Fender Announces MonoNeon’s New Artist Signature Jazz Bass V



Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the MonoNeon Jazz Bass V to honor the inventive bassist’s singular vision and empower players everywhere to approach the instrument with the same curious spirit that has fueled his vivid career. Known for his knack for funk and micro-tonal detail, creating a signature instrument that encapsulates MonoNeon’s spirit and ability is a tall order.

As the brand that brought forth the electric bass, Fender seeks to honor the biggest pioneers of the instrument across genres and MonoNeon is one of them. Mono’s fashion sense is on par with his playing, often adorned in fluorescent layers and accessories that would give any glow stick a run for its money. Thanks to this signature model’s eye-popping yellow and orange finish and pickguard, the optics on this bass keep up with the fashion sense of the man who inspired its creation. That being said, MonoNeon Jazz Bass V is far more than meets the eye.

“Getting my own artist signature bass with Fender is definitely a full circle experience happening right now,” said MonoNeon. “Seeing medal holding my bass is really crazy. He’s like my first musical hero. He’s a very funky player. I’d just practice to all of his records, try to find anything he played and just learn it. I wanted to be just like him and I still do.”

Accompanying the launch of the MonoNeon Jazz Bass V is “In Conversation with MonoNeon,” a video hosted by George Clinton, as he guides viewers through the “Monoverse.” The piece features a series of jam sessions, including the “Duo of Bullshit” with MonoNeon and Blaque Dynamite, as well as commentary from his mother, grandmother, and father, Dwayne Thomas Sr.

The MonoNeon Jazz Bass V makes a statement – equal parts swagger and serious business. It features an alder body finished in an eye-popping neon yellow urethane finish, complemented by a neon orange painted headstock and pick guard. “These are my two favorite colors, high-visibility orange and yellow, because I love how the construction workers look on the highway. You can see them from far away. It’s inspired by them.”

The 22-fret, one-piece roasted maple neck is C-shaped for comfort and has 10”-14” compound radius fingerboard and pearl block inlays. Custom Fireball 5-String Humbucking Bass pickups deliver luscious and robust low end with growl, while the 18-volt preamp provides extra headroom. Meanwhile, the 3-band active EQ gives players endless tonal capabilities and the Fender HiMass string-through-top-load bridge increases resonance, weight, and sustain. Each bass comes with a MonoNeon sticker pack and custom headstock Stance sock.

“MonoNeon is one of the most-inventive bass players of this generation, and to honor him with a Fender bass that encapsulates his unique style and vast talents is a privilege,” said Justin Norvell, EVP of Products at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “We worked closely with him to create a bass that not only visually represents the online persona we’ve come to know, but also embodies his funk-inspired, abstract and microtonal playing. From the eye-popping neon yellow and orange finish, to his Custom Fireball 5-String Humbucking Bass pickups and HiMass bridge, this bass gives players endless tonal capabilities and robust low end with a growl.”

In true tradition, the Fender Artist Signature Series honors iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists.


Nikon Announces New NIKKOR Z 40mm F/2 (SE) Special Edition Lens



Nikon Inc. has announced the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE), a new special edition lens with a heritage design that takes inspiration from the era of iconic manual NIKKOR lenses. This fast aperture, compact prime lens is the perfect union of old and new, creating a stylish, fun-to-use lens with the modern optical tech for Z series mirrorless cameras.

Whether you’re looking for a super-small lens with a comfortably familiar feel, or just vibing on the retro aesthetic, the new lens pairs perfectly with any Nikon Z series camera. With a distinctive and eye-catching design, the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) is a special edition of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, and is an ideal match for the heritage-styled Z fc. The lens is small enough to accompany APS-C mirrorless cameras like the Z 50, Z fc or Z 30, while also a great light and compact “walk-around” lens for Z 5, Z 611, and Z &II users.

“This lens hits every sweet spot; it’s designed with a cool vintage look, while being fast, sharp, and affordable and super compact.” Said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikkon Inc.

The special edition of the 40mm f/2’s intricate knurling is based on careful study of the authentic, original NIKKOR design. The lens body has a substantial grip similar to manual lenses, yet also features modern design elements such as a control ring for customizable versatility.

