Solder Rework Station With Hot Air At Low Cost

Combination Hot Air and Temperature Controlled Soldering Station

Rakuten.com is currently offering a soldering rework station and temperature controlled soldering iron in a combination workstation for $79.99. It includes a wide variety of tips and accessories. With and MSRP of $179.90 it is 55% off of list price. The brand and quality is unknown but the low price makes it worthy of consideration for bench repairs. It is available at Rakuten.com

Boss GT-100 Guitar Effects Processor

Boss GT-100

Building on decades of experience in sound design and amp modeling Roland has remodeled all the COSM amplifiers in the new GT-100 Guitar Effects Processor. Not only conventional vintage amp models are included in the GT-100 but also all-new amps that deliver amazingly transparent clean tones, and ultra-high gain modern sounds.

At the core of the GT-100 is BOSS’ very fast new proprietary DSP chip. This new muscle gives the COSM amps and effects clarity and dynamic response. This new responsiveness takes things one giant step closer to the feel and expressiveness of the world’s finest tube-based amplifiers.

The GT-100 is also a powerful multi-effects processor packed with a huge array of effects, including overdrives, distortions, delays, pitch shifters, modulation, reverb, and many more. The newly developed ACCEL pedal lets players create explosive effects in live performance by adjusting multiple effects parameters in real time with one simple foot press.

Line 6 Digital Network PA System

Line 6 StageSource L3m

Line 6 Inc. in Calabasas, Calif., Has begun shipping their StageSource L3m digitally networkable speaker system. StageSource loudspeaker systems are compact full range three-way speakers built on technology that enables a single enclosure to perform in multiple live sound functions.

These StageSource speaker systems use Line 6's proprietary L6 LINK digital networking and feature six Smart Speaker modes. The six modes of the L3m optimize its output for front-of-house P.A., floor monitor, personal P.A., keyboard and acoustic guitar back-line, or with Line 6 POD multi-effects processors it becomes a high-performance electric guitar system. With built-in orientation sensors that detect whether the speaker has been pole-mounted or rotated and tilted for use as a monitor Smart Speaker modes can be selected automatically.Modes may also be set up manually.

Behringer X32 Digital Mixing Console

Behringer X32 Digital Mixing Console

The new BEHRINGER X32 digital mixing console lets you focus on your event, instead of navigating a vast sea of knobs, buttons and menus like most other live digital mixers. X32 is intuitive and powerful with 40 processing channels and 25 mix buses, all equipped with serious signal processing (dynamics, EQ and inserts), which can be configured quickly to meet the demands of virtually any gig, large or small.Thanks to the netbook-resolution, 800x480 high-contrast color TFT display, you are never more than one or two button presses away from any of X32’s eight highly intuitive control screens.

The BEHRINGER X32 digital mixing console sets a new benchmark for live sound mixing along with unprecedented value. It's a full-featured 32 channel digital mixing console with a large input and output channel count, comprehensive processing, flexible expansion options and intuitive user interface—all at an affordable price.

TC Electronics Nova System Limited

Nova System Limited

TC Electronics Nova System guitar multi-effects board has been popular with guitarists for a number of years now. They are used by some big name rock guitarists and have a loyal user following. TC Electronics has just released a "limited" edition of this popular compact pedal unit sporting a boosted price tag. So What makes this unit a "limited" edition. That label usually implies a limited production run or window of availability of a product but no lot size or availability dates have been published. What makes it different from the standard system and justifies the premium pricing? Well the most visible difference is the new sporty red color that makes it an attractive little unit. Attractive as it may be it seems a little superfluous for a unit that sits on the stage floor visible only to the guitarist whose foot is often resting upon it.

Music Computing's StudioBLADE (Gen2) Keyboard Production Workstation

What do you get when you take an Intel™ Xeon™ dual six core enterprise class server with slots to handle up to 192 gigabytes of triple channel memory, and package it with a full size keyboard, and a stunning array of controller inputs, including knobs sliders, pitch and mod wheels and a massive array of large backlit rubber buttons? Well if you include a built in 1024 x 576 LCD touch screen, Windows 7 operating system, DVI and HDMI outputs, built in gigabit ethernet, and built in Presonus™ Audiobox™, or Firestudio™ audio interfaces, you get the most powerful keyboard production workstation on the planet, Music Computing's StudioBLADE™ (Gen2). The combination of computing power that would be the envy of mid-sized corporations across America, Maximum parametric control, and studio class audio interfaces means that this unit can serve not only as a gargantuan keyboard workstation but as then central core of your entire music studio.

Four New Products From Korg

Korg

Korg has added four new products to their lineup since the first of the year. The product offerings show the wide range of diversity that has become the Korg product line. While best known for their keyboards, their tuners have become quite popular and their Wave Drum series of hand percussion have had some significant success of late. Both of these lines will receive new offerings with the arrival of the Pitchclip clip-on tuner and the Wave Drum Mini. Rounding out the offerings are a battery operated powered monitor speaker and the Monotribe ribbon synthesizer.

Yamaha Expands It's DTX Drum Line

DTX Series Drums

Expanding on the success of their DTX-900 which debuted at this years winter NAMM show in January and won the "Best in Show" award, Yamaha has released two new lines of electronic percussion featuring their DTX pads. Yamaha designed its innovative new DTX-PAD with input from the company's legendary roster of drum artists. The Textured Cellular Silicone head features a proprietary manufacturing process that introduces small air bubbles into foamed silicone to provide playability and feel unlike any pad introduced to market. Using a new numbering system based on the Drum trigger module Yamaha has launched two new lines that will allow the new technology to reach a wider range of customers.

