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  1. The NAMM Show, January 17, 2020 - IK Multimedia presents Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, a new T-RackS® module processor that brings the reverbs and sounds of the studios in the iconic Sunset Sound recording facility in Los Angeles to musicians everywhere. Sunset Sound Studio Reverb is the first convolution reverb for IK's industry-standard T-RackS 5 mixing and mastering software workstation. IK worked in collaboration with studio owner Paul Camarata to give recording engineers "all access" to the sound and vibe of the studios in this landmark facility, where a who's who of music has recorded for 60 years, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and countless others. Studio owner Paul Camarata notes, "For 60 years, the sound of our studios has been heard on hit records around the world. Now, we're proud to be working with IK Multimedia to bring our famed sound to everyone's recordings. Sunset Sound Studio Reverb really nails the essence of our distinct character." Each room of Sunset Sound's three studios was recorded using its custom console and Sunset's mic collection, to capture not just the acoustics but also the unique vibe of the space. IK recreated them using a powerful new dynamic convolution engine, and the result is a faithful studio quality reverb that offers the same iconic sound as countless hit records, complemented by an array of flexible control options for further tone shaping. Abundant reverb Users can select from among the various reverbs taken from the live echo chambers and each of the three studios found in the facility. The choices are: Live room: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3 Iso Booth: Studio 1, Studio 2 or Studio 3 3 Live echo chambers 2 plate reverbs and 1 spring reverb Control it all An intuitive GUI provides a realistic experience, offering information and insights about each particular room, as well as additional controls to help users shape the sound to suit their tastes. Additional controls include: Adjustable decay time and pre-delay High-pass and low-pass filters Low and high shelving EQs Stereo image width Wet/dry mix and more. Flexible use Like all T-RackS modules, Sunset Sound Studio Reverb can be used as an individual plug-in within any recording software, or inside the T-RackS 5 shell for even faster workflow both as plug-in or stand-alone mastering software. About T-RackS T-RackS 5 is the latest version of IK's industry standard mixing and mastering software workstation that has been used on countless albums by top engineers for more than 20 years. This powerful modular system offers maximum versatility via 43 high-quality processors (EQs, limiters, compressors, etc) that can be used in parallel or series, in a variety of working environments. In total, T-RackS 5 offers everything needed to professionally treat and finalize audio from raw mixes to a perfect finished product. For even more professional results, each version of T-RackS 5 also offers free downloadable signature presets from some of the industry's top engineers. About Sunset Sound Recorders Sunset Sound was opened in 1958 by Tutti Camarata, then director of recording for Disney Studios, and initially handled in-house work for Disney, recording movies like "Mary Poppins" and "101 Dalmatians." In 1962, Sunset Sound opened to external clients, and soon expanded to a 3-studio complex, welcoming artists like The Doors, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Prince and countless more. Now owned and operated by Paul Camarata, Tutti's son, Sunset Sound continues to welcome world-class artists to its iconic rooms. All three original rooms remain in operation, and with their custom acoustics and consoles, fully equipped echo chambers and comprehensive mic lockers, Sunset Sound remains a dream destination for musicians. Pricing and availability Sunset Sound Studio Reverb for T-RackS 5 will be available in January 2020 from the IK Custom Shop, the https://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/ and from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/dealers/worldwide for a special introductory price of €/$149.99* until March 31, 2020 (regular pricing will be €/$249.99). * All prices excluding taxes. For more information about Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, please visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trsunsetsound/ To see Sunset Sound Studio Reverb in action, visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trsunsetsound/index.php?p=video To hear audio samples, visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trsunsetsound/index.php?p=audio
  2. IK Multimedia announces iRig® Pro Duo I/O mobile 2-channel audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC Newest member of IK's iRig family of mobile interfaces enables high quality, dual-channel recording and monitoring on the go The NAMM Show, January 17, 2020 - IK Multimedia introduces the iRig® Pro Duo I/O, an enhanced, ultra-compact 2-channel audio/MIDI interface that enables high-quality recording on the go with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Mac/PC. Designed for musicians, podcasters and other content creators, it can accommodate a variety of input sources including microphones, MIDI controllers, line-level and high-impedance instruments such as guitars, basses and keyboards, and more. It can also be used as a MIDI interface. A sequel to IK's acclaimed iRig Pro Duo, the new iRig Pro Duo I/O features updated mic preamps with increased gain, as well as the addition of a USB-C cable to work with all of today's latest devices and new, dedicated PC drivers to ensure optimal performance on laptops and Surface tablets. In addition, refined volume controls with level indicators for more convenient workflow and a new rubberised finish to better stand up to the road, offer the same standard of quality customers have enjoyed from IK's award-winning iRig Pro I/O single-channel interface. Recording capabilities Two analogue combo inputs (1/4” / XLR) are provided for connecting and simultaneously recording any combination of dynamic and condenser microphones and instruments (line level or Hi-Z). They are complemented by Class-A preamps, adjustable gain and 48V phantom power. Each channel has its own input gain control for dialling in the perfect amount of input signal for a particular recording. iRig Pro Duo I/O can also be used as a MIDI interface via MIDI input and output connectors and included breakout cables. Additional connections include two balanced ¼” outputs and headphone output. A direct monitor switch provides latency-free monitoring of direct incoming signal for use with video or streaming apps, or lets users monitor the processed signal returning from their device when recording music or using audio processing apps. Out-of-the-box performance iRig Pro Duo I/O runs on USB bus power or 2 AA batteries (or an optional PSU), and includes Lightning, USB-A and USB-C cables to work with any device right out of the box. Although compatible with any app designed for high-quality digital audio input for recording or creation, iRig Pro Duo I/O comes with free access to over $/€500 of IK software, apps, and in-app material, making it an all-in-one package with everything needed to record, edit, and share great music, podcasts, interviews and more. About the iRig series Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, IK's iRig series of interfaces helped define the mobile music-making category. With products designed for guitarists, vocalists, broadcasters and social media journalists, the series makes high quality audio recording accessible to everyone at an affordable price. Pricing and availability The iRig Pro Duo I/O is available in late January 2020 for $/€199.99* from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/ and from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/dealers/ worldwide. * Price excluding taxes For more information, please visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigproduoio/ To see iRig Pro Duo I/O in action, visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigproduoio/index.php?p=video
  3. IK Multimedia offers iLoud® MTM reference monitor in white Compact monitor offers high-end design and features for project and home studios The NAMM Show, January 17, 2020 - IK Multimedia has added a white colour option for its iLoud® MTM, a compact reference monitor designed to deliver pristine sound and unprecedented accuracy for the modern professional and home studio. It provides innovative features not found elsewhere, and sound quality that rivals monitors several times the price. iLoud MTM delivers unsurpassed accuracy, power and bass, 100W RMS power, and a class-defying 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response for a "firm", balanced and defined low end, to surpass the sound of speakers twice its size. IK's advanced DSP expertise was leveraged to offer an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response - a premiere feature in this price segment available only on a handful of products costing considerably more. This provides a natural, true-to-life sound made possible by IK's advanced DSP expertise. The symmetrical MTM (midrange-tweeter-midrange) design provides point-source performance for superior imaging, even at close distances, so users can create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, with no ear fatigue. The design's exceptional, controlled sound dispersion enhances the transparency and neutrality by minimizing the impact of room acoustics, for truer monitoring. iLoud MTM also offers one-touch, acoustic self-calibration derived from IK's award-winning ARC™ System, with an included reference microphone to easily adjust to any room's acoustics. Additional features include: 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure; Audiophile-grade, high resolution algorithms and top-of-the line A/D converters; Off-axis response management to minimize the effects of room reverberation; and IK's patent-pending Physical Response Linearization (PRL™) system that corrects the system's performance in real time. iLoud MTM also comes with a tilting isolation mount that adjusts from 0° to 20° for a wide range of setups, a rubber base for horizontal shelf-placement, and a bottom thread for mic stand mounting. Incredible accuracy and transparency, deep and defined bass, precise stereo imaging at any distance, and automatic room calibration - all in a monitor that's small enough to fit on any desktop - make iLoud MTM deal for nearfield work or as a workhorse monitor in a home or project studio. Price and availability iLoud MTM is available from the https://www.ikmultimedia.com/shop/and from https://www.ikmultimedia.com/dealers/ worldwide at a MSRP of $/€349.99* each or $/€699.99 per pair. *All prices excluding taxes For more information, please visit: https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iloudmtm/ Visit here to see how top engineers are using iLoud MTM in their studios:
