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Archive for June, 2008

Calling all guitarists!

JamVoxAt Summer NAMM today, I saw something that literally made my jaw drop—not that the technology is so revolutionary, but that the price was so low. The JamVox (made by Vox, of course) is a versatile and terrific-looking guitar amp and effects modeler, song player, and overdubbing recorder paired with a USB-powered hardware interface (essentially a small guitar amp itself) with two 3-inch speakers and numerous ins and outs, including jacks for a footswitch and an expression pedal. The low, low price is not yet official, but I promise it will definitely surprise you.

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Cubase users, rejoice!

Steinberg demonstrated some of its latest hardware (developed in collaboration with Yamaha) in a session at Chuck Ainley’s studio in Nashville today. The CC121 Advanced Integration controller is a control surface with a single motorized 100 mm fader and lots of dedicated knobs and buttons that make working in Cubase or Nuendo as fast as I’ve ever seen. The MR16CSX FireWire Interface (and the slightly scaled-down MR816X) offers the advantages of onboard signal processing and latency-free monitoring. Together, the new devices furnish hardware components that every Steinberg user will want to investigate.CC121

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SNAMM’s Back!

Juno-StageAfter a 3-year absence, Summer NAMM has returned to Nashville. The first day has come and gone, and it’s already safe to say that the Moog Guitar is the hit of the show. It’s certainly the most innovative product I’ve seen so far, and Moog Music’s room has been absolutely packed with crowds of musicians waiting their turn to try the guitar for themselves.

Yesterday I also visited Roland, which has an almost surprising number of fine-looking introductions. I was quite impressed with the Juno-Stage, which rolls lots of requested features into a 128-voice, 76-key synthesizer that looks and sounds great. Roland also demonstrated the GW-8 workstation, Mobile Cube portable combo amp, Boss Slicer effects pedal, and several other very cool new products.

Today I’ll be visiting Korg, Yamaha, and many other exhibitors. I’ll try to file another SNAMM report either tonight or tomorrow.

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