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WaveShaper releases MR-10 Grey Matter and Soul Sisters Trio drum sample packs

WaveShaper has announced the MR-10 Grey Matter and Soul Sisters Trio, two new drumsample packs.

The MR-10 is a compact analogue drum machine from the early 80′s made by Yamaha. It features 5 pads that you can hit to trigger the sounds and some cheesy tango & waltz presets.

WaveShaper MR-10 Grey Matter

This tiny grey box has a rather characteristic sound, with a deep kick (somewhat reminiscent of the infamous 909) and a quite unique snare. The tone knob lets you shape the sound of the kit, and it is very efficient on the toms and snare. It sounds 200% analogue, but not like the usual suspects, so this carefully recorded WaveShaper pack will fit in any of your music productions, from electro pop to doom exotica !

As always, great care has been taken to keep the original sound alive and kicking with a high headroom, but some subtle tube coloring and compression assures you to make this kit sound unique.

The pro kit gathers 5 tone variations from each of the 7 individual sounds, in stereo, 24bit, 48khz wav files. It is available to purchase for $1.40 USD. A free kit includes one full sample kit (7 sounds, mono, 16bit/44.1khz wav files).

The Soul Sisters Trio sample pack includes samples from three retro drum synthesizers.

WaveShaper DR-55B

Built at the same time, these three small retro boxes share several features, but like soul sisters, they each have their unique character and a different sound.

The Boss DR-55 features a rimshot and a tone control. It was used by a bunch of artists in the past decades for its signature sound.

The Soundmaster SR-88 has a very delicate, soft, analogue sound and is perfect for electro tracks or sweet retro songs.

The Amdek RMK-100 is the rarest of the bunch. It was built by Roland and sold as a DIY project, which makes it very hard to find. The sound is the rawest of the three, and the hi-hats are a true gem for any acid and electro lover.

I recorded them with the usual care, through a custom chain of gentle tube compression and a tube preamp. I made several takes in order to capture the subtle analogue variations of each sound, and also processed them with a vintage hardware eq (and some distortion on one kit to make it dirtier and punchier). Any round-robin able softsampler will love to be fed by these analogue sounds!

The pro kit gathers 57 samples, 48khz-24bit stereo Wav files), available to purchase for $4.90 USD. The nasty pack contains more than 170 samples, priced $6.90 USD. A free kit contains some samples from the 3 drum machines (17 samples, 44,1khz-16bit mono Wav files).

More information: WaveShaper

Boss intros GT-100 Amp Effects Processor

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Boss has introduced the GT-100, a new multi-FX with next-generation amp modeling

Boss GT-100

Driven by a powerful new BOSS DSP engine, the GT-100 is the most advanced GT ever, loaded with newly developed, ultra-responsive COSM® amps, updated effects with enhanced real-time control options, dual displays for easy sound programming, and more.

BOSS has completely remodeled all of the COSM amps in the GT-100, distilling decades of sound research to create the best-sounding guitar processor the company has produced to date. Reaching far beyond conventional vintage amp modeling, the GT-100 includes a host of all-new amps that deliver amazingly transparent clean tones to ultra-high gain modern sounds and everything in between.

GT-100 features

  • Advanced COSM amps that model vintage amp tones and delivers never-before-heard tones.
  • Dual-LCD for simple and intuitive operation with direct access to every parameter.
  • Improved EZ Tone TONE feature with graphical TONE GRID for constructing new patches; AMP CUSTOMIZE and OD/DS CUSTOMIZE lets you easily create original amps and overdrive/distortion by customizing their behavior.
  • Newly developed ACCEL pedal for simultaneous control of multiple parameters.

The GT-100 will be available in February 2012.

More information: Roland / GT-100

BOSS ships RC-300 Loop Station

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BOSS has announced it is now shipping the RC-300 Loop Station, the new flagship model in its industry-leading lineup of real-time phrase loopers.

