Dave Smith Instruments has released the Prophet 6, a polyphonic analog synthesizer with all the qualities of the classic Prophet 5—true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters and amplifiers—plus studio-quality digital effects, velocity sensitivity, a polyphonic step sequencer and an arpeggiator. The result is pure, unadulterated analog tone with the stability and reliability of a modern synth.
D’Angelico Guitars’ new EX-DH archtop is a dual-humbucker hollowbody that merges classic and modern styles. The EX-DH’s 16-inch body offers the legendary D’Angelico tone in a comfortable, smaller body size. It boasts gold Kent Armstrong pickups and matching gold Grover super rotomatic tuners.
Blue Microphones’ Mo-Fi features a built-in audiophile amplifier matched with high-powered, precision drivers, giving these headphones reliable, consistent accuracy on any device—whether in the studio, at home or on the go. More info:bluemic.com
The Manhasset 3200 iPad mount transforms traditional Manhasset music stands into digital music e-readers. Compatible with iPad versions 2, 3 and 4, the mount’s spring-loaded arms grip the iPad firmly and securely, and the 360-degree rotation feature allows users to switch quickly between landscape and portrait modes. More info:manhasset-specialty.com
P. Mauriat went with a completely remodeled body tube for its Master 97 alto saxophone, featuring a state-of-the-art bow and bell design for improved tuning. Its sterling silver octave pips give the horn an added element of warmth and tonal complexity.
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