Although this Yamaha product is not listed on its website yet, it was introduced at last Winter NAMM, the Yamaha NP30 Contemporary Digital Piano is meant to be a new class of digital pianos, it can work as a MIDI controller or a piano keyboard so it can be useful for your home studio or live shows. It also has a very affordable price.
The Yamaha NP30 Contemporary Digital Piano features 76 keys, graded touch semi-weighted piano-style keys (more robust than other digital pianos), 10 voices, 32 polyphony notes, 4 different reverbs, tempo control (from 32 to 280 bpm), sustain pedal, headphones output and MIDI input/output. This digital piano is indicated for people who suffer arthritis or repetitive stress disorders.
This digital piano will be available in July says the press release but some stores are announcing that it will be available in June. The price of the Yamaha NP30 Contemporary Digital Piano will be $299.99.
Yesterday we introduced you the Gretsch G6136-55 White Falcon Custom Limited Edition of the new custom limited edition models from Gretsch, the other two models are so similar that I’ll introduce them together. The Gretsch G6120W-55 Nashville Western Custom Limited Edition and the G6120-55 Nashville Custom Limited Edition are identical models, the only difference is some marks and signs like “G” Brand on the body, the inlays and the Nashville sign post on the pickguard.
The features for both models are laminated flamed maple body with carved solid maple top, laminated rock maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.6″ scale length, Bigsby bridge with B6CB vibrato tailpiece, 2 Alnico Vintage DynaSonic pickups, 3-way pickup switch, volume 1 and 2 (neck and bridge pickups), master volume and master tone controls.
This guitars are only available in very cool orange nitrocellulose lacquer finish, come with a hardshell case and will be sold exclusively in Fuller’s Vintage Guitar store in Houston. Price and availability for the Gretsch G6120W-55 Nashville Western Custom Limited Edition and the G6120-55 Nashville Custom Limited Edition have to be announced yet.
CAD Professional Microphones has released a new signature mic pack series, there are two models Al Di Meola Acoustic Mic pack for acoustic/Spanish guitars and Joe Satriani Guitar Mic pack for electric guitar. This pack can be very useful for studio recording and live shows because the mics that are inside the pack are specially designed to do that tasks for this guitar players.
The CAD Al Di Meola Acoustic Mic pack features e60 and e70 mics, both from the Equitek series. The CAD e60 is a condenser mic with cardioid polar pattern, 30Hz to 20KHz frequency response, -41dBV sensitivity, hi-pass filter and 10dB attenuator. And the CAD e70 is a modular dual-capsule condenser mic with cardioid and omnidirectional polar pattern, 20Hz to 20KHz frequency response, -39dBV sensitivity, 75 or 150Hz hi-pass filter (with switch) and 10 or 20dB attenuator (with switch).
The CAD Joe Satriani Guitar Mic pack features a CAD Trion 7000 mic, from the Trion series, and CAD D189 mic, from the handheld series, that are the Satriani’s favorite mics to capture the sound from the amps. The CAD Trion 7000 is a dual ribbon mic with 8-figure polar pattern, 25Hz to 9KHz frequency response and -53dBV sensitivity. The CAD D189 is a dynamic mic with supercardioid polar pattern, 40Hz to 18KHz frequency response and -54dBV sensitivity..
The price and availability of the Al Di Meola Acoustic pack and Joe Satriani Guitar Mic pack will, probably, be announced at next Summer NAMM.
One of the most important features of the Edirol PCR Series, and of course of this Edirol PCR-500 MIDI Controller, is that they doesn’t have more controls, buttons or knobs than other MIDI controllers, their controls are more intuitive mainly because of the Dynamic Mapping technology that allows the keyboards to map physical controls in an intelligent way (the most important parameters are assigned to the controls and you can store up to fifteen different configurations).
The Edirol PCR-500 MIDI Controller features 49 velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch, 50 assignable controls (including rotary knobs, a crossfader, sliders, a pitch wheel and buttons), 18 velocity pads, MIDI merge switch, USB port, hold and expression pedal inputs and MIDI input and output. All the connections of this keyboard are on the side panel of the device to save room for other devices.
The keyboard is USB-powered (although it can use an AC adapter, a switch allows you to select what input the power comes) and comes with Cakewalk Production Plus Pack that includes SONAR LE, Project 5 LE and Dimension LE. The price of the Edirol PCR-500 MIDI Controller is $299.
Gretsch has released some new custom limited edition models that combine ’55 vibe with some “Deluxified” Vintage details. The first model is the Gretsch G6136-55 White Falcon Custom Limited Edition, a classic Gretsch looking guitar with v-shaped falcon headstock but without Bigsby bridge.
