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Friday, 27 June 2008 14:37
namm_logo.jpgDigitech Blows Minds with Vocalist Live: If we were pressed to identify the product that most impressed us at the NAMM show, it would have to be Digitech's new Vocalist Live. Vocalist live is a voice harmonizer and effects unit that leverages their incredible musIQTM technology to analyze a signal from a guitar or keyboard and then use that signal to create vocal harmonies. So, rather than having a harmonizer simply match your voice with a 3rd or octave, you can use the chords on your guitar to create the intervals for the voice harmony. The sound quality on the unit is phenomenal with no perceptible latency or noise. It is truly in impressive piece of equipment.

And, if that wasn't enough, the unit can also be used to alter the voice qualities of the singer. For instance, the musician demoing the unit used it to change is voice from a gravely blues singer to a passable impersonation of Prince.

Digitech offers 3 different units that range from $299 to $599 and at that price, every band and vocalist should have one of these in their rig. The lower cost models are floor units while the $599 unit is rackmount. A footswitch can be added to give the vocalist control over bringing the harmonies in and out and to switch between settings.

New Holy Fire Overdrive / Distortion Pedal from Creation Audio Labs: Creation Audio Labs won a GJD NAMM award with their MW1 Studio Tool. They have now unveilled their Holy Fire overdrive / distortion pedal which is based on a very different wave shaping approach. It sounded great a NAMM and we're looking forward to a full review of the pedal in the near future.

Planet Waves Debuts its New Metronome Tuner: Planet Waves was showing off its sleek new Metronome Tuner, an essential all-in-one practice tool. The new unit offers a full-featured metronome (equipped with onboard tempo, beats, and time division variations), and an accurate chromatic meter-style tuner, with its easy-to-read, oversized LCD readout.

Any electric instrument can be plugged into the Metronome Tuner thru a ΒΌ-inch input jack adapter. Plus, a built-in condenser microphone makes it equally adept at tuning acoustic instruments.

It is a very nice, compact design and is available now through Planet Waves dealers.

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  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.