[Kingston, NY] November 4, 2013: After two successful years supporting musicians in need with exciting concert events, the non-profit MTD4LYFE organization will present The 3rd Annual MTD Family Reunion Benefit Concert at The 2014 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. This years beneficiaries are two outstanding organizations that support and encourage music in school and hearing education for children.
Performers this year include (subject to change): Andrew Gouche (Prince, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, The Winans) and Band of Brothers (an incredible all-star lineup of musicians) Robert Bubby Lewis (Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco) John Montalbano (My World, Public Enemy, DMC) The Solid Suns and The Little Kids Rock Band
What: The 3rd Annual MTD Family Reunion Benefit Concert at The 2014 Winter NAMM Show When: Saturday, January 25th, 2014 • 7pm Sharp Showtime Where: J.T. Schmid’s • 2610 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Visit www.mtd4lyfe.org/donate or email email@example.com for more information.
MTD4LYFE INCORPORATED A NON-PROFIT 501(C) (3) ORGANIZATION 3 LAUREN COURT • KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401 USA TEL: 845.246.0670 • EMAIL: MIKE@MTD4LYFE.ORG • WEB: MTD4LYFE.ORG • FACEBOOK.COM/MTD4LYFE • TWITTER.COM/MTD4LYFE
MTDFR3 tickets will be available exclusively from the MTD booth 5868 during the 2014 NAMM Show or at the door based on availability.
About Little Kids Rock:
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers in its innovative, contemporary curriculum, while donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs that focus on teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the musical genres that they love. To date, Little Kids Rock has reached over 250,000 students.
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers, is a Non-Profit Organization 501 (c) (3)
– Est. in 1988 with the support of founding donor Pete Townshend of the Who and others. H.E.A.R. is dedicated to the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians, other music industry professionals and all music fans (especially young people). HEAR partners with schools, rock camps and other nonprofit organizations nationally to provide H.E.A.R. Listen Smart workshops and free hearing screenings.
H.E.A.R. also provides musician hearing services via its HEARNET.COM Partner and conducts H.E.A.R.ing conservation information campaigns worldwide.
About MTD4LYFE Incorporated
Founded in 2011 by legendary luthier and designer, Michael Tobias, he created MTD4LYFE, Inc. as a non-profit 501C3 organization dedicated to helping musicians in need. Inspired by the company’s incredible family of artists, the goal is to help the wonderful organizations designed and dedicated to this massive effort at a time when musicians are struggling. All proceeds from MTD4LYFE events and promotions support musicians through its beneficiaries and charitable organizations.
About Michael Tobias Design (MTD Bass)
Founded in 1994 by legendary luthier and designer, Michael Tobias, MTD American Handmade Basses are the finest quality handmade instruments available. MTD creates each bass by incorporating only the finest components and materials in order to create a sound, feel and style that can be built-to-order for to each artist. Tobias’ designs are also found in MTD’s Kingston, Heir, and Saratoga models, as well as his work for other manufacturers.
MTD4LYFE INCORPORATED A NON-PROFIT 501(C) (3) ORGANIZATION 3 LAUREN COURT • KINGSTON, NEW YORK 12401 USA TEL: 845.246.0670 • EMAIL: MIKE@MTD4LYFE.ORG • WEB: MTD4LYFE.ORG • FACEBOOK.COM/MTD4LYFE • TWITTER.COM/MTD4LYFE
For more information, contact: Daniel East
A 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Organization
3 Lauren Court Kingston, NY 12401
The new EBS Classic 500 retro-styled bass amp offers a classic tube amp-type of sound although it is a solid state bass head. The musical boosted Drive control and the exceptional control offered by the dual midrange section makes it easy to dial-in any type of vintage (or modern) bass sound. The plenty of power offered from the new power amp makes the Classic 500 an amazingly versatile bass amp with a beautiful tone. Transparent to the character of your bass – in true EBS tradition! The thoughtfully designed EQ puts you firmly in the driving seat adding everything from subtle, vintage overdrive to a mean driving distortion, whilst maintaining a beautiful low rounded bottom end.
With the new compact design, the Classic 500 is the perfect match for ALL EBS ClassicLine cabinets, including the narrower mini size 112 cabinets. The new design also works fine with the ProLine and NeoLine cabinets.
The new design fit’s the width of the mini size EBS ClassicLine 112.
The EBS Classic 500 bass amp comes with a padded cover.
The EBS Classic 500 start shipping in December.For further information, co-ordinate and schedule a review etc. please contact Ralf Bjurbo, Marketing Director at EBS Sweden AB on firstname.lastname@example.org
Multimedia announces iRig BlueBoard
wireless MIDI pedalboard is now shipping
The first Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, and Mac,
gives musicians hands-free control over music apps
October 10, 2013 - IK Multimedia - the global leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories - is proud to announce that iRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, which gives guitarists, bassists, vocalists and keyboard players hands-free wireless control of mobile and Mac music apps, is now available from musical instrument and electronics retailers worldwide.
