Hal Leonard Premium Recording Pack 2017

 

The Hal Leonard Premium Recording Pack 2017 includes all the quality components to start a recording studio! And, this special bundle offers deeper than usual dealer margins.

  • Blue Mic: Spark condenser mic
  • Propellerhead: Reason 9 Essentials recording software
  • iConnectivity: iConnectAudio2+ interface
  • Samson: Z45 stereo reference headphones
  • Hal Leonard Books: Getting Started in Music Production book with online media
  • Pro Tools First postcard with access code
  • Groove3 30-day free trial pass

HL#213705      MSRP $837.93/MAP $499.99

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At first glance, this Premium Pack looks nice like, “Oh, isn’t that a nice bundle….” But wait! This deserves a much closer look under the hood because there’s so much more here than a casual perusal of the bullet points would indicate—REALLY! Anyone who is showing this package to someone needs to hear what I’ve discovered about the contents of this super-powerful set of recording tools. As a Training Specialist for Hal Leonard Corp., an author, the owner of a production studio, I have a ton of gear around my place. It has accumulated over time, plus I can usually get something to review if it looks interesting. When I saw this bundle, I was immediately struck by the fact that I had all of it right here and had developed some relatively refined and tested opinions about everything in the Pack. What I have discovered should prove to be valuable to those who follow this blog.

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First thing: CONGRATULATIONS iConnectivity for being nominated for a TEC Award for the iConnect Audio2+!
 
That’s an amazing honor! This nomination speaks loudly about the quality of your company and the products you manufacture! I didn’t know you were in the running until I got my ballot in the mail this morning! Obviously, I was impressed with your accomplishment because the rest of my comments about the Audio2+ were made prior to knowing about this nomination. Way to go, iCoonnectivity!

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iconnOn first glance, this is a nice looking interface. It’s small and lightweight and it feels nice as you put it in your bag to head out into the world. But, if you look just a little closer under the hood, you’re struck again with, “What the heck?!” Not only is this a 2-input, 4-output (6-outputs counting the discrete stereo headphone output) digital interface but it also has classic 5-pin MIDI in and out jacks plus one of the coolest features I’ve seen in a small interface: YOU CAN CONNECT TWO COMPUTERS or, a computer and an iOS device like your iPad or iPhone, because this doubles as an iOS interface! Want to use your favorite IK Multimedia sampler app or your Line 6 guitar processor from your iPad along with your computer DAW. No problem! Plug them both into the interface and everything links together! backThe app that controls the Audio2+ interface connects everything and routes all the signals. So, using the iPad as a sound source through your DAW or connecting MIDI to the Audio2+ and playing the synth sound from your iPad and recording the audio from that performance back into your DAW is no problem. This interface offers a world of possibilities for creativity involving two computers or a computer and an iOS device—amazing! Plus, it’s a very efficient and easy-to-use interface for either your Mac/PC or iOS device separately.

Blue Microphones: Spark

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Congratulations
Blue Microphones for your 2017 TEC Award nomination for the Bottle Mic Locker!

blue-microphones-logoThis cardioid condenser mic from Blue Microphones is an incredible tool at a super-reasonable price—just north of $100 MAP! Every basic recording kit needs to include an excellent-sounding microphone—the Spark fits that description. This is a very capable microphone! It delivers a high-quality sound, is solidly built, and it looks cool.

The Spark in this Pack connects to an interface or mixer with a standard XLR connector but Blue also offers the Spark Digital, which connects to a computer via USB. If you want the best of both worlds—and more—Blue also offers a handy little gadget called the “Icicle” that receives the XLR output from any microphone and converts it to USB that can be plugged directly into your computer. spark

I first discovered the Spark a couple years ago when a good friend, who was looking for a mic for his home studio, sent me a link to a YouTube video that compared the Spark to some very high priced mics—most of which I own. The Spark held up extremely well in the video and I was anxious to test it out when I got the one I have here. For anyone who has a lot of high-priced mics at their disposal, setting the Spark up and giving it a few real-life recording tasks can only result in one response, “What the heck!” I’m picky about mics and I’ve used most of them extensively but after hearing the Spark and some of the other inexpensive mics on the market, I’ve had to revise my snooty attitude. This is a great-sounding mic—at any price!

