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BOSS launches Waza Craft series effect pedals

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BOSS has announced the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals that offers players the ultimate BOSS tone experience.

The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists.

BOSS Waza Craft pedals

Designed with a passion for premium sound by the master engineers at BOSS in Japan, the Waza Craft series introduces a new chapter in the company’s legacy of exceptional tone. Through meticulously-selected analog components, refined circuitry, and careful attention to the finest design details, Waza Craft embodies the essence of BOSS engineering and the spirit of generations of technical and musical wisdom.

“Waza” is the Japanese term for art and technique, and each of these special edition pedals proudly carries the Waza symbol to represent the artful wisdom and tech-savvy spirit flowing within BOSS design and craftsmanship.

In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive is one of the best-loved stomps ever created. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this players’ favorite with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.

The BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver is also one of the most popular overdrive pedals in the world, and the Waza Craft BD-2W takes this classic’s signature creamy grit to a new level. Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes.

Highly sought after since being discontinued in 1984, the BOSS DM-2 Delay is universally revered by tone aficionados for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay sound. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the coveted stomp has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles. Using all-analog circuitry and an authentic BBD delay line, the DM-2W’s Standard mode captures the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Custom mode instantly changes the sound to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the delay time.

The DM-2W also includes a jack for controlling delay time with an optional expression pedal. Two output jacks allow for separate output of delay and direct sounds if desired.

More information: BOSS / Waza Craft series

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BOSS announces GP-10, GT-001, VE-2 & GT-100 version 2.0 update

BOSS has announced the GP-10 and GT-001 guitar processors, the VE-2 vocal harmonist, and a version 2.0 update of the GT-100 amp effects processor.

BOSS GP-10

GP-10: Guitar Processor

The new GP-10 puts a universe of amazing tones and tunings at your command, all in one compact processor that’s affordable and easy to use. With a Roland GK-compatible pickup on your guitar, the GP-10 lets you transform your sound into numerous classic electric and acoustic guitar types, basses, and even analog-modeled synths, including the legendary Roland GR-300. Not stopping there, you have access to instant altered tunings, including popular open tunings, 12-string tones, and “down” tunings that are essential for today’s ultra-heavy rock styles.

The versatile GP-10 also functions as a full-featured multi-effects processor for both GK and normal pickups, giving you a huge selection of COSM® amps and effects for live playing and studio recording. In addition, USB connectivity lets you capture GP-10 tones directly into your DAW, and you can even play computer-based soft synths from your axe with the GP-10’s guitar-to-MIDI convertor!

GT-001: Guitar Effects Processor

The GT-001 packs the acclaimed amps and effects of the flagship GT-100 Version 2.0 in a stylish desktop processor for your home studio or mobile rig. Its small size fits easily into any workspace, while the intuitive interface makes it simple to dial up world-class tones for recording and practice.

BOSS GT-001

In addition to the guitar input, an XLR mic input is included for capturing vocals or acoustic instruments, and the built-in USB audio/MIDI interface provides a direct connection for creating music with your favorite DAW.

Like the GT-100, the GT-001 offers powerful sound creation possibilities with dual amps and effects chains and flexible routing options. On top of that, a newly developed guitar-to-MIDI function lets you have fun with Guitar Friend Jam and other computer programs from a normal guitar input—no special pickup required! Available as a free download, the BOSS TONE STUDIO software provides a cool graphical interface for tweaking tones from your computer, plus access to BOSS TONE CENTRAL for free studio-ready patches and much more.

BOSS VE-2

VE-2: Vocal Harmonist

Combining sophisticated sound with simple operation, the VE-2 Vocal Harmonist delivers a complete effects solution for all singers, particularly those that perform with guitar. This portable, battery-powered stompbox has everything you need to create polished, studio-quality sounds everywhere you sing, from concert stages and street performances to practicing and having fun at home.

The VE-2 magically creates beautiful harmonized vocals that follow your singing, with pitch that automatically tracks the chords played on a connected guitar, a preset key, or a combination of the two. Using one of these three operation modes, it’s easy to create perfect real-time harmonies in any key, even if you have no experience with gear or music theory.

In addition to harmony, the VE-2 provides essential effects to enhance your voice, such as high-quality reverb/delay and an enhancer with real-time pitch correction. Also included is a USB audio function that allows you to connect to your computer and easily capture impressive VE-2 vocal sounds for music recordings, social media videos, and more.

GT-100: Amp Effects Processor

With the new GT-100 Version 2.0 update, BOSS’ flagship multi-effects processor is now even more powerful than before, adding a host of great new features to its already formidable arsenal.

BOSS GT-100

Two new amp types are included, along with cutting-edge MDP effects, an acoustic guitar simulator, and an improved rotary effect. A convenient Guitar-to-MIDI function is on board as well, letting you have fun with Guitar Friend Jam and other computer software using your normal guitar.

The GT-100’s USB audio capabilities have been expanded too, providing greater flexibility for re-amping applications. And with the BOSS TONE STUDIO software, you can now edit GT-100 patches from a friendly graphical interface on your computer.

More information: BOSS

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Roland intros new Roland & BOSS products for 2014

Roland has launched Roland Connect 2014, introducing new Roland and BOSS products for 2014.