BOSS RC-300 Loop Station

Equipped with multitrack loop phrases, three hours of stereo recording time, built-in effects, enhanced real-time control options, USB, and much more, the RC-300 is a dream machine for the growing legions of instrumentalists and vocalists that incorporate live looping in their musical performances.

The RC-300 replaces the popular RC-50, improving on its powerful predecessor in nearly every way. Like the RC-50, it’s housed in an ultra-durable metal chassis that’s built to last, and offers 99 different memory locations, each with three independent stereo or mono loop phrases. But, the RC-300 ups the ante big time with three hours of recording and loop storage, more than seven times the amount available in the RC-50. The RC-300 also provides newly enhanced options for controlling loop phrases, including dedicated REC/DUB/PLAY and STOP footswitches for each phrase, an ALL START/STOP footswitch, and an expression pedal for real-time effects control.

RC-300 features

  • Three stereo tracks with dedicated footswitches and controls for each.
  • Dedicated fader per track.
  • Expression pedal for effects control in real time.
  • Up to three hours of internal recording and 99 onboard memories.
  • 16 onboard effects optimized for looping.
  • XLR Microphone input with phantom power.
  • USB storage; import/export WAV files.

The RC-300 is now available to purchase for the MSRP of $768.50 USD.

More information: BOSS / RC-300

Big BOSS Giveaway – Enter to Win BOSS Pedals Autographed by Top Guitar Stars

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Big BOSS Facebook Giveaway

BOSS has announced the return of the Big BOSS Giveaway.

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.

To enter, contestants should visit the BOSS Facebook Giveaway tab and fill out the entry form.

Every two weeks between November 1 and December 31, 2011, 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 four chances to win.

The Big BOSS Giveaway prize lineup:

  • 11/1/11–11/14/11 – PH-3 pedal signed by Dave Navarro and $1,000 in BOSS gear.
  • 11/15/11-11/30/11 – CH-1 pedal signed by Steve Vai and $1,000 in BOSS gear.
  • 12/1/11-12/15/11 – TU-3 pedal signed by Steve Stevens and $1,000 in BOSS gear.
  • 12/16/11-12/31/11 – SD-1 pedal signed by Jeff Loomis and $1,000 in BOSS gear.

Note: Contest eligibility is for U.S. residents only.

More information: Big BOSS Giveaway

Boss Loop Station World Championship 2 – Loop Artist Angela Sheik Takes Top Honors at Second Annual U.S. Finals

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Boss recently held the U.S. National Finals for the Loop Station World Championship 2, its annual international competition for loop-based musicians.

From a field of six talented finalists, loop artist Angela Sheik of Wilmington, Delaware, was crowned U.S. Champion for 2011. With her victory, she will go on to represent the United States at the world finals in March 2012.

The six U.S. looping finalists came to perform before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges including noted session guitarist and Toto founder Steve Lukather; veteran record producer Michael Lloyd; Snoop Dogg bassist Robert “Bubby” Lewis; GIT Director Jude Gold; and BOSS U.S. Vice President Paul Youngblood at the renowned Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

Loop-based music making is a leading form of musical expression today, and BOSS’ innovative Loop Station products have played a major role in the rise of this art form. Now in its second year, the BOSS Loop Station World Championship provides an opportunity for BOSS loopers from around the globe to compete and showcase their unique musical talents on the world stage.

The six were chosen from hundreds of video submissions received by BOSS during the summer. Each finalist performed an original composition by playing various instruments and creating live loops with a BOSS RC-series Loop Station product. Four of the six also incorporated vocals in their looping presentations. Before the winners were announced, the audience was treated to a set by The Iron Maidens, the world’s only female tribute to Iron Maiden.

(Photo) All the finalists dazzled the audience and judges with heartfelt performances and excellent musicianship. Most impressive was their use of BOSS Loop Stations to support their compositions, layering multiple musical parts together to create exciting and engaging full-ensemble sounds in real time.