A couple decades ago, a mic of this quality would have been priced at several times the price of this entire Recording Pack. Go Blue!

focus-control-buttonpsdThe mic won’t be a stumbling block for anyone who uses this bundle. The Spark sounds clean and clear in the high end and accurately captures the subtle transients in any sound. It also is very full in the low end. There’s a button called the “Focus Control” button on the back of the mic—it’s cleverly camouflaged, being the same red color as the mic body and not being labeled. With the Focus Control button in the “in” position, the mic is pretty flat throughout the frequency spectrum but with a bump down around 80–90 Hz. Oddly enough, over the rest of the spectrum, it struck me that, if I had a perfectly flat mic and wanted to clean the sound up a little bit, my EQ settings would probably result in a very similar curve. I have no idea if that was intentional or just a result of the physical design of the head, but in any case, the inherent curve explains a little about why the mic sounds so good out of the box. The low-end bump helps the mic sound full from greater distances and it also provides a little extra boom-boom when used in close proximity. Setting the Focus Control button to the “out” position, rolls off the low-end bump so the sound of the mic focuses more on the mids and highs. In this price range, not many mics have this low-frequency roll-off control so that’s a bonus; but, the fact that the “in” position has a bump in the low end really makes it feel more focused on things like speech, singing, and mid-range punch when the button is switched out.

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Obviously, I like the Spark and I recommend it highly. In the microphone world of a couple decades ago, a mic of this quality would have been priced at several times the price of this entire Recording Pack. Go Blue!

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Reason is such an impressive DAW software offering! It has grown to be a favorite for many, whether recording vocals, MIDI, instruments, or virtual instruments. The virtual instruments that are included sound great and offer tons production possibilities. They are very relevant for a wide range of productions in virtually any genre but they’re especially powerful when producing modern pop, dance, and EDM genres. The way Propellerhead designed their plug-in structure, there are really no obstructions to an outrageously creative mind. If you want to expand the sounds you’re getting on the front panel, simply the virtual instrument it around to see the back patch bay (on-screen, of course) and let your inner mad scientist run naked through a sonic panorama.

Like it says, the Essentials version of Reason includes all the essential tools needed to create a full-blown musical production. It’s a major bonus in this package that Reason plays well with others. Programs like Pro Tools and Studio One, can easily work together with Reason to expand the creative potential of both. I work a lot in Pro Tools and Studio One but, creatively, everything jumps to the next level when I use a plug-in called ReWire to link either DAW to Reason. Gaining access to the amazingly powerful sound shaping tools in Reason augments everything about the host DAW. Whether I build the basics in Pro Tools or Reason, I always get a lot out of the ReWire connection. Also, with version 9, Reason now ReWires together with Ableton live! It’s a great time to be alive.

Avid: Pro Tools Firstavid

tec-nominee-32-logoCongratulations Avid for your 2017 TEC Award nomination for Pro ToolsPro Tools Dock, and the Pro Tools S6 console!

And that brings us to Pro Tools First. I see this DAW as a gateway drug. Anyone who catches the Pro Tools bug (like 90+ percent of the commercial studios in the world) will eventually end up owning the full version. Pro Tools First is the free version but it has an essentially full feature set. The limitation is the maximum track count. It’s limited to 16 tracks rather than the 128, 256, 768, etc. of it’s bigger brother versions. However, it includes the Collaboration feature, which was only recently released in version 12.6. Collaboration provides an environment where near real-time collaboration over the Internet is a reality. That’s amazing!

avid-pro-tools-first-digital-audio-workstation-daw-screen-shot-5487Want to get your buddy that’s a half a mile away to throw down a bass guitar track on your new tune? Start a collaborative Project, send a text to ask him to log on, talk through the track, send your tracks or stems directly to him, let him record the bass track and send it directly back to your Project—done! And that happens all right within Pro Tools! There’s no need to go anywhere else for any part of the collaboration! Want to do the same thing with someone that’s on the other side of the globe? No problem. Just follow the same procedure!

Even though Pro Tools First is the free version, the power that is represented by its use along with Reason can’t be understated. Getting someone on the right path and creating music the way that it is done at the highest level has incredible value! The workflow that includes Reason and Pro Tools is the same that any major recording artist might use anywhere around the world.

