Monthly Archives: March 2012

Clem Cattini Confirmed for Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert

Session legend, Clem Cattini, is confirmed to play and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert on Monday 2nd April 2012 at the London Palladium.

Clem, one of the best-loved figures from early British rock and roll, has achieved the amazing distinction among musicians of featuring on over forty UK number one singles. Known for his full, straightforward, unpretentious style, he has proved the drummer of choice for sounds ranging from folk rock to hard rock.

An original member of iconic group, The Tornados, he went on to work with many of the musical greats over the years, including The Kinks, Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, the list goes on and on. Clem was the drummer on UKnumber ones including Cliff Richard’s “Devil Woman”, Tom Jones’ “Green, Green Grass of Home”, Johnny Kid’s “Shakin’ All Over”, Gene Pitney’s “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart”, and many, many more. In fact, more recently he has been working with Paul Weller on his new album – still going strong at 74! He has also played on a number of albums by singer extraordinaire, Tony Christie, and will be duetting with him in the concert.

Clem joins on stage Dave Weckl, John Blackwell and Gregg Potter from the USA and Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Gavin Harrison and Elliott Henshaw from the UK. The show will be hosted by Buddy’s daughter, Cathy Rich, and TV comedian, John Thomson. The annual memorial concert is taking place for the first time in theUK, celebrating the music of the late great Buddy Rich. Previous sellout shows have taken place inLos Angeles,Las Vegas andBoston.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0844 412 4657 or online at www.seetickets.com, priced from £25 to £60. There are a limited number ofVIP tickets available, which represent the best seats in the house, an opportunity to meet the headline artists, admission to the after-show party and signed merchandise.

This is one show not to be missed – the world’s greatest musicians in the world’s greatest theatre paying tribute to “the world’s greatest drummer”. Be there!

Bruce Dickinson Confirmed To Perform With Ian Paice at Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert

Heavy metal singing legend, Bruce Dickinson, is confirmed to perform at the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert on Monday 2nd April 2012 at the London Palladium. He will be singing while fellow heavy rock legend, Ian Paice of Deep Purple plays drums alongside the full Buddy Rich Orchestra.

Bruce Dickinson, of multi-award-winning new wave British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, has become one of the most acclaimed heavy metal vocalists, regularly appearing at the top of lists of the greatest singers/front men of all time. Deep Purple’s “In Rock” was the first album he ever bought, so hearing him sing with the drumming legend of the very band that influenced his unique style will be a treat indeed.

Bruce joins singer extraordinaire, Tony Christie, and other drummers Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, John Blackwell and Gregg Potter from the USA with Ginger Baker, Gavin Harrison, Clem Cattini and Elliott Henshaw from the UK. The show will be hosted by Buddy’s daughter, Cathy Rich, and comedian John Thomson of The Fast Show and Cold Feet fame. The annual memorial concert is taking place for the first time in theUK celebrating the music of the late great Buddy Rich. Previous sellout shows have taken place inLos Angeles,Las Vegas andBoston.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0844 412 4657 or online at www.seetickets.com, priced from £25 to £60. There are a limited number ofVIP tickets available, which represent the best seats in the house, an opportunity to meet the headline artists, admission to the after-show party and signed merchandise.

This is one show not to be missed – the world’s greatest musicians in the world’s greatest theatre paying tribute to “the world’s greatest drummer”. Be there!

Free Nationwide Music Lessons: Seven days to go

National Learn to Play Day, 31st March

The National Learn to Play Day, offering free musical instrument lessons to the public, is only seven days away. Its organisers, the charity Music For All, can now announce a huge range of free nationwide activities with support from rock stars and music organisations.

Just confirmed is comedian Al Murray giving free music lessons at Chappells of Bond Street, London and several local mayor’s (Southampton, Bournmouth, Eastbourne) are also attending events. Rock stars already publicised as helping out include Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Whitesnake (Doug Aldrich, Brian Tichy, Michael Devin) and further artists just announced include Mark Brzezicki (Big Country), Ric Sanders (Fairport Convention) and renowned saxophonist, Snake Davis (Eurythmics, Take That, Paul McCartney, Beyoncé).

Almost 70 shops around the country are now taking part with new events confirmed in Nottingham, Metro Centre Gateshead, Eastbourne and Southampton. From samba bands, to brass bands, top buskers to acclaimed pianists, the general public will not only be entertained but provided with a golden opportunity to learn instruments themselves. Free lessons offered cover a wide range of instruments and styles and include electric and acoustic guitar, drums, ukulele, piano, saxophone, flute, trumpet, cornet, Bassoon, DJ Workshops, African drumming, singing, band jams and more!

