Focusrite’s Clarett range of audio interfaces combine a new preamp design with the latest in Thunderbolt technology, offering high-quality sound with latency of less than 1 millisecond. They offer clear conversion, 24-bit/192kHz sample rates and high-end dynamic range.
Pro Studio Headphones
AKG’s K553 Pro closed-back studio headphones combine the noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones and the spacious, multidimensional sound of an open-back design. They feature 50mm drivers for accurate bass response, plus soft extra-large ear pads and a lightweight over-ear design.
Radial Engineering has introduced the Bassbone V2, a second-generation Bassbone that features a dedicated effects loop, a combination power booster/mute footswitch and piezo-optimized input for upright bass. The two-channel bass control center has a main output used to feed the stage amp, while a built-in Radial DI box feeds the PA system or recording workstation. More info:radialeng.com
Wood Violins has debuted the SVX series, its latest update to the Stingray line of electric violins. The SVX4 and SVX5 (pictured) feature lightweight bodies combined with a Wood Tru-Tone pickup for enhanced dynamics, warmth and clarity. More info:woodviolins.com
Kurzweil’s Artis SE keyboard features the new German 9-foot Grand Piano sample and the Fatar TP-100 weighted keyboard bed. Also included in the Artis SE sound library are vintage electric pianos, clavinets, synthesizers, string sections, orchestras, guitars and percussion. Kurzweil has added a dedicated three-band master EQ.
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