The NIKKOR Z 40 mm f/2 (SE) is simply a fun lens to use, with a fast f/2 abetter that makes it great in low light with a shallow depth of field that draws attention to the subject. The lens is so small and easy to carry around, while bringing exceptional sharpness for street photos and candid portraits. It also offers a natural angle of view (60mm-equivalent when attached to a DX body) which is idea for shooting portraits, stills, and standard perspective videos with gorgeous, blurred backgrounds and excellent low-light performance.

NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE): Standard Prime with Vintage Lens

  • A compact, versatile prime lens that is ideal for everyday creation of casual portraits, street snaps, food photography and more.
  • Delivers fantastic blurred backgrounds with beautiful bokeh, and a dramatic separation of the subject from the background.
  • Ultra-compact, weighing only approximately 6 oz (170g) and only 1.8” long.
  • Built with 6 elements in 4 groups, with a 9-blade diaphragm for natural out of focus area.
    Electronic diaphragm delivers precise aperture control for stable exposure during continuous shooting.
  • Focuses as close at 0.96ft (0.29m), which is excellent for capturing food and top-down continuous shooting.
  • Designed with consideration for dust and drip-resistant performance with a sealing that prevents dust and water droplets from entering the lens.
  • Content and video creators will appreciate the quiet operation and natural focus shift that allows from close focusing to infinity, reduced focus breathing and smooth aperture control.
  • Integrated customizable control ring can be assigned to adjust focus, ISO, aperture and exposure compensation.
  • Small-diameter, high torque STM (stepping motor) in the AF mechanism ensures outstandingly quiet, fast and accurate operation, while realizing a great balance of compact size and superb AF control performance.

Nikon Z fc Black Edition

Nikon has also announced a new stylized version of the Nikon Z fc, which is now available as an all-black edition as a respectful homage to the original color schemes. The Z is a mirrorless camera with a design that evokes the essence of the legendary FM2 film camera, and this new design will surely appeal to those who appreciate subtle minimalism.

The Z fc is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera, offering all the benefits of modern technology combined with stylish and satisfying precision carved analog dials. It features a 20.9-megapixel APS-C sensor for amazing image quality even in low light, combined with advanced technology such as full time Eye-Detection AF, 4K 30p video capture, and a vary-angle blogger-style LCD screen to creatively compose. The Z fc makes it simple and fun to capture your content; users can embrace full manual control, or use the powerful automatic settings to easily capture stellar photos and videos that get noticed.

The Z fc is also currently available in the attractive black and silver scheme, as well as additional stylish colors including Amber Brown, White, Natural Gray, Sand Beige, Coral Pink and Mint Green.

Price and Availability

The new NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 (SE) will be available in early 2023, and will retail for $309.95 SRP at authorized Nikon dealers. The new Nikon Z fc Black Edition paired with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens will be available in late November for $1199.95 SRP and will be available exclusively through the Nikon Store.


Shure Offers Holiday Deals And Giveaways



shure logoHoliday shopping is in full swing, and those who know audio have Shure on their wish lists this year. From the studio to the stage and all points in between, you and your loved ones’ artistic visions and audio experiences matter. With legendary deals on the world’s most iconic microphones, audio technology, and bundles for the 2022 holiday season, Shure can help every content creator and musician chase their dreams, realize their goals, and sound extraordinary with the help of best-in-class audio.

Shure’s professional-grade listening products and microphones, including select products and bundles from the iconic PGA, MOTIV, SM, BETA, and KSM lines, are available for purchase with instant savings. Trusted by the most acclaimed podcasters, musicians, streamers, and gamers, Shure gear has been setting the standard for professional quality audio for decades.

For an additional way to check items off those wish lists, individuals can enter the Shure Ultimate Home Studio Giveaway. This giveaway helps those looking to take their passion to the next level by providing a specific package for the needs of gamers, podcasters, and musicians. Individuals can win up to $4800 in gear, including microphones, lighting, mic stands, boom arms, and more.

Those looking to find the perfect gift for their musician, gamer, content creator, audiophile or work-from-home professional can shop Shure’s deals from November 1, 2022 through January 2, 2023.

