Yes, it’s only September, but the holidays are once again quickly approaching. Need a list of products that can fill the stockings at your store (OK, several of them can’t actually fit) this holiday season? Check this list out once. Check this list twice. And if you prefer, you can even surpasses Santa’s requirements and check this list three times.
Strum the Right Tune
Electro-Harmonix’s Clip On Tuner is intended to provide a compact and convenient tuning device for musicians with a broad range of tuning modes: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Ukulele C and D. It features a bright, easy-to-read LCD display; tuning range: A0 (27.5Hz)~C8; (4186.0Hz); A4: 430Hz~450Hz; Flat tuning: ♭, ♭♭; Nomar pads; and power: 3V CR2032 battery included.
Jack of All Trades
Good-quality cables are an essential part of a sound production, and there are countless ways that cables can be damaged, causing sound to be disrupted or completely lost. Jack Caps provides tapered bracing at the base of the plug and a tight seal at the base of the body, and are engineered to provide ultimate protection in the toughest environments, while the leash keeps them strapped and organized, stated the company.
Marching to a New Beat
Promark Drumsticks debuted two new signature marching snare sticks, the BYOS (Bring Your Own Style) FireGrain Marching Snare Stick and the expansion of the Scott Johnson DC17 Marching Snare Stick, now in a painted white finish. The BYOS FireGrain Marching Snare Stick, in collaboration with Ralph Nader and Harvey Thompson, features FireGrain technology, a patented heat-tempering process that turns ordinary hickory drumsticks into precision tools with unprecedented durability. The stick features a medium taper as well as a grip ring at the butt end of the stick to provide a comfortable grip while executing stick tricks. The .700-inch diameter paired with the large round bead provides the necessary output volume needed for marching activity both indoors and out. The Scott Johnson DC17 Marching Snare Stick was designed with drum corps legend, Scott Johnson, and features a medium taper and large round bead for a wide range of dynamics on the drum while still providing a great feel in the player’s hands.
Light as a Feather
Roland’s Aerophone Mini AE-01 is modern wind instrument with six onboard sounds that let end users explore a variety of music styles, while the compact design travels anywhere. Aerophone also offers the following features: access to more than 50 additional sounds with the free Aerophone mini Plus app for iOS and Android; 11 easy-to-follow tutorial songs in the Aerophone mini Plus app; onboard speaker and battery power; headphone jack; and a weight of just one pound, two ounces.
In the Bag
MONO added two bags to its Stealth line: the Stealth Alias Backpack and Stealth Relay Messenger Bag. The Stealth Alias Backpack and Stealth Relay Messenger Bag are lightweight, yet sturdy bags, stated the company. The Alias has a minimalist profile, designed with DJs and beatmakers in mind. The Relay is a modern essential for producers who want to travel lighter, but keep their gear secured, thanks to the bag’s ample compartments and attachment points, added the manufacturer. The Alias and Relay are both ergonomically designed with adjustable shoulder straps to fi t most musicians’ bodies.
Let’s Get iLoud
IK Multimedia’s iLoud MTM is a compact reference monitor that delivers pristine sound and unprecedented accuracy for the professional and home studio, stated the company. iLoud MTM delivers unsurpassed clarity, 100W RMS power and 40Hz to 24kHz frequency response, added the company. It offers an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response, for true-to-life sound, the manufacturer said. The symmetrical MTM design (two 3.5-inch high-performance woofers and one-inch high-definition tweeter) provides precise, point-source sound that can’t be achieved by two-way systems at close distances, for more natural sound that minimizes the ear fatigue. Its self-calibration is derived from IK’s ARC System, with an included reference microphone, to easily adjust to any room’s acoustics.
Music Nomad introduced its Premium Guitar Tech Screwdriver and Wrench Set that offers unmatched versatility in one compact, rugged case that can fit in your pocket. Designed specifically for guitars, it is a must have for every instrument case or workstation, stated the company. It comes with 18 screwdriver bits, seven hex wrench sizes, plus a Premium Spanner Wrench. It makes adjustments on guitar hardware such as: tuners, jacks, pots, bridges, pickups, tailpieces, string guides, pickguards, tremolos and more. The large, ergonomic handle is made from strong ballistic nylon material that won’t scratch or ding hardware and is engineered for the most common hex wrench sizes. It can even tighten nuts in sunken pots and recessed jacks such as tele-cups.
Getting to the Core
Dynaudio’s Core 7 and Core 59 use the company’s most advanced drivers, including all-new tweeters that feature the new resonance-defeating Hexis inner dome, plus new DSP technology for even more power and surprising ease of use, stated the company. Extreme consistency between speakers and intelligent, flexible cabinet design, plus the “best digital amplifiers its creators have ever heard,” bring the pinnacle of precision, consistency and reliability to a studio, the company added.