Hands free - cable free
iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages to control app and software functions and features. Musicians can use iRig BlueBoard to control parameters in their favorite music making apps - such as stompbox effects on/off, preset patch-switching on the fly, volume or wah control, or any other MIDI controllable function. Set-up is as simple as turning on the power and launching the iRig BlueBoard companion app and assigning the backlit pads to the desired control function.
iRig BlueBoard uses Bluetooth 4.0 (LE - Low Energy) technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external devices to the mobile device or Mac. Then, using the iRig BlueBoard app (download from the App StoreSM) and software (download from the IK web site User Area), the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that's running on the device.
The ultimate app control
Any music app or Mac music-software application that is
MIDI compatible (the standard communication protocol for musical instruments)
- such as IK's AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iLectric
Piano, iGrand Piano - or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like
Apple's GarageBand, can be controlled wirelessly. iRig BlueBoard is
also expandable - musicians can add up to two standard additional expression
pedals or footswitches via the unit's two TRS 1/4" expansion jacks,
allowing for control of continuous rotary functions like wah effects, volume,
EQ, gain control, etc.
AmpliTube® release for iPhone, iPad adds
iOS 7 support, featuring Inter-App Audio routing system
The most popular guitar-playing and recording-studio app
adds iOS 7 support and Inter-App Audio functionality
iOS 7 Compatibility
September 24, 2013 - IK Multimedia, the pioneer and global leader in music-creation software, mobile apps and music-making hardware for musicians, engineers and producers, is pleased to announce a new version of AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the full-featured guitar studio and recording app for mobile musicians, which adds iOS 7 compatibility as well as the ability to use AmpliTube as a filter app in the new iOS 7 "Inter-App Audio" feature.
Multimedia announces iRig PRO,
the "all in one" universal audio/MIDI interface
for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac
iRig PRO allows professional recording musicians to connect
microphones, guitars, line instruments or MIDI devices on the go
Pocket-sized, battery-powered and fully portable, iRig
PRO is designed to give mobile musicians and songwriters an interface that can
handle the widest variety of audio input signals, so they can create music and
audio on the go anywhere, any time.
September 5, 2013 - IK Multimedia, the global leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce iRig® PRO, the universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
IsoAcoustics announces the availability ISO-L8R430, the newest member of its award-winning, highly-acclaimed patented acoustic isolating stands, which are specifically designed to support, guitar, bass and many other musical instrument amplifiers as well as large speaker cabinets.
The ISO-L8R430 IsoAcoustics Stands’ patented isolation technology allow amplifiers, and large speaker cabinets to literally float in free space, resulting in the elimination of energy transfer to the surrounding surfaces. The result for the music player is markedly enhanced sound clarity, superior isolation and tightening up of the bass while opening up the mid-range frequencies.
“The IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430 provides a “floating floor” for guitar, bass and keyboard amps that isolates the bass frequencies and provides greater sound clarity through the mid and upper frequencies,” says IsoAcoustics Founder Dave Morrison. “IsoAcoustics has long been focused on developing products which allow artists to bring out the best in their system, and we are tremendously excited to offer the new ISO-L8R430 stands, giving guitarists, bass players, keyboard players and other inspired players the ability to have their music heard in the way that they intend to play it – whether practicing, playing onstage or recording -- with clear, open sound.”
Measuring 17” in width and 9” in depth, the ISO-L8R430 stands offer a variety of tilt adjustments, and are designed to support musical instrument amplifiers weighing up to 100 pounds. They are available at retailers throughout the U.S., Canada and many other countries worldwide.The IsoAcoustics ISO- L8R430 Stand has a MSRP of $109.99 U.S.
The long-awaited DI version of Tech 21's popular VT Bass SansAmp Character Series pedal has begun shipping.
The VT Bass DI pedal has been configured to incorporate a Blend control to adjust the amount and balance of direct instrument signal with the SansAmp circuitry, and a Bite switch to add a treble boost and tighten up the bass sound. It also features three outputs - 1/4", XLR, and parallel - for multiple stage and studio applications.
All versions of the VT Bass - the new DI, the original VT Bass and the VT Bass Deluxe - feature a unique Character control. By just turning a knob, you are transported through decades of legendary bass tones, from the early '60s to classic super valve to modern day mega crunch. The VT Bass Series features a 100% analog signal path for warm, organic tones, a 3-band active EQ.