Roland New Product Roundup

This is a roundup of new Roland products that have been announced since the beginning of the year. They represent a refresh of the entire Roland Line most are already available or soon to be available. Truly there is something for everyone in this grab bag of musical goodies.

Peavey IPR 3000 Power Amplifier Brings Revolutionary High Power & Light Weight

Peavey IPR 300 Power Amplifier

May 31, 2011

Peavey Electronics® proudly announces the immediate availability of the revolutionary Peavey IPR™ 3000 power amplifier. The IPR 3000 utilizes an advanced technology that increases output power, reliability and thermal efficiency while yielding the highest audio resolution possible with dramatically light weight.

Designed with a new advanced switch-mode power supply and a high-speed class D topology, the Peavey IPR 3000 power amplifier provides 1,490 watts RMS per channel @ 2 ohms (840 watts RMS x2 @ 4 ohms) with a weight of just 7.9 lbs. The highly anticipated release of the Peavey IPR 3000 follows the IPR 1600, the award-winning power amplifier that earned rave reviews from pro audio media and turned the industry on its ear.

Peavey IPR Series power amplifiers feature two channels with independent, fourth-order Linkwitz-Riley 100 Hz crossovers—with preset selections for Hi Pass, Full Range and Subwoofer—and a variable-speed fan housed in a lightweight aluminum chassis. Inputs are combination ¼” and XLR, while outputs are combination ¼” and twist-lock connectors.

Dante By Audinate An Innovative Digital Media Networking Solution

Ethernet Cable End

The Dante Digital network has been raising a stir in the pro-audio, broadcast sound, recording, and sound reinforcement industries capturing several major prizes and industry collaborations recently. While Dante is one of several competing standards for communicating multiple audio channels over standard Ethernet and IP networks. Dante seems to be capturing the spotlight and may have a technological edge over the competition. It has garnered numerous prestigious awards and the number of manufacturers lining up to support the technology and collaborate is impressive. Most notable among them are Yamaha Commercial Audio system, Allen&Heath, Peavey Commercial Audio, Bosch, Dobly Labs, and Electro-Voice.

To Help you understand why this technology has the potential to change our industry I present the following information straight from the Audinate web site.

Why Digital Networking?

Challenges of Analog Distribution

Alfred Releases The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook, the Guide to Creating and Recording Great Guitar Sounds

The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook

Alfred Music Publishing proudly releases The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook, the definitive guide to creating and recording great guitar sounds, by Bobby Oswinski and Rich Tozzoli.

For all guitarists, the quest to finding the guitar tone they hear in their heads and then recording it is a never-ending journey. The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook is the definitive guide to discovering that great, elusive guitar sound and making sure it's recorded well.

Guitarists of any level will learn a variety of subjects pertaining to guitar tone in both performance and recording, including: the factors that determine the sound of an electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and amplifier; the type of wood used to build an acoustic guitar and their differences in tone; the techniques A-list engineers use to record electric and acoustic guitars; why the wood in a speaker cabinet makes a difference; how to recreate the guitar production techniques heard on professional records; the secret to using alternate tunings on recordings; and more.

Learning to Repair Keyboards, Synthesizers, Guitar Amps and Other Musical Equipment

There was a time when there when both brick and mortar and correspondence schools offered courses in electronic musical instrument repair. This of course predates the days of on-line learning opportunities. There are no longer any offerings of this kind. So how does one go about learning to service the equipment used by musicians the world over. People enter this profession usually from one of two directions. Either you are a musician that wants to learn the technology or you are a electronics professional or hobbyist with an interest in music. Most of us got into the business the same way. Besides a solid understanding of basic electronics this field requires a solid understand of specific electronic technologies ranging from vacuum tube technology, that is preferred by guitar players and is used in legacy instruments like the Hammond Organ, to the latest in digital signal processing technologies. Few other industries require so diverse and far ranging technical skills.

Do it Yourself Guitar Amp Repair: Why not

I must first draw your attention to the fact that there is no question mark at the end of the title of this article. This article aims to give you several reasons why it is probably not a good idea attempt your own repair. Of course MITA is an organization of professionals that make their living repairing musicians equipment, you might think that number one on our list is because it takes money out of our pockets. Admittedly there are some that see it that way, but most MITA professionals know that being helpful, within reasonable bounds, and maintaining good relations with the local musicians will put far more money in our pockets than will turning away do-it-yourselfers. Also most MITA members are also musicians and gearheads and came into this business out of their dual loves of music and technology and probably started by servicing their own gear. They are therefore more concerned with how well the repair is made than they are with who made the repair. So, with those disclaimers out of the way I will now give you four good reasons to consider leaving the repair to a professional

High Voltage

MITA International Adopts New Biennial Convention Schedule

After surveying our membership and discussing the pros and cons of several options the board of MITA International has decided to schedule our conventions on an every other year basis. This should allow for better attendance, greater budget flexibility, and enhanced contacts among the MITA membership. The quality of the overall convention experience should be enhanced by this change. The conventions will continue to be held in Las Vegas at the Orleans hotel during the summer of even numbered years.

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