Alfred Music released “2019 Greatest Christian Hits” for easy piano. It includes 12 easy arrangements of the most popular Christian songs from 2019. From ballads to up-tempo styles, these songs will be inspirational for all pianists. Titles are “Build My Life” (Housefires); “Do It Again” (Elevation Worship); “Even Then” (Micah Tyler); “Joy” (For King & Country); “Known” (Tauren Wells); “Only Jesus” (Casting Crowns); “Reckless Love” (Cory Asbury); “Resurrection Power” (Chris Tomlin); “So Will I (100 Billion X)” (Hillsong United); “Tremble” (Mosaic MSC); “Who You Say I Am” (Hillsong Worship); and “You Say” (Lauren Daigle).
Turn a Triple Play
Fishman’s TriplePlay Connect is a MIDI controller that installs easily and non-invasively on most electric and acoustic guitars and allows users to plug into their iPad and create new sounds, instruments, write and record songs, and more. Users simply download the free TriplePlay Connect iOS app from the App Store to play and control virtual instruments, perform songs and share them online, create, share and play loops and audio fi les, or turn their guitar into a whole band. TriplePlay Connect includes a controller, an easily mounted hexaphonic pickup, lightning and USB cable for connection to iPad, magnetic mounting brackets and hardware.
Ace of Bass
Remo introduced the External Sub Muffl Bass Drum System. The Sub Muffl is a bass-drum-dampening accessory product that features a free-floating external design that works with all bass drum heads that do not have external dampening. Constructed with an external plastic profile and a slip-resistant dampening foam, the Sub Muffl allows the drumhead full contact with the bearing edge, enabling the head and drum shell to maintain their full character of sound with additional attack and subsonic lows without frequency manipulation of glued-on dampening profiles. The dampening sections slip in and out of the tray for easy adjustability in studio or live situations. Available in 18 inches, 20 inches, 22 inches and 24 inches.
Blowing in the Wind
The Wind Wynder is a device for holding music books or pages in place. It hooks onto a music stand or a hard music folder. The Wind Wynder enables all musicians to make normal page turns in windy, drafty conditions indoors or outdoors, or when music pages will not stay open, stated the company. These problems are solved, the company added: no more clips dropping on the stage; no more music flying off the stands; players no longer have to stop playing to make page turns; no more stress and struggle for musicians; and better-quality performances.
Not a Little Too Intense
Los Cabos Drumsticks released the 5A and 5B Black Widows, 5A, 5B and 7A Pink Drumsticks, and 5A and 5B Intense Drumsticks. The Black Widows add a stylish twist to its classic 5A and 5B red hickory models with a glossy black paint job and black widow spider logo. Intense Drumsticks feature an extra half inch of reach compared to their standard counterparts. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of every pair of Los Cabos Drumsticks’ pink sticks goes to support cancer research in Canada and the United States through its Think Pink campaign and annual donation to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Can Stick It! Foundation.
Amahi introduced Panda Ukuleles as its newest line of entry-level offerings. Building on the successful Amahi tropical series colors and designs, Panda brings an array of color choices. With 12 solid colors and three new designs, the Panda line also includes a collection of mahogany and spruce models. Features include open-geared tuners, Aquila strings and padded gig bags.
That Can Be Arranged
Yamaha introduced the PSR-SX700 and PSR-SX900, two 61-key Arranger Workstation keyboards for composing, arranging and playing confidently out at gigs. These all-in-one instruments, which replace the PSR-S775 and PSR-S975 respectively, offer ultrarealistic and expressive Super Articulation Voices, with greater real-time control over a performance than other similarly-priced keyboards on the market today, stated the company. Both share a seven-inch TFT touch screen, and six new assignable controller buttons have been added beneath the touch screen, each of which can be assigned a desired function. A new joystick controller with modulation hold opens up expressive possibilities and is ideally suited for almost every genre of music. New Voices and DSP have also been added, inherited from Genos. To complete the creative process, arrangements made with the 16-track recorder/player can be output as studio-quality WAV audio files to play back on smart devices or computers.
A Rose by Any Other Name
Seca Group LLC’s FR-52 is a collection of Patented 3D Sound Technology wired headphones under the Floyd Rose brand. Each earphone cup has two drivers (one for bass and the other for mid/ highs) with dual sound coils and a frequency circuit divider board. It features technology that enhances the human ear and gives the listener 3D sound that has broader range with perfect highs, mids and lows, stated the company. Features include a durable fabric headphone cable, lightweight design, aluminum and metal construction, stylish fabric finish, soft-forming earpads, fabric zippered carrying bag and one-quarter-inch adapter jack. Available in Black or White.
