Editor's Note: As mentioned last month, this year's annual Holiday Sales Guide drew such an enthusiastic response that we literally didn't have page space to include everybody who submitted product information. In the spirit of "All the news that fits, we print," we present the second and final part of this year's Holiday Sales Guide, featuring another dozen products you strongly ought to consider when making your holiday selling season preparations.
We're one month closer to jingle bells ringing through the wintry air while, warm inside, people crouch near the fireplace drinking hot cocoa.
This year, though, it won't be visions of sugarplums but, rather, those of mics, speakers and tuners that will be dancing in everyone's heads. Here's more sizzling product:
Auralex Acoustics MudGuard
Auralex Acoustics' MudGuard is manufactured to help isolate monitors, amps, microphones and stands in recording studios. A member of the ISO Series family of products, MudGuard isolates microphones from external noise bleed and overtones. MudGuard is designed for use with voiceovers and vocals and features the company's Studiofoam, which helps to reduce excessive room ambiance and off-axis sound, said the company. Easily portable, MudGuard has an adjustable height and mounts easily to most microphone stands and clips. MSRP is $129.99. To learn more, call 800-959-3343 or log onto www.auralex.com.
Propellerhead Reason, Balance with Reason Essentials and Reason Essentials
Propellerhead has three software products available for your customers. Reason provides music recording and production, along with plenty of mixing, sounds and effects. Balance with Reason Essentials is a two-in by two-out interface for Mac- or Windows-based computers. USB2 powered with separate volume controls for monitors and headphones, it contains eight input connections to keep all instruments, mics and devices connected and ready to record easily. Reason Essentials provides all the recording, editing, effects, instruments, mixing and mastering tools needed, but is more streamlined than its brother, Reason. Reason Essentials is designed for anyone who wants to complete any music-making function, from concept to completion. Intuitive audio and a MIDI sequencer are provided, and Line 6 adds amplifiers and cabinets. For more information, call 818-575-3600 or visit www.line6.com/propellerhead.
Grundorf GMT-001, 002 and 003
Grundorf released three models of its Guitar Maintenance Tables. Designed for guitarists and guitar technicians, the GMT-001 Stationary Guitar Table, the GMT-002 Travel Style Guitar Table and the GMT-003 Compact Guitar Table all provide carpeted surfaces that protect a valuable instrument from scratches. The tables also include compartments for items such as strings, tools and repair parts. MSRP for the GMT-001 is $109.95, and it's $199.95 for the GMT-002 and $129.95 for the GMT-003. For more, call 712-322-3900 or visit www.grundorf.com.
Alfred Publishing Fiesta! The Legend of the Poinsettia
Let's switch gears to a publication that's truly in season. Alfred Publishing has released Fiesta! The Legend of the Poinsettia, by Sally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse. Based on a Mexican folk tale, the songbook, printed on 100 percent recycled paper, tells the story of the first appearance of the poinsettia plant on Christmas Eve. The songbook, intended for grades two through seven, features six songs and features several Spanish words and short phrases. A teacher's handbook includes all the sheet music, with chord symbols and lyrics to the songs, along with reproducible student pages and staging notes. To learn more, call 818-891-5999 or log onto www.alfred.com.
AweSome Musical Instruments Pickup Tone Multiplier
AweSome Musical Instruments' Pickup Tone Multiplier is a switching system designed to give guitarists 68 analog pickup tones for their electric or bass. Pickup Tone Multiplier is intended to offer a signature, unique sound that a guitarist desires. According to the company, there are no batteries or sensitive digital electronics that could fail during performing or recording when using the product. MSRP varies with the product, but is typically $134.97. Call 734-756-2674 or visit www.awesome-guitars.com to find out more.
Kala Solid Body U-Bass Subductive Series
Kala Brand Music Co. added the Subductive Series to its line of U-Basses. S-U-B for short, the basses get their name from the description of how the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, was created. The S-U-B series provides a less-expensive alternative to Kala's California series of solid-body basses, while still offering the company's proprietary strings, intended to produce an excellent bottom end. The four-string fretted versions, available in Sunburst, Red and Black finishes, are portable and include a Shadow pickup system with volume control and two-band EQ, custom Hipshot tuners and a Graph Tech Black Tusq self-lubricating nut. A custom deluxe logo gig bag is also included with each instrument. MSRPs vary. For more, call 877-853-3853 or visit www.ubass.com.
