62Gretsch announces the George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Giveaway. As part of the contest, one lucky winner will receive a G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet guitar, along with a copy of George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the companion book to the documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The sleek black guitar is based on the late-1950s-era Gretsch model that Harrison
62Upon one look at the Nuno Bettencourt Signature Series N7VINTAGE guitar, it is clear that the ingenuity and attention to detail that is synonymous with the Washburn name is still top notch. Offering the same sleek style that lovers of the guitar legend have become accustomed to, and increasing the versatility with the seventh string, this instrument enables players to harness Nuno’s
62Native Instruments has just introduced TRUE SCHOOL, a new entry in the series of download libraries for the acclaimed MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO groove production systems. Combining classic hip hop sensibilities with futuristic sound aesthetics, the expansion provides an arsenal of original drum and instruments sounds that can lay the basis for organic yet profoundly modern-sounding productions in Hip Hop, Dubstep and
Celemony presents Melodyne editor 2 – with new scale functions, more powerful timing tools and Rewire
Celemony Software GmbH is proud to present Version 2 of Melodyne editor at the AES in New York. The new version offers unique possibilities for working with different scales and temperaments, more powerful timing tools, Rewire integration, and numerous other improvements. As a result, Melodyne is even more musical, allows you to go even deeper when editing your material, and is even more widely compatible than ever before. Melodyne editor 2 will be available in November for US$/€ 399, the update costing US$/€ 99.
Celemony Software GmbH is proud to present “ARA Audio Random Access” – a pioneering extension for existing audio plug-in interfaces. ARA expands the communication between plug-in and DAW, affording the plug-in for the first time musical access to the audio data. Developed by Celemony in collaboration with Presonus, ARA presently connects the Presonus DAW Studio One 2, shipping this fall, with the current Versions 1.3 of Melodyne. Other manufacturers and products will follow.
Native Instruments has just launched a two-week season of giveaways and specials to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
62Backbeat Books, publisher of books for performers and fans who are passionate about music, has published The Blues Guitar Handbook ($29.99), by leading guitar authority Adam St. James. This comprehensive book and CD package provides everything a guitarist needs in order to understand and master finger style acoustic blues, bottleneck, post-war electric blues, jazz blues, and modern blues-rock. “The Blues Guitar Handbook
62Guild Guitars opened its doors to the public for the second annual “Let’s Meet Guild” event, a behind-the-scenes look at the Guild guitar factory in New Hartford, Conn. More than 60 members of the “Let’s Talk Guild” online forum attended the exclusive event, which featured an extensive tour, Q&A sessions with Guild staff, and a close-up look at Guild’s newly-refined guitar-making processes.
62Native Instruments today announced DAMAGE, a new instrument that provides hard-hitting cinematic percussion for professional movie scoring and high-impact music production. Created by premier sound design house Heavyocity and powered by the latest KONTAKT 5 engine, this unique sonic resource expertly combines industrial sounds and orchestral percussion to add true wide-screen character to any dramatic piece of music. As the successor of
62Native Instruments has just introduced iMASCHINE, an intuitive groove creation app for iPhone and iPod touch. With four flexible tracks, real-time sampling and loop recording, a range of classic drum machine features, high-quality effects and an expandable arsenal of studio-grade drum and instrument sounds, iMASCHINE allows users to conveniently sketch out distinctive, hard-hitting grooves on the go. Grooves can be easily exported
Fender is proud to introduce its latest line of instruments, the all-new Modern Player Series. A combination of never-before-seen appointments and familiar Fender elements, the Modern Player Series provides great accessibility to trusted Fender quality at an outstandingly attainable value.
62Recording a cover song can be a great marketing tool—providing artistic interpretation on a song that your audience may already be familiar with. A cover can also bring notoriety to your art from people who were previously unfamiliar with your work. However there are legal implications to covering a song even if you are giving it away for free. Copyright Basics Let’s
62Taylor Guitars and Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, has announced “Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter,” an artist discovery program which aims to find the nation’s best unsigned singer-songwriter. Along with other leading musical instrument and accessory manufacturers, Taylor Guitars will join Guitar Center to award one career-altering prize package to the top singer-songwriter, which includes a three-song EP
Eric Clapton needs no introduction. It is therefore with great pride that Fender introduces itsEC Series guitar amplifiers—the EC Twinolux™, EC Tremolux™ and EC Vibro-Champ®. A signature guitar amp is a first for both Clapton and for Fender, and the three new EC Series tweed tube amps bear not only Clapton’s name, but also his own distinctive design touches.