Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rotosound Endorsee John Renbourn to Appear At The London Acoustic Guitar Show 2011

Rotosound are pleased to announce endorsee John Renbourn, founding member of Pentangle and acclaimed solo artist, will be joining them on the stand at the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2011, 10th and 11th September at 5 pm on the Saturday and at 10.30 on the Sunday.

World renowned instrumentalist John Renbourn career has spanned four decades and his prolific output as a highly respected solo artist continues unabated with the release this year of his critically acclaimed album Palermo Snow. He continues to tour, record and run workshops and will be also playing on the live stage at the London Acoustic show with Stefan Grossman.

Rotosound will be featuring a wide range of their acoustic, classical guitar strings and accessories on their stand at the show as well as having some great show offers. They will also be debuting at the show the award winning new Cooper guitar stand. This versatile, compact, and wooden guitar stand only weighs 16 ounces (500gms), can be opened with one hand and folds up to fit conveniently in gig bags or the headstock area of most guitar cases.

The Rotosound team are looking forward to meeting you at the show and also welcoming John Renbourn on their stand where you will have the opportunity to meet this great guitarist.

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Posted in Artists, Events, Guitar, Strings

Lick Library Bring You Learn To Play Metallica Vol. 3

Lick Library guitar DVD learning experience just got even better with the release of Learn to Play Metallica Vol. 3. This DVD brings you more insight into how to play arguably some of the greatest riffs of all time.

Metallica are one of the most influential heavy metal bands today. With nine Grammy awards, five consecutive albums debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 charts, and more than one hundred million records sold worldwide. Keith Hammett is a renowned student of all things guitar; he even had lessons from Joe Satriani. He continues to bring a stunning array of lead guitar parts and mean riffs making Metallica’s more melodic with his controlled guitar work.

Helping you learn these killer riffs is the highly respected thrash metal guitarist Andy James. Andy, fresh from appearing at Download this year with his band Sacred Mother Tongue, is the perfect guitar teacher; ready to show you each song note for note, in meticulous detail with the patience and willingness to not be concerned when you don’t get it right first time and need to rewind. Andy talks calmly, using straightforward explanations, and the split screen makes his hand positions easily observed. Techniques covered in these guitar lessons include basic licks, alternate picking and bending, with the main focus being metal rhythm.

Learn to Play Metallica Vol. 3 (RRP £24.99) guitar tuition DVD takes a look at five of the best loved Metallica tracks. From the 1983 album, Kill ‘Em All, Andy takes you through the solos and unusual bending of Seek & Destroy. Next come For Whom The Bell Tolls and Creeping Death from the 1984 Album Ride the Lightening and then Harvester of Sorrows from the …..And Justice For All album. The fifth track is classic Wherever I May Roam, from the Metallica (Or The Black Album).

Then once you have learnt all the songs you can play along to them at home with the Metallica Jamtrax Vol. 3.

Also available at are Learn to Play Metallica Vol.1 and Vol. 2, Metallica Jamtrax Vol.1 and Vol. 2 and Quick Licks: Kirk Hammett.

Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

Avid Announces New M-Audio ultra portable Keystation Mini 32 Keyboard Controller and hot new look, sound for BX D2 Studio Monitors

Introduces 32-key mini controller, delivering ultimate portable playability.
Advances best-selling M-Audio BX monitor line with new look, improved sound.

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced the availability of the new M-Audio® Keystation Mini 32 ultra-portable keyboard controller, as well as the
M-Audio BX D2 studio monitor series—the next generation of the best-selling BX Deluxe family. These new offerings extend Avid’s commitment to deliver best-in-class quality, performance, and value to mobile musicians, producers, and video editors.

