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NAMM 2017- New Product Releases

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NAMM Show 2017- Anaheim, California

It’s that time of year again when all the crazy musicians converge upon Anaheim to go to Disneyland and this little show known simply as NAMM 2017. The National Association of Music Merchants annual trade show- where anyone who’s anyone (except native instruments) pops up a booth and peddles it’s wears to the entire music industry. You’ll see Slash wandering around, Stevie Wonder stroking some keys and maybe if you are really lucky you will run into the one and only Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan, James Brown, Jeff Beck and everybody else) who I happened to see selling some sort of drum related products at NAMM 2016. While I am safely put here in Australia at the moment enjoying 98% humidity and weather patterns reminiscent of an apocalypse my colleagues are over in California no doubt sipping on margaritas and wandering around the maze that is the NAMM show trying to get a glimpse of the newest products from the biggest brands. Here is a brief rundown of what we are most excited about at this years NAMM show.

Roland RD-2000- NAMM 2017

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It doesn’t seem like that long ago that the Roland RD-800 replaced the RD-700 but the geniuses at Roland are at it again with their newest stage piano offering to date.  This baby comes with two independent sound engines and the PHA-50 action that you get on the newest range of HP Pianos. This action is top of the line and the RD-2000 is the first portable unit to feature this action. Like anything Roland creates it’s as functional as it is powerful and the RD-2000 offers up what Roland are saying it’s most modern and extensive control surface. The RD-2000 is going to be stacked with 1100 tones and will also USB record WAV files directly from the unit itself.

The RD-2000 offers not only the best of the acoustic piano sounds ever heard on a Roland piano but also boasts some unbelievable electronic piano and ensemble sounds so you won’t need to look elsewhere for versatility or diversity.

Except to pay around $4000 AUD, ETA coming soon

PRE ORDER YOURS TODAY

Read more about the Roland RD-2000 here

Mackie Big Knob- NAMM 2017

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The most famous recording studio accessory has just entered the USB interface market with updates and new usable features you won’t want to miss.

The Big Knob Passive

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This new monitor controller allows for switching between two sets of inputs and two sets of studio monitors. Its passive circuitry means your audio signal remains true to its source and the famous “big knob” means its super easy to adjust the level when you are mixing. The Big Knob passive also features handy buttons for Mono, Mute and Dim so controllability has never been easier.

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Big Knob Studio

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The Big Knob studio offers both monitor control and high resolution USB recording. It has dedicated switching between three input sources and two pairs of monitors. It has trim controls on the speaker outs to balance out volume differences between monitors and it now features two ONYX mic pre amps on board. The Big Knob studio comes with dual headphone outputs and talkback functionality for room to room use. The Big Knob is now an all in one studio solution with 4X3 routing and 24 bit/96hz DAW playback through USB.

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Big Knob Studio Plus

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Similar to the Big Knob Studio in size and design, the Big Knob Studio plus offers some extra features.

  • Switching between 4 sources and 3 sets of monitors
  • 4X2 high resolution USB recording at 24 bit/192khz
  • Aux source options on the headphone outs
  • External mic input for talkback
  • Dedicated amp driven studio output perfect for headphone distribution

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Gibson 2017 New Range

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We all know Gibson have had a fabled history of re-inventing the wheel when it comes to the design of their guitars and 2017 is no exception. They have released a range of guitars known as the S Series which will be the companies most affordable USA made guitars to date. There are several models on offer and below we break each model down for you.

Gibson M2

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Top Features
• Mini-button tuners: These tuners provide reliable, long-lasting tunings.
• Tektoid nut: Dense and self-lubricating for great sustain and accurate return to pitch.
• Satin slim taper maple neck: One of the most comfortable and fastest neck that Gibson has ever made.
• One piece rosewood fingerboard: High standard of quality for truly amazing tone, sustain and playability.
• Solid poplar body: Recognized for well-balanced tones.
• New Light Gloss true Nitro finish: New Light Gloss is a nitrocellulose finish for ultimate resonance and beautiful aging.
• Gibson Pro-Buckers humbuckers: For those legendary Gibson humbucker tones.
• Adjustable wrap-around bridge: Great sustain with adjustability for accurate intonation.
• Simple controls: One volume, one tone and one toggle switch – direct control.
• S Series Gigbag: Yes, it even comes in a gigbag!
Expect to Pay $700-800 AUD ETA ???

