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In the January 14, 2010 Issue:
  Gearing Up For the NAMM Show
  EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings
  NAMM Star Spotting
  Radial Engineering Workhorse and 500 Series Modules
Editor's Take

Gearing Up For the NAMM Show

The NAMM show is finally upon us and we're glad to back in sunny Anaheim, Calif., to check out all the latest and greatest in new gear. Follow our NAMM coverage online at and our blog posts at The Bus. If you're at the show, come by and say hello at Hall B, Booth #5715.
New Products

EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings

The Hollywood Strings virtual instrument will be presented in a series of online tutorials on Thursday, January 14, 2010, the same day NAMM 2010 opens. Hollywood Strings is an advanced collection of orchestral string instruments that offers control over sound and performance while delivering creative power to composers and content producers for film, video, Web and music. Multiple finger positions for all sections, including open strings, are available in this virtual instrument collection. Hollywood Strings will be available in two editions from February 15, 2010: The Diamond Edition ($1,695) includes all articulations and bowings, five user-controllable optional mic positions, 44.1kHz 24-bit and 16-bit samples and comes supplied on a pre-configured hard drive. The Gold Edition ($1,195) includes all articulations and bowings except divisi, bow-change legato and sordino, and offers single-mic position, 44.1kHz 16-bit samples supplied on dual-layer DVDs. Find out more information about Hollywood Strings.

Mackie TH-18s
When paired with an SRM450v2 (now clad in all black), the new TH-18s powered subwoofer delivers real-world power at competitive pricing. Also debuting at NAMM are the HD Series Powered Subwoofers, the perfect companions to the full-range HD Series loudspeakers launched in 2009. These new subwoofers, along with Mackie’s core loudspeakers, are available for demonstration at the 2010 Winter NAMM Show, Hall C, Booth #4468, Demo Room #209A. The SRM450v2 is available worldwide now and has an MSRP of $749.99 USD. The TH-18s is available now and has an MSRP of $879.99 USD. The HD1501 and HD1801 subwoofers will be available in Q1, and will have an MSRP of $1,099.99 USD and $1,249.99 USD, respectively.

Peavey, Muse Musebox
—Peavey Electronics and Muse Research and Development's MuseBox musical instrument and effects box uses virtual instruments and effects technology so that players of all types can easily take cutting-edge software-based synths, sounds and effects to rehearsals, gigs, to the practice room or to the studio. The MuseBox’s compact 2U half-rack design is portable, versatile and built for the road. The unit's custom MuseMachine software environment takes computer technology and turns it into musical instruments, relying on a superstable operating system made specifically to run software plug-ins with 24-bit/48kHz pro-quality audio. A CF-Card slot provides instant access to new software synths and effects. The MuseBox comes standard with 1 GB of RAM (expandable to 2 GB), and is equipped with a 4GB solid-state system disc module (expandable to 8 GB). The MuseBox offers an optional 250GB laptop hard drive for additional storage. The MuseBox will be available in spring 2010 with a U.S. MSRP of $1,199.99. Hall B, Booth #5740
Find out more about MuseBox.

Primera BravoPro Xi-Series Disc Publishers
BravoPro Xi-Series Disc Publishers are improved versions of Primera’s BravoPro Disc Publishers. With their built-in high-speed recorders, direct-to-disc printing and fast robotics, these desktop units automate the process of burning and printing quantities of CDs and DVDs. The Series comprises BravoPro Xi AutoPrinter ($1,995), Xi Disc Publisher ($2,995) and Xi2 Disc Publisher ($3,295). Features include 300-percent faster robotics for higher throughput; interior blue LED lighting with job status feedback; seventh-generation disc-picking mechanism, compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS 10.5 (or higher); optional Blu-ray disc-recordable drives; and new lower prices. Find out more about the BravoPro X-Series.


NAMM Star Spotting

The NAMM Show will start each morning with live music from many diverse acts. On Thursday, the show kicks off with the 40th anniversary of the Petiot All-Industry Marching Band who will join forces with the Get a Life Marching Band from Portland, Ore., to lead the parade. Read more of this article.

Cakewalk Guests
Cakewalk (Hall A, Booth #6700) has confirmed these artists
Thursday, January 14, Justin Lassen (2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.) and Javier Colon (4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.). Friday, January 15: Steven Slate (11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.), Cori Yarckin (1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.), Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.), Norman Matthew (4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.) and Lassen (5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.). Saturday, January 16: Matthew (11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.), Slate (noon to 12:45 p.m.), the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (1:05 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.), Shifty and the Big Shots (2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.), Yarckin (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.) and Colon (4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.). Find out more information at Cakewalk's NAMM page.

Earthworks Artist Appearances
Confirmed artist appearances include noted songwriter/composer James Raymond, keyboard and studio artist George Duke, front-of-house engineer David Morgan, percussionist/producer/engineer Robin DiMaggio and drummer/studio veteran Jeff Campitelli. As individual schedules are still being finalized as of this writing, dates and times will be made available via Earthworks’ Facebook online presence.

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Radial Engineering Workhorse and 500 Series Modules

Radial Engineering president Peter Janis offers a tour of the Workhorse 5000 housing for 500 Series modules and talks about Radial's new series of signal processing modules in the 500 Series format. Watch the video now!

The PreSonus 24.4.2 Digital Console
PreSonus offers the first peak at its new, expanded StudioLive 24.4.2 sound reinforcement/recording console, unveiling this week at the 2010 NAMM Show. Watch the video now!

New Primacoustic Acoustic Products
Primacoustics unveils seven products that will debut at NAMM: the VoxGuard, TrashGuard, Crashguard, KickStand, ickPad and TriPad, all acoustical problem-solvers for studio and live use. Watch the video now!


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