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z45-img-1-1500x1500-1024x1024The Z-series headphones from Samson are quite impressive. Soon after I got mine, I had a recording session and grabbed a black bag out of the headphone bin to record a guitar track. I have several sets of a particularly popular studio headphone around and they all are stored in a black leather-ish bag like the Samson’s. I simply put the phones on and started recording and was instantly struck by how good the phones felt and sounded. I had unknowingly grabbed my Samson phones and was struck by how much I liked them. One might think that the headphones that come in a bundle might not be of very high quality and they might not sound good. Not the case here at all! These are nice phones, they sound good, they’re well-constructed, and they feel good when you put them on.

Getting Started with Music Production

Congratulations to Hal Leonard Books for your TEC Award  nomination  for Sylvia Massy’s great new book, Recording Unhinged!

getting-startedtec-nominee-32-logoGetting Started with Music Production is the entry-point into the Hal Leonard Recording Method. Author Robert Willey teaches in the classroom and has developed an excellent step-by-step process for recording music. This text will get anyone who’s interested in capturing musical creativity, started off on the right foot.

Groove3.com 30-day free trial pass

tec-nominee-32-logoCongratulations Groove3.com on your nomination for the 2017 TEC Award for The Blackbird Academy Foundation Series.

Groove3.com provides some of the best training videos available. They’ll get anybody up and running with Reason and Pro Tools First in short order and they also offer a myriad of instrumental and recording tutorials. g3

The Bottom Line

This Hal Leonard Premium Recording Pack provides a virtual playground for the creative mind! With Reason and Pro Tools First, the songwriting, sound design, beat-making, music producing, and collaborative potential is endless. Many world-class recordings have been produced over the years with a fraction of the potential that this bundle offers!

 

 

 

 

 

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ALERT! Acoustical Control Is Imperative!

GeerFab Acoustics: MultiZorber II & MultiZorber OC703

 

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The Bottom Line about Acoustical Treatment

Aside from a great performance from a great musician, acoustical treatment might be the single most important factor involved in capturing a high-quality sound. It’s fundamental. We tend to look at the newest gizmo or whatcha ma thingy and we’re convinced that if we add it to our signal path the angels will sing parallel cascading triads from heaven above and we’ll get the best sound EVER. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if the room/acoustical space hasn’t been prepped for success, neither will your sound be prepped for success. The sound of the acoustical space becomes inseparable from the sound of the source. To get a really tight, intimate vocal sound, you must create a really tight, intimate space to record the vocals in. That’s where these panels from GeerFab can absolutely save your bacon! They let YOU shape the sound that the mic captures. Once you hear the difference that simple acoustical control makes, you will never record another track without first considering acoustical influences on the sound.

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Surround the vocal mic with GeerFab MultiZorbers for a tight, intimate vocal sound.

Face it. In today’s recording economy the majority of recording is done in poorly designed home studios. Using portable acoustical control tools like the GeerFab MultiZorber II (they’ve added a cloth material to the front of this newer version, which changes the absorption character) lets you surround the recording area and shape the acoustical personality so that you really record something that sounds fundamentally great. There are creative reasons to include more or less room sound in your recordings; however, if you capture too much room sound—and if the room sounds terrible—the recording will sound terrible. And there’s not really anything that will fix the problem other than re-recording the track in a decent sounding environment. There are plug-ins that try to reduce the sound of undesirable acoustical influence, but important tracks deserve to be well-recorded in a controlled space.

No Matter the Studio, Portable Acoustical Control Tools Are Crucial

Even in the best of studios, almost every session includes the use of portable acoustical treatment tools to control the influence of the room sound on the recording. If you’re not doing anything about controlling the acoustical influence, I strongly recommend that you start today! Sometimes, we make changes in the way we record something for nearly unperceivable benefit (imagine a room full of white coats rubbing their chins and nodding knowingly but not really knowing). But skillfully implemented acoustical control results in a change that will be easily noticed by your Grandma! “Why, Johnny! I’ve never heard your voice sound so great on a recording!”

Terminology

If you’re new to the study of acoustics, there might be some terminology that’s unfamiliar to you. Here are a couple terms, used in advertising specs, that are worth understanding:

Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC). The common definition for NRC is: A single-number rating system used to compare the sound-absorbing characteristics of building materials. A measurement of the acoustical absorption performance of a material, calculated by averaging its Sound Absorption coefficients at 250, 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz, expressed to the nearest multiple of 0.05.” (Credit for this definition and for more terminology: Gracey and Associates).

