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DigiTech ships JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper

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DigiTech JamMan Express XT

DigiTech has announced that the JamMan Express XT compact stereo looper/phrase sampler is now shipping.

The size of a standard stompbox, JamMan Express XT offers a host of capabilities including up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time and DigiTech’s exclusive JamSync feature for synchronizing multiple JamMan pedals.

The JamMan Express XT is ideal for use with guitar, bass, keyboards and other instruments. It provides up to 10 minutes of stereo looping time. Its control layout is simple yet incredibly versatile – a single pedal switch, three Record, Dub and Play LEDs and a Loop Level knob provide access to a multitude of looping functions.

“We designed the JamMan Express XT to offer players great value as the most user-friendly and compact looping pedal available,” said Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech. “Whether you want to record loops and rhythm tracks for playing along with, create sonic backgrounds for solo or band performances or sample loops and phrases to drop into your recordings the JamMan Express XT is designed to do it all.”

All loop recording, playback and loop overdubbing can be controlled simply by clicking on the pedal switch. The three LEDs indicate looping and phrase sampling status – red for record, green for playback and yellow for overdubbing. This simple but effective looping scheme has been standard on single-button JamMan loopers for years to create lush, richly textured loops or multiple instrumental parts for a one-person-band backing track.

The pedal’s JamSync feature enables the JamMan Express XT to be synchronized with other JamSync-enabled pedals to create multi-track loops or play loops with other musicians. Simply connect the pedals via their 1/8-inch mini jacks. Multiple JamMan pedals can be cascaded together with one JamMan acting as a master for all synched slaves.

The JamMan Express XT is available to purchase for MSRP $149.95 USD.

More information: DigiTech / JamMan Express XT


DigiTech intros iStomp programmable stompbox

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DigiTech has announced the introduction of the iStomp pedal, an entirely new concept in guitar stompboxes that allows musicians to program the effect pedal with any sound they want – and change it at any time.

Offering almost limitless sonic possibilities, the iStomp connects to an iPod Touch®, iPhone®, or iPad® enabling musicians to load the effect of their choice into the iStomp.

DigiTech iStomp

“The iStomp ushers in a new era in effects pedal functionality,” said Rob Urry, vice president, HARMAN Professional Division and general manager of Signal Processing and Amplifier Business Units. “Until now, guitarists and musicians had to buy a separate pedal for each effect they wanted and a separate pedal for different tones of the same effect. Now, musicians can buy an iStomp and configure an effect exactly the way they want, and later, they can simply download a different tone of that same effect or download an entirely different effect if they want to try something new.”

The iStomp pedal connects to an Apple iOS device using the DigiTech Smart Cable that comes with the iStomp. Once connected, the DigiTech Stomp Shop provides two of the most popular requested effects, the DigiTech Total Recall Delay and the DigiTech Redline Overdrive with the initial purchase. The app also offers access to additional effects that iStomp owners can browse, try out, and purchase for their stompbox. The iStomp pedal has four knobs to control effects parameters, which change their function according to which effect is loaded.

iStomp features

  • iStomp works like all other stompboxes on the market.
  • Turn the iStomp into any pedal available in the Stomp Shop.
  • Stomp Shop offers more than 20 different pedals to choose from.
  • More pedals will be continually added to the Stomp Shop.
  • User defined custom LED color for any pedal loaded to the iStomp.
  • Die-cut removable custom labels for multiple pedals included.
  • True stereo in and stereo out.
  • Stomp Shop Apps saves all your pedals in the app.
  • Compatible with all models of iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS 4 or later.

The DigiTech iStomp will begin shipping in January 2012 at $229.95 USD suggested retail. The iStomp pedal comes with an iOS authorization cable, power supply and the two initial downloads. Additional downloads are available for $4.99 USD to $19.99 USD each.

More information: DigiTech / iStomp


Wavesfactory releases RoyalGuitar for Kontakt

Wavesfactory RoyalGuitar

Wavesfactory has released RoyalGuitar, a sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Have you ever imagined having the most distinctive guitar sounds in rock history? You can achieve that with RoyalGuitar.

We sampled the Brian May (Queen) signature sound with a Red Special guitar through a Digitech pedal.

