Voxengo Released Voxengo Boogex 3.0 Free Guitar Amplifier Plugin

Voxengo is happy to announce the release of the next major version 3.0 of its Boogex plugin, a free guitar amplifier and cabinet simulation plugin for professional music production applications. The plugin is available in AAX, AudioUnit, VST and VST3 plugin formats, or macOS and Windows computers.

This version features the following changes:

  •  Implemented the “DynaCab” dynamic convolution technique
  • Added the preset list sorting function to the preset manager
  • Redesigned the knob image
  • Extended the “Color Editor” with color modifiers
  • Added the “Gray Blue” color scheme
  • Added the “Amp” enable switch
  • Now Boogex can be used as a plain stereo convolver when the “Amp” stage is disabled, and the “Pre EQ Mix” set to 100

Boogex is a guitar amplifier plug-in with a variety of sound shaping features for professional music production applications. With Boogex it is possible to get a heavy distorted sound as well as a slight “jazzy” saturation sound. Boogex is also able to apply any speaker cabinet impulse response (selection of built-in impulses is available). The processing latency is close to zero making it possible to use Boogex for real-time guitar processing. Boogex also includes reverberation module derived from Voxengo OldSkoolVerb reverb.

Voxengo Boogex and other audio plugins can be downloaded at the Voxengo web site.

Charvel Announced Two New Guitars

Charvel Guitars announced the USA SELECT DK24 HSS 2PT CM and the USA SELECT DK24 2PT CM QM.

Harkening back to Charvel’s roots and born on west coast soil, the USA DK24 HSS 2PT CM models are meticulously built by the Charvel team at the Custom Shop in Corona, California, so nothing about these high-performance axes is overlooked.

Designed for modern players with discerning tastes, these all-new instruments feature an alder Dinky body with a scalloped lower back bout that works in tandem with a sculpted “shredder’s cut” heel to allow for easy upper fretboard access. The bolt-on caramelized maple “speed” neck has graphite reinforcement and a silky-smooth hand-rubbed urethane back finish for comfortable playability.

Built for highly technical playing, a 12”-16” compound radius caramelized maple fingerboard features comfortable rolled edges, 24 stainless steel jumbo frets, pearl dot inlays, Luminlay side dots, Graph Tech TUSA XL nut and heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.

The HHS pickup configuration consists of a custom Seymour Duncan Full Shred SH-10B bridge pickup, custom Seymour Duncan Flat Strat SSL 6-single-coil middle pickup and custom Seymour Duncan Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP single-coil neck pickup.

Other premium modern features include a five-way blade switch, Stratocaster-style skirt knobs for the volume (with 500K EVH Bourns low friction potentiometer) and no-load tone controls, Gotch Custom 510 recessed tremolo bridge with titanium saddles and thick brass block, USA made Sperzel locking tuners, and more.

The USA Select DK24 HSS 2PT CM is available in Quicksilver with chrome hardware or Satin Black with gold hardware, while the USA SELECT DK24 HSS CM QM features a distinctive quilt maple top wrapped in Autumn Glow or Blue Burst with masked-off natural binding and chrome hardware.

Fender Launches American Acoustasonic Stratocaster

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) celebrates the official launch of the newest model in the American Acoustasonic Series, the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster. Originally previewed at Winter NAMM 2020, this Strat is a continuation of the platform that the Telecaster started, giving players a new set of sonics and the undeniable Strat playing experience. This all-new model is inspired by its sister Telecaster platform, but also moves the series forward with creative options in new design and technology.

Building off the highly successful Acoustasonic Telecaster, released at Winter NAMM 2019, the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster ($1,999.99) features all-new tonewoods and voices with even more electric possibilities. Along with three unique electric voices on the selector switch, the Acoustasonic Stratocaster also adds all-new acoustic options, including short scale and concert body with a slotted headstock.

Designed with a fully hollow body and Fender’s patented Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), the American Acoustasonic Stratocaster offers a new sonic experience that is naturally loud and resonant both on and off stage. The hybrid guitar features an Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup that delivers a unique set of Stratocaster-inspired voicings and hum-free Fender electric tone, that can be played solo or blended with an acoustic voice to create new sounds.

The Fender and Fishman-designed Acoustic Engine powers the Acoustasonic Stratocaster and provides a new body style and tone wood combinations that enable musicians to curate an all-new collection of acoustic and electric voices. This contemporary guitar also features a mahogany Stratocater neck with an ebony fingerboard and thinline body that makes it both comfortable and easy to play.

Accusonus has a Beat Making Bundle Flash Sale

Accusonus announced their Beat Making Bundle Sale. It features the Beat Making Bundle 2, which includes Rhythmiq, Regroover Pro, Beatformer, and all expansion packs, for $299. (Regular price $750). This sale is valid until March 19, 2020.

The Beat Making Bundle 2 includes:

Rhythmiq allows you to instantly jam with your beats. Get unlimited beat variations with the turn of a single knob. Generate and save new Rhythmiq patterns and instantly create fills and build-ups. Enable your A.I. Beat Assistant and let Rhythmiq perform your beats in real-time like when you are jamming with a human band-mate.

