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Gibson Launched the Gibson Repair and Restoration Shop in Nashville

Gibson announced the re-launch of the Gibson Repair & Restoration Shop, an in-house state-of-the-art repair and restoration facility in Nashville, TN. The Gibson Repair & Restoration Team (Gibson R&R) offers a highly skilled and trained staff of experienced luthiers and techs in our climate-controlled environment. Gibson R&R is fully equipped to perform all phases of guitar repair and restoration, from basic setups to full restorations of damaged or neglected vintage instruments.

Building on the brand’s extremely successful Virtual Guitar Tech Service, players will have the ability to schedule a free, live, virtual, video call with a Gibson R&R Tech to review, assess and estimate that work is needed on most models and styles of guitar. Gibson now offers virtual service, restoration, valuation, and certification and will even issue a new warranty on vintage guitars.

“We’ve been working on the re-launch of the Gibson Repair & Restoration Shop for 18 months and we’re excited to finally unveil it to the world,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President at Gibson Brands. “Gibson R&R has organized the most knowledgeable guitar experts and it’s the ultimate destination for all repairs, restorations, modifications, valuations, and certifications. If you own a Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer – or any other guitar – Gibson R&R is where you should send it. The Gibson R&R is the only shop that gives you the piece of mind that your guitars are getting the same level of expertise, craftsmanship and care that you’d expect from Gibson.”

The craftspeople at Gibson Repair & Restoration will guide you through the process of bringing your instrument back to life. Gibson R&R accepts most evaluates each situation individually and offers reliable time and cost estimates to address your instrument’s needs. After repair authorization is issued and your instrument is received, Gibson R&R will contact you for payment and make arrangements to get the instrument back in your hands. Gibson Virtual Repair & Restoration Service is that simple; schedule a consultation today, here.

Gibson Repair & Restoration Service fast facts:

  • Gibson R&R has free shipping and insurance, and offers packaging help if needed.
  • Gibson works with all types of guitar-like instruments from all brands. Gibson R&R has a dedicated customer service staff just for R&R questions.
  • Gibson R&R can fix most any issue you can have with your guitar, including:
  • Pro Set-Up – Acoustic or Electric
  • Fret Work – Fret dress to Plane & Refret
  • Structural Repairs – Body cracks, broken headstocks, etc.
  • Neck Resets
  • Custom Paint and Finishes
  • Full and Total Restorations

Roland Announces Three New Flagship V-Drum Kits

Roland introduces featuring the next-generation TD50X sound module and digital pad configurations that include the groundbreaking new VH-14D digital hi-hat. The TD-50KV2 kit delivers the ultimate V-Drums experience with cage pads throughout, including a stage-ready, full-size kick drum.

The TD-50KV2 offers a more streamlined configuration with compact top and kick pads, making it a great choice for home playing, small stages, and anywhere that space is tight. The VAD 706 is the new top-of-the-line kit in the V-Drums Acoustic Design series, combining Roland’s best V-Drums technologies with the look and detail of premium-grade acoustic drums. Four elegant finish options are available for the full-size wood shells in the VAD706, including Gloss Natural, Gloss Cherry, Gloss Ebony, and Pearl White.

The TD-50X sound module at the heart of the TD-50KV2, TD-50K2, and VAD706 kits provide the most acoustic-like experience available in electronic drumming. Prismatic Sound Modeling technology makes drums come to life like no other system can, infusing multi-layer samples recorded in world class studios with sophisticated behavior modeling techniques refined over 20-plus years.

An unlimited array of sonic colors and rich overtones are produced with every stick hit, just like acoustic drums and cymbals. The player can feel the sound changing in relation to their expression, creating that magical, interactive bond that fully immerses them in the emotion of the moment.

The TD-50X module features over 900 sounds, including many new kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and cymbal selections. There are also 70 ready-to-play preset kits, all purposefully tuned for full, punchy, and dynamic sound. Users can make quick adjustments to tuning and muffling, or build kits from the ground up by selecting shell depths, drumhead types, cymbal characteristics, and more. PureAcoustic Ambience provides a wide variety of immersive playing spaces, and a massive selection of studio-grade processing tools are on hand to shape sounds to perfection.