Checking It Twice
When it comes to lists, Tech 21’s Geddy Lee YYZ Signature SansAmp is one to check out twice. That’s because given Geddy’s huge and dedicated following, it’s a pretty good bet Santa will be seeing the new Geddy Lee YYZ Signature SansAmp on many of his lists this year. The YYZ Signature SansAmp not only delivers Geddy’s core sound, its flexible controls offer the versatility for many different tones. Features include all-analog SansAmp technology, Mix to blend the ratio of high-end studio clean and dirty bass tube amp tones, and a Tight button to add definition to notes in cleaner settings and make distorted tones snappier. There’s also Drive, active three-band EQ and Master Volume.
Gator Cases’ Retro-Rack Series comprises vintage amp-style wooden rack cases that offer modern protection with a classic appearance for the stage or studio. This series pays homage to the 1950s and 1960s style with three colored tolex options: Seafoam Green, Tweed and Black. Fit your favorite processors and recording equipment into 2U, 3U or 4U rack-size options with 12.5 inches of rackable depth.
Take This Axe to the Max
Ibanez’s RGD71ALMS Axion Label is an ultra-modern axe with futuristic appeal, offering some of the most extreme styling in the Axion Label series, stated the company. Fishman Fluence pickups supply a plethora of hair-raising tones supplemented by a voicing switch, significantly expanding the tonal capabilities of the cutting-edge humbuckers. Aesthetically, the eye can’t help but be drawn to the multiscale design and Black Aurora Burst Matte finish, while a five-piece Nitro Wizard-seven neck supplies all of the speed, accuracy and dynamic attack a player could ask for, added the manufacturer.
The G7th Performance 3 capo is “becoming the new standard for capos” thanks to its Adaptive Radius Technology or ART, stated the company. The ART string pad offers excellent tuning stability by mechanically adapting to match the curvature over the strings (radius) on any guitar. With ART, one capo delivers complete confidence that there will be no string buzz or need for constant retuning on any six-string acoustic or electric guitar.
The ‘Today’ Show
Hal Leonard released “All-in-One” combo packs of its bestselling “Play Today!” instructional titles. These new items include the original Books 1 and 2 conveniently bound together and complete with online audio tracks and video lessons. The online audio includes PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows players to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right. These combo packs make perfect add-ons to holiday sales so gift recipients will be sure to get everything they need to start learning how to play their new instrument as soon as the wrapping paper is ripped off, stated the company. The first releases are Guitar, Bass, Drums and Ukulele.
Kepma Guitar Co. released the Kepma AcoustiFex Series D2-131A guitar. The patented AcoustiFex Preamp and Effects system gives players the ability to play acoustically with adjustable reverb, delay and chorus effects, and when plugged into an amplifi er. The D2-131A features a laser-aged solid Sitka spruce top Elite with mahogany back and sides and, like all Kepma Elite models, features a Plek setup and top vibration of 300 hours to “break in” the wood. The Kepma AcoustiFex preamp and effects system utilizes a new-generation lithium ion 18650 battery that can power the unit for up to 30 or more hours of continuous playing time on a single full charge.
Out of This World
The Apollo SpotFX is a petite yet surprisingly bright gobo projector which allows the user to project steel, black and white glass, full-color glass or Apollo’s PrintScenic gobos. Image clarity is remarkable and the SpotFX may be powered by a small battery pack, allowing discrete placement within environments with limited power availability, stated the company, The SpotFX lends itself well to restaurants, pubs and retail spaces which would benefit from a small, yet punchy image projector, added the manufacturer. It is also designed for DJs and in-home use during the holidays and sporting seasons.
Coming soon is Lee Oskar Harmonicas’ Hawaiian Harmonica, a 21-hole tremolo that is made with the same exacting standards and superior craftmanship as all of the instruments in the Lee Oskar Harmonicas system, stated the company. This Hawaiian-style tremolo creates a rich and soothing sound that expresses the natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, echoing the traditions, culture and Aloha Spirit of this enchanted land. Included with this special product is a traditional Hawaiian song book and tablature for playing harmonica with ukulele, plus special access to download additional songs celebrating Hawaiian culture.
Loop Me In
PreSonus’ ATOM Producer Lab can create innovative beats, play virtual instruments, and trigger samples and loops in real time with unsurpassed expressiveness and flexibility using the intuitive ATOM pad controller, stated the company. It records vocals and allows users to create their own original sample library with the bus-powered AudioBox USB 96 audio/MIDI interface and M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. The bonus MVP Loop content library and Studio Magic Plug-in Suite lets users put a professional polish on their productions, whether a studio is in a bedroom or a backpack. ATOM, AudioBox USB 96 and Studio One are also available separately.
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Holder
Holidays or not, musicians want to keep their drumsticks within easy reach during live performances and practice. With the newest addition to the String Swing Stagehand series of products, the SH03 Drumstick Holder, they can. Requiring no screws or clamps, the Stagehand Series holders secure to a stand with a simple twist of the wrist. The tension-fit design prevents this unit from moving, even when bumped or lifted. It works with mic, music and cymbal stands ranging from 3/4 inch to 1 1/4 inches in diameter.