Christmas Gifts for the Guitarist/Keyboardist in your life…

Christmas Gifts for the Guitarist/Keyboardist in your life…

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Hosa CBT-500 Cable Tester

 

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At first glance you might wonder why a guitar player would need such a device but bear with me, and I’ll try and explain…
Most Guitar players (and Keyboardists) use cables. They go from the Guitar or Keyboard to the amp or from the guitar to the pedals or the amp, and most guitar players have a bunch of them in their bag/case/sack.
Now, the problem with cables is that they can break without looking as if they’ve broken.
They can break internally and you won’t know anything about it until you try out your guitar on-stage, and there’s nothing. And then you have a possibly even bigger dilemma, if you’re using different cables between guitar/pedal/amp.
Which one is it? How fast can I replace it?
Enter the Hosa Cable tester, this will make the job so much easier…..

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Also, what about that pile of old cables lying around his music room/bedroom/studio.
Why not spend an hour doing a definitive check of these and maybe save yourself a bit of cash. (cables are quite expensive), strangely enough, the cost of this cable tester is around the same price as a decent quality lead. Not a bad investment when you consider it.

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Christmas: Old ideas: New Instruments……

 

Old Ideas : New Instruments

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With Christmas fast approaching, many parents look at options for presents for their little darlings, and many of them will consider a musical instrument as parents have done over the ages.

Most everyone knows the benefits of learning an instrument, self discipline, a sense of worth, etc. apart from the very joy of creating music itself, but it may be that the traditional instruments of the past are unlikely to interest your budding DJ/Producer, so check these out….

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ELECTRIBE EMX2 – KORG

 

The electribe has been reborn including KORG’s latest technology distilled from popular products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The 200 preset patterns cover House and Techno as well as cutting-edge dance music genres such as Trap and EDM. Another major evolution of the new electribe is support for polyphonic playback, which is indispensable for musical styles that involve complex chord progressions such as House music,
There’s also a “motion sequence” function that lets you record knob and button operations and use them in the pattern that you create. Either drums or synths can now be assigned to each of the 16 parts (i.e., the 16 pads). For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts

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Electribe Sampler ESX2 – KORG

The electribe sampler featuring KORG’s latest technology has been reborn with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular KORG products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns which are perfect for today’s dance music scene. There’s also support for the polyphonic playback that’s indispensable for styles that include complex chord progressions, such as House music.
An evolved step sequencer
Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns intuitively while actually hearing and seeing the sounds. You can use the pads as a keyboard to realtime-record phrases, and also perform step recording by entering the pitch and rhythmic value one note at a time.

1c2e2895172f6fc5cbc644cd8cdd1122_pcBoth of these are new instruments, as used by Dance producers and DJ’s to produce todays Hits and Dance anthems.
ballsSo where in the past it might have been a Guitar or a Piano or a Saxaphone, nowadays its very likely to be a KORG Electribe unit….. and old idea for Christmas, just new instruments for todays music makers…

The Novation Mininova goes on special, just in time for Christmas.

Novation Mininova Price Drop

 

In an attempt to get ahead of all the December sales and in perfect time to make it onto your X-mas wish list (it may even fit in a stocking!) Novation drops the price of their small but perfectly formed Mininova synth.

This 37 note controller keyboard with up to 18 voices capable of stacking 5 effects per sound, a built in vocoder and the ability to edit the synth patches from inside of your DAW for ease of use, this special price should put it firmly on the want list this Christmas.

Check out the Mininova in action

Check out the Novation Mininova @ Scan