Making The Cut
Debuting D’Addario’s new measurement and cutting technology are the Reserve B-flat clarinet reeds, Reserve Classic B-flat clarinet reeds and Reserve alto saxophone reeds. Suitable for the advancing student and professional, Reserve reeds are cut from the densest lower-internode cane for durability and consistency.
IK Multimedia’s iKlip Xpand and iKlip Xpand Mini feature an expandable spring-loaded bracket design with rubberized gripping points that can be extended to safely hold a wide range of tablets and smartphones to a standard microphone stand pole or horizontal boom.
VHT’s easy-to-use Echo-Verb is a delay and reverb pedal with two completely independent sections. The delay section is entirely analog and features a decay control that simulates a vintage tape echo machine’s high-frequency roll-off. The pedal’s reverb section offers dwell, tone and mix controls. More info:vhtamp.com
iPad Drumming Simmons’ Stryke6 is an iPad controller that delivers a full drum kit playing experience. Equipped with six velocity-sensitive pads plus two foot pedals for kick and hi-hat control, the laptop-sized Stryke6 easily connects to an iPad via a free app. Or, connect by USB to any computer to trigger a variety of DAW applications and sample programs, including Garage Band, EZ Drummer, Logic and Abelton Live. More info:simmonsdrums.net
Altus Flutes has unveiled its limited-edition L907 Artist series flute, which is based on the company’s 907 model and features an engraved lip plate, crown and keys. The L907 has a .985 Britannia Silver headjoint, silver-plated body and mechanism, drawn toneholes and stainless steel springs. Only 50 of the engraved flutes will be available in the U.S. market. More info:altusflutes.com
Education Guide Published annually in DownBeat’s October issue
Jazz must not be the property of an elite few who possess a vast knowledge of the music’s history, performers, nuances and intricacies. But since jazz is a very advanced art form and has such a rich history, it’s important to have a grounding in this tradition to fully understand and appreciate what’s happening…More