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Pro Audio

DiGiGrid is a collaboration between Waves and DiGiCo to create SoundGrid-based studio hardware including a full line of I/Os with world-class converters, award winning pre-amps, headphone amplification, built-in DSP Servers and network switches. For Native DAW users, DiGiGrid provides real-time low-latency processing. For Pro Tools users, DiGiGrid increases processing power, accommodating higher track counts and networking capabilities with the Waves SoundGrid platform.

Read more: Waves Audio DiGiGrid Advanced Audio Interfaces >>>

Pro Audio

The Keatona PD1 is a pro audio interface with a built-in universal power supply, ¼” unbalancd output and level control, and XLR-M transformer balanced output and level control. It’s designed for stage and studio use by pro musicians and DJs.

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Music/Books

The new Carl Fischer Music 2014-0215 String Orchestra features 35 new titles, including a variety of music for all levels featuring some of the best known names in string orchestra writing, such as Alan Lee Silva, Keiko Yamada, Sean O'Loughlin, Joseph Compello, Doris Gazda, Matt Turner, George Sweet, Bill Calhoun, Yukiko Nishimura, Kevin Mixon, Deborah Baker Monday, David Hinds, and Larry Clark, along with new composer James Meredith.

Read more: Carl Fischer 2014-2015 String Orchestra Catalog >>>

Supplier Scene

Each year the Music Publishers Association recognizes outstanding examples of graphic design for the music industry with its Paul Revere Awards. Hal Leonard garnered top honors for two publications in the latest competition. 101 Flute Tips (HL00119883) placed first in “Book Design in Educational Folios,” and Steve Vai – The Story of Light (HL00110385) won in the category of “Guitar Music.” Another new Hal Leonard instructional guitar folio, Journey Through the Classics – Complete (HL00123124) won second prize for “Book Design in Popular Folios.”

Read more: MPA Paul Reveres Include Two First Place Awards for HLC >>>

Music/Books

Alfred Music's Serious Blues series features book and DVD packs for aspiring blues guitarists in search of an authentic sound. Each title features lessons from blues masters with licks and examples in both standard notation and TAB. For experienced beginners, Scott A. Smith’s Serious Blues: Essential Phrasing teaches phrasing techniques and tricks like solo construction, phrasing over a 12-bar blues, the blues scale, pentatonic box patterns, and playing multiple scales over a single chord. Mark Dziuba’s Serious Blues: Expanding Grooves helps intermediate guitarists expand their groove palette.

Read more: Serious Blues Series from Alfred Music >>>

Upfront

Electra Guitars has selected Sony Pro Audio wireless systems to be a part of their “Rediscover Electra Guitars” promotion between September 1 and October 31, 2014. The promotion is only valid throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska, and excludes USA territories, while supplies last.

Customers can qualify for the Sony wireless sets by purchasing any new Electra guitar or bass between September 1 and October 31, 2014 at any participating Authorized Electra Guitars Dealers or, where there are not local dealers, factory direct from the Electra Guitars website.

Read more: Electra Guitars Teams With Sony Pro Audio >>>

Accessories

 

Previously only available to top shelf artists and exclusive dealers, Dean Markley USA is officially launching the Blue Steel Nickel Plated bass strings. By using a nickel plating, the strings will offer a warmer, clearer tone all while still maintaining a longer life of the string. Blue Steel strings are cryogenically frozen in an effort to increase durability and enhance performance.

Read more: Dean Markley Blue Steel Nickel Plated Bass Strings >>>

Fretted

Eastman Guitars collaborated with guitarist Ray Benson on his signature Thinline T486-RB. The T486-RB is a double cutaway featuring deluxe laminate top, back and sides, with ivoroid binding throughout the body, neck and headstock. The guitar is a 24" scale length between the 1" bone nut and nickel Gotoh tunomatic bridge. Handwound Lollar pickups include an El Rayo at the neck with a Low Wound Imperial at the bridge. D'Addario strings and hardshell case included.

Read more: Eastman Guitars Thinline T486-RB Ray Benson >>>

Fretted

Recording King’s new line of guitars feature torrefied Adirondack spruce tops, which undergo a specialized heating process in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment. The end result is a lightweight, extra resonant top that produces similar tone to a vintage instrument. The RP1-16C is a 12-fret single 0 cutaway with a dreadnought scale.The RP1-16C works well for fingerstyle players thanks to the cutaway and 1-3/4” nut, delivering even, vintage-style tone everywhere on the fretboard. Inclues lifetime warranty.

Read more: Recording King Torrefied Top RP1-16C Guitars >>>

Supplier Scene

Hal Leonard's ScorePlay program has proven a popular method of allowing band students to preview and engage in brand new music pubications. has been very successfully employing with its ScorePlay promotional tool on YouTube. ScorePlay lets band directors and students – and anyone visiting YouTube – view complete conductor scores while listening to professionally recorded demo recordings that coordinate with the score on screen. The page turns sync with the music automatically, and visitors can see and hear the entire piece of music.

Read more: Band Directors, Students Flock to Hal Leonard ScorePlay YouTube Videos >>>

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