Archive for February, 2007

Guitar Trainer, MP3 Player – New Tascam MP-GT1

The new Tascam MP-GT1 guitar trainer is the first MP3 player designed for musicians. Based on the award-winning CD-GT1mkII, this fun mobile guitar trainer includes enough memory to store up to 240 songs. Guitar parts can be slowed down, looped and even eliminated to help you learn new riffs. Play back MP3s using Variable Speed Audition, which slows down the speed without changing the pitch, and sections can be seamlessly looped while practicing tricky passages. Songs can even be pitched up or down to match the tuning of your guitar, so you don’t have to re-tune for every song.  

Tascam MP-GT1 Guitar Trainer Features:
240-song memory capacity (based on average 4-minute MP3 encoded at 128kbps)
Variable Speed Audition changes the speed of the MP3 playback without changing the pitch
Pitch control in 1% steps so you don’t have to re-tune
Seamless looping for practicing tricky passages
High-impedance 1/4″ guitar input
Guitar multi-effects include overdrive, distortion, delay, flange, reverb and more
Guitar Cancel effect eliminates the guitar part from the recorded song so you can play along
Built-in tuner, oscillator and metronome
1/8″ Headphone output
Built-in rechargeable battery with 9-hour reserve
128×64 graphic LCD display
USB jack
Auto Power Off and Hold function

New Zoom Multitrack Recorder – HD16CD and HD8CD

The new Zoom HD8CD 8-track and the Zoom HD16CD 16-track multitrack recorders record to a 80 GB internal hard drive, and feature over 100 of Zoom’s famous digital effects. These new digital multitracks from Zoom feature: built-in bass machine with a complete bank of touch-sensitive pads and over 500 drum sounds, built-in CD-R/RW drive, control surface function for DAW software, built-in USB 2.0 interface, and much more.

For information on Zoom multitrack recorders and other products, visit

Digital Keyboard – Roland VP 550 Vocal Synthesizer

The Roland VP550 Vocal and Ensemble keyboard is much more than a traditional vocoder or harmonizer, the VP-550 uses Roland’s breakthrough vocal-modeling technology to bring the highest-quality, interactive vocal sounds to a dedicated instrument. The VP-550 is perfect for musicians who can’t accommodate a choir or group of background singers for their gigs or recording sessions. Connect a mic, select a sound, and play. You won’t believe what can come out of this Roland digital keyboard: spectacular classical choirs, soulful gospel choirs, pop and jazz voices, male and female ensembles, vintage vocoder, and lush string/vocal hybrids.

Not specific to one style of music, the VP-550 can be used for a wide variety of musical applications. It’s ideal for musicians who perform alone or in small groups, for example, and who need an interactive, real-time backing chorus. Or, film and TV music composers who are challenged with time and budget can use the VP-550 digital keyboard to generate high-impact choral arrangements on the spot. Churches in need of a choir (or choir enhancer) will love the VP-550. The creative possibilities are vast, as are the time/money savings that this musical keyboard can provide.

For more information on the VP550 or other Roland digital products, visit

Ibanez Guitar Amps – New Tone Blaster X Series

With a name as descriptive and dead-on accurate as Tone Blaster Xtreme, you almost don’t need to check the features. The all-new Ibanez guitar amp line completely delivers the full metal goods and much more.

Ibanez Tone Blaster X Guitar Amps Profile:

  • new looks and roadworthy features
  • carefully tuned combination of clean, crunch, overdrive, and heavy distortion sounds
  • more high-gain with heavy distortion
  • gain control on clean channel for even better clean and crunch
  • X Mode switch tightens lower end and sharpens midrange
  • heavy-duty design with easy access slanted front panels, metalized control knobs, massive corners and thicker tolex
  • active 3-band EQ with parametric midrange
  • hue control on  TBX150R and TBX150H for tonal coloration of high end

For more information on Ibanez guitar amps, visit, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

Portable Sound – Yamaha EMX Mixers

Yamaha EMX powered mixers come from a long legacy of powered mixers dating back to 1975. The first three Yamaha mixers to enter the portable sound market were the EM150, EM100, and the EM80. They were stereo mixers with reverb, and their power was 150 watts, 100 watts and 80 watts respectively. Because of their quality build and affordable price, they were big sellers to people building PA systems on a budget. In fact, we still see one occasionally in our shop for maintenance. Over thirty years old and still going – that’s amazing!

The new Yamaha EMX powered mixers carry on the tradition that began in 1975, except with updated features, circuitry, and lower weight. The Yamaha EMX312SC powered mixer features dual 300 watt power amps and the added advantage of one-knob compression on mono channels. The EMX312SC mixer is built to the same standards of sonic performance and rugged reliability that make Yamaha the first Pro Audio And Recordingchoice for live sound applications. The EMX powered mixers are lightweight, only 22lbs. and feature conveniently located handles for maximum carrying comfort. They’re also built tough to withstand the rigors of use on the road

The Yamaha EMX212S is the most affordable model in the EMX powered mixer series. It offers a pair of 200-watt amplifiers per channel that should be more than sufficient for small-to-medium size venues. The EMX212S has the same features as the EMX312SC, except it has less powerful amplifiers and no built-in compressors.

The Yamaha EMX512SC powered mixer is the most powerful of the EMX box mixers, and features a pair of 500-watt amplifiers to ensure that your music or message comes across with full impact, even in large venues. The EMX512SC offers a total of 12 input channels – four for monaural microphone or line input, plus four pairs that can function either as monaural microphone inputs or stereo line inputs – providing you with a versatile mix of input capabilities for a wide range of applications. If you need only microphone inputs you can use up to eight mic channels.

Sound systems large and small can be created using the Yamaha EMX powered mixers. These audio mixers have earned their excellent reputation and will remain the choice of musicians, both professional and amateur, wanting to build a quality sound system on a limited budget.