ROCKNROLLER MULTICART R12RT
Of the team that I work with, three of us have been complaining about ongoing back pain these last few weeks, and generally there are even more of us complaining during the busy season. Let’s face it, very few musicians get away with just turning up to a venue and being able to perform without having to carry anything in. Most of us end up having to carry instruments, amplifiers and even PA systems from the back of the car into the venue to set up. What’s worse is that we often have to park that car a great distance from the venue or risk surrendering our payment for the performance to a parking fine. So, it’s not without wonder that many modern day musicians and DJs are constantly complaining about back problems. But, it really doesn’t need to be that way.
ROCKNROLLER MULTICART MINI R6RT
Every gigging musician reading this will know of the pain of lugging equipment in and out of venues before and after gigs. Especially when a PA system is needed to be brought into a venue, or someone decides to bring their Fender Twin Reverb for a jazz gig in a coffee shop. There is all the going to and from the rehearsals and storage between gigs where all that equipment has to be moved around. No wonder there are plenty of chiropractors out there setting up retirement funds based purely on income from musicians. So, this next product is sure to wipe the pain from the brow of many, as it simplifies the whole process and might just stop the back pain before it sets in.
PAIGE CAPOS 'THE CLICK'
Paige Capos have been used by musicians all over the world for around two decades now, finding their way onto the necks of the guitars of players like Vince Gill, Keith Urban, James Taylor, Grand Ole Opry staff guitarist Kerry Marx, Lady Antebellum’s Clint Chandler - even actor Jeff Daniels is a fan. Founder Bryan Paige put his tool-and-die experience to work in designing a capo that would be super-thin so it wouldn’t get in the way when he was using it, and that would be stored behind the nut unobtrusively when he wasn’t. Most importantly of all, he wanted something that wouldn’t put too much pressure on his strings and whack them out of tune. Now these capos are available in Australia thanks to Electric Factory. “I am glad that Paige products will be available nationwide within the Australian market through the extensive and committed dealer base that Elfa has cultivated over the last 40 years,” Bryan Paige says.
ZOOM Q8 HD VIDEO & AUDIO RECORDER
Zoom have come a long way since they first amazed us all with the original H4 Handy Recorder many years ago. The introduction of video recorders to their range a few years back took them even further in terms of what they can offer. Now, the Zoom Q8 brings both these worlds together and draws upon elements of both to deliver the ultimate portable recorder. It’s compact, lightweight and offers not only HD video recording, but also 4-track audio recording too.
RADIAL ENGINEERING STAGEBUG SB-6 ISOLATOR
It always amazes me how so many people will turn up to a gig and not even consider the need for certain devices. All too often people will use the battered, old, cheap DI box that the venue refuses to throw out even when the results are not that great. Even more often, musicians are prepared to use terrible connections from a range of devices with long cable runs, and simply expect them to sound fine. It is no wonder they then complain about their device not working properly, when the result is a ground hum or hissing from unshielded cables. So, musicians of the world, let me introduce you to the StageBug.
HERCULES STANDS ESSENTIAL ADD-ONS
Hercules Stands really stand out from the crowd for a couple of reasons. The rst is the bright yellow components that they all use in addition to the black frame. The other reason they stand out is because of their sometimes radical designs that deliver a sturdy, safe and reliable cradle for your instrument and equipment. Now, Hercules is offering some essential stand options for the modern musician that works with a computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone.
ZOOM iQ7 MS MICROPHONE FOR IPHONE AND IPAD
With so many different peripherals available for your iOS device these days, it is always refreshing to see a product that offers a different approach to the norm. That is why I was more than intrigued when I took the Zoom iQ7 MSmicrophone out of the carton that arrived on my desk this week. Having given the iQ6 a test run last month, and got great results from that, but the standard, fixed XY microphone setup is something I have seen time and time again for iOS devices. The introduction of the iQ7 is really something special as it offers a difference in polar patterns with the two microphones.
ANALYSIS PLUS CABLES
Analysis Plus was founded in 1993 and has provided electronic and electromagnetic simulation and analysis for a host of companies. All of its team members hold advanced degrees in electrical engineering or physics and their specialty is computer simulation, so they’re obsessed with the testing and measurement of the performance of their cables. Each ships with a White Paper explaining the physics of what makes these cables so special. Let’s look at three from the range.