  4. Austrian Audio Joins METAlliance As Newest Pro Partner Vienna company is known for progressive microphone technology Nashville, TN, January 2020 – The METAlliance (Music Engineering & Technology Alliance) has announced that Austrian Audio has become the newest Pro Partner of the organization. Pro Partner membership is limited to companies that have shown the ability to manufacture and distribute products that meet the organization’s professional audio standards. The METAlliance's George Massenburg commented: “We’re excited to see another great manufacturer that shares our commitment to providing quality in audio recording. We’re looking forward to seeing more Austrian Audio products that meet those needs.” Austrian Audio opened its doors in 2017 following the closure of the AKG offices in Vienna and set out to create something new, challenging, and respectful to its heritage. The new company started with a core team of previous AKG personnel from management, acoustics, electronics, test and measurement, mechanical design, RF/wireless and software/firmware, bringing 350 years of cumulative engineering experience to the new company. “Austrian Audio is honored to become a member of the prestigious METAlliance,” commented Martin Seidl, Austrian Audio CEO. “It is our company’s aim to ensure we manufacture products that offer the highest levels of quality in the recording chain, which is very much in line with the METAlliance’s ethos. For us as a start-up company, it’s very encouraging being chosen as a professional partner by the alliance founders.” Austrian Audio will exhibit in the US for the first time at Winter NAMM 2020 Pro Audio Hall, ACC North / Level 1, Booth #14121. Learn more at: https://austrian.audio/ The METAlliance Pro Partnership is a group of companies that share the founders' belief that a call for quality is important. It is limited, by invitation, to those companies that provide products and services deemed worthy of consideration by professionals. Austrian Audio joins other METAlliance Pro Partners: AKG, Audio-Technica, Avid, Cakewalk, DPA Microphones, EventideJBL Pro, LEWITT Microphones, Lexicon, Manley Laboratories, GML, Millennia Music & Media Systems, Neumann USA, Prism Sound, Royer Microphones, Sanken Microphones, Solid State Logic, Sommer Cable, Sonnox, Steinberg, tc electronic, Universal Audio, and Yamaha. About the METAlliance Established in 2005, the METAlliance (Music Engineering and Technology Alliance) was founded by globally recognized, award-winning audio engineers and producers Chuck Ainlay, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Elliot Scheiner, Al Schmitt, and the late Phil Ramone and Ed Cherney. The METAlliance works with educators to help insure the skills and techniques that have developed through the history of recording are carried forward. The METAlliance ProPartner program rewards those manufacturers truly deserving recognition as advocates for better quality in audio recording and reproduction. Through the ProPartner program, the organization works closely with manufacturers to evaluate, recognize, and certify products that meet the best standards for quality in the recording arts and science. METAlliance: strategic union of music producers and engineers dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of audio recording http://www.metalliance.com/
  5. LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio is proud to announce ALBION NEO — neatly turning the proverbial page to open a new decade- dawning next chapter in its bestselling ALBION... series sample libraries and virtual instruments as a modern cinematic collection centred around a chamber-sized orchestra with a super-intimate string section split by divisi across all articulations to offer anyone access to the incredible definition and expression of classic and progressive techniques creatively captured in the beautiful resonance of the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios, successfully accompanied by an encyclopaedic range of progressive synths, loops, and textures totalling over 300 carefully curated presets to address an exciting cultural shift in orchestral music and film scoring spurred by a demand for a closer, more emotive, hybrid sound suited to TV, films, and beyond — on preorder as of the first day of The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA, where the sound-specialising British music technology company is exhibiting, and available from January 23… Like life itself, the film scoring landscape is constantly evolving. With the rise of streaming platforms, TV shows and independent films are just as big as blockbusters, and directors are now looking for closer, more emotive, sophisticated soundscapes. Artists and composers are producing more progressive, daring, and emotive works within the film world and beyond as a result. Reality bites, but Spitfire Audio has been part of this new wave with its consistent creation of original tools that push the boundaries of orchestral music. Indeed, its groundbreaking EVO... and SWARM... series and always-creative collaborations with pioneering composers and visionaries — from BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award-winning Icelandic composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer par excellence Ólafur Arnalds (famed for his original score to top-rating television series Broadchurch as well as several standout studio albums) to The London Contemporary Orchestra (one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles, promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an ever-widening audience) — allow anyone to surf the musical wave with the likes of Ólafur Arnalds... or even become the next ‘new waver’! With ALBION NEO, Spitfire Audio has exquisitely encapsulated this new and alluring revolution, taking everything the sound-specialising British music technology company collectively learned during its decade-long sampling journey and applying it to its super-successful ALBION blueprint as a new decade-dawning next chapter. Central to ALBION NEO is its inbuilt NEO Orchestra. As is the case with all of Spitfire Audio’s ALBION... series sample libraries and virtual instruments, it is designed to be both instantly playable and easy to use, with all instruments in each section spread across the keyboard. Creatively capturing phenomenal performances from a group of 36 world-class first-call session musicians playing 54 classic and unconventional articulations, it has been carefully crafted by Paris- and London-based British award-winning composer and orchestrator Ben Foskett working with Spitfire Audio Production Manager Harry Wilson, and recorded digitally at 96 kHz via a two-inch Studer tape machine using priceless valve and ribbon mics routed through Neve ‘AIR Montserrat’ remote mic preamps into a 96-channel Neve 88R large-format mixing console by renowned recording and mix engineer Jake Jackson in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios. Technically, the NEO Orchestra itself is made up of a super-intimate chamber-sized orchestra, recorded as two divisi string sections — Band A - 12 (3, 2, 2, 3, 2) and Band B - 11 (3, 2, 2, 3, 1) — duly designed to complement each other and create interesting combinations when played together, with a specially orchestrated chorus of seven Brass — including 2 Horns, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Euphoniums, and 1 Bass Trombone (with Detuned, Pulses, and Reblows articulations) and six Woodwinds — featuring Flute 1 - dbl Alto, Flute 2 - dbl Bass, Clarinet in Bb - dbl Bass, Bass Clarinet, Sax 1 - Alto dbl Baritone, and Sax 2 - Tenor dbl Bass (with Long Octaves, Long Swells, and Short Marcatos articulations) — that are played so soft that they sound like a breathy harmonium. Having said that, the emotion of each performance has been captured in intense detail, with Close, Close Ribbon, Tree, Ambient, and Outrigger multi-mic control and two specially curated mixes to choose from.. Furthermore, ALBION NEO has helpfully been taken to new dimensions by Spitfire Audio’s award-winning engineers enhancing those organic NEO Orchestra recordings to create Segla Textures — 85 organic and electronic curated presets (housed in Spitfire Audio’s totally tweakable and dynamic eDNA engine to allow almost endless creative possibilities as the go-to tool for creating pads and effects that perfectly bridge the electronic and orchestral, now including a new built-in arpeggiator and classic Spitfire Audio techniques such as Super Sul Tasto, Tremolo Harmonics, and Col Legno, as well as more progressive techniques such as Seagulls, Pulses, and Slow Detunes, all available for customisation); Stephenson’s Steam Band — a collection of modern, cinematic, hybrid synth pads, and textures (also housed in the eDNA engine as 108 uniquely curated presets presented as a vast ‘steam synthesiser’ made from those organic NEO Orchestra recordings and a selection of Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson’s rare vintage synths, fed through his modular rig and an admirable array of pedals and vintage