Apr 10

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MUSIKMESSE 2016 and Pioneer has teamed up with Dave Smith Instruments to reveal an awesome-looking new sampler and step sequencer, the TORAIZ SP-16. This looks like a perfect piece of kit that has stuff I really prefer over the AKAI and Native Instruments equivalents such as the MPC and the Maschine. This beast is Standalone and is something I always wanted rather than be subject to the problems of a PC.

It’s built with 16 powerful sampler engines and Dave Smith Instruments-created analogue filters based on the fantastic Prophet-6 synth. If you want to load your own samples you can do this from a USB stick or from its own 8GB internal memory as it comes with 2GB of Loopmasters sounds already on board.

The Toraiz SP-16 will be available later this year and will be priced at €1599/£1279. That is quite a bit of money and I think that as soon as you have a name like Dave Smith on board you know it is going to be expensive but you also know that the quality is going to be great from his high-pass and low-pass filters to the array of outputs necessary to make this a true standalone unit.

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Apr 7

Here is another interesting new product for Musikmesse 2016 – The Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer multi-effects pedal

The is mainly aimed at the acoustic guitar singer providing studio-quality vocal and guitar processing, including real-time harmonies and looping. You can get a professional vocal sound very quickly

You can get a professional vocal sound very quickly as it gives you a basic reverb plus a choice of four harmonies (with automatic key detection and doubling effect), electronic and distorted sounds, pitch correct, doubling, 3 band eq, low cut, radio and an Enhance setting, to add clarity and control to your sound.

For your guitar sound, there is a bit magic with something called Acoustic Resonance you can use it to remove piezo ‘quack’ and fine-tune your guitar tone with the Notch control. The main effects available are reverb, chorus, octave, mod delay, tremelo, phaser, octave, slow gear, 3 band eq, low cut, notch filter. There’s a handy built-in tuner, too.

There is also a footswitch which controls a built-in 80 second looper, which can loop your guitar, vocal or both, while patches can be stored in any of 50 memory locations.

Around the bach you get a whole range of connections:- MIC IN connector: XLR type, balanced, phantom power (DC 48 V, 10 mA Max)
GUITAR IN jack: 1/4-inch phone type, AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type, XLR OUT L, R connectors: XLR type, LINE OUT L/MONO, R jacks: 1/4-inch phone type, PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type, MEMORY INC/DEC jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type, USB COMPUTER port: USB type B and a DC IN jack.

Size is as follows:- 217 mm x 161 mm x 65 mm and weight of only 1.3 kg with batteries.

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Apr 6

It is that time of year again – MUSIKMESSE 2016 (7 April to 10 April 2016). I am not sure how many new products we will see but I am sure all of the Namm 2016 products will be on display this week.

Nord has announced a little bit early that they have a new Nord Drum in two different models. The Nord Drum 3 and The Nord Drum 3P. The 3P looks a bit like a Red Roland SPD-20. I suppose they are really modeling percussion synthesizers

I think the main thing for me is to hear how the Nord Drum 3 is different from the earlier models. Nord say that the have added
a global Stereo Reverb and Delay effects which is a good idea (but one that should have probably been there in the first instance), and they have also added a new Sound Select-feature for you to quickly browse their wide selection of drums sounds. With a whole load of new presets on top this is beginning to sound interesting.

The new sound selection and sound bank allows you to quickly assign a sound to each pad individually, replacing snares, kick drums, toms or cymbals etc. by selecting from Nord Drum 3’s preset library which has 10 categories of preset sounds

There is currently no word on the price of the Nord Drum 3 or the 3P but they should be available in June 2016

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