“The holidays are such a busy time of year! We hope to help you find the perfect gifts by providing the best deals for products on your loved ones’ wish lists,” said Morgane Devos, Senior Manager of Retail Marketing, at Shure. “Not only will these products be a hit this holiday season, but they’ll be an invaluable addition to any content creator or musician’s arsenal for years to come.”

Find the full list of the 2022 holiday promotions HERE.

For Content Creators:

  • $40 Instant Savings on the SM7B Dynamic Studio Vocal Mic
  • $25 Instant Savings on the MV7 Podcast Mic and $49 Instant Savings on the MV7 Bundled with the SRH440A Professional Studio Headphones
  • $39 Instant Savings when you purchase two (2) MV7X XLR Podcast Microphones
  • $25 Instant Savings on the MV88+ Video Kit
    Click HERE for more holiday deals for content creators

For Musicians

  • $20 Instant Savings on the MV88 Stereo USB Microphone
  • $10 Instant Savings on the SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone
  • $10 Instant Savings on the SM58 Dynamic Vocal Microphone
  • $140 Instant Savings on the KSM9 Dual Pattern Handheld Vocal Microphone
  • $200 Instant Savings on the KSM44A Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
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For Music Lovers and Work-From-Home Professionals

  • $10 Instant Savings on the MV5C Home Office Microphone
  • $70 Instant Savings on the AONIC 40 Premium Wireless Headphones
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Canon Announces EOS R6 II Hybrid Full-Frame Camera



Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced the launch of the new EOS R6 Mark II camera body, Canon’s new hybrid full-frame camera, and the first EOS R series full-frame mirrorless to take the step into the second generation. In addition, Canon is also introducing the new RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM mid-telephoto portrait lens and Speedlite EL-5 flash unit.

Ideal for advanced amateurs and featuring user-friendly functions, the EOS R6 Mark II camera is a high-performance hybrid camera that’s designed to capture decisive moments in both photo and video formats. It will satisfy a wide range of needs including professional production, vlogging, still pictures, filmmaking, and more. The camera is also well suited for various photography subjects such as portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife. With the EOS R6 Mark II camera, creativity has virtually no borders.

As the market share leader for mirrorless cameras in the United States, through Q3 of 2022, Canon continues to strengthen its innovative EOS R lineup with the new EOS R6 Mark II camera. The EOS R6 Mark II offers enhanced video and photo functions, such as in-body Image Stabilization, as well as specifications that can satisfy video production needs, such as controlled focusing.

In addition to its compact size and ease of use, the EOS R6 Mark II camera also features:

  • 24.2 megapixels, full-frame image sensor
  • 4K 59.94p video recording
  • External 6K RAW video recording / Internal 4K video recording oversampled from 6K
  • High-speed burst shooting
  • Canon Log 3 maximizing dynamic range
  • Autofocus (AF): highly accurate subject detection with human, animal, vehicle and automatic settings
  • Horses, trains, and airplanes are newly detectable through the use of deep learning technology
  • Continuous movie recording that exceeds 30 minutes
  • Up to 12 frames per second mechanical shutter
  • Up to 40 frames per second with electronic shutter
  • In-body Image Stabilization as effective as up to 8 stops faster shutter speed

Alongside the new camera body, Canon has announced a new addition to its growing line of innovative RF lenses – the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM. This is a fixed focal length mid-telephoto portrait lens that is compatible with any EOS R-series camera. The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM achieves beautiful and generous bokeh with the large-diameter F1.8 and comes equipped with in-lens Image Stabilization.

The coordinated control of this IS is coupled with the in-body IS present in the EOS R6 Mark II camera and other EOS R equipped IBIS cameras help reduce camera shaken empowers photographers to express a feel of motion when shooting in dark areas with slower shutter speeds.

Additionally, Canon has announced the new Speedlite EL-5 flash unit, designed for superior compatibility with the new EOS R6 Mark II The Speedlite EL-5 is Canon’s first flash product compatible with the new multi-function shoe present in the EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras.

Price & Availability

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II camera body only and kits with either Canon RF24-105 F4 L IS USM or the RF24-105 F4.0-7.1 IS STM USM lens will be available in late November 2022 for estimated retail prices of $2499.00, $3499.00 and $2799.00 respectively.

The Canon RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM will be available in late January 2023 for an estimated retail price of $2099.00.

