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Gear, Products

DL series digital wireless mixers

Mackie’s DL Series Digital Wireless Mixers

Mackie’s DL series digital wireless mixers—DL16S (16-channel) and DL32S (32-channel)—deliver affordable performance and control in a sturdy stagebox.


Minnesota Orchestra, Resurrection Mahler 2

Mahler’s Second Symphony, Resurrection is the third release in Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler recording series, which will eventually record all of Mahler’s symphonies. Aside from Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, members of Local 30-73 (St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN), the recording features soprano Ruby Hughes, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and the Minnesota Chorale.

high fidelity reusable earplugs

Vibe’s High Fidelity Reusable Earplugs

Priced at under $25, Vibes high fidelity reusable earplugs are designed to provide the sound quality required by professionals. By lowering the volume of all sounds (bass to treble) equally, they avoid distorted sounds heard when using traditional foam earplugs.

edge family

Antelope Audio’s Edge Family of Mics

Antelope’s new Edge family of three large-diaphragm condenser microphones delivers the classic sound of some of the most sought-after vintage mics as both native plug-ins and as FPGA FX running on Antelope’s audio interfaces.

faith over fear

Haynie, Faith Over Fear

This is Local 8 (Milwaukee, WI) member Haynie’s first release after launching his solo career. Faith Over Fear is inspired by his own struggles to confront his weaknesses and overcome them with “faith, vision, and courage.” Haynie has faced many challenges growing up in poverty.

flatiron fuzz

Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz

The Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz classic op-amp fuzz/distortion unit is the result of late ’70s style circuitry that delivers symmetrical hard clipping.

I Serve A Savior

Josh Turner, I Serve a Savior

Known for his rich deep voice and distinctive style, Grammy-nominated country musician Josh Turner has sold more than 2.5 million units. I Serve a Savior marks his first gospel album and first appearance in Billboard’s Christian charts, debuting at number two both on that chart and the Top Country Albums Chart and number one on Nielsen’s Country Albums Chart.

Three American Pieces for Clarinet in Bb and Piano

Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces for Clarinet in Bb and Piano

First arranged by Local 802 (New York City) member and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, this edition of Lukas Foss’s Three American Pieces for Clarinet in Bb and Piano offers clarinet revisions by Seunghee Lee.

Sonny Rollins Omnibook for Bb Instruments

Sonny Rollins Omnibook for Bb Instruments

These 50 transcriptions, hand-selected by jazz teacher Charlie Shoemake and transcribed by Chris “Doc” Stewart of Local 586 (Phoenix, AZ), represent a wealth of material for jazz students exploring how to improvise.

cello power

The Cello Power Series

The Cello Power series is designed to expand cello students’ facility and knowledge of the instrument.