Roland Connect 2014

KEYS

Roland FA-08/FA-06 & RD-800

GUITAR

BOSS OD-1X, DS-1X & ME-80
  • OD-1X – Overdrive
    Special Edition BOSS Pedal with Premium Tone.
  • DS-1X – Distortion
    Special Edition BOSS Pedal with Premium Tone.
  • ME-80 – Guitar Multiple Effects
    Hands-On Access to a World of Great Tones.

PERCUSSION

Roland TM-2, KT-10 & NE-10/NE-1
  • KT-10 – Kick Trigger Pedal
    Rock-Solid Playability in an Integrated Low-Noise Design.
  • NE-10/NE-1 – Noise Eater
    Acoustic Sound Isolation for V-Drums.

PIANOS

Roland HP508/HP506/HP504, DP90Se/DP90e, HPi-50e & LX-15e
  • HP508/HP506/HP504 – Digital Piano
    Experience New Levels of Inspiration for Creativity and Learning.
  • DP90Se/DP90e – Digital Piano
    Premium Piano Features in an Elegant Modern Design.
  • HPi-50e – Digital Piano
    Enhanced Piano Features and the Magic of DigiScore Bring Musical Enjoyment to Your Entire Family.
  • LX-15e – Digital Piano
    Top Performance and Advanced Technologies in a Luxury Upright for Your Home.

More information: Roland Connect 2014

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Desert Sound Studios releases DR-550 Sample Kit

Desert Sound Studios DR-550 Sample Kit

Desert Sound Studios has released DR-550 Sample Kit, a free electronic drum sample pack.

Includes all of the original samples of the Boss DR-550, a late 80′s digital drum machine.

The kit includes 83 drum samples in 24-bit WAV format.

Each sample was carefully recorded through a Focusrite ISA preamp and RME analog to digital converters.

The pack is a free download at Desert Sound Studios.

More information: Desert Sound Studios

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Desert Sound Studios releases Mk-iii Drum Machine for Max for Live

Desert Sound Studios Mk-iii

Desert Sound Studios has announced the release of Mk-iii, a drum machine instrument for Max for Live, comprising a step-sequencer and drum sample playback module.

The MK-iii drum machine from Desert Sound Studios takes a new approach to traditional drum machine design. By splitting the drum machine into two, each Max for Live device can be used separately or combined into a single drum machine. This flexibility opens up new possibilities inside Live.

Highly influenced by the digital drum machines of the late 80′s, the MK-iii includes a full electronic drum sample kit from that era. Quickly load these sounds or your own and shape them with the on-board filter, bit crusher and delays. And for those with Lemur, a touch template covering nearly every parameter can be downloaded for free at desertsoundstudios.com.

The MK-iii combines the familiarity of a drum machine with the advantages of modern technology. For owners of Live 9 Suite, this combination makes a great gateway into the powerful world of Max for Live.

Mk-iii features

  • Sequencer
    • Four independent 16-step sequencer tracks.
    • Assignable note and accent velocity.
    • Selectable midi note output and note duration.
    • Independent pattern start and pattern length adjustments.
    • Two trigger modes:Song Sync (Ableton) and MIDI Input (note trigger).
    • Swing function and Step Divider.
  • Drum module
    • Four independent dual-sample sound engines.
    • Optimized audio playback engine and voice allocation system.
    • Independent coarse tune, fine tune and volume per sample.
    • Pan and Decay setting per sound.
    • Multi-effects per sound (Filter, Bit Crush, and Delay+Filter).
  • Unique modular design; connect the sequencer or the sample playback module Max for Live devices through track-based MIDI and audio routing.
  • Includes full drum sample kit based on the Dr-550 drum machine.
  • Optional Lemur template provides touch control over nearly every parameter of the Mk-iii.

The Mk-iii drum machine costs $23.99 USD. Requires Ableton Live 9 Suite or Ableton Live 8/9 with Max for Live Add-on.

More information: Desert Sound Studios / Mk-iii

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BOSS launches Big BOSS Giveaway – Win autographed pedals

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Big BOSS Giveaway

BOSS has announced the return of the Big BOSS Giveaway, a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by Steve Vai, John 5, and more.

BOSS has gone berserk again with another round of The Big BOSS Giveaway.

The biweekly contest gives tone freaks everywhere a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by top guitar heroes and $1,000 in BOSS gear.

Every two weeks between August 5, 2013, and September 30, 2013, a different signed BOSS pedal from a famous guitar hero will be given away, as well as $1,000 in BOSS gear. Contestants can enter once every two-week period, giving them up to five chances to win. Contestants should enter at the BOSS U.S. Facebook Giveaway tab.

The contest is open to U.S. residents only.

More information: BOSS / Big BOSS Giveaway

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Sample Katra launches with 5 virtual instruments for Kontakt

Sample Katra Percussion Boss

Sample Katra has launched with the release of 5 new virtual instruments for Kontakt.

Sample Katra is a new company specializing in vintage analog synth instruments for Native Instruments’ Kontakt.

The main aim is to combine the character of vintage analog instruments, with an up to date feature-set for any style of music or sound-design.

“We genuinely hope to offer something a little different and bring to you the ‘katra’ or living spirit of some of our favorite analog synths, drum machines and vintage toys.”

Sample Katra features

  • 24Bit samples.
  • Round robin sampling.
  • Uncompromising sound quality.
  • No additional processing or sweetening.
  • Scripting for Kontakt by Mario Krušelj.
  • Currently available:

All Sample Katra instruments are also available in a limited time bundle offer, priced at $59 USD.

More information: Sample Katra

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