Yamaha RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 Win IBC 2020 Best of Show Award



Yamaha announced that the RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 digital mixing systems have won the IBC 2020 Best of Show Award Virtual Edition from Pro Sound News magazine.

The launch of RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 in 2020 highlighted Yamaha’s intention to bring the benefits of RIVAGE PM digital mixing solutions to as many different applications as possible. The onboard Dante Integration, flexible routing matrixes, powerful onboard processing and scalability of the work surfaces mean that RIVAGE PM is a very attractive mixing solution for the live broadcast and streaming markets, with the compact size of the RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 systems making them particularly well suited to mobile outside broadcast units.

With the inherent pressures of the broadcast environment, another key benefit of RIVAGE PM systems is the instant familiarity of the control surface and workflow to engineers coming to broadcast from live concert mixing. If a new engineer already knows the system they are using, it radically reduces the time and cost implications of getting up to speed.

“RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 systems are unchallenged in the broadcast and live production markets when you compare the price to the array of onboard features and performance,” says Karl Christmas, European Product Manager at Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. “Winning the IBC 2020 Best of Show Award has been gratifying recognition of how much we have listened to what engineers need and the hard work that the Yamaha R&D team has put into developing the systems.”

“The introduction of the PM5 and PM3 mark Yamaha’s most ambitious expansion for the RIVAGE PM series yet,” says Pro Sound News content director Clive Young. “The careful thought that went into the revised control surfaces is readily evident and the addition of new features to aid users’ workflow highlight how Yamaha has strived to answer end users’ needs with the new consoles. Pro Sound News congratulates Yamaha on a well-deserved IBC Best of Show win.”


Fujifilm Wins Gold at the Pentawards 2020



FujiFilm announced that the packaging design for the hybrid instant camera instax mini LiPlay has won the Gold Award in the internationally-prestigious package design competition Pentawards 2020. The company has taken out the Gold Award for the second year running following 2019.

The Penawards, established in 2007, is an internationally-prestigious award that specifically targets package designs. Each year, an international jury panel consisting of 30 people including prominent designers and experienced design directors examine entries of excellent package designs, submitted from around the world, based on judging criteria including design quality, brand expression, creativity and innovation. This year, 56 entries won the Gold Award out of over 2000 entries submitted from more than 60 countries.

The instax mini LiPlay is the hybrid instant camera that features the Sound function. The function converts voice data into a QR code to be printed out together with a picture taken with the camera. The function has taken instax’s unique value – capturing, printing, and sharing a precious moment – to a new level.

The instax mini LiPlay camera is designed to be simple yet elegant while also sporting on-trend looks. The essence of the camera design has been faithfully reflected to its packaging. The award was granted in recognition of the fact that the packaging carries stylized shapes representing the camera design and is applied with an embossed finish, making it stand out in store displays and intuitively conveying the camera’s stylish design features.

In the development of a variety of products and services, Fujifilm pursues fictionally and performance while also striving to achieve a design that takes maximum advantage of functional excellence. The company aims to create new value with designs that not only provide external aesthetics but also facilitates ease of use and portability.

Fujifilm will continue to work on developing excellent products and designs, buoyed by the fact its product has been chosen out of countless entries from around the world to win the Gold Award in Pentawards 2020.


Gretch Announces Two Brian Setzer Signature Guitars



Gretch announced the all-new G6120TFM Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Hollow Body with Bigsby and a stunning new color for the G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby.

By spearheading the rockability revival with the Stray Cats and jump-starting Big Band Swing with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has created a remarkable and lasting legacy. His decorated career includes over 13 million records sold, three Grammy Awards and the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his work as a guitarist. Without a doubt, the longtime signature Gretch artist is one of the most exciting musicians of our time.

Gretch is thrilled to be a part of Seltzer’s pivotal rock and roll legacy with the G6120TFM Brian Setzer Signature Nashville Hollow Body with Bigbsy, a truly rocking instrument that boasts as much swagger as the showman who inspired it.

