A MixerFace and More

Our latest Gearhead roundup of new and interesting musical instruments and equipment

CEntrance MixerFace R4R Interface/Recorder
CEntrance MixerFace R4R Interface/Recorder

CEntrance MixerFace R4R Interface/RecorderLike its predecessor the MixerFace R4, the R4R is a mobile recording interface with three inputs (two doing double duty as ¼” and XLR, with mic preamps and 48V phantom power) that’s compatible with most smartphones, tablets, and laptops; powered by a rechargeable battery; and not much bigger than a passport. But it one-ups the R4 by also having a stereo micro-SD card recorder built in. Getting high-quality recordings of gigs, rehearsals, or song sketches couldn’t be much easier.

centrance.com

 

Sound Percussion Labs Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare
Sound Percussion Labs Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare

Sound Percussion Labs Scarlet Fade Limited Edition Snare

Versatile enough to be used both by beginners and more experienced players, this 14×4 snare has a tonal response that can range from low and wet to high and crisp. And with its mini-tube lugs, chrome hardware, hand-sanded snare bed, and a glossy finish that gradually blends from scarlet red to black, the Scarlet Fade is bound to get some attention whenever it shows up on an appropriately lit stage.

soundpercussionlabs.com

 

ZT Custom Shop Jazz Club Amplifier
ZT Custom Shop Jazz Club Amplifier

ZT Custom Shop Jazz Club Amplifier

This 12″ combo amp provides guitarists with 220 watts of power, abundant headroom, and a natural, uncolored tone. Its weight—just over 20 pounds—should be especially appreciated by gigging players, and its midnight-blue finish ought to be appreciated by everyone else. (If you’re not partial to that color, custom shades are also available.) As always with ZT, every Jazz Club amp is hand-built in California, and every major part is made in the U.S.A.

ztcustomshop.com

 

Theo Wanne Mantra 2 Soprano Saxophone
Theo Wanne Mantra 2 Soprano Saxophone

Theo Wanne Mantra 2 Soprano Saxophone

The folks at Theo Wanne have revamped their entire saxophone line this year, and the Mantra 2 soprano is a particular standout. Its interior has a reticulated finish to create a so-called “boundary-layer effect” when air passes through it, making for a more efficient flow, and its tone is unusually full, even when playing altissimo. Available in straight, tipped-neck, and curved styles with a “vintified” finish (the straight version also comes in platinum).

theowanne.com

 

Steinberg Dorico 2.2. Notation Software
Steinberg Dorico 2.2. Notation Software

Steinberg Dorico 2.2 Notation Software

A powerful notation program just added more features, and some of them are specifically aimed at jazz composers and players. Along with real-time MIDI recording, an improved MIDI transcription engine, and the like, Dorico 2.2 now offers support for jazz articulations like scoops, falls, plops, and doits, as well as complex repeat structures involving D.C., D.S., Coda, and Fine. Discounts available for students and teachers.

steinberg.net

 

Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.