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New Products:  November 2018

Roland’s New Entry-Level V-Drums

Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums.

ROLAND’S NEW TD-1DMK V-Drums is an entry-level electronic drumset with legendary V-Drums sound and playability. The TD-1DMK offers a variety of great drum sounds, authentic acoustic feel with Roland’s famous dual-ply mesh pads, and access to powerful skill-building tools with onboard coach functions and free Melodics for V-Drums training software for Mac/Windows. This makes it an ideal choice for beginning drummers and practicing students, as well as adults who want to get back into drumming later in life. Delivering a fulfilling drumming experience in a compact kit that can be played quietly with headphones, the TD-1DMK is an inspiring instrument that will launch a lifetime of drumming satisfaction and enjoyment. 

For players who are just starting out, the TD-1DMK is a hassle-free drum kit that’s easy to set up and intuitive to use. With just a few simple steps, users can start playing an authentic-sounding collection of 15 preset kits and enjoy a realistic and engaging drumming experience right away. And with onboard coach functions and Melodics for V-Drums software, they’ll learn essential skills and experience improvement with every practice session. Weighing just 15.5 lb./7 kg, the TD-1DMK is convenient to move around the home and to other performance locations as needed.

TD-1DMK’s onboard metronome and ten coach functions motivate successful development with a game-like experience that keeps every playing session fun and engaging. Melodics for V-Drums takes learning even further with interactive drum lessons that build a sense of rhythm without letting it seem like hard work. The TD-1DMK’s pads are quieter than other electronic drums too, allowing children to practice for extended periods without limitations.

With its great feel and natural response, the TD-1DMK supports developing all the traditional techniques needed to be a top-level drummer. Thanks to the fast processing and authentic acoustic sounds of the kit’s module, the TD-1DMK faithfully responds to the subtle nuances of the user’s playing, with every dynamic nuance detected and faithfully relayed. Compared with other mesh heads, Roland’s dual-ply mesh heads for the snare and toms feature adjustable tension and provide authentic natural rebound that’s close to the feel of playing acoustic drum heads. Compatible with standard single and double kick pedals, the TD-1DMK kick pad features a soft rubber surface that absorbs noise from the beater while maintaining natural acoustic feel and response.

For past players, the TD-1DMK is the perfect solution for bringing drums back into anyone’s life. From onboard songs across a variety of genres to connecting a smartphone to the module and playing with favorite tracks and web lessons, users can drum along and quickly reignite their musical passion. And with the ability to play quietly with headphones, they can fully immerse themselves without disturbing family members and neighbors. The durable TD-1DMK is infused with renowned V-Drums reliability, paving the way for years of confident playing. As skills and ambitions are renewed, there’s even room for expansion by adding an extra crash cymbal or upgrading the sound module.

www.Roland.com
          

D’Addario’s Yellow Submarine Accessories

D’Addario Accessories is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animated movie with a guitar strap and pick collection featuring art from the movie. This anniversary collection comes in a collectible tin with four straps and one pick pack with three different gauges: light, medium, and heavy. Printed on polyester, the straps come in four designs inspired by the appearance of each Beatle in the movie. The picks come in five designs inspired by art from the film, printed in four-color on celluloid. Commemorative tin features art, characters, and imagery from the movie.

Each strap (“John,” “Paul,” “George,” and “Ringo”) retails for $60. Picks come in packs of ten, each retailing for $11.

www.daddario.com
          

ATV Introduces
aDrums Artist Cymbals

aDrums Artist Cymbals from ATV. Top to bottom: The aD-C10 Splash, aD-C12 Crash, and aD-CH 17 China.

With the addition of new aDrums Artist Cymbals—the 10" Splash, 12" Crash, and 17" China—ATV brings its electronic cymbal line even closer to the acoustic realm. For the first time, these new additions let players choose their electronic cymbals to match their playing style and setup, taking into account that a splash cymbal is struck differently from a China cymbal or an average-sized crash. All of these cymbals offer 360° triggering and choking playability, as well as three-zone capability. Plug D-series cymbals and aDrums into an aD5 drum module to experience their outstanding realism and cut-above feel.

www.atvcorporation.com
          

Generations Series Drums
From WFLIII

Generations Series drums from WFLIII.

Newly launched Generations Series drum sets are the latest entry from WFLIII Drums. Featuring the classic 3-ply maple shell design perfected 100 years ago by the first William Ludwig, grandfather of company President William F. Ludwig III, this series presents drummers with the vintage sound of the past along with modern design and roadworthy construction. “As the only Ludwig in the drum business today, I wanted to pay tribute to the past while perfecting the construction and sound of the classic drums my family is known for,” said William F. Ludwig III.