Rhythmiq is usually priced at $149. It is priced at $109 if you buy it individually as part of the sale.

Regroover lets you extract stems from your audio loops and enable new beat-making workflows. Use Regroover’s Artificial-Intelligence engine and get previously-unreachable sounds from inside your audio samples. Craft the isolated beat elements to create your personal drum kits. Instantly remix your loops and create your own loop variations.

Regroover is usually priced at $219, but is on sale at $129 if bought individually as part of the sale.

Beatformer enables you to effortlessly shape the sound of your beats with 4 intuitive controls: Boom, Punch, Squash, and Air. Blend analog-style processing with modern digital technology. Transparently fine tune or fully transform your beats with the turn of a simple dial.

Beatformer is usually priced at $99. You can buy it individually for $69 while the sale lasts.

Fujifilm Launches Mirrorless Digital Camera FUJIFILM X-T4

Fujifilm corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM X-T4 in April 2020, the latest addition to the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras known for their compact and lightweight body and superior image quality based on the company’s proprietary color reproduction technology.The X-T4 delivers the world’s fastest 15fps shooting and a high-speed AF performance as fast as 0.02 seconds. This will a new flagship model, boasting the highest performance in the history of the X Series including the use of a five-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS) mechanism that offers up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization.

The X-14 is a compact, lightweight and stylish mirrorless digital camera that inherits the “central viewfinder style” adopted by the X-T Series. The use of a newly-developed focal plan shutter enables burst-shooting at 15fps. This combines with a further-evolved algorithm for fast and highly-accurate AF performance at the speed as fast as 0.02 seconds, ensuring to capture a precious photo moment.

The camera is also X-T Series’s first model equipped with a five-axis IBIS mechanism that gives up to 6.6-stop advantage, making it a perfect choice for sports and other active shooting situations. The Film Simulation function, which reproduces colors and tonal expressions of photographic film Velvia and cinematic film ETERNIA, has been added with the ETERNIA Bleach Bypass mode, adding richness with its high-contrast and low-saturation.

The X-T4’s extended video functions include the 4K/60p 10bit video recording capability for smooth 4K video in rich colors, and a digital image stabilization (DIS) function for stable video footage with minimal camera shakes. Furthermore, a newly-developed high capacity battery will allow users to shoot approx. 500 frames per charge, catering to extended shooting requirements of professional photographers.

Roland Announced TAIKO-1 Electronic Version of Japanese Taiko Drum

Roland announced the TAIKO-1 Electronic Taiko Percussion, a portable electronic taiko drum with a versatile range of Japanese percussion sounds. As a Japanese company, Roland has always maintained a strong desire to contribute to its country’s historic taiko culture by helping bring the dedication and artistry of traditional Japanese music to a wider audience.

Born and made in Japan, the groundbreaking TAIKO-1 infuses the classic taiko experience with the benefits of modern music technology, making playing Japanese percussion more fun and accessible than ever before. Completed to coincide with the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Roland is proud to introduce TAIKO-1 and share their passion for Japanese drums with the world.

Japan’s taiko drumming tradition has been deeply woven into the country’s culture since ancient times. Over a million people in Japan play the taiko, and the instrument’s popularity is spreading around the globe. However, the giant sound, large physical size, and regular maintenance needs of taiko drums make them impossible for many people to play and learn. Professional taiko performers face challenges as well, as the drums are hard to carry, costly to ship, and difficult to amplify in some venues.

TAIKO-1’s physical design is based on the katsugi okedo daiko, a popular taiko drum carried on a sling over the shoulder. But the modern digital sound engine expands the instrument’s range much further, providing a large array of taiko percussion sounds at the touch of a button, plus the availability to import WAV sounds via USB. Roland’s legendary mesh heads deliver authentic playability, with dual-zone trigger technology and positional sensing providing wide tonal range and full dynamic response.

TAIKO-1’s mesh heads also offer acoustically quiet performance for practicing anytime and anywhere, something that’s impossible with a traditional taiko drum. Users can plug in headphones and enjoy big, dynamic taiko tones with barely a whisper heard by family members and neighbors. Traditional ji-uchi backing patterns are available for timing practice and performance accompaniment, while built-in Bluetooth allows users to stream backing music and lesson content wirelessly from a smartphone.

The Roland TAIKO-1 is expected to be available in July 2020 for $1,500.00.

Yamaha Introduced Newest Addition to Concert Bass Drum Series

Yamaha introduced the 24” CB-7024 concert bass drum, the newest addition to the 7000 Concert Bass Drum series, and the BS-5100 concert bass drum stand.

The bass drum includes a Darkwood stain finish that matches other Yamaha concert bass drums and concert toms, a shell made with the company’s unique Air-Seal System, and a REMO NUSKYN drumhead. The stand was designed to fit a variety of concert bass drums, ranging from 24” to 36” models, and is height adjustable.

