As we slowly came out of pandemic lockdowns, the gear companies began to release more gear into our music stores and while things aren’t completely as they were pre-covid, there was some sense of normality in the industry in 2022. This year provided us with some wonderful new products and here’s a bunch that came to our attention. Have a great and safe holiday period and we’ll see you back her in 2023.
GUITARS & BASSES
SQUIER® 40TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
Squier® 40th Anniversary Collection celebrated the brand’s Ruby anniversary with two collections of collectible models: Gold Edition and Vintage Edition – each boasting anodized aluminum pickguards, Fender-designed alnico single-coil pickups and vintage-style hardware. Gold Edition features stylish models adorned with eye-catching collections of upscale features and player-friendly refinements for the discerning Squier® fanatic, including gold hardware, gloss finishes and bound Indian laurel fingerboards with pearloid block inlays. Vintage Edition is a soulful tribute with a collection of classic features for the retro-minded Squier® enthusiast.
FENDER UNVEILED AMERICAN VINTAGE II SERIES: FAITHFUL RECREATIONS OF ITS MOST ICONIC MODELS FROM THE `50S, `60S &`70S
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the American Vintage II Series, an electric guitar and bass line celebrating Fender’s iconic models through the decades, equipped with authentic specifications and aesthetics for lovers of vintage-inspired style and sound. During the monumental musical decades of the `50s, `60s and `70s, Fender forever reshaped the sonic landscape with its innovative electric guitar and bass designs.
EPIPHONE RECREATED JOAN JETT’S PRIZED OLYMPIC SPECIAL
Epiphone presented the new Joan Jett Olympic Special electric guitar. A legendary musician and member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Joan Jett’s artistic vision and pioneering spirit has inspired countless musicians of all ages worldwide. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her landmark albums Bad Reputation and I Love Rock ‘n Roll, Joan Jett and Epiphone collaborated to bring to life her Olympic Special guitar in Aged Classic White.
FENDER’S SIGNATURE KINGFISH TELECASTER® DELUXE GUITAR
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the launch of the Kingfish Telecaster® Deluxe, a collaboration with the 23-year old Grammy® winner, guitar virtuoso, songwriter and vocalist, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. This signature Tele® not only honours Christone’s influence on the blues community, but his meteoric rise from a Mississippi hometown hero to world renowned guitar and musical phenom.
We recently chatted to Kingfish about his guitar and his upcoming April trip to Australia. Watch the interview HERE
EASTMAN GUITARS JULIET
Eastman Guitars have delivered a beautiful new series of guitars named the Juliet. A trio of uniquely Eastman solid body guitars, Juliet is an evolution of Romeo’s ergonomic carves and graceful curves, sculpted for maximum comfort. Her striking features include an offset body with raised center bar and laid-in pickguard, making her stand out in any player’s rig, on any player’s stage. Juliet is available in Pomona Blonde, Vintage Red and Antique Black Varnish.
YAMAHA INTRODUCES NEW GENERATION OF REVSTARS
Yamaha has introduced a brand new lineup of Revstar electric guitars. Originally launched in 2015, Revstar was the first new electric guitar series from Yamaha in more than a decade, drawing on the brand’s heritage in electric guitar design and the heritage of motorcycle design from the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
FENDER LAUNCHES NILE RODGERS “HITMAKER” STRATOCASTER® GUITAR
Fender announced the launch of the Nile Rodgers “Hitmaker” Stratocaster® guitar, a collaboration with the three-time Grammy® winner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a living legend of modern music with unfathomable cultural impact. This Fender® Artist Signature Series release honors both Nile and the iconic guitar he used to write, produce and/or perform on countless hits for the likes of: David Bowie, Diana Ross, Madonna, Daft Punk, Duran Duran, The B-52’s, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Daddy Yankee, Robert Plant / The Honeydrippers, Jeff Beck, The Vaughan Brothers, Lady Gaga, Sister Sledge, INXS, Sam Smith and many more.
