P. Mauriat has completed its Le Bravo range of saxophones with the introduction of the 200S soprano model. The Le Bravo 200S comes with two necks—one straight and one curved—and features a yellow brass body with yellow brass keys to produce a consistently warm and centered tone. It has pearl key touches and leather pads with metal resonators.
Sabian has remastered its HH line of cymbals, applying more hand-hammering. With a renewed focus on HH cymbal profiles, crashes sound thinner and more musical, rides are more traditional and complex, and hats deliver faster responses and warmer tone. As a bonus, Sabian has added O-Zone crashes and X-Celerator hats to the HH line.
Universal Audio has released the Apollo Twin USB high-resolution desktop interface with real-time UAD processing for Windows-based recording systems using USB 3. With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminum construction and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin USB lets Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users record in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD powered plug-ins.
Gadd on the Go
To celebrate Steve Gadd’s 70th birthday this year, Vic Firth has released the limited-edition Gadd Padd: a 3/16-inch-thick black silicon rubber practice pad mounted to a round 8-inch wooden base. The single-sided, non-skid pad is decorated with a commemorative 70th birthday logo and is designed for drummers on the go. More info:vicfirth.com
Advanced Sound Engine
Korg’s Pa4X Professional Arranger series features the company’s advanced EDS-X sound engine and comes with more than 1,800 ready-to-play sounds, including classic and contemporary keyboards, band and orchestral instruments and other electronic and acoustic instruments. Models Pa4X 76 and Pa4X 61 feature semi-weighted keyboards that provide velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. More info:korg.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