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Boss Loop Station Championships – All You Need Is Loop

March 31, 2009

Boss recently held their annual Loop Station Championships in Balham

On the night, the regional finalists performed one song each, drawing on voices, guitars and various other noise-making devices to wow the judges and entertain the crowd. The rules were simple: you must use a looping device to record/overdub – with nothing pre-loaded into it – and your track can be no more than five minutes long. Anything else goes.

In the end there was one clear winner: DubFX from Bristol whose vocal-only performance astounded and entertained in equal measure as he beatboxed, sang and synthed his way to the top spot. Check him out on YouTube to see what we mean – utterly amazing. DubFX bagged a voucher for £1,000 of Roland and Boss gear as his prize.

DubFX at The Bedford

The judges were unanimous in our decision because DubFX used the looping device – a Boss RC-50 – as a musical instrument rather than a mere gimmick. His intelligent song construction and arrangement – plus the fact it was a good song in the first place! – made him stand out. DubFX received his prize from The Bedford’s Tony Moore and Roland’s Kevin Steel.

Tony Moore, DubFX and Roland's Kevin Steel

Source: Guitarist
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Studies for two Yamaha TENORI-ON(s)

February 17, 2009

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Studies for two TENORI-ON(s) by Smith from Franck Smith on Vimeo.

A chap named Nick Ciontea has created a channel on Vimeo collecting odd videos folks have made with or regarding Moog products.

Artist “Smith” says:

This first test is a prepartory work to a series of solo pieces inspired by John Cage’s experiments for prepared piano and Conlon Nancarrow’s player piano studies.

Yes, things you don’t normally expect to go together: Cage/Nancarrow, Moog, Tenori-On. And he successfully erases the Tenori-On’s beautiful if predictable signature sound. This is what I imagine music boxes would sound like on Alpha Centauri. In other news: I can’t afford this rig.

– 2 TENORI-ON(s)
– MI Audio Pollyanna Octave Synth
– Moog Low Pass Filter (MF-101)
– Moog Ring Modulator (MF-102)
– Moog Bass Murf (MF-105b)
– Jomox M-Resonator
– Rotary Ensemble (Boss RT-20)
– Boss FV-500L (as expression pedal for LPF Resonance)
– Boss FV-500L (as expression pedal for RM Frequency)
– Boss EV-5 for Rotary Ensemble speed

But, involved as that is, it’s further evidence you can push sound in new ways. And if online videos do nothing else, they can lay the gauntlet down in terms of what you think possible – both by demonstrating the generic and the unusual.

Sorce: createdigitalmusic

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NAMM 09: Roland Round Up

January 21, 2009

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Roland  launches no fewer than 19 new products at this years NAMM 09

After the excitement of what is pretty universally seen as the product of the show – the Roland V-Piano – Roland has also used this year’s NAMM show to launch nearly 20 new products across its entire portfolio, from drums, through digital pianos, amps and, of course, Boss effects.

The new Boss ME-70 multi-effects unit (pictured) builds on the popular ME-50, with the same ‘stomp box’ ease of use for the guitarist, combined with Roland’s Cosm engine derived from the GT-10, and added EZ Tone and Phrase Loop features, which enables sound-on-sound creation, with up to 38 seconds of recording time. The EZ Tone function allows for fast and easy tone creation via simple effects presets, so players of any level can create superb tones of any genre within seconds.

Next up is the KC-880 stereo keyboard amp, which builds on Roland’s KC sound with a new stereo design, powered through a 320-watt stereo power amplifier, two 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters. This design delivers the most accurate sonic representation of the performance, with wide, clear full-spectrum sound. New onboard stereo effects such as Tremolo, Rotary, and Reverb, give musicians a whole new range of keyboard and vocal performance possibilities.

mainWith a massive nod back to the 1980s, Roland has re-introduced the shoulder keyboard with the Ax-Synth, the first of the Ax series ever to offer an onboard sound engine, featuring a collection of the best of Roland’s synth sounds.

Created with performance in mind, the AX-Synth allows keyboardists to connect with their audience as guitarists and singers do. Real-time controls such as the Ribbon, Modulation Bar, D Beam, and Assignable Knob controllers give musicians the ability to perform memorable and expressive solos.  When wearing the battery-powered and wireless AX-Synth, keyboardists could create kinetic musical performances, moving freely around the stage without any encumbering wires or cables.

The AX-Synth features 49 velocity-sensitive keys and is the first shoulder keyboard to include a 128-voice polyphonic sound engine with 256 distinct tones accessible from eight bank buttons.

The new VP-770 Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard, features a newly-developed Vocal Designer effects and high-quality ensemble sounds powered by Roland’s SuperNatural technology.
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With a solid wood construction and metal chassis, the VP-770 features a newly enhanced interface, plus onboard sounds applicable across a vast array of musical genres.  A high-quality headset microphone comes standard and provides the best signal path possible in combination with the VP-770’s pristine onboard microphone preamp.

