SKOOG!

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From time to time Scan is able to get involved with projects and activities that are not only interesting from a business point of view, but very worthwhile from an idealistic standpoint.

We are very pleased to announce that we are working closely with the developers/manufacturers of SKOOG.

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SKOOG is a new type of Musical Instrument that is much more than just a controller. It plugs into your computer via USB and then  you play the Skoog by physically interacting with it.

Dynamic sensors within the Skoog are cleverly arranged to respond to your every move, no matter how gentle or forceful you are feeling. By pressing, squeezing, rubbing, stroking, tilting or shaking the Skoog in different ways you control how the different instruments sound.

Although the SKOOG is great fun to learn as an instrument in its own right, it becomes much more than that in the hands of special needs children and adults.

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The Skoog is the product of years of extensive research, development and testing within special needs settings.  Working with children, teachers, music therapists and practitioners, the Skoog has been shown to ignite a musical spark in children and adults with any degree or combination of physical, learning or behavioural difficulty.

The Skoog can be customised to work for those with the most severe and multiple disabilities, and even in cases where other interventions have failed, the Skoog can really help to make a breakthrough.

When you see the impact the SKOOG has made on the lives of some of these young people it makes you realise how very important music can be and how very important it is to have instruments like this to allow even severely disabled people to express themselves through music.skoogtherapy

We are very pleased to be helping the guys and girls at SKOOG to bring this wonderful product to market.

If you are interested in learning more about it, please contact Simon Lyon at simon@scanproaudio.co.uk

In the meantime here’s a link to a bunch of videos that more than adequately show this remarkable instrument in its best light.

 

http://www.skoogmusic.com/videos

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Pro Audio Pressies for Christmas 2013

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Well its heading for that time of year again, and as ever here at Scan Pro Audio we want to help, so here are a few cool ideas for the musician in your life this Christmas:

Korg Volca series:  £119.99  LN no’s  53501 : 53502 : 53503 

These are FUN!!!! And very very cool as well….

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The Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine are powerful and fun-to-use true-analog devices deliver a diverse array of fat sounds that can be obtained only from an analog synthesizer. Each is also equipped with sequencing/recording capabilities for intuitively generating performances. Multiple volcas can be used in tandem via the vintage-style sync in/out, and with your favorite DAW software or MIDI keyboard via MIDI In. Battery operation and built-in speakers mean that you can conveniently play anywhere and anytime. These are the next-generation analog synthesizers, bringing you the ultimate sounds and grooves with ease and depth. Whether used together or by themselves, the volca series is poised to inject true analog power into any performance or studio setup!KorgVolcaBeatsBassKeys_01

 

Rode NT1A: £149.04   LN 41065

If the Musician in your life is into recording their own Vocals or Guitars in their home recording studio, the Rode NT1A pack is just the present for them.

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The RØDE NT1-A 1″ cardioid condenser microphone has become an industry standard; delivering the warmth, extended dynamic range, clarity and high SPL capability typically only featured on some of the most expensive microphones.

With a self noise level of only 5dBA it is widely recognised as the world’s quietest studio microphone. This low noise makes it ideal for vocal recording as well as voice overs and environmental recording.

Packaged in the ‘Complete Vocal Recording Solution’, the NT1-A includes everything you need to get a truly professional vocal recording and is ideal for home studio recording.

A studio grade pop shield and shock mount is included, along with a premium 20′ microphone cable, dust cover, and an instructional DVD with recording tips.

 

 

Presonus Audio Box Studio All in One:  £179.00   LN 39779

The Presonus Audio Box is a one stop solution for any musician getting into recording.

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Everything you need for recording and producing, The AudioBox Studio provides the basic tools you need for:

  • Multi-track song production
  • Demos and musical inspirations
  • Live performances
  • Podcasts

 

The Audio Box comprises of a ‘proper’ interface ; the 2-channel AudioBox USB boasts high-performance microphone preamplifiers and professional-quality, 24-bit converters. Powered by your computer, it’s compact, ruggedly built… and designed to work perfectly with Studio One® recording and production software on your PC or Mac®.

Studio One 2 software; No other entry-level recording and production software is this easy to use, yet is capable of creating studio-quality output. Studio One® Artist 2 lets you work quickly and stay focused on your inspiration. Incredibly easy to learn, it offers unlimited tracks and plug-ins and delivers features not normally found in entry-level DAWs. Access powerful editing tools without wading through menus. Load and save audio clips, MIDI files and, effects by drag-and-drop. Studio One makes it easy.

An M7 High Definition Microphone;

HD7 Professional Headphones;

Ableton Push: £429.00   LN49911

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If you have a musician in your life that uses Ableton 9 to get their tunes out, then the new Push controller from Ableton is about the coolest thing you can get them this Christmas….

Push is the music making instrument that perfectly integrates with Ableton Live 9. You can make a song from scratch with hands on control of melody, beats and structure.

 

Vox Amp Plugs:  £34.99     LN 44407

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I’ve banged on about these before, but anyone with a guitarist in their life could make their Christmas a whole lot quieter with one of these!

Basically it’s a personal amp that plugs into the guitar and then allows the player to wear a pair of headphones, thus blasting their own ears in rapturous cacophony of sound, whilst all around can watch the Boxing Day edition of Coronation street in comfort…

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Manchester Music Show 2013

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Thanks to everyone that came down to see us last week at the MANCHESTER MUSIC SHOW in Manchester Central.

First off, what a beautiful building! We’d forgotten how good the old G-MEX centre is for exhibitions!

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The show itself was buzzing. We had some terrific special guests, including DAVID JULIEN from TV’s “The Voice”, JULIE GORDON from the Happy Mondays, Special DJ sets from DJ RASP, and TIM & JIM From XFM’s “the Breakfast Show”. We also had a special Q&A session from Manchester legends Inspiral Carpets own CLINT BOON.

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We held workshops and training, we also hosted an outreach program featuring PBone Plastic Trombones. Scan Pro Audio’s webcasting knowledge allowed us to send a cameraman to a local North Manchester school, film the sessions and beam it back to be shown on the Scan stand._Z8A5604 rszed

Throughout both days we were showing and selling the latest Hi-tech kit from companies like Focusrite, RME, Audio Technica and Universal Audio to name a few.

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Thanks once again to all who came down, see you at the next show!!!

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