The single-cutaway hollow body features tiger flame maple arched top, back and sides with 1959 trestle bracing and oversized F-holes for improved sonic projection. The set maple neck has 9.5”-12” compound radius ebony fingerboard with rolled edges for comfortable chording or speedy riffing across 22 medium frets and pearloid Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays. Dual TV Jones Brian Setzer Signature FilterTron pickups deliver tight and punchy lows with a slightly hotter output that captures Brian’s iconic lively tone.

Other performance-enhancing features include period-correct control locations with a three-position pickup toggle switch, three-position tone switch with master volume control with treble bleed circuit and individual bridge and neck pickup and volume controls. Adjusto-Matic bridges with pinned rosewood base, Bigsby’s B6C vibrato tailpiece, Delrin nut and Gotoh locking tuning machines.

The G6120TFM in Orange Stain duly impresses with a period-correct gold pickguard shape, size and bracket, white body and neck binding, nickel hardware and G-arrow knobs.

Now available in a brilliant all-new Magenta Sparkle finish with nickel hardware, the G6120T-HR Brian Setzer Signature Hot Rod Hollow Body with Bigsby features a single-cutaway hollow body with an arched maple top, ’59 trestle bracing and oversized F-holes for improved sonic snap and projection. The maple neck features a 9.5″-12” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges for comfortable chording or speedy riffing across 22 medium frets and pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays.

Dual TV Jones Brian Setzer Signature Filter’Tron™ humbucking pickups are also featured here, but with bare-bones Hot Rod controls including only a three-position pickup toggle switch and master volume control with treble bleed circuit. The pinned Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with rosewood base, Bigsby® B6C vibrato tailpiece, Delrin® nut and Gotoh® locking tuners ensure bullet-proof performance night after night.


Save 25% on ERA 5 Bundle



Accusonus is celebrating the release of the ERA 5 Bundle, so they will give you the opportunity to save big. Find the right plan for you now and you’ll get the reduced price forever as long as you remain subscribed! In its biggest update yet, ERA Bundle 5 adds adds several new plugins to enhance and repair low-quality audio, and makes improvements to every single one of your favorite ERA plug-ins.

Automate the equalization process with the groundbreaking ERA Voice AudioEQ! Add warmth and depth to your voice recordings with the ERA Voice Deepener. Works even faster and smarter with the ERA Audio Clean-Up Assistant. Take advantage of the pro workflows of ERA Noise Remover Pro, ERA Reverb Remover Pro and Room Tone Match.

Get SFX Cellar and explore Accusonus’s carefully-curated library of royalty free sound effects.

Don’t wait too long! The 25% savings on the ERA Bundle is only being offered for a limited time. You only have until October 31, 2020 to redeem this offer.


iZotope Introduces Neoverb



iZotope is thrilled to share their first reverb product – Neoverb. Designed from the ground up for music, Neoverb re-invents how a mixing reverb for the modern-day music producer should look, sound, and feel.

Powered by iZotope’s AI capabilities, a lightning-fast workflow, and algorithmic reverb excellence inherited from Exponential Audio, hear how Neoverb can elevate your mixes in creative and inspiring ways.

Neoverb has an exciting new feature called Blend Pad. Instead of cycling through random presets and setting up multiple reverbs with complicated routing inside your DAW, iZotope created the Blend Pad to eliminate all friction traditionally inherent to this process.

With the Blend Pad, you’re free to jump right into the fun part of mixing with reverb: rapidly auditioning different reverb environments until you discover the perfect space for your audio. Once you find your sound, you’ll be able to refine and tweak it, sitting it perfectly in the mix.

By leaning into their experience with AI, Neoverb is able to tame reverb-tail problems areas quickly, keeping you in a creative headspace as you continue to explore new frontiers with reverb in your music.

First, their Pre EQ section will intelligently listen to your dry audio, identifying regions that have muddy harmonics that might create unwanted artifacts in your final reverb output. By reducing these at the source, iZotope can guarantee a smoother, cleaner reverb at the end.

The Reverb EQ includes specialized masking-reduction technology which listens to your audio and minimizes audible overlap and frequency crowding occurring between your reverb and the source. This will get you a great sound without needing to over-EQ later, which can get you much more natural-sounding results in the end.