The Canon Speedlite EL-5 flash unit will be available in late March 2023 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.


BOSS Announces FS-1-WL Wireless Footswitch



BOSS announces the FS-1-WL Wireless Footswitch, a versatile multi-function foot controller for a wide range of applications. Users can control digital music score apps, YouTube videos, DAWs, and supported BOSS and Roland gear wirelessly over Bluetooth.

It’s also possible to connect a MIDI cable to operate multi-effect processors, pedals, and other MIDI hardware. And with the dedicated editor/librarian app, the FS-1-WL can be customized to control nearly any software application or MIDI device.

Compact and durable, the FS-1-WL is an essential wireless partner for all types of creative situations. It can send keyboard commands over Bluetooth to smartphones, tablets, and computers and comes with three pre-loaded setups for popular apps. Users can also change presets, control effects, and more on Bluetooth-equipped BOSS products like Pocket GT, Katana-Air, and Waza-Air, or the GX-100 via the Bluetooth Audio MIDI Dual Adaptor.

In addition, the FS-1-WL supports communication with Roland’s WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adaptor and WM-1D Wireless MIDI Dongle to control MIDI hardware devices and computers without built-in Bluetooth support.

With the FS-1-WL editor/librarian app on a Mac/Windows computer or iOS/Android mobile device, users can assign custom keyboard commands to the footswitches, either single keystrokes or combinations with modifier keys like shift and control. And in MIDI mode, custom PC and CC messages can be assigned. The app software also provides the ability to save and organize configurations for different needs.

Backed by decades of BOSS design expertise, the FS-1-WL is comfortable to use and built to last. The three onboard footswitches are quiet and easy to press. Status LEDs provide high visibility and can be set to different colors with the editor app. Two AAA alkaline batteries offer up to 14 hours of operation on the move, and AC poser is supported with an optional BOSS PSA adaptor.

Up to two external footswitches can be connected to the FS-1-WL for expanded control, both with MIDI messages and keyboard commands. An external expression pedal can also be connected for continuous parameter control of any device that responds to MIDI CC messages. The FS-1-WL features a TRS MIDI jack for wired operation of MIDI hardware devices. It also functions as a plug-and-play MIDI input device for computers and mobile devices over USB.


Line 6 Introduces DL4 MkII Delay Modeler



Line 6 introduced the DL4 Mkll Delay Monitor. It includes everything in the original DL4 Delay Modeler, while introducing 15 new MKII delays drawn from our HX family of amp and effects processors and both 4-Switch and 1-Switch loopers with up to 240 seconds of record time (expandable to several hours using an optional microSD card).

There’s also an XLR microphone input, MIDI In and Out/Thru connectors, heavy duty foot switches, three bypass options, and a jack for connecting an optional expression pedal or two additional footswitches, three bypass options, and a jack for connecting an optional expression pedal or two additional footswitches. The DL4 MkII is also smaller and higher than the original, making it an even more appealing choice for modern musicians.

Feature include:

Build: The DL4 MkII is constructed from cast aluminum to withstand the rigors of performance.

Control Layout: DL4 MKII utilizes the same layout of knobs and foot switches as the original. Pressing the Legacy button converts DL4 MKII into a DL4.

Delay: There are 30 delays total: 15 new MkII delays drawn from the HX family of amp and effects processors, 14 original delays, and Echo Platter, taken from the rackmount Echo Pro.

Looping: The 4-Switch Classic Looper and the 1-Switch Looper operate in either mono or stereo and maybe positioned before or after other effects.

Looping Time/Micro SD: Onboard memory provides up to 240 seconds of recording time, expandable to several hours using an optional microSD card, which also enables a loop tone stored in memory.

XLR Microphone Input: Connect a dynamic microphone to the XLR input for vocal (or acoustic instrument) processing and looping, and adjust the gain using the Trim control.

MIDI: MIDI In and Out/Thru DN connectors enable the DL4 MkII to receive continuous controller, program change, and other MIDI messages from external sources.

Bypass: Bypass options include buffered, DSP, and true bypass. Buffered bypass and true bypass avoid A/D/A conversion by routing signals directly from the input(s) to the output(s).

Footswitches: The footswitches select presets A, B, and C. When the Looper is active, they select the Record/Overdub, Play/Stop and Play Once functions.