The TD-50KV2, TD-50K2, and VAD706 kits also feature Roland’s breakthrough digital pad technology, which fully leverages the vast expressive potential made possible with Prismatic Sound Modeling. Multi-sensors in the PD-140DS snare, CY-18DR ride, and new VH-14D hi-hat pads workwith the lightning-fast processing in the TD-50X module to bring authentic acoustic nuance and detail to these core kit pieces. All playing techniques translate seamlessly, such as touching the ride to mute the sound or switching at will between head, rimshot, and cross stick playing on the snare. The VH-14D takes the electronic hi-hat to a new level of performance, offering touch sensitivity, tonal variation, and open/closed resolution never available until now.

Loaded with pro connectivity, the TD-50X module is ready to take on the practical needs of any playing situation. Stereo XLR master outs and eight TRS direct outs allow the player to send any drums they like to an audio console via balanced connections. And for computer-based music production, the TD-50X can send up to 32 channels of digital audio plus MIDI over USB for premium-quality transfer.

Technics Announces the SL-1200MK7 S DJ-Turntable

Technics unveiled the new SL-1200MK7-S Direct Drive Turntable. In keeping with SL-1200 tradition of past decades and in response to recent inquiries, Technics are pleased to add a silver version. The new model inherits the same features and operational comfort as the SL-1200MK7, which was introduced in January 2019 and has since gained huge success among the Pro DJ community worldwide.

In terms of technology and functionality, the new SL-1200MK7-S will offer the same feature package:

  • Coreless direct drive motor achieving stable rotation with high torque and freedom from cogging
  • Highly sensitive, yet robust tonearm accurately reads the signal stored in the record groove
  • Two-layer platter construction with improved footings for thorough elimination of acoustical and mechanical vibrations
  • Starting torque/brake speed adjustment function
  • Pitch control function enables accurate flexibility of DJ styles
  • Stylus illuminator featuring a high-brightness and long life LED
  • The SL-1200MKS-S will be available in early summer 2021.

About the Technics 1200 Series:

The SL-1200 was launched as a popular direct drive turntable in 1972, becoming a best-selling model with cumulative sales of 3,500,000 units for the series. It was supported by powerful torque, easy operation, and high durability. It became greatly admired by both audio enthusiasts and DJs who helped to unleash the DJ culture in areas such as electronic dance music. The series is still highly acclaimed by DJs worldwide today.

Fujifilm Earns iF Design Awards for 23 Products

Fujifilm Corporation announced that 23 of its products in various business fields including the instax series of instant cameras, the X series of digital cameras and endoscopic diagnosis support function CAD EYE have been awarded the iF Design Award 2021, sponsored by the IF International Forum Design (Hannover, Germany).

Fujifilm sets its highest record with 23 products winning the prestigious award in recognition of not only the products’ beautiful appearance but also their design that achieves advanced performance and excellent operability.

The iF Design Award is a prestigious international design award launched in 1953, and is considered one of the top three global design awards, alongside “Red Dot Design Award” in Germany and “the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)” in the United States. This year, there were 9,509 entries from 52 countries and regions around the world.

In developing all of its products and services, Fujifilm not only pursues functionality and performance, but also strives to develop designs that bring out the best of the advanced functionality and performance. Fujifilm will continue to work on creating design that has beautiful appearance and reflects commitment to offering operability for ease of use and comfort, thereby creating new product values.

With attention to design excellence as one of the product values, Fujifilm will continue to develop superior products, encouraged by the honor of having many products chosen for the iF Design Award.

Some of the FujiFilm products that won the award are:

  • Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-T4”
  • Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-S10”
  • Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-T200”
  • Digital camera function “Film Simulation”
  • Interchangeable lens for X series digital cameras “FUJINON Lens XC35mmF2”
  • Interchangeable lens for X series digital cameras “FUJINON Lens XF8-16mmF2.8 LM WR”
  • Interchangeable lens for X series digital cameras “FUJINON Lens XF50mmF1.0 WR”
  • Interchangeable lens for GFX series digital cameras “FUJINON Lens GFmmF3.5 WR”
  • Interchangeable lens for GFX series digital cameras “FUJINON Lens GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR”
  • Ultra-short throw projector “FUJIFILM PROJECTOR Z8000”
  • 4K-compatible broadcast zoom lens “FUJINON UA107x8.4BESM AF”
  • 4k-compatible broadcast zoom lens “FUJINON UA24x7.8BERD S6B”
  • Focus position demand unit “FUJINON EPD-51A-D02/F02”
  • Zoom lens for cinema cameras “FUJINON Premista19-45mmT2.9”