Translation. In plain terms, the extremes of NRC refer to how much sound is absorbed by something, with the numeral “0” representing that no sound absorption has occurred and the numeral “1” representing complete sound absorption. So, an open window would have an NRC of “1” because all sound goes through the open window and isn’t reflected back toward the source. On the other hand, a rigid, solid, steel wall with a super-smooth surface would reflect back virtually everything and would be at least very near “0” NRC.

The GeerFab MultiZorber II provides an NRC of .90 when against a wall, which means it absorbs almost all of the sounds that it is subjected to. The NRC is a result of standardized test procedures that take into account multiple factors so an NRC of .90 doesn’t really mean it absorbs 90 percent of sound but .90 is still near total absorption. Also, notice that NRC spec is occasionally greater than “1.” When the GeerFab MultiZorbers are are hung away from the wall, their NRC jumps from .90 to 1.35 because of the absorption occurring from the reflections behind (and even on the edges) of the absorber.

OC703. Ownes Corning 703 insulation is known for its extremely efficient sound absorption characteristics. The MultiZorber OC703 takes advantage of the excellent acoustical characteristics of Owen Corning’s 703 insulation in an extremely easy-to-use panel.

SUMMARY

You owe it to your music and the quality of your recordings to include acoustical control  tools in your work. It’ll make your music easier to mix and it will result in a dramatically more powerful and emotional production.

SPOTLIGHT: The ROLI Seaboard RISE

The brand new ROLI Seaboard RISE is a head turner! Really! At Winter NAMM 2016, I was on my way to a meeting and walked by this super stealth-looking gadget screaming, “Touch me!” I did—couldn’t help it. It was the ROLI Seaboard RISE and as soon as I touched the keys (so different that ROLI calls them keywaves), I knew that this would be a game changer. The sound I heard by simply pressing the key was cool but that wasn’t the point. As a guitarist who plays keys, I instantly got it—the Seaboard offers the same kinds of expression I enjoy on guitar: side-to-side finger movement for vibrato, tone effected by placement of the finger on both hands, bends, slides, and expression guided by the soul.

… (I) walked by this super stealth-looking gadget screaming, “Touch me!” I did—couldn’t help it.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 6.02.10 PMIt’s one thing to play a synth utilizing mod and pitch-bend wheels, attack and release velocities, and aftertouch; it is completely different thing to have all of that expressive control, and more, available instantly during the performance anytime the music calls for it. And the Seaboard lets you bend one note at a time in a chord, control the glissando of two different notes in different directions, or press into the key, slide forward, and slide between keys at will. This is so revolutionary that ROLI has produced Equator, a custom-built software synth that is included with purchase of a RISE. Equator’s extensive power and intuitive simplicity let the user fully realize the Seaboard’s creative possibilities. ROLI has also created NOISE, a free iOS app that pairs wirelessly via Bluetooth with the RISE and functions as a mobile sound engine.

Please watch the videos linked below to see this thing in action. I think you’ll understand, right away, just like I did at NAMM.

HOW TO SELL THE SEABOARD RISE

For a complete list of FAQs that you might encounter from customers and for an extensive set of selling points and strategies, check out the following document. RISE-Selling ROLI Products

FEATURES

5D Touch

You can control sound and make music through Five Dimensions of Touch: striking the keywaves, pressing into them, gliding sideways along them, sliding up and down the keywaves, and lifting off.

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Explore a Collection of Sounds

While ROLI’s NOISE app for iPhone comes with 25 exquisite sounds from acoustic strings to richly layered synthetic effects, the computer-based Equator comes with 170 sounds. Custom-crafted by ROLI’s sound designers, they are all built for Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE). Each one sounds—and even feels—different on NOISE’s surface. And, just so you can be assured that the Seaboard RISE will easily incorporate into your existing system:

  • The Seaboard RISE includes Bitwig’s 8 Track DAW.
  • Equator works as an AU and VST plug in!

A complete description of the software that comes bundled with the Seaboard can be found HERE.

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Add New Sounds to Your Collection

Add dozens of new sounds to your library through NOISE Packs—available for in-app purchase—and take your music in new directions. Hybrid Acoustic comes with over 500 MB of samples such as Choir and Strings. Expressive Electronic includes vintage synths and contemporary pads. Choose one of the sounds on the Synthetic Leads NOISE Pack, and turn your iPhone into an instrument for searing solos.