Support has also been flooding in from the music industry with brands as varied as Yamaha, Fender, Gibson, Roland, Korg, Marshall Amps and Peavey providing demonstrators, prizes, goody bags, discount vouchers and technical support. Other organisations such as UK Music and partners the Musician’s union, Arts Council Take it Away scheme and MusicTeachers.co.uk have provided assistance, support and help in creating this exciting day.

National Learn to Play Day offers the perfect opportunity for members of the public to start playing or making the move back into music, no strings attached!

More music shops throughout the UK are joining in everyday, so to find out you’re nearest shop please visit www.learntoplayday.com, for the latest up to date news and venue details.

Posted in Education, Events, Music

Ampeg Expands Popular Portaflex Series With Two New Cabinet Designs

Ampeg today extends its Portaflex series, announcing two new cabinets — the PF-115LF and PF-410HLF. These new cabinets deliver the performance, looks and affordability of the popular Portaflex series in powerful, shelf-ported designs that offer additional low-frequency extension.

“While I don’t want to say we were shocked about the immense popularity of the Portaflex heads and cabs,” remarks Ampeg Product Manager, Zane Williams. “I do have to say we were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response from bassists worldwide. These additional Portaflex cabinets are a direct response to customer requests.”

Capable of handling 400 watts, the PF-115LF does away with the compression driver, for a more vintage tone courtesy of a single 15″ Eminence® driver. The PF-410HLF delivers a much-sought-after 4×10″ configuration in a compact design that handles 800 watts. Their rugged poplar cabinet design looks great with Ampeg black diamond tolex and chrome logo, while integrated side handles and included casters are perfect for easy transportation. Just like the other Portaflex series cabinets, these new models both operate at 8 ohms, allowing the bassist to easily mix and match cabinets to get the exact speaker configuration they want.

The Ampeg Portaflex Series also includes the PF-350 and PF-500 bass heads and PF-115HE and PF-210HE bass enclosures. The PF-115LF and PF-410HLF will be available in Q2, 2012. The PF-115LF will have a U.S. MSRP of $489.99 and the PF-410HLF will have a U.S. MSRP of $769.99. Visit Ampeg during Prolight + Sound / Musikmesse from March 21-24, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 6.1, Stand C30. For more detailed product information, please visit www.ampeg.com.

Posted in Amplification, Bass, News

Mackie Expands Portable PA Offerings

New range of flexible, professional gear perfect for passive and powered systems

Mackie today announces a new range of gear designed to meet the global customer demand for passive systems. The new system is composed of three different series of products: S500 Series Passive Loudspeakers, FRS Series Power Amplifiers and the SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor.

“Our customers have asked for an expanded portable PA line that delivers professional performance at amazing prices,” remarked Mackie’s Director of Product Management, Greg Young. “This new system does just that, with class-leading performance and unmatched affordability.”

Offering class-leading power handling and construction, Mackie S500 Series Passive Loudspeakers deliver professional results in rugged designs that are exceedingly affordable. Delivering a high-powered solution for Mackie’s popular PPM Series of powered mixers, S500 passive loudspeakers utilize high-output transducers housed within rugged enclosures covered in tough PVC vinyl and capped with protective edge bumpers. All S500 models feature NL4 and 1/4″ inputs and thru connections. There are three full-range boxes in the series: the S512 2-way 12″, the S515 2-way 15″ and the S525 2-way dual 15″. There is also a companion 18″ subwoofer, the S518.

Available in two different high-powered configurations (FRS-1700 & FRS-2800), Mackie FRS Series Power Amplifiers utilize Mackie’s proven Fast Recovery™ technology for quicker transient response, keeping the sound clean and undistorted even when pushed hard. High-current, switching power supplies maximize efficiency and minimize the weight, making  FRS power amplifiers a professional choice that keeps the amp rack light for transportation.