The Keystation Mini 32 is a 32-note, USB bus-powered keyboard controller designed for musicians on the go. Small enough to fit in a backpack, this ultra-portable controller delivers unmatched playability in its class, with features including:

  • 32 low-profile mini-keys, enabling musicians to play two-handed parts
  • Highly musical velocity curves, allowing keyboard sensitivity customization to individual playing styles
  • 4 assignable controls, including a knob, providing real-time control of DAW and virtual instrument functions
  • USB bus-powered, plug-and-play connectivity including iPad compatibility (iPad Camera Connection Kit required; check specific apps to verify MIDI support)

The BX D2 series monitors—comprised of the BX8 D2 and BX5 D2 models— flaunt a new look,and improved sound. These models from the best-selling line deliver a listening experience that’s true to the source, helping musicians, producers, and video editors create mixes that translate well across listening systems. Plus they look great. Along with the exceptional accuracy and sonic definition that studio and post-production professionals demand, the BX D2 series features:

  • Technology leveraged from high-end M-Audio monitors, providing enhanced acoustic performance, especially in the low-frequency range
  • Kevlar low-frequency drivers and waveguide-loaded silk dome tweeters, providing rich, defined bass and smooth, clear highs
  • The BX8 D2 features an 8” woofer and 130 watts of distributed power and the BX5 D2 is equipped with a 5” woofer and features 70 watts of distributed power, delivering cohesive, accurate sound
  • Optimized rear port, providing extended low-frequency response

“The M-Audio brand is leading the way in the mobile studio revolution,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Avid vice president of consumer products and solutions “Now, the new Keystation Mini 32 pushes the category further than ever before—giving on-the-go musicians a way to create great music and effects through an ultra-playable, ultra-portable design. In addition, the updated BX5 D2 and BX8 D2 monitors extend our best-selling studio monitor legacy, delivering the look and performance musicians and video editors demand.”

Availability and Pricing

Keystation Mini 32 is available from September in EMEA for £54.99 GBP / €63 EUR.
The BX5 D2 and BX8 D2 are available in EMEA now for £215 GBP / €255 EUR and £319 / €379, respectively. To learn more visit or

Three Days to go for Tornado Victims Fund-raising ‘Music Aid for Joplin’ Auction

The launch by Orange Amps of the fund-raising Music Aid for Joplin’ is only three days away and is set

to raise thousands of pounds to help and support the Joplin community and in particular Glory Days Music Store destroyed by the tornado. The Auction (lots 1 to 30 only) has been running since July 18th and set to finish on Wednesday 24th August when the final live on-line auction begins at 10.30 am Pacific Daylight Time (USA) or 18.30 British Summer Time.

The auction has raised worldwide interest and the media have been widely supportive including a feature on CNN and coverage from much of the music press.

The live auction event will be handled by Fame Bureau, who are one of the world’s leading experts in music equipment and memorabilia. Highlights from the auction lots include a rare Orange Amps Union Jack half-stack, Sabian cymbals personally signed by RUSH’s Neil Peart and an Orange CR50BXT bass amp, signed by RUSH’s Geddy Lee. Since the launch of the auction support has been coming in from a wide range of companies and artists wanting to support this worthy cause and new lots added to the auction now include:

  • Mastodon signed Drum head and vinyl – Donated by Mastodon
  • Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby Wah Pedal signed by Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains – Donated by Dunlop
  • Slash Signature Cry Baby Wah Pedal signed by Slash – Donated by Dunlop
  • Taylor Baby Acoustic Guitar signed by country star Trace Adkins – Donated by Taylor Guitars
  • Theory Of A Deadman Signed Drum Heads, Drum Sticks, Shirts, and copies of their new album “The Truth Is…”
  • David Gravette signed Skateboard, Shoes, and Poster – Donated by C1RCA
  • Guitar Picks from
  • Para-Strap Guitar Strap and Solder-Free Pedal Board Kit – Donated by Lava Cable
  • Samsung Series 9 Notebook – Donated by Intel
  • Aria PE Elite Electric Guitar with Duncan Designed Pickups – Donated by Aria Distribution
  • Seymour Duncan 35th Anniversary Commemorative JB/Jazz Humbucker Set – Donated by Aria Distribution

To assist Orange Amps and its fellow manufacturers to help and support Music Aid for Joplin, please go to Fame Bureau’s website or link via  and bid on one of the many items available. There are only three days left to go, so get bidding for these unique items and to help raise funds for this good cause.