The WFLIII Generations Drum sets are available in standard 3, 4, and 5 shell kits as well as custom configurations. The drums feature 3-ply maple/poplar/maple shells, 45-degree bearing edges, custom hardware, and a variety of stains and classic wrap finishes. All Generations drums undergo a rigorous inspection process before leaving the U.S.-based WFLIII factory.

www.wfliiidrums.com
(913) 274-1371
          

Martin Unveils New
Authentic Strings

New and improved Martin Authentic Acoustic guitar strings.

C.F. MARTIN & Co. (Martin Guitar) has introduced its most advanced strings to date. Now available for sale worldwide, they look, feel, and sound better than ever before. And with three versions to choose from, any player can find the ideal strings for their acoustic guitar.

Engineered with the performer in mind, Martin Authentic Acoustic strings will always stand up to rigorous practice and performance schedules. Martin starts with its highest tensile-strength core wire, then tinplates it on all six strings for added corrosion resistance. Coupled with the company’s highest quality wrap wire, these materials deliver consistent true tone song after song. Available in 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.

Authentic Acoustic Silked strings add a soft silk wrap to the ball ends of Martin Authentic Acoustic strings to prevent wear and tear on the bridge and bridge plate. The silk wrap puts a comforting layer of protection in place every time the strings are changed. Available in 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.

Martin invested two years in developing its next-generation Authentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 strings, which are engineered using a new patented technology only available from Martin. This technology was developed to protect the core wire and wrap wire to prevent corrosion without compromising tone, the single most important attribute of the guitar strings. Authentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 strings look, sound, and feel better, providing a smooth playing experience that reduces finger drag and allows these strings to sound better, longer than any other extended-life string on the market. Available in 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.

www.martinguitar.com/aa
          

Yamaha’s New Portable MODX Synth Line

The MODX7, a 76-note synth from Yamaha, offers many of the features of the flagship Montage at a more affordable price.

Yamaha’s new MODX line of hybrid synthesizers offer many of the capabilities of the company’s flagship Montage synthesizer in a more affordable, lightweight package. This successor to the popular Yamaha MOXF line is available in three models: the MODX6 (61 semi-weighted keys); the MODX7 (76 semi-weighted keys); and the MODX8 (88 weighted and graded keys).

The MODX sound engine draws on the same technology powering Yamaha’s flagship Montage synth: an AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine combined with a pure FM-X (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer. The MODX also incorporates Motion Control, a highly programmable control matrix for dynamic sound interaction. This gives musicians the ability to direct and manipulate their sound by interacting with their Performances in fine detail.

The MODX improves on the MOXF by offering a wide array of control and workflow elements. Seamless Sound Switching has been introduced much like on the Montage, to allow switching between performances without any sound cutoff. MODX also has DSP power to run up to 13 simultaneous dual insertion effects and three system/master effects. Polyphony has been increased to 128 notes of stereo AWM2 (sample based) plus 64 FM-X (Frequency Modulation synthesis.)

The MODX is housed in a lightweight body that makes it easy to transport. Also, like its predecessor, it comes bundled with Steinberg Cubase AI DAW software for creating and producing music on the computer.

Synth players and sound designers will appreciate the deep programmability of Motion Control and the MODX FM-X synth engine. The versatility of the MODX and the wealth of onboard keyboard, synth, brass, and strings sounds will appeal to keyboardists needing a wide variety of sounds.

“MODX sets a new standard for mid-range synthesizer sound, control, and mobility,” said Nate Tschetter, marketing manager, Yamaha Synthesizers. “With advanced flagship technology in a lightweight, accessible package, MODX excels on stage, in the studio, and in a wide array of creative situations.”
MSRP is as follows: MODX6 $1,649, MODX7 $1,899, MODX8 $2,399.

http://4wrd.it/MODX
          

Award-Winning Louson CajonTab

The CajonTab from Louson Drums.

In the CajonTab, Louson Drums offers a small wooden cajon drum with a guitar strap, a removable external snare mechanism, and an adjustable sound hole cover to change the pitch of the drum. With the versatility to sound like a snare drum or a wooden bongo depending on the snare location, the CajonTab won the “Gotta Stock It” award in the “Best In Show” ceremony at Summer NAMM. Louson Drums, which debuted the CajonTab in 2015, was making its first NAMM show appearance. “This is a huge honor for us. I’m thrilled that we received an award like this on our first visit,” said Carson Cashman, CEO of Louson Drums.

