now several new pages of support documentation and new sections on the website. One new section, called Sounds, features narrative from Jerry Stevenson about the gear he used to make the sound clips and the inspiration behind them. We intend to get our Forum launched shortly - we are keen to hear your thoughts, experiences and musings on everything S-Gear!
Finally, a big Thank You for all your patience - we really appreciate it - and we hope you enjoy S-Gear!
**NEWSFLASH** Release of S-Gear v1.0.1 is imminent! This update will fix a start-up problem with Ableton Live and Reaper re-size issue.
Where's my rig?!
So, we are a few days behind our schedule, but everything is looking good and sounding great. We hope to get the S-Gear release live within the next ten days. Over the next few days we will be adding information to the website support pages to help you get up and running. Please check back soon!
It’s official: S-Gear will be available for download from the 25th April 2011, with a purchase price of $75. A free 15 day trial of the full product will be offered. Until then feel free to indulge your auditory senses with our superb range of sound clips, located on the Products page. Produced by the talented Mr Jerry Stevenson, they are excellent examples of the versatility and tonal detail offered by S-Gear. Enjoy!
We are delighted to include a selection of speaker impulses from the excellent Redwirez collection, including 1x12", 2x12", 4x10" and 4x12" cabs, ribbon and dynamic mic options and a range of mic placements. Also based on Redwirez research, and a unique feature of Pro Convolver, the 'Z' control allows you to dial in the effect of speaker impedance driven by a traditional tube power amp stage. Adding extra thump and sparkle, and a more scooped mid-range tone, the ‘Z’ control adds another dimension to the speaker cabinet models.
Countdown to launch...
We are very pleased to present our brand new website!
The planned launch date for our debut product, S-Gear is sometime in April, and we will be announcing the exact date very soon. In the meantime, please check out the Product pages and sign up for our newsletter for more details on the launch.