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Line 6 is Giving Away a Free Speaker Bag – For a Limited Time

Line 6 introduced the world’s first digital modeling amp. Their Variax guitars can do more than any other instrument in history. Line 6 is giving away a free gig bag – for a limited time. To enter, you must purchase a Firehawk 1500 amp.

Easily transport and protect your Firehawk 1500 stage amp with this custom speaker bag! The Firehawk 1500 Speaker bag is a heavy duty amp road case with built-in wheels, pull-up handle, and padding, to make traveling to your next gig a breeze!

The giveaway started on March 1, 2018, and will end on April 30, 2018. To be eligible, you must purchase a Firehawk Amplifier. The speaker bag is a $199.99 value.

There are terms and conditions to be aware of. Eligible products must be purchased as new from an authorized reseller in the United States. This offer is not available for remanufactured, demonstration, or non-new products. Purchases made from online auctions are not eligible. Line 6 does not allow product substitutions, deletions, additions, or other modifications to this offer, regardless of information you learn from other sources.

The offer is available while supplies last. Sales tax (if any) is the responsibility of the consumer. You must upload an image of your original receipt(s) as part of the registration process.

The Line 6 Firehawk 1500 is the ultimate stage amp. It features plenty of power and a unique full-range speaker configuration that delivers consistent tone at any volume. It’s a next-generation stage amp for guitarists who want great live tone – on any stage, and at any volume.

TASCAM Unveils MZ-Series Mixers

Continuing its long legacy of high-quality professional mixers, TASCAM has introduced the new MZ-223 and MZ-372. Both rack-mount analog mixers offer flexible inputs, mixing, and routing that makes them well suited for installs in small to mid-size venues such as restaurants, hotels, ballrooms, meeting rooms, and schools, as well as residences.

The compact 2U rack-mount TASCAM MZ-223 offers five audio channels, each with a dedicated Gain potentiometer and two stereo sets of RCA line-level inputs (ten RCA inputs, total), that can be mixed, segregated, and routed to three independent zones or destinations. Channels 1 and 2 can also accommodate phono-level signals for use with a turntable, making the MZ-223 suitable for DJ and residential applications. Two convenient front-panel, balanced XLR inputs handle microphone signals.

Each of the MZ-223’s three stereo output zones present balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line-level outputs, enabling long cable runs or connections to residential power amplifiers or powered speakers. A generous assortment of front-panel volume sliders, routing switches and buttons, EQ knobs, and mute buttons enable simple, fast setup and operation. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use.

The 3U rack-mount TASCAM MZ-372 enables audio signals to be mixed, muted, and routed to 2 redundant outputs or destinations. Each of its 6 audio channels has an independent volume control and features 2 stereo sets of unbalanced RCA line-level inputs (12 RCA inputs, total), and 6 balanced XLR mic/line (switchable) inputs on the rear panel, plus a mic-level XLR input on the front panel.

Each of the MZ-372’s dual outputs offer balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA jacks, enabling long cable runs or connections to a main mixer and monitor mixer, professional amplifier, or residential power amplifier or powered speaker. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use. A separate pair of unbalanced, line-level RCA recording outputs make it simple to capture events.

Canon Introduced EOS M50 and EOS Rebel T7 Digital Cameras

Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced their latest editions to their lineup of digital cameras: the EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens Camera, and the EOS Rebel T7.

The EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens camera is the first Canon EOS M-Series camera with 4K video recording which is four-times the size of full HD 1080. It is an all-around, entry-level camera with an extensive list of user-friendly features that encourages users to broaden their creative visions.

Providing improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor resulting in less noise and high definition in low-light situations, and the capacity of recording 4K video, the EOS M50 will capture crisp, photographic expressions in various situations.

The EOS Rebel T7 is the latest edition to the widely popular EOS Rebel line of entry-level DSLR cameras, with an upgraded CMOS sensor to deliver sharp, high-resolution images to capture life’s key moments.

The EOS Rebel T7 features an upgraded CMOS of 24.1 megapixel resolution. It is the successor to the EOS Rebel T6. Offering easy sharing of high-quality photos and videos on social media sites, EOS Rebel T7 provides continuous shooting up to 3.0 frames per second (fps), a nine-point autofocus system and a three-inch LCD monitor, offering users a multitude of options to capture and share life’s important moments.

