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September, 2008

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckOctober 2008 • October 21, 2008

The Business of Audio Engineering
The Business of Audio Engineering by Dave Hampton is a practical guide to the working life of an audio engineer. From attracting clients to keeping them, from being employed by studios to working independently, from dealing with problem artists, producers, and labels to handling a crisis and keeping one from happening, The Business of Audio Engineering contains the information needed to successfully manage an audio engineering career.

VR Remote Pedalflex
VR Remote introduces Pedalflex, an accessory that allows you to control your pedals and pedal boards from your microphone stand. The control unit simply clips to your mic stand, and it works with any pedal or pedal board.

Prices range from $69 to $99.

Method Books from Mel Bay
Fiddling Method Grade 1 by Mary Ann Willis provides the basic elements for absolute beginning musicians to get started playing. Including a comprehensive method of step-by-step instructions and slow, medium, and normal speed play-along tracks for each tune on the two accompanying CDs, this Fiddling Method book introduces numerous techniques and establishes a solid foundation in first position playing.

School of Country Guitar: Advanced Rhythm, Steel Bends Hot Licks by Joe Carr contains solos, licks, and tricks in several country styles including bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, classic country, and more. It also includes a section on string bending and special chords, as well as an accompanying CD.

TASCAM GT-R1 Portable Recorder
TASCAM has launched the GT-R1, a new portable recorder for guitar and bass players. A pair of built-in condenser microphones captures rehearsals and live shows, or musicians can plug directly into the instrument input to record with amp simulation and effects. The GT-R1 includes a rhythm player for instant inspiration, and a 1GB SD Card and rechargeable battery are included to get started right away.

Cecilio “Z Series” Brass
Cecilio Musical Instruments is currently shipping their 2Series trumpets and saxophones. The 2Series trumpets come with features such as 1st and 3rd valve tuning slides, Monel Pistons, and medium bore tubing. It also includes a plush lines nylon case with backpack strap, 7C mouthpiece, valve oil, gloves, and cleaning cloth. The 2Series saxophones are offered in soprano, alto, and tenor models. They come with large bore tubing, hand engraved bell decoration and come with plush lined nylon cases with backpack strap, neck strap, cleaning rod, and extra 10 reeds. Leak Tester and Post Fitting Pliers has just finished the first production run of their new Post Fitting Pliers. Head tool designer Matt Scott in collaboration with professional saxophone repair technician Curt Altarac have developed a new post truing tool that takes out the play between the post and the rod on any non-threaded woodwind post.

The Leak Tester is a very sensitive leak detection machine for woodwind repair. It will find leaks in any instrument or tubing and is easy to use. It is also possible to use the Leak Tester to test for leaks in individual pads on flute, wooden instrument bodies, brass tubing or any part of any instrument that can be sealed on both ends. The Magnehelic gauge on the face of the Leak Tester gives a reading that quantifies the amount of air leaking from an instrument.

König Meyer Jazz Saxophone Stand
König Meyer’s Jazz stand is made primarily from solid, black anodised square aluminium profiles and weighs only 0.4 kg. With a practical, central locking screw the stand can be set up quickly. The attachment brackets, which can be folded out for the instrument bell and the support arms have protective, abrasion-proof rubber covers; the legs are fitted with integrated rubber feet. In spite of the high degree of stability the stand can be folded compactly (L 360 mm x 50/70 mm), and slips into the included velour bag for convenient, safe in-bell storage. Two versions are offered for Eb alto and tenor saxophones.

Miles Davis ClassicsMiles Davis Classics
For use with all Bb, Eb and C instruments, the Jazz Play-Along Series is a great learning tool for all jazz musicians. With musician-friendly lead sheets, melody cues, and other split-track choices on the included CD, this first-of-its-kind package makes learning to play jazz easier than ever before.

For study, each tune includes a split track with melody cue with proper style and inflection, professional rhythm tracks, choruses for soloing, removable bass part, and removable piano part.

