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 Here's a world first from one of the most respected names in the industry. Studiomaster have announced      the release of the "Starlight" which they are billing as a complete "sound and lighting" cabinet.

 

 Available as either a 12" or 15" system, Starlight combines 250 watt self powered FOH reinforcement and a  50 watt powered side mounted monitor driver within each cabinet.

 

 Each cabinet features a rear panel mounted 2-channel mixer with one balanced XLR mic and line inputs, and  one with balanced XLR and stereo phono inputs. There is a 3-band EQ and a separate monitor level control  and input for a foldback signal from a mixing console.

 

 It also incorporates a recessed side slot housing six high-power LEDs with dispersion lenses. The in-built  lighting controller features 13 programs, including seven static colours, fade to colour change, sound to light;  brightness and speed are also adjustable. The Starlight cabinets are supplied as matched pairs, with the  LEDs and monitors angled inward towards the performers’ stage position.

 

 Studiomaster Head of R&D and designer of the Starlight series, Paul Belcher, explained: “The Starlight  system is targeted at solo artists and duos, small bands, and DJs – where the monitor speaker is a  particular bonus. It is also highly applicable in smaller venues and music bars; in fact anywhere where you  need good PA sound reinforcement and a colour light show.

 

 “Simply mounted on a speaker stand, with power and audio signal connected, it is ready to go. It’s a feature configuration that in so many different applications makes perfect sense, and it is a unique concept that we plan to develop further in other product ranges.”

 

Introducing the Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite electronic drum kit, an entry level kit packed with professional features and quality componants. This, extremely compact and powerful electronic drum kit is perfect as a first kit or a practice tool.

Its footprint is small, but the HD-3 sounds and performs impressively large. Based on Roland's legendary V-Drums, this little kit is a dream for beginners, casual players, gamers, as well as for parents, since the volume level can be completely controlled via volume knob and/or headphones.

Play the comfortable new cloth-head pads that feel and respond like acoustic toms. The beater-less kick pad has also been enhanced for comfort and improved playing response.

The HD-3 is equipped with a mix input jack for connecting CD-players, MP3 players, and other audio sources. Jam along with your favourite songs, and control the blend of music and your live drumming through headphones or an amplifier

 

 

Roland HD-3 features three cloth-head toms, one mesh-head snare pad and two cymbal pads. In addition to this, the HD-3 includes a hi-hat and a hi-hat controller pedal and another beater-less kick pedal. Roland have designed the HD-3 for effortless playing and ease of use, whether you're an experienced drummer looking to practice at home, on the road or in the studio, or indeed a beginner looking for an introduction into the drumming world, Roland's HD-3 is a fantastic all rounder.

Roland's HD-3 offers dual-trigger snare and crash/ride cymbal pads, which make for an incredibly authentic playing experience. Due to this realism, the Roland HD-3 is the perfect solution for those who want to play and practice drums, but don't have space or indeed sound proofing required to set up an acoustic kit.

Included in the Roland HD-3 module, are 20 preset kits with dedicated select buttons. Roland are renowned for their incredible sounding samples and the HD-3 is no exception, with real studio sampled kits and programmed electronic kits to get you going.

The HD-3 from Roland is highly portable and offers a very small footprint, making it ideal for when space is a premium or portability is a must. There's even a mix-in jack which allows you to play along with your favourite tracks and tunes.

 

 

 

Something BIG is about to hit the streets...One of the biggest names in PA speakers and systems, ElectroVoice, has announced the arrival of a series of speakers destined to be the new benchmark for affordable, portable professional PA speakers.

Introducing the ZLX series of PA speakers, perfect for a host of portable, live PA and sound reinforcement applications. This incredible range of speakers comprises four speaker models, two passive and two active.

 

ZLX Passive Loudspeakers

When choosing a loudspeaker, it's always wise to ask "What's inside the box?" Then take a listen and hear the EV difference for yourself. Featuring custom drivers housed in a breakthrough new cabinet design, the two compact and versatile passive ZLX models make EV's legendary sound quality and rugged reliability more accessible than ever before.

  • EV-engineered components for best-in-class sound
  • Lightweight, super-durable composite construction with unique hi/lo grip design for effortless pole mounting and portability
  • Patented split-baffle design for superior driver time alignment and enhanced sonic impact and intelligibility

 

ZLX Active Loudspeakers

 

The two powered ZLX models cut through the competition with the most complete and innovative package of features in their class - all of which work together to make it quicker and easier than ever to take control of your sound, whatever the show.

  • LCD display and unique single-knob DSP control with presets – quickly optimize ZLX to suit your performance style and space
  • Input level meters and independent amplifier control- ensure optimal gain structure in seconds
  • EV-engineered components matched with a custom-built 1000-W Class-D amplifier for best-in-class sound
  • Lightweight, super-durable composite construction with unique hi/lo grip design for effortless pole mounting and portability
  • Patented split-baffle design for superior driver time alignment and enhanced sonic impact and intelligibility

 

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This years MusikMesse show in Frankfurt saw the launch of the Novation Bass Station II. Novation Bass Station II brings the legendary Bassstation synth from Novation straight into the 21st century. The original BassStation analogue synth was a revolution in music production allowing the user to create fat bass sounds. The all-new new Bass Station II is an analogue monophonic synth that is bigger and bolder than ever. It's more than a bass synth; it's versatile enough to kick out sharp leads and crisp arpeggios.

