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JUNE 2016


Electronic Kit
Alesis has rolled out the eight-piece Forge electronic drum kit, which includes an 11-inch dual-zone snare, three 8-inch tom pads, a kick-drum pad with pedal, and three cymbals: ride, hi-hat and crash (with choke function). The setup also includes Alesis’ Advanced Drum Module, which features 70 drum kits with more than 600 sounds, 60 play-along tracks and a built-in metronome.
More info: alesis.com



JET for Bari
JodyJazz has added a baritone saxophone model to its JET range of mouthpieces. The JET for bari has a clean, focused sound with strong projection, cut and “bark,” yet it can be played with a warm, expressive feel. Free-blowing and player-friendly, JET mouthpieces capture the saxophone’s full range of tonal qualities.
More info: jodyjazz.com



Babyface Interface
The RME Babyface Pro from Synthax is a 24-channel, 192kHz bus-powered USB audio interface that’s ideal for mobile recording as well as project and home studio applications. The Babyface Pro features four analog inputs, including two XLR connectors and two quarter-inch connectors. It also has two analog XLR outputs and two headphone outputs. Digital connectivity includes an eight-channel ADAT TOSLINK input and an ADAT TOSLINK output.
More info: synthax.com


Huge Gains
Seymour Duncan’s Palladium Gain Stage pedal recreates the sound of a high-gain tube amplifier. It features three gain stages: one to control overall saturation, a resonance control for low-frequency gain-shaping and a boost control that adds overdrive to the beginning of the signal path. The Palladium also offers a comprehensive EQ with bass, treble, presence and sweepable midrange.
More info: seymourduncan.com


Piano Connection
Roland’s HP605 digital piano gives players the ability to wirelessly connect to iOS/Android apps or online practice videos and route the audio through speakers or headphones. The HP605 features Roland’s six-speaker, three-position Acoustic Projection System, designed with cabinet speakers creating the immersive main sound, top-mounted spatial speakers reproducing piano frame resonance and near-field speakers projecting more dramatic tones.
More info: rolandus.com

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