GRETSCH LAUNCHED G5201E RANCHER PENGUIN PARLOR ACOUSTIC/ELECTRICS
Gretsch launched all-new Rancher Penguin Parlors from their big, bold and brash, Acoustic Collection. Originally only available in White, these models are offered in Black, Mint Metallic and Shell Pink, each with gold hardware. These acoustic/electric guitars are equal parts great sounding and eye-catching, making it the perfect instrument for players who want a very distinctive and unique look on stage or in the studio.
GIBSON & EPIPHONE ANNOUNCED NOEL GALLAGHER GUITARS
Gibson and Epiphone were proud to announce they had teamed with world renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist, Noel Gallagher to re-create his beloved 1960 Gibson ES-355 guitar (200 units only) and the Epiphone Riviera used during the mid-nineties. “Fuck me, what a Guitar!” says Noel Gallagher of the 1960 Gibson ES-355. “I’ve actually sent my main one back to storage, something I haven’t done since the day I bought it… THAT’S how good it is!”
FENDER CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY JAGUAR LTD EDITION COLLECTION
Fender is celebrating the 60th Anniversary Jaguar Limited Edition Collection. This collection honours the 60-year history of one of the Jaguar, one of Fender’s iconic flagship guitars. Named after the British sports car, the Jaguar had the most elaborate electronics of any Fender instrument. Its dual circuits were as complex as they were sonically diverse. Guitarists worldwide continuously turn to the Jaguar for its striking design and subversive personality.
EVH HONOURS EDDIE’S INNOVATIVE SPIRIT WITH STRIPED SERIES ‘78 ERUPTION
It’s still hard to believe we lost the great guitar man more than two years ago. Eddie Van Halen captivated players all over the globe with his otherworldly six-string talents, and his iconic and standout striped motifs have long been copied. The EVH Striped Series guitars put Eddie Van Halen’s historic and authentic striped style in the hands of players everywhere. These high-powered, high-performance machines are as kickass to look at as they are to play.
EVH introduces the Striped Series ‘78 Eruption, an ode to Eddie Van Halen’s lifelong love affair with DIY guitar modifications and the ways in which his innovative spirit inspired players around the globe.
GIBSON & LZZY HALE RELEASE FIRST-EVER EXPLORERBIRD GUITAR
Gibson was proud to partner with Lzzy Hale–frontwoman of the GRAMMY® Award-winning hard rock band Halestorm and Gibson’s first female brand ambassador–to release the new Explorerbird. The fourth collaboration between Gibson Brands luthiers and Lzzy Hale, the Explorerbird–a stylish mash-up with an Explorer body, neck, and a Firebird headstock–is the first guitar of its kind, due in Australia July/August 2022 via Australian distributor Australis Music Group.
EPIPHONE LAUNCHED TONY IOMMI SG SPECIAL
By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to take the next step in its partnership with legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi and launch the Tony Iommi SG Special, a new and exciting version of his beloved SG guitar which helped shape Heavy Metal. The Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Special is now available worldwide
JACKSON ANNOUNCES JOSH SMITH (NORTHLANE) SIGNATURE GUITAR
Every year, Jackson® continues to expand its ever-growing collection of Artist Signature models with some of the most influential and well-respected artists in the world, showcasing the brand’s versatility across iconic shapes and styles while paying tribute to heavy metal’s most celebrated players. This year Jackson has honoured Australian guitarist Josh Smith from chart topping, award-winning metal band Northlane with his own signature guitar.
Jackson are proud to announce the Pro Series Signature Josh Smith Soloist TM SL7 ET, Ebony Fingerboard Founding member metalcore act Northlane, co-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Josh Smith is central to the band’s expansive and pummeling sound and Jackson is proud to present the all- new Pro Series Signature Josh Smith Soloist TM SL7 ET in his honor. The 7-string collaboration begins with a 27” scale length. The Soloist TM alder body,sleekly sculpted for ergonomic comfort, is paired with a graphite-reinforced through-body caramelized maple neck for enhanced stability.
