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NAMM Show 2019: Expressive É Arché Bowed Instrument Emulation and Touché Controller

Posted in Blog, Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear    //    Post Date - February 18, 2019

Chris from Expressive E shows us the Expressive É Arché Bowed Instrument Emulation and Touché Controller at Winter NAMM 2019.

Expressive E distributed in Australia by https://www.innovativemusic.com.au/

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NAMM Show 2019: BITWIG 3.0 MODULAR GRID

Posted in Blog, Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear    //    Post Date - February 18, 2019

BITWIG’S Dave Linnenbank shows us the new Modular GRID at Winter NAMM 2019.

Bitwig distributed in Australia by https://www.innovativemusic.com.au/

Modularity has been at the core of Bitwig Studio from the beginning. Devices can be nested, clips are containers, modulators exist everywhere, and practically anything can be dragged anywhere. But with Bitwig Studio 3, they are zooming out so you can push in.

The Grid is an open modular environment that powers a family of new devices in Bitwig Studio 3: Mono Grid, Poly Grid and FX Grid. With a vast library of modules and a supersonic workflow, you’ll be creating your own unique sounds immediately, and in high-fidelity. Simply add a Grid device to your project and start patching. It’s fun.
The Grid includes:
• Fully-modular sound design
• Fantastic sound quality
• 120+ modules
• Any signal, anywhere
• Lighting-fast workflow
• 4x-oversampled, stereo signal path

Construct a polyphonic synthesizer from scratch in one session. Create an adaptive audio effect with your signature sound. Experiment with generative drones until you find a new way to perform. Or simply create the undefinable. Patching is effortless, giving full rein to your creativity.

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NAMM SHOW 2019: AMPEG SVT 50TH ANNIVERSARY AMP

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 17, 2019

We check out the Ampeg SVT 5oth Anniversary amp at Winter NAMM 2019.

During the 2019 Winter NAMM Show, Ampeg introduced the special edition Heritage™ SVT® 50th anniversary model to commemorate the 50th year of the SVT setting the standard for professional bass amplification. The original Ampeg SVT (“Super Vacuum Tube”) 300-watt amplifier head had its professional debut on the Rolling Stones’ iconic 1969 U.S. tour, with eight SVT heads across the stage to power all of the guitar and bass instruments.

“The Ampeg SVT bass amp has had a profound impact on the history of rock and roll for the last 50 years, defining the sound of the bass guitar on countless recordings and tours,” said Marcus Ryle, President of Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc., the US-based parent company of Yamaha Guitars, Line 6, and Ampeg. “It seems very fitting that we can honor that legacy with a 50th anniversary model that embodies the best of SVT tone.”
Through the years the Ampeg SVT bass amp has evolved through several iterations and modifications, with each leaving a distinctive mark on music history. “In making the 50th anniversary model, we evaluated the historic designs and tones of the SVT in order to isolate the best sound we could offer,” said Dino Monoxelos, Ampeg’s Product Marketing Manager. “The choice was so hard to make, we decided to put two distinct Ampeg SVT designs into one product to create the ultimate SVT.”

The SVT 50th anniversary model’s first channel features the authentic sound of the original 1969 model that launched the series. Channel two is voiced from a hand-selected mid ‘70s SVT model that represented the ideal of the “golden-era” evolution of SVT. Both channels are still complimented with the massive SVT 300-watt tube power section, which is unrivaled to this day. While delivering authentic vintage sounds, each unit is hand assembled in the USA and utilizes modern quality components and production techniques to ensure dependable operation gig after gig.
For this special anniversary edition, careful attention has also been paid to cosmetic details such as a laser-etched panel and top-quality cabinet hardware. The combination of “best of the best” channel selection, classic SVT tone and power, modern USA assembly, and attention-to-detail cosmetics makes the Ampeg 50th Anniversary heritage SVT a bass amp worthy of any stage.

Ampeg distributed in Australia by https://au.yamaha.com/index.html

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NAMM Show 2019: NED STEINBERGER (NS DESIGN) INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Gear, Interviews, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - February 16, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chats with legendary instrument maker Ned Steinberger at Winter NAMM 2019. Founded in 1990 by famed instrument designer Ned Steinberger, the genius behind the legendary Steinberger headless guitar design and the TransTrem™ System, NS Design has seen the visionary luthier and designer apply his revolutionary techniques to…

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NAMM SHOW 2019: YAMAHA CP73 SYNTHESIZER

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - February 15, 2019

Yamaha’s Blake Angelos shows us the new CP73 synthesizer, released at Winter NAMM 2019 long with the CP88 key model. Powered by over 100 years of piano craftsmanship and 45 years of synthesizer innovation, the CP73 and CP88 stage pianos boast authentic acoustic and electric piano sound, realistic piano touch and an intuitive one-to-one user interface.

https://au.yamaha.com/index.html

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FENDER UNVEILS CHRIS STAPLETON SIGNATURE AMP

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 14, 2019

62 Princeton – Chris Stapleton Edition

Fender unveiled its first signature artist amp collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Chris Stapleton: the all-new Fender ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition amplifier. This is the first artist signature amp ever released by Fender for a country artist. Stapleton remains one of Country music’s favorite artists receiving multiple nominations and awards from the Grammys, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and more. The natural collaboration came together from Stapleton’s love for Fender amps and the ‘62 Princeton amp in particular. Fender set out to recreate and revamp Stapleton’s favourite amplifier not just cosmetically, but also internally and sonically, all kept to the specs of his original find.