Bigrock Engineering Introduces STOP-IT!™
End Accidental Volume Changes
Marina Del Rey, CA (8/15/2013) – Bigrock Engineering announces the release of the STOP-IT™, manufactured and distributed by Allparts. Finally a solution to the problem of accidentally hitting the volume or other control knobs, and changing the setting in the middle of a song - which can make you blow a great solo, or have the bottom fall out when a rhythm guitar disappears. Not a great thing to happen live, and could be costly time wise if it happens in the studio.
STOP-IT!™ is a specially molded composite bushing, that locates on the hex nut, on the stem of a volume or other control knob. It allows a guitarist to control the resistance to turning, of most knobs, without losing a smooth feel. Simple to install, remove the knob, mount the STOP-IT!™, replace the knob, and press down to get the desired resistance. Will not harm instrument finish.
Installs in minutes without modifications.
Prevents accidental volume changes
No Modifications to Instrument
No damage to finish
More confidence when performing
Works on most guitars, amps and pedals
MSRP: $7.00 pack of 4
The Pedulla Rapture bass is now available
without a pick guard. They're calling this model the "Rapture NPG" (NPG
= No Pick Guard). It's a full featured Rapture bass,
available with choice of single Soapbar, JJ, or PJ pick-up configurations and
low mid boost/cut switch to complement the existing active treble and bass
controls. For more information, please visit www.Pedulla.com.
Congratulations to Arnold Stagger, who won a print subscription to Bass Gear Magazine at the recent Pittsburgh Bass Day GTG!
If you are in the area, don't miss the
Pittsburgh Bass Day this Sunday! We cannot make it, but we will be
giving away a free Bass Gear Magazine subscription to one lucky
AmpliTube 3.0 comes with a built-in single-track recorder that you can expand to a powerful full-fledged professional multi-track recorder by adding the 8-track (4-track on iPhone) recorder plus master effects section (available as in-app purchase), and the new AmpliTube Studio DAW-style editing suite. With multi-track recording and AmpliTube Studio enabled, your device is now transformed into a professional mobile recording and editing suite for complete music production.
The Recorder/Mixer section is accessed by touching the “Mixer” button in the bottom control bar and is housed in an ultra-cool vintage style "reel-to-reel" recording interface. There’s a pre-roll feature lets you set two measures of count-in before you start recording, allowing you to lock into the tempo and nail the part right from the downbeat. The recorder offers 8 available tracks for recording and a bounce feature for freeing up tracks as you need them.
A new feature in AmpliTube 3.0 is something we like to call “effects freeze” and it simplifies the application of effects on individual tracks. In previous versions you had to “apply” the effects to a track before moving on to the next track for recording with a different set of effects. Applying effects in this manner was “destructive”, meaning you couldn’t go back and “re-amp” after additional material was added in. Now, AmpliTube remembers the signal chain setup per track so you can go back at any time and “re-amp” or try a different set of effects on your material, just like you can in a studio DAW program with plug-ins on a studio computer. Pretty slick.
Each Track in the Mixer section has everything you need for professional audio production:
The Master Effects section of the mixer is designed to provide the polish and glue you need to create stunning recordings on the go. In this section, which is accessed by touching the “MAST FX” button on the right side of the screen, you’ll find the Send 1 and Send 2 destination effects processors. Each of these allows you to choose from 3 levels of Reverb, 2 levels of Chorus and 3 levels of Delay. You can fine tune the effect with the “Adjust” button which adjusts the time and depth of the effect’s main parameter, and you can control just how much of the effect shows up in the mix with the Input, Mix and Output knobs.
The master effects section is rounded out with a global precision 3-band parametric equalizer for enhancing the sweetness of the overall mix, and a compressor for final tightening up and gain control.
AmpliTube 3.0 serves up a brand new feature that will be very familiar to recording veterans, and very intuitive for the novice: the AmpliTube Studio editing suite. AmpliTube Studio brings precision waveform editing and audio region manipulation to the mobile world, giving you access to all the tools.
The Studio is accessed by touching the “STUDIO” button in the bottom control bar and provides access to a slew of editing tools to help you achieve audio perfection. When first opened, the Studio view is split into two regions on the screen: the Track Control section on the left, and the waveform display timeline grid on the right. From this view, you have access to all of the signal chain, effects, recording and mixing functions, plus a waveform editor. We’ll start with the “Track Control” section…
The Track Control section houses the controls you need to adjust and tweak the sound on a selected individual track. You can touch any waveform display on the right or an empty space or the track number to access the individual controls for that track on the left. Knowing where you are at any given time is simple — the number in the upper left hand corner indicates which track is currently selected.
You can adjust how much of the track’s signal goes to the master effects section via the “SEND 1” and “SEND 2” knobs, plus you transport yourself over to the master effects section by touching the “MASTER” button for additional fine tuning. Just below the Master button is a new feature, the Track EQ section, that allows you to fine tune the EQ on each individual track, just like on a professional studio mixing console.