FENDER DEBUTS ALL MAHOGANY AMERICAN ACOUSTASONICS
Fender revealed a sampling of its new Fall 2022 product lineups, encompassing both player-driven guitar innovation and longstanding Fender craftsmanship. Designed to support Fender’s mission to give ‘artists wings to fly’, the new offerings cater to players looking to expand their sonic palette whether picking up for the first time, stage-ready performers or collectors adding a new piece of gear to their arsenal.
GIBSON ANNOUNCED ELVIS DOVE & SJ-200 ACOUSTICS
Gibson was proud to announce it had partnered with Authentic Brands Group (ABG) and Elvis Presley Enterprises to create two stunning acoustics: the Gibson Elvis™ Dove and Gibson Elvis™ SJ-200, both in Ebony. The Elvis Dove and SJ-200 are handmade by the expert luthiers and artisans of the Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop in Bozeman, Montana. These very limited production guitars are highly sought after and will be snapped up quickly, if they haven’t already been.
FENDER ANNOUNCES MONONEON’S SIGNATURE JAZZ BASS V
Fender announced the MonoNeon Jazz Bass® V to honour the inventive bassist’s singular vision and empower players everywhere to approach the instrument with the same curious spirit that has fueled his vivid career. It was only a couple of months ago that MonoNeon stunned Australian fans during his appearance at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, where he could be seen performing with his signature bass.
JACKSON LAUNCHES JS SERIES BASSES
Versatile style and enormous sound collide in the all-new Jackson JS Series Basses. The JS Series appeals to the new player looking for a quality bass with easy playability, classic Jackson looks and features, and inspiring tone that will help turn their affinity for music into a lifelong passion. In addition to beginners, these guitars will satisfy hobbyists with home studios looking for their next sound, friends and family looking for the perfect gift, or any player at any stage who is seeking the perfect gateway into the Jackson bass family.
FENDER ANNOUNCES HAMMERTONE PEDALS
The Fender® Hammertone™ line of effects pedals offer an accessible entry to the Fender® Effects family. Designed by in-house tone guru Stan Cotey, these circuits deliver incredible tone in a compact form-factor with high-quality hardware and player-friendly features. Featuring expert-designed analog and digital renditions of classic effects – Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Chorus, Delay, Reverb and more – these compact pedals deliver gig-worthy tones at an accessible price.
BOSS ANNOUNCES DS-1W DISTORTION PEDAL
BOSS announced the DS-1W Distortion, the latest addition to the acclaimed Waza Craft family of premium compact pedals. Based on the legendary DS-1 Distortion, the DS-1W fuses the look and character of the standard pedal with two modes and a newly revised discrete analog circuit for more range and versatility.
EARTHQUAKER DEVICES SUNN O))) LIFE PEDAL® OCTAVE DISTORTION + BOOSTER
Sunn O))) and EarthQuaker Devices were pleased to bring you the Sunn O))) Life Pedal V3. The Sunn O))) Life Pedal circuit has been meticulously tweaked from the original to squeeze every last drop of heavy crushing tone available. The octave section has been fine tuned to make it more pronounced without losing the bottom end and we added a third footswitch, utilizing Flexi-Switch Technology®, for the octave to allow an additional method of quick and radical tone shaping.
BOSS ANNOUNCES SL-2 SLICER PEDAL
BOSS announced the SL-2 Slicer, the latest addition to the company’s legendary compact pedal lineup. This original BOSS effect chops sound into unique percussive patterns—including many processed with internal filters and effects—and provides multiple output options that bring grooves to life across the stereo field. Offering 88 onboard patterns, MIDI control support, and additional patterns via the BOSS Tone Studio app, the SL-2 is an inspiring tool for all types of creators, from guitarists and keyboardists to loop performers, DJs, beatmakers, and beyond.
BOSS ANNOUNCES GX-100 GUITAR EFFECTS PROCESSOR
BOSS announced the GX-100, the latest member of the acclaimed BOSS family of amp/effects processors for guitar and bass. Fusing advanced BOSS tone technologies into a sleek, ultra-modern hardware design, the GX-100 delivers premium sound and ultra-intuitive operation with a vivid color touch display. It features 23 AIRD amplifiers and over 150 effects derived from the flagship GT-1000, up to 15 simultaneous effect blocks, and deep real-time command via onboard footswitches, an expression pedal, and external control support.