Shure PGX Digital Wireless Systems
Shure's PGX Digital Wireless system, designed for vocalists, guitarists and presenters, offers 24-bit digital wireless technology intended to provide excellent sound and operating simplicity for a "clean" RF performance. Shure's first digital wireless microphone system has a range of up to 200 feet and delivers up to 10 hours of continuous use. The PGX system operates in the 900MHz band and allows up to five systems to be used at once. All PGX Wireless systems come with a PGXD4 diversity receiver and a padded carrying case. MSRP starts at $536. Call 847-600-6417 or log onto www.shure.com for more information.
MBT Line of Bags
MBT is offering four bags for the holidays. MBT300 Guitar Bags are available for acoustic, electric, classical and bass guitars. Each has a nylon exterior, heavy-duty foam padding, adjustable padded backpack straps and a carry handle. MBTUKE Bags transport soprano, concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles. Each bag offers a padded interior, zippered front pocket and shoulder strap. The MBT Cymbal Bag holds cymbals up to 22 inches. An external compartment houses cymbals up to 15 inches. The bag also includes protective cymbal dividers, reinforced padding at the base, carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap. The MBT Stick Bag delivers multiple pouches. MSRP of the Guitars Bags is $35; for MBTUKE Bags its $19.95; for Cymbal Bag its $59.95; and for Stick Bag its $19.95. Call 800-845-1922 or visit www.musicorp.com for more.
CAD Audio 10th Anniversary
GXL Black Pearl Mics and Studio Packs
CAD Audio introduced its 10th Anniversary GXL Pearl Mics and Studio Packs. The Black Pearl series consists of the GXL1200BP, GXL2200BP and GXL3000BP condenser microphones. Intended to be prominent in a range of studio and live sound-reinforcement applications, the mics sport a black pearl chrome finish, as the name would suggest. CAD also released the GXL2200BP and GXL3000BP Studio Packs. The GXL2000BP includes CAD's aforementioned GXL1200BP and GXL2200BP mics, along with CAD MH110 studio headphones and the EPA15A pop filter. The GXL3000BP Studio Packs comprise the GXL3000BP and GXL1200BP mics, the MH100 headphones and EP15A filter. Street price of the GXL2200BP Studio Pack is $199.99; it's $249.99 for the GXL3000BP. For more, call 800-762-9266 or log onto www.cadaudio.com.
Gen16 A.E. Cymbal System and Drum Rack
Gen16's Acoustic/Electric (A.E.) Cymbal system is the first of its kind, according to Zildjian. The cymbal system features a dual-head, mini microphone system; a digital cymbal processor with preset tone shaping; and more. The A.E. Cymbal system is available in many sizes and configurations, including rides, hi-hats and Chinas. Also available is the Gen16 Drum Rack, which is intended for acoustic and electric percussion setups. The Drum Rack includes a cable channel that allows users to feed up to 14 cables through the horizontal bars. Best used in settings such as clubs, theaters, studios and houses of worship, Drum Rack can be quickly folded for easy transport. MSRP for the A.E. Cymbals ranges from $1,099 to $1,349. As for the Gen16 Drum Rack, the MSRP is $789 for the short version and $849 for the tall one. To learn more, call 781-607-2456 or visit www.gen-16.com.
Electro-Voice Live X
Is it live or is it Electro-Voice's Live X? Well, the latter is a series of powered and passive loudspeakers. Both series of speakers feature company-engineered woofers and 1.5-inch titanium compression; lightweight materials with a balanced design and ergonomic handles for simple transport, set-up and load-out; 15-millimeter plywood construction with a textured finish; and a built-in 60-degree monitor on 12- and 15-inch two-way systems. According to Electro-Voice, the price of the speakers is "unheard of" compared to similar products. The Powered series comprises the ELX112P 12-inch two-way speaker with a $979 MSRP; the ELX115P, 15-inch two-way at $1,139; and the ELX118P 18-inch subwoofer at $1,299. The Passive series consists of the ELX112 12-inch two-way speaker, sporting an MSRP of $489; the ELX115 15-inch two-way at $649; the ELX215 dual 15-inch two-way at $979; and the ELX118 18-inch subwoofer at $819. For more information, call 952-884-4051 or visit www.electrovoice.com/livex.
Planet Waves NS Mini Headstock Tuner
Planet Waves is going small with the release of its NS Mini Headstock Tuner. The product, released at Summer NAMM in July, follows the success of Planet Waves' Chromatic Headstock Tuner launch. The NS Mini is lightweight and is so small, the company says, that it can be practically undetectable when it is clipped to the back of a headstock. Therefore, it is designed to blend in with the aesthetics of the instrument and not be visible to an audience. Instead of using cable hookups or microphones, NS Mini uses an instrument's vibration as its input and provides accurate tuning without the interference of ambient room noise, said the company. It serves best on loud and dark stages. The MSRP is $29.99. For more information, call 631-439-3300 or visit www.planetwaves.com.
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