tape machines by Christian Henson and Harry Wilson); plus Brunel Loops — an extraordinary collection of 116 subtly evolving, hypnotic, and rhythmic loops, taking inspiration from the likes of American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and film score composer Jon Brion as well as the work of Australian singer, songwriter, and composer Nick Cave and associated Australian-French musician and composer Warren Ellis (effectively performed and developed by Spitfire Audio’s amazing musicians and engineers using experimental combinations of amplified stringed instruments, guitars and pedals, synths, saxophone, tuned and untuned drums and percussion, effects, and field recordings to generate ‘get of out jail’ sounds as an array of instantly gratifying gems from the heart of London). As an orchestral library fit for a new decade, ALBION NEO naturally celebrates the work of composers from Oslo and Reykjavik with whom Spitfire Audio has creatively collaborated and supported, so surely it would be remiss of the company to have completed its icy-northern-inspired music-making masterpiece without first featuring a harmonium — hence opting to also record a pristine example in the cinematic splendour of AIR Studio’s Lyndhurst Hall... both clean and warped, of course! Creating intimate textural beds and drones with the resulting Harmonium’s warm, breathy tones comes naturally to ALBION NEO, as does adding effects using its warped content folder. Fortunately, Spitfire Audio’s Mercury Synth engine easily allows anyone to shape their own unique pads and take the iconic instrument in question to new dimensions. Effectively echoing the subtle, nuanced sound of ALBION V TUNDRA that captured a characteristically Scandinavian sound (sampling a 100-piece orchestra playing never-before-sampled techniques at the very edge of silence), ALBION NEO duly delivers the definition and emotive detail of a smaller orchestral ensemble — endless inspiration for writing intimate sections, scoring independent films that need more focus and precision, or adding achingly beautiful, expressive sounds and textures to intensely personal productions... and all out of the box! Better said — by Christian Henson himself, no less: “With ALBION NEO we go back to the very heart of Spitfire, and that is: small is more powerful... packs a greater emotional punch — especially if you put small in a great big hall like AIR Studios.” Read more here
  6. SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • January 16, 2020 — Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to introduce LUNA Recording System, a full-featured music creation, recording, and analog-style production system shaped by over 60 years of analog audio exploration. LUNA transforms UA's industry-standard Apollo interfaces into the most inspiring and fully integrated recording systems available. LUNA Recording System consists of a UA Thunderbolt-equipped audio interface, the LUNA Application, LUNA Extensions, and LUNA Instruments. LUNA will be available as a free download for Apollo and Arrow Thunderbolt audio interface owners (Mac only) in Spring 2020. Key LUNA Recording System features include its deep Apollo interface integration, built-in Neve® Summing, Multitrack Tape Emulation, and all-new LUNA Instruments — UA's long-awaited foray into software‑based instruments. Deep Apollo Integration — Fast, Natural Workflow Unlike traditional DAW software, LUNA Recording System's tight hardware-software integration allows quickly routing and recording audio through DSP-powered UAD plug-ins with no discernable latency via the new Accelerated Realtime Monitoring feature. Accelerated Realtime Monitoring is poised to be a major revelation for those unaccustomed to working on a $10k+ DSP-assisted recording system; music production will instantly seem more robust, dependable, and intuitive, without latency or monitoring hassles. Built-In Neve® Summing — Instant Classic Console Sound LUNA Recording System offers precisely emulated audio summing circuitry from the Neve 80-Series audio mixing consoles designed by Neve Electronics in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring the harmonically rich sound of the Neve 1272 summing amplifier. Far beyond a “summing plug-in," Neve Summing is a LUNA Extension built-in to the fabric of LUNA's mixer — and can instantly transform a clean technical mix into a classic-sounding recording filled with energy and life. Integrated Multitrack Tape — Warmth and Punch on Demand LUNA's audio transport features integrated Multitrack Tape emulation via the included "Oxide" LUNA Extension — providing sonic qualities commonly described by audio engineers as "warmth" and "cohesion" on every desired audio or instrument track. LUNA Recording System users may choose to further explore various magnetic tape sounds with the optional Studer® A800 Tape Recorder Extension (sold separately). All-New LUNA Instruments — Incredible Realism to Fuel Inspiration LUNA is further distinguished by all-new software-based LUNA Instruments — bringing Universal Audio's expertise in electrical and acoustic modeling, sampling, synthesis, and signal processing to virtual instruments for the first time ever. The resulting software instruments are ultra-realistic, responsive, and “alive” with inspiration. At launch, available LUNA Instruments will include: Moog® Minimoog — developed in partnership with Moog Music, the Moog Minimoog is an incredibly accurate and inspiring emulation of the archetypal 1971 Moog synthesizer Ravel™ grand piano — a breathtaking model of a Steinway Model B grand piano based on UA's proprietary sampling, physical modeling, and new Ultra-Resonance technology — providing all the sonic nuance of this studio classic Shape™ — a complete creative toolkit with vintage keys, drums/percussion, guitar/bass, orchestral content, and realtime synthesis, courtesy of Universal Audio, Spitfire Audio, Orange Tree Samples, Loops de la Creme, and more — included free in LUNA LUNA will be available as a free download for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and Arrow audio interface owners for macOS systems and is shipping in Spring 2020. LUNA is not compatible with Apollo FireWire or Apollo Twin USB. Learn more about LUNA Recording System: https://www.uaudio.com/luna Learn more about UA Audio Interfaces: https://www.uaudio.com/audio-interfaces.html
  7. MicroFreak receives new oscillator and more in 2.0 firmware update On top of announcing KeyLab Essential 88 and KeyStep Pro at NAMM 2020, French audio pioneers Arturia have also revealed a surprise update to their incredibly popular MicroFreak digital synth. The MicroFreak 2.0 update adds several exciting new features and functions, refines some existing ones, and fixes a few minor bugs. New Features New Noise oscillator: morph between particle noise, white noise, and a metallic noise that’s reminiscent of a synth cymbal. An exciting new voice that will open up powerful new drum and percussion possibilities in MicroFreak. Chord Mode: by holding the Paraphony button and playing some notes, you program the chord, then replay the shape with a single key. Scale quantization: In the Utility settings, you can activate scale quantization to your favorite scale. When activated, the “white notes” on the keyboard play whichever scale you have selected. No more wrong notes! Sequencer streamlining: in 2.0 firmware update, you’re now able to easily copy Pattern A to Pattern B in an instant. Matrix initialize: before 2.0 firmware update, if you wanted to clear the Matrix of all routings, you’d have to manually do it. Now you can just hold the Shift and perform a long press on the encoder, and it will clear! 64 New Presets: Loads of exciting sounds to explore using the new oscillator and features. Improvements MicroFreak now displays visual feedback even when Local Control is off. The synth’s Local Control now also translates USB to MIDI Out. The release of currently playing presets are now cleared when switching to a new one. The Record LED now blinks on each beat, instead of on 16ths. LEARN MORE: https://www.arturia.com/ Thanks to MicroFreak’s digital mind, the team at Arturia will be able to offer more exciting updates and improvements like this over time, ensuring that MicroFreak is always fresh and relevant. To update your synth, simply connect it to your computer, load up the Arturia MIDI Control Center, and hit the “update” button for MicroFreak.
  8. FENDER MERGES ACOUSTIC INNOVATION WITH ELECTRIC GUITAR HERITAGE, EXTENDS AMERICAN ACOUSTASONIC® SERIES WITH STRATOCASTER® MODEL All New Fullerton Series Ukuleles Bring Iconic Fender Electric Guitar Body Shapes, Colours to the Ukulele Community HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (January 16, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today celebrates the release of the newest model in the American Acoustasonic® Series and an all-new lineup of electric-inspired ukuleles at Winter NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, Calif. The additions include the cutting- edge, American-made Acoustasonic Stratocaster and the Fullerton Series ukuleles inspired by Fender’s most iconic electric guitars. Building off of the highly successful https://shop.fender.com/en-SE/acoustic-guitars/acoustasonic/american-acoustasonic-telecaster/0972013232.html?rl=en_US released at Winter NAMM 2019, the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster features all-new tone woods and voices with even more electric possibilities. Along with three unique electric voices on the selector switch, the Acoustasonic Stratocaster also adds all-new acoustic options, including short scale and concert body with a slotted headstock. “We are proud to continue expanding our most sonically innovative platform with the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster,” said Billy Martinez, Fender VP Category Manager, Acoustic Division. “Following in the footsteps of what Fender accomplished over 70 years ago, it was a natural and authentic progression for us to start with the Telecaster model and then offer a