Finally (for now) Roland has introduced the TD-4K electronic drum kit: the latest addition to the V-Drums range. With upgraded sounds, enhanced functionality and a cool new design, the TD-4K is fun to play, comfortable to use, and great for practice.

The TD-4K includes the new TD-4 percussion module which features all-new expressive drum and percussion sounds, as well as new ambience effects, optimised for drums. The included mesh-snare pad features Roland’s patented multi-layer mesh for incredible dynamic response, superior feel and low noise. A newly-designed four-legged drum stand allows flexible and solid positioning of the pads and places the TD-4 module in the centre for easy access. The TD-4K also includes Roland’s natural playing cymbals and expressive hi-hat control, making drummers feel as if they’re playing an acoustic drum kit.

MI Pro has been fortunate to use the Retail Up stand (booth 3605) at the show this year, from where all NAMM show bulletins will be written, uploaded and flashed.

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Dolphin Music’s 2008 Top 10 Xmas Gifts ‘n Gadgets

November 19, 2008

Christmas time is here again, and Dolphin Music has decided to highlight 10 very desirable products that we think will  be a success this year???

 

Meet the ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, the tiny-yet-powerful Micro BR is a dream for musicians on the go. The Micro BR offers four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 V-Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB, an SD Card slot, and more. No guitar case or gig bag…
 

Pocket POD® exhibits all the celebrated features and pro tone that makes POD a standard in recording studios everywhere. Don’t be fooled by the smaller package, Pocket POD is packed with over 300 custom presets dialed in by some of today’s hottest rock stars like Maroon 5, P.O.D., 311, Hoobastank and many more.

It’s no secret that Mackie makes some of the most popular and award-winning professional studio monitors in the world. Now that uncompromising monitor design expertise is available at a musician-friendly price with the TAPCO S·5: desktop studio monitor with rich, accurate sound. What does the “S” in “S·5” stand for? Try “smooth,” “satisfying,” and “superior” to everything in their…

The ultimate software and hardware solution for bridging the analog world of vinyl and the digital world of computer audio files. Using regular turntables or CD players, you can scratch and mix files from your Mac or Windows XP computer’s CD or hard drive, add in a live mic input for scratching, and even bypass to standard vinyl if you wish. Scratch LIVE is the complete digital solution for the vinyl junkie — take your entire collection wherever you go and leave your precious vinyl at home!
Introducing the amPlug – the headphone guitar amp that lets you enjoy serious guitar sound, fast. Jamming late at night? Don’t want to wake the neighbors? Maybe you want to work out a lick with your MP3 player without taking the time to set up your amp. You want to play guitar right now. amPlug is the answer.…

Great songs begin with great ideas. Capture all your revelations, epiphanies and inspirations the moment they strike. Inspiration Insurance Inspiration is spontaneous, and BackTrack™ + Mic is your guitar’s instant replay button. Easy to use, BackTrack + Mic captures everything you play without ever hitting record. Always on, BackTrack + Mic begins recording as…

The Vocal Set includes a hand-held transmitter with a dynamic capsule, cardioid and a diversity receiver. The transmitter is exceptionally comfortable to hold and provides a lively and assertive sound. Features 4 switchable UHF frequencies for interference-free reception Absolutely safe transmission Diversity Technology for highest reception quality Adjustable Squelch for undisturbed operation Receivers…

Fantastic `All in One’ Portable Karaoke, roughly the size of an iPhone! Take it to parties, camping or wherever else you need some good Karaoke fun! Bring people together, have fun and showcase your talent anytime, anywhere! This is a full function karaoke player, except for a difference – it fits in your pocket! The best karaoke player around? You bet! Supports voice recording, Nintendo games, and much more!

The Oxygen 8 v2 is an updated version of the mobile MIDI controller that started the mobile studio revolution. You get a fully functional MIDI keyboard with great action, plus eight MIDI-assignable knobs to control any MIDI parameters you desire in your hardware or software. It’s perfect for composing on the go or performing live bass lines and pads…

Roth Audioblob 2 (White) 

The new Roth Audioblob2 multimedia audio system is an idea partner for PC or Mac based music/multimedia systems.

And coming soon watch out for…

The JamVOX is an integrated monitor and software system that extracts the guitar from any MP3 and plugs you into the mix of their favorite bands. JamVOX gives guitarists instant access to dozens of legendary amps and effects all in one easy to use “drag and drop” software interface. Revolutionary Guitar XTracktion (GXT) technology lets you remove the guitar part…

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Dolphin Music’s Top 10 Xmas Gadgets

December 7, 2007

 

Christmas time is here again, and Dolphin Music has decided to highlight 10 very desirable products that we think will  be a success this year.