Expression Pedal: Connect an optional expression pedal (automatically assigned to relevant effects parameters), two assignable external foot switches, or one of each.

External Switches: Connect up to two assignable external footswitches, an expression pedal, or one of each.

DC Power: DC power is provided by the included 9V DC-1g power supply or via most other 9V center-negative power supplies.


BOSS Announces DS-1W Distortion



BOSS announces the DS-1W Distortion, the latest addition to the acclaimed Waza Craft family of premium compact pedals. Based on the legendary DS-1 Distortion, the DS-1W fuses the look and character of the standard pedal with two modes and a newly revised discrete analog circuit for more range and versatility.

Introduced in 1978 among the earliest models in the BOSS compact series, the DS-1 redefined the sound of distortion and remains as influential today as ever. Its hard-edged attack and smooth sustain of distortion and remains as influential today as ever. Its hard-edged attack and smooth sustain have made it the best-selling compact effect, with over 1.5 million units sold to date. The iconic orange stomp is behind the signature sounds of a long list of rock, alternative, and fusion legends, and its aggressive tone can be heard on countless famous tracks. Filled with artful Waza Craft refinements, the DS-1W expands the DS-1 experience for a broader range of styles and applications.

Standard mode on the DS-1W delivers the authentic sound of the original in every way. Its innovative two-stage gain circuit is a critical part of the fullness and definition that so many guitarists love about the DS-1. The versatile tone control affects low and high frequencies, simultaneously boosting and cutting each end of the frequency spectrum as the knob is turned. This allows players to dial in the sound for any application, from sharp rhythms and searing solos to maintaining low-end clarity when boosting amps and other drive pedals.

The DS-1W’s Custom mode introduces a bold new voice that takes the unmistakable DS-1 character to the next dimension. A thick, mid-focused tone provides more fatness and cut to stand out in the mix, and the tone control is tuned to maximize the mode’s richness and presence. The available level has been increased by 6dB, providing a wider range of gain boost for driving amps and pedals. And with more input sensitivity, players can conjure up all sorts of distortion colors with picking dynamics and volume control adjustments on the guitar.

Like all Waza Craft models, the DS-1W features a premium buffer for clean and clear tone when bypassed and comes with the standard compact series five-year warranty.


Sony Electronics Expands Cinema Line with New 4K Super 35 Cameras



Sony Electronics Inc. is pleased to announce to the brand’s prestigious Cinema Line – the FX30. The new FX30 is a 4K Super 35 compact camera that offers many professional features of the Cinema Line, such as Dual Base ISO, Log shooting models, and user-imported LUT’s (Look Up Tables) at a price point that appeals to many aspiring filmmakers.

In addition to introducing the new FX30, Sony announced two new CFexpress Type A Memory Cards – CEA G320T and CEA-G640T. Both are large capacity cards that support high-speed performance with a maximum writing speed.

“The new FX30 is a great fit for a wide range of filmmakers” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “As part of our Cinema Line, it is an attractive addition for seamless integration into large productions. Additionally, by incorporating many professional features found in our flagship cinema cameras, It is a perfect camera for up-and-coming filmmakers that are working with tight budgets.”

Creating a Cinematic Look

The FX30 offers the next-generation filmmakers cinematic expression with the latest imaging systems. It features a new back-illuminated 20.1 megapixels APS-C Exmor R CMOS sensor (Super 35 format), with a dual base ISO (800/2500) to deliver high sensitivity, low noise, and 14+ stops of latitude.

The FX30 supports a variety of video recording codecs. It can shoot in high frame rates, including 4K at 120fps and full HD at 240fps. The FX30 also features the ability to shoot 4K Super 35 (16:9) by oversampling from 6K at up to 60fps. Both 16:9 recording modes can shoot at 10-bit 4:2:2 while the HDMI Type-A port outputs 4K, 16-bit RAW for an external recorder.

Like the rest of the Cinema Line, the FX30 features Log shooting modes by enabling Cine El, Cine EL Quick and Flexible ISO modes for recording with the S-Log3 gamma curve, which allows more flexibility when color grading. All three modes allow video shooting while monitoring with an appropriate LUT to preview the final image. In addition, the FX30 includes a selection of built-in cinematic looks, such as Sony’s S-Cinetone, and can shoot single stills. The camera offers advanced image processing capabilities with the BIONZ XR processing engine for natural graduations and realistic color reproduction.