Stratocaster counterpartwith its own unique voices. We can’t wait to see what musicians, both Strat enthusiasts and acoustic fans, will achieve in their creative process with this new range of voices the Acoustasonic Stratocaster unlocks.” Designed with a fully-hollow body and Fender’s patented Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster offers a new sonic experience that is naturally loud and resonant both on and off stage. This hybrid guitar features an Acoustasonic Noiseless™ magnetic pickup that delivers a unique set of Stratocaster-inspired voicings and hum-free Fender electric tone, that can be played solo or blended with an acoustic voice to create new sounds. The Fender and Fishman- designed Acoustic Engine powers the Acoustasonic Stratocaster and provides a new body style and tone wood combinations that enable musicians to curate an all-new collection of acoustic and electric voices. This contemporary guitar also features a mahogany Stratocaster neck with an ebony fingerboard and thin line body that makes it both comfortable and easy to play. “We’ve removed all the obstacles associated with playing an acoustic guitar, giving players those same sounds with an electric neck and comfortable thin line acoustic body – all in a familiar Strat body shape,” Martinez added. “At the same time, this guitar still gives you all the tonal options you would get in a Dreadnought, concert or auditorium acoustic guitar.” Inspired by the legacy guitar maker’s electric roots in Southern California, the Fullerton Series brings the character and feel of Fender’s iconic guitar body shapes to the ukulele category. Aimed at those musicians looking for a unique take on a ukulele that has a body shape deeply rooted in tradition, the Fullerton Series tips the hat to Fender’s Telecaster®, Stratocaster and Jazzmaster models, ensuring players will stand out at every performance. Each ukulele features a laminated spruce top, maple neck with a laminated walnut fingerboard and Fender-designed preamp system that enables players to alter the sound via a single tone knob. Designed with comfort and ease in mind, the Fullerton Series also has a convenient no-tie bridge, making string changes a breeze in comparison to traditional ukulele bridges that require special knotting. “The Fullerton Series is a true representation of blending iconic Fender style with the functionality of a traditional ukulele to diversify the way that players can express their vibe and personality on stage,” Martinez said. Each model is available in the traditional colours that each Fender electric guitar is known for - with the exception of the Jazzmaster which will be available in a brand new colour, Tidepool. All of these ukuleles and more will be displayed at Winter NAMM 2020: The American Acoustasonic Stratocaster - €1999 The Fullerton Series Ukuleles - €199, including: Fullerton Telecaster (Butterscotch Blonde, Black) Fullerton Stratocaster (Three Tone Sunburst, Black) Fullerton Jazzmaster (Tidepool, Olympic White) FENDER® SPOTLIGHTS RECENTLY-LAUNCHED AMERICAN ULTRA ELECTRIC GUITAR SERIES, REVIVES MODELS FROM THE PAST AND BRINGS BACK PARALLEL UNIVERSE AT WINTE NAMM Fender Introduces HM “Heavy Metal” Strat, Lead II and III models, Reveals All-New Parallel Universe and American Original and Player Series Guitars Now Available In New Models and Finishes HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 16, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today debuted its extensive electric and bass offerings for traditional and modern players alike at Winter NAMM 2020. In addition to showcasing https://www.fender.com/pages/american-ultra-guitars – the brand’s most modern and advanced electric guitar series, Fender is bringing back models from its past, including the Lead, which will be added to the Player Series. The HM Strat also returns with the same unique look and specs as the original ‘88-‘92 models. Joining Fender’s limited-edition offerings are refreshes of fan-favourites including cult classic Parallel Universe Volume 2 and the highly-acclaimed American Original Series – now offering new models and finishes. “We’re excited to present an incredible lineup of new instruments at Winter NAMM,” said Max Gutnik, VP of Fender Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “Our leading focus for 2020 is our new flagship electric line, American Ultra. Ultra is a great example of the continued evolution of Fender’s classic instruments in a way that remains true to Fender’s original creation yet advances the instrument to serve modern players of all genres. While we look to the future with American Ultra, we are also celebrating our past with the re-release of the all-new HM Strat and Player Lead II and III guitars. The HM Strat and Lead series represent a wonderfully innovative time at Fender and a historic era in music, when musicians and their instruments were changing rapidly, and we’re thrilled to debut them here at NAMM.” Launched in November 2020, the American Ultra Series is the most advanced guitar from Fender. The series has all-new modern features, state-of-the-art craftsmanship and nuanced design. With 44 SKUs, the American Ultra Series offers many options for players looking for modern advancements, including the Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Precision Bass®, Jazzmaster®, Jazz Bass® and Jazz Bass® V with an assortment of all-new colours in the €2,189 - €2,049 price range. The Ultra Series is a pivotal moment in Fender history as it offers new body design and contours – marking the first time in decades since the last significant alteration was made to the iconic Fender Stratocaster of Telecaster body shapes. Embracing artist and player feedback is a core driver for Fender’s design process, leading to decades of subtle yet crucial innovations. Fender created the Lead model in 1979, featuring a new solid-body design, hard-tail bridges and cool new wiring options. Paying homage, Fender is releasing the Player Lead Series for the unconventional, offbeat, and most importantly, undefined players. The series offers the choice of the Player Lead II (an homage to the late `70s models) and the Player Lead III (a tribute to the original 1982-only model), which both incorporate era-correct Lead Series specs with a blend of the modern Player Series specs offering style, power, and versatility in comfortable, easy-to-play models. A true Fender fan favourite and cult classic will also be reborn at WNAMM, the limited-edition HM (Heavy Metal) Stratocaster originally designed and launched in the late-`80s with metal heads and technical players in mind. Built in the same factory as the original, the HM Strat will be available in four original era-correct Day-Glo colours: Frozen Yellow, Flash Pink, Ice Blue and Bright White. Also debuting at WNAMM are all-new limited-edition models that make up Parallel Universe Volume 2 (€2,249 - €2,619). Offering even more unique models in the second iteration of Parallel Universe, these combinations of Fender design elements, body shapes and parts are for players looking for the most exciting and rare instruments Fender will come out with this year. The following models will be released in 2020: The Troublemaker Custom w/ Bigsby (€2,519) Troublemaker Tele Custom (€2,519) Strat Jazz Deluxe (€2,519) Maverick Dorado (€2,619) Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster (€2,249) Jazz Strat (€2,249) Tele Mágico (€2,619) Uptown Strat (€2,249) Also, new this NAMM season are two new models for Fender’s American Original series, including the `60s Telecaster Thinline and `70s Telecaster Custom. For product images and more information, click here. Lastly, Fender is adding to the Player Series to further expand entry level offerings within the Fender brand. The new models include the Duo Sonic, Mustang, Mustang Bass PJ and Mustang 90. Read more here
  9. LOS ANGELES, CA, USA/HONG KONG, CHINA: musician-empowering musical instruments creator Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to advance its innovative Hydrasynth digital wave morphing synthesizer — launched late last year to widespread critical acclaim as its inaugural hardware product, produced as a keyboard variant (featuring a proprietary Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keybed and a user-assignable ribbon controller) and desktop variant (with 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads, plus an included 19-inch rack-mount kit) — with welcomed new features, thanks to a major firmware update, ultimately coinciding with the first day of The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA, where both variants of Hydrasynth will wow visitors for the first time for sure… Anchored around a unique digital wave morphing synthesis engine as an eight-voice polysynth whose three oscillators can all make use of any one of the 219 single-cycle waveforms available, while flexibly facilitating defining eight waveforms into a list and then morphing from one to the next using extensive movement-inducing modulation sources with Wave Scan mode (for OSC 1 and OSC 2 only), ASM’s avant-garde Hydrasynth made musical waves when unleashed upon an unsuspecting world with keyboard and desktop variants late last year. Said synthesis engine also features four mutators for further tonal modification, while two filters can be configured in parallel or series. Perfectly paired with an equally powerful effects section comprising four fully-independent modules, all creatively combine to produce sounds that have to be heard to be believed! Better still, the Hydrasynth keyboard’s proprietary Polytouch™ 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keybed instantly struck a major (and minor) chord with musicians wishing to better express themselves without having to master a new keyboard technique, while connectivity to the wider world is as far reaching as it comes, courtesy of a full-blown MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) implementation — including the usual connection compliment of MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, and MIDI