Archive for January, 2008

Peavey VYPYR Modeling Amplifiers

Peavey has announced their new VYPYR series modeling guitar amps. With double the processing power, models and effects of competitive modeling amplifiers, the Peavey VYPYR modeling amps dramatically redefine the power and scope of modern guitar amplification. VYPYR amplifiers are based on powerful 32-bit, floating-point SHARC processors that enable highly detailed, accurate modeling as well as vastly enhanced flexibility and features than ever before available in guitar amplification.

The VYPYR guitar amps should be available in the 2nd quarter of 2008 from the music instrument music store.

Tascam DR1 – New Portable Recorder

The TASCAM DR1 has built-in stereo microphones that include a unique variable angle mechanism, so you can set it to record from any angle. The DR-1 is the first portable recorder to include a 1GB card, so you’ll have plenty of CD or MP3-quality recording time for long rehearsals and concerts. And with a bargain street price, every one’s gonna want one.

A pair of microphones is mounted on a variable angle mechanism, which allows the recorder to record from almost any angle. The built-in stereo condenser microphones are arranged for a wide stereo image, and an external mic can also be used. The unit includes a generous 1GB SD card for hours of recording at MP3 or WAV file formats. The DR-1 also includes auto gain control and analog limiting for easy setup and a low-frequency cutoff to eliminate handling or wind noise.

Alesis SR18 – New Drum Machine

The new Alesis SR18 drum machine follows in the tradition of its ancestor the SR16. The SR-18 is loaded with cutting-edge drum kits, electronic drums, hits, and up-to-date percussion sounds for any modern drummer. From hip-hop, to country and everything in-between, the Alesis SR18 has you covered.

The integrated effects engine includes Reverb, EQ and Compression for customizing the sounds to your liking. Since the SR18 can be powered by AC or batteries, it ensures that whenever you need to lay down a groove, you’re fully-equipped.  The Alesis SR18 drum machine will be available in the second quarter of 2008.

Yamaha Keyboards – New Models For 2008

Yamaha has upgraded its popular YPG line with a new selection of piano-focused Yamaha Portable Grands, the YPG635, YPG535 and YPG235. The three models (which replace the YPG-625, YPG-525 and YPG-225) are targeted to all levels of players. The YPG-635 includes weighted Graded Hammer action; the YPG-535 and YPG-235 feature a new Graded Soft Touch action and piano-style keys, providing top-quality playing experiences. Yamaha’s renowned durability and portability make these models perfect for educational labs and houses of worship.

The 88-key Yamaha YPG635 is a weighted graded hammer action portable keyboard. Upgrades from the previous model include 64-note polyphony, a beautiful matching bench and an optional three-pedal unit, along with additional DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effects that enable realistic sounding Distortion Guitar and Rotary Organ. It also includes USB MIDI and USB to Device for removable storage, along with a high resolution Live! Grand stereo sample, song recorder, score and lyric display.

“The YPG-635 offers an affordable, feature-packed portable keyboard,” said Mark Anderson, marketing manager, Portable Keyboards. “It also boasts an authentic grand piano-like touch: heavy in the low end, feathery light in the highs, and amazingly responsive throughout.”

Yamaha YPG535
The 88-key YPG-535 offers Graded Soft Touch action, USB connectivity and a stand, adapter and sustain pedal. Performance Assistance Technology ensures error-free performances and a Music Database provides complete keyboard setups by song title. The song recorder is easy to use, and five types of Master EQ allow players to adjust the sound. The model’s design accents also add an attractive touch.


The YPG-635  will ship in June 2008. Models YPG-535  and YPG-235 are scheduled to ship in April 2008.  

Casio PX320 and PX120 – New Digital Pianos

Casio has recently announced the PX320 and PX120 digital pianos. Both feature 88 weighted keys, and weigh less than 30 pounds. These new pianos are the perfect solution for the garage band or the music student. They are are compact and stylish, and can easily be stored to conserve space in a studio, classroom or apartment.

The Privia has dual headphone jacks that allow a student and instructor to play the keyboard simultaneously and features the new AIF sound engine that provides quality sampling and the ability to produce 128 polyphony.

The PX320 has 1/4″ line outs and can be connected to an amp or studio equipment without requiring adapters. A USB Port provides quick and easy connection to a PC for recording and sharing music with friends and family. These new Casio keyboards will be available in February of 2008.

Yamaha P85 and P85S – New Digital Pianos

Yamaha has recently announced the introduction of the P85 and P85S digital pianos. The new models will replace the existing P70 and P70S models. The P85 and P85S feature 88 weighted action keys, 62 note polyphony, 10 voices, metronome, sequencer, and much more.

 Also available are the matching keyboard stands L85 and L85S and the LP5 pedal set. We should receive these new digital pianos in the latter part of January.

Ibanez Bass – New SR300 Series

January 2008 – Ibanez has recently announced new finishes and pickups to the Ibanez SR300 series basses. The new finishes include Iron Pewter, Roadster Orange Metallic, and Starlight Blue.

All Ibanez SR300 models have been upgraded with a 3-band sweeper style EQ, and feature the Ibanez EXF angled pickups with equal spacing between pickup to string for balanced output levels. The new SR300 basses should be available by the end of January.