Designed to Support Creators’ Needs

The FX30 features Sony’s fast and reliable still and video autofocus, with settings including:

  • Real-time Eye AF (human, animal, or bird)
  • Real-time Tracking
  • Detailed AF settings
  • AF Assist

Creatives also have more control when using the Focus Map, which makes it easy to visualize depth of field, and Breathing Compensation to offer a stable angle of view when focusing. The camera includes effective stabilization for run and gun shoots using Active Mode thanks to the optical-in-body 5-axis image stabilization. The FX30 also includes time code sync.

The FX30 incorporates other features that retain the spirit of the Cinema Line, including:

  • New customizable list-style main menu screen for quick access to frequently used items
  • New standby movie screen that provides an unobstructed view on the subject
  • Buttons and dials dedicated to movie shooting

The FX30 also includes added functionality to assist with the creative workflow, such as post-production editing using embedded LUT, and El metadata. This metadata is available using the latest version of Sony’s Catalyst Prepare or Catalyst Browse applications A new “Catalyst Prepare Plugin” for Adobe Premiere Pro was released in August.


Roland Announces Multiple V-Drums Product Upgrades



Roland, a world leader in electronic drums and percussion, announces multiple upgrades to the company’s award-winning V-Drums product lineup. New TD-17, TD-27, and V-Drums Acoustic Design models have been released with significant hardware upgrades to previous-generation kits. In addition, sound modules included with the kits have been updated with a variety of new features.

TD-17 and TD-27 Drum Sound Modules: Version 2.0 Updates

Version 2.0 updates bring a host of powerful enhancements to the TD-17 and TD-27 modules at the heart of many V-Drum kits, including the six new models. The updates also add integrated support for Roland Cloud content, allowing players to expand their experience with a growing selection of sounds, samples and custom kits from top V-Drums artists.

The Version 2.0 update for the TD-17 module features 10 all-new preset kits and 10 kits previously exclusive to the module in the VAD306 V-Drums Acoustic Design set. The added kits employ 26 pre-loaded samples that can also be used to create custom kits. Reverb and Kit Comp effects have been added as well, along with 11 more MFX types for shaping drum tones.

With Version 2.0, the TD-27 module gets even better with 10 additional preset kits and newly enhanced versions of the three most popular kits from the original release. New pre-loaded samples are also includes. Layering features have been expanded, while parallel compression options and transient shaping enhancements provide even greater sound control. The module interface has also been improved for faster sound selection and drum customization.

New kits based around these modules will ship with the Version 2.0 updates. Later in 2022, owners of existing TD-17 and TD-27 modules will be able to download the Version 2.0 updates on Roland Cloud with a free Roland Account.

TD-17KVX2 and TD017KV2 V-Drums

Since its launch in 2018, the TD-17 V-Drums series has powered the progress of developing drummers everywhere, combining expressive sound and authentic playability with powerful coaching tools with built-in Bluetooth for playing along with music from mobile devices. Now, the journey continues with two new kits that build on the top-tier models from the original lineup.

Along with the updated TD-17 module, the new TD-17KVX2 and TD-17KV2 kits add thin V-Cymbal pads that offer more natural movement and improved stick feel. The TD-17KV2 features two 12-inch CY-12C-T crash cymbals, while the TD-17KV2 comes with one CY-12C-T. Both kits come with a 14-inch CY-14R-T ride cymbal with three-way triggering for edge, bow, and bell sounds.

TD-27KV2 V-Drums

Equipped with advanced digital trigger pad technology and other top V-Drums features, the TD-27KV2 brings serious drummers premium playability and flagship-level expression at an affordable price. The updated TD-27 module includes many next-generation technologies derived from the top-of-the-line TD-50X. And with the TD-27KV2’s spacious layout and large, comfortable pads, players can use all their standard acoustic drum techniques without compromise.

