Meyer NY Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Cannonball Adderley, among many others, used what’s commonly referred to as Meyer’s “New York” mouthpiece: made of hard rubber, fat-bodied with rounded inner side walls. Now, in honor of the centennial year of jjBabbitt (Meyer’s parent company), there’s a new NY mouthpiece for altoists, designed to incorporate all the characteristics of the vintage ones.
Roland GO: PIANO88 Digital Piano
Sure, this just-above-entry-level keyboard is really aimed at beginners, but professionals may find many of its features appealing as well. Between the onboard speakers, the ability to run on battery power, and the Bluetooth connectivity, the GO:PIANO88 gives players the option of going totally wireless. Easy portability and a weight of only 15 pounds add to the value, as do 88 full-size keys and an array of classic Roland digital piano sounds.
Blue Ember Microphone
If you’re trying to record vocals or acoustic instruments in a tight space, give Blue’s Ember XLR condenser mic a try. Its streamlined shape and compact side-address design make it worth considering when real estate is limited. The Ember’s sound isn’t too shabby, either; a custom-designed phantom power circuit, high-output gain, and a precise cardioid polar pattern translate into consistent frequency response with minimal noise.
PRS McCarty 594 Hollowbody II Electric Guitar
The McCarty 594 and the Hollowbody II are two of PRS’ best-loved guitar models, so why not try combining them? In this case, the design of the Hollowbody serves as the foundation, with details—such as a 24.594″ scale length, two-piece bridge, tweaked Phase III tuners, and Pattern Vintage neck shape—coming from the McCarty. Additional specs include 58/15 LT (Low Turn) pickups, a figured maple top and back, mahogany middle, and 22-fret mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard.
Propellerhead Complex-1 Modular Synth Rack Extension
Many users of Propellerhead’s Reason love old-school modular synthesizer sounds. Those folks will want to check out Complex-1, a mod-synth plugin for Reason. It comes with over 150 presets, which can be customized to your heart’s content; the Oscillator and Filter modules are Moog-based, while the Complex Oscillator, Low Pass Gates, and Shaper modules build on Don Buchla’s work.