Besides the Randy Rhoads signature amp, Marshall also unveiled at Winter NAMM show 5 new models from the JVM2 series, the little brother of the successful JVM4 series, that has all-tube signal path and some very interesting features like “amp presets”. There are 5 models of this Marshall JVM2 Amp Series, JVM210H (100 W) and JVM205H (50 W) head amps and JVM205C (50 W), JVM210C (100 W) and JVM215C (50 W) combo amps.
All models include 2 channels and 3 modes per channel, 2 volume, resonance, presence and 2 reverb master controls, 3-band EQ gain and volume controls per channel, 2 channel, reverb, fx loop, MIDI/footswitch and master on/off switches on the front panel. The tubes included in the amps are 4 ECC83 preamp and 1 ECC83 and 2 EL34 power amp tubes, also the combo models include 1 Vintage and 1 Heritage 12″ speakers for the JVM210C and JVM205C amps and JVM215C combo amp includes a G21B speaker, all of them from Celestion, while the head models can be connected to any 4×12″ cabinet.
The Marshall JVM2 Amps come with a 4-way footswitch that allows to store your front panel adjustments and recover them whenever you want and also allows you to change the channel modes. This amps can also be controlled by MIDI interface using its MIDI in and thru connections and connected to any recording device with its speaker-emulated XLR output.
The MSRP prices of the new Marshall models are $2,660 for the JVM210H, $2,400 for the JVM205H, $3,200 for the JVM210C, $2,850 for the JVM205C and $2,700 for the JVM215C.
After the success of the Cube amp product line, Roland has released in the Winter NAMM 2 new models, these models are the Roland Micro Cube RX Guitar Amp and Roland Micro Cube Bass RX Amp, small, compact, battery driven and stereo amps. These unveiled models include some features that many other big amps would like to have, let’s take a look.
The features of the Roland Micro Cube RX & Micro Cube Bass RX Amps are 5-watts (2.5 x 2) power output, 4 custom and new 4″ speakers, stereo power amplifiers, 8 COSM amp models, 6 digital effects (delay, reverb, chorus, flanger and t-wah), gain and volume controls, 3-band EQ, aux input (for CD and MP3 players), recording & phones output, chromatic tuner and built-in metronome.
Both amps need 6 AA batteries to last up to 13 hours and come with durable chassis and carrying strap. The price and availability of the Roland Micro Cube RX & Micro Cube Bass RX Amps have to be announced yet.
Boss was present in the Winter NAMM show as we saw with the GT-10 and GT10B multi-effects, another released product was an upgraded version of the Boss BR-900CD Digital Recorder, which main improvement are the included GT-Pro COSM guitar amp models that will allow you to experiment many different sounds.
The Boss BR-900CD Digital Recorder features 8 tracks, 46 COSM amp models, built-in high quality effects, onboard programmable drum machine, 24-bit A/D & D/A conversion, 44.1 kHz sampling rate, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, 1 per track and 1 master faders, input selector, input level and transport controls, +48V phantom power, 2 XLR mic, 1/4″ instrument, RCA line and footswitch inputs, RCA line and optical digital outputs, MIDI and USB connections, compact flash slot and built-in CD burner.
This recorder comes with Rhythm Editor software, you can download from the Boss website, to create your own drum loops and patterns. The price and availability of this version 2 of the Boss BR-900CD Digital Recorder have not been announced yet.
Fans of handmade guitars should be pleased with what we have seen in the Winter NAMM show, after the release of the American Series of Gadow Guitars luthier J.C. Harper has released a new version of the handmade Buck Dharma Signature Model, but the important thing is the price, $899 for a guitar that has been built for you.
The J.C. Harper Buck Dharma Signature Model Guitar features mahogany body, hard maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, 25.5″ scale length, fixed bridge with strings-through-body tail, 2 DiMarzio humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and master volume and tone controls.
The guitar comes in a natural finish with chrome hardware and the characteristic body shape that includes the reversed Fender-like headstock. The J.C. Harper Buck Dharma Signature Model Guitar is now available but you will have to wait 4 weeks after the order to receive the guitar.
Another company that was present at Winter NAMM show was Diamond Pedals and they introduce some new products, on of them was the Diamond Pedals Analog Vibrato Pedal, an all-analog circuit pitch vibrato pedal that can work in mono or stereo, producing tremolo or opto-based autopan sounds respectively, built with JFET, opamps and polyprop caps.
The features of the Diamond Pedals Analog Vibrato Pedal are true bypass (relay switch), operation mode (vibrato, autopan and both at the same time) and on/off footswitches, independent ultrasmooth sinewave LFOs for each mode, volume, depth and speed controls for the autopan mode and link (syncs the autopan speed with the vibrato LFO), depth and speed controls for the vibrato mode, mono input, mono or stereo output and all of them using NOS analog MN3007 bucket brigade delay.
