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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hammond Keyboards now available from Kelly's Music!

Hammond Keyboards
We are excited to add two Hammond Keyboards to our website:

  • XC-1C: Introducing the smallest and lightest Genuine Hammond Organ… There was a time when the roaring sound of a genuine Hammond B3 Organ and Leslie Speaker required a moving van with burly movers, and room enough on stage to stand 4 regular musicians. Those days are truly now behind.
  • SK1-88: The dilemma in designing a keyboard with both faithful and accurate Hammond Organ and Grand Piano voices lies in the keyboard itself. It seems destined for compromise-should it be organ-like, or weighted? Hammond has the answer in the unique keyboard 88 note Fatar keyboard onboard the Sk1-88, which is light enough for an Organist’s comfort, yet has the “heft” to satisfy any Piano Player. The Sk1-88 also automatically adjusts the “depth” of key contact making all playing comfortable The Keys are also shaped to allow traditional Hammond “moves” like sweep and glissando. Now the Pianist who always wanted to play Hammond can do so in comfort, and vice-versa for the Organist.        

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Samson Mics

Samson Mics



Samson MicsWe've added a number of new Samson mics to our line-up for our Canadian customers, and even a few Samson mic stands!  If you are looking for inexpensive, but great sounding regular or USB mics, check out the complete list here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

UltraNova

UltraNova

UltraNovaUltraNova is a ‘Nova’ series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology. It now has brand new features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.

The 'Nova' family was born in 1998 with the Supernova, which was the first of a series of powerful synthesisers. These quickly became industry standard 'big-synths' which are still used by countless artists and sound designers.


UltraNova is the latest addition to the family bringing the range right up to date with a host of new features and a more affordable price tag.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Purchase Pro Tools Duet or Pro Tools Quartet before May 30th and get FREE plug-ins and upgrades!

Purchase Pro Tools Duet (here in Canada) or Pro Tools Quartet (Canadians go here) before May 30th and get FREE plug-ins and upgrades!

Your purchase from Avid will result in one Tier 2 high-quality plug-in ($299 value) and one Tier 3 premium plug-in ($499 value). Your purchase also includes a free one-year Avid upgrade plan ($199 value). This provides all future Pro Tools upgrades – including the innovative Cloud Collaboration and Avid Marketplace features coming soon to Pro Tools 12 – plus access to expert help whenever you need it. After the first year, simply renew annually and stay current. 

Launchpad S Control Pack

Launchpad S Control Pack

LaunchPad S Control PackGet Launchpad S, Launch Control, Ableton Live Lite 9, 1GB of loops and sounds, and two custom designed cases in a single pack with the Launchpad S Control Pack.

LaunchPad S Control PackLaunch loops and sounds and play drums and melodies with the Launchpad S, plus control mixer, instrument, and effects with Launch Control. As you move from studio to stage, the custom designed cases keep Launchpad S and Launch Control safe and secure.


Launchpad S Control Pack is a combination of everything you need to make and perform electronic music with Ableton Live, containing Launchpad S, Launch Control, two custom made protective sleeves, Ableton Live Lite 9, and a large pack of inspiring Loopmasters samples.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

RN17 Mic

RN17 Mic
RN17

Designed with Mr. Rupert Neve, the RN17 redefines the capabilities of an SDC.

The second product of the sE / Rupert Neve collaboration, work on the RN17 began with a discussion between Rupert and Siwei Zou on the merits and problems of small-diaphragm condensers.

According to Siwei, "The SDC's problem is that they have a very clear sound - the SPL is high, but the sound is very cold, not like with a large diaphragm. The quality of the transformer can make the sound much, much better - but with a small transformer, nobody can do it."  "Rupert told me, 'I want THIS transformer.' I said, 'That transformer is too big. This is a small-capsule microphone. Impossible.' He said, 'I want the impossible to be possible.'"

With a 15mm diaphragm (the world's smallest production gold-sputtered diaphragm), the transient response of the RN17 is unparalleled.  Such a small capsule reacts extremely quickly, and is therefore adept at picking up the most delicate of high-frequency content.

However, a tiny diaphragm usually results in a lack of low-frequency response. How to counter this?  A massive transformer!  The RN17's transformer is substantially larger than the norm. This full-scale transformer was custom-designed by Rupert Neve specifically for this microphone - and nobody has been designing audio transformers longer (or better) than Rupert Neve.


The RN17 is sold individually, or is available as a stereo pair.