ToadWorks, an effects pedal company which products are used by guitar players like Ron Wood or Lenny Kravitz, has released a new model under its player series, the ToadWorks Texas Flood Overdrive Pedal, a hand-crafted stompbox with an op-amp based tone, similar to the classic Tube Screamer model but with a big bottom end, built with the highest quality components to assure a high quality sound.
The ToadWorks Texas Flood Overdrive Pedal features true bypass, 3PDT switch, asymmetric diode clipping, drive (controls the overdrive level), tone (cuts or boosts the high frequency tones) and level controls, on/off footswitch and LED.
The stompbox is powered by a 9V battery or by a Boss-like AC adapter. The ToadWorks Texas Flood Overdrive Pedal MAP price is $150 but its availability has not been announced yet.
I must say this is the first time I’ve heard about the bone conduction headphones but although some people assures that this headphones have a lower quality than in-ear or traditional ones I think the idea is really good. This headphones work conducting the audio inside the ear through the skull bones, the result audio signal has the low frequencies emphasized, and can be used in very noisy environments.
The American company Zelco has released the Zelco Outi Bone Conducting Headphones that uses this technique and includes internal battery (that lasts up to 8 hours), 4-step vibration output switch (off, low, medium and high options), an attach clip, an USB cable and an AC adapter to charge the battery and a storage pouch.
Combining, for example, a guitar with a DSP and this bone conducting headphones, you can say that you feel your music inside. The Zelco Outi Bone Conducting Headphones are now available and their price is $110.
The company with the longest name in the market has released a new guitar model, not really a new model but a handmade version of the already introduced 34 1/2 guitar model. The Alternative Guitar And Amplifier Company 34 1/2 Handmade Guitar has been designed by Harald Wind and is build in the US by Sal Gonzalez and Mal Stich.
The Alternative Guitar And Amplifier Company 34 1/2 Handmade Guitar features maple body with mahogany wings body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, Kahler Pro Tremolo bridge, DMIP humbucker pickup (bridge position) and volume control.
The guitar has the same shape than the standard and custom models and is only avaialble in natural finish. The company has not released any info on when The Alternative Guitar And Amplifier Company 34 1/2 Handmade Guitar will be available nor what will be its price.
The new Carvin guitar model, the Carvin CS6 California Single Guitar, has been designed to be an ergonomic single cut-away set-neck instrument that provides a improved classic tone with high quality woods and the classic 2 humbucker pickup configuration build by the Carvin’s California Custom Shop.
The Carvin CS6 California Single Guitar features mahogany body with curly flamed maple top, mahogany neck, Rapid Play neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 25″ scale length, M bridge, chrome/black/gold covered C22 humbucker pickups (C22J and C22B models), that are also a new release, 3-way pickup switch and volume and tone (that has push/pull function to split the pickups) controls.
You can choose the bridge for this guitar between 4 models (Tune-o-matic, Floyd Rose, …) and some wood options like quilted maple top. The Carvin CS6 California Single Guitar is now available and its price is $1,379.
The pickup company Shadow Electronics announces a new product for its ethnic pickup product line, an undersaddle pickup system for acoustic ukuleles. The Shadow Electronics SH 1110-UK Pickup is easy to install, remains almost invisible and provides a clean, string-balanced and amplified sound of you ukulele.
The Shadow Electronics SH 1110-UK Pickup fits in all acoustic ukuleles, features a high quality stereo endpin output and includes input and output jacks cables. This model requires no battery because it’s a passive pickup but it can be combined with an external preamp to make it active.
This pickup system comes with all the necessary accessories to install the pickup in your ukulele. The Shadow Electronics SH 1110-UK Pickup is now available and its price is $60.
We talked about the DMIX-300 some months ago and this product will be shown in Winter NAMM show together with its bigger brother, the Cortex DMIX-600 Digital Music Controller. The device is also a iPod friendly mixer and controller for audio professional with very interesting specifications.