1) Tenori-On
Tenori-On
Unique. Original. Stylish. Yamaha’s  Tenori-On is quite possibly the most revolutionary musical instrument to be created since the electric guitar.  There’s nothing like it, and it’s user-friendly  “visible music” interface makes it not only a very useful and versatile tool for professional musicians and producers, but also a fantastic instrument for those who never thought they could play anything. Available  exclusively to the UK. £599 view product

2) Robot Guitar

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Is it possible!? This year’s other  big instrument launch is also something  that promises to change the face of music. The Limited-Edition Gibson Robot Guitar is set to revolutionize guitar-playing forever: a self-tuning guitar that also offers alternate tunings at the push of a button, this is the first guitar ever to feature robot technology, and Dolphin Music is amongst the selected dealers selling it. £1499 view product

3) Stylophone
Stylophone
Brand New Version of the old classic – Now with MP3 input.  The retro, cheap, small and quirky Stylophone is already a big sensation this Xmas. Find out what it’ll all about, and get the instrument that proved to be not just a great kids’ toy, but also fascinated artists such as David Bowie, Pulp, Kraftwerk and others…only £14 view product


4) Pocket POD Pocket POD® exhibits all the celebrated features and pro tone that makes POD a standard in recording studios everywhere. Don’t be fooled by the smaller package, Pocket POD is packed with over 300 custom presets dialed in by some of today’s hottest rock stars like Maroon 5, P.O.D., 311, Hoobastank and many more. Line 6 Pocket Pod

Battery-powered and about the size of a tuner, Pocket POD is completely portable. Use it for effects in front of your amp, or just plug in headphones and practice anywhere, anytime. Guitarists are sure to love it!  £64.99 view product

5) Micro BR
Boss Micro BR
The ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, the tiny-yet-powerful Micro BR is a dream for musicians on the go. The Micro BR offers four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 Virtual Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB, an SD Card slot, and more. No guitar case or gig bag should be without one!  At £130, it’s a bargain.
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6) microKorg Black
Now funkier than ever, this limited-edition of the very successful and highly desirable microKORG synthesizer/vocoder  features a reversed keyboard, to play the massive sound of the microKORG. Demand is very high and this is a one-off production run with only a limited number available. This could be your only chance to order this very special product, so call us now before they all disappear!  
£249 view product 

 

7) Mackie Onyx Satellite

This is a fantastic offer – a great product for an unbeatable price, exclusive on Dolphin Music…if you’re looking for a new soundcard this xmas, don’t miss this great  opportunity! As the world’s first two-piece FireWire recording system, Satellite consists of a portable recording Pod with premium Onyx mic preamps, and a desktop Base Station with additional inputs and outputs. You simply undock the Pod when you want to record on location—leaving the Base Station connected to all your desktop studio gear (microphones, instruments, headphones, studio monitors, etc.). Then, once you’ve returned to your studio, simply dock the Satellite Pod back into the Base Station with a reassuring “click.”

There’s no better soundcard deal at the moment! 

Only  £119.95 (save over £200 off RRP) view product

8 ) AudioBlob 2

Audio Blob
Audioblob2 provides superlative audio quality for music/multimedia & gaming and is configured so that you can control the overall audio volume and the sub-bass level separately, thereby providing subtle and discreet volume control, up to an annoy-your-neighbours, floor-shaking level 10 – The choice is yours! 

This system has been developed in partnership with audio engineers from Tannoy, with many years experience in designing the very best home audio systems. Even if you don’t know it yet, you need an AudioBlob2. Buy one, and you won’t believe you could ever live without one! Great buy at only £59 view product

9) Limited-Edition Z-Vex Union Jack pedals
It looks like this is the “limited-edition xmas!” But, unlike the Robot Guitar or microKorg Black, the Z-Vex Union Jack pedals can only be purchased from Dolphin Music – we comissioned those handmade pedals, and they are limited to an exclusive 10 units per model: the Fuzz Factory, the Super Hard-On and the Box Of Rock.

Z-Vex Limited-Edition pedals

These pedals are destined to become collector’s items, and were manufactured with the same high-standards Z-Vex has always been known for.  Find out why so many  top-selling artists such as Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flaming Lips use Z-Vex! From £169 view product

10) Orange Micro Crush
Orange Crush

Standing at just 5” tall, the Micro Crush’s highly portable design belies the remarkably full bodied tones available from its 4” speaker. The amplifiers Tone and Volume controls allow you to dial in a number of different guitar sounds, and Over Drive distortion is available at the push of a button. One of the most useful features is the inclusion of a fully functional chromatic tuner. A Great little amp! £29 view product

If you want to find more xmas offers, just visit Dolphin Music’s new  Christmas Gifts section, with gift suggestions divided by different categories (Children / DJ / Studio / Stocking Stuffers/ etc…) to make the shopping experience even easier for you.

We wish you all a great Chrismas and a fantastic New Year!