Robert Christie, president of A&G Central Music in Madison Heights, Michigan, nominated Louson Drums for the Gotta Stock It award. “I think of this [product] as a ukulele of the cajon,” Christie told the audience during the awards ceremony. “You can throw it over your shoulder, and it plays just like a cajon.”

www.lousondrums.com
          

Dexibell Vivo S9 Offers Unlimited
Polyphony & User Control

The Dexibell Vivo S9 stage piano.

The newly released Dexibell Vivo S9 is designed for discerning performers and features the same high-quality acoustic and electric pianos available in the entire Dexibell Vivo S series, along with a complete organ sound engine that includes transistor, tonewheel, and traditional organ and instrumental sounds. The keyboard features a newly developed 88-key hammer action keyboard with hybrid wood and ebony/ivory-feel keys with aftertouch, hands-free assignable motorized draw-faders and an intuitive interface with real wood accents and elegant backlit controls.

The Vivo S9 incorporates Dexibell’s patented T2L (True to Life) technology, which offers high definition 24-bit samples for exceptional realism, modeling capability that faithfully captures the touch and response of an acoustic instrument, and unlimited polyphony. In addition, the S9 is compatible with SoundFont, an expansive library of sounds, available for immediate download, providing virtually unlimited sound versatility.

The Vivo S9 also offers mobile capability with iOS apps that allow performers to customize sounds and features such as tuning, layering, split functionality, and effects—all in a single user-friendly interface. Dexibell’s XMURE app is a state-of-the-art play-along performance app that brings the full power of an interactive accompaniment band with the highest quality acoustic sounds right to the performer’s fingertips.

“Dexibell engineers have outdone themselves by developing the most advanced stage piano ever created,” said Antonio Ferranti, president of Dexibell North America. “Today’s performer demands the highest quality instrument coupled with maximum versatility, and complete portability. Dexibell’s all-new flagship VIVO S9, handmade in Italy, delivers with industry-leading tone, touch, and technology, all packed into the industry’s most attractive digital stage piano. From the studio to the stage, from the classroom to the church, the VIVO S9 has it all.”

www.dexibell.com
          

Zoom H3-VR Recorder With VR Audio

H3-VR Handy Recorder from Zoom.

ZOOM CORPORATION’S new H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder is the only recorder that can capture, encode, and decode spatial audio all in one device. Its four-capsule Ambisonic mic captures four channels of 360-degree audio up to 24 bit/96 kHz. The onboard decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio, so it can easily be paired with a 360-video—and no computer is required. Available October 2018 for $349.99, the H3-VR can also record stereo files in binaural mode, providing a hyper-realistic spatial recording for 2D creators looking to add more depth to their sound. For musicians, this means transporting fans from the back row to center stage.

A six-axis motion sensor provides the H3-VR with Auto Mic Position and Level Detection, so however the mic is positioned from scene to scene, the 360-audio and video orientations will stay aligned. Creators can monitor their audio while recording, and with the H3 Control App, they can remotely access transport controls, levels, and metadata notes right from their iOS device (optional BTA-1 required). After audio is recorded, the onboard Ambisonics playback allows the creator to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening.

“We’re excited to enter the world of VR audio, but for us it just seems natural,” commented David Via, vice president of market at Zoom North America. “Numerous market research studies have VR and AR consumer markets growing ten-fold over the next five years, and content creation will grow with them. Historically video development has taken priority over audio considerations, but the H3-VR puts sound design back at the forefront. It offers VR creators newly enhanced 360-content and a streamlined workflow, all at a very affordable price.”

    www.zoom-na.com/H3VR

Grace VanderWaal Ukes From Fender

Fender’s Grace VanderWaal Signature and Moonlight ukuleles.

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is now offering two ukuleles inspired by singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal. The 2017 Billboard Rising Star award recipient brought her fresh take to the ukulele when she won NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2016 at age 12. The Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele and Moonlight Ukulele were created with classic, clean, legendary Fender tone to inspire and capture hearts among the next generation of musicians. Grace herself is just off a summer tour with Imagine Dragons and is set to make her film debut as the lead in Disney’s book-to-film adaptation of Stargirl.

“What I think is cool about Fender is the Fender electric guitar headstock, which I’ve never seen on a ukulele,” said Grace. “I feel like a rockstar when I’m tuning it. I wanted these ukuleles to be pretty, but also have a great sound. Fender perfectly accomplished that and made my dream ukuleles come true.”