Expanding on the digital snare and digital ride pads included with the previous TD-27KV model, the TD-2KV2 adds a VH-14D digital hi-hat. The 14-inch top/bottom cymbal design mounts on a standard acoustic hi-hat stand for an authentic look and feel. Playing dynamics, stick techniques, and foot articulations are all captured with perfect detail, thanks to the high-resolution detection system and lightening-fast module processing. The TD-27KV2 also includes 12-inch CY-12C-T and 14-inch CY-14C-T crash cymbals with thin profiles to further enhance the acoustic playing experiences.

V-Drums Acoustic Design Kits: VAD507, VAD504, and VAD307

Introduced in 2020 to universal acclaim, the V-Drums Acoustic Design series fuses the authentic look and feel acoustic drums with Roland’s leading electronic drum technologies. With real wood shells and custom chrome hardware, every V-Drums Acoustic Design kit projects the premium look of high-end acoustic drums, providing a familiar presence that’s the centerpiece of any stage.

The VAD507 and VAD 504 are the new mid-line models in the V-Drums Acoustic Design range. Building on the previous VAD506 and VAD503 models, these kits feature the updated TD-27 sound module and a 14-inch VH-14D digital hi-hat to complement the previously included digital snare and digital ride pads. In addition, both kits have been upgraded with heavy-duty tom/cymbal stands inherited from the flagship VAD706.

The new VAD307 kit offers the same club-sized configuration and cutdown shells of the previous VAD306 model. It features the updated TD-17 module plus thin V-Cymbal pads that include 12-inch CY-12C-T crash cymbals and one 14-inch CY-14R-T ride. The kit has also been upgraded with the same heavy duty tom/cymbal combination stands included with the VAD 706.


Blackmagic Design Announces Lower Price On ATEM Mini Pro



Blackmagic Design announced a new lower price for ATEM Mini Pro live production switchers. The ATEM Mini Pro is now reduced to US $295 and the ATEM Mini Pro ISO model is reduced to US $495. This reduction of up to $300 has been made possible efficiencies in manufacturing. The new prices will help make live production more affordable for anyone who wants to reach a worldwide audience true broadcast quality.

With built in recording, streaming and multiview monitoring, the ATEM Mini Pro models have been the best way for customers to create high quality multi camera live production for streaming worldwide to platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitch TV and more. With these new lower prices, ATEM Mini Pro replaces ATEM Mini as a more powerful entry model in the ATEM Mini family of five production switchers.

ATEM Mini Pro is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers around the word from US $295.

ATEM Mini switchers make it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Skype. Simply connect ATEM Mini and customers can switch live up to 4 high quality video camera inputs for dramatically better quality images. Or connect a computer for PowerPoint slides or gaming consoles. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for commentary. There are loads of video effects too. ATEM Mini has a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via ethernet, or stream via the USB which also works like a webcam. There’s also HDMI out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations.

ATEM Mini’s compact all in one design includes both a control panel as well as connections. The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, video effects, and transitions. The source buttons are large so it’s possible to use it by feel, letting the presenter do the switching. Customers even get buttons for audio mixing. Customers also get buttons for record and streaming control, as well as output buttons that let customers change the video output between cameras, program and multiview. On the rear panel there are HDMI connections for cameras or computers or even gaming consoles, extra microphone inputs, USB for webcam out plus an HDMI “aux” output for program video.

ATEM Mini has a built in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via their Ethernet connections without the need for a computer. That means customers can live stream to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch in better quality without dropped frames and with simpler settings. Just select the streaming service and enter the streaming key. There are palettes in ATEM Software Control for streaming setup, plus streaming status is also displayed in the multiview. Streaming status is easy to understand as the data rate indicator shows internet speed required for the video format users are using. If users are technically minded, customers can update the streaming profiles in an XML settings file to load new services.

If customers are doing live performance on location then ATEM Mini supports connecting an Apple or Android smartphone to the USB port to use mobile data. It’s also a great backup for the main Ethernet connection. Phone tethering works with the latest high speed 5G phones plus more common 4G phones. The ATEM Mini switcher will automatically detect when a phone is connected to the USB port and switch its internet connection to use it, eliminating the need for changing settings. When connected, the phone will draw power from the USB port and switch its internet connection to use it, eliminating the need for changing settings. When connected, the phone will draw power from the USB port so it remains charged from the switcher. By using phone tethering and mobile data, ATEM Mini switchers become the perfect mobile production solution.