I received this little guy in error and almost sent it back. I’m very glad I didn’t! The VOX amPlug 2 is a slightly pricey but very fun headphone amp for practicing with some real analog circuit tone.
My musician neighbor recently found his long lost Metal amPlug and told me how much fun it was for practice and general jamming, so I ordered one from Amazon. What arrived a couple weeks later was the Bass version, and since these guys will in fact set you back around $40US I was about to send it back when I thought, hey let’s at least give it a shot.
Since it didn’t come with a manual, I didn’t know until I went to the VOX website that it not only has three gain settings (cycle select using the power button), but also a built in drum machine with three patterns and tap tempo! What!
The amPlug 2 runs on two included AAA batteries and is just a hella fun way to quietly get your practice on. The tone is good, I like the ballsy primary setting, and the syncopated drum patterns are interesting enough to spur the imagination. I do recommend putting your headphone cord through your strap like you would a standard lead, in case it falls out while you jam.
I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but I definitely recommend it, and now I have the amPlug 2 Lead on order. Check the website, each of the VOX amPlug 2 have different specs and settings. Rock on!
Ethereal, hypnotic, unhurried, and quietly epic, the latest album from King Buffalo draws you in with such unassuming ease that you don’t realize you’re caught in its snare until your head is bouncing and your hair standing on end (around minute 12, to be precise).
Released March 2020, Dead Star is an evolution from King Buffalo’s 2018 masterpiece Longing to Be the Mountain, while sharing some common threads with that popular favorite. New side trips into ambient and even 80s-influenced electronic music don’t dull the understated power contained in the psychedelic drone underpinning the compelling groove of this excellent album.
Fans of Pink Floyd, All them Witches, and Elder should check out the latest from this Rochester, New York power trio who just gets better with every new release.
Standout tracks: Ecliptic, Red Star Pt. 2, Eta Carinae
In a dark week in a dark time, I unexpectedly found light and renewal in the pure cathartic power and emotion of In This Moment‘s newest release, Mother. With amazingly powerful covers of songs like Fly Like an Eagle and We Will Rock You (feat. Lzzy Hale of Halestorm), as well as hair-raising originals like The In-Between, the latest from Maria Brink and crew is a must have.
While this gothic metal group is known for its mind blowing visuals and outrageous stage shows (I can attest!), make no mistake, the music stands on its own. Mother is out March 2020 and streaming everywhere. Go get levitated!