THRU on five-pin DIN, as well as USB — complimented by conveniently-positioned CV/GATE connections for mini-jacks (so playing nicely with the likes of today’s ever-widening world of Eurorack modular gear, vintage synthesizers, and more, is perfectly possible). As ASM advances both Hydrasynth variants with the timely introduction of the Version 1.3.0 firmware update at The 2020 NAMM Show, its innovative instruments now support MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). An advancement of the MIDI specification used by many alternative controllers, this allows for true polyphonic pitch bend as well as two dimensions of control between compatible controllers and sound generators. Get this, though: those musicians wishing to better express themselves are going to have a field day with Hydrasynth as ASM advances its innovative instruments ever closer to performance perfection! With Warm mode’s musically-pleasing arrival — also a result of the Version 1.3.0 firmware update, shaping the sound to better emulate the frequency response of some vintage synthesizers by rounding out the high end of any patch while giving it a gentle boost in the low end to create characteristic ‘warmth’ overall, surely sound designers are also going to be happy bunnies! Both performers and sound designers will welcome Hydrasynth’s MPE modulation additions via Version 1.3.0 — namely, new modulation sources, such as MPE-X (normally pitch bend control), MPE-Yabs (absolute mode, referred to as controller 74 in some devices), MPE-Yrel (relative mode, also referred to as controller 74 in some devices), and MPEoffVc (note off velocity). Timed to coincide with those welcomed advancement announcements, ASM is also offering its inaugural artist patch bank of 128 sounds — courtesy of Matia Simovich (a.k.a. INHALT) — as a downloadable creative collection focusing on classic, stable, and highly-playable, expressive synthesizer tones to complement Hydrasynth’s factory presets. Privileged attendees of The 2020 NAMM Show surely owe it to themselves to swing by Booth 10405 there to see and hear ASM putting the advanced Hydrasynth through its impressive paces. http://www.ashunsoundmachines.com/
  10. The Artiphon Orba is a Band in Your Hand that Just Raised $1.4M on Kickstarter After another record-breaking crowdfund, Artiphon brings their new $99 portable synth, looper, and controller to The NAMM Show ANAHEIM, January 15, 2020 (ictw) – With more than 13,000 pre-orders and over $1.4 million raised, Orba by Artiphon sets a new global crowdfunding record for the most musical instrument pre-orders. The public can now reserve an Orba from the first production run via https://artiphon.com/ Orba is a $99 portable synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller that fits in the palm of your hand. Its minimalist design looks like the hybrid between a gaming controller and a bowl of miso soup, and its feather-touch sensitivity translates gestures from fingers and hand movements directly into music. Eight touchpads respond to even the slightest touch, detecting a variety of gestures like tapping, sliding, and vibrato. Additionally, motion sensors let players wave, tilt, and shake to add more sounds and effects. Orba’s built-in looper lets players create songs in seconds using multiple sounds and playing modes (Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead). It can be played standalone with its onboard synth and speaker, and also connects wirelessly to mobile devices and computers via USB and Bluetooth MIDI. Orba works with iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, and is compatible with all major recording software including GarageBand, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, and FL Studio. Orba is the second smart multi-instrument from Artiphon. The company’s debut product, the INSTRUMENT 1, is the first MIDI controller that lets players strum, tap, bow, slide, and drum any sound on a single device. The INSTRUMENT 1 previously set the record for the highest-raising musical instrument crowdfund ($1.3 million), and was named a TIME best invention of the year. The company also recently announced new strategic investors. In addition to funding from Warner Music Group’s Boost Fund, Artiphon recently received investment from TechNexus in partnership with Shure. Warner Music Group is one of the music industry’s top three record labels, and Shure is the most trusted name in microphones worldwide. Artiphon will exhibit this week at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, where attendees can play Orba hands-on for the first time and see artists perform with the new device. (Synth Showcase, Booth #10409)
  11. FENDER CUSTOM SHOP UNVEILS SALEEN AUTOMOTIVE-INSPIRED GUITAR, DIAMOND-LADEN CORONATION STRATOCASTER, CELEBRATES 70 TH ANNIVERSARY OF BROADCASTER AT WINTER NAMM 2020 Fender Custom Shop Enters New Decade with Annual and Prestige Collections, Eclectic Masterbuilt Creations and Artist Models for Jimmy Page and Eric Johnson HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (January 15, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the introduction of its Annual and Prestige collections, as well as additions to the Custom Artist Collection for Jimmy Page and Eric Johnson to the Fender Custom Shop lineup – all debuting at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif. “At the Fender Custom Shop, we’re known for building dreams, and this year’s lineup of guitars bring to life the unimaginable,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development, Fender Custom Shop. “Guitars from the Fender Custom Shop represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and creativity at Fender. From our annual collections and artist models – such as Jimmy Page Signature Tele and Limited-Edition Eric Johnson “Virginia” Strat– to one-off showpieces from the world’s most skilled Master Builders, wecontinue to push the envelope for creativity and innovation in the industry.” One of those showpieces for 2020 includes a collaboration with animator Chris Schnabel. In collaboration with Fender Custom Shop master builders, Schnabel conceptualised and painted designs for two guitars. Models include the “'50's Telecaster Special" by Master Builder Dale Wilson and “The Conman” from Master Builder Scott Buehl. The concept of the later is based on villain “Captain Carp” from an upcoming book from Schnabel. Each year, an Annual Collection of models are conceived and created in the Fender Custom Shop toshowcase the latest innovations and developments—everything from pickup design, wiring and finish processes, to wood combinations and more. Joining the Annual Collections “Limited Edition” series this year are four models celebrating the 70 th anniversary of the Broadcaster and the origins of one of Fender’s most iconic models. In 1950, Fender introduced the Broadcaster, an extremely limited and collectible model that was Fender’s second solid body electric guitar with a truss rod and two pickups. Eventually, the Broadcaster became what players know today as the Telecaster. Teambuilt and masterbuilt in Corona, Calif., 70 th Anniversary Broadcaster models are limited to 2020 and will feature a variety of aging options. In addition to the annual collections, the following make their way into the Fender Custom Shop Artist series lineup. Beginning in 2020, these models will be available at Authorised Custom Shop Dealers. See below for full descriptions; they include: Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster® - the ever-popular Jimmy Page signature model (mirrored version) will become a permanent, custom teambuilt model in the Custom Artist Collection. Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster® - “Virginia” is a rare, modified, sassafras-bodied 1954 Stratocaster (named after a label found inside the pickup routes) that was played on Johnson’s hit song “Cliffs of Dover”. He also wielded it during the recording of the groundbreaking Tones and Ah Via Musicom albums that made him a star beyond guitarist circles. Limited to 50 instruments worldwide and Masterbuilt by Carlos Lopez, the Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster is a faithful replica of this magnificent instrument, with a production line model also offered. Each year, the Fender Custom Shop’s esteemed Master Builders are given a challenge to build a guitar with no boundaries. The result of that creative exercise is the 2020 Prestige Collection models – with one conjured up by each Master Builder; they include: Ron Thorn: Fender® Stratocaster® 1 Guitar - $33,000 Acclaimed for building high-performance guitars even before his arrival at Fender, Master Builder Ron Thorn has always loved fast cars. Struck by the similarities in sleek design and high- performance between the Fender Stratocaster guitar and the Saleen® 1 super sports car, Thorn conceived of a one-of-a-kind Stratocaster combining elements of both. The result is the Stratocaster 1. This supercharged guitar is finished in striking Saleen Candy Apple Red. Its hand- laid carbon-fiber body is hollow for super-lightweight, with a roasted alder centre block and a hand-carved maple top. Its quartersawn roasted maple neck has a 12” radius carbon fibre round-lam fingerboard with medium jumbo frets, topped off with a matching carbon fibre headstock overlay. In a special Saleen design touch, the high-output TV Jones™ Power’Tron Plus bridge pickup sits beneath a tinted “rear window,” and the new custom “6-Stack” bridge and handmade Strat 1 tailpiece are brand-new Fender innovations that give the guitar an even more sleek custom look and tone. Further, a custom Strat® 1 pedalboard enhances the player’s “driving” experience with custom volume, tone and wah-wah controls. To complete the set, the Fender Stratocaster 1 also comes with a matching pedal board and will be displayed with a Saleen car at Winter NAMM 2020. *Saleen, Ford, Jaguar, Shelby and TV Jones are trademarks of their respective owners. Yuriy Shishkov: Coronation Stratocaster® - $560,000 Yuriy Shishkov’s Coronation Stratocaster is inspired by the