Fender Unveils 3rd Annual “Fender Next” Class

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the 2021 class of artists joining Fender Next, an artist development program designed to elevate rising musicians that are pushing guitar forward in music and culture. Each Fender Next artist will receive Fender’s industry-leading guitars, amps, and more, alongside holistic, 360-marketing support across the company’s multi-channel platform to share their story and connect them with millions of music fans worldwide.

2021 marks Fender’s 75th anniversary and another historical year of supporting artists who push guitar and music forward. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted how artists connect with new and existing fans due to postponed tours and performances. With heightened visibility via the Fender social channels, Fender Next artists are able to reach nine million music fans around the world and showcase their unique sound to new audiences.

This year’s Fender Next group includes 25 rising artists (10 North American, 3 Australian/New Zealand, 7 European, 3 Asian, 2 Latin American artists) across genres, generations, genders and backgrounds that are elevating guitar in music and culture. A testament to the diverse and dynamic future of guitar, this year’s group is more than 50% women with 7 countries and 5 continents represented.

Benefits include:

  • Access to guitars, amps, effects pedals, accessories and audio equipment serving artist needs across the signal chain.
  • Products will include: American Acoustasonic series models, American Professional II guitars and basses, Mustang Micro personal guitar amplifier, effects pedals, Fender swag and other soon-to-be-announced instruments.

To see the full list of the artists that are part of Fender Next 2021, visit the Fender press release. You can click on any of the artists to find out more information about them.

Fujifilm to Launch FUJINON Lens XF18mmF1.4 R LW WR

Fujifilm announces the launch of the “FUJINON Lens XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR” in late May, 2021. It will be a new addition to the lineup of interchangeable XF lenses designed for X Series of mirrorless digital cameras, known for their compact and lightweight design and outstanding image quality based on Fujifilm’s proprietary color reproduction technology.

With its wide-angle focal length of 18mm (equivalent to 27mm in the 35mm film format), the XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR can not only capture a landscape in a natural sense of perspective but also snapshots that close in on a main subject while keeping the vast background in the frame. The lens can capture even the finest details of a small subject in the background, as well as the atmosphere of the scene. The ability to shoot close-ups with the minimum working distance of just 11cm from the front lens element facilitates tabletop photography, close-up of foods set up on a table. These options make this lens truly versatile, accommodating a wide range of scenes.

Another feature is the Inner Focus system, which uses a linear motor to drive the focus lens group, to achieve quiet and highly accurate AF in a speed as fast as 0.04 seconds, ensuring that users do not miss a decisive photo opportunity.

Fujifilm will continue to add to the “large-diameter prime” series of lenses with astonishing description, including the popular large-diameter mid telephoto prime lens “FUJINON Lens XF50mmF1.0 R WR” and the latest XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR, to further broaden the enjoyment of photography using mirrorless digital cameras.

Product Features:

Advanced resolution and maximum aperture of F1.4

The lens consists of 15 lens elements, including three aspherical elements and one ED element, in nine groups to effectively control chromatic abberation and comatic aberration. The focus lens group of six elements is driven together to reduce fluctuation of aberrations to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness.

The use of large-diameter lens elements provides the maximum aperture of F1.4. The resulting light-gathering ability allows users to take high-quality pictures with minimal camera shake and digital noise even in low light conditions such as nightscape. The aperture also provides shallow depth of field to produce creamy bokeh in the background.

Wide-angle prime lens for a variety of shooting situations

With its wide-angle focal length of 18mm (equivalent to 27mm in the 35mm film format), this lens can not only capture landscape in a natural sense of perspective but also snapshots that close in on a main subject while keeping vast background in the frame. The lens can record even the finest details of a small subject in the background, as well as capturing atmosphere of the scene. The ability to shoot close-ups with the minimum working distance of just 11cm from the front lens element facilitates tabletop photography such as close-up of foods set up on a table. These options make this lens truly versatile, accommodating a wide range of scenes.

