Monthly Archives: July 2006

Sonic Head Releases 4++ Increment Sound Library In 5/4 Time

Sonic Head Inc. has released the futuristic 4++ Increment sampling CD/CD-ROM. All loops in this library are in 5/4 time.

4++ Increment includes 40 construction kits including breakbeats, various styles of drum patterns, bass, keyboards, and effects covering a range of styles (Hiphop / RnB / House / 2step / Trance / Electronica / Rock / Pop / Ethnic / Bosanova / Ambient / Drum’n’Bass / Jazz). Usefully, the folder name for each of the construction kits gives information on both the original tempo (all between 58-170bpm) and key. This library is comprised of both an audio CD and an Acidised WAV CD-ROM.

* Audio CD and Acidised WAV CD-ROM 2-CD set
* 67 US$ (7800 JPY)
* International shipping is available when you order at

For more information, visit their web site at

Kid Nepro Productions Expands Product Line To Include Hardware

The Patch King, aka Kid Nepro Productions, known for many years as a leading developer of synth patches and digital samples has now added one of the largest inventories of used music equipment to their website.

Now listed at are hundreds of hardware items for sale, including keyboards, computers and computer accessories, drum machines and sequencers, guitars, basses, amps and effects, and tons of audio gear. Everything you need to put together a home studio, live rig or just add that one piece of gear that you’ve been looking for.

All equipment is checked out by an expert service tech before being put up for sale. Most items come with a three month warranty except items marked as consignment. Consignment items all have a seven-day check out period. Most items come with a copy of the manual. Photos are available upon request.

For more information, visit their web site at

Paul Reed Smith, Bob Taylor, And Robert Godin Documentary DVDs Now Available From No Island Media

Limited Edition versions of the Paul Reed Smith, Bob Taylor and Robert Godin episodes of “The Search for the Perfect Guitar Tone” are now available on DVD from documentary producer No Island Media.

The Limited Edition episodes are fully authorized by the manufacturers and each episode has been produced in close co-operation with each innovator. Extended versions are 51 minutes each and include:

1. INSIDE PRS – a documentary photographed and directed by the Clio award-winning David Insley, Director of Photography for such massively successful cult films as Hairspray, Polyester, Cry Baby, and Pink Flamingos, and is a DP with over 300 commercial shoots in his portfolio.

2. BOB TAYLOR: AMERICAN LUTHIER – a documentary profile of Bob Taylor and Taylor Guitars, shot in high definition.

3. ROBERT GODIN: GUITAR CLINIC – a theater presentation by the founder/innovator behind Godin, Seagull, Art&Lutherie, Simon & Patrick and Norman guitars.

The Limited Edition DVDs are limited to a print run of 2,000 and retail for 24.99. The Extended episodes will also be included in “The Search For The Perfect Guitar Tone : Complete Collection.”

For more information, visit their web site at

Posted in Education, Guitar

Nucleus SoundLab Releases Viral Outbreak Vol. 1 Sample Library For Wusikstation/Kontakt

Viral Outbreak Volume One is the first in a series of sample libraries based on the sounds of the Virus TI hardware synthesizer. Using the power of extensive 96khz multisampling, manual looping and professional preset design, Nucleus SoundLab brings the TI sound to your sampler. Viral Outbreak Volume One is available now for Wusikstation v1/v2/v3, SFZ, and Kontakt 1/2.

Viral Outbreak Volume One contains all manner of TI-based sounds. Classic wavetables, raw saw and pulse waveforms (sampled at multiple pulsewidths), unison dance leads, breathtaking pads and even punchy synth drumkits.


  • Over 2GB (Wusik Format) of multisamples comprised of 130+ soundsets
  • virtually all soundsets stereo-sampled for the greatest depth
  • Sampled at 32-bit 96khz quality. For resource efficiency, then carefully downsampled to 24-bit 48khz
  • Nearly 750 Wusikstation v3 presets, many taking advantage of all the new v3 features! (450 presets for Wusik v1)
  • The best preset designers out there: ToTc, Teksonik, Tim Conrardy, Jeremy Janzen, rsmus7 and more
  • A TI-inspired, Wusikstation v2/v3 skin by Vera Kinter

Listen to what Viral Outbreak Vol. One offers by downloading the MP3 demos at

Viral Outbreak Vol One is available immediately for electronic and standard distribution. The Wusikstation v1-3 version is priced at $84.95 US; the Kontakt/SFZ version is $59.95; and all formats together on a DVD (including shipping) costs $99.95.

For more information, visit their web site at

Nucleus SoundLab Viral Outbreak Vol. 1 Sample Library

Gator Introduces The GRBW-3U+6W Lightweight Rack Bag

Gator has released a new rack bag that is great lightweight solution for effects processors, recording equipment and wireless microphones. The unique GRBW- 3U+6W works with 6 – 1/2-space wireless units or 4 – 1/2-space wireless units and 1 antenna combiner.

The case has 3U of rack space with threaded field replaceable rack rails and the microphone pocket holds 6 wireless microphones or 6 body packs in a padded foam insert for protection.

The bag is constructed of lightweight 600-Denier nylon and features a rugged polyethylene reinforced interior frame and internal reinforced aluminum valance for superior protection.

Extra features of the case are a retractable, removable handle and wheel assembly and interior mesh pocket for accessories.