Coronation Egg made in 1897 to commemorate the inauguration of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra on an Imperial throne. Given its historical significance, Shishkov says this is the most famous and most valuable egg created and was even a part of a heist plot in the popular movie Oceans 12. The guitar design includes a gold leafed surface with an “on-wood” Guilloche and gilded silver artwork. It also features custom fabricated diamond eagle medallions, along with hundreds of diamonds throughout the instrument. The neck has distinct “trellises” with diamond patterns found on the egg’s “hidden surprise” coach. The Coronation Stratocaster comes with an authentic LTD Edition vintage recreation of the Coronation Egg. After 16 months of work, this has become Shishkov’s “most complicated and intriguing project” to-date, he says. John Cruz: Custom Griffin Themed Leather carved and covered 612 Doubleneck Tele® - $75,000 John Cruz’s Custom Griffin Themed Leather carved and covered 612 Doubleneck Tele is a custom-themed guitar that has never been created before. In addition to a 612 Doubleneck feature, the guitar also features painted artwork with a 3D effect. “I wanted to create somethingthat looked beautiful, but also be totally playable and sound amazing,” he says. “This guitar is for anyone who dares to be different.” Greg Fessler: Boutique Telecaster - $8,500 Greg Fessler’s Boutique Telecaster celebrates the 70 th anniversary of the esteemed model. As he mapped out the concept for the guitar, he was focused on showcasing beautiful figured wood but used in a “boutique” version of a Telecaster. Dennis Galuszka: The Argyle Telecaster® - $9,850 Dennis Galuszka’s The Argyle Telecaster was conceived in collaboration with virtuoso Fender painter Jay Nelson. Designed to bring out anyone’s internal hipster, this Telecaster features a sparkle paint job along with an argyle pattern. “We have an amazing in-house painter in Jay and I am a total sucker for sparkle paint jobs and patterns within a sparkle,” he says. Todd Krause: Swagger - $9,300 Todd Krause’s Swagger guitar is based on the Fender “Swinger,” but takes on a different name due to the various changes he applied to the model. Krause used roasted figured maple for the neck and gave the headstock the same curves as the body. The guitar also features a full 25.5” scale length, a custom bridge, custom top mount and high output silver foil pickups from Curtis Novak. “This is a great guitar for a Swinger collector or collectors looking for something a little different,” Krause says. Carlos Lopez: Sugar Skull Strat® - $36,500 Carlos Lopez’ Sugar Skull Strat is entirely painted by esteemed artist Pamelina. As Lopez created the guitar, the building part was secondary to the painting, which transforms this instrument into a work of art. “When I was an apprentice, I told myself I was going to work with Pamelina when I became a Master Builder. I hope this guitar will remind everyone that we are more than just guitar builders.” Kyle McMillin: Vineyard Tele - $9,300 Kyle McMillin’s The Beaulieu Vineyard Tele is made from reclaimed wood from the wine barrels of the vineyard of its namesake. Through the decades, the barrel wood developed a natural red stain from the wine that was made within it. To showcase the old wood and its character, McMillin finished the guitar off with a super thin permalac finish. Unique and elegantly simple, the Telecaster also features cork knobs and tarnished raw hardware, as well as a Twisted Tele neck pickup and a Broadcaster bridge pickup. Jason Smith: India Garden Esquire® - $16,000 Jason Smith’s India Garden Esquire is a collaboration with Pyrography artist Madeline Hanlon, whose beautiful, detailed wood burning design is displayed on the guitar. As Smith design his Prestige creation, he pulled inspiration from the 70 th Anniversary of the Esquire guitar, as well as floral prints found on tapestries and clothing of India for the artwork. There’s a simplicity to the overall design - from the lack of fretboard markers on the highly figured birdseye neck, to the single pickup and simplistic volume and tone control layout. Paul Waller: Carved Top Telecaster - $9,500 Paul Waller’s Carved Top Telecaster is a semi-hollow, double “F” hole Telecaster made from swamp ash and a book matched quilted maple top. The custom-made Curtis Novak P-90 style pickups are covered in tortoise, which is accentuated by the tortoise double bound body. The roasted AA flame neck wears a flat lam Indian rosewood board and holds 22 - 6105 frets. It’s easily navigated with a mid-sized oval “C” shaped neck. The guitar’s colour is a hand mixed teal transparent with a slight burst covered in NOS lacquer. Gold hardware completes the package of this custom one-off. Dale Wilson: Tamo Ash Esquire - $8,550 Dale Wilson’s Tamo Ash Esquire was inspired by a piece of Tamo Ash wood he saved years ago for a special project. “The figuring on this piece of Tamo Ash was incredible, and I’m a sucker for a Honey Burst paint job,” he says. Wilson was determined to showcase the beauty and simplicity of the Fender Esquire with this showpiece. Finally, Fender will also debut five Fender Custom Shop amplifiers, which include: Custom Shop ‘57 Deluxe TM , Hangar One, 120V - $9,000 A one-of-a-kind amplifier with a cabinet crafted from old-growth redwood that was reclaimed from Hangar One on Moffett Field in Mountain View, California. The rear panel includes laser-cut artwork commemorating a vision of the colossal 1930s blimp hangar and an airborne Navy dirigible in flight. The hand-wired and tweaked 5E3 deluxe chassis complements the highly seasoned, lightly sealed wood enclosure with a Celestion Blue driver for superb tone and appearance. Only one unit available; for 120 Volt regions only. Custom Shop ‘57 Deluxe TM , Rustic Big Boy 15, 120V - $6,000 The ‘57 Deluxe “Big Boy” 15 amplifier takes the time-honored Tweed Deluxe formula and bumps up the tone with a 15-inch guitar speaker - the mighty Fender®/Eminence® Special Design 15. To tighten up the extra-fat bass response, we’ve tweaked the Fender “yellow” tone capacitor values for more refined attack and twang. The resonant, lightweight premium pine cabinet is stained black, hand-sanded for an eye-grabbing “rustic grain” appearance and lightly clear-coated. Only 25 units will be built for the world. Custom Shop ‘57 Custom Twin – 120V- $10,000 This Fender Custom Shop amplifier built by Master Builder Jim Dolmage is constructed with pine and custom painted metal flake finish by Cam Fury of Fury in Kolor. Sold as a set with matching guitar built by Master Builder Ron Thorn. Features include a cabinet built with kiln dried sugar pine, hand selected from quarter sawn lumber free of knots and defects; all-tube classic 5E8A circuitry, based on the hand wired 57 Custom Twin with 40 Watts of power; Fender Pure Vintage yellow capacitors; Mercury Magnetics transformers; and two 12AY7 preamp tubes; Twin 12” Eminence Special Design alnico speakers. Fender Masterbuilt Dynamite Box Amplifier – 120V- $9,000 The Fender Amp Custom Shop advises you to stand back, because its newest musical munition—the Masterbuilt Dynamite Box Amplifier—packs quite a punch into a small but powerful amp armament. Its rare reclaimed 1920s-era wooden cabinet once transported real explosives made by the Trojan Powder Company of Allentown, Pa., and Roberts Landing, Calif., for use by the military and in the mining and dam-building industries. Designed and crafted by Amp Custom Shop Master Builder Shawn Greene, the well-worn century-old cabinet houses single 6” and 8” Jensen® alnico speakers for unique full-frequency tonality, powered by hand-wired ’57 Champ circuitry (5 watts at 4 ohms) with hand-selected components. With distressed grille, a pine control panel fashioned from the cabinet’s own chassis cut- out, hand-aged hardware and silkscreened Trojan logo and other labeling, it’s a one-of-a-kind item of stylish sonic ammo ideal for living room and studio alike. Masterbuilt Princeton Stars N Stripes – 120V - $10,000 This Fender Custom Shop amplifier was conceived and developed by Master Builder Jim Dolmage. It is constructed with beautiful hand selected tone woods from our “private stash.” This is a one of a kind amplifier built to celebrate the release of our hand wired ‘64 Custom Princeton Reverb amp. Other features include a cabinet built with smoked and roasted ash in alternating vertical stripes, with reclaimed walnut and maple star inlays on the sides; chamfered “diamond cut” flame maple trim; all tube hand-wired circuitry based on the ‘64 Custom Princeton Reverb amp; Celestion G12H30 speaker squeezed in for a rich, full bodied sound; Tube-driven tremolo and long-spring reverb; and the wood was hand-sanded and treated with 8 coats of oil for a luminous natural finish. 