The Gretsch G6136-55 White Falcon Custom Limited Edition features laminated maple body with carved solid spruce top, laminated rock maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 25.5″ scale length, Space Control bridge with Gretsch “G” Cadillac tailpiece, 2 Alnico Vintage DynaSonic pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume (neck and bridge pickups) and master tone controls.
The guitar has a gloss white finish, comes with a hardshell case and is only available at Fuller’s Vintage Guitar store in Houston, TX. The price and availability of the Gretsch G6136-55 White Falcon Custom Limited Edition has to be announced yet.
Companies are realizing that since some time ago some DJs don’t want to carry all the CDs or vinyls with them and use MP3 (or other type of files) players or mass storage devices. Kam, a UK company that makes DJ products, has released the Kam iMix100, a new mixing system that includes 2 iPod dock stations and USB port for that kind of DJS.
The Kam iMix100 features 2-channels, 2 iPod dock stations, iPod pitch fader control and LED, playback and transport controls and 3-band EQ per channel, crossfader, gain, mic, master and headphones level controls, 2 phono/line inputs for external players, master and record outputs and infra red remote control.
This mixer can also find song files in both iPods at the same time with the Dual iPod find file system and has playlist selection buttons. The Kam iMix100 is in pre-order status and its price is £179 ($350 approximately).
19th week and Gibson is still releasing its Guitar of the Week models, this time is the Gibson Les Paul Classic Antique, a Les Paul Classic with natural satin finish and two-colored humbucker pickups that give a really cool looking.
The Gibson Les Paul Classic Antique features Zebra wood body (with mahogany back and AA figured maple top), mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, two Burstbucker Pro humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls.
As all Guitar of the Week models, this Gibson Les Paul Classic Antique‘s production run will be limited to 400 units. Price and availability have to be announced yet.
Sometimes you need to record audio tracks in some place and then edit the songs/tracks in the studio (recording a live show, for example) and a portable recorder could be the best device to do this job. Zaxcom has released a new recorder that could do this kind of jobs, the Zaxcom Deva 5.8 Recorder, a recording unit that also allows mixing and has built-in effects.
The Zaxcom Deva 5.8 Recorder features up to ten tracks recoding, 120 dBu dynamic range, 20 Hz to 22 KHz frequency response, 8 integrated hardware faders, internal hard drive, DVD-RAM drive, Flash media slot, EQ per channel, built-in effects (compressor, delay and notch filter), built-in 16 channel mixer, 8 AES digital and 8 XLR analog (with 48V phantom power) inputs, 8 AES digital direct and 6 DB25 with XLR breakout analog outputs, Firewire port and a full color LCD display (with horizontal or vertical meters options).
This recorder unit is compatible with Avid and Protools and data can be entered in the unit with touch screen LCD display, the Deva Mix-12 or an external keyboard. The Zaxcom Deva 5.8 Recorder is now available and its price is $12,500.
Laboga Guitar Amplifiers has released, besides the Annihilator amp, a new 50W amp series for guitar players from a wide range of musical styles like jazz, blues, rock or metal. Six amps belong to the Alligator Series, 4 combo and 2 head amps, that are divided into single and twin models. Single models feature one master EQ for both channels and twin models feature one EQ per channel, the models that belong to this series are AD 5201 single and twin, AD 5202 single and twin and AD 5200 single and twin.
The amps from the Laboga Alligator Series feature 2 channels (clean and overdrive), four EL84 and two 12AX7 tubes, spring reverb, volume and tone controls and bright switch per channel, gain control for overdrive channel, line level direct output (with speaker simulation), and 4, 8 and 16 ohm speaker outputs. Combo models feature Celestion 30 Vintage speakers (one for AD 5201 models and two for AD 5202 models).
All the amps from the Alligator Series are available but the prices in dollars have to be announced yet. We could get some approximate information about the prices, the price range will go from $1,400 (AD 5200 head single model) to $2,000 (AD 5202 combo twin model), while the difference between single and twin models will be $100.
When people need an amp to practice they usually search for a low price amp with a good sound but anyone searches for a tube amp. Fender has released a new tube amp that can be used to practice for its low price, the Fender Champion 600 guitar amp. This amps pays tribute to a end of the 40’s and beginning of the 50’s decade Fender amp called also Champion 600 that has become a collectible piece.
The Fender Champion 600 guitar amp features 5W output power, 2 channels (instrument and mic), high and low gain inputs, 6″ Special Designed ceramic magnet speaker, one 12AX7 preamp and one 6V6 power amp tubes and external speaker output. This is a small amp perfect for saving room, weights 15 lbs and its dimensions are 11″ x 12″ x 7.5″.
This amp belongs to the Vintage Modified Series and features a brown and blonde vinyl retro finish. The Fender Champion 600 amp is available since February and its price is $199.95.