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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 www.BossUS.com/LoopStation.

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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

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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

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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**

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Boss launches Loop Station World Championship 2

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Boss has announced the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2, the second annual search to find the world’s top looping artist.

Guitarists, bassists, beatboxers, vocalists, violinists, drummers, keyboard players, and looping musicians of all sorts are invited to start by submitting a video performance using any BOSS RC-series looping product. The result could be a trip to the U.S. finals in Hollywood, California, where the top looper will earn $3,000 in BOSS gear and a spot in the international championship at Musikmesse 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Boss Loop Station World Championship 2

Open Competition — June 1, 2011 — August 31, 2011

  • Upload a live performance video using any BOSS RC-series Loop Station product to Youtube.com (video must be five minutes or less).
  • Visit www.BossUS.com/LoopStation and fill out the entry form.
  • Entries will be judged and selected by BOSS, who will evaluate the creativity, musicianship, stage presence, and technical skill of the looping performances.

U.S. Finals — October 22, 2011

  • The top six entries from the Open Competition will be flown in to compete at the BOSS U.S. Loop Station Finals 2 at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.
  • Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders.
  • Prizes include:
    • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear; trip to the international championship
    • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
    • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear

International Championship — Musikmesse Frankfurt, March 2012

  • The winner of the U.S. Finals will represent the United States in the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2 in Frankfurt, Germany, challenging the winners of other Loop Station competitions held around the globe.
  • Performances will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders.
  • Prizes include:
    • 1st Prize — $3,000 in BOSS gear
    • 2nd Prize — $2,000 in BOSS gear
    • 3rd Prize — $1,000 in BOSS gear

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Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals now shipping

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Boss has announced it is now shipping the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading lineup of pedal-based loop recorders.

Boss RC-30

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to BOSS’ top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and BOSS’ portable, affordable, and simple-to-use Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by BOSS’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet available for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio.

The RC-30 is housed in BOSS’ popular Twin Pedal chassis, just like the RC-20XL it replaces. New features include true stereo inputs and outputs, plus up to three hours of onboard stereo recording and loop storage, a marked upgrade to its predecessor’s mono I/O and 16 minutes of mono recording. Additionally, the RC-30 has a new dual phrase loop feature that lets users create and play two completely independent stereo loop phrases in perfect sync.

Included in the RC-30 is the LOOP FX feature that lets users process their loop recordings in real time, plus 99 memories for onboard loop storage and an LED memory indicator. In addition, a USB 2.0 port lets users swap and manage WAV audio loops with a computer. Holdover features from the RC-20XL include a mic input with phantom power, an AUX IN jack for connecting a portable music player, and a key selection of onboard rhythms, which now include real audio drum loops.

The RC-3 is the RC-30’s kid brother, housed in a rugged BOSS compact pedal chassis. The RC-3 offers all the essential features of the RC-30 in smaller package, including stereo I/O, up to three hours of stereo recording and loop storage, 99 onboard memories, USB 2.0, and built-in rhythms. Users can connect an optional BOSS FS-5U Foot Switch for additional foot control if desired.

Both of the new Loop Station pedals are available now. MSRP is $418.40 USD for the RC-30 and $318.50 USD for the RC-3.

More information: Roland / RC-30 and RC-3

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Nomad Factory releases Echoes, Analog Echo Box effect plugin

Nomad Factory has announced the release of Echoes, an analog echo box effect plug-in designed to give you the warmth and richness of classic vintage delay effects.

Nomad Factory Echoes

ECHOES faithfully models the greatest delay effects of all time, PLX-1 Based on Echoplex® 1, PLX-3 Based on Echoplex 3, OILCAN Based on Tel-Ray® Oilcan Delay, EHX-DM Based on Electro Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man, and ADM-2 Based on Boss® DM-2 Analog Delay.

Following the philosophy behind Nomad Factory’s hit Magnetic plug-in, ECHOES not only sounds amazing, but it is designed to be very easy to use. Unlike many other delay plug-ins that have dozens of unnecessary knobs and confusing parameters, ECHOES has captured the essence of the original effects by keeping it simple. With the turn of a few knobs, the plug-in delivers musical results and instant analog delay satisfaction!

Echoes features

  • 5 classic analog delay effects all in one plug-in:
    • PLX-1: Based on Maestro® Echoplex 1 – The original Tube-based tape delay effect.
    • PLX-3: Based on Maestro® Echoplex 3 – Transistor-based tape echo.
    • Oilcan: Based on Tel Ray® Echo – Tapeless Oilcan delay/echo.
    • EHX-DM: Based on Electro Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man – The most in-demand analog delay pedal ever built.
    • ADM-2: Based on Boss® DM-2 – Analog delay pedal from the early 80′s.
  • ECHO TIME : Controls the time from 20 to 2000ms of analog delay.
  • PANNING : Center position for stereo pan, left or right causes ping pong effect.
  • ECHO MODE : Choose from 5 classic analog delay effects.
  • REPEATS : Controls the feedback amount of the delay effect.
  • MIX : Controls the balance of the wet /dry signal.
  • EXTRA KNOBS : 3 additional preset knobs that change according to the currently selected mode
    • PLX-1 : Wow & Flutter, Drive and Echo Level
    • PLX-3 : Bass, Treble and Echo Level
    • EHX-DM : Mod Speed, Mod Depth and Echo Level
    • OILCAN : Tone, Variation and Echo Level
    • ADM-2 : Bass, Treble and Echo Level
  • SYNC SWITCH : Sync your delays to your song’s master tempo.
  • VINTAGE SWITCH : Give your delays that vintage analog sound by filtering the repeats.
  • STEREO WIDENER : Increases the width of the delay. Lowest setting is true mono.
  • INPUT : Sets the input level of Echoes.
  • OUTPUT : Sets the output level of Echoes.
  • POWER bypasses the entire unit.

Echoes is available to purchase from DontCrac[k] for the introductory price of $49 USD until May 15, 2011 (regular price $129 USD). It is also included in the Magnetics Bundle (with Magnetics plug-in) at a limited time price of $99 USD, also available until May 15, 2011.

More information: Nomad Factory / Echoes

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