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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Need instant harmonies for your vocals? Ease of use and ultimate affordability are yours in the VoiceTone H1. Pros and hobbyists alike can achieve fuller-sounding vocal performances with this sturdy vocal harmony pedal.
The H1 adds one or two voices of realistic harmony to your voice and both guitarists and non-guitarists can create musical harmonies.
Guitarist/singers can take advantage of H1's uncanny guitar-sensing ability to keep your harmonies in tune. For non-guitarists, H1 has a key selector so you can dial-in harmonies that fit lots of songs.
Gaining access to the studio quality sounds and intelligent processing of VoiceTone singles is as simple as plugging in your mic and turning the effect on. Of course, you can always change the style or the amount of effect, but you shouldn't need to unfold the manual unless you're making a fire.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Looking for a portable mini key controller keyboard with the power and features you've come to expect from M-Audio's full size keyboards? Check out the new Axiom Air for $99.99.
This compact controller provides 32 great-feeling mini keys with plenty of room to play. Take control of your sessions with eight knobs, eight drum pads, plus transport and software navigation buttons. M-Audio's HyperControl technology instantly assigns the controls to work with your recording software. Completing this powerful package is their Ignite music creation software providing the fastest path for transforming the ideas in your head into a finished piece of music.
The Axiom AIR Mini 32 offers extensive control, yet remains simple to use. Customize your setup right from the keyboard – no editing software required. Save your favorites to the 10 memory locations for instant recall. Add to that dedicated transport and track select buttons for true Best-In-Class capabilities.
Don't want to spend $99.99? Check out the GarageKey Groove from MidiTech. Usually $89.99, I can give you an extra $5 off if you send me an e-mail at email@example.com
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Garritan Classic Pipe Organs & Garritan Ultimate Collection
Gary Garritan revolutionized software synths by offering affordable great sounding synths that work with virtually any software. His new Classic Pipe Organs is no exception and at $149 is a great value.
The Garritan Classic Pipe Organs library is powered by the ARIA Player and formats include Standalone, Plug-in Audio Unit, VST, & RTAS. As well as seamless integration with notation programs such as Finale or Sibelius. In other words, no technical degree required - just start playing!
Offering six different historic pipe organs and 75 different stops. This collection is the first to offer a variety of different pipe organs, each unique and representative of a specific school of organ building – from early Baroque to Classical, Renaissance, Romantic, and the Modern eras.
Interested in the rest of the great sounding Garritan products? You can now get the entire Garritan Collection for $499 on a single flash drive!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Need a lightweight go-anywhere PA? The Roland Mobile-BA for $199 might be the perfect solution.
Weighing less than six pounds (2.5 kg) and delivering high-quality stereo sound with flexible connectivity, the MOBILE BA is the perfect solution for schools, offices, small outdoor events, or any environment where fast, simple, and solid amplification is needed. No external power sources, speakers, or mixers are required — simply connect your music player, microphone, and/or instrument to the MOBILE BA, set the volume, and broadcast your sound with clarity and power. Small and light enough for a child to carry, the MOBILE BA easily goes wherever you want go!
The MOBILE BA is a perfect audio accessory for schools. Use it to broadcast educational audio content in a classroom, for example, or to amplify audio-for-video more powerfully and clearly than with TV or computer speakers. In the music lab, dance studio, gym, or anywhere a teacher's voice and/or music needs to be heard clearly, the MOBILE BA is ready to deliver. No extra cables, power supplies, speakers, or mixers are required — simply plug in and go. And since the MOBILE BA is ultra-lightweight and durable, even young students can transport it with ease
Thursday, January 17, 2013
You Rock Guitar Gen 2
The You Rock Guitar Gen2 builds on the success of the YGR and adds some cool new features.
Want to control Live or Reason with your guitar? Or play soft synths with a guitar instead of a keyboard? Want to learn to play? The You Rock Guitar Gen 2 is the answer.
For guitar players (or soon to be guitarist!), the YGR is the first fast tracking, no latency, affordable digital MIDI guitar on the market.
The YRG's patented fingerboard technology and electronics have revolutionized the way a guitar player, other aspiring musician or DJ can create, record and play music. The YRG connects to a host of mobile devices including the popular iPad to use with GarageBand. It also connects via USB to the MAC and PC. The YRG can be used with most recording and tablature software such as Logic, Reason and Ableton to name a few. Also compatible with Legacy MIDI synthesizer devices via its 5-pin MIDI connector.
