The blog will not be updated for 2 weeks because I’m going on vacations to Japan, there will be a lot of news from NAMM show when I come back so I’ll try to show the best or most curious ones. I’ll try also to inform you of some interesting Japanese things… Hello Kitty guitars, maybe, Tenori-on, I’d like to, but will see.
Electro Harmonix unleashed a new model with a very surprising name but not much info, the Electro Harmonix Bass Blogger Distortion Pedal, we don’t know if the name has been chose to get repercussion in blogs but the name it’s not the better one for a pedal effect. Besides its the metal durable look the pedal allows you to dialog with your drummer, as said in the official site, but this really could mean anything.
The Electro Harmonix Bass Blogger Distortion Pedal is indeed a fuzz and distortion pedal that features volume, tone and distortion controls, on/off footswitch pedals, 2 different outputs one (dry) with the unmodified signal and another one (effect) that goes through all the circuit, the pedal is powered by a 9V DC input.
We’d like to have some more info from companies when they are releasing new products, but this seems to be a impossible task for some of them. Of course there is no info on price or availability of the Electro Harmonix Bass Blogger Distortion Pedal.
Luna Guitars is a company created by Yvonne de Villiers that thought that guitar should fit better musicians and left its work as stained-glass artist to design this kind of guitars. The last addition to this product line is the Luna Guitars Neo Series, a Les Paul similar looking guitar but with very different features, specially when talking about finishes.
The main features of the Luna Guitars Neo Series Guitars are basswood body, maple neck, comfortable neck profile (we’d like more accurate data), rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, 25.5″ scale length, tune-o-matic bridge, 2 chrome covered humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and volume and tone controls.
But the main model for this serie is one called YourSpace that allows you to customize the big pickguard with your own text and images using some templates available on the official site. The finish of the Luna Guitars Neo Series Guitars is not the only different thing in this models, their price is $269 (except for the YourSpace model that costs $299). The guitars are now available.
The model we introduce to you today is based on… a Coke can, yes you read it well, the new Ooh La La stompbox, continuing with their original and curious designs, includes a front cover that is very similar to the Coke can design. The pedal is called Ooh La La Soda Meiser Pedal and will allow us to access to a classic sound that has been heavily used in the past.
The Ooh La La Soda Meiser Pedal is a fuzz effect stompbox that provides a tonal range from very low end fuzz to a disharmonic fuzz bliss tones using the bypass footswitch, but the pedal also includes a chaos footswitch that will unleash the animal inside the device. Other specifications are volume and intensity controls side mini-switch to activate chaos mode, 1/4″ jack connections and 9V DC input.
This model is fully handmade, even the painting, that was created by Jason Myrold, in the Ooh La La factory in the US. The Ooh La La Soda Meiser Pedal is now available and its price is $225.
Another set of products, this time released by Korg, the Nano Series USB Controllers are the small brothers of the already existing micro controllers that helps you to create or mix your own music anywhere you want because its small size, perfect to use it with laptop computers, let’s take a look.
There are 3 models, by now, available on the Nano series, the first one is the Korg nanoKey USB Controller a compact-sized 25-key keyboard with velocity sensitive keys and octave shift function. The device has 2 working modes, MIDI notes or control change messages.
The second model is the Korg nanoPad USB Controller 12 responsive trigger pads and a big X/Y pad that can be used to create your own drums patterns. The pad has 2 modes, roll and flam, and each pad can be used to trigger one chord.
And the last one is the Korg nanoKontrol USB Controller a device to customize any parameter in your recording software using 9 faders, 9 knobs, 18 switches and transport controls. The controls ca be used for any task, like adjusting your effects, filters, …
The Nano Series USB Controllers include a Kontrol Editor software that allows you to change any parameter of the device using the USB connection. Their price and availability have not been announced yet.
This week will be full of new products and press releases advanced to the Summer NAMM show and one of the first brands to announce a new model and this is the Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface, a recording device based on the UA-25 model that will convert your room in a pro studio with only a USB compact audio interface.
The specifications of the Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface are 2 channels, 24 bit audio resolution and 96 kHz sampling rate, professional quality mic preamp, analog compressor / limiter, +48V phantom power, 20 Hz to 40 kHz frequency response and a huge number of connections (XLR/TRS combo, guitar input, S/PDIF, MIDI, stereo 1/4″ TRS, RCA and headphones outputs and, of course, USB connection) and knobs (sens for each channel, direct monitor, output level and compressor controls).
