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NAMM SHOW 2019: NEW FROM EASTMAN GUITARS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - February 11, 2019

Dan Skatvold from Eastman Guitars show us the new El Rey mandolin, T484 electric, SP Series, E2D acoustic and Double Top series guitars at NAMM Show 2019
www.eastmanguitars.com

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NAMM 2019: KAWAI AURES K300 HYBRID PIANO & VPC1 MIDI CONTROLLER

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - February 11, 2019

Two great new products were released by Kawai at NAMM Show 2019, the AURES K300 hybrid upright piano and the VPC1 Midi Controller.

AURES K300
Warrick Baker from Kawai Australia shows us the new Kawai AURES K300 hybrid upright piano at NAMM Show 2019

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KAWAI VPC1 MIDI CONTROLLER

Answering the prayers of virtual piano musicians everywhere, the VPC1 packages Kawai’s superb RM3 Grand II wooden-key keyboard action into a professional MIDI controller.

As acoustic piano makers, we understand the importance of first-class touch, so kept things as uncomplicated as possible – a superb action, some USB and MIDI connectors, and a beautifully designed, well-built cabinet.

There are no knobs to snap-off or faders getting in the way of your mouse – just a power switch, 88 real wooden keys, and an incredible concert grand playing experience.

The keyboard action is the most important part of a controller. It doesn’t matter how many gigabytes have been sampled, or how advanced the modelled resonances are – if the controller’s action is sub-par, the virtual piano just won’t feel satisfying to play.

Fortunately, the VPC1 is equipped with Kawai’s latest RM3 Grand II action, featuring our trademark wooden keys and smooth, consistent movement. Unlike other controllers, the VPC1 incorporates additional grand piano keyboard characteristics, such as graded hammer weighting, ivory-like key surfaces, let-off simulation, and bass note counterweights.

These premium features combine to recreate the exceptional touch of a fine concert grand, allowing your favourite virtual pianos to finally feel as good as they sound.

The VPC1’s RM3 Grand II action adopts many of the characteristics of a grand piano keyboard action. Perhaps the most distinctive of these characteristics is the familiar ‘seesaw’ movement of the key.

Connecting the VPC1 to your PC or Mac requires just a single USB cable – that’s all. The VPC1 can draw power from the computer’s USB bus, reducing cable clutter by doing away with the need for an external AC adaptor.
While the VPC1 has been developed primarily for controlling software pianos, standard MIDI jacks are also provided for connecting to hardware sound sources.
Perhaps there’s an old synth or expander module that you just can’t part with, or a semi-weighted board that sounds fantastic, but is let down by a flimsy action – the VPC1 can breathe new life into your existing setup.
It’s even possible to control separate sound sources simultane-ously, adjusting IN/OUT routing for USB and standard MIDI with the VPC Editor software.

http://www.kawai.com.au/

 

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NAMM SHOW 2019: NEW FROM ROCKBOARD

Posted in Accessories, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 9, 2019

Dave Baker shows us the new range of Rockboard products at the Warwick/Framus/Rockboard booth at the NAMM Show 2019.

Distributed in Australia by https://www.ambertech.com.au/

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NAMM SHOW 2019: ROLAND TM-1 TRIGGER MODULE

Posted in Blog, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - February 9, 2019

Roland’s Global Strategic Product Marketing Manager (Drums & Percussion) Jules Tabberer-Stewart shows us the new TM-1 Trigger Module at NAMM Show 2019.

The TM-1 is a unique trigger module that makes it easy to add more sounds to your acoustic drum kit. And those sounds can be anything you like, from the TM-1’s onboard kick, snare, tom, cymbal, and percussion samples to your own samples and loops. Just connect any compatible Roland trigger pad to the TM-1 and directly play the sounds you need, or mount an RT-series trigger to one of your acoustic drums and play with your preferred sample layered on top in perfect sync, with no lag whatsoever.

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CALLING ALL MELBOURNE GUITARISTS AND BASSISTS!

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 7, 2019


Have you ever dreamt of rocking out on the main stage? This is your chance!
This March, hundreds of local guitarists will take over Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne for a massive free community concert on March 24. Joined on stage by Aussie music icons, to be announced in 2019.
In this Melbourne-wide event, musicians are invited to celebrate the joy of playing live. Grab your guitar and get involved with free community rehearsals from February, culminating in this huge concert. Whether you’re an old rock dog or learning your first chords, all skill levels and ages can participate. Not a guitarist? Fret not. All are welcome to join us for the event.
In an incredible afternoon of free music, see our community rockstars supported by a line-up of special guests. Each group will have their moment in the spotlight as they band together to perform a song learnt through the rehearsal process. In the epic finale, all guitarists will join forces on stage to perform one last rock anthem.
In the immortal words of ACDC, ‘for those about to rock, we salute you!’

JOIN THE BAND
Calling all Melbourne guitarists! Join us for free rehearsals in Fitzroy, Frankston, Werribee, Dandenong, Sunshine and Broadmeadows – kicking off in February 2019.