The performance-inspired Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele ($199.99) incorporates everything Grace loves about playing live for her fans. From the stage-ready Fishman Kula preamp pickups to the dark walnut exterior and custom deluxe gig bag, the instrument reflects Grace’s boho-chic style and mission to inspire the next generation of players.

The concert body is constructed from sapele wood, giving the Signature ukulele a balanced, earthy tone that serves as the perfect support for Grace’s soulful voice. Grace personally selected each detail to make the ukulele sound rich and embody her personal style, which is reflected in the custom gold hardware and rosette. Her signature adorns the Telecaster headstock, as well as the custom soundhole label—the first of its kind on a Fender instrument.

Grace also worked with Fender to create the Grace VanderWaal Moonlight Ukulele ($99.99), a navy blue-colored version of the California Coast Series Venice Soprano uke. It features all the same personal touches offered on the Signature model, but at a more accessible, entry-level price point.

“Designing the Grace VanderWaal Signature Ukulele with Grace was effortless,” said Billy Martinez, v.p. category manager of acoustics and Squier divisions. “She knew she wanted personal touches, such as the gold hardware and her signature on the headstock, but was most passionate about the electronics so she could be stage-ready at all times. Having Grace join the Artist Signature Series brings that same on-stage energy to Fender Ukuleles.”

www.fender.com
          

Maloney StageGear
Reversible Covers

With its Reversible UV Protecting StageGear Covers, Maloney StageGear offers innovative protection for drums, sound gear, guitars, keyboards, microphones, floor processors, and more. All covers are reversible from silver to black: The reflective silver side protects instruments and equipment from the sun’s heat and UV rays, while the black side obscures gear when on stage. Made from durable polyester with acrylic coating, StageGear covers are water-resistant.

While its parent company has been in business for more than 25 years, Maloney StageGear debuted in 2017. Since then, its covers have been enthusiastically adopted by both consumers and institutional buyers. The company is also known for its EDI-compliant operation and record of excellent customer service. Response to the line at Winter and Summer NAMM Shows has been outstanding.

http://maloneystagegearcovers.com
          

Mackie Debuts New
Headphones And Earphones

Mackie MC Series Professional Headphones.

MACKIE’S NEW MC Series Professional Headphones and CR-Buds Series High-Performance Earphones offer high-quality, affordable solutions for both studio monitoring and personal listening on the go. The MC Series includes two models, the MC-150 and MC-250, both with large 50mm transducers that deliver the clarity and accuracy Mackie is known for in stunning, closed-back designs tuned for studio monitoring, mixing, and personal listening. The MC-150 is the perfect entry into professional headphones, providing the audio fidelity and punchy bass response of much more expensive headphones. The MC-250 headphones are tuned for exceptional accuracy and detail, making them great for mixing and critical listening. Both models have ultra-soft ear pads and headbands, detachable cables, and a carry bag included.

The CR-Buds Series is available in two models, the CR-Buds and CR-Buds+. The perfect step up from stock earbuds, they deliver signature Mackie sound quality on the go. The CR-Buds model features a high-performance dynamic driver for rich lows and highs with a traditional earbud form factor, plus an in-line mic with play/pause/answer button. The CR-Buds+ model features dual dynamic drivers, typically only found on much more expensive earphones and monitors, to provide an exceptionally smooth response across the entire frequency range. In addition, the CR-Buds+ have a professional in-ear monitor-inspired over-ear design that lets them deliver maximum comfort while staying in place and out of the way—plus a choice of foam and silicone tips. The user can also answer calls and adjust device volume via the in-line controls. Both models have tangle-free cables and come with multiple ear tip sizes to let users find the best fit.

www.mackie.com/mc-series
www.mackie.com/cr-buds-series
          

AirTurn’s Versatile
Footswitch Controllers

AirTurn’s 4-switch BT200S wireless footswitch controller.

DIn the new BT200S line, AirTurn, Inc. offers a range of heavy-duty wireless footswitch controllers that satisfy requirements for many industries and environments. These controllers offer proprietary, keyboard, and MIDI interface options to work with most Bluetooth 4 enabled computers, tablets, phones, and specialty equipment to control many functions from simple page turning to audio, lighting, MIDI performance, switching controls, and more.

Using Bluetooth technology and state-of-the-art Over-the-Air (OTA) services, each device can be programmed to send any type of keyboard signal, MIDI, or proprietary commands users need to operate their apps. The options of open pairing and closed pairing make it possible to store pairing for multiple hosts or lock the device to a single host. Devices can be powered with the 150-hour rechargeable battery on board or used with external 9-volt power supply. Two-switch and four-switch versions are currently available for $69 and $99.

www.airturn.com
          

System Blue Phatboy
Lightweight Snare

System Blue Phatboy marching snare.

