TC Electronic Stacatto’51 head & RS112 cabinet
Designed in partnership with funk legend Rocco Prestia, TC Electronic’s new Stacatto’51 head builds upon the RH450 head the company debuted at this year’s Winter NAMM show, adding a compression section geared to Rocco’s specs. TC has also released a new RS112 cabinet which pairs a 12" Eminence driver with a 1" tweeter and can handle 200 watts
Price Stacatto’51, $1,559; RS112, $519
Evidence Audio The Forte Cable
When we reviewed the Evidence Audio Lyric cable in October ’03 we lauded its smooth and rich tone and its low price. Our only concern was its limited flexibility due to its solid core. With the Forte cable, Evidence has addressed this problem by using a stranded conductor. They still prefer solid conductors for ultimate fidelity, but their IGL-ECS conductors are made from individually insulated strands of high-purity conductor to mitigate the compromise as much as possible. The Forte is available in lengths from 10 to 20 feet.
Price 10 feet, $105
Now this is cool: charts for 730 jazz, Latin, and bossa nova standards, all in the palm of your hand. Add the power to transpose to any key, an editor feature that allows users to customize (or reharmonize) their charts, and the ability to email charts for printing, and the iReal Book becomes one of the coolest tools available for iPhone-toting musicians.
NS Design NXT Double Bass
Long renowned for their remarkably authentic-sounding electric uprights, NS Design’s instruments have always been the upscale option for those willing to shell out bigtime cash. Not anymore. With the NXT-series, NS is bringing its time-tested formula to a lower price point. The made-in-Czech Republic instrument features a maple body and neck, asymmetrical ebony fingerboard, and a Polar pickup system for ideal sensitivity to both pizzicato and arco techniques.
At some point most musicians learn that transcribing music off recordings is one of the most value-packed, efficient ways to get better quick. Back in the analog days, bass players had to drag the finger on an LP to slow it down or endlessly hit the play and reverse buttons on their tape deck to pick out particularly challenging bits. Now, thanks to cool software like TimeStretch, it’s way easier to add transcription to your practice routine. TimeStretch promises to allow for changing tempo without changing pitch, and allows sections of audio to be exported as WAV, MP3, or WMA files.
Carvin B Series
As this month’s Soundroom review of the SBseries demonstrates, Carvin is serious about bolt-ons nowadays. To bolster the slightly more upscale SB instruments, the B series are straightforward bolt-ons with alder bodies, maple necks, and the new J99A Alnico V single coils. Innumerable finishes are available, as are 18-volt active electronics, and a massive bridge-position humbucker.
Price B40, 4-string, $649; B50, 5-string, $719