Gear

Fretted

MOD™ Kits DIY announced the introduction of their new product line for guitar modification - Pre-Wired Assemblies. Used to upgrade your existing guitar electronics, MOD pre-wired assemblies can enhance a guitar’s overall tone and playing experience.

Each MOD pre-wired assembly has a treble bleed volume pot mod which helps retain clarity when you roll back on your volume knob and adds life to any pickups. All assemblies are equipped with high quality parts and components using CTS potentiometers, Switchcraft jacks, vintage Fender®-style switches and high performance “Orange Drop” tone capacitors. MOD pre-wired assemblies are very easy to install. Clearly illustrated wiring diagrams are included with each assembly, making it easy to install. Retail price: $70.

Fretted

TriplePlay™ is an advanced MIDI guitar controller that ships with a comprehensive suite of full version software from PreSonus (StudioOne Artist), Native Instruments (Kontakt Elements and GuitarRig LE), IK Multimedia (SampleTank and Amplitude Custom Shop) and Notion Music (PROGRESSION 2).

With TriplePlay and PROGRESSION 2, guitarists can write music in guitar tab or notation for lead sheets and sheet music, and hear it play back instantly with real instrument samples and an audio track of their work. Combined with TriplePlay in live performance, Kontakt Elements and SampleTank XE frees guitarists to play with any virtual instrument or hardware synthesizer with faster, more accurate tracking that virtually eliminates lag. It operates with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (included). TriplePlay’s powered USB Wireless Receiver interfaces with computers and iOS devices.

Retail price: $399.95.

Fretted

Boss’s new RC-505 is equipped with five phrase tracks that can play simultaneously, the most yet in a BOSS Loop Station. Independent record/overdub/play and stop buttons for each track let users capture loop performances with easy fingertip control. Dedicated volume faders allow for quick level adjustment of track playback, while the ALL START/STOP button controls all five loop phrases with a single command. Up to three hours of stereo recording is possible in a single track.

A large selection of built-in effects allows loopers to enhance their sounds as they perform. INPUT FX such as ROBOT and VOCODER offer unique textures while recording loops, while TRACK FX like VINYL FLICK and BEAT REPEAT provide real-time post-processing for dynamic DJ and sampler effects.

 

99 phrase memories provide storage for phrase track data, playback and effects settings, and more. 85 different onboard rhythms can be used as backing for loop recording, with a large selection of odd-measure beats for advanced performing. The rhythm part can be routed to the rear-panel PHONES jack only, giving users a dedicated click track for monitoring purposes.

Inputs include an XLR microphone jack with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and an AUX mini-jack for connecting a music player, smart phone, or other stereo device. All inputs can be used simultaneously to capture a variety of different sources into loops. 

The USB port allows users to connect to a computer and import/export WAV audio phrases. This provides backup for RC-505 loop recordings, as well as the ability to load up RC-505 phrases with pre-made tracks for on-the-fly, sampler-style performing. The RC-505’s USB port also provides USB-Audio and USB-MIDI functionality, letting users interface with their favorite DAW software for audio recording and MIDI synchronization. Retail price: $799.

 

 

Print & Digital

This book will get you comfortable playing in odd time signatures. Using a simple, yet effective counting system, it will give you a method for breaking down odd meters in a way that works for you. Based on the concept introduced in Dom Famularo’s best-selling book, It’s Your Move, Odd Feelings presents grooves and exercises in 18 different time signatures. Divided into chapters on quarter-, eighth-, and sixteenth-note based meters, with an additional section about mixed-meter grooves, it also includes eight play-along tracks designed to get you grooving in these different time signatures.

A multimedia disc is included which contains MP3s and Quick Time videos. The MP3s demonstrate selected examples and include the play-along tracks minus drums. The videos also highlight various examples from the book, and include demos of the play-along tracks. All tracks are performed by author Massimor Susso. Retail price: $16.99.

Drums & Percussion

Dream Cymbals ReFX SeriesDream Cymbals recently introduced the Scott Pellegrom Crop Circle: a 10” baby brother to the company’s ReFX series 14” ring cymbal circle. The smaller size is ideal for dropping over a hi-hat or ride cymbal. It also fits on top of smaller 12” and 13” snares.