“This new addition to the concert bass drum series is really special in that school band programs on a tight budget can still enjoy the quality craftsmanship and elegant sound that Yamaha is known for,” said Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion, Yamaha. “We at Yamaha are confident that these instruments will inspire the next generation of music-makers to keep practicing and creating.”

The CB-7024 (MRSP – $1,282.00) and the BS-5100 (MSRP – $210.00) are now shipping.

Nikon Released the D6 Digital SLR Camera

Nikon Corporation announced the release of the Nikon D6 FX-format digital SLR camera, a new flagship model that responds to the needs of professional sports photographers and photojournalists. Development of this product was announced in September 4, 2019.

With the new D6, Nikon has realized the most powerful AF performance in its history through significant improvements over its predecessor, the Nikon D5 (released in March 2016). All focus points in the new, densely packed 105-point AF system utilize cross-type sensors, and all are selectable.

The AF sensor built into the D6 is approximately 1.6x denser, and supports three times the number of selectable cross-type focus points than the D5, demonstrating superior focusing performance. The group-area AF option so popular with users of the D5 has evolved even further with support for 17 custom arrangements from which users can choose depending upon the scene or way the intended subject moves for precise capturing of decisive moments.

The new dedicated AF engine developed for the D6 enables high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 14fps with all focus points working to keep the subject in focus for improved subject-tracking performance. In addition, adoption of a new algorithm enhances the camera’s ability to maintain focus on the intended portion of a subject without responding to those that pass through the frame.

The D6 offers increased usability while inheriting the D5’s operability and reliable hold. Usability has been refined with improved connector arrangement and increased visibility for the top control panel and LCD monitor when button illumination is used in dark situations, providing professional photographers with even greater support.

In addition, the D6 not only offers the strength and durability, and dust and drip resistance that allow Nikon flagship models to continue working in even the tough environments, but has also been equipped with a security slot that supports connection of anti-theft cables that can keep the camera safe during remote operation.

Leica Camera Delivers Leica S3 to Retailers

Leica Camera has delivered the latest model of its medium format system to retailers worldwide – having previously announced the development of the Leica S3 at photokina 2018. The outstanding excellence of the Leica S and its lenses is rooted in a well thought-out system in which every component represents an integral element of the recording process.

In addition to the most obvious improvement – an increase in resolution from 37.5 to 65 megapixels – the medium format camera features a number of technological advances. Just like its predecessors, the Leica S3 also utilizes the Leica ProFormat developed especially for the Leica S-System.

With its dimensions of 30 x 45 millimeters, it corresponds to the classic 3:2 aspect ratio of the 35 mm full-frame format, but offers a 56 percent larger sensor area. In comparison with its predecessor, the new 64 megapixel sensor developed exclusively for Leica offers a 71 percent increase in resolution, a dynamic range of 15 f-stops and a maximum ISO sensitivity setting of 50000 – thereby providing sufficient reserves to be ready to handle any imaginable lighting situation and fully exploit the strengths of the medium format.

Subjects can be composed in the large and bright SLR viewfinder, focused sharply with the fast and reliable autofocus and captured at a continuous shooting rate of three frames per second. In addition to all other essential exposure settings, an electronic levelling aid (horizon) can also be displayed in the viewfinder.

Whenever required, the LCD screen displays a Live-View image with a refresh rate of up to 60 fps is available in both still picture and video recording mode that also allows focus peaking, brightness and exposure data, a clipping warning, grids, and a histogram to be superimposed onto the image.

As with other members of the Leica S – System, the Leica S3 is constructed using superior-quality and extremely resilient materials: examples include the magnesium body, the Corning Gorilla Glass cover plate of the 3-inch monitor screen as well as the lens bayonet, which is made from particularly solid stainless steel.

Furthermore, the numerous seals that protect the camera against the ingress of moisture, dust, and other foreign bodies contribute to the reliability and long service life of the camera when shooting on location.

Buy a Helix – Get a Free Helix Backpack

Line 6 offers a free Helix Backpack with the purchase of Helix Floor or Helix LT Guitar Processor. This promotion is being offered for a limited time, and will end on March 31, 2020. The offer is good only in the United States.

The Helix Backpack is a rugged, go-anywhere custom-designed carrying case made especially for Helix Floor and Helix LT guitar processors. The same care and attention to detail that went into those Helix processors are 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 also provides ample room for additional items such as sheet music, cables, small pedals, power supplies, and other accessories.

From March 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020 purchase a Helix floor or Helix LT guitar processor and get a Helix Backpack Free – $169.99 value!

Some Terms and Conditions include:

  •  This offer is only available to Line 6 customers with mailing addresses in the United States
  • Eligible Product: Helix floor or Helix LT guitar processor only
  • Limit one (1) Free Gift per customer
  • Sales tax, if any, is the sole responsibility of the customer
  • Eligible Products must be purchased as new from an authorized reseller in the United States. Offer not available for remanufactured, demonstration, or non-new products. Purchases from online auctions are not eligible.
  • Line 6 is not responsible for misinformation about this promotion that you may have received from other sources
  • Available only while supplies las. Offer limited to Eligible Products in stock during the Promotion Period.