Electro-Harmonix Launches the Pitch Fork +



Electro-Harmonix has announced that the new and much anticipated Pitch Fork + is rolling off the assembly line and shipping to music retailers worldwide.

The polyphonic pitch shifter/harmony pedal is equipped with two independent pitch shifting engines with full control over each and both capable of transposing over a +/- 3 octave range as well as detuning +/-99 cents.

The Pitch Fork + Features:

  • Dedicated volume controls for both Shift voices and the Dry signal.
  • Two outputs, Main and Aux, with multiple routing options.
  • 10 unique factor presets plus the ability to easily save/recall 100 programs.
  • A Bypass footswitch that toggles between effect on and buffered bypass. In latch mode it switches between effect and bypass mode. In Momentary mode the effect is on when the FS is held down and the pedal enters bypass when it’s released.
  • A User footswitch that’s programmable and can be assigned to a variety of functions such as muting either Shift voice or jumping to a preset program. It features a dedicated LED.
  • An EXP input for EXP or CV control over a broad selection of parameters in three sub-menus: Frequency, Glissando and Volume.
  • An EXT input for connecting with an external foot controller like EHX’s Triple Foot Controller which enables players to change modes, enter/exit sub-menus and load presets.
  • Eight modes, including X-MOD, which features cross modulation that creates FM and ring mod type effects, LATCH, based on the original Pitch Fork, but with enhancements to the Momentary mode functionality.

The Pitch Fork + comes equipped with a standard EHX 9.6DC200mA power supply, is available now and features a U.S.A. street price of $213.80.


BOSS Announced OC-5 Octave Pedal



BOSS announces the OC-5 Octave, the latest generation of the long-running OC series of octave pedals for guitar and bass. Offering the most advanced BOSS Octave performance to date, the OC-5 features a new Vintage mode, polyphonic enhancements and an octave-up feature for extended range. And with the latest tracking technologies, users can enjoy smooth, accurate playability with no latency. Highly versatile and easy to use, the OC-5 covers a wide variety of octave sounds in one high-performance pedal.

Introduced in 1982, the OC-2 Octave was the world’s first modern octave pedal for guitar and bass, and its characteristic voice can be heard in many famous songs. The OC-5’s Vintage mode delivers the OC-2’s iconic mono sound, coupled with improved response thanks to the new tracking engine. Dedicated level controls are provided for -1 and -2 octave effects and the direct sound, giving quick access to a variety of sub-octave colors.

The OC-5 also features an evolved version of the smart Poly mode first introduced with the OC-3 Super Octave, letting users play full chords with octave effects. The variable Range knob restricts the effect to only the lower notes on an instrument, perfect for playing octave bass lines alongside normal cords and melodies in the highest registers. In addition, it’s now possible to isolate the octave effect to the bottom note in a chord by turning the Range knob to the “Lowest” setting.

The OC-5 introduces a new octave-up effect, which is available in both Vintage and Poly modes with a dedicated +1 OCT knob. Players can use the octave-up effect on its own for faux 12-string sounds and unique solo tones, or blend it with the octave-down effects for extended chord voicings and super-fat leads.

Via a dedicated switch, the OC-5’s tracking engine can be optimized for either guitar or bass. And with the Direct Out jack, users can route dry and effect sounds to different destinations, such as two stage amps or discrete channels on a mixer or audio interface.


Fender Launches All-New Billie Eilish Signature Ukulele



Fender Musical Instruments Corporation released the all-new Billie Eilish Signature Ukulele. This is Billie Eilish’s first artist signature model with the iconic guitar brand and it completely embodies Eilish’s preferred specs and distinct aesthetic with her distinct “blohsh” symbol pattered across the ukulele. Designed in collaboration with Eilish herself, the ukulele embodies her uniquely bold style that fans know and love, and can now take home in ukulele form.

The Billie Eilish Signature Ukulele is a stage-ready concert body ukulele with a Sapele top, back and sides featuring black matte finish and Fishman Kula preamp for those looking to plug in. Additional specs include a walnut fingerboard, white dot inlays and Nickel hardware. Whether a player is an experienced musician or looking to pick up their first instrument, the ukulele can be enjoyed by any skill level.