Just to the right is another Track control strip that gives you a level meter and peak light, a quick access button to the AmpliTube effects signal chain (FX EDIT), a pan control for placing the track in the stereo field, and a console-style fader for fine tuning the volume level of the track.
At the core of the studio module is the waveform display section, and it’s where most of your audio editing will be done. From this section, you can select audio material by touching on the waveform display, then perform multiple types of edits — cut, copy, copy track, paste, delete region, delete the track, normalize the volume or split at the playhead. Access to the editing commands is provided by first tapping the waveform you want to edit to select it, then tapping it again to access the menu. These functions provide all the basic tools you need for working with audio regions. Plus, audio can be moved ahead in the timeline or repositioned simply by touching and holding on the waveform, then dragging around on the screen.
Other great tools when working with audio regions are the Fade In/Fade Out and Crop tools. We’ve got you covered. Creating a fade is as simple as selecting the region you want to fade, then dragging the triangle in the top left corner of the region to the right to create a fade-in. The farther from the beginning of the region you drag the triangle, the longer the fade-in becomes. Pretty easy. Creating a fade-out is done the same way, only go to the upper right corner of the audio region and drag the triangle to the left.
Cropping an audio region is done in a similar fashion — grab the triangle at the bottom of the region (either left or right, depending upon where you want it cropped) and move it either direction for cropping.
Navigation in Studio is done with multi-touch and simple finger gestures. You can zoom in and out on a region by pinching in or out with two fingers on the screen. To get more screen real estate, you can hide the Track control section by swiping to the left on the black handle just to the left of the track four indicator number.
At the top of the screen is the navigation bar and it serves three handy functions. First, it is divided into bars, beats and divisions so you have a reference point in the composition. As you zoom in (by pinching out with two fingers), you’ll notice more gridlines showing up. These are handy for precisely aligning audio material to the right beat. Second, you can define loop start and end points by dragging a finger from left to right. You’ll notice a green area shows up when you do this. Drag the left triangle to the beginning of your desired loop and the right triangle to the end. Once defined, double tap on the green area to activate it, then hit play on the transport to begin playback of the loop. The third feature is creating a “punch in” recording area. Drag your finger from right to left in the navigation bar and you create a red “Punch in” section in the bar. Adjust the start and end points with the triangle handles then activate it with a double-tap. You can de-activate loop and punch in regions by double-tapping again.
Just south of the Navigation bar is the “loop drummer” track. If you’ve programmed a killer drum track using the built-in Loop Drummer feature, it shows up in this track. Don’t worry, this track doesn’t take up recorded audio space… you still have the full 4/8 tracks available for your masterpiece. You can edit your drum sequence in this track by touching and dragging the drum parts around. You can also add more drum parts to the sequence by touching the “DRUMS” button in the bottom nav bar, then touch and drag out the drum section you want to the desired position in the track. A “double-tap” on a drum part will duplicate it to the right of the original, making quick work of adding an awesome professionally recorded rhythm track.
Other individual track features include the ability to solo, mute, record enable and activate the AmpliTube signal chain on a track. You can record audio material directly to a track in the Studio view using the “PLAY”, “RECORD”, “REWIND” and metronome transport controls at the bottom of the screen. There’s also a “GRID” button that turns “grid-snapping” on and off, plus “UNDO” and “REDO” commands for the human in us all.
AmpliTube is Audiobus (sold separately, not by us but we think it’s cool) compatible. What does that mean, you say? Well, it means that you can route the output of other audio apps into a track in the Mixer/Studio section of AmpliTube. Now you can use apps like SampleTank, iLectric Piano or iGrand Piano, or any of your other favorite Audiobus compatible apps to add different sounds and instrumentation to your recordings making your musical ideas and visions come to life.
So with AmpliTube 3.0 Studio, you’ll have at your mobile fingertips an industrial powerhouse recording, editing and music production suite so you can create stunning professional quality music any time and everywhere the inspiration to create strikes you.
The pioneers in mobile music making now bring you the new iRig HD – the next generation of the immensely popular AmpliTube iRig interface. iRig HD is the first high-quality 24-bit audio interface that fits in your pocket and connects directly to your Lightning, 30-pin and USB devices – so no matter which iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac you have, you’ll rock out in seconds.
iRig HD features superior digital audio quality, and offers a premium 24-bit A/D converter for a crystal clear digital signal that’s free from noise and crosstalk. Plus, its ultra-low-draw power-consumption circuitry eliminates the need for batteries – it's powered by your mobile device or computer. An onboard gain control allows you to dial in the perfect signal level for your instrument and apps, and a multicolor LED lets you know what's going on with your interface and signal.
iRig HD is compatible with the range of IK AmpliTube apps (the #1 app for guitar players) including AmpliTube Fender®, AmpliTube Slash and AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™, as well as any other real-time processing apps, such as Apple GarageBand, which support digital audio. Use the iRig HD anywhere you play guitar – on the go, in the studio or on your Mac at home.
