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Gigbag: June 2005

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Audix FireBall
Bach Practice Mute
SansAmp Para Driver DI
Alexander Reeds

Audix FireBall

Audix’s FireBall harmonica microphone may be palm-sized, but it keeps a full-size dynamic capsule inside its anodized aluminum housing. It’ll provide a full-bodied sound for both chromatic and diatonic harps, and it’ll withstand sound pressure levels in excess of 140 dB without distorting. Audix gave the FireBall a wide frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz and says it’s built so that no matter how close you cup it in your hand, the sound will never get muddy. audixusa.com

Musical Drumming in Different Styles

On this double-DVD set from Hudson Music, Gregg Bissonette-who has drummed for Maynard Ferguson, Santana, Larry Carlton, Don Henley and Ringo Starr, among others-explains and demonstrates techniques for playing in varying styles. More than four hours of footage cover topics like playing odd times, playing in clave, articulating in fast tempos and with a big band, an analysis of Tony Williams’ style and the importance of understanding the piano. In addition to a helpful camera-angle changing function, the DVD also contains printable PDF files with written transcriptions of what’s being taught. hudsonmusic.com.

Bach Practice Mute

The Bach Practice mute is a durable and lightweight mute designed for trumpeters who need to practice without waking the neighbors, the spouse, the baby, etc. Small enough to fit in a case or gig bag, the mute absorbs sound without creating resistance, allowing you to play naturally and freely. conn-selmer.com

SansAmp Para Driver DI

Ideal for tone-shaping the signal from acoustic, electric and bass guitars and upright basses on the way to an amp, the SansAmp Para Driver DI pedal has active tone controls for bass and treble, and sweepable semiparametric EQ controls for mid frequencies-and its circuitry eliminates the unnatural harmonics of piezo pickups. A blend function lets you mix the contoured signal with the dry signal. The Para Driver can also be used as a standard direct box with EQ, or solely as a standard direct box. tech21nyc.com

Alexander Reeds

Cut from the long-trusted Arundo donax cane and individually inspected for quality, Alexander reeds come in three varieties. The Superial model is an American style reed preferred by the late Bob Berg for its warm harmonics, brightness, fast articulation and presence. The Superial DC model, with a bit more wood on the tip, heart and sides than the Superial, produces a darker, more powerful and solider tone core that Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Greg Osby have all found favorable. Even thicker in profile, the Classique is meant to deliver a darker sonority, coupled with a full rich scale and excellent dynamic properties. superial.com

Jazz Singer’s Handbook

Michele Weir drew on experience gained as a singer, pianist, arranger, teacher and clinician to complete the Jazz Singer’s Handbook, a 96-page instructional guide to mastering the art of the jazz vocal. In addition to an accompanying CD of sing-along standards, the book includes a jazz chord library, a professional resource guide, a review of music fundamentals and an index of terms and symbols. alfred.com

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