The Canon EOS M50 is scheduled to be available in April 2018 for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body, only. The EOS M50 will also be available with the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in both black and white for an estimated retail price of $899.99. Additionally, the EOS M50 will be sold with the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 IS STM and the EF-M 55-200mm/4.5-6.3 IS STM in black only for an estimated retail price of $1,249.00

The EOS Rebel T7 is scheduled to be available in April 2018, and will be sold as a lens-and-body kit with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

Blue Microphones Introduces Compass Boom Arm

Blue Microphones creates award-winning microphones for audio professionals, musicians, and consumers. They have introduced Compass, a premium broadcast boom arm. It is available now for $99.99 on the Blue Microphones website.

Compass is a premium broadcast boom arm with internal springs and built in cable management, ideal for broadcast applications like game streaming, podcasting, voice-over and more. With smooth, quiet operation and sophisticated on-camera looks, Compass is the perfect microphone boom arm for mics weighing up to 2.4 pounds, including Yeti and Blackout Spark SL.

Compass is great for people who stream on Twitch. Compass lets you put your mic where you want it, when you want it. Whether you adjust the boom to disappear on camera or feature it front and center with the mic, Compass fits perfectly into your game streaming or podcasting setup and will impress your audience.

Compass features a broadcast quality studio-grade design with enclosed aluminum construction, internal springs, and hidden-channel cable management. All friction hinges are hand-tightening – no need for any tools. Compass stays in place after being adjusted, and the robust C-clamp creates a solid connection with your desktop.

Technical Specifications:

  • Boom Type: Extruded aluminum
  • Desktop Mount: C-clamp
  • Rotation: 360 degrees
  • Max Horizontal Reach: 32”
  • Max Weight Hold: 2.4lbs (including mic and shockmount)
  • Cable Management: Hidden-channel cable management
  • Threading: standard 5/8” threading, adaptor for 3/8” threading

Eventide Announces Availability of H9 Control App for Android

Eventide announced the availability of the new H9 Control App for Android devices. It provides users with the ability to manage parameters, presets, and settings for Eventide’s popular H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor stompbox family. The H9 Control App for iOS was released in April of 2015.

The H9 Control app provides remote control access of all Eventide effects pedals. With H9 Control, you can manage parameters, presets and settings with an easy to use interface. Get instant access to over 500 presets that push the boundaries of delay, reverb, pitch-shifting, modulation, distortion and more. H9 Control is available on Android, iOS, Mac and PC.

The H9 Control App for Android is compatible with Android 6+ (Marshmallow and newer) and is available for free via the Eventide website or the Google Play Store.

Eventide’s H9 Harmonizer is a powerful effects pedal perfect for live usage (on stage and FOH) or in the studio. Suitably paired with an appropriate Android tablet or phone, the new H9 Control App offers the following functionality:

  • Instant access to over 500 presets, pushing the boundaries of delays, reverbs, pitch-shifting, modulation and distortion
  • Manage multiple parameters and instantly create new and unprecedented sounds using The Ribbon control
  • Easily access Pedal Settings such as Turner, MIDI Settings, Routing, and Aux Switch Mappings
  • Manage and create unique sounds with the editor librarian
  • Create Preset Lists using the drag-and-drop feature
  • Audition and purchase new effect algorithms via the built-in store.

Line 6 Offers Free Helix Backpack – For a Limited Time

Line6 is offering a free Helix Backpack for a limited time. In order to receive the free backpack, you must purchase a Helix Floor or Helix LT Guitar Processor. This promo is offered in the United States, only.

The Helix Backpack is a rugged, go-anywhere custom-designed carrying case made especially for the Helix floor processor. The same care and attention to detail that went into the design of the Helix floor processor is reflected in the backpack. From its luggage-grade construction and closed-cell foam padding to its rugged, molded rubber carrying handles and water-resistant zippers, the Helix Backpack will protect your gear for years to come. For the ultimate in convenience, the Helix Backpack provides ample room for additional items such as sheet music, cables, small pedals, power supplies, and other accessories.

This offer started on March 1, 2018, and will end on March 31, 2018. Eligible purchases include a Helix floor or a Helix LT guitar processor. The Helix Backpack is a $149.99 value.

Eligible products must be purchased as new from an authorized reseller in the United States. The offer is not available for remanufactured, demonstration, or non-new products. Purchases from online are not eligible.

The Helix Floor is one of the flagship guitar processors of the Helix family, offering incredible power, flexibility, and control. The Helix LT guitar processor delivers the highest levels of performance, flexibility, and control in its class. It also makes an ideal backup processor for Helix Floor and Helix Rack owners.

Stagelight 3.5 Now Available as a Free Upgrade

OpenLabs is currently offering Stagelight 3.5 as a free upgrade. can be downloaded for Android, Windows, or macOS from the OpenLabs website.