Offering sophisticated EQ, dynamics processing and system protection, the SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor provides complete system optimization for both passive and powered systems. The six outputs feature five different operating modes to cover a wide range of systems. Each output features dedicated level control, polarity invert, high/low-pass filters, 7-band parametric/shelving EQ, 600ms delay and limiting. Two input channels provide independent 600ms delay and a flexible 5-band parametric/shelving EQ. The convenient front-panel control also includes 7-segment LED metering per channel. The SP260 utilizes high-end 24-bit AKM® AD/DA converters with 120dB dynamic range for class-leading sound quality. With 24 user-definable presets and flexible I/O for simple routing and configuration, the SP260 is an ultra-flexible processor, ideal for a wide range of portable and permanent applications.

All three series are scheduled for Q2, 2012 availability. Visit Mackie during Prolight + Sound / Musikmesse from March 21-24, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 6.1, Stand C30 for additional info, including pricing.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Avid Mbox and Mbox Mini Now Deliver the Pro Tools Experience

New Pro Tools Express and Mbox bundles combine best-in-class hardware with 16-tracks of Pro Tools power for studio-quality results.

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that its ultra-portable, professional-grade Mbox® and Mbox Mini audio interfaces now come with Pro Tools® Express software included at no additional charge, giving customers the award-winning Pro Tools software experience at a great value. These offerings are in addition to the current Pro Tools + Mbox bundles offered for the three Mbox designs.

With Pro Tools Express, customers can record, edit, and mix up to 16 stereo audio tracks-in addition to virtual instrument and MIDI tracks-using the core industry-standard toolset embraced by top producers, engineers, and artists. Paired with Mbox and Mbox Mini interfaces, which offer best-in-class audio quality and performance, Pro Tools Express empowers users to create their best work with more affordable, professional solutions.

Pro Tools Express key features

  • Record and mix up to 16 stereo audio tracks at 96 kHz (Mbox) or 48 kHz (Mbox Mini) resolution
  • Compose music easily with premium AIR virtual instruments, plus the same MIDI editing and Sibelius notation tools as Pro Tools
  • Create pro-quality mixes with Automatic Delay Compensation and a collection of high-quality plug-ins
  • Change tempo, timing, pitch, and create harmonies in real time with Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
  • Take projects to the next level-and to studios around the world-with session file compatibility across all Pro Tools systems

“Customers and critics have raved about the audio quality of the Mbox and Mbox Mini interfaces,” says Tony Cariddi, Avid pro audio marketing manager. “And while they work brilliantly with Core Audio- and ASIO-compatible systems, they really shine the brightest as part of the Pro Tools experience. We’re excited to now share that professional Pro Tools experience with all Mbox users, whether they opt for a Pro Tools + Mbox bundle or a standalone Mbox with Pro Tools Express. This perfect union of hardware and software tools delivers the performance, sound quality, and stability that let’s them focus on composing, recording, editing, and mixing their very best work.”

Availability and pricing

Mbox (with Pro Tools Express) and Mbox Mini (with Pro Tools Express) are available today worldwide for $499 (£399 inc vat,€489) and $299 (£239 inc vat,€295) USMRSP, respectively. As customers needs and skills grow, they can upgrade from Pro Tools Express to Pro Tools 10 for just $399(£310 inc vat,€385) . For complete feature specifications, see the Pro Tools Software Comparison page.

ModernBeats Releases ‘Supreme Snarez 2’ Drum Samples

Featuring over 320 one-shot snare samples designed for contemporary pop & hip-hop music production, ModernBeats releases its snare drum library sequel “Supreme Snarez 2”. All samples were recorded at 24bit, 44.1khz for optimized audio fidelity and include snare designs modeled after Timbaland, T. Pain, Stargate, Scott Storch, RedOne, Dre, Trak Starz, and others.

“Supreme Snarez 2” contains 10 auto-loading software sampler presets in 6 formats that instantly load all 320 snare samples into your sampler of choice: Reason NN-XT (.SXT), EXS24 (.EXS), Kontakt (.NKI), Battery (.KIT), Halion (.FXP), Soundfont (.SF2), and WAV (.WAV). The snare library is organized into 10 main categories to help easily and quickly load the type of snares needed:

  • Ambient Snarez 1
  • Ambient Snarez 2
  • Klub Snarez 1
  • Klub Snarez 2
  • Organix Snarez 1
  • Organix Snarez 2
  • Percussive Extraz
  • Power Snarez 1
  • Power Snarez 2
  • Supa Sexy Snarez

The “Supreme Snarez” Drum Sample Library (Volume 1 & 2) is ModernBeats’ most indepth snare samples collection yet. “Supreme Snarez 2” is offered as a download, priced at just $39.95. For more information and audio demos, visit: www.modernbeats.com/soundsets.php.