For performance, each tune also has an additional full stereo accompaniment track (no melody and additional choruses for soloing.

The 10 songs featured are: “Blues by Five”, “Circle,Eighty One”, “Flamenco Sketche”, “Fran Dance”, “Green Haze”, “Mood”, “Petits Machins”, “Pfrancing (No Blues)”, and “Swing Spring”.

Korg Pa588
Korg introduces the Pa588, combining interactive workstation features with Korg’s RH3 graded hammer action, to provide songwriting tools with an authentic feel for the accomplished or amateur pianist. Additionally, a new “Play Piano” switch transforms the Pa588 into a traditional digital piano instantly. The Pa588 combines the piano sound and feel of Korg’s flagship C-720 Concert Piano with the interactive composition and performance features of its popular Pa500. It delivers 80-note polyphony along with 880 pre-loaded sounds (plus 128 user locations) and 56 preset drum sounds (64 user-programmable kits) and includes a GM2 soundset. In addition, four simultaneous effects (124 types) can be used. A USB jack allows the Pa588 to communicate with a computer and supports USB/MIDI. The onboard stereo sound system features 10cm bass speakers and high resolution tweeters powered by dual 15-watt amplifiers, all housed in a bass reflex enclosure with a tuned EQ for rich musical sound quality.

Classic Hammond Organ
Classic Hammond Organ: Know the Players, Play the Music from Backbeat Books’ Master series chronicles not only the “who’s” and “when’s” but also the “how’s of this intimidating instrument. Author Steve Lodder lays down a solid foundation for novices and offers a refreshing take for more experienced players. Learn the essentials of keyboard splits, foot pedals, drawbars as well as signature licks from a broad range of styles. The book with beautiful photos throughout also includes an extensive list of essential listening and CD with numerous musical examples to complement each lesson.

Retail price is $24.95.

Gretsch Rosewood Snare DrumsGretsch Rosewood Snare Drums
Three new Rosewood snares have been added to Gretsch’s Full Range Snare lineup. Each 9-ply, 100 percent Rosewood snare drum features 30-degree bearing edges, die cast hoops, 10-lugs (20-lugs on 8 x 14) and 20-strand snares. Adjustable throw-off and Evans G1 batter side with Evans clear snare side heads included. Models:S-514-RW 5.5 x 14 Renown Purewood Rosewood Snare Drum $770, S-6514-RW 6.5 x 14 Renown Purewood Rosewood Snare Drum $845, S-8014-RW 8 x 14 Renown Purewood Rosewood Snare Drum $925.

Bebop Guitar from Centerstream
Bebop Guitar: Basic Theory and Practice for Jazz Guitar in the Style of Charlie Parker, the latest book/CD pack from Joseph Weidlich, shows guitarists how to transform basic jazz improve techniques into bebop figures in Bird’s famous “with strings” style by making chromatic and rhythmic alterations. Includes many musical examples, most in the user-friendly key of G major, to accommodate players not well-versed in jazz flat keys.

Price is $25.95.

M-Audio Studiophile Monitors
M-Audio unveiled the Studiophile DSM1 and DSM2 reference monitors with built-in DSP for powerful sound processing. The new monitors were developed in collaboration with Digidesign. The collaboration makes reference technology accessible to a broad array of creative and professional environments.

The monitors feature an onboard DSP engine, which provides clear and accurate audio imaging by compensating for phase differences between the two drivers at the crossover point. The onboard DSP also manages a number of functions that enable users to tailor each speaker to their unique space and placement needs. The custom-voiced components ensure hours of accurate listening without fatigue. The professional analog and digital inputs support studio-grade audio resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz, in order to reveal every detail of music created with a digital audio workstation. Studiophile DSM1 and DSM2 Features:

