Here's video from our 20th Anniversary Celebration Shred Contest. We think we got everyone in the video, but you're missing we apologize. There will be photos posted later tofay or tomorrow. We had a great time.
And special kudos go out to guitarist extraordinaire Mark Burton, who graciously declined a "shred off" to declare the winner, and humbly stepped aside to allow Shelby to take home our grand prize Line 6 DL4 Delay Pedal! Thank you - all our contestants and Line 6 - for being part of this terrific celebration!
This week we had a chance to sit down with our very cool and extremely talented sales representative from Line 6 and he took us through a demo of the new Line 6 StageScape digital mixer and StageSource active speakers. We were blown away! It is easy to see why the StageScape digital mixer won the new product category at NAMM. This gear is revolutionary and will change the way we all "do live sound."
The StageScape interface is an absolutely huge touch screen, which displays a stage (your choice of what you want the stage to look like). As you plug in mic cables there are icons showing microphone stands, keyboards, guitars, drumsets added to the stage display. Adjusting inputs, EQ, compression, limiting, FX for each channel is just a touch of the screen and, of course, can be saved as individual settings or the entire setup can be saved as a scene. Plus, you can record 16 tracks to a USB flash or drive, or to an SD card. (There's even 20 seconds of 16 track internal recording so you can record a portion of the sound check and continue adjustments without the band.) And if you want to be mobile, you can control the StageScape wirelessly through up to five - yes, five - iPads.
There is so much to describe about the StageScape mixer and the StageSource speakers - here are some videos that you have got to see.
Are you a school band or orchestra teacher? Do you play a band or orchestra instrument? Would you like to check your intonation or the intonation of your students during a practice or performance? Or work on your embourchure or technique during your solo practices? The Korg Wi-tune Wireless Tuner is an amazing tool and is available at Avalon Music. Here as an example of what you can do.
The Epiphone Zenith acoustic-electric bass has won Guitar World Magazine's prestigous Peak Performer Gold Award!
The Zenith bass blends well with acoustic instruments and has the capability to produce high volume without feedback. It is surprisingly beefy and would hold it’s own on a reggae gig. This might be just the bass you need when your band goes “unplugged.”
Check out a Zenith bass - fretted or fretless - at the Epiphone website and then come down to Avalon Music for a test drive.
Come Down and Try Out the Ultimate Jam-Along Companion for Guitarists
For “bedroom guitarists” who love jamming along with their favorite songs, eBand the ultimate musical companion. eBand is a portable all-in-one audio player that’s packed with big features. WAV and MP3 files can be loaded and played by eBand, and the tempo and pitch can be changed. Plug in your guitar and jam along using the powerful onboard COSM® preamp and BOSS effects. You can minimize the pre-recorded vocals or guitar parts with the Center Cancel feature for minus-one play, and record and save your jams. There’s even a library of backing tracks and rhythms onboard, plus a built-in tuner and metronome.
Imports and plays audio files (WAV and MP3)
Pitch and tempo control of imported songs
Guitar/Mic input with dedicated input control; headphone output
Custom-tuned speakers for powerful playback
COSM Preamp and 100+ effects derived from BOSS GT-10
EZ Tone function provides the ultimate easy-to-use, intuitive approach to sound creation based on graphic icons
300 audio-loop phrases onboard for backing tracks and rhythms (some include companion guitar effects pre-programmed to match the loops)
Tuner and metronome built in
Records and saves your guitar performances
USB audio interface for direct link to and from PCs
Import and Play songs from USB flash drives
Import your favorite songs from audio CD to eBand with included utility software (PC/Mac)
The Roland JS-8 eBand is set up for demos at Avalon Music. Come on down and take a test drive. Here's a video on the JS-8 eBand to get you started.
Our good friend, TOmmy Clufetos, drummer extraordinaire who tours with Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, has been named the #2 heavy metal drummer of the year by Modern Drummer Magazine. Tommy has been in Wenatchee for two Avalon Music clinics co-sponsored by Sonor drums and Sabian cymbals. Check out the video of Tommy's last Avalon Music clinic.
Tommy asked us to say hello to all his fans in Wenatchee. You can contact Tommy through MySpace to congratulate him . . . and let him know we want him back!