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NAMM 2011: Takamine Introduces 11 New Guitars

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takamine-guitarsNAMM 2011 — Takamine Guitars launches 11 new guitars, includes mini, classical and limited edition models. Read more. Read more

NAMM 2011: Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 Guitar Amp

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mesa-boogie-royal-atlantic-ra-100-guitar-ampNAMM 2011 — The all new Royal Atlantic wears an undeniable crown in the TransAtlantic fleet for delivering all this Tone with a big power gut-punch and three amazing Modes of footswitchable performance. Packing 100 watts of EL34 Brit-voiced attitude, this Atlantic takes everything you love about Fullerton and Liverpool and brings it all together with rich, chest-thumping high gain in a way only a MESA can. Read more

NAMM 2011: Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals

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boss-rc-3-loop-stationNAMM 2011 — Boss is proud to announce the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading line-up of pedal-based loop recorders.

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and useful new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by Boss’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio. Read more

NAMM 2011: Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps

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TE-trace-acoustic-seriesNAMM 2011 — British amplifier designer Trace Elliot proudly announces the availability of the full Trace Acoustic guitar amplifier line.

Over two decades ago, Trace Elliot revolutionized the world of acoustic instrumentation with its original TA Series. Trace Elliot brought studio-quality acoustic reproduction to the stage through designs that incorporated very high-impedance (piezo pickup) inputs, notch filters, phantom power, DSP effects and Dynamic Correction, unique circuitry that reproduces the sparkling top end of an acoustic instrument without relying on high-frequency horns (which can produce harsh, unwanted overtones).

While the influence of Trace Acoustic is still widely felt throughout the industry, today acoustic musicians can experience a new generation of Trace Acoustic models more evolved than their classic forebears, yet still endowed with their original engineering spirit of innovation. Lighter and more powerful than ever, with a wealth of cutting-edge features, the new generation of Trace Acoustic amps again sets the standard for acoustic amplification.

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Designed in the UK and produced in the USA, the Trace Acoustic TA Series consists of three models: the TA-300, TA-200 and TA-100. All models feature Trace Elliot’s signature Shape circuit and built-in auto-compressor on each channel, as well as customizable DSP effects with parameter and setting adjustment with separate reverbs that can be assigned to each channel.

These versatile new amps include two modes of switchable features for presets and performance variable controls, all of which are also conveniently footswitchable using the supplied six-function foot controller with 25-foot cable. New FET circuitry ensures switching is extremely quiet and not audible during a performance.

In addition, the TA-100 and TA-200 include a rugged, ballistic nylon shoulder bag, so players can carry both their amp and guitar at the same time. The TA-300 includes a high-quality amp cover to protect it during transit. Trace Acoustic TA Series amplifiers are available now.

Trace Acoustic TA Series Features

  • Built in auto-compressor on all channels
  • Signal level LED on all channels
  • Shape switch for instant EQ’d sound on all channels (footswitchable on Channel 1)
  • Footswitchable Phase switch on all channels
  • Effect Parameter and Setting rotary encoders
  • Allows for separate levels of Reverb to be applied to each channel
  • Tap tempo (from either front panel or footswitch)
  • FLS Feedback Locating System on each band of EQ using LEDs to indicate where feedback is occurring
  • Master Volume and Mute switch (footswitchable) that mutes all outputs except Tuner Out
  • Tuner output, Left and Right Preamp Outputs and Power Amp Inputs (to use as effects loop)
  • Two DI outputs; can be configured as dry Channel 1 and Channel 2 out, or processed Left and Right channels out
  • Illumination switch for turning front panel lights on or off
  • Power amp featuring Dynamic Correction

TA-300

  • Two preamp channels with 300 watts total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers and 1 x 12″ G12 Century Vintage neodymium Celestion speaker
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon protective cover included

TA-200

  • Two preamp channels with 200 watts stereo total power output
  • 4 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

TA-100

  • Two preamp channels with 100 watts stereo total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with Phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps


NAMM 2011: Rivera Rockcrusher Attenuator

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rivera_rockcrusherNAMM 2011 — Due to be unveiled at this year’s NAMM, the all-new Rockcrusher attenuator is built to Rivera’s usual high standard, handles 120 watts and features a super heavy-duty stepping switch controlling a reactive load.