Eliish’s ascent to pop stardom started with the ukulele, the first instrument she learned to play and write songs on, making this an ode to her humble beginnings in the music world.

The launch of Eilish’s signature ukulele coincides the recent addition of six of her songs (for guitar and uke only) to Fender Play, the complete online learning app for guitar, bass and ukulele. Fans around the world can start on their musical journey and play their very own Bilie Eilish ukulele while learning her songs, including &burn, my strange addiction, ocean eyes, Six Feet Under, watch, and when the party’s over.


Big Ear Pedals Introduces ALBIE



Big Ear Pedals introduced ALBIE an ambient modulator pedal. It is priced at $199.00 and can be ordered now. Big Ear Pedals will be shipping out ALBIE as soon as they can, but you should expect 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. All Big Ear Pedals are assembled by-hand in the USA.

ALBIE is an ambient modulator featuring eight settings specifically built and curated to cover the jangly, shimmering, modulated sounds associated with the New Wave & Post Punk music of the ’70s and ’80s.

ALBIE has two knobs, “Effect” and “Blend.” The “Effect” knob allows the user to change between eight different pedal-chains or “stacks” of effects (the LEDs light up with the corresponding effect). These effects chains consist of several kinds of modulation as well as reverbs and delays, even some compression. The “Blend” knob mixes the chosen effect setting into the clean-tone of the guitar, making this pedal especially perfect for those with option-paralysis.

The clicking momentary footswitch operates like a standard footswitch, but when held down provides a secondary setting for each effects chain. These extra settings are called the “Neil Modes” – named after Neil Graham of Dr. Scientist who programmed the code for ALBIE, as well as these secondary settings. These modes can be accessed with latching functionality, meaning they will stay on even after lifting your foot off the footswitch!

ALBIE does not contain a battery snap and requires a 9v (111ma minimum) power supply with a 2.1mm barrel connector (negative center). This pedal does not come with a power adaptor. Big Ear Pedals recommends using an isolated DC power supply.


BOSS Introduces Pocket GT Guitar Effects Processor



BOSS introduces Pocket GT, a powerful and innovative new solution for learning and jamming with guitar. Combining premium BOSS guitar tones with integrated YouTube learning, this pocket-size amp/effects processor pairs wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet to create the ultimate go-everywhere lesson studio.

Pocket GT works seamlessly with the companion BOSS Tone Studio app for iOS and Android, which feature a YouTube browser and deep editing tools for crafting tones with over 100 amps and effects. Adding in Bluetooth music streaming, USB audio interface capability, and more, Pocket GT is a must-have companion that no guitar player should be without.

YouTube has become the most popular music learning source for guitarists around the world, and Pocket GT makes working with the platform’s content easier and more productive than ever. The Pocket GT hardware provides the sound engine and audio connections, while the BOSS Tone Studio app offers a YouTube browser that streams sound to Pocket GT, plus an intuitive interface for shaping sounds. This integrated approach simplifies set up and eliminates switching between apps, giving players a hassle-free way to enjoy premium guitar tones while watching online lessons and jamming with videos.

BOSS Tone Studio comes loaded with tools to supercharge practice sessions. Users can create YouTube song lists for quick recall, and loop sections for focused study. They can also set up markers to automatically switch Pocket GT memories as a video plays back, perfect for jamming with backing tracks and other songs on YouTube.

Equipped with the same sound engine as the GT-1 floor processor, Pocket GT puts over 100 world-class amps and effects in an ultra compact package. The 99 user memories come filled with ready-to-play sounds, but players can customize them or craft their own from scratch. And since Pocket GT and the GT-1 share the same DNA, stored amp and effects setups can be exchanged via their respective BOSS Tone Studio editors.

Pocket GT doesn’t only work with YouTube. Users can wirelessly stream nearly any music app over Bluetooth and play along, and there’s also an Aux in jack for connecting a non-Bluetooth music player, drum machine, or other device. Pocket GT functions as a Mac/Windows USB audio interface too, ready to record mix-ready guitar tracks in a computer DAW. And for that fresh sonic inspiration, players can find a wide selection of free patches for download at BOSS Tone Central.