BOSS INTRODUCES TWO NEW SPACE ECHO PEDALS
BOSS introduced the RE-202 and RE-2 Space Echo pedals, two new products based on the legendary Roland RE-201 Space Echo from the 1970s and 1980s. The RE-202 is an advanced pedal with three footswitches and extended features, while the RE-2 offers core Space Echo features in a classic BOSS compact pedal. Known for its distinctive rhythmic echo sounds, warm character, and highly playable sonic quirks, the tape-based RE-201 continues to inspire musicians, producers, and audio mixers over four decades on. Backed by intensive R&D and the latest BOSS innovations, the RE-202 and RE-2 capture the original Space Echo sound and behaviour in flawless detail.
TECH 21 SANSAMP MP40 LTD EDITION GEDDY LEE 40TH ANNIVERSARY ‘MOVING PICTURES’ PEDAL
Based on the original Geddy Lee YYZ Signature SansAmp pedal, the Geddy Lee MP40 Limited Edition Signature SansAmp celebrates the 40th Anniversary of “Moving Pictures.” This was a milestone album for RUSH that sold over 5 million copies, and a major turning point in Geddy Lee’s bass tone. “Moving Pictures” captivated and influenced generations of bass players, and continues to do so to this day.
STRYMON ANNOUNCES SIX NEW PEDALS
Strymon Engineering, the respected manufacturer of premium products for the guitar and Eurorack markets, has announced the release of a new and modern pedal platform that features six new pedals.
The new pedals – DIG, Flint, El Capistan, Deco, Lex and blueSky – are updated versions of some of Strymon’s most popular models
FROM PEDALTRAIN: DAYLIGHT OVERDRIVE & NIGHTLIFE DISTORTION
Pedaltrain introduces two new pedals, Daylight Overdrive and Nightlight Distortion.
“Daylight” is a symmetrical overdrive, on the brighter side (hence the name). It is a pleasantly dynamic, musical, and focused. Notice that as you back off the guitar’s volume pot the pedal cleans up. “Nightlight” is on the darker side, asymmetrical, a more full-bodied, beefier, distortion sound. Again, this pedal is very dynamic and can play off of your guitar’s volume. The pedals can stand alone or work together, sort of like an overlapping pedal Venn diagram. We worked hard to make sure the sounds were musical and usable through the entire sweep of the controls.
LINE 6 NEW CATALYST AMPLIFIERS FEATURING HELIX TECHNOLOGY
Line 6 brings Helix technology to its new Catalyst amp series. The Catalyst® family includes three dual-channel combo amplifiers that perform like traditional guitar amps—while providing the increased versatility of modern amplifiers. From the 200-watt Catalyst 200, capable of holding its own on nearly any stage, to the 60-watt Catalyst 60, which is perfect for practice, recording, and performing in small venues—there’s a Catalyst amp for every player.
BLUGUITAR LAUNCHES AMPX
Thomas Blug of BluGuitar was quick to launch his fabulous new product, the AMPX in a livestream the day before the 2022 NAMM Show had officially opened.
With four decades of being a sound designer, BluGuitar owner Thomas Blug came up with the idea of creating an all analog Nanotube™ guitar amp design that is fexible enough to (re)-create any amp that he could think of – those that have excited us in the past as well as any ideas that might come in the future. With this in mind, Thomas and his team developed the ground-breaking Neural Analog Amp™ design, which offers the capability to edit and save analog circuit parameters at a component level – like a “virtual soldering iron“ for analog amp tuning.