Quiet, fast and highly accurate AF

The lens uses the Inner Focus system, which drives the focus lens group with a linear motor. The focus lens group only travels up to approx. 2.5mm, enabling silent and highly accurate AF that attains focus in as fast as 0.04 seconds. The lens can also autofocus in as fast as 0.25 seconds even when shifting focus from the minimum object distance of 20cm to infinity, ensuring that users do not miss a decisive photo opportunity.

Advanced practicality on compact and highly robust design:

The thickness of the metal lens barrel is controlled optimally to keep the lens weight to 370g, while the use of unique optical technology has reduced lens dimensions to 75.6mm in length and 62mm in filter thread size. Despite the compact design, the lens is highly robust and exceptionally portable.

The lens barrel is weather-sealed in nine points so that it is dust and weather resistant and can be used in temperatures as low as -10℃. This lens enables users to continue shooting in light rain, in a dusty place or at low temperatures such as for astrophotography in winter.

Advanced precision in detecting the rotation of the focus ring ensures the subtlest of fingertip movements is detected for precise focusing.

The A (auto) Position Lock offers reliable operation, locking the aperture ring in place to avoid any unintentional adjustment during shooting.

Roland F701 Digital Piano Wins Red Dot Award

Roland, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, announced that the Roland F701 Digital Piano, the most compact of Roland’s upright pianos, has won a Red Dot Design Awards: Product Design 2021 for its soft, inviting design and commanding performance.

As one of the largest, oldest, and most respected design competition in the world, the Red Dot Design Award has provided a platform for designers and companies to assess and praise exceptional design for more than 60 years. The Red Dot Awards have now honored Roland with accolades for product design three times since 2017. Previous winners include LX700 series and FP-90.

As the most compact of all of Roland’s upright pianos, the F701 is an ideal piano for learning at home – especially for those who appreciate understated looks. Designed to complement modern room styles, the F701 resembles a sleek sideboard cabinet, with white or light oak color options, it blends naturally with a wide range of decor. And thanks to its compact size this is a piano that fits easily in smaller spaces.

The F701 epitomizes Roland’s soft and inviting design language. Its profile is simple, slim, and subtle, with rounded corners and a lid that slides over the keys when not in use. Even the rear-view appeals, with neatly arranged connections that allow the piano to face any direction without unsightly wires.

Although small in size, the F701’s performance is commanding. Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound and PHA-4 Standard keyboard – featuring hammer action, escapement, and ivory-feel white keys – all react to the subtlest touch, for a truly inspiring playing experience. And with an easy-to read, icon-driven display, onboard practice features, and Bluetooth connectivity for exploring an exciting world of apps, the F701 is the perfect instrument for learning to play.

The Red Dot Jury compromises 50 international experts who test, discuss, and evaluate each entry individually based on judging criteria adapted to new technical, social economic, and ecological requirements such as innovation, functionality, quality, durability, and ecological compatibility, among others.

Canon Announces Professional Full-Frame EOS R3 Mirrorless Camera

Cannon announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a new, high-performance professional camera – the Canon EOS R3, When it arrives, the EOS R3 will be an outstanding complement to the three new RF lenses the company also introduced – The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM, RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM, and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.

Under Development – The Canon EOS R3

The Canon EOS R3 will join the current lineup of EOS R full-frame mirrorless series cameras. This camera will usher in a new category to the EOS R system, positioned squarely between the EOS R5 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. The camera will put great emphasis on superb AF performance and speed, with fast-moving subjects. It is being designed to meet the reliability and durability demands of professionals, even when working in challenging conditions.

At the heart of the EOS R3 camera’s performance will be an EOS camera first, a Canon-developed, full-framed staked CMOS sensor with a back-illuminated design, providing substantially faster read-out speeds during still-imagining recording. This completely new sensor is designed to produce less “rolling shutter” distortion during Electronic Shutter operation and offer continuous Electronic Shutter still-image shooting at speeds up to 30-fps – with full Dual Pixel CMOS AF and auto exposure.