Stagelight 3.5 includes dozens of new user presets, drum patterns, and multiple sound effects to choose from. Beginners and hobbyists can quickly build beats by browsing through multiple presets by genre or create their own track templates that include instrument and effect combos.


Massive Drum Machine Upgrades: Take your beats to the next level with 8 new automation graphs including Pitch, Reverse, Push/Pull, High Cut, Low Cut, Sub-Divide, Velocity Jitter and Pan Jitter.

New Pattern Presets: Make music faster by creating and saving drum patterns to your library.

New Content Browsers: All content browsers have been rebuilt in a sleek, docked interface to speed up workflow. With faster searching, drag & drop functionality, and visual previews; building your musical idea is now quicker than ever.

Track Templates: Browse from presets and/or create your own template. Track templates can be made out of any of your favorite instruments and effect combos.

New User Library: Quickly find, share and import your own drum content and samples.

FujiFilm Unveils the New X-H1 Camera

FujiFilm, a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image quality, is excited to announce the new FujuFilm X-H1, featuring a 24.3 megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine for outstanding image quality.

The new X-H1 is the highest performance camera in the X Series line of mirrorless cameras, and the first to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS), a new Flicker Reduction mode that allows for stable exposure under florescent and mercury lighting, DC1 4K and other impressive video capabilities.

The X-H1 boasts a newly designed, robust and durable body, and a range of features that support shooting in various situations by professional and experienced amateur photographers, and videographers. When used in combination with FUJINON lenses and Fujifilm’s signature color reproduction technology, the X-H1 produces outstanding image quality and video reproduction.

The new X-H1 is the first X Series camera to feature in-body image stabilization, harnessing three axial accelerometers, three axial Gyro sensors, and a specially-developed dual-processor to achieve approximately 10,000 calculations per second.

When combined with compensating mechanisms, the X-H1 produces uncompromised image quality and precision. 5-axis image stabilization is possible with all XF and XC lenses, with certain lenses capable of up to a maximum of 5.5 stops.

In addition, a new spring mechanism has been added to reduce micro-vibrations caused by operation of the mechanical shutter. Photographers may also choose to use the electronic front curtain shutter or the electronic shutter, virtually eliminating the effect of vibrations to maximize the benefits of image stabilization.

Fender’s Mini ’65 Twin-Amp has Classic Sound

Fender has released the battery-powered Mini ’65 Twin Amp amplifier. It allows players to take the famed Fender tone with them anywhere in a portable package replicating the classic look of the full-size Twin amp.

The Mini ’65 Twin Amp is small, but mighty. It is great for plugging in on the go, and the headphone jack is ideal for players living in close quarters or taking a jam break at the office.

From the black control plate and miniature knobs to the silver grille cloth, the Fender Mini ’65 Twin Amp replicates the classic look of the full-size Twin amp. Plug in and tap into Fender tone at a fraction of the size, wherever your next destination may be.

Features include:

  • One-watt single-channel amplifier
  • Two 3” speakers
  • Dedicated gain, volume and tone controls
  • Tilt-back kickstand and belt clip on back
  • 1/8” headphone jack and 9V adapter jack (center-negative DC power supply not included)
  • Includes 9V battery

Chase Bliss Audio will Release Two New Stop Pedals this Spring

Chase Bliss Audio makes products that are designed and manufactured in the USA, with an emphasis on supporting local businesses whenever possible. Their products are for people who want something truly different in their stompbox arsenal. Chase Bliss Audio has two brand new stomp pedals that will be available in April and May of 2018.

The Condor is an analog multi-effect that allows sophisticated control over a wide range of effects including EQ, overdrive, boost, tremolo and filter tones. The pedal has a powerful parametric mids control that ranges from 150Hz to 5kHz along with a three separate low pass filter or bass boost/cut modes. Along with expansive frequency controls, Condor has gain and volume knobs and a switchable overdrive circuit for sculpting your idea guitar tone.

Like all Chase Bliss Audio pedals, all of these settings can be stored in presets, ramped, or controlled via expression pedal. Every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog and never gets digitally processed.

Condor will be available on April 16, 2018, for $349.00.

The Thermae represents a radically new approach to analog delay and harmonization. The pedal digitally manipulates the analog signal path created by 4 re-issued versions of the legendary MN3005 bucket-brigade delay chips. This creates the ability to change delay time in musically interesting intervals which allows for innumerable options for harmonizing and other sonic madness.

These intervals can be sequenced through automatically triggered for the manually for ultimate usability in a musical context. Thermae can also be used as a more standard analog delay with unprecedented analog modulation options. Every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog and never gets digitally processed.

Thermae will be available on May 31, 2018, for $499.00.