Chris’s take on the iconic Fender Princeton amp features a retro aesthetic with rough textured brown vinyl covering and an engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton’s signature. You can check out Chris Stapleton explaining the story behind the collaboration and his love for the ‘‘62 Princeton amp in the video below. The amp also features a retro-styled Filson™ Rugged Twill fabric cover. Rugged Twill is preferred for its durability and dependability in the field.

As part of the collaboration, Stapleton personally requested all artist royalties be donated to his charity, “Outlaw State of Kind.” OSOK is Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund that supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart. The Outlaw State of Kind Fund was founded in 2016 and is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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NAMM Show 2019: LINE 6 RELAY G10S WIRELESS SYSTEM

Posted in Blog, Gear, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - February 14, 2019

Michael Lewis from Line 6 shows us the new Relay G10s wireless system.

The Line 6 Relay G10s wireless system features 24-bit quality, 130′ line of sight range and a solid metal construction pedal format. It is simple to use, similar to their G10 model and still offers the high-quality features required by gigging musicians. It includes large ‘stage friendly’ RF and battery status indicators, so you know what is going on when using it. The unit has both a 1/4″ main output t pedalboard/amp and an XLR output, which means you can send your signal to FOH or a PA system.

https://au.yamaha.com/index.html

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NAMM SHOW 2019: NEW FROM GUILD GUITARS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Ryan from Guild Guitars shows us what’s new at Winter NAMM 2019.

Guild Guitars distributed in Australia by https://zenithmusic.com.au/

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NAMM SHOW 2019: FENDER AMERICAN PERFORMER SERIES

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Fender’s Allen Abbassi shows us the new American Performer Series at Winter NAMM 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) recently debuted its 2019 electric guitar and bass offerings at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif. The robust lineup is a true reflection of Fender’s dedication to electric innovation; it includes: American Performer, a series catering to performers’ on-stage demands; the Rarities Series – featuring limited-edition, upscale, boutique-style models with high-end finishes and unique woods; and the Alternate Reality Series – a celebration of iconic Fender models of the past with futuristic trends in mind. In addition, the highly-acclaimed American Elite and American Professional Series have expanded to include new finishes.

“We’re very excited to showcase one of our most diverse electrics offerings at Winter NAMM,” said Max Gutnik, VP of Fender Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “Our leading electric guitar and bass series for 2019 is American Performer, which resets the standards for quality, craftsmanship and tone in our entry-point American guitar series with newly designed Yosemite™ single-coil pickups and an innovative DoubleTap™ humbucking pickup. The Alternate Reality Series continues our recent tradition of creating limited runs of uniquely compelling guitars with interesting body styles and tonal configurations; and finally, our limited-edition Rarities guitars are crafted from exotic woods, with high-end finishes and electronics to create an extraordinary line of instruments for the most discerning player. As our electrics lineup continues to evolve, we look forward to players of all genres and backgrounds making music as inspired and imaginative as the instruments themselves.”

Recently launched, the American Performer Series celebrates both the boom in live musical performances and the demand for a roadworthy instrument that can handle any artist’s demands, no matter the arena. Featuring 36 SKUs, the American Performer Series brings the Jazzmaster®, Mustang® and Mustang Bass into the US-made line in the A$2,149 – $2,249 price range. The Performer Series blends traditional Fender design with new elements for modern tone and performance. Together, the updates deliver sonic versatility and ease of use for performers, helping them hone their tone across musical genres.

www.fender.com.au

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NAMM SHOW 2019: FENDER ALTERNATE REALITY SERIES

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Fender’s Allen Abbassi shows us the new ALTERNATE REALITY Series at Winter NAMM 2019

The limited-edition Alternate Reality Collection (A$949 – $1899) will be available beginning March of 2019 and features Fender’s tradition of purposeful innovation. Offering eclectic models that mix and match multiple Fender design cues within a single instrument, the Alternate Reality Series instruments feature unique and unusual models that are “not just another Strat®”. These guitar and bass models are a brave new entry with one foot in the past and eyes to the future.

• Powercaster™ (launching March 2019) features the giant sound of an Atomic™ humbucking pickup with the articulate voice of a single-coil soapbar pickup, giving this guitar’s tone a bit of an edge—perfect for slashing through a dense mix. A roasted maple neck and sweeping pickguard adds some visual flair to this unique instrument.

• Sixty-Six™ (launching April 2019) has a unique visual style, which makes a bold statement with its down-sized Jazz Bass® body. The flexible HSS pickup configuration can crank out anything you ask, from fat leads to funky rhythm tones. Combining vintage-inspired appointments with modern, player-oriented features, it’s packed with a ton of useful, unique sounds.

• The Meteora® HH (launching May 2019) sports a sleek body shape that carries on our tradition of arresting aesthetic design. The sound is as propulsive as its visually stimulating lines—it wants to roar on stage, thanks to the two fat-sounding Player Series humbucking pickups. With its retro-modern offset body shape, the Meteora HH has guts and grace.

• Electric XII (launching July 2019) is designed for performance with dual split-coil pickups, a special 12-string hardtail bridge and a 3-position pickup selector, this jangly offset will definitely get attention onstage.

• Tenor Tele® (launching August 2019) is a modern take on the 4-string tenor guitar, with a huge sound that belies its small size. Tuned to the same pitches as the top 4 strings of a 6-string or any of a number of popular alternate tunings, guitar players will feel right at home on this fun-to-play tiny Telecaster.

Fender’s new electric guitar and bass offerings will be available at local dealers and on www.Fender.com.au

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