Also new to the series is the ReFX bell, or the donut hole. (Or the Timbit of cymbals, for those in Canada.) The ReFX bell makes a unique effect—it’s a great add-on bell sound or stacker element. The new ReFX HAN 10 is a versatile, unique effect with a truly alien sound. It’s a fusion of East meets West—an ultrathick, unlathed bell with a thin, twangy, flanged edge. The ReFX series are made from recycled cymbals collected through the Dream Cymbals dealer network. Bring in any broken cast cymbal and an Dream dealer will offer a rebate towards a new Dream cymbal at $1 per inch. The company collects customers’ broken pieces and transform them into new instruments in the ReFX series. Retail price: $49 (14” crop circle), $39 (10” crop circle), $29 ReFX Bell), $97 (ReFX HAN10).

Fretted

Kala’s banjo ukes are available in soprano and concert sizes and are distinctively appointed with a luxuriant black satin finish, a Remo Weatherking Banjo Head, deluxe geared tuners with black buttons, rosewood fingerboard, maple bridge with ebony cap, and a closed back design. The concert’s hoop diameter measures 8 inches and features antique brass hardware with a closed back design. The soprano’s hoop measures 6 inches and comes dressed in chrome with an open back design. The part numbers are KA-BNJ-BK-C (concert) and KA-BNJ-BK-S (soprano).

Meanwhile, the new Cedar Top/Acacia Ukulele Series boasts a solid cedar top, acacia back and sides, and rich gloss finish. Available in concert and tenor sizes , other design details include a distinctive slotted headstock with multi-wood cap; and padauk binding on the body, fingerboard, and rosette. A rosewood fingerboard, Aquila strings, and Grover vintage open geared tuners are also standard on both sizes. Model numbers are KA-ACP-CTG for the concert size, and KA-ATP-CT for the tenor size.

Band & Orchestra

The new Band Director Trial Kits are designed to facilitate the testing and selection of JodyJazz’s most popular mouthpieces by Band Directors and their students. The JodyJazz band director Trial Kits are to be made available to school music dealers, their road reps, and individual band directors themselves. Each kit consists of a velvet-lined hardsided case containing five  mouthpieces.  The  company  offers the Band Director Trial Kit with their recommended assortment of mouthpieces but the selection can be modified to accommodate specific preferences or particular regional needs.

www.jodyjazz.com

Pro Audio

Gator G-TOUR Road Case for  Behringer X32The G-TOUR X32-ARM features thick, heavy-duty plywood construction and a tough laminated PVC exterior. The interior is lined with specialized EVA foam padding to safely secure and protect the X32. However, it’s the doghouse section that really makes this case unique. Not only does it provide easy cable routing and full rear access, but the integrated 360 Arm system turns this case into a fully functional recording workstation. The Arm system features a versatile mounting tray for laptops, tablet devices, or even a Vesa-mount LCD monitor; while the arm itself, mounted through port holes on the doghouse lid, provides full 360° motion. This creative solution allows the user to determine their optimal setup without sacrificing  valuable  desktop  space.  The foam-lined break-away lids and heavy duty casters ensure your valuable console is given the utmost in protection during transport. Lastly, each G-TOUR X32-ARM case includes Gator’s signature red recessed twist latches, spring loaded handles, and commercial grade plated hardware.

www.gatorcases.com

DJ & Lighting

ADJ’s LED Pixel Tube 360  Color-Changing Light Stick

This 39.5-inch/1,000 mm bright colorchanging LED tube is a glowing “candle of light” that can be used in multiples, offering limitless possibilities to creatively transform your surroundings and décor via RGB illumination. Hang multiple LED Pixel Tube 360s from overhead circular trussing to create the effect of a chandelier over a stage or dance floor. Position the tubes at varying heights behind a musician or in the DJ booth for a dramatic candelabra-like performance backdrop. 

Each LED Pixel Tube 360 unit contains 64 highoutput TRI LEDs, which produce bright, shadow-free RGB colors. The LEDs are encased in transparent UV-resistant polycarbonate tubing, so they’re visible for a full 360°.

Read more: ADJ’s LED Pixel Tube 360 Color-Changing Light Stick

Pro Audio

Radial Engineering  Gold Digger

The Gold Digger from Radial Engineering allows users to compare up to four microphones and quickly switch between them using radio-style push-button selectors. The streamlined mic selection process contributes to an improved performance. For music stores, this tool has a twofold purpose. Customers can audition four microphones at a time with a custom demo setup resulting in greater mic sales while generating sales of the Gold Digger to their recording clientele. 

Quiet, dependable and “immediate,” the Gold Digger generates 48V phantom power ensuring switching between mics will be quiet and pop free. One simply plugs in the microphones, activates phantom power for condensers and then sets the trim control so that all mics produce the same output level. Retail price: $400.

www.radialeng.com

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