No matter where you are, iRig HD delivers pure high-quality digital input signal. It features a 24-bit A/D ultra-transparent converter that accurately preserves the nuances of your instrument. This means you can rock out on your iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, or Mac laptop or desktop computer, with studio quality sound. iRig HD features a standard 1/4" Hi-Z instrument input jack, and connects to your iOS device with the included 30-pin cable or the included Lightning cable.
The beauty of the iRig HD is that it works everywhere you do. It also comes with a handy USB cable and is class compliant, so you can plug right in to your laptop or desktop Mac computer and keep jamming. Start a project on your iPad, finish it on your Mac with the same great tone: Brilliant.
As an iRig HD owner, you get 4 exclusive gear models that are not available anywhere else for iOS. Whether you have a full version of AmpliTube, or AmpliTube FREE, plug in your iRig HD for the first time, and these four outstanding models will instantly appear in your gear collection. They are:
Based on the Randall® Warhead 300™
Based on the Peavey® 5150™ head
Based on the DigiTech Whammy™ pedal
Based on the MXR® Flanger 117
But wait, there's more. We also give you the complete AmpliTube Metal collection for the Mac, which features 48 gear models, including amps, cabinets and stomps. You get presets ranging from vintage 80's shred to the ultra high-gain sounds of contemporary metal.
|Metal Clean T
Based on the Mesa/Boogie® Triple Rectifier™ Green Channel
|Metal Lead V
Based on the Peavey® 5150™ head
|Metal Lead W
Based on the Randall® Warhead 300™
|Vintage Metal Lead
Based on the Marshall® JMP100™ head
Amazing tone on Your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and beyond
Now for the good stuff. Download the AmpliTube FREE, AmpliTube Fender™ FREE, AmpliTube Slash or AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ app from the App store. Plug your guitar into iRig HD, plug your headphones into your device headphone jack and launch the app. Immediately you'll see something very familiar – a complete guitar rig. AmpliTube iOS recreates your entire guitar/bass signal chain in your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.
AmpliTube FREE, AmpliTube Fender® FREE, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ and AmpliTube Slash come with a built-in single-track recorder, expandable to 4 tracks on the iPhone/iPod touch and 8-tracks on the iPad versions of the apps. Immediately you can record your performance, and the length is limited only by your device memory. When you expand the recorder (via in-app purchase), you also get master effects, giving you a complete mobile recording solution built right into your device. Create full songs and compositions right on your iOS device, and export them in WAV or MP3 formats to share via SoundCloud, FTP or email.
We're adding new models of gear on a regular basis, and the in-app purchase feature allows you to expand your AmpliTube app when you want to. You can start with the AmpliTube FREE, AmpliTube Fender FREE, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ or AmpliTube Slash app, then expand your gear collection when you want.
Perfect for power-hungry bassists that demand uncompromising tone
Ampeg today adds a high-powered flagship head to the popular Portaflex Series — The Ampeg PF-800. The PF-800 delivers the superior performance of Ampeg’s Portaflex Series bass heads in an ultra-compact 800-watt design perfect for any high-power bass rig.
“An ideal companion to any of pair of Portaflex cabinets, the PF-800 packs the most punch in the PF line…but is still compact enough to stow inside the PF flip-top cab models,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager, Zane Williams. “Combine the powerful 800-watt output and the Portaflex form factor and feature set and the PF-800 is easily the most flexible amplifier in the Ampeg line-up.”
The Ampeg PF-800 has exceptional headroom and can handle its own on stage, offering the flexibility and features needed for venues large and small. Classic hi/lo boosts and 5-position midrange control offer a wide choice of tone and onboard compression delivers tighter, cleaner tone at higher volumes. It attaches right to the flip-top lid of the PF-115HE or PF-210HE cabs and is perfect for the ported PF-410HLF and PF-115LF extension cabs.The Ampeg Portaflex Series also includes the PF-350 and PF-500 bass heads and PF-115HE, PF-210HE, PF-115LF and PF-410HLF bass enclosures. The PF-800 will be available in late Q1, 2013. The PF-800 will have a U.S. MSRP of $839.99. For more detailed product information, go here.
Have you noticed the latest BGM giveaway! Blast Cult is sponsoring a One4Five upright giveaway. Check it out!
Bass Gear Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Tom
Bowlus, was recently interviewed by Port Clinton, Ohio radio station,
WPCR, as part of their Talk at Ten program. Check out the Friday, May
10th installment to hear this interview.
Music Industry Remembers Peavey Master Luthier Michael Powers
Peavey Electronics veteran guitar designer passes away, leaves legacy.