Bass Station II is an analogue mono synth with a talent for bass, but a sound-engine that is versatile enough to kick out sharp leads and crisp arpeggios. It brings the best elements of the original BassStation into a brand new design with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the BassStation, but much, much bigger. The hardware has been laid out in modules with dedicated pots, switches, sliders and buttons for all major parameters. Critically, you can store and recall patches on Bass Station II. It comes with 64 killer factory presets, space for 64 of your own sounds on the hardware, and you can store more on your computer.

BassStation 2's signal path is all analogue, including the effects section. It is based on three analogue oscillators (two independent oscillators plus a sub for rich bass sounds) and a noise generator; two discrete filters, Classic and Acid, with built-in overdrive; Distortion and Osc Filter Mod effects; two ADSR envelopes, two LFOs, and an Arpeggiator and programmable Step Sequencer. And that's just scratching the surface of the synth engine. Bass Station II's traditional control layout breaks everything into modules with dedicated pots, switches and sliders. Unlike a traditional analogue synth, there's plenty of storage for your own sounds - there are 64 factory presets plus 64 more slots for your own sounds in the hardware - and you can store more on your computer.

The key-mechanism consists of 25 full-sized keys that are velocity sensitive with assignable aftertouch. It has been developed as a 'synth-action' keyboard, where each key is individually sprung so it is light to the touch and highly responsive to the synth engine. Bass Station II is a fully class compliant MIDI device with MIDI I/O on 5 pin din ports - for connecting to other MIDI outboard - and your computer over USB.

 

 

 

 

Bass Station II is built on three analogue oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator (which is the critical component in creating rich, analogue bass sounds). Oscillators One and Two are switchable between sine, sawtooth, square and variable pulse width, and Oscillator Three - the sub osc - can be set to one or two octaves below Oscillator One. It can be square, sine or narrow pulse width, delivering the characteristically 'fat' bass tone.

BassStation 2 allows you to select between two discrete filters - 'Acid' or 'Classic' - each with a built in overdrive for pushing filter tones from dry, to warm, to nasty! The 'Classic' BassStation filter can be switched between low pass, high pass and band pass at 12 or 24dB slopes. The 'Acid' filter is based on a diode ladder filter design that delivers a characteristically 303-esque sound that is designed to squelch.

Bass Station II has two effects (not including the filter overdrive). Analogue distortion drives circuit components to add new frequencies to the sound. Bass Station II's Distortion function can add gentle warmth, filthy granularity and anything in between. The second effect is 'Osc Filter Mod' which creates a distinctive FM-type sound by using Oscillator Two to modulate the filter frequency. This is very good at crunchy, sound-mulching effects that substantially fatten up bass and lead patches.

There are two envelope generators and two low frequency oscillators (LFOs). The first envelope is an ADSR amp envelope and the second is a mod envelope that can be used to modulate filter frequency, oscillator pitch and osc pulse width. LFO One is dedicated to pitch modulation whereas LFO Two is used to modulate osc pulse width and filter frequency. Although it looks like there are four LFO waveforms, the 'LFO Slew' function can be used freely to sculpt LFOs into smoother wave-shapes.

Bass Station II's Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are killer performance and production tools. The Arp can be directed to run through 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions with a switchable octave range. You can also engage the Step Sequencer. Up to four sequences can be played in - with legato and rests - and played back using any one of the 32 rhythmic patterns. As well as getting ideas down quickly and programming performance sequences, this is a brilliant way to preview patches whilst you are editing your Bass Station II Analogue Mono Synthesizer. 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the new Volca series from Korg, a trio of true-analogue synthesizers that follow in the footsteps of the best-selling Montron and Monotribe which were a firm favourite amongst music makers across the world.

Volca is a new lineup of EDM production tools which are guaranteed to get music buffs everywhere drooling.

Volca Keys is a traditonal lead synthesizer which combines a compact design with a simple, yet powerful, polyphonic analog sound engine and loop sequencer. Volca Keys features three note true analogue synthesis, a voicing fun

ction lets anyone create sounds easily, and a delay effect for even more sonic possibilities.

Volca Bass is a true-analogue bass synthesizer. Volca Bass delivers aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove - the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines.

Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it's a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it's also a powerful way to generate "free form" bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration.

Volca Beats rhythm machine completes the line-up. This true-analogue drum machine sequencer brings you olid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style sequencer in a compact unit.  Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines with six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing. Volca beats also fe

atures a loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series with Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches, stutter function which generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence, an active Step function that generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps and a step-Jump function instantly plays only the step you're pressing.

These powerful and fun-to-use true-analog devices deliver a diverse array of fat sounds that can be obtained only from an analog synthesizer. Each is also equipped with sequencing/recording capabilities for intuitively generating performances. Multiple volcas can be used in tandem via the vintage-style sync in/out, and with your favorite DAW software or MIDI keyboard via MIDI In. Battery operation and built-in speakers mean that you can conveniently play anywhere and anytime. These are the next-generation analog synthesizers, bringing you the ultimate sounds and grooves with ease and depth. Whether used together or by themselves, the volca series is poised to inject true analog power into any performance or studio setu

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