Rotosound announce Billy Sheehan, Paul Allender and Michael Amott Messe 2012 Artist Appearances

Rotosound are at the 2012 Messe with a select group of endorsees making an appearance at their booth on Friday and Saturday 23rd and 24th March 2012.

Virtuoso veteran bass player, Billy Sheehan will be signing at 1pm on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March. He is responsible for shaping a whole new generation of bassists with his fret board pyrotechnics. Billy has been busy touring with Mr Big as well as his other many projects.

Catch up with Michael Amott just before he jets off with Arch Enemy on the Asia & Australia Khaos tour 2012 on the Rotosound stand at the Messe 2012 show. This world respected metal guitarist will be signing autographs for fans and talking about his new signature strings for Rotosound on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March 2012 at 12.00pm.

Lead guitarist Paul Allender, taking a break from working on the new Cradle of Filth album will also be on the Rotosound stand on Saturday 24th March 2012 at 2.00pm. Like Michael, Paul has been working with Rotosound to develop his own signature strings as well. You can meet Paul and he will be signing autographs on the stand.

For further information and to see the latest new products including the new signature strings visit Rotosound Booth B75, Hall 4.0 or see www.rotosound.com.

Rotosound Launch Signature Electric Guitar Strings for Michael Amott, Paul Allender and Mikey Demus

Britain’s premier guitar string manufacturer, Rotosound have developed, together with a selection of their metal guitarist endorsees, a new range of signature strings.  They can now announce the launch of signature string sets for guitarists Michael Amott (Arch Enemy / Carcass guitarist) , Paul Allender (Cradle of Filth) and Mikey Demus (Skindred).

Michael Amott is known for his involvement with a number of death metal / hard rock bands – namely Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and now ex-Carcass. These signature strings, influenced by Michael’s own personal style and are excellent for achieving wide vibrato, memorable melodic lead lines and furious sledgehammer riffs. Michael Amott said ‘they have great tone, they stay in tune, they don’t break easily, what more do you want? I rely on my MA11 Rotosound strings every night on stage and in the recording studios. Rotosound shreds’.

Long standing endorsee, Paul Allender, lead guitarist with extreme metal band Cradle of Filth has worked with Rotosound to develop his own custom gauge strings. He wanted strings that help him maintain that sharp air of sinister lead riffs whilst still allowing him to produce provocative melodic statements and clever counter harmonies.

Mikey Demus, one of Rotosound’s newer endorsees, plays guitar with Skindred, winners of the Best Live Act at 2011’s Golden God Awards. Known for his gut wrenchingly heavy guitar playing, full of raw metal power and soulful reggae, he needed strings able to work through these musical variables and survive their savage, energetic stage shows.

Michael, Paul and Mikey join an elite group of Rotosound endorsees, including Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris and the legendary Billy Sheehan, in having their own set of signature strings produced. Designed for their superb brilliance and strength these bespoke strings are a must for the discerning metal shredder. Like all Rotosound’s strings these have been produced using a highly secretive, quality manufacturing process.

To find out more about Rotosound, its strings and accessories visit www.rotosound.com  where you can buy them online.

Posted in Guitar, News, Strings

John Thomson to Co-Host Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert

British comedian and drummer, John Thomson, is to co-host the Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert that takes place for the first time in the UK at the world-famous London Palladium on 2nd April 2012.

John, an accomplished Jazz Drummer, is best known for his roles in The Fast Show and the award-winning drama, Cold Feet. Drumming is an important part of his life; he has often said “if I hadn’t become an actor, I’d have been a drummer”. He will co-present the show with Buddy Rich’s daughter, Cathy Rich, as well as playing a number with the Buddy Rich Big Band.

Joining John on stage to celebrate the music of the late, great Buddy Rich will be Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, John Blackwell and Gregg Potter from the USA and Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Gavin Harrison and Elliott Henshaw from the UK. Plus singer extraordinaire Tony Christie will also be appearing.

This is the first time the annual memorial concert has come to the UK. Previous sellout shows have taken place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Boston.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0844 412 4657 or online at www.seetickets.com, priced from £25 to £60. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available, which represent the best seats in the house, an opportunity to meet the headline artists, admission to the after-show party and signed merchandise.

This is one show not to be missed – the world’s greatest musicians in the world’s greatest theatre paying tribute to “the world’s greatest drummer”. Be there!