RoyalGuitar features

  • 2 main sounds from different amps: Voxy and Deacy.
  • The Deacy amp was designed in early 70s by Queen bassist John Deacon. This amplifer produces a trumpet-like or orchestral sound that has been used in all Queen songs. Brian used to record all his famous multi-layered orchestral guitar harmonies with this amp.
  • Custom GUI and script for control over Volume, Pan, Attack, Release and EQ from the two amplifiers separetly in the same instrument, so the combinations are endless.
  • 383 MB installed. Full version of Kontakt 4.2.3 or superior required. Kontakt Player will run in demo mode.

RoyalGuitar for Kontakt is available to purchase for 9.95 EUR.

More information: Wavesfactory / RoyalGuitar


DigiTech announces Lyra, limited edition Eternal Descent multi-effects pedal

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DigiTech has announced the Lyra, a multi-effects pedeal which brings Eternal Descent main character Lyra to life.

DigiTech Lyra

Eternal Descent is a comic book and music series unlike any other – and so is the new Eternal Descent Lyra, a limited edition multi-effects pedal that brings the sound of the globally popular series to guitarists everywhere.

Eternal Descent is a cross-genre story that blends elements of fantasy, action, music, superhero, gothic, science fiction, supernatural and other elements into an ongoing saga featuring Lyra, the series’ heroine. Lyra is a rock singer who is quick-witted, beautiful, talented, has attitude to spare – and is immersed in a battle with demons both internal and awaiting her at every turn.

Music is integral to Eternal Descent. Created by writer Llexi Leon, the comics revolve around the exploits of Lyra and her band, Constellation Nine, and rock and metal bands like Static X, Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall and others have made guest appearances. A series of albums have been released that bring the comic to life with music created specifically for the series.

Featuring the Eternal Descent logo, distinctive Lyra graphic and a dark metallic purple finish, the DigiTech Lyra delivers the signature tones, sounds and effects that legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss and others) and his team used to record the Eternal Descent albums. Seven preset tones, from clean to moderate overdrive to crushing distortion are available that match seven songs from the albums.

Each preset tone can be further modified by the Lyra’s Gain and FX Mix knobs. When the knobs are in the 12 o’clock position, the sound matches the sound of the actual song. Turning the Gain knob left or right increases or decreases the amount of amp/distortion gain, while turning the FX Mix knob left or right increases or decreases the amount of the modulation, delay and reverb effects for each of the seven presets. A Level knob controls the output volume. The pedal has mono and stereo outputs and can be powered by a 9V battery or the included AC power supply.

The DigiTech Lyra is expected to ship in March 2011 priced at an estimated £159 RRP inc VAT in the UK.

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DigiTech introduces BP355, Bass Multi-Effects Pedal

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DigiTech has introduced the BP355 Bass Multi-Effects Pedal, a modeling bass processor that offers bass players hundreds of sounds, amp and speaker cabinet models, effects and much more.

DigiTech BP355

Powered by DigiTech’s leading-edge AudioDNA®2 processor, the BP355 offers state-of-the-art modeling of 20 amps, 17 speaker cabinets and more than 70 different effects — distortion pedals, flangers, phasers, chorus pedals, envelope filters, compressors, delays, pitch shifters and more, including a selection of industry-standard Lexicon® reverbs and popular stompboxes. The BP355 includes 70 factory and 70 user presets, a Tone Library with 30 sounds and an Effects Library with 30 effects. A choice of 3-band or 4-band semi-parametric EQ enables precise tonal adjustment.

The DigiTech BP355 is ideal for practicing and rehearsing. It includes 60 CD-quality drum patterns, an audio input for a portable audio player, and a 20-second looper that players can play along with. It even has a built-in tuner.

All of the BP355′s sounds and functions are easily accessible via its straightforward control layout and three footswitches, and the BP355′s expression pedal enables on-the-fly control of volume, pitch, modulation speed and other parameters. The BP355 has a rugged, die-cast metal housing that stands up to on-stage use, while its USB connectivity and included Cubase® LE5 recording software and DigiTech X-Edit™ editing software make it perfect for home or studio recording.

The BP355 has a 1/4-inch input and 1/4-inch and XLR stereo outputs, an Amp/Mixer switch that enables connection to an amplifier or a PA system, a 1/8-inch external audio input, 1/8-inch headphones output and a USB jack. Its power supply is included. With the BP355, bass players have all the sounds they need to take center stage, with a pedal that offers more sounds, effects and versatility than ever.