NEW MUSTANG AMPS FROM FENDER
This year, Fender expanded its popular range of amps with two new models for guitarists who love Fender classic and modern tones. The Mustang LT40S is the newest addition to the popular Mustang LT series guitar amplifiers, ideal for practicing and jamming at home, with 40 watts of stereo power, a pair of high-fidelity, full range 4-inch speakers and a super-simple user interface and full colour display. The new Limited Edition Pro Junior™ IV SE is a simplified alternative to our core Lacquered Tweed model. Fun, flexible and pedal-friendly, the Pro Junior IV SE is an ideal addition to any electric guitarist’s amp collection.
ROLAND ANNOUNCES 50TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION JC-120 JAZZ CHORUS AMP
Roland announces the JC-120 Jazz Chorus Roland 50th Anniversary Limited Edition, a commemorative version of the iconic JC-120 guitar amplifier. Offered in a one-time production run of 350 units, Roland presents this special model to close out the company’s 50th -anniversary celebration and express gratitude to generations of loyal customers around the world. The JC-120 Jazz Chorus Roland 50th Anniversary Limited Edition comes in a natural cherry wood finish and features a dark gray grille cloth and a badge with a hand-engraved serial number.
AUDIOBOX GO ULTRA-COMPACT, MOBILE 2×2 USB AUDIO INTERFACE
The AudioBox GO from Pre Sonus provides all the connections you need to record on the move: Mic, Instrument, and Line inputs; monitor speaker and Headphone outs; and a USB-C®-compatible port that provides bus power; the AudioBox GO packs pro features into an interface small enough to fit in your pocket.
ZOOM F3 PROFESSIONAL FIELD RECORDER
ZOOM has announced the F3 professional field recorder. With 32-bit float recording, the F3 effortlessly captures the quietest raindrops and the loudest explosions. Its small footprint allows for this recorder to be placed anywhere, as you capture and monitor up to 192 kHz of high-quality audio.
BOOM! APOGEE’S NEW HIGH-END USB AUDIO INTERFACE FOR ALL CREATIVES
Boom! Introducing Apogee’s new high-end USB Audio interface for all music makers and content creators. BOOM is made for passionate creators that pursue their creativity and quality without compromise. Whether you’re a musician, podcaster, video producer or live streamer, BOOM will inspire you to take your projects to the next level, with legendary studio-quality sound by Apogee.
SSL INTRODUCES THE 12 USB AUDIO INTERFACE
Big studio features, legendary SSL sound and unparalleled software integration, in a portable, desktop footprint. SSL 12 presents professional features and workflow never seen before at this price point. The Solid State Logic SSL 12 is the perfect audio interface for producers and engineers who demand uncompromising performance and versatility from a desktop device. SSL 12 is capable of being both a studio centrepiece and a portable production hub to take with you on the road
WALDORF INTRODUCES IRIDIUM KEYBOARD
Having already introduced Iridium as a high-class synthesizer in a compact desktop form with welcomed added extras, and building upon the high-quality synthesizer developer’s demanding design standards set by its Quantum keyboard flagship’s futuristic functionality and advanced tonality, Waldorf Music is proud to take the concept further forward by announcing the availability of its Iridium Keyboard counterpart.http://australianmusician.com.au/waldorf-introduces-iridium-keyboard/
ROLAND ANNOUNCES JUNO-X PROGRAMMABLE POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER
Roland announces JUNO-X, a new polyphonic synthesizer driven by the next-generation ZEN-Core Synthesis System. JUNO-X brings the best of the past together with Roland’s latest technologies, reimagining the vintage JUNO experience with vastly expanded sound possibilities and free-flowing tools tuned for today’s music. It delivers the full capabilities of the native ZEN-Core engine, along with genuine recreations of the JUNO-60 and JUNO-106 synths plus other legacy Roland instruments.
CASIO ANNOUNCES 3 PREMIUM PRIVIA DIGITAL PIANOS
Casio added three premium-level models — the PX-S7000, PX-S6000, and PX-S5000 — to its award-winning Privia PX-S family of digital pianos.
This new trifecta liberates the piano from its traditional confines against a wall with a crisp mid-century modern design and transparent music stand that invites gazes from every angle. Luxury appointments, including spruce key sides and new key-tops on every model, a sleek and sturdy minimalist stand, and contemporary colors with wood-grain accents communicate an aesthetic of understated elegance. But, of course, this beauty is far more than skin deep, with each model showcasing the Privia family’s best acoustic piano sounds and remarkable feel that is sure to engage and delight the experienced player.