The Institute announces partnership with Future Copyright

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce a partnership with Future Copyright, a leading and innovative web-based provider of secure copyright solutions for musicians and creative artists.

This partnership is designed to support Institute students and alumni with services designed and developed for protecting copyright of intellectual property – essential for any creative musician! The Institute’s Operations Director Pete Whittard said on the partnership: “This link up with Future Copyright will really enhance the education programme that we have at the Institute. Future Copyright is a great product and their team and their existing legal and educational partners will offer great support to our staff and students.”

Future Copyright director Darryl Sherborne said, “This is a great link up for Future Copyright. The Institute’s brand and ethos really fits with Future Copyright. Our users include a large number of music producers, musicians and song writers; and our focus on educating new artists can be delivered with the support of the Institute. With the world of media copyright changing with the UK Government’s announcement to implement the Hargreaves Review recommendations, it’s important for colleges like the Institute to bring the latest educational material to their students so they are equipped to enter the modern media industry.”

Amongst the many benefits that this will bring to Institute students are:

  • Special lecturing events covering the ‘truths and myths of copyright protection’
  • Sponsorship of selected Institute awards and events
  • Full-time Institute students will be offered a free Future Copyright account with free start-up credits

For more information on this announcement or courses at the Institute please contact us directly:

Posted in Education, News

iDrum FREE digital magazine: Third Issue Features Dennis Chambers, Graham Broad and the exclusive £10,000 Neil Peart competition

iDrum, the free, interactive, digital magazine for drummers, has a packed third issue featuring in-depth video interviews with the unrivalled Dennis Chambers, Graham Broad fresh from The Wall Tour with Roger Waters, and Aaron Comess talking about the return of the Spin Doctors.

There is a special feature on the Musikmesse. This is when all the true advantages of a fully interactive magazine come to the fore – where you can not only see, but listen and hear to all the new products that were debuted there. There is a full A to Z guide from the iDrum team covering a full fifteen pages with video interviews and demonstrations.

iDrum brings you exclusive interviews in every issue, and this month includes features on top teacher Pat Petrillo. Editor Ian Croft also catches-up with Keith LeBlanc with live footage of his band Tack>>Head and you can see videos and a festival report from The UK Custom Drum festival. Another special feature is a behind the doors look at the Zildjian Artists Sessions in London where you can see and hear demonstrations of the new Gen16 Cymbals as well as get previews of what prototypes the research and development team are currently working on.

There are loads of product, DVD and CD reviews, again with video presentations and comment from experts you know and trust. Also included are over an hour and half of free drum and percussion lessons in the Tech Sessions covering all types of rhythm and genres with top teachers including Pete Lockett, Jungle Drummer and iDrum’s very own Jamie Borden.

And don’t forget the competition – you still have the chance to win the drumming prize of a lifetime – a complete set of Neil Peart Evolutions Snare drums by DW, his Sabian Paragon Cymbals and a brick of his custom designed signature Promark Drum Sticks. Together this prize is worth in excess of £10,000 ($15,000 or €11,000).

More than a magazine, iDrum is ahead of its time, an extraordinary experience that allows you to interact directly with the content, whether it is the interviews, the lessons, or the reviews. This free third issue comes with over one hundred and forty pages packed with drumming excitement.

Come and listen to the talking drum magazine, you’re going to love it. Go to

Lick Library Brings You Jam With Bullet For My Valentine Guitar Tuition DVD

Lick Library one of the world’s biggest suppliers of guitar tuition DVDs, has just released a Jam with Bullet For My Valentine, a double DVD and CD set. This new release featuring hours of guitar lessons will help you learn how to achieve the signature guitar harmonics of lead Guitarist Michael Paget and rhythm guitarist Matthew Tuck.

Bullet For My Valentine, described by Q magazine ‘as the best British metal band to emerge in years’  were Voted Best British Band and Best Live Band in 2010 in the Kerrang! Awards and Best British Band 2010 by Metal Hammer, they were second to headline at the 2011 Download Festival. Their matchless sound is made distinctive by the powerful six string dexterity of Michael ‘Padge’ Paget and the relentless thundering rhythms of Michael Moose. Padge’s lead style, which can be best described as aggressive, is full of vibrating riffs, his own unique style of bending, three string sweeps, tremolo picking and hammer pull-offs.