May 1, 2013, Meridian, MS -- Music and audio innovator Peavey Electronics mourns the loss of one of its most celebrated instrument designers; master luthier Michael Powers, who passed away on April 29, 2013. Powers was an integral part of Peavey’s development of musical instruments throughout the last four decades. He will be remembered for his innovative guitar designs, uncompromising work ethic, and warm nature.
Powers’ first instrument was a $22 mail order acoustic guitar. He soon moved to an electric and attempted his first refinish. Stripping away the paint, he spray painted the guitar red. Powers would go on to play bass on the Chicago club circuit while developing his keen instrument repair skills.
After years of touring, Powers decided to shift his career towards repairing and designing instruments, which led to his first interaction with Peavey Electronics founder, Hartley Peavey.
“Mike was part of the heart of this company,” shares Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics. “It’s hard to think about him not being involved in our next generation of products. He was a master craftsman and someone I could always count on to do his best and more. He will be sorely missed.”
After joining the company in 1981, Powers went on to help design some of Peavey’s most iconic models including the Wolfgang®, Vandenberg, and Generation™ ACM guitars, as well as the T-45™, T-20®, Cirrus™, Millennium®, Foundation®, and Sarzo bass guitars. Throughout his career, Powers worked closely with artists such as Randy Jackson, Michael Anthony, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, Eddie Van Halen and Rudy Sarzo.
“I'm devastated by the news of my dear friend and master luthier Mike Powers' passing. In the late ‘80s Mike and I worked side by side on every detail of the design of my first Peavey Signature model,” says bassist Rudy Sarzo. “Mike was a perfectionist. His forward thinking, craftsmanship and attention to details is a major reason why I and countless musicians around the world play Peavey instruments.”
Powers continued to develop innovative designs for Peavey into the 2000’s while also overseeing its production facilities.
Radial artist Jeff Pilson - at home on foreign ground
Vancouver, BC - There is something to be said for reinventing the self and then also much to be embraced in sustaining a strong connection to the past. This is just what Jeff Pilson has done and continues to do.
Pilson began his musical journey at a very young age learning cello. Advance a few years and you would find him at college majoring in string bass. Fast forward just a little bit and he is playing electric bass in a heavy rock band, sporting the requisite 80's hair and co-authoring a title track for one of the decade's most successful horror franchises "A Nightmare on Elm Street". The song, "Dream Warriors" (which he performed with his band at the time Dokken) was featured on their platinum album "Back For the Attack".
The first trigger for change came soon after this success in the late 80's. "I think the biggest challenge for me came at the end of the 80's/early 90's. Suddenly with the coming of the "alternative" revolution, all my work with Dokken was considered old and uncool- overnight. So I had to reinvent how I wanted my career to be." On top of all this Pilson was battling a significant substance abuse problem at the time. "It took some doing. But with a lot of help, work and contemplation, it allowed me to fall in love with music again, and to listen to my heart. So far it hasn't let me down." That path saw him as a member of the heavy metal group "Dio" for several years during the 90's while also recording and releasing 4 albums with his own band under the names Flesh & Blood and War & Peace. Yet another reinvention of self came to be when he was offered a role in the 2001 released film "Rock Star" where he played bass player Jorgen alongside Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
In early 2004 Pilson reinvented himself once again but this time by embracing the past. Foreigner was searching for a new bassist and Pilson took the position and has never looked back. "The best thing is getting to play those wonderful songs with such a great band night after night. For a touring musician, it doesn't get any better than that!" Now approaching his tenth year with the band the next six months, not uncharacteristically, are busy. "I'm trying to finish 3 records off before the touring season gets really busy. I'm producing a Starship record with Mickey Thomas that's coming out amazing. We're hoping that's done in the next couple weeks. Then I'm doing a record with Kill Devil Hill (Vinny Appice- Dio/Black Sabbath, Rex Brown-Pantera) which isn't slated to come out til fall. We're about half done. That record is sick. The songs, playing and singing are all stellar. Then I'm doing a record with singer/songwriter Paul Gold- which is a great collection of songs, and plan to start writing with George Lynch for the next T&N record. All the rest of the time I'll be touring with Foreigner. Trust me, sleep is highly overrated!!!!" The next tour stops for Foreigner include South America, Europe and several dates in the United States.
As one can imagine, with so many projects on the docket and a touring schedule Pilson relies on some key pieces of gear to make it all work. He credits his new Radial JD-7 Injector (Guitar distro and splitter) with the sound he is getting on the new Kill Devil Hill project. "Mark (Zavon, guitarist) has some great amps and his sound is really a combination of them. I was trying other ways of combining amps and it was working, but very noisy and unpredictable. We also couldn't keep the heads in the control room, which is a drag. Then along comes the Injector and suddenly it's noise free and punchy as hell. It took the sound to a new level. And we could keep the heads in the control room which frees you in so many ways. It really wouldn't sound anywhere near the same without it. This has given me the inspiration to want to try other things like reamping with multiple amps all at the same time, which the Injector allows me to do. How cool is that???"
