D’Addario’s new Reed Guard is a stylish, effective way to keep reeds safe and secure. The guards offer a convenient, affordable storage solution for students, educators and artists. The grooved surfaces prevent reed warping, and the soft elastomer cover is designed to securely yet gently hold any assortment of B-flat and E-flat clarinet reeds or soprano and alto saxophone reeds.
Kawai has introduced the CA97 and the CA67 to its Concert Artist series of hybrid digital pianos. Both models utilize Kawai’s Soundboard Speaker System and feature samples of the company’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX 9-foot concert grand and 6-foot, 5-inch SK-5 studio grand, which are faithfully reproduced using the latest Harmonic Imaging sound technology.
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The Duo from Airturn is a wireless, two-pedal foot controller for hands-free page turning, effects triggering and other musical applications. It features updated electronics for faster connectivity and an easier interface for use by performers and presenters. The Duo will work with any Bluetooth tablet, smartphone or computer.
Vic Firth has released American Classic 5A and 5B drum stick models with barrel-shaped tips. The reduced surface area of the tip provides a more focused cymbal sound while retaining playability and versatility. Both models are crafted from hickory for a pronounced sound and durability. More info:vicfirth.com
Steinberg’s UR242 audio interface features DSP power and class compliant support for the iPad, plus studio-grade converters and discrete Class-A analog D-PRE microphone preamplifiers. The UR242 comes with a free Cubase AI download, providing a comprehensive set of tools for recording, mixing and editing. More info:steinberg.net
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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