Gibson Firebird Zero

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Top Features

• Mini-button tuners: Tuners provide reliable, long-lasting tunings with the added benefit of a more compact form and a lighter weight for a more balanced instrument.
• Tektoid nut: Dense and self-lubricating for great sustain and accurate return to pitch.
• Glued-in slim-taper maple neck with satin nitro finish: The slim taper profile and true satin nitro finish provide one of the most comfortable and fastest neck that Gibson has ever made.
• One piece rosewood fingerboard: High standard of quality for amazing tone, sustain and playability.
• New Firebird Zero body design made of solid poplar: A unique new compact, comfortable, modern, and light design for our new Firebird Zero made of solid poplar, a tonewood recognized for providing well-balanced tones.
• New Light Gloss true Nitro finish: New Light Gloss finish is a true nitrocellulose finish that provides ultimate resonance and beautiful aging.
• Rhythm and Lead Double Slug “DS-C” Gibson Made in USA humbuckers: Historic Gibson tones with a more bite thanks to two rows of slugs.
• Adjustable wrap-around bridge: Great sustain with the added benefit of adjustability for accurate intonation
• Simple controls: One volume, one tone and one toggle switch for direct control
• S Series padded gigbag: Yes, it even comes in a padded gigbag!
Expect to Pay $800-900 AUD ETA ???

Gibson SG Fusion

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Top Features
• Mini-button tuners: Reliable, long-lasting tunings in a lighter weight for a more balanced instrument.
• TekToid™: Dense and self-lubricating for great sustain and accurate return to pitch.
• Slim taper neck: The slim taper profile and true satin nitro finish provide one of the most comfortable and fastest neck Gibson has ever made.
• Rosewood fingerboard: High standard of quality to ensure truly amazing tone, sustain and playability.
• Classic SG body in solid mahogany: True Gibson SG tones with a solid mahogany body
• New Light Gloss true Nitro finish: New Light Gloss finish is a true Nitro finish that provides ultimate resonance and beautiful aging.
• Double Slug Rhythm DS-C and Lead DS-C+ Gibson Made in USA humbuckers: Historic Gibson tones with more bite thanks to two rows of slugs. Lead DS-C+ for added punch.
• Adjustable wrap-around bridge: Great sustain and tone transmission with the benefit of adjustability for accurate intonation
• Simple controls: One volume, one tone and one toggle switch for more direct control.
• S Series padded gigbag: Yes, it even comes in a padded gigbag!
Expect to Pay Under $1000 AUD ETA ???

Gibson Les Paul Custom Special

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Top Features
• Mini-button tuners: Tuners provide reliable, long-lasting tunings with the benefit of lighter weight for a more balanced instrument.
• Tektoid nut: Dense and self-lubricating for great sustain and accurate return to pitch.
• Slim taper maple neck with satin nitro finish: The slim taper profile and true satin nitro finish provide one of the smoothest, most comfortable and fastest neck that Gibson has ever made.
• One piece rosewood fingerboard: High standard of quality to ensure truly amazing tone, sustain and playability.
• Contoured solid mahogany Les Paul body: Contoured Les Paul body, made out of solid mahogany with new scarfed heel design for easy access to the high notes.
• New Light Gloss true Nitro finish: New Light Gloss finish is a true nitrocellulose finish that provides ultimate resonance and beautiful aging.
• Made in USA humbuckers: Tones with more bite thanks to two rows of Rhythm DS-C slugs, Lead DS-C+ add punch, screwless chrome covers add a touch of class
• Adjustable wrap-around bridge: Great sustain and tone transmission with added benefit of adjustability for accurate intonation
• Simple controls: One volume, one tone and one toggle switch for direct control
• S Series padded gigbag: Protective and easy to carry
Expect to Pay $1000-1200 AUD ETA ???

Gibson Les Paul Custom Studio

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Top Features
• Mini-button tuners: Tuners provide reliable, long-lasting tunings with the benefit of lighter weight for a more balanced instrument.
• Tektoid nut: Dense and self-lubricating for great sustain and accurate return to pitch.
• Glued-in, one piece, slim taper maple neck: The slim taper profile and true satin nitro finish provide one of the smoothest, most comfortable and fastest neck that Gibson has ever made.
• One piece rosewood fingerboard: High standard of quality to ensure truly amazing tone, sustain and playability.
• Swamp ash body with carved top and scarfed heel: A true Les Paul carved top made of beautiful swamp ash with a nitro stain for a vintage finish
• Nitro stain: Vintage looks and amazing tones thanks to the nitro stain.
• Double slugs Alnico 5 DS-A5 Rhythm and DS-A5+ Lead humbuckers: Modern and aggressive, new double slugs Alnico 5 DS-A5 Rhythm and DS-A5+ Lead humbuckers
• ABR style bridge and Stop Bar: Iconic hardware combination reminiscent of the Golden Era
• Simple controls: One volume, one tone and one toggle switch for direct control
• S Series padded gigbag: Protective and easy to carry
Expect to Pay $ 1200-1400 AUD ETA ???

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We will update this blog as more info comes to hand.

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