Category Archives: Frankfurt Musikmesse

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

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

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Ampeg Brings All-Tube Tone to Guitarists With New GVT™ Series Amps

Comprehensive guitar amp line debuts at Musikmesse in advance of summer launch.

Ampeg today re-enters the world of premium guitar amplification with the announcement of the GVT Series Guitar Amps, due out this summer. Each head, cab and combo offers all-tube guitar tone in a sleek design inspired by classic Ampeg guitar amps from the ‘70s.

“Over the years, Ampeg guitar amps have delivered an alternative to the standard tones of the time,” remarks Ampeg’s Director of Amplification, Pyotr Belov. “The all-new GVT line is no different. It can easily handle a wide range of playing styles, but does so with pure Ampeg guitar tone that easily outshines the leading tube amps.”

The comprehensive line of Ampeg GVT Guitar Amps range from an ultra-compact 5-watt head, all the way up to a gig-friendly 50-watt, 2×12 combo. GVT heads and combos are all-tube by design, including 6V6 and 6L6 power tubes for unmistakable American feel and tone. The tonal palette is wide, featuring Ampeg’s legendary Baxandall EQ circuitry, which provides unmatched flexibility, allowing the guitarist a much wider range of tones than competitive amps. Both GVT extension cabinets feature Celestion® Vintage 30 speakers, while GVT combos use Celestion Original Series speaker designs, perfect for translating the feel of the all-tube GVT amplifiers. Plus, rugged build quality ensure years of use out on the road.

Available later this summer, the Ampeg GVT Series will launch with eight different models: the GVT5H and GVT15H heads, GVT112E and GVT112EW cabinets, plus the GVT5-110, GVT15-112, GVT52-112 and GVT52-212 combos. Ampeg GVT pricing is TBD at this time. Visit Ampeg during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit Visit Ampeg’s Facebook page ( for a chance to win Ampeg gear, including an all-new GVT Series amplifier.

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Orange OPC, Upgraded and now Shipping

The much anticipated Orange OPC, the musician’s personal computer, has been upgraded and is ready for Pre-Order from the new website for delivery within the UK by the end of April and will be shipping outside the UK shortly after.

Fresh from its triumphant demonstration at the CES Show on the INTEL stand, the OPC now features the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ series i3-2100 CPU (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz). Featuring the very latest Intel technology, the new platform uses less power and has vastly superior integrated graphics and raw power ideal for audio processing. Further improvements announced today include 1 VGA and 2 HDMI interfaces and a precision cut laser aluminium chassis.

The OPC hit the headlines last year when the revolutionary all-in-one hybrid was announced. The first computer of its kind to have built-in high powered speakers, the OPC delivers superb full range studio and authentic vintage guitar sounds. The OPC is designed for musicians and songwriters offering one stop playing, recording, editing and computing capabilities, with premium software pre-installed. The OPC works straight out of the box with no setting up necessary… just plug in, play, record and share!

The OPC comes with well over £700/$1000 of premium software, including the following packages;

  • IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 including Custom Shop Orange Amps – Amp and Effects Modelling Software
  • Presonus Studio One Custom Orange Edition – DAW
  • Acoustica Mixcraft 5 – DAW
  • Toontracks EZdrummer Lite
  • Lick Library Player – Guitar learning and jamming centre for included guitar lessons.

The OPC retail price is £1020 + VAT (£1224 inc) with free delivery and can be ordered from the new website

Technical Specifications:

  • 500GB Hard Disk Drive
  • 4GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM
  • OPC Instrument Interface 24bit, 96hz ULTRA low latency
  • 2 independent ¼” jack inputs for guitar, microphone or instrument, switchable and attenuated
  • Optical & Coaxial S/PDIF outputs
  • Intel® Core™ i3-2100 Processor (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Stereo Amplifier with 2 x JBL 6.5”Dual Concentric drivers

The Orange OPC revolution starts here!

For further information news please see the website or contact

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Devin Townsend Signing & Mackie Giveaway

Mackie today announces Mackie artist Devin Townsend to sign autographs in the Mackie stand on Thursday, April 7th at 16:00.

Mackie endorser, Devin Townsend, releases his new albums “Ghost” and “Deconstruction” with The Devin Townsend Project this summer. He will provide Mackie with exclusive content from the album “Ghost” on Mackie’s Facebook page and Mackie fans will have a chance to win new Mackie studio gear – a pair of all-new MR8mk2 Powered Studio Monitors and an Onyx Blackbird 16×16 FireWire Recording Interface. To enter the contest go to Mackie’s Facebook page on April 6th, contest ends April 30th.

