Chris Stillwell had a great rig going last week for his show with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at the Fillmore in San Francisco. 2 X 15" vintage Fender cabinet, Tonecraft 363 on the front end with a GK 400 being used as a power amp. His vintage Fender P and Jazz basses are both strung with heavy flatwounds. No complaints.
Here's a video of Chris and Karl tearing up their original song Inland Emperor with their funk supergroup The Greyboy Allstars.
Modern bass legend Kaveh Rasteghar has been using the 363 on studio sessions for the past 6 months and is currently running it on upright bass with John Legend's acoustic summer tour. Kaveh is one of the greatest bassists on the the planet right now and is making music all over the map: European stadiums with Ligabue, tracks with bay area underground hip hop group Latyrx, musical director for Sia, songwriting with Bruno Mars, Kimbra, Cee Lo Green, Kimbra, De La Soul and Meshell Ndegeocello, experimental jazz with Kneebody and Thruster. On top of that he's a super down to earth dude. We're proud to have him as a Tonecraft artist.
We are proud to have the Tonecraft 363 Tube Direct Box on Steely Dan's Jamalot Ever After Tour currently making it's way across the country. The 363 is being used by legendary bassist "Ready" Freddie Washington. Freddie is a true gentleman with one of the all time best bass grooves. Thanks for the support Freddie and we look forward to hearing you on tour!
Legendary LA producer Tony Berg (Fiona Apple, Bob Dylan, Michael Penn) recently put the 363 to the test recording Sebastian Steinberg playing through a 1964 Hofner flatwound strung violin bass on AJ Croce's track Always and Evermore from his new album Twelve Tales. Steinberg dug deep into to the 363's tones and you can really hear it on his impressive runs. Proud to be part of such a great album. It's climbing the charts fast (#23 Roots, #50 Rock as of today) and we urge people to pick up a copy! You can check the track out here.
Listen to the sound of the Tonecraft 363 amplifying a Fishman soundhole pickup fitted Gibson acoustic guitar. The guitar fed straight into the 363 to Lynx Aurora converters. No additional EQ, compression or processing has been used.
Isolated 1971 Fender P Bass with flatwound strings. No compression, EQ or other processing. This is simply the sound of the bass through the 363 to converters.
We recently recorded a set of audio clips in a band setting with select instruments broken out into solo'ed mixes. These are unadorned recordings so that you can hear the sound of what an instrument sounds like from cable to 363 to converter. You can listen to electric bass, electric guitar, Nord, Hammond, Wurly and Clavinet as well as two different acoustic guitars with very common pickups played with pick and fingerstyle. We will be creating more samples in the coming weeks and please feel to contact us with any questions or comments.
We have created a playlist at Soundcloud. The mixes are 24 bit/48k and you are welcome to download the hi-resolution files.
For Immediate Release
5/20/2014 La Jolla, CA
Tonecraft Audio has named Flyline Music AG as the exclusive distributor for Switzerland. Flyline chief Andreas Michel immediately saw the value in our product stating, "We are very excited to offer the 363 Tube DI to our clients. After testing we're absolutely convinced that it can compete with all competitors in the professional market. It's great for musicians, PA companies and should not be missed in any professional recording facility."
Tonecraft's Jon Erickson states. "We first met Andreas for a demonstration in his hotel room during NAMM. We didn't have a booth so we had to go guerilla style. Co-designer Ryan Feves played his 19th century French upright bass through the 363 into a powered floor monitor. The sound was tremendous. After a few strokes with the bow, I think Andreas was hooked. We are proud to have Flyline, a world leader in professional audio, embracing our new company. Andreas saw straight away that we are obsessed with the finest details in our designs and our mutual respect for quality and service should be the basis for a long relationship."