  • 1″ Teteron soft fabric, high-frequency dome with Neodymium magnet and ferrofluid cooling accurate to 27kHz
  • custom low-frequency driver with anodized aluminum cone provides exceptionally low distortion (6.5″ on DSM1, 8″ on DMS2)
  • onboard DSP manages the complex, 4th-order digital crossover for pristine imaging
  • DSP-based EQ and Acoustic Space Controls optimize the monitor for difficult acoustic environments
  • bass-reflex port delivers controlled extended bass response
  • high-density cabinet yields good damping and reduced acoustic interference
  • professional digital inputs (up to 24-bit/192kHz): S/PDIF and AES
  • balanced analog inputs: XLR and 1/4″
  • bi-amplified with Class D power amps: 100 watts (low frequency) and 80 watts (high-frequency)

The Studiophile DSM1 and DSM2 monitors are currently expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2008 and carry MSRPs of $649.95 per unit and $749.95 per unit, respectively.

Metric Halo’s Mobile I/O 2882 Expanded
Metric Halo announces the release of their new 24-bit/96kHz Mobile I/O

2882 Expanded multi-channel processor and FireWire interface for recording and mixing in the studio or on the road. The portable 18-input/20-output 2882 Expanded incorporates the new 2d Card, which provides a nearly six-fold increase in the DSP power available for processing, routing and mixing in Metric Halo’s FireWire audio interfaces.

The 2882 Expanded features eight mic/line/instrument analog inputs, eight mic preamps with individually switchable phantom power, eight analog outputs on balanced TRS connectors, 24-bit/96kHz converters on all channels, eight channels of ADAT I/O (switchable to TOSLINK), and AES-S/PDIF Digital I/O with selectable SRC. It also includes a headphone amp with front panel mute/dim, front panel metering, and remote level control on all channels. Newly added ADAT implementation includes optical S/PDIF support (independently switchable on both input and output) with asynchronous SRC for the optical S/PDIF input.

Version five of the MIO Driver and MIO Console software, included with the 2882 Expanded, provides direct access to the power of Mobile I/O and the 2d Processing Architecture. It features a new customizable mixer, as well as unified control of all the mixing and processing resources of all connected Mobile I/O Expanded hardware. Metric Halo’s character processing selectively adds 15 different flavors of euphonic low-order distortions, found in classic analog devices to the inputs and mix busses of the system.

The 2882 Expanded also includes a bundle of basic production plug-ins, including MIO Strip (a full featured channel strip with gate, compressor, and six-band EQ), Halo Verb, Mid-Side Decoder, Sample Delay and Dither. The mixer also provides inserts that greatly simplify and accelerate the process of adding exceptional +DSP plug-ins to the signal path. The MSRP of the 2882 Expanded is $1,895. A +DSP bundle software license is $699.

SKB Shock-Rack Line
SKB introduces two new 4U shock rack models. The 24″ deep (3SKB-R904U24) Shock-Rack model expands the 24″ series to seven different sizes while the 30″ deep model (3SKB-R904U30) expands the 30″ line to four different models.

As with all SKB 24″ deep shock mount cases, the 4U Roto Shock-Racks provide a rotationally molded tough shell with integrally molded valance, and they each come standard with eight elastomeric shocks (load up to 150 lbs). The load range can be enhanced by adding an additional shock on each mounting point.

The 4U Roto Shock-Racks feature field-replaceable, black powder coated stainless steel latches, as well as a patent pending compound hinge door system that allows the lid to swing out and around and lie flat against the main body of the case (or alternately go lid-less with an effortless lift motion) and then be reinstalled with the same ease in seconds. The front and rear lids are designed to protrude into the base of the case approximately 1″, and their unique double wall structure makes them incredibly stiff where this intersection occurs. Each 4U Roto Shock-Rack is securely stackable with the wheels on or off. Other features include removable 4″ casters, gasketed doors and pressure relief valve. Street pricing as follows: 3SKB-R904U24 24″ deep x 4U Roto Shock-Rack $949.99 and 3SKB-R904U30 30″ deep x 4U Roto Shock-Rack $1,149.99

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