In addition to earning the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the world championship in Frankfurt, Germany, during the 2012 Musikmesse music fair, Ms. Sheik received $3000.00 worth of BOSS and Roland gear for her First Place finish.

Second Place went to Chance Gallagher of Boulder, Colorado, while Third Place went to Danny O’Ryan of Clearwater, Florida. The other finalists included Richie Kihlken of Santa Monica, California; Nicholas Stott of Greensboro, NC; and Nate Stein of Berkeley, California.

“The loopers came, and they played their hearts out,” said Paul Youngblood, summing up the judges’ feelings about the six finalists at the end of the evening. “Frankly speaking, there’s no such thing as a winner or loser to me. They’re all are winners. They were great!”

To watch videos of the winning performances and to find info about the upcoming international finals, please visit

More information: Boss

Harry Hill Competition – Win £5K Roland and Boss Gear and a Record Deal

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Harry Hill has announced a competition in which you can win a record deal.

Harry Hill Contest

How would you like a career in the limelight? Making music, selling singles and getting loads of freebies to boot? All this and more is up for grabs as Roland searches for the UK’s best undiscovered talent.

Roland has teamed up with Harry Hill to find the UK’s next big thing – and the winner will get star treatment, a shed-load of top-notch Roland and Boss equipment and a record deal with Harry’s Magic Octopus records. Harry Hill is even putting £20 of his own money into the prize fund.

The search is taking place on Harry’s website and singers, rappers and bands in any genre are welcome to get involved. ‘I want to see what Britain has got in the way of bands and new artists,’ says Harry. ‘I’ll be choosing Harry’s Protégé and will guide them as they take a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be put firmly in the spotlight’.

The winner will receive £5,000 worth of Roland and Boss gear and will have a single recorded and released on all the major music download sites. If that’s not exciting enough, they’ll also embark on their own PR and marketing campaign backed by Harry Hill himself. They’ll also get the chance to schmooze with big players from The Fly – Britain’s biggest music publication – and have their video broadcast on Muzu TV – the free music video streaming site.

It’s a once in a lifetime chance to win the whole popstar package, courtesy of some of the biggest names in the music biz.

More information: Harry Hill

BOSS Micro BR BR-80 digital recorder shipping

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BOSS Micro BR BR-80

BOSS has announced it is now shipping the Micro BR BR-80 digital recorder, an updated and improved version of its popular MICRO BR multitrack recorder.

The first MICRO BR, launched in 2006, was a big hit among musicians, offering pro-quality multitracking in a handheld device only slightly larger than an iPod™. With an eight-track upgrade, the latest BOSS guitar and vocal effects, built-in rhythms, onboard stereo mics, fun jamming and practice features directly inherited from BOSS’ eBand® JS-8, and a Live Record mode that instantly turns the BR-80 into a stereo handheld field recorder, the BR-80 is sure to become an indispensable companion for guitarists, songwriters, and musicians everywhere.

BR-80 features

  • Three modes: MTR (multi-track recorder), eBand, and Live Rec.
  • Records directly to SD/SDHC memory card (up to 32 GB).
  • High-quality stereo condenser microphone built in for instant audio capture.
  • 64 V-Tracks and eight simultaneous playback tracks.
  • eBand function for phrase training and play-along tracks.
  • Huge library of built-in backing and rhythm patterns.
  • World-class COSM® amps and effects onboard.
  • Use as a USB audio interface with built-in effects.
  • SONAR X1 LE software included.

The BR-80 is available to purchase for $299 USD.

More information: BOSS / Micro BR BR-80

Special financing returns for all Roland & Boss products

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Roland GE Money special financing

Roland has announced the return of special financing for all Roland and BOSS products.

Roland Corporation U.S., in partnership with GE Money, is pleased to announce special financing for customers on all Roland and BOSS products now through December 31, 2011.

  • No interest if paid within 12 months for Roland and BOSS purchases greater than $499.00*
  • No interest if paid within six months for Roland and BOSS purchases greater than $249.00**

More information: Roland