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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments & Accessories

The latest from D'Angelico, Promark, Novation and more

D'Angelico EX-SD bass
Godlyke Pivot-All plugs and cables
Novation MoroderNova synthesizer
Tru Tuner Rapid Drumhead Replacement System

Novation MoroderNova Synthesizer

We’re not going to lie: This synth’s inspiration, Giorgio Moroder, is not what we refer to as a “jazz guy.” A monumental figure in the development of synthpop and electronica, he’s best known for his disco hitmaking with Donna Summer and a string of trailblazing ’80s film soundtracks. But with current jazz so indebted to the electronic sounds of ’70s and ’80s pop, R&B and experimental music, this compact, versatile instrument might be the perfect complement to your vintage Rhodes. With Novation’s MiniNova as its core, the model ships with 30 preloaded synth patches-endorsed by Moroder-that anyone with an ear for pop radio of the past four decades should recognize. Other features include 256 onboard sounds; player-friendly controls including oversized pitch and modulation wheels; essential effects like distortion, chorus/phase and delay; and a vocoder. $449.99 online.

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