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Roland has announced that the entire AIRA family has been updated with exciting and useful new features requested by users from around the globe. Easy to install and free for all users, this AIRA update includes enhancements for the whole line, such as backup and restore facilities, and better overall MIDI management. It also provides a wealth of product-specific enhancements, such as external MIDI pitch control for VT-3, tuning control for TB-3, and instrument gain control for TR-8.

Read more: Roland Announces Full AIRA Update >>>


TMP Pro Distributionis has announced a distribution agreement with Denon Professional and Marantz Professional to be their exclusive national distributor in the U.S.  TMP Pro Distribution has built an expansive line of 170 pro-audio brands and continues to grow. Since pro audio distribution was added to the business model in 1985, TMP Pro has consistently followed a formula of establishing strong partner relationships with vendors.  The TMP Pro Team is recognized by manufacturers and customers alike for its in-depth knowledge of the products that they sell. Accordingly, the TMP Pro national sales team offers years of first-hand experience in the full line of products offered by Denon Professional and Marantz Professional.

Read more: The Music People to Distribute Denon and Marantz >>>


Audio specialist Sennheiser announced a broad updated to its artist relations site has arrived. The website [] is designed not only to be visually engaging for artists, music fans, and customers, but also rich with information on artists using Sennheiser microphones, wireless systems, and other products. Visitors can explore and gain relevant information on a wide range of Sennheiser artists and the equipment they use: from established acts such as Paramore to emerging acts such as Katie Cole.

Read more: Sennheiser Updates Artist Relations Site >>>


On July 24, seventeen companies filed for extensions to oppose the trademark application by Gibson Brands Inc. for the (two dimensional outline) of the 335 body shape. Peavey,  Dean ( Armadillo), JHS, Suhr (JS Tech), Collings, Schecter, Westheimer, ESP, Washburn (U.S. Music), Roman Guitars, Trussart Guitars, Sadowsky, Warwick, Cordoba, Premier Builders, and Guild have filed together represented by Bienstock and Michael, P.C. Fender (FMIC) and Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises have filed separately.

We'll have more on this developing story as events unfold.



TC Electronic announces Ditto Looper Gold, a limited edition gold-colored run of the Ditto Looper. The original Ditto Looper became an instant hit due to its simple and intuitive use and its small size. With Ditto Looper Gold, TC Electronic has re-issued it in the only color fit for a true loop-champion: Gold.

Read more: TC Electronic Ditto Looper Gold >>>

Trade Regrets

Calvin R. Grafton, age 83, passed away on July 11.

Born in Frackville, Pennsylvania, Grafton opened Calvin Grafton Electronics Sales & Service in 1963, later incorporated as Grafton Piano & Organ Co. Inc. It grew under his leadership from a small shop in Hatfield, Pennsylvania to at its present location in Souderton carrying a complete range of pianos, organs and keyboards. The company has installed and services hundreds of Allen church organs in the tri-state area. 




Supplier Scene

Rickenbacker International Corp. proudly presents for auction a Model 360 Jetglo electric guitar signed by the original members of the band R.E.M. to benefit musician and uninsured heart attack victim Bob Hawkins, who will receive 100% of the proceeds of this auction.

The auction began on July 17 and will take place online through eBay, through July 27. 

Read more: Rickenbacker Bob Hawkins Benefit Auction >>>

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