Band & Orchestra

The new Custom Z alto and tenor saxophones are targeted towards school-aged, collegiate, and professional saxophonists who play in a solo or ensemble setting. Yamaha anticipates high demand – as the current models (both alto and tenor) have been top sellers in the pro/Custom category since their debut in 2003. These new saxophones are now equipped with a one-piece bell. The addition of the esteemed V1 neck brings improved intonation and enhanced flexibility. Other features include new engraving and an improved B-C# connection.

Read more: Yamaha Custom Z Sax Anniversary Redesign

Pro Audio

StudioConnect with Lightning is Griffin’s all-in-one audio interface for music creation on the iPad, now compatible with the new fourth generation iPad and iPad mini. StudioConnect provides plug-and-play convenience for guitars, stereo audio, MIDI-In/Out along with a Lightning charging dock. It also features line-level RCA stereo output and stereo headphone output with separate volume control.  

Read more: Griffin Technology StudioConnect with Lightning


Tonally derived from Blackstar's HT pedal range, these new pedals are built for tube-like responsiveness and rugged metal housing for durability.  Each pedal in the range can be powered by a 9V battery, as well as an optional mains adaptor, and can be easily incorporated into a player's existing pedal board. All pedals in the range feature high integrity buffered bypass and silent switching. In addition, the LT DIST, LT-Metal and LT Dual models offer the lowest cost option for Blackstar's patented ISF control.

Read more: Blackstar LT Pedals

Band & Orchestra

Intended for use in orchestral, concert band and other brass ensemble environments, the new Artist Model Chicago C trumpet was crafted with the input of John Hagstrom, member of the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra brass section. The trumpet features a MalonePipe® leadpipe design, which provides superior response and accurate slotting. Additional updates include brace placement modifications and heavier valve caps, providing an optimal mix of flexibility and power to fulfill the needs of the highest-level orchestral musicians.

Read more: Updated Yamaha Xeno Artist Model ‘Chicago’ C Trumpet

Drums & Percussion

The new LP Americana Series Groove Cajon is made in the U.S.A. from hand-selected, 9-ply, plantation-grown Baltic birch. Featuring an adjustable front plate and fixed snare wires in a uniquely slim design, the LP Groove Cajon offers deep bass tones while maintaining precise articulation and sensitivity. Every Americana Series cajon is designed with angled top-front corners as well as rubber feet.

Read more: Latin Percussion Groove Cajon


The new POD® HD500X guitar multi-effects processor features a large collection of HD amps, from vintage classics to modern powerhouses. The POD HD500X also includes more than 100 studio and stomp effects. It features dynamic DSP, as well as POD HD500X features professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings. The robust bent-metal chassis and die-cast expression pedal are designed for convenience during performance. 

Read more: Line 6 POD HD500X


VOX Amplification has added the Mini3 G2 to its Mini series of guitar amplifiers. The Mini3 G2 provides 11 wide-ranging amplifier models, starting with the VOX British tone and including classic historic amps as well as contemporary high-gain units such as the CALI METAL model. In addition, a clean, non-distorting amp model preserves the natural quality of any acoustic instrument as well as a keyboard. A total of eight effects are on-board, including: compressor, chorus, flanger, tremolo, reverb and delay (complete with Tap Tempo). One effect and one reverb/delay can be operated simultaneously. Amps and effects can be easily dialed in via a newly re-designed user interface that provides more intuitive top panel controls.

Read more: VOX MINI3 G2 Portable Modeling Amplifier


The Decibel Eleven Switch Witch is a master controller that combines fully programmable MIDI control, true-bypass audio effects loops, and amp channel-switching capabilities. The Switch Witch features include 128 presets capable of sending a variety of MIDI program changes, controls, and messages with expression pedal MIDI continuous controller data; up to four true bypass pedal effects loops; up to three switch control functions for amp channel switching; optional analog discrete Class A input buffer for retaining top end sparkle and preventing pickup loading.

Read more: Decibel Eleven™ Switch Witch™ MIDI Controller / Loop Switcher


Seymour-Duncan’s “Woody” pickup easily snaps in and out of guitars’ soundholes and features a 14' cable. The company has now released Black and Walnut versions of this pickup. The Woody is available in three different versions. The Woody SC is a single-coil acoustic pickup that with no 60-cycle hum. The Woody HC is a full hum-cancelling pickup.

Read more: Seymour Duncan Acoustic Woody in Walnut or Black


The PitchHawk clip-on tuner features a newly-designed clip and a newly-developed, high contrast display (Korg's brightest clip-on LCD display yet). Additional features include an alert for over-winding the E string, an Auto Power Off function and a Memory Back-Up function to remember settings.

The newly designed clip is compact, with an ultra-tight grip, and can accommodate a guitar or bass headstock (PitchHawk-G) or ukulele headstock (PitchHawk-U), and provides multi-angle positioning. A CR2032-type lithium battery (included) powers the PitchHawk for up to 75 hours.

Read more: Korg Announces The PitchHawk Clip-on Tuner

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