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A Revolutionary Interface

Pliable, pressure-sensitive keywaves take the place of keys on a traditional keyboard. The sensor-embedded keywave surface lets you shape sound through touch. Three faders let you fine-tune the responsiveness of the surface to touch.

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Customize Your Settings on One Dashboard

Included with every RISE, ROLI Dashboard is a convenient application that helps you modify and customize the settings that are most important to your music. Assign MIDI CCs to the three Touch Faders or the XY Touchpad, edit the Five Dimensions of Touch, and tweak other settings from one accessible Dashboard.

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The Visualiser
 is a real-time graphical representation of the keywave surface of the RISE. As you play on the keywave surface, the Visualiser responds to the Five Dimensions of Touch.

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Seaboard RISE 49
USB Controller Keyboard
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Seaboard GRAND
61-Note USB Keyboard Controller
$2,999.99 (US)
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Communicating Creativity

Straight from the Source: Samson Technologies
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is straight from Samson Technologies’ Andy McKenzie, Marketing and Product Training Specialist. Andy uncovers some excellent talking and selling points regarding their Expedition portable sound systems.

Samson Expedition portable PA systems provide quality sound reinforcement in the classroom, an often overlooked yet extremely important aspect of music education environments—without quality sound, communication and learning are compromised. Samson portable sound systems are available in two major configurations: rechargeable battery powered systems and all-in-one AC powered systems. (Description and VIDEOS)

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XP106w_FrontPermanently installed sound systems are designed for a fixed application; however, Samson portable PA systems remove the constraints of the classroom, offering quality performance, and providing the ultimate flexibility to move beyond the walls of the classroom if that’s what’s best for the student.

No cables! Our rechargeable speaker systems provide quick and easy setup, basic inputs, tone control, and even wireless Bluetooth® streaming in a lightweight, compact package.

XP800_HeroSamson’s Expedition all-in-one systems are the perfect solution for customers who need more power with the added capacity to handle larger musical performances and speaking presentations. Almost all of these uniquely designed, compact stereo PAs feature removable powered mixers, EQ, effects, and Bluetooth streaming. Plus, setup and breakdown can be done in less than five minutes!

Qualifying Your Education Customer

How portable does the system need to be? If they need the easiest setup and utmost portability without the mess of cables or AC extension cords, offer Expedition XP106W, Express, and Escape.

If the system is going to be used mainly in one room, but requires a bit more power and input flexibility, offer Expedition XP150, XP800, and XP1000.

How many people are you communicating with? For small areas with up to 20 people that require just a single speaker with between 30 and100 watts of power, offer Expedition XP106W, Express, and Escape.

For larger rooms with settings for 30 to 100 people that require over 150 watts of power, offer Expedition XP150, XP800, and XP1000.

What is the primary application? Whether indoors or outdoors, if you’re ever going to use the system with several musicians, requiring additional inputs and power to get the best performance, offer XP1000, XP800, and  XP150. These are also great for larger classroom lectures.

When AC power isn’t readily available, ultra-portable, rechargeable systems with their basic, easy-to-use setups are the ideal mobile sound reinforcement solution, offer Expedition XP106W, Express, and Escape

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Expedition XP106w
Rechargeable Battery-Powered Wireless PA with Bluetooth®
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Expedition XP150
150-Watt Portable PA
$419.99 (US)
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Expedition Express
Rechargeable Battery Powered PA with Bluetooth®
$279.99 (US)
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Expedition Escape
Rechargeable Battery-Powered Speaker System with Bluetooth®
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Expedition XP800
800-Watt Portable PA System
$809.99 (US)
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1,000-Watt Portable PA System
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Expedition Single Speaker Stand
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The Daru Jones Signature Model LoFReQ from Solomon Mics

The fact that the LoFReQ is small, with a built-in mic stand mount, makes it easy to position and practical to use on most sources—this is much more than just a kick mic. The Daru Jones Signature Model has gold contacts and a dust cover on the XLR output, plus it has beefed up wiring to help make it more road-ready.Solomon-w-Daru-4

From a recent conversation with the owner of Solomon Mics, Henry French:

“I spoke to Daru after he tried the standard LoFReQ. He loved it and was interested in doing a signature model so I asked him what he wanted to change. He wanted it to match his kit with the gold sparkle shell but he didn’t want to change the sound! So, since Daru travels a lot, we added the special gold-plated XLR connector with a dust cover and beefed up the wiring just to make sure his signature model was more road ready. We wanted to still keep the cost reasonable but we also included a more substantial gig bag compared to the thinner nylon bag that come with the standard LoFReQ. He loves it!”

