The MeeBlip geode synthesizer lets you plug in a box and dial in edgy, cutting, grimy sounds you won’t mistake for anything else. Building on the MeeBlip line’s digital sound features and unique Twin-T analog filter, geode adds more control, more sound twists, and now both USB MIDI and MIDI IN operation. One control per function means no shift, no nonsense, no presets.
The new Yamaha CP series stage pianos—the 73-key CP73 and the 88-key CP88—feature three main sections that can quickly be split or combined as desired: Piano, Electric Piano, and Sub. Selectable damper resonance adds even more realism to piano voices for solo passages. All sections are arranged into a one-to-one user interface that eliminates deep menu-diving, allowing the player to maneuver on a dime. Independent sound selection, volume, tone, on/off, split, and octave-shift controls make creating performance setups easier. In addition to ¼-inch outputs on the rear panel, balanced XLR outs allow connection to a mixer or stage snake without direct boxes. Left and right inputs have their own gain control, bringing a second keyboard through the CP’s main outputs without the need for a mixer.
In fall of 1978, Chic’s “Le Freak” sold more than seven million copies. This box set celebrates the song’s 40th anniversary and salutes Chic founders, guitarist Nile Rodgers of Local 802 (New York City) and the late bassist Bernard Edwards.
Available in five-CD and six-disc vinyl versions, the collection includes Chic’s first three albums—Chic, C’est Chic, and Risqué—newly remastered from the original Atlantic stereo tapes. Rodgers personally oversaw the remastering at Abbey Road Studios.
Following Chic’s initial success, Rodgers and Edwards made music for other artists as The Chic Organization, including Sister Sledge’s We Are Family (1978).
Rodgers is now chair of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the first-ever chief creative advisor at Abbey Road Studios. His work for a wide range of artists, from David Bowie to Diana Ross, has sold more than 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide.
Kurzweil’s KD1S nine-piece electronic drum kit is simple to set up and play. The set includes kick pedal; eight-inch snare; three eight-inch toms; 10-inch hi-hat with pedal, 10-inch crash, and 10-inch ride cymbals; and optional kick pad. There are 31 drum kit presets and a practice mode with 12 metronome patterns accessible with intuitive controls. It also features MP3 input, quarter-inch TRS auxiliary pad inputs, headphone jack, and left and right quarter-inch line outputs.
Supro Delay all-analog echo pedal delivers sounds ranging from 20ms slapback to 600ms vintage delay. Its high-voltage MN3005 IC chips provide sweeter echoes with increased headroom and dynamic range. In addition to time, repeats, and level knobs, Supro Delay features a filter control knob that provides low-pass and band-pass functions to create everything from dark, murky echoes to bright tape echoes that evolve over time with extended repeats.
Sterling Audio’s SL230MP medium-diaphragm condenser microphones are packaged as a matched pair. They are an excellent choice for capturing realistic stereo recordings of instruments, choirs, orchestras, or bands at a reasonable price. The gold-sputtered condenser capsules with six-micron membrane allow high sensitivity and the cardioid pickup pattern rejects off-axis sounds. The mics, which come in a padded case, are carefully matched for frequency response and output characteristics within a single dB of one another.
NS Micro Headstock tuner is a tiny yet full-featured tuner. It grips gently, but securely, to any headstock and can be perfectly positioned thanks to 360-degree rotation and 90-degree screen orientation options. Its bright, full-color screen is easy to read and advanced piezo reduces ambient noise feedback. A rubber pad on top provides easy on/off and calibration.
This album from Scott Robinson, known as a multi-instrumentalist and rare instrument collector, features his tenor saxophone. The Local 802 (New York City) member discovered the silver 1924 Conn instrument in a Maryland antique shop in 1975. The CD liner notes include a love letter expressing his fondness for the horn.
A celebration of Robinson’s 60th birthday in April, Tenormore includes 10 tunes, both covers and standards, from throughout his career. It also features Local 802 member Martin Wind on bass and Local 1000 (Nongeographic) member Dennis Mackrel on drums.
Three of the original tunes—“Tenor Twelve,” “Tenor Eleven,” and title tune “Tenormore” explore different extents of the blues. Among the standards are “The Good Life” and “The Nearness of You.”
Avantone Pro’s CLA-10A active monitoring system features 35mm AV10-MHF high frequency silk dome-based tweeter and custom 180mm AV10-MLF low-frequency driver—based on paper cone construction with old-school speaker design artistry. Each pair of CLA-10A makes beautiful music thanks to matching A/B power amplifiers. A rear-mounted Variable Tissue Paper Control (VTPC) knob lets users choose the tweeter brightness that best serves their needs.
The Yamaha P-121 digital piano is an ultra-compact, light-weight, and affordable instrument for gigging musicians. The 73-key, weighted-action instrument features high-quality sound and premium built-in speaker system. It has built-in USB audio and MIDI interface. It is available in both black and spotlight white finishes.