2020 Annual Collections Include: Artisan: Artisan Koa Stratocaster® Artisan Maple Burl Stratocaster® Artisan Spalted Maple Stratocaster® Artisan Koa P-90 Telecaster® Artisan Maple Burl P-90 Telecaster® Artisan Flame Maple P-90 Telecaster® Vintage Custom: Vintage Custom 1950 Pine Esquire® Vintage Custom 1968 Telecaster® Thinline American Custom: American Custom Telecaster® MN American Custom Stratocaster® RW American Custom Stratocaster® MN Time Machine: 1956 Stratocaster® Relic® 1960 Stratocaster® Heavy Relic® 1964 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic® 1970 Stratocaster® Journeyman Relic® 1957 Telecaster® Journeyman Relic® 1961 Telecaster® Relic® 1964 Tele® Custom Heavy Relic® 1962 Jaguar® Journeyman Relic® 1965 Jazzmaster® Relic® 1957 Precision Bass® Journeyman Relic® 1960 Jazz Bass® Heavy Relic® 1966 Jazz Bass® Journeyman Relic® 1963 Bass VI Journeyman Relic® Limited Edition: Limited Edition ‘70s Tele® Custom Journeyman Relic® Limited Edition 70th Anniversary Broadcaster Limited Edition ’60s Telecaster® Thinline Journeyman Relic® Limited Edition ’58 Special Strat® Journeyman Relic® Limited Edition ’60s HS Tele® Custom Heavy Relic® Limited Edition Double Esquire® Custom Relic® Limited Edition ’72 Tele® Thinline Heavy Relic® 2020 artist models include: Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster® Guitar – €9309.00 In 1988 renowned tone savant Eric Johnson made his debut on Austin City Limits, delivering an electrifying performance that ultimately catapulted “Cliffs of Dover” to #5 on the Billboard Top 100. “Virginia,” a rare, modified, sassafras-bodied 1954 Stratocaster (named after a label found inside the pickup routes) powered this career-defining moment. He also wielded it during the recording of the groundbreaking Tones and Ah Via Musicom albums that made him a star beyond guitarist circles. Limited to 50 instruments worldwide and Masterbuilt by Carlos Lopez, the Eric Johnson Virginia Stratocaster is a 1:1 replica of this magnificent instrument, one that could only be born in the Dream Factory. Every intricacy of Johnson’s original was reproduced in painstaking detail by Lopez. From thesingle Graph Tech® String Saver saddle on the high E to the flat washer on the output jack and specially cut nut, he left no stone unturned in his quest—even going so far as to match the actual pot values and removing one spring from the rear cavity. Featuring a Deluxe Closet Classic finish package, this guitar wears a lightly checked lacquer finish, matched to Closet Classic hardware, giving it a well-loved, slightly aged look. The offset-seam, two-piece body is crafted from tight-grained sassafrass, which adds a “round” note to the instrument’s voice. The AAAA flame maple neck features a “V”-shaped profile that comfortably fills the hand and hosts a 12” radius maple fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets. Custom, hand- wound “Virginia” neck and middle pickups, matched to a fat-sounding DiMarzio HS2 humbucking bridge pickup powers this guitar’s voice. This trio of pickups are connected by custom wiring and a 5-way pickup switch which places the pickup pair in-phase in switch position two and out-of-phase in position four, unlocking his singing, violin-like tone for you to enjoy. Other features include single-ply Eggshell pickguard, vintage-style EJ synchronized tremolo assembly, vintage-style tuning machines, American Vintage string tree with nylon spacer and as a special touch, a piece of masking tape inside the control route labelled ‘Virginia’. Includes custom pure nickel string set for vintage-informed tone, deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity. Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster® – €4999.00 The Fender Custom Shop Custom Artist collection Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster® is a faithful recreation of the guitar Jimmy Page played in the early days of Led Zeppelin and used on the band’s groundbreaking debut album. The Telecaster guitar was a gift from Jeff Beck, Page’s predecessor, in seminal U.K. psychedelic blues-rock outfit the Yardbirds. Page promptly “consecrated” the guitar—a 1959 model with a white blonde finish and rosewood fingerboard—by applying eight round mirrors to it in order to, in his own words “make it sort of almost kinetic” and “a channeling vehicle for music.” Page used the Telecaster for all the electric guitar work on eponymous 1969 album Led Zeppelin, one of the most acclaimed and influential debut albums in rock history. True to the original, the Jimmy Page Signature Telecaster has a two-piece ash body with off-center seam, with an eight-hole pickguard and Journeyman Relic lacquer finish. The tinted maple neck has a custom Jimmy Page 1959 profile, topped by a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with a 7.25” radius and vintage-upgrade frets. The two hand-wound 1958 Telecaster pickups have three-way switching withmodern wiring. Other features include a top-load/string-through-body Telecaster bridge with threaded steel saddles, vintage-style tuning machines, and bone nut. Includes deluxe hardshell case, custom strap, custom mirror kit, coil cable and Certificate of Authenticity. For additional information on new Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, visit https://shop.fender.com/en-SE/start
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SANTA MONICA, CA, USA: trailblazing pro audio manufacturer Antelope Audio is proud to introduce Zen Tour Synergy Core — readily representing its innovative take on pushing portable audio interface design further forward as a cross- platform (TB3/USB2 for Mac/Win) 18x24 offering that can process up to 256 effects over 32 channels with ultra-low latency and zero CPU drain (thanks to the four ARM-based DSP processors, to which it owes its extended family name, working with the doubled custom-designed FPGA chip architecture of its popular predecessor) for artefact-free recording and mixing with confidence (courtesy of Antelope Audio’s always-competitive specs, including 130dB DA conversion on its monitor outs for an unrivalled critical listening experience) — at The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA… Owners of Zen Tour Synergy Core can choose from a wider variety of DSP-based effects that are available exclusively from Antelope Audio, such as a custom- designed plug-in that leverages the next-generation hardware acceleration of the Synergy Core platform to deliver the legendary Auto-Tune® pitch correction and vocal effects with ultra-low latency (Auto-Tune Synergy); a fresh and versatile take on vintage tremolos (Vari-Speed Tremolo); phases, sweeps, and swooshes that sound truly out of this world (Space Flanger); and much more besides. Better still, users can creatively process up to 32 mono DAW channels via Zen Tour Synergy Core as hardware inserts or place 32 Synergy Core-powered effects racks as plug-ins via Antelope Audio’s AFX2DAW bridge, bringing DSP- and FPGA-based effects modelling to any DAW! Duly shipping with a free starter pack of 36 emulations of classic studio gear and creative effects (worth $2,120.00 USD if bought individually), Zen Tour Synergy Core comes complete with two mic preamps (Gyraf Gyratec IX); four EQs (VEQ-1, VMEQ-5, VEQ-HLF, and Clear Q); five compressors and limiters (FET-A76, Stay- Levin, VCA160, X903, and PowerFFC); 11 tube guitar amps (Plexi 59 (UK), Bass SuperTube VR, Darkface 65 (US), Top30 (UK) Bright, Tweed Deluxe (US), Overange 120 (UK), BurnSphere (DE) Lead, Marcus II (US) Lead, Modern (US) CH3, Rock 75 (UK), and Rock 22.10 (UK)); 11 guitar cabinets (Darkface 65 2x12, Top30 2x12, Modern 4x12, Green 2x12, Vintage 4x12, Green 4x12, Caliper 50 1x10, Bluelux 1x12, Clst 1x12, England 4x12, and Bass Tube 1x15); two special processing effects (PowerEX and PowerGate); and one reverb (Auraverb). Additional expansions from Antelope Audio’s ever-expanding library of DSP/FPGA effects of course can be bought by Zen Tour Synergy Core owners at any time to further future-proof their studio workflow with the greatest of ease. As a portable desktop device that can comfortably fit into a backpack, Zen Tour Synergy Core’s comprehensive I/O is impressive. In terms of its 8x14 analog I/O implementation, it can record four acoustic sources using microphones (via four mic/line inputs on TRS/XLR Combo jacks) and four electric guitars or eight mono/ four stereo synthesizers simultaneously (by also utilising four instrument/line inputs on TRS). Ultimately, users can process up to eight mono channels through outboard gear (via a standard 25-pin D-SUB connector) and record them back into DAW projects. Connectivity continues with two monitor outs on TRS, two headphone outs on TRS, and two re-amp outs on TRS. The 10x10 implementation of digital I/O via ADAT and SPDIF allows for extending that already-impressive analogue I/O implementation with external line/mic convertors for plugging into external digital processing units without AD/DA conversion. Correspondingly, ADAT (SMUX) supported channel count varies — between eight inputs and outputs at 44.1/48 kHz, four inputs and outputs at 88.2/96 kHz, and two inputs and outputs at 176.4/192 kHz — while the SPDIF-supported channel count totals two inputs and two outputs at 44.1-192 kHz. Antelope Audio’s signature selection and implementation of ADC/DAC components provides for transparent, artefact-free audio capture when recording and detailed playback with wide soundstage and low noise for critical listening when mixing while operating at 24dBu reference levels using Zen Tour Synergy Core. Competitive specs speak volumes with those line inputs achieving 124dB (-110THD+N) AD, line outputs achieving 127dB (-107THD+N) DA, and monitor outs achieving 130dB (-115THD+N) DA. Zen Tour Synergy Core adopts the latest generation of Antelope Audio’s acclaimed 4th Gen 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking technology to eliminate jitter and provide artefact-free AD/DA, and it can clock external devices connected via ADAT or SPDIF. As a Thunderbolt 3- and USB 2-equipped cross-platform audio interface that is compatible with both macOS — Catalina included — and Windows, Zen Tour Synergy Core really represents a sound investment for any audio engineer, even if subsequently choosing to change their computer system. Since it utilises high-performance, custom-built drivers, Zen Tour Synergy Core can achieve ultra-low round trip latency for direct monitoring with effects. So, simply speaking, Zen Tour Synergy Core comes up trumps when it comes to duly delivering enhanced effects processing capabilities and improved AD/DA as a perfect portable fit for project studio owners as well as on-the-move producers and audio engineers who use audio effects to process recording and mixing sessions while seeking extensive analogue connectivity in a compact form factor. For those seeking to musically meditate on pushing portable audio interface innovation, why not experience all that Zen Tour Synergy Core has to offer when it is introduced by Antelope Audio on Booth 15912 at The 2020 NAMM Show, January 16-19, Anaheim, CA, USA? Ultimately, visitors welcomed will surely be impressed with what they see and hear there! Zen Tour Synergy Core will be shipping in Q1 2020 — at a projected price of $1995.00 USD/€1995.00 EUR — and available through Antelope Audio’s growing global network of authorised dealers (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/dealers/). Or order online directly from Antelope Audio via the dedicated Zen Tour Synergy Core webpage (https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/zen-tour-synergy-core/), which also includes more in-depth information. Explore Zen Tour Synergy Core’s included real-time effects here: https://en.antelopeaudio.com/products/zen-tour-synergy-core-real-time-fx/