This audio interface can work with PC or Mac using WDM, ASIO 2.0 or Mac OS X drivers and comes with Cakewalk’s Production Plus Pack. The price and availability of the Edirol UA-25EX USB Audio Interface willbe probably announced during Summer NAMM.
I’m sure that some of you, just like me, have found yourselves trying to play along with your favorite band’s new CD but in some cases it gets really difficult, but Vox will release a tool to make it easy, the Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool. This device can extract the guitar track of your favorite songs and mix your guitar into the original song… you can record yourself that song you felt that need a new guitar track.
The Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool system consists in a music application called GXT (Guitar XTracktion), that is the one that cancels the guitar track, and a USB monitor speaker (with guitar and mic inputs) that allows you to hear the new mix. The software also includes 19 guitar amp models and 54 effects to create almost any famous sound you want with a very user-friendly interface and 2 play-along CDs with 28 rock classics to improve your guitar technique.
Although the system includes a CD you can also import your own music from your CDs, hard disk (or removable media units) or even your portable media player. The price and availability of the Vox JamVox Jam & Practice Tool have not been announced yet.
Vox has released just a few hours ago 2 new products in 2 product lines, the first one is the Vox Black Diamond Modeling Combo Amp is a the combination between the vintage tone (tube) and the latest technology (digital modeling amp) and belongs to the Valvetronix series.
The features of the Vox Black Diamond Modeling Combo Amp are 200 watts power output (2x100W in stereo mode), a 12AX7 preamp tube (inside the Valve Reactor circuit included in all Valvetronix models), 32 different amp models (from the most clasic to the modern ones), 25 effects types (that means 76 different effects in 3 banks, one with compression, wah and pickup simulator, another with distortion and spatial effects and the last one with modulation, delay reverb and noise reduction), 128 user and 64 factory presets, Celestion Neo Dog 150-watts speaker and a very interesting manual mode, that reflects the physical position of the knobs in the preset selected, one of the problems of some digital modeling devices, like the POD X3 Live.
This amp comes with an editor and library software, chromatic tuner, MIDI connections and optionally you can control some of the effects with a foot controller. The price and availability of the Vox Black Diamond Modeling Combo Amp have to be announced yet.
We start to hear about the products that will be introduced at Summer NAMM show, one of the most advanced ones is the Retro-Sonic Distortion Effect Pedal that will be added to their small and compact pedal line. This distortion pedal is a vintage boutique model that has been based on the LM308 op-amp design and can be used for blues and rock music styles.
The specifications of the Retro-Sonic Distortion Effect Pedal are true bypass, distortion, tone and level controls, 2 internal trim pots (that adjust the frequency response and allows to make lower or higher the pedal’s tone), 3-way mini toggle switch (which options are symmetrical-diode, asymmetrical-diode or LED clipping).
This compact pedal is powered by a 9V battery. The company will release more info and release date and/or price of the Retro-Sonic Distortion Effect Pedal in the Summer NAMM show.
This will probably be the most commented release of this year, Moog has released a guitar model that will change the way that some people sees the guitars. The Moog Paul Vo Collector Edition Guitar includes some features never seen on a guitar, let’s take a look at what makes it so special.
Some features of the Moog Paul Vo Collector Edition Guitar are mahogany body (with AAAAA flame maple or AAAAA quilted maple carved top), 3-piece hard rock maple neck, c-shape neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 25.5″ scale length, Moog customized Wilkinson-style bridge (with Graphtec piezo saddles and tremolo), 2 custom-designed noise canceling single-coil Moog pickups, 3-way mini-toggle pickup switch, 3-way and 5-way pickup switches, 3 gold and 2 black knobs (Vo power, piezo blend, harmonic balance, master volume and tone/filter controls), XLR output for the pedal controller (that blends the 2 type pickups), piezo 1/4″ output jack and Moog ladder filter and LFO subsystem electronics included.
The most interesting features of this model are the Moog footpedal that controls the harmonic blend and the frequency response of the ladder filter and the operation modes (full sustain, that provides infinite sustain on every string, controlled sustain, sustains playing notes or chords and mutes everything else, and mute mode, that is just like not having some strings (the guitar eliminates them).
The included hardshell case has all the necessary to carry the guitar and its foot pedal controller. The Moog Paul Vo Collector Edition Guitar is not affordable for everyone, the price is $6,500.