The MR8mk2 is €265 inc. tax & £220 inc. VAT and the Onyx Blackbird is €499 inc. tax & £415 inc. VAT. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit and for more details on the Mackie Facebook Contest visit

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Ampeg Announces Two New BA Series Combo Practice Amps

Classic Ampeg tone in portable, affordable designs.

Ampeg proudly announces the ultra-compact, incredibly affordable new BA-108 and BA-110. Ideal for virtually any practice environment, these latest additions to the highly successful BA Series combos are the first-ever genuine Ampeg amps designed specifically for entry-level bassists.

“Classic tone, lightweight and rugged design, practice-friendly features…,” remarks Ampeg product manager, Zane Williams. “The new BA Series combo amps are the very definition of a portable practice amp.”

The 25-watt BA-108 and 35-watt BA-110 are perfect for beginning bassists, offering tools like 3-band EQ, MP3 input and a headphone out for silent practice. The high-output, custom-designed 8˝ (BA-108) and 10˝ (BA-110) speakers are specifically matched to the powerful amplifiers for optimal performance. The impact resistant, tilt-back cabinet design features durable black tolex, white piping and Ampeg’s classic logo badge. The designs are lightweight and portable (both under 32 lbs / 14.5 kg), each with an integrated carrying handle.

The new Ampeg BA Series combo amps will be available in the U.S. in April, 2011 and internationally in May, 2011. The BA-108 will be €125 inc. tax & £105 inc. VAT and the BA-110 will be €225 inc. tax & £189 inc. VAT. Visit Ampeg during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Ampeg’s Portaflex Series Offers Heavyweight History in a Lightweight Design

Powerful, portable and affordable flip-tops for the modern bassist.

Ampeg today announces a series of new bass cabs and heads that deliver the innovative form-factor of Ampeg’s legendary flip-tops in designs that are powerful, compact and extremely portable — Ampeg Portaflex Series.

“The flip-top design and Portaflex name are nothing short of iconic,” remarks Ampeg product manager, Zane Williams. “The new Portaflex Series is for every bassist who obsesses over the classic B-15, but demands the features, portability and power that modern heads offer.”

The ultra-compact PF-350 and PF-500 heads are Class-D designs with modern features like onboard compression/limiting, balanced direct outs and switching power supplies. Both heads match perfectly with the vintage-styled PF-115HE and PF-210HE cabinets. The flip-top design allows bassists to store the head, cables, etc. right inside the enclosure for ultimate portability. Covered in sleek diamond black tolex and featuring premium Eminence® speakers, the genuine Ampeg look and tone are unmistakable.

The Ampeg Portaflex Series will be fully available in April, 2011 and internationally in May, 2011. All Portaflex Series heads are available now worldwide. The heads and cabinets are sold separately: PF-350 (€349 inc. tax & £289 inc. VAT), PF-500 (€449 inc. tax & £375 inc. VAT), PF-115HE (€449 inc. tax & £375 inc. VAT) and PF-210HE (€449 inc. tax & £375 inc. VAT). Visit Ampeg during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: New Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Mixers Offer Proven VLZ Technology with Higher Channel Count

Includes integrated FX and USB connectivity.

Mackie today brings two new mid-format analog consoles, each featuring dual internal FX processors, dedicated compression and 4-track recording via USB – the 24-channel 2404-VLZ3 and 32-channel 3204-VLZ3 to Musikmesse. Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Premium FX Mixers with USB deliver proven, professional sound quality and performance in an ultra-compact and rugged design with the channel count needed for SR applications.

“VLZ is synonymous with high-headroom and low-noise,” remarked John Boudreau, Music Gear Group VP, LOUD Technologies Inc. “We are psyched to bring VLZ3 performance to mixers with higher channel count and real-world live sound tools like effects processing, channel compression and USB connectivity.”

The Mackie 2404-VLZ3 and 3204-VLZ3 feature low-noise, high-headroom XDR2™ mic channels (20 and 28, respectively) and two dedicated channels for stereo inputs. Inline compression is available on each of the four subgroups and on four select channels. Dual 32-bit RMFX™ effects processors offer 16 extremely useable presets, including tap delay. The integrated 4×2 USB interface offers multiple routing options to a DAW, with a convenient stereo return that’s assignable to the mains for background music or into a channel strip for mix integration. With the smallest footprint in their class and legendary Mackie rugged design, VLZ3 4-Bus mixers are perfect for often cramped FOH areas or portable applications.