YAMAHA DELIVERS MODX+ SYNTHESIZERS
Most people will by now know the Yamaha MODX. The younger sibling to the successful Yamaha Montage, the MODX was just about everything you could want in a mid-price synthesizer. Yamaha now presents the all new MODX8+, MODX7+ and MODX6+ Music Synthesizers.
MODX+ is powered by the same innovative technologies found in their flagship MONTAGE synthesizer including the AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine and a pure FM-X (Frequency Modulation) synth engine for amazing sound playback and complex sound design.
MODX+ Motion Control brings the sophisticated automation of music production to live performances by giving you simultaneous control of up to 128 parameters. So you can shape live sound like a conductor commands an orchestra.
THE MINIMOOG MODEL D RETURNS
More than a half-century since its invention, the legendary Minimoog Model D analog synthesizer returns to production inside the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina. Now available to order worldwide. Originally released in 1970, the Minimoog Model D changed the face of modern music and has served as the archetype for all synthesizers that followed.
The all-analog instrument gained acclaim for combining the colossal sound of the 1960s Moog modular synthesizers with the accessibility of pre-wired modules, meaning that it could be played instantly and intuitively with no patch cables required. A groundbreaking innovation, the Minimoog was quickly embraced by a diverse roster of performers, such as Herbie Hancock, Kraftwerk, Jan Hammer, Sun Ra, Giorgio Moroder, Parliament Funkadelic, Pink Floyd, and Gary Numan—all shaping unique sounds and forging new genres with the instrument.
ROLAND INTRODUCES FANTOM-O SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SERIES
Roland introduces the FANTOM-0 series, a new lineup of synthesizer keyboards for performers, producers, and music creators. The FANTOM-06, FANTOM-07, and FANTOM-08 models combine the sonic power and fluid workflow of the top-of-the-line FANTOM series in light, streamlined instruments that flow smoothly into every musical situation, from studio production to high-level stage performances.
NEW DIXON SPARK DRUM KITS
No matter when the inspiration to play drums strikes, Dixon Spark series provides everything a drummer needs to look, sound, and perform like top tending talent. SPARK are complete outfits configured for new drummers in need of the basic gear to learn and perform. Quality components and a choice of sparkle finishes make SPARK a top choice for a fast start.
INTRODUCING DB ONE HEADS FROM EVANS DRUMHEADS
EVANS Drumheads is introducing a revolutionary new suite of products, dB reduced volume drumheads and cymbals. The dB product suite includes dB Zero, a rebrand of the popular SoundOff mesh drumheads, and the introduction of dB One Drumheads and Cymbals.
LUDWIG UNIVERSAL SNARE DRUM SERIES
Ludwig’s Universal Snare Drum series offers a palette of new sounds to complement virtually any style of music. Universal Snares were designed to bring unique musical voices to the stage that work well in various musical styles across multiple tuning ranges. Sonic range and richness have never been so accessible!
DW 50TH ANNIVERSARY DRUM SET
The DW 50th Anniversary 6-piece kit was handcrafted in DW’s California custom shop, wrapped in rare, quilted maple and fitted with inlaid rosewood badges and bands. Antique gold hardware ensures these drums are worthy of an anniversary. Inspired by John Good’s memories of growing up in Northern Italy, the DW Collector’s Series 50th Anniversary Limited-Edition 6-Piece Shell Pack matches persimmon and spruce, two of the woods that stimulated his lifelong passion for crafting the perfect sound. Only 100 of these kits will be produced and each includes a certificate of authenticity signed by John Good and Don Lombardi.
TAMA INTRODUCES CLUB-JAM PANCAKE COMPACT DRUM SET
The Club-JAM Pancake kit combines the benefits of a compact & easily portable drum kit with professional quality sound and durability. This is achieved through the lightweight and minimalist design of the Club-JAM series. As the lightest and smallest option in the Club-JAM series, this Club-JAM Pancake kit offers a professional quality sound in any situation.
