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Thursday, December 31, 2015
VoiceLive 3 Extreme sets you free to focus solely on your performance with groundbreaking FX automation and backing track playback. Awe-inspiring vocal effects and rich guitar sounds run effortlessly by themselves. From the first song idea to the execution of complex live arrangements, everything you’ve worked for comes together in VL3X.
Still want awesome vocals but need something a bit more affordable? At $249.99, the VoiceLive Play is a great choice. With renowned TC-Helicon Vocal Effects, Harmony and Looping, the VoiceLive Play also has hundreds of song & artist inspired presets.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The iRig Mic HD-A is the first affordable high-quality handheld digital condenser microphone for Android. Now singers, musicians, journalists, videographers, podcasters and more can enjoy high definition digital audio while on the go. Talk about versatile: You can connect it directly to your Android device or PC! How's that for convenience?
But versatility is just one of iRig Mic HD-A’s many attributes. iRig Mic HD-A sports a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate and a low-noise/high-definition pre-amp.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Record, practice, and play live anywhere with your computer or mobile device using popular audio recording and amps and effects software! StudioJack Mini is a compact, multi-platform, device-powered, 24-bit audio interface with studio-quality sound. Includes a mono Hi-Z ¼ inch input for guitar or bass, stereo mic/line ¼ inch input for vocals or keyboards, two analog input level knobs with LED metering, a stereo ¼ inch output for headphones, plug-in power for electret microphones, and all the cables you need to plug into your compatible Mac, PC, iOS and Android phone or tablet.
Practice, record and play live with no worries about your iPhone or iPad battery life. StudioJack Mini provides pass through charging! Plug into a USB power port, and your iOS device can be fully charged when you finish playing!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Play Acoustic combines all the things you need to make a live acoustic performance shine: lavish vocal sounds, perfect backing harmonies, best-selling guitar effects, and unique processing that makes your six-string sing – in perfect harmony with your voice. Play Acoustic treats your guitar with the respect it deserves. Tailor-made guitar FX from TC Electronic add a sweet touch of magic and our new BodyRez™ gives you a fuller, acoustic tone when you’re playing through a PA.
Whether you’re a shredder, blues picker or power soloist, Play Electric serves up tailor-made guitar FX from TC Electronic® that’ll light every note on fire. Electrify your guitar with bestselling effects from Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Corona Chorus and Vortex Flanger TonePrint pedals. Cool compression, detune, tremolo, distortion/overdrive pedal emulations - and more - round out the sonic smorgasbord. Keep your vocals clean with a tight reverb and simple harmony or go all out with tasty delays, thick doubling, edgy HardTune, cool modulations, and raw distortions – the choice is yours. And don’t worry about setting the key for those harmonies; Play Electric follows your guitar chords automatically to keep things in tune and in time.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
We've added the Hitman series of digital drums to our electronic drums line-up. The series includes:
- Drum-1: this super-compact electronic drum kit by Hitman Jr. has a powerful Drum module, pre-mounted sensitive drum pads and an all-in-one configuration.
- HD-3: the Hitman HD-3 portable electronic drum kit has a compact footprint and a folding drum frame design to allow for quick setup, break down and maximum portability.
- HD-4: the Hitman HD-4 is an excellent choice for price-conscious drummers and aspiring players.
- HD-10: the HD-10 Electronic Drum Set offers a full featured performance kit matched with excellent sound and features.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Alesis knows drums. The SR-16 has dominated the drum machine market since 1990 and continues to be in demand today. The next-generation SR18 is loaded with cutting-edge drumsets, electronic drums, one-shot hits, and modern percussion sounds for any cutting-edge musician’s performances and compositions.
From hip-hop to country and everything in between, SR18 nails it on the first take. SR18 has an effects engine with Alesis reverb, EQ, and compression so you can output recording or performance-ready sounds.
Alesis' exclusive Dynamic Articulation™ technology modifies sample sounds so they change as you play them. This results in sounds that respond accurately not only to dynamic changes, but also with the appropriate timbral and color changes you'd expect from their acoustic counterparts.
You can plug in an instrument, such as a guitar, and play along for setup simplicity. You can play in bass parts using the pads on SR18 or connect a MIDI keyboard for fast, musical low end.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Moving beyond the boundaries of a typical studio monitors, Studio GT combines exceptional monitoring performance with a USB audio interface, providing a complete desktop solution for recording audio to your computer.
Studio GT's professional, accurate monitoring is rendered by 4.25-inch magnetically shielded, inverted cone, copolymer woofer and its 1-inch silk dome high frequency driver. Equipped with 2 x 20 watts of internal power, Studio GT provides precise reproduction of highs and lows with the added convenience of a USB audio interface.
Studio GT houses two mic and instrument/line inputs along with gain control, clip LED, and two 1/8-inch stereo headphone outputs with independent level controls. Plus, we include a 2-position switch for no-latency direct mono and stereo monitoring. Designed to make home recording easy and professional, Studio GT includes Cakewalk® Sonar LE music production software for enhanced control over the development of your creations.
Given the system's versatile recording and monitoring solutions, Studio GT is capable of producing your next big hit in your computer-based studio, as well as performing to an optimal level in a variety of other applications.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Don't have the latest version of Pro Tools, or is your year of free upgrades and support coming to an end? You now have two options for upgrading!
Pro Tools Annual Upgrade with Support, as it is the same price as the option without support!
Don't have Pro Tools yet? You can now purchase an affordable annual subscription with free support and upgrades, or a perpetual license that also includes one year of free support and upgrades.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
The BeatBuddy is the first drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal. A live beat, hands-free!
Award-winning, ultra-realistic 24-bit recordings of real drummers. Beats are non-quantized (not set to a grid), making BeatBuddy the first drum machine to not sound like a machine.
Effortlessly insert fills, transition from verse to chorus, add accent hits, throw in drum breaks, and more, to create an unprecedented live drummer effect. Unlike backing tracks, BeatBuddy enables you to decide live what the beat does, fully hands-free.
With over 200 songs in 21 genres available right out of the box, you’ll be sure to find the beat you want. All time signatures are available, from 3/4 to 5/4 and 7/8 and beyond.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Samson's RTE 2 Bluetooth Headphones deliver immersive, studio-quality audio in a comfortable, low-profile design. Featuring Samson's signature digital voicing, the RTE 2s provide enhanced sonic detail with the freedom and reliability that defines Samson wireless performance.
The RTE 2 headphones use Samson's signature digital voicing to produce authentic, full-range audio with no added hype or coloration. While many headphones are designed to cut and/or boost frequencies for altered audio imaging, the RTE 2s replicate sound the way it was meant to be heard. The result is a true and fatigue-free listening experience.
Featuring premium 40mm drivers, the on-ear design of the RTE 2s minimizes noise from the outside world. This let's you lose yourself in dynamic, crystal clear audio. In addition, the headphones' low-profile, cushioned ear cups and adjustable headband provide an incredibly comfortable, secure fit no matter where you take them.
The RTE 2s feature a variety of controls on the right ear cup that allow you to move both forward and backward through your playlists, handle volume adjustments, as well as pause your music when the outside world requires your attention. Extra-ideal for use with smartphones, the RTE 2 headphones have an onboard microphone, as well as a Receive/End call button on the right ear cup, so you can take calls without ever having to touch your phone.