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Unlike the simple resistive loads used in many attenuators, this means the Rockcrusher responds more like a loudspeaker and doesn’t mess with your amp’s tone.

The Rockcrusher also features switchable input impedance, EQ controls, and separate balanced and unbalanced line outs, all for a damn good price. Read more

NAMM 2011: Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

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roland-guitar-synthNAMM 2011 — Roland is extremely proud to announce the GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, a revolutionary new product from the world’s undisputed leader in guitar synthesis technology. Combining PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling derived from the respected VG-99 V-Guitar System, the GR-55 represents Roland’s latest breakthrough advances in guitar synthesis, offering playability, features, and sound quality that far surpasses the capabilities of previous generations of guitar synthesizers.

The GR-55 is the pinnacle of Roland’s exhaustive efforts in the field of guitar synthesis over the last 35 years. In 1977, the company created the GR-500, the world’s first guitar synthesizer. This milestone product ushered in a new era of guitar expression, allowing guitarists to play an entire palette of sounds that were previously available only to keyboard players. Since then, Roland has remained steadfastly dedicated to guitar synthesis, constantly developing and improving the technology to make it accessible and easy to use for all guitarists. Read more

NAMM 2011: Vox Night Train 50 Tube Amp Head

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vox-night-train-50-ampNAMM 2011 — Announcing the newest member of the Vox Night Train family: the Night Train 50 This powerful, all-tube head offers two channels for traditional and high-gain sounds. Also available is the V212NT cabinet; a perfect match in both looks and sound.

The Vox Night Train Series projects a powerful personality with its mirror-finish metallic exterior and serious all-tube sound. Now welcome our new 50 Watt model: the Night Train 50.

Unlike the existing Night Train (15W) model – or even the AC15 and AC30 Custom Series – the Night Train 50 features EL34 tubes in the power stage, producing a powerful high-gain sound. Of course, the Night Train 50 also covers the traditional VOX sound, and its rich array of sonic variation makes it such a great and versatile choice for so many guitarists. Read more

NAMM 2011: Vox AC30C2-RD Limited Vintage Red Edition

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vox-ac30c2-rd-limited-vintage-red-editionNAMM 2011 — The AC30C2 tube combo amp – a worldwide favorite – is now available in a limited Vintage Red edition.

From their earliest origins to the present day, Vox has sent numerous custom-color and limited-color amplifiers out into the world. Ranging from standard colors such as gray, blue, green, and purple to original colors such as two-tone and tan, this range of variation goes far beyond that of other amp brands.

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Each of these models has represented a further enhancement of the superb Vox design and unique look, and has captured the interest of guitarists in every generation. Now, this limited edition Vintage Red AC30C2 follows in the footsteps of the highly desirable AC15C1 Vintage Red model. Read more

NAMM 2011: Vox TB35C1 and TB35C2 Guitar Amps

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vox-tb35c1-tb35c2-ampsNAMM 2011 — In collaboration with legendary American boutique amp designer Tony Bruno, Vox has taken a trip into new tonal territory with the TB35C1 and TB35C2 guitar amplifiers, featuring an all-tube, Tony Bruno design. Read more

NAMM 2011: Peavey Xport USB Guitar Interface

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peavey-xport-guitar-interfaceNAMM 2011 — Peavey Electronics proudly announces the Xport, a high fidelity, ultra-portable 1/4″ jack-to-USB audio interface for electric guitar and bass. Xport uses a standard USB cable to connect your guitar to a personal computer or laptop.

The Xport’s high-quality ASIO and Core Audio drivers offer rock-solid performance for both Windows and Mac OS X. Powered by the USB bus and featuring both Headphone and Line outputs, the Xport provides musicians with a simple, hassle-free digital recording solution.

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Included with Xport is Peavey ReValver amp modeling software, the only virtual amplifier that captures the true tone characteristics of vacuum tubes. This state-of-the-art software can be used as a stand-alone virtual amplifier or with your favorite recording software. Read more

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