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JANUARY 2013


Anniversary Hand Drums
Toca is marking its 20th anniversary with a collection of special-edition drums, including an 11-inch quinto, an 11.75-inch conga, a 12.5-inch tumbadora, 7-inch and 8.5-inch bongos and a 12-inch rope-tuned Freestyle II djembe with a goatskin head. All congas and bongos feature black mirror hardware.
More info: tocapercussion.com


57 Pickup
EMG’s new 57 active humbucker is a bridge pickup suitable for any genre of guitar-playing. The combination of Alnico V magnets with steel pole pieces produces a type of tone that suits players at any level.
More info: emgpickups.com


DAW Upgrade
PreSonus has released Studio One 2.5. Free to Studio One 2 DAW users, this update adds nearly 100 enhancements and features, as well as many bug fixes.
More info: presonus.com


Plugged-in Drums
Carlsbro’s new ADD501SL electronic drum kit features 400 percussion voices with 20 preset drum kits and 15 user-defined setups. The kit has an aux-in jack, a line output, headphone output and USB connector. MIDI in/out is available for recording and playback.
More info: jhs.co.uk


Composition Concepts
Travis Reuter’s new book Compositions (Mel Bay) examines the concepts and frameworks behind nine of the New York-based guitarist’s original compositions. The book focuses on abstract forms, rhythmic counterpoint, mixed meters, timbre, polytonality and non-tonal solo sections.
More info: melbay.com


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