Check out this VIDEO we did with Henry at NAMM 2016. He talks about the standard and Daru Jones versions of the LoFReQ.

I’ve been using the LoFReQ in recent recording sessions and have had great results on kick drum but also fantastic results on a bass vocalist! I have a favorite ribbon mic that I like to use on the bass singer from The Coats Vocal Band but in the last couple sessions I put the LoFReQ up right beside the ribbon—amazing results!

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The LoFreQ on kick drum with an AKG D12 E inside with a Sony C500 condenser outside.

LoFReQ on Bass Voc

The LoFReQ next to an Audio-Technica 4080 ribbon mic ready to record bass vocals for The Coats new album.

FEATURES

  • Brass hardware and signature nameplate
  • Neutral XLR with gold contacts
  • Upgraded robust wiring
  • Dara’s gig bag
  • Gold spare tolex
  • Mic type: Dynamic 6.5″ driver
  • Polar pattern: Bidirectional
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Frequency response: 25 to 3000 Hz
  • Output jack: Neutrik XLR
  • Overall dimension: 7″ x 3.5″
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs

ADDITIONAL FEATURES:

  • Customized in-line pad for controlled gain and impedance designed to match the Shure Beta 52
  • Attaches to standard mic stand (5/8″ fine thread)
  • Tolex wrapped fiberboard shell
  • Heavy duty protective grills
  • One Year Warranty

 

Daru Jones LoFreq Signature Model
HL# 156924

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Solomon LoFReQ Black
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Solomon LoFReQ White
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Solomon LoFReQ Trooper (Black & White)
HL# 152228

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Social Media and Hal Leonard Tech

In the Tech division of Hal Leonard, we’ve been branching out to discover every possible way of getting information into your hands—all with the intent of helping you be better informed so you’ll know the trends, understand the technology, and be able to better succeed in your retail businesses.

In that quest, we’re using social media to provide you with timely insider information that can help you to stay in the know and be prepared for customer questions and inquiries.

Social Media Tools

  • Twitter

Twitter provides an instantaneous point of contact between the informational pool at Hal Leonard and you, the retail professional. If we run across something that you should know about right away, Twitter is the right tool for the job. But, you need to be following us for that process to work. If you have a Twitter account, please follow @HalLeonardTech.   Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 9.06.10 PM

If you don’t already have a Twitter account, please sign up. It’s easy to create a Twitter account and to establish your own Twitter handle—hopefully your store name will be available. Just go to www.twitter.com and press the “SIGN UP” icon.

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 9.30.44 PMOnce you’ve signed up, go to “Settings” from the main pulldown list found by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of your Twitter page.

Then select “Email notifications” and make sure that you’re getting all of your updates and tweets immediately once they land in your account. Since I have all of these same options selected, I’ll also instantly see any comments or questions that you post.Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 9.34.22 PM

  • The Hal Leonard WordPress Blog

Visit our WordPress blog at halleonardtechtalk.wordpress.com and select the option to FOLLOW us. This blog presents editorial insights into topics ranging from Blue Mics’ Yeti to Pro Tools 12 updates to the Line 6 AMPLIFi to the mobile recording boom, and will be continually fed with new and helpful content. In these blog posts, you’ll also find links to supporting videos as well as links to products that are related to the discussion.

  • The Hal Leonard YouTube Channel

We use YouTube to store video content that supports our tweets and blog posts. Visit YouTube.com and search for HalLeonardTech. Subscribe to our channel to see all of our released video content. We have also subscribed to the manufacturers that we distribute so this provides an excellent way to keep up on the other manufacturers in the Hal Leonard family.

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Summary

We are providing these informational tools for your benefit and success. Please let us know when they’re helpful and also let us know if you need some support that we aren’t yet providing. We are anxious to adjust in any way that will make your business more successful.