This versatile instrument never needs tuning and is backpack friendly. For beginners, or, if you enjoy games like Rocksmith and RockBand, the YRG is a perfect crossover instrument to real guitar playing. Pick yours up today!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Echo 2 features touch controls, built-in studio grade preamps, and a compact, portable design. You don't need a separate preamp or direct box - simply connect your instrument or microphone to the Echo 2, and mount the Echo 2 on your microphone stand using the included bracket. Complete control of your mix is right at your fingertips.
The Echo 2 is great for recording, mixing, mastering, or just listening to a playlist. The separate headphone and main outputs are also ideal for DJ software.
The Echo 2 is a versatile creative tool, with audio quality comparable to interfaces costing hundreds of dollars more.
Monday, January 14, 2013
This year is no exception, with some amazing prices on our top selling products, clearance pricing on overstocked inventory and huge discounts on open box, repacks and demo units. We have something for everyone and you can find the complete list here.
Note that in some cases the clearance price is for the academic version, but our clearance page doesn't show that. Simply click on the product name in the list to go to the product page to see the discounted academic price.
It is very likely we will sell out of popular items and unfortunately, that means you may not get the sale price on that item. Although the clearance sale runs all week, you may want to check the list today! We will do our best, but we apologize in advance if we can't ship your order because we ran out of the item. We are a small company, and Laurie, Lorraine, Michelle and I probably won't be able to remove items from the sale that sell out quickly.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Want to jam or do a gig but don't have a backing band? Roland's new JS-10 eBand might be the solution!
Grab your guitar or bass and microphone, plug into the new eBand from BOSS, and amaze your friends, family, and fans! The eBand JS-10 is self contained and small, but fills the room with full-range sound from its 2.1 sound system and pro BOSS effects for only $429.
Jam with a large selection of onboard song tracks and audio loops, and add your own library of favorite songs to play along with via USB or SD media. You can easily change the tempo and key signature of the songs with high-quality results, and record your performances too. eBand is the compact, all-in-one jam station packed with pro features and larger-than-life sound
- Two inputs for guitars, basses, and/or vocals, with individual controls and effects paths; ideal for duet jam sessions and teacher/student lessons
- New custom DSP chip provides effects and COSM amps equivalent to the flagship GT-100
- Over 350 pre-loaded audio loops for jamming along - including new "minus-one” audio for bass, two guitars, and guitar and bass - plus 50 new songs
- Center Cancel for minus-one play-along sessions; tempo/key-shift function
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Want to play DJ, but don't want to spend big bucks on the gear? Check out the iM1 for only $119.95!
The iM1 is a compact, two-channel mixer with a built-in iPod dock, perfect for any DJ who needs to take maximum advantage of limited space. No matter where your gig takes you, the iM1 is quick, easy and compact.
With the iM1 mixer you can plug in turntables, CD players, line-level music sources, as well as a microphone to the iM1 and also play from, or record to, an iPod. Set the levels with trim and line faders, and tailor the high and low frequencies with the rotary EQs on each channel.
Cue up tracks using the mini-crossfader and headphone output, and then perform the mix through the master outputs with the smooth, replaceable crossfader.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Simply load your iPad into the iPA Music System dock, run your app of choice and crank up the volume. The iPA Music System's internal power amplifier takes care of the rest, filling your party, club, home or event with crystal clear music.
With an included Alto Professional ADM10 cardioid microphone and 10' cable, you're ready to throw unforgettable karaoke parties. The iPA Music System even has a contour switch that instantly provides the perfect EQ settings for music playback and singing. You can even expand your iPA Music System and play your music in stereo by adding an additional speaker.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
eMedia Singing for Dummies is a fun and easy way to learn to sing or improve your singing! Professional singer and voice teacher Ory Brown, M.M., guides you through over 80 step-by-step lessons with over 30 full-motion videos and animations. The easy-to-follow lessons show you how to sing in time and in tune, use proper singing technique, and develop and project your voice.
The cool part is that eMedia's Interactive Feedback technology actually listens as you sing and shows you whether you are too high, too low, or right in tune! The over 35 songs available as live recordings for male and female voices in both high and low ranges include hits from Diana Ross and John Lennon.