To participate contact us at: info@thosewhorock.com

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NAMM 2019: NU-X Mighty BT Modeling amp and Bumblebee Pedalboard

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 5, 2019

Monk Li from NU-X shows us the new Mighty 20 BT/40BT Modeling Amp and also the Bumblebee Pedalboard from their booth at NAMM Show 2019.

NU-X distributed in Australia by https://www.promusicaustralia.com.au/

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SHE ROCKS AWARDS 2019 SALUTES JANIS JOPLIN

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 29, 2019


The She Rocks Awards has become one of the most anticipated events on the the annual NAMM Show calendar. Now in its 7th year, it kicked off with the traditional red carpet parade, where Australian Musician was pleased to be able to chat with a few of the talented artists on this year’s bill. Inside the House of Blues, official proceedings were launched by young Irish duo Rews, who are currently on their debut tour of America.

An early highlight included a special performance by GRAMMY-nominated saxophone player Mindi Abair, who played her tongue in cheek track Not Bad For A Girl. Soon after Gigi Rich (The Voice) and vocalist Aiza showcased songs from the upcoming original girl empowerment album, Girl, the Album.

The gala celebration featured a star-studded array of honourees that include Terri Nunn of Berlin, Lisa Loeb and Nita Strauss (who was presented with her award by Steve Vai) , as well many other women from all corners of the music and audio industry.

Other highlights included guitarist Nita Strauss performing Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” and Lisa Loeb performing her #1 song “Stay,” which was featured on the Reality Bites soundtrack, with the young and dynamic Command Sisters.  Terri Nunn, celebrating Berlin’s 40th Anniversary this year, performed her ‘80s breakthrough smash hit “Metro,” accompanied by Berlin keyboardist, Dave Schulz and the She Rocks House Band, Rock Sugah led by Divinity Roxx.  Laura Clapp performed the Macy Gray GRAMMY-Award winning hit, “I Try,” and Erika Ender performed her own version of the #1 hit she co-wrote, “Despacito.”

In addition, a Hall of Fame award was introduced this year by honouring Janis Joplin. Following an inspiring speech by Joplin’s sister, Laura Joplin, a medley of the late singer’s hits, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Raise Your Hand” were performed by Orianthi, Vanessa Amorosi, Judith Hill, Emily Armstrong, Sarah Command, Mindi Abair and Rock Sugah, making for an electrifying finale.

The full list of 2019 honourees includes:

•Terri Nunn, lead singer of the iconic electro-pop band, BERLIN

•Macy Gray, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and actress

•Lisa Loeb, Platinum-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning singer songwriter, touring artist and author

•Nita Strauss, acclaimed solo artist and guitarist for Alice Cooper

•Erika Ender, award-winning and chart topping composer, singer, co-writer of the hit “Despacito”

•Dana DuFine, VP Global Content and development AEG Facilities

•Dale Krevens, vice president of Tech 21

•Lynette Sage, art director of Reverb

•Samantha Pink, director of business operations at JAM industries USA

•Terri Winston, executive director, Women’s Audio Mission

•Janet Bill Rich, Manage This Media

•Bonnie Gallanter, co-producer of the She Rocks Awards and owner of Muse Artist Management

http://www.thewimn.com/

 

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NAMM NEWS: DEREK SMALLS (SPINAL TAP) INTERVIEW AT AMPEG BOOTH

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 27, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips was lucky enough to nab an exclusive interview with Spinal Tap’s legendary bass player Derek Smalls while he was attending the Ampeg booth. Derek had just finished playing The Tap’s classic hit Big Bottom in front of the massive Ampeg amp at NAMM this year.

Ampeg distributed in Australia by Yamaha Music Australia

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NAMM 2019: HAGSTROM ULTRA MAX & FANTOMEN GUITARS

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 26, 2019

Thomas from Hagstrom shows us the new Ultra Max and Fantomen (developed in conjunction with Swedish band Ghost) guitars at NAMM 2019.

Hagstrom distributed in Australia by www.promusicaustralia.com.au

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NAMM 2019: GIBSON ALL STAR JAM PARTY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - January 25, 2019

Gibson guitars celebrated their return to the NAMM Show with a huge all-start concert at the City National Grove of Anaheim last night with live performances from Nancy Wilson, Peter Frampton, Robby Krieger, Emily Wolfe, Black Pistol Fire, Cam, Jared James Nichols and more while Jimmy Vivino, Kenny Arnoff, Daryl Jones and Jeff Young rounded out the house band. One of the many highlights of the night included Robby Krieger’s blistering version of classic Doors songs Love Me Two Times and Roadhouse Blues. Adding to the amazing energy was vocalist Lauren Ruth Ward, who is soon to front The Divinyls for an Australian tour. Other highlights included Black Pistol Fire who ripped up the stage .. on and off … and of course Peter Frampton’s magical version of Do You Feel.

Gibson is distributed in Australia by Australis Music Group.

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