Category Archives: Accesories

StageTrix Pedal Fastener

fastenerStageTrix Products releases the Pedal Fastener an adhesive-backed, hook and loop fastener designed specifically to attach pedals to pedalboards.

This heavy-duty fastener is built to withstand high temperatures and provide rock solid grip. Now customers can move beyond the over-sized rolls of low-quality generic fasteners that have been the standard and securely attach their pedals with confidence.

Pedal Fastener features:

– Industrial strength adhesive is specifically designed to stick to the rubber backing of effects pedals

– Heavy-duty hook and loop ensures a rock solid connection between pedal and board

– Optional removable center area keeps pedals clean by preserving specification sticker

– Withstands temperatures of up to 200°F, so leaving your pedal board in your vehicle on a summer day won’t result in a gooey mess

Pedal Fastener will be available for $9.99 USD (for package of three).

StageTrix is actively seeking domestic and international retailers and distributors.

More information about the product: StageTrix Products

Rok Box 64 Audio Computer Hits the Scene

rokboxPC AudioLabs this week has launch the Rok Box 64 Audio Computer. (We were going to open this post with Are you ready to ROK?, but decided to spare you the cheese factor. You can thank us later.)

The Rok Box 64 from PCAudioLabs is a pro at tough audio and video tasks. Optimized for said uses, the Rok Box 64 uses 64 bit technology, as its namesake suggests. But what makes the Rok Box 64 unique versus other PCs?

Versus off-the-self, standard computers, PC AudioLabs' Rok Box 64 sports an 80% improvement in performance thanks to tuning of the hardware, operating system, and overall system configuration. While we can't confirm these performance/optimization tests ourselves, we'd recommend perhaps giving the Rok Box 64 a shot if you're in the running for a new audio computer.

The Rok Box 64 from PCAudioLabs can be found now at Musicians Friend/Guitar Center. For more information on this audio computer, please click here.

Source: PCAudioLabs.com

Reunion Blues Struts Out New Guitar Straps

reunionbluesReunion Blues is debuting a new selection of their guitar straps this week. Sure, it might not be a groundbreaking release, but it’s a way to get a little more stylistic with a music accessory that is an essential for most guitarists.

Purportedly the “world’s most comfortable” (we’d advise actually trying one out before jumping to this conclusion), the Reunion Blues straps are made of natural fiber. The three straps come in fresh colors comprised of 100% merino wool. The three new colors come in two kinds of black – black with red pinstripe and black with blue pinstrip. Also on tap is Nutmeg Beige. Each of the new colors are trimmed with full grain leather.

Below are the strap models:

* RBS-73 Beige w/Brown Tab

* RBS-92PS Black w/Red Pinstripe

* RBS-93PS Black w/Blue Pinstripe

With over 140 models of guitar straps, Reunion Blues may just have something for you, so click here for more information.

Source: Harmony-Central

Numark Introduces Laptop Stand at NAMM Show

laptopstandNumark has seen a slew of releases this week thanks to the Summer NAMM Show, located at the Nashville Convention Center. Ending today, Numark had an additional couple pieces of music gear to show off, including the Laptop Stand.

Numark's Laptop Stand acts as the DJ's computer-elevation station. Designed for DJs who utilize laptops (such as those working with Omni Control, Stealth Control, Total Control, MixMeister Control, etc.) to producers, the Laptop Stand is made with DJs in mind and offers a purportedly unparalleled combination of great, solid construction and low-weight design. Assembly is fast and a protective case aims at making transport a cinch.

“There is no other laptop stand designed specifically for the DJ with this mix of rugged construction, affordability and included carry case,” said Chris Roman, Product Development Manager, Numark.

Look for Numark’s Laptop Stand beginning Q3 2009. It will be available at DJ and professional audio dealers. For more information, click here.

Source: Numark.com

Numark Debuts CD DJ IN A BOX

medium-image003Numark this week announced their new complete CD DJ system, the CD DJ IN A BOX. The world’s leading manufacturer of DJ technology, the CD DJ IN A BOX is a centerpiece of Numark’s presence at the Summer NAMM Show, concluding Sunday at the Nashville Convention Center.

Numark‘s CD DJ IN A BOX provides something for beginner, intermediate, and advanced DJs, with two Numark NDX200 scratch CD players, a M1a two-channel DJ mixer, headphones and assorted cables. The set includes Numark‘s Anti-Shock buffered skip-protection technology, keeping music safe from vibration-related skips. Other features include seamless looping, mic input, smooth faders, two input channels, and more.

“Many DJs need a complete package for getting started or as a secondary system, and CD DJ IN A BOX was designed with that intention,” said Mark Matthews, Director of Product Development, Numark.

Numark’s CD DJ IN A BOX is available Q3 2009 from DJ and professional audio retailers. Click here for more information.

Source: Numark.com

Get On-Stage with the RS7500 Amp Stand

micstandOn-Stage Stands has announced their RS7500 Tiltback Amplifier Stand, an accessory that they hope guitarists will be interested in in order to improve the stage area and make hearing while playing an easier process.

