Vale Phil “Hoffy” Hoffman

Posted Posted in The Vigilantes

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing today about the recent loss of our amazing bass player and cherished friend and brother Phil “Hoffy” Hoffman after a brave struggle with cancer. Phil was almost a generation younger than Little Goose and myself and leaves behind his wonderful wife TJ and two young […]

Sons Of Steel

Posted Posted in News

In 1987 our old friend Rob Hartley found himself in the leading role of a very quirky, extremely witty Aussie sci fi comedy, the highly entertaining Sons Of Steel. The brainchild of writer/director/producer Gary Keady, S.O.S. also featured another amazing Aussie vocalist, the legendary and always outrageous Jeff Duff. One day back then I got […]

Rick and The Goose

Posted Posted in Rick and The Goose

The acoustic blues team of Rick and The Goose which is myself and the lovely Barry (Little Goose) Harvey is now sadly off the road. Poor old Goosie, who played double bass and drums (at the same time!) while I bashed the guitar and harp and sang a bit, is now suffering from frontal lobe […]

Maxim Amplifiers – Peter McCarthy

Posted Posted in Guitar Amps

This is the story of the late amazing Peter McCarthy, guitar and amplifier pioneer who created wonderful amps and guitars under the Maxim brand in his workshop in Bridge Road, Richmond, Melbourne for many years. Peter centre (on guitar) in the 1930’s I have a few lovely old amplifiers from the 60’s and later (all […]

Brainworx bx_subfilter

Posted Posted in Freebies, Software Reviews

The new bx_subfilter is a very useful section taken from the larger bx_subsynth plugin, which itself is based on the dbx 120XP subharmonic synthesizer with some very useful additions not found on the original hardware . This free plugin doesn’t include the subharmonic synth section, but is the filter section with an addition not found on it’s parent […]

Lindell TE-100 E.Q. Plugin

Posted Posted in Software Reviews

Hey folks, it’s been a while, but I’m back with a sensational new plugin from Lindell and the Plugin Alliance team. As the manual says, “This plugin faithfully reproduces the behavior and character of the K&H® UE­100 tube equalizer, a 60s all tube active equalizer that weighs 25kg and contains no less than 14 tubes!” […]

Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3 Compressor

Posted Posted in Software Reviews

This little gem is a new release from the brilliant brainworx stable, part of Plugin Alliance, the home of some very classy software. The high end hardware Acme Audio Opticom XLA-3 optro compressor limiter this plugin models is an all valve (tube) unit, as described on the Acme website: “The opticom xla-3 is an all-tube […]