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Meet Ronny Heimdal.

Name:
Ronny Heimdal
Location:
Bergen, Norway
Links:
https://soundcloud.com/ronny-heimdal
http://www.ronnyheimdal.com/

When did you realize your passion for music and how come you ended up playing guitar?
– When my father let me watch a music program on TV and I saw Jimi Hendrix then I started to imagine myself as a musician. Some years later, in 1974, when I was 8 years old I got my first guitar and tried to learn how to play that instrument, I’m still trying to learn.

What’s your main guitar right now?
– My main guitar is a Paul Reed Smith SE-245 with EMG pickups.

Any other guitars in your collection?
– 1. Jackson Slatt- 7 strings guitar  2. A Fender Strat  3. Casio PG-380 rebuilt with an Eugen Body (By Henry Urhaug).

Name five players that helped shape you as a guitarist!
– Naming all the  musicians that have influenced me would be a pretty long list and it’s not just guitar players it’s often piano players as well, but if I limited it to guitar players the list would be : Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck and Bill Frisell.

Looking ahead, what’s your ultimate goal with your music and guitar-playing?
– To experience and learn as much as I can and to try to improve what I’m already doing.

Who’s the most interesting player today?
– There are so many, but I can name four guitarists that I think is doing something quite interesting the moment : Tom Qayle, Tim Miller, Ben Monder and David Torn.

What amp and cab combo would you say is your go-to?
– A Kemper Profiling Amp with a Mesa Boogie Mark V 25 profile.

A quick rundown of your pedals and outboard?
– No pedals, the guitar is connected to the Kemper Profiling Amp and goes mono out into a Digidesign MBox 2 Pro audio interface and then the signal is recorded in Apple Logic X, I usually apply some EQ-shaping with a Fabfilter Pro-Q 2 plugin. Other effects may include a Lexicon LXP reverb plugin and a tiny amount of delay from a Logic Delay Designer plugin, all running on a Macbook Pro laptop.

String gauge and pick of choice?
– 010, 013, 017, 026, 036, 046 , Jim Dunlop Stubby 3.0 mm


THE METAL MONTH CUSTOMER JUKEBOX COLLECTION.

Listen to all five editions of this year’s Metal Month Customer Jukebox, right here!

BIG ROCK DRUMS EZX JAM.

Longtime Toontrack user Alan Sacha Laskow wrote this custom piece for Metal Month!

ARTWORK TIMELAPSE.

Watch the Metal Bass Beasts EZmix Pack cover develop from idea to finished art!

DRUMCEPTION: CHRIS BRODERICK.

Listen to Chris Broderick’s insane riffing and lead work over Mario’s drums.

DRUMCEPTION: RIVERS OF NIHIL.

Big, ambient and haunting – listen to how the guys from Rivers of Nihil interpreted Mario’s drum track!

FLUFF – MARK LEWIS DEMO.

Fluff from Riffs, Beards & Gear tries out the Mark Lewis Metal Tones EZmix Pack.

GEAR GODS: THREE MIXES.

Trey demos three different mixing using the EZmix Packs released during Metal Month 2016.

GUEST PLAYLIST – EFRAIM JUNTUNEN (NAGLFAR).

We checked in with Naglfar drummer Efraim Juntunen to see what’s spinning in his headphones right now!

NEW DRUM MIDI PACK FOR BLACK METAL!

Steady doom-like beats, grinding tirades and violent outbursts in fills.

SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2 TUTORIAL.

Luke Oswald shows you his favorite trick for boosting the bass drum and making his overall drum mix pop.

MUSIC CITY USA SDX – ON E-DRUMS.

E-drum performance by Luke Oswald featuring the Music City USA SDX.

TOMAS HAAKE: KIT RUNDOWN.

We caught up with Tomas Haake of Meshuggah to get a rundown of his 2016 touring kit.

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