The Cortex DMIX-600 Digital Music Controller features 2 channels, MP3 playback support (constant and variable bitrate), 1 jog wheel per channel (for searching, pitching or scratching) and 3 built-in effects (filter, flanger and reverb), and in the mixer side, 3-band EQ and gain control per channel, 45mm crossfader (with selectable crossfader curve), 1/4″ mic (with 2-band EQ) and aux phono/line inputs and 1/4″ headphones, balanced XLR master and RCA master, booth and record outputs. Other features are USB port (to connect external storage devices) and keyboard and external CD drive inputs.
This device has a similar design to its little brother and also features iTunes playlist and playlist creation support, search functions, master tempo and key adjusting. The Cortex DMIX-600 Digital Music Controller is now available and its price is $650.
This new product released by Finland company EKS can be a great addition for computer or laptop based DJs for its easy-to-use, the EKS XP5 Controller is a plug-and-play USB controller that has a very simple and clean design and a small size. A very interesting tool for DJs that don’t want to carry big devices for their shows.
The EKS XP5 Controller features 22 assignable buttons, 4.5″ high precision touch-sensitive jog wheel (that can scratch or cue the track and stop the playing), 100mm pitch slider, 4 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response, 106 dB SNR, ASIO and Bison driver support, stereo RCA output and USB 2.0 connector.
This controller is USB powered and comes with the Bison DJ software and USB and RCA cables and works with Windows (2000 or higher) and Mac OS (10.4 or higher). The EKS XP5 Controller is now available and its price is $179.
RME announces that their last effort in mic controllers, that was officially introduced at last AES show, is now available for shipping, but the RME DMC-842 Digital Mic Controller is probably one of the first devices in the market specially designed for digital mics. This controller has a similar design to other RME devices like the Firewire interfaces with blue front panel with independent areas, meters and LED panels for each channel.
The RME DMC-842 Digital Mic Controller features 8 channels, 24 bit audio resolution, up to 192kHz sampling rate (with selector switch), digital phantom power switch and gain control per channel, 8 AES digital inputs, 8 analog, 4 AES and 2 ADAT outputs and MIDI and wordclock connections. This controller can also work as a power supply supporting the 2 modes (asynchronous and synchronous) of AES42 standard that allows you to control some parameters remotely through the digital mic.
This controller is 19″ rack-mountable and comes with a computer MIDI communication software (only for Windows). The RME DMC-842 Digital Mic Controller is now available and its list price is $4000 (approximately street price $2800).
It looks like EMG is updating one of its most famous products, the EMG-81 pickup, used by guitar players like Zakk Wylde or Kirk Hammett, by releasing the new EMG EMG-81TW Active Pickup. This pickups is based on the EMG-81 but includes some improvements in tonal range and connectivity, lets take a look.
The EMG EMG-81TW Active Pickup features the already known (and loved) dua-coil sound but you can also get single-coil sound activating a push/pull knob. To provide both sounds with the best quality and the lower noise this pickup features dual active preamps and triple-coil arrangement, so, in fact, you have a humbucker and and single-coil pickup in the same device.
This pickup comes with prewired push/pull knob and battery clip set, output jack and Quick Connect cable that allows you to connect easily to other EMG products like Presence Control, EXG Expander or PA2 Preamp Booster. The EMG EMG-81TW Active Pickup will be introduced at Winter NAMM, so its price and availability has not been announced yet.
Although its only a rumor and the photo that illustrates the post is a prototype, the Steve Vai fans should take a look at what could be the new pedal effect from Ibanez, the Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini Distortion Pedal is like 2 stompboxes in 1 case and all points to a mix between the Ibanez TubeScreamer and the Boss DS1 pedals, a great combination of distortion and overdrive tones for the high-gained sound lovers.
The Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini Distortion Pedal prototype features independent controls (volume, tone and gain?) and footswiches for each side of the stompbox and has the classic Jemini colors (similar to the finish features in the Jemini guitars)
Whenever Ibanez releases some info we will bring it to you.
UPDATE (01.31.2008): It looks like Ibanez has finally released the Steve Vai Jemini Distortion Pedal with the specs we announced more than a month ago, the list price of this pedal is $285, so get your money out of the pocket.