Sunday, May 24, 2009

Roland GW8 music workstation

This is a keyboard with a LOT of cool features, and it sounds great! Come by the store and check out the features, give it a play, and don't let your jaw hit the floor when you see the YAMS price.

Flagship Sound Engine with Easy User Interface
With Roland’s world-leading sound technology at its core, the GW-8 rivals any workstation on the planet with its rich, expressive sound. The GW-8 comes loaded with hundreds of the freshest and most essential sounds taken from Roland’s top workstations. In addition to its authentic sound set, the GW-8 is equipped with many user-friendly controls, such as the expressive D BEAM and the Analog Modify knob, which allows instant adjustments of sounds to suit your taste. The GW-8 is perfect for live entertainers who play multiple roles in their performances.

Intelligent Backing Styles
The GW-8 is packed with a huge collection of styles representing a broad range of music genres, from contemporary rock, pop, dance, jazz and beyond. In addition to the excellent library of contemporary sounds and styles, the GW-8 is equipped with ethnic instrument sounds and authentic regional musical styles, with special focus on Latin American genres. Each backing style has four intros, four main patterns, and four ending progressions for you to craft your own arrangements live.

USB Memory Player Feature
One of Roland’s most popular new features is built into the GW-8: the multi-format Song Player that allows song data to be played directly from USB Flash memory (accepts MP3, .WAV, AIFF and SMF format). In addition, the GW-8’s Center Cancel function can minimize main vocals from pre-recorded songs, great for karaoke-style performances or music practice.

Style Converter & Playlist Editor
Bundled with each GW-8 is Roland’s Style Converter software for PC, which lets you create and convert your own MIDI data into GW-8 backing styles and install them via commercially available USB Flash memory devices. Also included is the Playlist Editor for customizing the order of songs. Users can easily create a dedicated Playlist for each gig.

The GW-8 is the next generation of Roland’s unique GW-Series workstations with intelligent backing-track functionality. With its fresh, contemporary sound-set and expressive interactive musical styles from pop to rock, plus authentic ethnic styles and a multi-format USB Memory Player feature, the GW-8 will bring a world of music to your fingertips. It’s especially well-suited for “one-man-band” performance.

  • Contemporary music workstation with high-quality 128-voice sound engine derived from Roland’s renowned Fantom-X Series

  • Wide variety of contemporary sounds and interactive backing styles with special focus on Latin American genres, plus additional banks of ethnic sounds and styles from around the world

  • Onboard 16-track sequencer for saving your interactive performances

  • USB Memory Player feature allows direct playback of MP3, .WAV, AIFF and SMF files from USB key; Center Cancel feature for audio files enables karaoke-style sing-along

  • Newly-designed graphical display, plus Style Select button, Analog Modify knob and D BEAM

  • Style Converter and Playlist Editor software included

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

STILL no excuse for being out of tune - the Boss TU-80c tuner

Reliable BOSS Tuning with Accu-Pitch
Thin is in. That’s why the new TU-80 was designed to be slim and light enough to fit in your pocket. Best of all, it sports reliable and accurate BOSS LCD tuning, along with Accu-Pitch, which plays a tone when you’re in tune. No more looking down at the tuner!

Versatile Tuning Modes and Metronome
Thanks to its chromatic and flat tuning capabilities, the TU-80 can tune just about any instrument—from guitars and basses to strings, brass and woodwinds. A handy Reference Tone Play function lets you hear the correct pitches, while a built-in metronome with seven rhythms and 10 beat variations makes practice more effective. No other tuner has all this!

The BOSS TU-80 brings super-accurate LCD tuning to musicians at a very affordable price, while adding unique high-end features like a built-in metronome and Accu-Pitch™. The pocket-sized TU-80 runs on batteries and can tune almost any instrument, thanks to a chromatic tuning mode and ultra wide tuning range. It even tunes 7-string guitars and 6-string basses—putting the TU-80 in a class all its own.

  • Affordable and reliable LCD tuner with handy, built-in metronome

  • Supports chromatic tuning, plus 7-string guitars and 6-string basses

  • Accu-Pitch function sounds a tone when pitch is correct

  • Reference Tone Play function makes it easy to verify tuning by ear

  • Memory function stores your favorite tuner settings

  • Ultra-thin body fits easily into a guitar case or pocket

  • Metronome has 7 rhythms, 10 beats and cool animated LCD display

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

No excuse for being out of tune! Boss TU-2 stompbox tuner

he BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner incorporates BOSS' world renowned TU-Series tuner technology into an ultra-convenient stompbox design. For the first time ever, guitarists and bassists can now tune their instruments with unrivaled accuracy and an unmatched tuning range--with just a single stomp.

  • BOSS world-renowned TU-Series tuner accuracy in a convenient stompbox design

  • Mute/Bypass select for silent tuning with a single stomp

  • 11-point LED indicators and new "stream" meter display tuning discrepancy via speed and direction of LEDs (speed of LED movement gets slower as pitch becomes more accurate)

  • 7-segment LED displays string and note names, easily visible on dark stages

  • Seven easy tuning modes include Chromatic, Guitar Regular, Guitar Flat, Guitar Double Flat, Bass Regular, Bass Flat, Bass Double Flat

  • Tuning mode setting and display style choice stored in memory

  • Adjustable reference pitch from 438 to 445Hz

  • 8-octave tuning range--the widest in its class

  • Footswitchable Tuner Off mode preserves battery life by disabling LEDs


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

DP-8, DP-2 pedals

These might be more useful than you think! The DP-8 is a great quality pedal that is a LOT nicer to use as a damper pedal with your keyboard than the cheaper style pedals. The "half-pedaling" feature is nice, and can really add to the expressiveness of your music when used correctly, and with a sound setup to use it.

The DP-2 is great for use with punching in with some of the recording gear, or for use as a switch for additional controls - you can use it to turn your leslie effect on and off, for example.



The Roland DP-8 Damper Pedal is the perfect choice for keyboard players who want the most realistic pedal action, thanks to new half-pedal support. When used with compatible instruments, this function allows the sustain length to be varied depending on how deep the pedal is pressed. The versatile DP-8 can also be used a simple pedal switch.

  • High-quality damper pedal with expressive half-pedal capabilities

  • Allows players to vary the sustain depending on position of pedal

  • Can also be used as a 2-position pedal switch (On, Off)

  • Half-pedal function compatible with Roland RD-600/700, FP-9/3, F-90, KF-90, XV-88 and Fantom-Series workstations

More info here.



Momentary footswitch for "non-latch" footswitch operations such as sustaining notes on electronic keyboards. The DP-2 can also be used for things like punch in/out on Roland/BOSS recording gear.

More info here.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bag that guitar!

If you've got a guitar, you really need to protect it from bumps & bruises. YAMS has several options for protecting your guitar - even teh student sized models - including the inexpensive bags pictured here. Come by YAMS and see all the options we have available.