The RS7500 Tiltback Amplifier Stand joins two other RS models from On-Stage Stands the RS7000 and RS7705. The RS7500 offers 5 different ways the amplifier can be tilted, in accordance with the musician's preference. Due to the ability to tilt the amp, players can have the amp aimed at their heads rather than their legs, improving the ability to hear tones correctly. Also, On-Stage stands suggests that, thanks to the sound being aimed directly towards the ears, the amp can be operated at a lower sound level and thus help with durability. Extra mic stands are not necessary for the RS7500, thanks to the included integrated threaded shaft end.

The RS7500 has a 28 stance, weighs just 100 lbs, and supports 1×10, 2×10, 4×10, 1×12, 2×12, and 1×15 speaker configurations. The RS7500 will run you $49.99.

Source: Onstagestands.com

T-Rex Twin Boost

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We’ve reviewed a few T-Rex products here at MusicGadgets over the last year or so, and all are crackers. Will the Twin Boost follow suit?

As far as versatility goes, few pedals are quite as useful as a clean boost (just look at how well MXR have done). T-Rex have gone one better than the standard few knobs and single footswitch – que three band EQ. Engineering has been good to T-Rex giving the Twin Boost its good looks and allowing you to do what it’s all about in the first place: the ability to set up two extra sounds on top or your basic tone.

In use, whether it be in a poorly lit pub or just simply at home, the Twin Boost’s EQ knobs of your selected channel glow blue. Thoughtfully, the input and output jacks are situated at the back rather than either side, making for easy action for pedalboard users.

Although there is a bit of hiss and background noise, there’s nothing to get in a flap about. Sure, when straining to consciously listen to it in your home with nothing else playing, it’s there but minimal at the most. Practically talking, this bit of hardware is fantastic in use on stage. If you plan on changing quickly from rhythm to lead, I advise you set up either accordingly. Boosting the mids and the output on the secondary channel is a must for solos.

Versatile player? Lots of genres to get through in your live set? This would sound great, as well as looking the part in your pedalboard.

The T-Rex Twin Boost retails at £150.

Behringer Echo Machine EM600

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As some of you may have read, I have already written about one of the pedals that Behringer have recently bought out. I however figured that the range was so good, and so inspiring that I needed to tell you about the other gem of the RSM range

Staring with the single and only bad point that this range has; not-so-fantastic plastic. The Echo Machine EM600, as well as all the other RSM pedals, has a plastic casing. This doesn’t bode well for the likes of you who want to be heard right at that precise moment in the song – everyone then. But it does mean that Behringer have been able to keep that all important cost down.

Unlike the Super Flanger MusicGadgets reviewed yesterday, the EM600 is the only one that will require you to read the manual. Beyond the usual mix, repeat and time controls there is a mode knob that offers three varieties of tap tempo delay. The time periods are broken down well in this pedal, featuring quarter or eighth note multiple repeats, two multi-tap settings, slap ducking, ping pong, sweep, swell and reverse delays. So as you can see, abundant is the EM600 with features, but you only get two seconds max of delay itself.

Finally, the trail and type switches give the pedal that old analogue, vintage twang; mixing it up with the newer functions can really make your guitar sound very versatile indeed. Background noise is a slight issue with this pedal but you can’t really go wrong for the price.

The Behringer Echo Machine EM600 retails at £36

Zoom H4N review

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Raising the standard again… Zoom’s H4N (H4 pictured) proves to be an amazingly useful little device.

Not only does the H4N have integral X/Y stereo condenser microphones but it also can double up as a multitracking recorder. With it’s four track recording base giving the portable recorder the qualities of a professional studio, the integrated effects can be used to buff out the individual tracks to give a huge sense of space.

You can also use the rubberised, shock resistant device in relation with the two microphones, giving a fantastic stereo spread. Even when the phantom power is switched on you will still be able to get a good ten out of the two AA batteries.

One of the first thing that I noticed watches the lack of input controls on the face of the recorder itself. Instead, the only thing that you get is a few switches – low, mid and high – via switches. It baffles me why there aren’t any easier switches that allow you to immediately alter the recording mix, without having to go through the tiny menus and miniscule icons to set things straight.

There is some good news in all this though. There is a fantastic function on the H4N where the MP3 or WAV setting can be changed in an instant by one button. What’s more is that the device will remember the last sample rate that you used making this device small and clever too.

The Zoom H4N retails at around £329.99.

Hipshot Bass Xtender

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Ever wished that you could go to drop D from standard tuning in a flash, with no messing about with tuning half way through your set?

These clever contraptions from Hipshot are instant relief from performance pandemonium. The basic principle is that this clever little device replaces your old E-string tuning machine. With a flick of a spring-loaded catch the whole mechanism extends, increasing the string’s length by a specific amount which can be set using a small thumbscrew. The range is so great it can even be calibrated to deal with drop C or B.

This is especially good for the player who may be at an open gig night, only having one bass in their rack. Or just hating the tedious looking down to your tuner to find that you’re way off from where you thought you were.

Luckily too that they come in a range of colours to fit with your other machine heads.

The price is somewhat misguiding to the player who doesn’t really have any use for this. If however you have the playing style where you will need to change tuning accurately and quickly, this is definitely for you.

The Hipshot Bass Xtender £73.90.