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Latest Gear for Vocalists – Summer NAMM 2012

VoiceCouncil brings you the new product highlights from the 2012 Summer NAMM trade show.

NAMM is one of the largest music product trade shows of the year and a prime opportunity for manufactures to show off their latest products. Going though some of the thousands of new and exciting products on display we have brought to you our top selection of gear which will soon be hitting the shops. We hope to get the chance to review of some of these new and exciting products in the near future.

Presonous ADL 700 Chanel Strip
The ADL 700 is a class-A microphone tube pre amplifier with built-in FET compressor and 4-band EQ. It also features a range of impedances to alter the sound of the microphone and offers the usual things such as phantom power, a pad witch and high-pass filter. It has a signal to noise ratio of -100 dB, up to 73 dB of available gain and an extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 45 kHz; making it suitable for vocalists wanting to make high-end recordings. The unit has an expected street price of around $2,000.

 TC-Helicon VoiceTone Mic Mechanic
TC-Helicon has announced their latest product aimed at singers. The Mic Mechanic pedal features some of their essential processing tools in a small, robust unit. It includes an adaptive-tone function that automatically adjusts EQ, compression, de-essing and gates; a selection of reverbs and delay; pitch correction; and a pre-amp with phantom power. The unit is shipping now and costs $149. See tc-helicon.com for more details.

Zoom Q2HD
Zoom’s Q2HD is a portable video and audio recorder. It supports full HD video recording and a mid/side mic to capture audio. The battery powered unit has a HDMI connection for playback on a TV and comes with editing software to use with a computer to help you make your finished movie to share online. It can also function purely as an audio recorder if you want to capture your performances to listen to later. The Q2HD is out now and costs around $199.


Presonous have been showing off their Nimbit online service which provides a platform for musicians to distribute their music and build their fan-base. It integrates with social media sites and it allows you to setup an online store where you can sell your music, tickets and merchandise. For full details see nimbit.com


A.I.R Music Technology Ignite
A.I.R Music Technology Ignite is a new recording software package aimed at home studio users. It is designed to be a very easy to use so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of creativity. It is particularly optimised for musicians who write using a keyboard and it allows you to develop your ideas, finish the track and share it online all within the package.


HK Audio LUCAS Nano
HK Audio has announced their smallest PA system to date. The Nano is a highly portable modular PA system that weights only 10KG yet is loud enough for small solo gigs and rehearsals. It features individual inputs and level controls for mic, guitar, keyboard and MP3 player; making it a versatile system for singers performing more intimate gigs. The Nano will soon be available in the US, however it is available in Europe for E599.


New Stage Pianos from Casio & Yamaha
Are you a singer pianist? Casio have announced a stage piano aimed at performers who need lightweight piano for gigs. The Privia PX-3 features hammer action keys and 250 built-in sounds. Yamaha have also announced an update to their popular p95 stage piano. The P105, whose new features include line-level outputs and USB connectivity, is expected to be on sale in a few months time.


Pocket Strings
Singer guitarists will be interest in this tool for musicians wanting to get a bit of silent guitar practice whether it be on the train or at home. It is a pocket-sized device that is designed for users to practice their fingering on discretely in order to increase speed and finger strength.


About The Author:
Chris Kennedy is the principle product reviewer for VoiceCouncil Magazine. He is also a singer-songwriter and composer, performing and writing in a range of styles from rock to jazz. Chris has released several albums as a solo artist and with his group The New Inventions. When he isn’t performing live, Chris also works as a live sound engineer and writes and records film music in his studio. You can find more about him on his website: http://www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk

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