The Line 6 AMPLIFi Series

A Truly Amazing Amp/App Combo!

A75 ReinventedThe sound inspires the type of music. If you hear a specific type of sound, it tends to trigger an emotional response that is tied to your musical history and the feelings associated with that sound. The sound inspires something a guitarist to play with a certain energy, passion, and emotion. If you hear a sound that’s aggressive and distorted and wild, ala Metallica, you’ll probably play something like a Metallica song in response to hearing the sound. Or if you hear the sound from the intro guitar on Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing,” that’s what you’re likely to play—or at least try to play.

That’s why the AMPLIFi series from Line 6 is so important. It’s an amazing practice tool because it makes finding the right sound for the song, easy, automatic, instant, and pain free. If you have a popular song in your iTunes library, there’s a great chance that when you press the song title, several tones that sound just like the guitar on the recording will automatically pop onto the Tones list.

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 11.40.13 AMFor example, when I select Sweet Home Alabama from the AMPLIFi app’s list, the song opens and the AMPLIFi app searches the AMPLIFi community for tones that have been created and saved by its members.

It’s incredible and virtually immediate! Once the list of Tones pops open just touch a tone and it will load right away—that’s it, you’re ready to play along with the original recording.

Whether you’re someone who just wants to have fun playing guitar around the house, a serious professional and you NEEDS to stay on your A-Game, or a teacher trying to inspire a student, the AMPLIFi is the perfect solution. Nothing inspires a guitarist—teacher, performer, or student—more than a great guitar tone!

Special Features

Handle

The first time you pick up the AMPLIFi, you’ll understand the care and attention to detail that went into building this amp. The handle very comfortable and it’s built right in to the top of the amp.

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It’s a little like a door handle on a very nice car because it feels good and your initial response is “Oh, that’s a smart way to do that and it feels perfect.” If you’ve ever opened the door of a new BMW you’ll know what I mean. Or if you’ve seen how the Tesla door handle slides out of the door when you walk up to get in, you’ll get the same blast of “hey that’s cool how they designed that.”

Bluetooth®

Bluetooth® connectivity with your iOS or Android™devices offers two key functions:

1.     You can stream audio from iOS or Android™ device. This thing sounds great—likely the best-sounding Bluetooth® speaker system you’ve heard! Everything is setup perfectly so you can play your guitar along with the music that’s playing back from your device.

2.     The Bluetooth connection is also how you edit patch parameters and how you access your iTunes music library and the Tone library from the AMPLIFi online community.

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Sound Quality 5-speaker stereo audio

With its 5-speaker stereo configuration, the sound quality of the AMPLIFi is excellent. Since many or most of the sounds are stereo, this lets you enjoy the full spatial  effect of the sounds AND the stereo playback from your iTunes library stereo sounds excellent.

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The iOS/Android™ Interface

Whether you’re using an iPad, iPhone, or an Android™ device, the AMPLIFi app’s interface provides a super-instructive way to hear the Tone edits you make. And it lets you quickly see how others in the Line 6 AMPLIFi community have built their sounds. Effects are very intelligently placed and it’s a simple matter to move them around in the chain or to access the inner parameters. It’s really very intuitive to operate and its graphic nature makes it an excellent teaching tool.

The Music Library

The iTunes music library automatically shows up in the AMPLIFi app. Simply press on the song you want and it opens in a split window that has the song on one side and the AMPLIFi Community’s Tones list on the other.

Automatic Tone Matching

It’s hard to describe how great it feels to have a list of great-sounding tones that are just like, or very much like, the guitar tones on the original recording. It’s gotten so much more complicated than the stomp box days because there are so many options. AMPLIFi gives you the leg-up that makes it fun to practice. When you find a sound that you really like, save it to your own Tones library so you always have it available.

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Wrap Up

So, I’m sold. This is a great practice tool and an awesome teaching aid. The nice folks at Line 6 have really thought through what it takes to get a guitarist to sit for hours practicing and playing music with authentic and inspiring sounds. Fantastic job Line 6! Check out the great product line from Line 6 and definitely check out the Line 6 AMPLIFi!

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AMPLIFi Web Resources

Here are some excellent web resources that help tell more about the AMPLIFi story.

www.line6.com

https://youtu.be/uZaAw1M1iQs

https://youtu.be/V7fUULoorJ0

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