Gigbag: March 2009
New in Akai Professional’s EWI series, the most prominent line of wind synths available, is the EWI USB, which combines terrific playability—breath modulation, transposing and octave shifting, pitch bends, a variety of fingering modes and adjustable vibrato complement its five-octave range—with computer capabilities. The instrument is compatible with Mac or PC, and comes with Aria software that features Garritan and Akai Professional samples. All available at an affordable $499 MSRP. akaipro.com
Play Along iTunes?
From jazz guitar monster Vinny Valentino comes playalongjazz.com, an online resource with a worthwhile catalog of standards-based accompaniment tracks. Like an iTunes store for the woodshedding jazz musician, the site offers individual downloads to suit most rehearsal needs—full-stereo recorded versions by Valentino for examples of what these tunes should sound like; inventively re-arranged renditions; tracks without melody, without harmony, without rhythm; and more. playalongjazz.com
Taylor With a Bigsby?!
Over the last few years, guitar fans have seen Taylor—a premium manufacturer of acoustic guitars—turn out exciting, unexpected models. Combining elements of the innovative acoustic/electric T5 model with the SolidBody series, the new T3—Taylor’s first solely semi-hollow electric—features a sapele body with a quilted maple top, a mahogany neck and “Style 2” humbuckers that can be coil-tapped for a wildly versatile array of tones. The new model is available in a wide variety of finishes, with either a standard stop tailpiece or a Bigsby Vibrato (model T3B, with added old-school flair). taylorguitars.com