The AF system will leverage technology and performance from the well-received EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras, using Deep Learning technology to further enhance eye and body detection for even better performance during portrait and action-type shooting. In addition, the EOS R3’s subject detection AF will offer new recognizable subjects for its AF system, bolstering its focusing capabilities during challenging shooting conditions.

The Electronic Viewfinder of the EOS R3 will offer photographers the ability to select the initial area for AF tracking by simply looking directly at the viewfinder location where they want to begin AF. With Eye Control, AF2 and Servo AF activated, the camera will focus on and track moving subjects at that location in the frame. When Face Detect + Tracking is active, the camera will continue to follow moving subjects around the entire active AF area.

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Eventide Introduced the UltraTap Pedal

Eventide introduced the UltraTap pedal. It was originally announced on a Live Stream Event on April 13, 2021. The UltraTap pedal provides “a multiverse of tone.”

UltraTap is a unique multi-tap effect pedal capable of rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells, and extraordinary modulation. It’s the perfect tool for staccato leads, swelling chords, and other evolving effects – everything from reversed reverbs to the sound of ripping it up in the Grand Canyon!

Think of UltraTap as the mother of all Echoplexes and you won’t be too far off. That’s basically how it operates but with the flexibility to add as many ‘tape heads’ as you want and expressively control their positions and levels.

UltraTap’s controls make possible new and unexpected effects. The controls that you would expect in a multi-tap delay pedal – Number of Taps, Delay and Feedback – are just the basics. Controls for Spread, Slurm, and Chop open up a new world of possibilities.


  • Control the stereo image of taps to alternate between hard-panned and mono.
  • Five presets loaded at your feet with dozens more available with Eventide Device Manager (EDM) software.
  • Dual-action Active Footswitch is latching or momentary.
  • Onboard LFOs and envelopes to chop the sound source into stuttered rhythms.
  • Real panel Guitar/Line Level switch for matching levels of guitars, synths, FX loops, or DAW interface.
  • Map any combination of parameters to an Expression Pedal.
  • Use a single Aux switch Tap Tempo or a triple Aux switch for easy preset changing (up/down/load).
  • MIDI capability over TRS (use with a MIDI to TRS cable or converter box) or USB.
  • Multiple Bypass options: Buffered, Relay, DSP+FX, or Kill dry.
  • Catch-up mode helps dial in your sound when toggling between presets/parameters.
  • Eventide Device Manger PC or Mac application for software updates, system settings, and creating/saving presets.

iZotope has a Spring Into Savings Sale

iZotope announced a Spring Into Savings Sale. It includes savings on RX Standard Upgrade, RX 8 Advanced Upgrade, and RX Post Production Suite 5 Upgrade.

Join thousands of industry professionals who are restoring their audio with the intelligent, time-saving tools in RX 8, and save up to 26% on the latest in audio-repair technology when you upgrade to RX Post Production Suite 5 today.

RX Post Production Suite 5 is the flagship of the RX line and features iZotope’s most powerful tools for audio post production – RX 8 Advanced, Dialogue Match, Neutron 3, Nectar 3, and more. RX Post Production Suite 5 is currently on sale at $1,399 (was $1,870.00)

It includes:

RX 8 Advanced
Nector Elements
Tonal Balance Control 2
RX Loudness Control
Dialogue Match
Neutron Elements
Stratus 3D by Exponential Audio
Insight 2

RX 8 Standard Upgrade is the audio repair toolkit used on countless albums, movies, and TV shows to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition. RX 8 Standard Upgrade is currently $299 (was $399.00).

It includes:
Music Rebalance [Improved]
Breath Control
Repair Assistant
Guitar de-noise [New]
Loudness Control [Improved]
Batch Processor [Improved]

RX 8 Advanced Upgrade is designed specifically for the demanding needs of post production professionals. RX 8 Advanced continues to be the industry standard audio repair tool used on movies and TV show to restore damaged, noisy audio to pristine condition. It is currently $799 (was $1,070.00)

It includes:
Dialogue Contour
Dialogue Isolate
Dialogue De-reverb
Variable Time & Variable Pitch
Ambience Match
Spectral Recovery [New]
Wow & Flutter [New]
Loudness Control [Improved]
Batch Processor [Improved]