Clearly not one to rest on his laurels, Pilson hopes to reconnect with the cello. "It's such a beautiful instrument." He then offers with more evidence of humility and a sense of humour. "Other than that, next I'd like to get really good at mixing - cuz right now I suck!"
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Four days of live music
Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 April 2013 is the most important meeting place for the musical-instrument sector. During the four days of the fair, exhibitors and trade visitors from more than 100 countries meet to discuss the latest instruments, music publications and techniques. With 30,000 products on show, Musikmesse is the world’s biggest marketing platform for the sector.
Musikmesse covers the entire music value chain from musical instruments and sheet music to rights management, labels and live-event promoters. The instruments to be seen embrace all categories and product groups – from classical instruments, via electric guitars and basses, percussion, keyboards and electronic equipment, virtual teaching programmes and the appropriate sheet music.
With its almost complete coverage of the market and the large proportion of international exhibitors and visitors, Musikmesse is the ideal place to cultivate business relationships, make new contacts and discover the latest innovations. The combination of Musikmesse and the concurrent Prolight + Sound trade fair generates a multi-faceted spectrum of synergistic effects in terms of live events, concert technology, production and studio technology.
It addition to its function as the business platform for the sector, Musikmesse is an event that communicates the pleasure to be derived from active music making. In a wide variety of concerts, autograph sessions, workshops and product demonstrations, the spotlight is on the people that bring musical instruments to life.
For consumers – the Public Saturday to be supplemented by ‘Friday Afternoon’
Consumers appreciate this combination and take advantage of the Public Saturday to discover the latest developments in the musical-instrument sector. New this year is the Friday Afternoon Ticket, with which members of the public can visit Musikmesse on the Friday (12 April), from 14.00 hrs. To round off the first public day, there will be a concert with the band ‘Luxuslärm’ and Eurovision Song Contest German heat participant Finn Martin on the Agora Stage. Admission to the concert is free of charge for Musikmesse visitors. As usual, the Saturday will be devoted to music lovers who will have the chance to try out new instruments and see stars live on the stages or during autograph sessions.
Live events on the stages and exhibition stands
Concerts and workshops give Musikmesse visitors the opportunity to see products in action. There are no limits on style so there is certain to be something for all musical tastes, e.g., rock, pop, jazz, folk, heavy metal, electronic, tango, schlager and musette. For this purpose, there are two stages at the fair. The Agora Stage is the main stage and to be found in a marquee between Halls 3, 4 and 5. There, rock and pop concerts take place at half-hourly intervals on two stages. As the name implies, the Acoustic Stage in Hall 3 is the primary venue for acoustic instruments and will be the setting for concerts on all four days of the fair. New this year is the Accordion Stage in Hall 4.1. There, accordion players will demonstrate the various facets of this instrument throughout the fair. The PRG LEA Stage in the ‘Festhalle’ is the setting for the opening ceremony of Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound on Tuesday, 9 April, and, on Saturday, the venue for the SchoolJam school-band competition (from 14.45 hrs), during which eight bands will compete for the title of ‘Germany’s Best School Band’. Prior to this, at 13.00 hrs, the www.drums.de Music Award, which spotlights the quality and artistic creativity of artists from the music sector, will be presented on the PRG LEA Stage.
Regardless of whether they will be playing or talking, many music stars have already said they will be coming to Frankfurt. They include Moses Pelham and Rob Gonzales (Die Ärzte), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Kuddel (Die Toten Hosen), Michael Schenker and Boris Blank (Yellow), the German Army Big Band, Wallis Bird, Markus Deml, Wolfgang Haffner, The Boss Hoss, Stanfour, Mille Petrozza, Stefanie Heinzmann and Eric Johnson. Naturally, numerous experts will also take part in the various talk shows and panel discussions. They include Dieter Gorny, Enjott Schneider, Sigmar Gabriel, Christian Höppner and Moritz Eggert.Awards for artists, stars, products and people from the sector
During Musikmesse, a variety of important awards are presented to people behind the products and to celebrities from the world of music. On the eve of the fair, the PRG Live Entertainment Award puts the focus on the people behind the scenes of events and concerts in a gala event. The German Musical Instrument Award honours particularly high-quality examples of the art of musical-instrument making and this year goes to two workshops, one for an E-flat clarinet and one for a tenor horn. The presentation will be held in Frankfurt City Hall (Roemer) on 12 April. On the same evening and also in the ‘Kaisersaal’ of the Roemer, horn-player Marie-Luise Neunecker will be presented with the Frankfurt Music Prize. On Thursday (11 April), journalists from more than 100 magazines will honour the best products of the musical-instrument sector and the professional audio industry with the Musikmesse International Press Awards (MIPA). The German Pianist Award for young pianists on the threshold of an international career, will be given for the third time during Musikmesse. The concert by the award winner will be held on Friday (12 April) in the ‘Alte Oper’ concert hall in Frankfurt. Specialist magazine readers have a chance to exercise their influence in the PPVMedien Reader Awards by voting for the best products in several different product groups. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday (11 April). The importance of the art of printing is underscored by the Best Edition Award for especially artistic and editorially successful and important sheet-music and music books. The winners will be presented with their certificates in Room Argument of Hall 3.1 on 12 April. The ‘Musik-Gordi’ – the Gordian knot of the music world, a negative award that draws attention to political injustices in the music sector, will be presented by the ‘Neue Musikzeitung’ and ‘Musikforum’ magazines in Hall 3.1 (Stand C53) on Friday, 12 April.