This effect can use an expression pedal to adjust the vibrato depth or the vibrato and autopan speed. The Diamond Pedals Analog Vibrato Pedal MSRP price is $419 but its availability has to be announced yet.
The Winter NAMM show is over and we have seen a lot of interesting products but there are more that could not be covered, so we will introduce them to you in the next days. The first one is the T.C. Electronic Nova System All-in-one Solution a multi-effects pedal that includes analog drive and distortion and some classic guitar effects.
The T.C. Electronic Nova System All-in-one Solution features Nova Drive technology (analog under digital control and programmable overdrive and distortion effects), 6 built-in digital effects (compression, EQ + noise gate, modulation, pitch, delay and reverb), mod, delay, boost, tap tempo, pitch, reverb, comp and drive controls, 30 factory and 60 user presets, instrument and line balanced inputs and balanced stereo outputs.
This multi-effects system comes with G-System software that allows you to easily edit and store the presets in your pedal thorugh the MIDI port. The T.C. Electronic Nova System All-in-one Solution will be available in March but its price has to be announced yet.
Another model to be included in the list of the handheld recorders, this time from Yamaha and with some very interesting features. The Yamaha Pocketrak 2G Pocket Recorder is a very compact device (1.7 ounces and 0.5″ thick) with rechargeable battery, 2 GB internal memory and up to 9 hours of continuously recording.
The Yamaha Pocketrak 2G Pocket Recorder features built-in high-sensitivity tilt-up mic, noise reduction, built-in speaker, automatic level control function (with switch) that adjust the volume level to improve recording quality, headphone output and line input, speed play modifier switch (normal, 25% faster and 25% slower), MP3, WMA, WAV and DRM10-WMA support and USB 2.0 connection.
The pocket recorder comes with the Steinberg Cubase AI4 software that includes the Cubase 4 software, Halion One Software sampler, VST3 plug-ins effects and sample loops. The Yamaha Pocketrak 2G Pocket Recorder will be available in April and the MSRP price is $449.
This product will be soon in many home studios or podcast bloggers desktops, Audio-Technica has released an USB version of their affordable condenser mic, the AT2020 model. The Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Mic provides clear and natural sound isolating the unwanted sources resulting a high-quality tone.
The Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Mic is a polarized condenser mic with cardioid polar pattern, 20 Hz to 16 kHz frequency response, low-mass diaphragm, low self-noise, +48V phantom power and USB connection, that also powers the mic.
This USB mic comes with tripod desk stand, pivoting stand mount and USB cable and is compatible with Windows and Mac OS operating systems. The Audio-Technica AT2020 USB Mic will be available on March and its MSRP price will be $250.
After the success of the LA-610 model Universal Audio has released a signature and limited edition of this audio channel strip which will have only 500 units available. The Universal Audio LA-610 SE Tube Recording Channel is a hand-assembled preamp with similar features to the standard model but with improved components, specially the tubes.
The Universal Audio LA-610 SE Tube Recording Channel features American-made NOS vintage tube (3 5751, 1 6072 and 1 6AQ5 tubes), Cinemag transformer, mic pre / direct input with gain and level controls, 2-band EQ and input type selector, Teletronix LA-2A-Style T4 Opto compressor with gain and peak reduction controls, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, 40 dB maximum gain, operation mode switch (bypass, compressor and limiter) and analog VU meter (with meter selector).
This signature edition has an all-black design, Bill Putnam Jr. signature and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The Universal Audio LA-610 SE Tube Recording Channel will be available in March and its approximate price will be $1,999.
We are witnesses of the fierce competition on the portable handheld recording devices, we have the Edirol R-09, Zoom H4, Marantz PMD620, Sony PCM-D50 or M-Audio FastTrack II among others. Tascam add itself with the new Tascam DR-1 Portable Recorder, a SD cards based solid state device with WAV and MP3 compatibility, built-in mics and very compact size.
The Tascam DR-1 Portable Recorder features built-in stereo condenser mics, variable angle mechanism for the mics, 24-bit and 44.1 or 48 kHz recording resolution, low cut filter (with on/off switch), analog auto-gain control, analog limiter, vocal cancel and overdub (record over a existing sound file) functions, built-in tuner and transport controls.
This handhed recorder includes a rechargeable battery, USB 2.0 connection (to transfer data) and comes with a 1 GB SD card. The Tascam DR-1 Portable Recorder street price is $299 but its availability has to be announced yet.