Pass Transcribed
The Joe Pass Omnibook from Hal Leonard includes 33 note-for-note transcriptions of solos from the jazz guitarist’s recorded repertoire. Solos are written in guitar tablature in standard notation for C instruments. Titles include “All The Things You Are,” “Django,” “Oleo” and “Satin Doll.”
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Focused Sound
Vandoren has expanded its V21 line, previously available for clarinet, to include alto and tenor saxophone reeds. Using a conical design, V21 reeds provide players with a dark, focused sound and an easy yet full-bodied response in all registers. They are especially suited for players using traditional reeds who seek more depth and warmth in their sound without having to sacrifice reed response.
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Mini Analog
Korg’s new minilogue is a fully programmable, four-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with a 16-step sequencer. A new Voice mode lets users choose how the four available voices are configured—from polyphonic to duophonic to unison and beyond. The minilogue’s OLED display features a real-time oscilloscope that provides visual feedback on the sound being played.
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Hybrid Percussion
Roland’s EC-10 EL Cajon is a versatile hybrid instrument that combines an acoustic cajon with Roland’s electronic percussion technology. Completely self-contained with battery power and onboard amplification, the EC-10 puts hybrid percussion in the hands of every cajon player, allowing them to enhance their grooves with layered electronic sounds.
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Virtual Orchestra
MakeMusic’s Garritan Personal Orchestra 5 is an update to the GPO sound library. Five times larger than GPO 4, it includes more than 500 virtual orchestral instruments, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and keyboards.
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