The Music4kids special area and the SchoolJam school-band competition are designed to promote music making among young people. During the week of the fair, the Music4Kids participatory exhibition attracts around 8,000 children to Hall 5.0 where they are introduced to musical instruments and sound objects in playful way. SchoolJam is aimed at advanced musicians who have the chance to appear with their school band on the big Festhalle stage and compete for the title of ‘Germany’s best school band’. The competition’s star guest on Saturday, 13 April, is the band ‘Luxuslärm’. The European School Music Award is given for innovative and creative school-music projects and will also be presented on Saturday, 13 April.
Musikmesse brings music to the city
During Musikmesse, there are many more music stars in the city than usual and, with a number of events, Frankfurt will be even more musical. For example, from 5 to 13 April, the complete spectrum of female voices can be heard at the Women of the World Festival in Frankfurt. On Friday, 12 April, the winner of the German Pianist Award will give a concert in the ‘Alte Oper’ concert hall. The ‘Events in Frankfurt’ section of the Musikmesse website offers an overview of events in Frankfurt during Musikmesse 2013.
IK Multimedia iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit Now Shipping
The complete cable kit for all mobile music
and audio applications
April 4, 2013 - IK Multimedia - the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories — is proud to announce that the iLine™ Mobile Music Cable Kit is now shipping. The kit is a collection of 6 high-quality cables, also available separately, designed to give users of smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and laptops the tools they need to handle any mobile-audio cabling situation. Think of it as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the cable world.
All of the cables in the kit are made in Italy, using the
highest quality materials. They feature 24K gold-plated contacts and
high-purity oxygen-free copper conductors to ensure the best connection with no
loss of signal quality. In addition, they’re equipped with high-density
shielding to guard against electro-magnetic interference.
The connectors are color-coded, making it easy to identify cable types at a glance. The low-profile connector design is “case friendly,” meaning the jacks connect fully and without obstruction, even when the mobile device is housed in a thick case.
The cables in the kit offer a mix of standard, and hard-to-find configurations, and provide solutions to virtually any mobile cabling scenario, from splitting headphone feeds to extending TRRS connections to plugging into a mono guitar amplifier, DJ rig, home stereo, and more.
The iLine cables are perfect for use with IK accessories like iRig, the most popular guitar and bass input adapter of all time; iRig HD, the new high-definition digital interface, and iRig MIX, the ultra-portable DJ mixer that’s small enough to hold in one hand.
IK has also released a free interactive companion app, called iLine Cable Kit, which is available for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and for Android. The easy-to-use app recommends the right cable for a particular situation with a wide selection of devices being connected.
The kit includes the following cables:
Mono Output Adapter: can be used to connect a mobile device into a mono input such as on a guitar amplifier — it’s great for use with IK’s AmpliTube apps on stage.
Input Output Extension: makes it easy to extend the stereo output from a mobile device.
Stereo Aux Cable: this extra-long cable allows for long-distance cable runs, such as when connecting a mobile device to speakers or a car stereo.
Headphone Splitter: splits a stereo source, such as the headphone output on a mobile device, to feed two sets of headphones or speakers. It provides plenty of length to assure proper separation between the listeners.
RCA Output Adapter: great for connecting a mobile device to DJ gear and home stereos with RCA inputs.
Mono Output Splitter: this cable makes it possible to send the output of a mobile device into a mixing board.
Travel Case: helps to keep all of the cables together and organized.
Pricing and Availability
The iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit is available on the IK Online Store and at dealers worldwide, and is priced at $59.99/€47.99 which represents a savings of close to 50% off the cost of buying the cables individually. Individual cable prices range from $14.99/€11.99 to $24.99/€19.99. A convenient travel case is also included to keep your cables in order, all in one place. All prices are excluding taxes.
The iLine Cable Kit app is free, and is available for iOS on the App Store, and for Android on the Google Play Store.
For more information on the iLine Mobile Music Cable Kit and its app, please visit: