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Master Class

Big Band Arranging

Reinventing Stephen Foster’s ‘Beautiful Dreamer’

When thinking of material to arrange for big band, a song from 1865 might not be the first thing…


Toolshed Review

LP Peruvian Cajons

Resonant & Cutting


Toolshed Review

Yamaha Recording Custom Series

Updating a Classic Drum Kit


Pro Session

Bringing the Gospel to Jazz

A Misfit’s Theme

Toolshed: Gear Box
November 2017

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    Mobile Recording Solution

    Blue Microphones has announced the Raspberry Studio, an all-in-one mobile recording system. Raspberry Studio combines Raspberry, Blue’s mobile USB microphone, with custom recording software from PreSonus and advanced mastering software from iZotope. Raspberry features premium microphone technology that delivers the clarity of elite studio microphones in a small, portable format.


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    Tough Cases

    Protection Racket has launched its revamped Nutcases. The updated cases are made of abrasive-resistant fabric and are lined with a dense, 20mm foam core. The interior is finished with a 210-denier nylon to resist rips and tears. The snare and tom Nutcases are egg-shaped to accommodate the snare mechanism and toms fitted with suspended/isolation mounting systems.


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    Studio Talk

    Radial Engineering’s Studio-Q is a compact desktop talkback/cue system. Each mic is equipped with an individual trim control along with a master mic volume, both of which can be activated using a remote JR1 mute footswitch. The program signal path is balanced for easy integration with any console and features a fully variable level control on the front panel.


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    Analog Powerhouse

    Dave Smith Instruments’ Prophet Rev2 desktop model has the same controls and offers the same ease of use as the keyboard version. The Prophet Rev2 retains all of the key features of the Prophet ’08 poly synth and expands on them. It has twice the polyphony (16 voices), twice the mod matrix, waveshape modulation on all waveforms, Curtis filters and other enhancements. An effects section provides reverb, delays, chorus, phase shifter, ring modulation and distortion.


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    Vintage Inspiration

    Epiphone has introduced the limited-edition James Bay “1966” Century archtop outfit, inspired by the singer-songwriter’s personal vintage Epiphone. The model includes a Kinman Noiseless “Sweet Neck” P-90 single coil pickup, a ’60s era rosewood bridge with brass wheels, Wilkinson machine heads, U.S.-made electronics and a stylish hard case. It comes with a hand-signed certificate of authenticity, artist photo and a re-creation of Bay’s own custom strap.



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December 2017
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