The 3.5″ deep tom and floor tom, paired with a 4″ deep snare drum and bass drum can be easily packed in just a single bag thanks to the ultrashallow shell. The single-headed toms produce a crisp and warm sound with a strong attack. The double-headed snare drum produces a bright and sharp sound, along with significant low-end from the double-headed bass drum.
XS ELECTRIC FROM D’ADDARIO
D’Addario XS, the technological breakthrough in coated strings, is now available for electric guitar. Debuted initially as an acoustic string in 2021, XS is a groundbreaking innovation that offers players maximum life, an unprecedented level of strength, and tuning stability—all without sacrificing the iconic D’Addario tone. Led by Chief Innovation Officer Jim D’Addario, XS Electric still maintains the same benefits as XS Acoustic. Those benefits include maximum string life, thanks to the impossibly thin film coating (1/10 the thickness of a human hair) that completely protects the wound strings from corrosion, and D’Addario’s proprietary dispersion coating, used in our XT line, to protect the plain-steel strings. Combined, these attributes provide a smooth and fast playing experience without sacrificing precision and control.
ORBA 2 ALLOWS YOU TO PLAY ANY SOUND IN THE WORLD
Everyone loves music. We hear it all around us; it’s a part of what makes us human. Now anyone can make it thanks to Orba 2, the evolution of Artiphon’s award-winning line of musical devices. With Orba 2, you can play any sound you can imagine, anywhere you like. Artiphon’s new device puts real instruments in the palm of your hand and is now available and shipping in Australia! Featuring a brand new sound engine that includes audio samples, Orba 2 is the first musical device that packs an entire studio into the palm of your hand. This means you can play instruments like electric guitars and upright pianos and more adventurous sounds like vocals, found sounds, custom artist songs, and more. Imagine conducting an orchestra in the park—no strings attached and no screens required.
ROLAND’S NEW SPD-SX PRO SAMPLING PAD
Roland upgrades its flagship sampling pad with nine playing surfaces, eight external trigger inputs, color display, customizable pad LEDs, onboard effects, and more. The SPD-SX PRO is the ultimate sampling pad for the most demanding gigs. With years of road testing and extensive user feedback from the SPD-S and SPD-SX, the top-tier SPD-SX PRO raises the bar again. Harnessing the advanced sample pad technology of its predecessors, the SPD-X-PRO boasts an array of requested professional enhancements and is built for life on the road. Illuminate dark stages with a large color display and customizable multi-color trigger lights. Expand your performance setup with more audio outputs, additional trigger inputs, and hi-hat and FX expression pedal control. And go further with a massive 32 GB memory, 48 kHz audio playback, increased pad sensitivity without crosstalk, and a dedicated SPD-SX PRO App for easier kit editing.
MOOG MUSIC’S ETHERWAVE THEREMIN IS BACK
Own a piece of music history with Moog’s newest instrument: Etherwave Theremin. Based on the company’s original Etherwave circuitry and aesthetic, designed by Bob Moog himself in 1996, this evolution of the instrument delivers improved precision, portability, and playability for the professional thereminist or curious newcomer. For over 60 years, Moog theremins have captured the imagination of players and audiences alike. Most recently over the last two and a half decades, Moog’s Etherwave Standard and Etherwave Plus have set the bar for performance theremin design. Now, the all-time highest-selling theremin models get an update to become simply Etherwave Theremin.
INTRODUCING AIRA COMPACT INSTRUMENTS
Overnight Roland released their fabulous new AIRA COMPACT series. These are super cool pocket music makers and are sure to be popular with musicians around the globe. Now you can jam with iconic Roland sounds in the palm of your hand. With AIRA Compact instruments, you can easily play and perform with genre-defining sounds—anywhere, anytime. Chain them together or connect with MIDI gear, computers, and music apps to expand your setup. Just power on, dig into the bounty of presets, and go with the flow.