THE UNIQUE NEW Phatboy from System Blue is ultra-lightweight and built for speed with a stunningly rich sound. Its 16" body allows the drum to breathe, making it easy on the hands for longer periods of play. Its sleek carbon fiber components allow for unprecedented agility and sound amplification. Fewer parts reduces the challenge of fixes on-the-fly, and System Blue’s game-changing design allows for color changes anytime, anywhere.

Blue Devils Center Snare Sean Clark calls the Phatboy “the lightest marching snare on the market. The fatigue reduction is tremendous.”

www.systemblue.org/percussion
          

Updated Breedlove Myrtlewood Guitars

Breedlove’s Concert CE, Concerto CE, and Concert Olive acoustic guitars.

Breedlove is out with updated Oregon Series guitars in distinctive myrtlewood, native to the guitar maker’s home in the Pacific Northwest. Built on the award-winning Oregon Series body designs, the all myrtlewood Concert CE and larger-body Concerto CE acoustic guitars have been updated for 2019 with a cutaway for convenient access to the entire fretboard. The crisp, clean sound of myrtlewood offers great balance with note-to-note clarity that’s accentuated by the stiffer myrtlewood top. The Concert CE is ideal for a versatile playing action style. MSRP: $3,065, sell price: $2,299. The Concerto CE is ideal for strumming play action. MSRP: $3,199, sell price: $2,399.

In addition, Breedlove is offering the Oregon Concert Olive, built for the musician seeking well-rounded balance with midrange fullness, depth, clarity, and liveliness. An alluring Breedlove crafted from locally sourced myrtlewood for the body, the Oregon Concert Olive is described as being “alive with tone.” The hard rock maple neck and myrtlewood top combine to deliver accentuated depth and clarity across the tonal spectrum. The Oregon Concert Olive also comes appointed with its custom color and EVO Gold Frets. Available for a limited time in a limited run of 25 guitars, the Oregon Concert Olive is ideal for a versatile playing action style. MSRP: $3,065, sell price: $2,299.

https://breedlovemusic.com/
          

Samson Quad-Channel
Wireless Mic System

Samson’s Stage 412 mic system.

SAMSON’S NEW Stage 412 frequency-agile, quad-channel wireless handheld microphone system comes with four handheld dynamic microphones that transmit to a single rugged metal receiver. Each handheld features a Samson Q6 dynamic mic element that provides crisp, clear sound and reliable VHF wireless performance. Available for $249.99, the Stage 412 can be used in a variety of multi-performer situations such as house of worship, education, presentation, and karaoke applications.

The Stage 412’s frequency-agile design offers four channels with six operating frequencies per channel across a 173MHz–198MHz frequency range to choose from. Additionally, the system’s IR sync function allows users to wirelessly match each transmitter to a receiver channel’s operating frequency in no time. A 200-foot operating range provides ample freedom for any presenter or performing group, while each mic transmitter provides exceptional battery life of up to ten hours via two AA batteries (not included).

Featuring the rugged metal SR412 receiver, the Stage 412 is designed for maximum durability and versatility. Its back panel provides four 1/4" outputs as well as three balanced XLR outputs, allowing for connection to a mixer or powered p.a. speaker. The 1/4" outputs send each channel separately, while the XLR outs are dedicated to send single output mixes of Channels A/B, Channels C/D, and all four. Front panel volume control on each channel lets users find the perfect blend between each performer.

The Stage 412 operates in the reliable VHF frequency spectrum, which has become significantly less crowded with the advancement of digital TV. The Stage 412 is unaffected by the upcoming FCC 600MHz transition.

www.samsontech.com
          

Premium Drums From Doc Sweeney

Doc Sweeney drums feature high-end materials and construction.

At Doc Sweeney Drums, every solid-wood drum is built using exceptional quality components in every phase of construction. The process starts with choice domestic and exotic wood, topped off with CNC-milled shells, proprietary lugs, tom brackets and throw-offs, and hand-rubbed oil finishes. The company offers drums built to either existing Doc Sweeney designs or custom specifications, all built to a next-level standard. For custom drums, customers can choose a solid wood, single ply or stave shell made from an extensive list of wood species. Doc Sweeney’s “Be-One-of-a-Kind” approach to drum building means each shell is meticulously handcrafted with custom dimensions, bearing edges, lug type, and layout, as well as unique finishing methods.

https://docsweeneydrums.com/
          

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