The Korg TRITON line has been taken to extremes, with the TRITON Extreme music workstation/sampler. Introduced at the 2004 NAMM Summer show, it delivers all the features that have made the TRITON popular, plus many new sounds and enhancements.
TRITON Extreme has a generous 160 MB of wave ROM, sampled at 48 kHz. It features a broad selection of new samples, including acoustic and electric guitars, woodwind and brass instruments captured with their natural vibrato, organs, authentic choirs and an all-new concert grand piano. Also included are the entire sample sets from Korg?s best-selling Trance Attack, Orchestral Collection and Vintage Archives expansion boards, as well as the best of Korg?s Dance Extreme, Studio Essentials and Pianos/Classic Keyboards collections, plus the complete TRITON Studio ROM.
From this massive ROM, Korg has created 1,344 programs, 50 drum kits and 1,280 combinations, each consisting of up to 8 Programs, split, layered, zoned and velocity-allocated across the keyboard. In addition, General MIDI Level 2 Presets contain 256 programs and 9 drum kits.
DigiTech introduced five new distortion pedals: the Bad Monkey; the Screamin? Blues; the Hot Head; the Grunge; and the Death Metal at the 2004 Namm Summer Session. Designed to provide guitarists with a wide range of overdrive and distortion options, these new pedals feature DigiTech?s premium analog circuitry and offer sounds ranging from smooth, classic overdrive to the deepest, darkest metal.
Each pedal is housed in a rugged cast-metal enclosure, features a non-slip rubber base, and is designed to withstand years of rigorous use. In addition, all models feature dual outputs: a standard amp output and a mixer output with cabinet modeling so the user can plug directly into front-of-house boards and recording consoles.
dbx Professional Products, a Salt Lake City-based manufacturer of professional signal processing products and a division of Harman International, showed a new compressor/limiter at the recent 2004 Namm Summer show.
The Purple Series? 162SL Compressor/Limiter features dbx?s proprietary AutoVelocity attack and release circuit. The 162SL has been designed to provide contractors uncompromising, state-of-the-art compression and limiting, while maintaining a simple and intuitive control interface.
Based on the prestigious lineage of the now legendary Blue Series 160SL Compressor / Limiter, the 162SL is designed for the most demanding user in the most extreme conditions. Built to be as transparent as possible, the 162SL?s sonic purity is rivaled by only its big brother, the Blue 160SL. Designed specifically to handle the abuse of the road, while still delivering clarity henceforth reserved for the studio, the 162SL is currently available.
Audio-Technica used the Summer NAMM Show to launch its new line of Pro Series microphones.
This wide range of vocal and instrument mics comprises both dynamic and condenser models in handheld and specialty designs. The introduction of the comprehensive new Pro Series underscores Audio-Technica?s commitment to leading the market in the ongoing development of innovative transducer technology. Designed with high-performance specifications for clarity, volume, durability, and ease of operation, the cost-effective Pro Series microphones also feature the legendary reliability that is the result of Audio-Technica?s stringent engineering and manufacturing standards.
The Pro Series line comprises 11 models: the PRO 31/PRO 31QTR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphones; PRO 41 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone; PRO 61 Hypercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone; PRO 63 Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; PRO 25ax Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone; PRO 35ax Cardioid Condenser Clip-on Instrument Microphone; PRO 70 Cardioid Condenser Lavalier/Instrument Microphone; PRO 8HEx Hypercardioid Dynamic Headworn Microphone; PRO 24 Stereo Condenser Microphone; and PRO 37 Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone.
The rugged Pro Series vocal microphones set price/performance standards for intelligibility, clear sound, and high gain before feedback. Featuring a broad frequency response with low handling noise, the Pro Series vocal mics deliver consistent performance on the road, night after night.
At the 2004 Summer NAMM show, Vestax featured the next generation of its PDX-2000 and PDX-2300 turntables. The three updated models, which include the PDX-2000mkII, PDX-2000mkIIPro and PDX-2300mkIIPro, are part of an ongoing effort to provide DJs with tools that incorporate their most requested features.
The PDX-2000mkII offers the same professional features as its predecessor, including a high torque motor design, fast start up time (from 0 to full speed in .5 seconds), fine pitch and ultra pitch. In addition, the PDX-2000mkII features a new, streamlined platter and next generation ASTS (Anti-Skipping Tonearm System) design.
The PDX-2000mkIIPro and PDX-2300mkIIPro offer the same features as above, with the addition of Vestax?s proprietary, dynamic, spring-balanced tonearm system to further reduce tracking error during scratch performances. The PDX-2300mkIIPro also offers a ?J? tonearm for mix DJs who prefer the feel of a curved tonearm.
The PDX-2000mkII, PDX-2000mkIIPro and PDX-2300mkIIPro are currently available with respective US MSRPs of $850, $950 and $1100.
Vestax introduced the VMC-004 mixer at the 2004 Summer NAMM show, which offers high quality and functionality at an affordable price for beginner and intermediate house and techno DJs. The 4-channel mixer includes a 3-band, 100% cut isolator per channel as well as 5-segment LED meters on each channel.
The VMC-004 includes four RCA line inputs, four phono inputs and two mic inputs. On the output side, it offers two stereo RCA master outputs (Master1, Booth/Master2) with separate volume controls.
A flexible headphone monitor section features a cue/master blend control. It allows users to adjust the relative levels of Cue and Master heard through headphones, enabling the DJ to mix in the headphones.
The Vestax VMC-004 is currently available at a US MSRP of $420 (with an average street price of $299).