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Dave Smith Instruments has a newly redesigned website making it easier to get product information and support services. The site features detailed product specs and demos for each of their instruments, as well as support services such as product registration, user manuals, factory sound sets, OS updates, a dealer locator, and much more. The company intends to continually expand it online content to bring present the latest news and information about their synths, how to use them, and where to find them.

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ADJ Lighting has just announced three dates for their upcoming New Products Showcase and Live Learning Seminar events in the metro New York City area. The company will focus on new lighting and entertainment products that will help event producers; nightclubs and DJs get the most out of their holiday parties.

ADJ plans to hold these events at authorized resellers at the beginning of November, so event producers have time to incorporate ADJ’s latest technologies into their holiday party plans. On Tuesday, November 4th, ADJ will be at Musically Yours in Hackensack, New Jersey, then at Canal Sound & Light in downtown New York City on Wednesday, November 5th. The 3-day tour concludes at Music Trends in Levittown, NY on November 6th.

Read more: ADJ Plans New Product Showcase & Live Learning Tour Ahead of the Busy Holiday Party Season >>>

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When he’s not working with metal giants Megadeth, internationally acclaimed bassist David Ellefson keeps busy with an impressive range of his own projects. His DAW of choice for these projects is easy-to-use PreSonus® Studio One® Professional.

“To be honest, I have been somewhat ‘DAW-dumb,’ mainly because I never invested a lot of money into an elaborate home studio,” Ellefson observes. “I did it years ago but it seemed like by the time I got done with an 18-month world tour, everything I’d bought was completely obsolete. I just like to sit down, write, and get ideas right into the computer with the least amount of effort possible. I find that as soon as I start getting into the engineering mindset, my musical ideas are gone, and then I end up frustrated and walk away with nothing. So for me, the simpler the better.”

Read more: Studio One and Megadeth's David Ellefson >>>

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Avid® announced that music legend Paul McCartney has embraced Avid Everywhere™ to support his “Out There” tour. Industry-standard Avid VENUE live sound and Pro Tools® audio production solutions, from the Avid Artist Suite, powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, are being used to mix and record his concerts, delivering a faster, more efficient and tightly-integrated workflow, as well as world-class sound for the 59-show tour. The high point of McCartney’s tour was a historic performance at San Francisco’s legendary stadium, Candlestick Park—where The Beatles’ last public concert took place 48 years ago. McCartney’s most recent performance was also the stadium’s last show before shutting down after 54 years of hosting live acts and serving as home field to the city's sports teams.

Read more: Paul McCartney Adopts Avid Everywhere for Historic “Out There” Tour >>>

Trade Regrets

On Wednesday, October 22, MMR was inundated with emails from individuals sharing the sad news that noted guitar/fretted instrument expert and dealer Stanley Jay had passed away.

In 1971, along with his good friend Hap Kuffner, Jay opened a guitar shop on Staten Island in New York: Mandolin Brothers. In the subsequent years, Mandolin Brothers Ltd. established itself as a mecca for fretted instrument players and collectors, fielding an impressive array of acoustic, archtop, solidbody electric, and classical guitars, as well as banjos, mandolins, resonators, basses, ukes, amps, and more. On the day of his passing, October 22, the following was posted on Madolin Brothers' website: "In memoriam of our beloved founder, Stanley Jay, Mandolin Brothers will be closed Thursday, October 23rd and Friday, October 24th, 2014."

Read more: Trade Regrets: Stanley Jay >>>


SKB Corporation has welcomed SF Marketing Inc. (SFM) Dorval, Quebec, as their new Canadian distributor of SKB cases.  SFM has been providing professional quality products and services to the live entertainment and audio visual industries in Canada since 1978. High-profile brands worldwide have come to trust SFM as their sales, marketing, distribution, and service arm in the Canadian marketplace.

"Everyone at SFM is excited and delighted about our new partnership with SKB to bring the best cases in the world to our customers," says SFM's vice president of sales John Warwick. "SKB is both a legend and an innovator in the case business and we are proud to be associated with such an iconic brand ".

Read more: SKB Announces New Canadian Partnership >>>


Recent talks between Hal Leonard Corporation and Apogee Electronics, an industry leader in digital audio recording technology, have culminated in a new distribution deal for the MI and pro audio channels in the US and Canada. Apogee director of worldwide sales Jeremy Stappard reached the agreement with Brad Smith, senior sales and marketing manager for Hal Leonard.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California – where they proudly design and engineer their products – Apogee has been defining the art of digital audio since 1985. The company continues to innovate with technologies and products that push the envelope, inspire competitors, and lead the studio-quality home recording revolution.

Read more: Hal Leonard to Distribute Apogee Pro Audio Interfaces >>>

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Alfred Music recently announced the USA launch of mastering the piano, the first series of books from Faber Music as part of their major new piano program: Lang Lang Piano Academy. The series will be distributed exclusively in North America, Canada and South America by Alfred Music. Mastering the piano comprises of five progressive books for teachers and students in which Lang Lang, one of the world’s most prolific and high-profile recording artists, explores and develops piano technique for young players. This is the first time Lang Lang has worked with a music publisher anywhere in the world and the distribution of this series initiates an ongoing collaboration between Lang Lang, Faber Music, and Alfred Music through the Lang Lang Piano Academy.

Read more: Faber Announces Publishing Partnership with Lang Lang to be Distributed by Alfred >>>

Trade Regrets

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Paul Craft passed away this past Saturday at the age of 76.

Prior to hitting his stride as a songwriter, he ran Paul Craft’s Music and Drum City in Memphis, Tennessee. Songs penned by Craft have been performed by the likes of Mark Chestnut, T. Graham Brown, Ray Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and Alison Krauss, among many others.  

Read more: Trade Regrets: Paul Craft >>>


Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender® will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the Stratocaster on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives.

“STRAT: 60 Years of the Stratocaster” is a collaboration between the two unique brands and pays homage to the iconic Fender Stratocaster® guitar as it embarks on its seventh decade of existence. Each Strat® guitar will include individual designs and artwork by a featured artist and will be auctioned on eBay, October 22 through November 1. Proceeds will benefit Waves For Water, an organization that brings access to potable water to nations in need.

Read more: Hurley and Fender Present ‘Strat: 60 Years of the Stratocaster’ >>>

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