  13. Bothell, WA—January 2020… Mackie® has expanded its MP Series Professional In-Ear Monitors, adding the new MP-320, MP-360, and MP-460 in-ear monitors to the current lineup of MP-120, MP-220, and MP-240. In addition, Mackie has added Bluetooth® capabilities to the entire MP Series with the introduction of the new MP-BTA Bluetooth Adapter, available bundled with the MP-120, MP-220, and MP-240 to add Bluetooth connectivity. The three new models take in-ear monitoring to the next level. Mackie’s MP-320 Professional In-Ear Monitors feature a triple dynamic driver design for a surprising level of musical separation and nuance with plenty of low-frequency response and exceptional clarity in the mid and high frequencies. Featuring a triple balanced armature design, MP-360 In-Ear Monitors provide a balanced sound with exceptional clarity and stereo imaging. The drivers have been custom designed for the MP Series for the best possible performance. MP-460 In-Ear Monitors take high-fidelity to the next level with a quad balanced-armature design that delivers truly stunning vocal clarity and detail, satisfying the most discerning listener. All three new in-ear monitors employ a precision 3-way crossover that ensures a balanced sound across the entire 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range. An over-ear design keeps MP Series monitors securely in your ears and the cables behind your head for uninterrupted performance. The new models feature ergonomically molded enclosures and come with four different types of ear tips—foam, silicone, wide-bore silicone, and triple flange—in small, medium, and large sizes for maximum comfort. The detachable, audiophile-grade cables are shielded and internally braided and are equipped with MMCX connectors for easy wearing and flexibility. MP Series In-Ear Monitors also come with a hard molded case and a gold-plated 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch adapter. With the new Mackie MP-BTA Bluetooth Adapter for BT Series In-Ear Monitors, the same top-quality professional in-ear monitors you use onstage can be your wireless monitors for creating music on the go with your laptop or tablet or simply enjoying your music with any Bluetooth-enabled source. Included with all Mackie BT Series In-Ear Monitors and also available separately, the MP-BTA features swiveling, detachable MMCX connectors that make coupling quick and easy. The adapter effortlessly pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled device, and its Bluetooth 5.0 technology ensures great battery life, range, and reliability. In-line mic and controls allow for answering calls and controlling music playback, making the MP Series a truly versatile solution for in-ear monitoring. Available beginning January 2020, the MP-BTA carries a US MAP of $99.99; the MP-120 BTA carries a US MAP of $149.99; the MP-220 BTA carries a US MAP of $199.99; and the MP-240 BTA carries a US MAP of $ 249.99. The MP-320 (US MAP $299.99), MP-360 (US MAP $399.99), and MP-460 (US MAP $499.99) will be available in February 2020. For more information visit www.mackie.com/mp-series.
  14. Bothell, WA—January 2020… Mackie has expanded their immensely popular CR Series Multimedia Monitors, adding new models and a subwoofer to the highly acclaimed line of compact nearfields. New to the CR Series is the CR3-X 3-inch, CR4-X 4-inch, and CR5-X 5-inch, as well as the Bluetooth enabled CR3-XBT 3-inch, CR4-XBT 4-inch, CR5-XBT 5-inch, and CR8-XBT 8-inch models. Adding new bottom end punch to the line is the new CR8S-XBT Bluetooth enabled Subwoofer. The perfect upgrade for your desktop speakers, CR Series monitors deliver the performance you expect from a Mackie studio monitor. Ideal for home studios, multimedia content creation, AV post-production, gaming, broadcast and more, CR Series monitors offer studio-quality sound in a compact, well-designed package that’s equally at home in a high-end project room or your bookshelf. CR Series monitors deliver clean, articulate sound, with the CR3-X and CR4-X offering 50W of power and the CR5-X pumping 80W. The new CR8S-XBT subwoofer delivers a full 200W. All models boast all-wood cabinets, polypropylene-coated woofers, .75” ferrofluid-cooled silk-dome tweeters, and specially designed waveguides for unmatched sonic clarity and consistent sound dispersion across all frequencies at all levels. The distinct front panel design features brushed metal panels and a sleek, signature CR Green outline, with convenient front panel access to on/off/volume control and headphone jack. The speaker placement switch allows you to easily choose which side of your desk gets the volume control. The new CR8S-XBT subwoofer is the perfect addition to any CR Series monitor setup, delivering 200W of powerful dedicated bass reinforcement. Its sleek design makes it a perfect match for any CR Series monitors, and its flexible rear panel inputs and outputs include 1/4” TRS and RCA connectors, as well as convenient Bluetooth connectivity and streaming. Dial in your sound just right with Input and Output level controls plus a variable crossover and polarity switch. The included CRDV Desktop Volume Control makes controlling your system a breeze, and adding Bluetooth connectivity to any set of monitors. All CR Series Multimedia Monitors come ready to play, including acoustic isolation pads to minimize boomy bass build-up and provide up/down tilt control for more focused listening; speaker to speaker cable, 1/8” to stereo RCA cable for connecting to your computer’s output, and 1/8” to 1/8” cable for connecting to smartphone or media player. (Isolation pads not included with CR3-X and CR4-X.) US MAP pricing per pair: CR3-X - $99.99; CR3-XBT - $119.99; CR4-X - $149.99; CR4-XBT - $169.99; CR5-X - $199.99; CR5 – XBT - $219.99; CR8-XBT - $349.99; CR8S-XBT - $199.99. All models will be available beginning March 2020. For more info on Mackie’s new CR models and the entire CR Series, visit www.mackie.com/CR-X.
  15. V3 Offers Nine New Modes, Voltage or Expression Control Over the "Drag" Parameter, "Tails"/No Tails Switching and New Price Point Midwest Earth, January 16, 2020 -- For centuries (or maybe just years), EarthQuaker Devices' Afterneath creation has been the innovative go-to reverberation contraption for artists looking to create a lush and novel enchanting sounds befitting an axe-wielding wizard of the highest order. Unwilling to rest on their laurels, the alchemists toiling away in EarthQuaker Devices' Akron, Ohio stronghold, have conjured, and are set to unleash, the Afterneath V3 and their creation becomes available for purchase at the brand new price point of $199 on April 15, 2020. About New Afterneath V3 Features: Afterneath V3 continues to offer the celebrated "Drag" feature and now it can be put under voltage or expression control using the "EXP" jack located on the side of the device. It operates in nine different modes, which are selected by a small "Mode" control located directly underneath the "Drag" control. These modes are as follows: Unquantized with slew, Unquantized volt/octave, Chromatic scale, Major scale, Minor scale, Penatonic scale, Octaves and Fifths, and Octaves. These modes drastically transform the operation of the "Drag" control functions. 1. Unquantized: Smooth, unquantized response over the operating range 2. Unquantized with Slew: Smooth, unquantized response over the entire operating range, but with a musical slew that is reminiscent of turning the varispeed knob on a vintage British tape delay. The “Drag” will lag behind the knob or voltage changes, but then quickly catch up 3. Unquantized Volt/Octave: Smooth and unquantized, yet scaled to align with the 1v/octave curve to allow melodic modulation of audio in the buffer, or control the frequency of self-oscillation like a voltage controlled oscillator. 4. Chromatic Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the chromatic scale 5. Major Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the major scale 6. Minor Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the minor scale 7. Pentatonic Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the pentatonic scale 8. Octaves & Fifths: Quantized 1v/octave to omit all but octaves and fifths 9. Octaves: Quantized 1v/octave to omit all but octaves The device features a completely analog dry signal path, totally digital delay path, buffered bypass with Flexi Switch Technology, and a "Tails"/"No Tails" option on bypass. Additionally, Afterneath V3 offers the following features: Enhanced otherworldly reverb algorithm built from an adjustable cluster of short delays Ranges from scattered individual delays to an immersive wash of atmospheric reverb Silent relay-based switching Lifetime guarantee Current Draw: 100 mA Input Impedance: 1M Ohm Output Impedance: 500 Ohm Boxed dimensions: 5.5” x 4.25” x 3.25” Out-of-box dimensions: 4.75” x 2.50” x 2.25” Weight: 14 oz About EarthQuaker Devices: Top-six in the U.S. and one of the top-10 in the world, create products that are available in over 865 retail locations in approximately 50 countries. Its key retailers include Guitar Center, Sam Ash, Sweetwater and Thomann. EarthQuaker Devices has sold over 250,000 units. The company's current workforce reaches over 50 individuals, and has been praised for its commitment to inclusion, diversity and cooperation with other pedal manufacturers by Best Guitar Effects. https://www.earthquakerdevices.com https://www.instagram.com/earthquakerdev/ https://www.facebook.com/EarthQuakerDevices/ More information is available at http://www.earthquakerdevices.com/afterneath.
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