Jam with Bullet For My Valentine (RRP £27.99) – is a double DVD and CD with guitar tutorials and jam tracks by Andy James of seven favourite Bullet For My Valentine tracks.  Tracks included are the slow starting, 4 Words (To Choke Up On) which rapidly builds into a punchy metal core song and the highly catchy All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me) from their debut album Poison. From the second studio album, Andy looks at the title track Scream, Aim, Fire which is full of great musical ideas and roaring solid metal riffs. Hearts Burst Into Fire unlike many of the bands other songs is in a major key, full of velocity and lingering notes with an intense guitar solo. Then he takes a look at Waking the Demon, thought by many to be one of the most difficult songs downloadable for the Rock Band computer game.  Next from the hard hitting Fever Album, Andy breaks down the high energy title track with its pinch harmonics and riffs galore before looking at the fast paced One Last Fight.

Andy James is the incredible lead guitarist for UK Metal Band Sacred Mother Tongue whose album has just been release to widespread critical acclaim. His playing is well known for incorporating frighteningly fast alternate picking, sweeps, taps, aggressive vibrato and super precise riffs – who then, could be better placed to take you through, chord by chord, these fantastic Tracks from Bullet For My Valentine. Andy takes you through each track step by step, explaining what he is doing as he goes along and you can see what each hand does because of the split screen shots. You can take your time and really learn these tracks thoroughly, practicing them as you go with the CD or backing tracks. The guitar tuition DVD is designed so you can stop and start it to go back over things until you understand and master the techniques involved.

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Posted in DVD, Education, Guitar

Patchbanks & Sound Co. Product Release Seduction Piano Melodies

Patchbanks presents a delightful collection of 100 breathtaking piano melody loops for producing smooth R&B ballads and beats. Inside you’ll discover plenty of musical ideas arranged into chord structures and melody licks that will get you groovin’ on the spot! This collection was strictly composed by talented R&B music producers and provides nothing less then quality musicianship.

  • Quantity: 100 Loops
  • File Type: Wav
  • Music Styles: R&B, Pop, Neo-Soul
  • Bpm Range: 60-92 Bpm
  • Price: $19.95

For demos and product info please visit

Posted in Loops, Piano, Samples

Rotosound Launches the Cooperstand Guitar Stand in the UK

Rotosound is proud to announce the release and distribution of Cooperstand’s Professional Guitarstands in the UK! The Pro-G received a Best In Show Award at Summer NAMM 2010.

This is a guitar stand like no other! Cooperstand is a uniquely superior design, built from top quality materials to be a versatile, compact, and attractive wooden guitar stand. Unlike many of its competitors, its low centre of gravity with four points of contact on the floor makes it very stable. The lightweight, flexible gripping design means it can easily move along with the instrument if it is bumped, as a result it is very difficult to dislodge your instrument once it is in the stand. This makes it an extremely safe and secure place to keep even the finest stringed instrument. The stand is as effective for acoustic and electric guitars as it is for smaller stringed instruments like mandolins, violins, and most resonator back banjos.

In addition, the Cooperstand which weighs 16 ounces (500gms), can be opened with one hand, and folds up to fit conveniently in gig bags or the headstock area of most guitar cases. It has closed cell neoprene padding, inert silicone plugs at contact points to protect and hold your instrument snugly in place, and no exposed sharp metal edges. It’s the perfect choice for the performing musician looking for a professional stringed instrument stand. Users of Cooperstands include Steve Cropper (Dock of the Bay-Otis Redding, Blues Brothers, Booker T and the MG’s), Brian Ray (Paul McCartney Band) and Grammy award winner Carl Jackson.

Cooperstand is the most important thing inside a guitar case since the guitar (and your Rotosound strings of course!). It will retails for £39.95, is available on-line through the Rotosound website and through authorised UK dealers.

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Posted in Accessories, Guitar, Stands