For more information, visit their web site at

Gator GRBW-3U+6W Lightweight Rack Bag

Gator GRBW-3U+6W Lightweight Rack Bag

Zoom Announces The H4 Handy Digital 4-Track Recorder

Zoom enters a new category with the production of the H4 Handy Digital 4-Track Recorder. The H4 fits in your palm and is perfect for ENG and a variety of other mobile recording applications. Performing as a dual function device with a 4-track mode for easy-to-use multi-track recording and a stereo mode (2 track) for handy field recording, the H4 is a unique entry in the hand-held digital recording space.

The H4 features dual electret condenser microphones in an X-Y configuration, these 10mm diaphragm mics will handle SPLs of up to 120 dB. The H4 includes 2 combination input jacks, XLR input with 48V or 24V phantom power and a high-impedance phone input for guitar, bass and synth recording. Four hours of continuous recording operation can be accomplished with 2 AA batteries. A back-lit 128 x 64 pixel LCD provides visual feedback of the recording.

Maximizing flexibility was an important design goal, and the H4 renders audio in several different recording formats: 16-bit PCM, 44.1 kHz sampling; 24-bit PCM, 48/96 kHz sampling (stereo) and MP3, 48k – 320k bps (stereo). A 64MB Secure Digital card is included. With an optional 1GB SD memory card, the H4 provides 190 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode, and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode.

The Zoom H4 is loaded with recording effects (compressor, limiter and mic modeling for stereo mode), in addition, guitar effects equivalent to the Zoom G2 are also provided.

The Zoom H4 comes bundled with Cubase LE and includes USB audio and mass-storage interfaces. A windshield cover and tripod attachment are also included.

For more information, visit their web site at

Zoom H4 Handy Digital 4-Track Recorder

Posted in Recording, Technology

Alfred Releases 2006 Rock Charts Guitar – The Hits, So Far TAB Book

Alfred is pleased to release 2006 Rock Charts Guitar – The Hits, So Far, the latest addition to Alfred’s Rock Charts series of books. This collection provides authentic guitar TAB for 15 of the biggest Billboard-charting rock songs released during the first half of 2006.

It features some of the most famous rock artists in the world, including Santana, Sheryl Crow, Green Day, Nickelback and Staind. It also includes hits from new artists like Trapt, Seether and Lifehouse.

Titles are: Animals (Nickleback) * Falling (Staind) * Good Is Good (Sheryl Crow) * Guarded (Disturbed) * Holiday (Green Day) * I’m Feeling You (Santana featuring Michelle Branch) * Jesus of Suburbia (Green Day) * Photograph (Nickelback) * Remedy (Seether) * Right Here (Staind) * Savin’ Me (Nickelback) * Stand Up (Trapt) * Stricken (Disturbed) * Wake Me Up When September Ends (Green Day) * You and Me (Lifehouse).

For more information, visit their web site at

Alfred Rock Charts Guitar

Posted in Education, Guitar, Tab

Pro Tone Pedals Introduces The Hustler Fuzz Pedal

The Pro Tone Pedals Hustler is a 70’s style 4 transistor fuzz that covers the full range, from a creamy crunch to full on sonic oblivion.

Familiar tones coupled with some heavy duty modifications to increase the girth of the fuzz make the Hustler Fuzz a stout unit. The Hustler’s tone control brings out a range of heavily filtered tones, while maintaining its big bottom end and sizzling top. Features:

Operates on a standard 9 volt battery or BOSS style adapter
True By-pass Switching
Durable aluminum housing with a powder coat finish
Bright orange LED
Hand built construction
Proudly made in the USA
$159 MSRP

For more information, visit their web site at

Pro Tone Hustler Fuzz Pedal

Posted in Effects, Guitar, Technology

Samson Introduces The db300 Series Of Two-Way Loudspeakers

Samson has introduced the dB300 line of portable, 2-way loudspeakers. The line features both active and passive versions of the loudspeaker, suitable for a variety of applications, maximizing performance and versatility.

The dB300 (passive) has a power handling capacity of 300 Watts RMS and features a custom designed 12-inch driver with 3-inch voice coil, a 1.75 inch titanium compression driver with a 1-inch exit, parallel Speakon™ and 1/4-inch connectors.

The dB300a (active) amplifier section produces 300 Watts RMS total power and the same driver and horn combination as the passive version along with balanced microphone and line level inputs with 2-band EQ.

Maximizing flexibility through design, the dB300 series is also designed to perform as near or far field stage monitors and includes pole mounts and integrated M6 fly points for a variety of applications.

For more information, visit their web site at

Samson db300 Two-Way Loudspeakers

Posted in Speakers, Technology

Aviom Sponsors 18-City How-To Sound Workshop Church Tour

Aviom has signed on as a Gold Sponsor of Fits and Starts Production’s popular HOW-TO Sound Workshops church tour. Designed specifically for to raise the audio proficiency and knowledge level of church sound personnel, praise team musicians and ministers of music, the two-day hands-on HOW-TO Sound Workshops offer the latest in gear and techniques, and are taught by live sound and recording engineers who have decades of experience in these fields.

As part of the sponsorship, Aviom has provided the workshop tour with its signature Pro16 personal monitor mixing system. In addition to being covered as part of the instructional portion of the program, workshop participants will experience using the Aviom personal mixers during a live performance of a local praise team during the second day.

“There’s no better way for church sound people to learn about the virtues of Aviom personal mixing than to use it for themselves,” explained Aviom’s Director of Marketing, Jason Frenchman. “The HOW-TO Sound Church Workshops give them that opportunity and, once they experience our technology first-hand, they’ll discover how it solves some of the problems of excessive volume and intelligibility they confront on Sundays.”

The current workshop tour begins on July 28 at the Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport, MD.

For more information, visit their web site at

Posted in Education, Events