The BP355 will be available in December 2010 at $309.95 USD suggested retail and $199.95 MAP.

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Digitech releases Vocalist Live 5, vocal harmony & effects processor

Digitech / Vocalist Live 5

DigiTech as introduced the Live 5, the newest addition to the Vocalist product line.

The Live 5 is designed to provide guitarists with the most intuitive, user-friendly, vocal effects and harmony processor available. The pedal will give artists the ability to effortlessly create full, natural sounding 5 part vocal harmonies.

The Live 5 combines studio-quality audio performance, state-of-the-art vocal processing, and an easy-to-use control interface to add up to four independent voices of harmony to a lead vocal to create a full five-part harmony. The Live 5 has Gender Control that gives each harmonizing voice a masculine or feminine sound. Users can customize the natural sound of the harmonizing voices from loose to tight by adjusting the Humanize setting.

Vocalist Live 5 features

  • Automatically follows your guitar chords to generate the correct vocal harmonies using musIQ™.
  • Add up to 4 additional voices of harmony.
  • Gender control allows you to give the harmonies a male and/or female voice.
  • Humanize adjusts the natural sound of the harmonies from loose to tight.
  • Adjustable/Natural sounding, real-time pitch correction.
  • Add different kinds of vocal effects from radio, delay, distortion, and more.
  • Staggered button footswitch layout.
  • 5 metal vacuum switches .
  • Sturdy and durable black metal chassis.
  • Bright, easy-to-read LED display.
  • 100 Presets.
  • A/B Patch per preset .
  • A/B Patch footswitch.
  • Built-in Guitar Tuner.

The Vocalist Live 5 is now shipping with an MSRP of $649.95 USD.

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Molten Voltage releases Molten MIDI 2

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Molten Voltage Molten MIDI 2

Molten Voltage has released Molten MIDI 2, a programmable stompbox whammy controller.

Have you every wondered what your Whammy hears when it dreams?

Molten MIDI 2™ by Molten Voltage is a Programmable MIDI Stompbox that offers five new ways to control the Digitech Whammy 4™.

Molten MIDI 2 features

  • Lets you hear notes that aren’t normally available on the Whammy. Sequence those notes into elegant harmonies and improbable riffs.
  • Doubles as a synchronized or stand-alone MIDI Clock source for all your MIDI devices.
  • Use it with your stock Digitech Whammy IV – no modifications required.
  • Stores 15 programs at a time, that are created manually or using our computer-based Programming Utility.
  • The Programmer lets you trade files and share favorite loops and settings.
  • Programs are selected using the footswitches and are indicated using the Whammy’s own LEDs. The Whammy works normally when Molten MIDI 2 isn’t sending data.
  • Programs can be up to 16 steps each, and come in 5 different flavors:
    • Loop Portamento programs cycle through sequences of virtual expression pedal positions. “Portamento” means you hear the Whammy “slide” from one step to the next, rather than “jump”, as if the expression pedal is moving.
    • Loop, No Portamento programs are just like the Portamento version, except Whammy doesn’t “slide” from one position to another, it “jumps”.
    • Step Portamento programs step through sequences of virtual expression pedal positions each time the Step button is pressed. As the Whammy changes to a new “virtual” position, you hear it “slide” up or down to the new position.
    • Step, No Portamento programs are just like the Portamento version, except Whammy doesn’t “slide” from one position to another each time Step is pressed, it “jumps”.
    • Different Settings programs step through selected Whammy settings each time the Step button is pressed. The virtual position of the expression pedal is not affected.
  • MIDI Sync — When configured in Whammy & Clock mode, Molten MIDI 2 sends synchronized MIDI Clock data whenever a Loop is playing. You can use the MIDI Clock output to control sequencers, drum machines, and other MIDI-based effects like the BOSS Slicer [SL-20].
  • Sends parallel Program Change and Song Select data to keep all your MIDI devices on the same page.
  • In Clock Only mode, Molten MIDI 2 works as a tap tempo MIDI Clock generator.
  • Daisy chain your Whammy to the MIDI Thru on any other MIDI device that passes unchanged information appearing at its MIDI IN jack from Molten MIDI 2.

Molten MIDI 2 is available to purchase for $109 USD.

More information: Molten Voltage / Molten MIDI 2