“Mackie has always been about professional features and performance at prices that are within the reach of the working musician. The new VLZ3 4-Bus mixers are a perfect example of this philosophy in action,” concluded Boudreau.

The Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Series Premium FX Mixers with USB are available worldwide. The 2404-VLZ3 is £1199 including VAT and €1499 including tax. The 3204-VLZ3 is £1349 including VAT and €1699 including tax. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Mackie Introduces New Ultra-Compact TH-12A Powered Loudspeaker

Extremely affordable new option from Mackie’s popular Thump Series.

Mackie today announces an ultra-compact new addition to its bestselling Thump Series portable, powered loudspeakers — the Thump TH-12A. Delivering the perfect balance of power, portability and price, the new 400-watt, 2-way 12˝ Thump Series loudspeaker is perfect for any application that demands high-output and professional sound without breaking the budget.

“The new TH-12A is simply the best powered loudspeaker option for your hard-earned money,” said Greg Young, Mackie Brand Director.  “While it is more compact, it is an equally powerful version of our top-selling TH-15A. It is truly the most professional compact loudspeaker in its class.”

The new TH-12A is designed by the same award-winning team that created the industry-standard SRM Series powered loudspeakers, delivering proven Mackie build-quality and sonic performance. The TH-12A’s efficient Class-D Fast Recovery™ amplification provides 400 watts of total system power, tuned to perfectly match the custom-designed 12˝ high-precision woofer and 1˝ compression driver. An integrated 3-band EQ on the back panel allows the user to dial in the TH-12A’s tone, perfect for simple room correction or tonal adjust per application (vocal only, low-volume, etc.). Featuring Mackie Active electronics, the precision crossover and transducer time-alignment optimize the system while protective circuitry protects against overload and thermal shutdown. Pole-mountable and ideal for use as a stage monitor, the TH-12A’s lightweight design offers undeniable portability.

“Now there’s a great, ultra-compact Thump loudspeaker,” remarked Young. “…perfect for vocal applications, solo performances or for use as a DJ monitor, too.”

The TH-12A is now available worldwide and is €299 inc. tax & £249 inc. VAT. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: Mackie Introduces New Onyx Blackjack and Blackbird Premium Recording Interfaces

Offers industry-leading recording quality, conversion in ergonomic designs.

Mackie brings two new premium recording interfaces, additions to the popular Onyx family — the Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird to Musikmesse. These powerful new interfaces combine the sonic benefits of Mackie’s proven Onyx mic preamps with high-end Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters and workflow-friendly features that are perfect for people starting or expanding upon their studio.

“Our new Onyx interfaces offer unmatched recording quality,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Matt Redmon. “The Onyx preamps alone are far superior to anything in this price range. Combined with the high-end converters and workflow-friendly features and design…the value is undeniable.”

The Onyx Blackjack is an ultra-compact desktop 2×2 USB interface, perfect for the home studio. It features two acclaimed Onyx mic preamp channels, each featuring built-in DIs for connecting guitars, etc. Separate level control for studio monitors and headphones, along with true analog hardware monitoring take the guesswork out of zero-latency recording. It is bus-powered, with a rugged, ergonomic chassis perfect for both portable and home studio applications.

The rackmount Onyx Blackbird delivers studio-grade recording via eight Onyx mic preamps. A 16×16 FireWire interface, Blackbird also features 8×8 ADAT and wordclock I/O, providing ultimate expandability. There are two “Super Channels” on the front panel with dedicated low-cut switches, phantom power and true hardware monitoring options for quick zero-latency tracking. The other channels are equally flexible, utilizing the powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer for quick setup of independent mixes and the ability to route any input to any output. Monitor, main, alt and dual headphone outs with dedicated source selection and level control ensures there are plenty of mix routing options.

The Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird are Mac/PC compatible, work with most major DAWs and include Tracktion 3 Music Production Software. The Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird are now available worldwide. The Onyx Blackjack is €169 inc. tax & £149 inc. VAT and the Onyx Blackbird is €499 inc. tax & £415 inc. VAT. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit