Yamaha’s EZ-TP can be great fun for learning the trumpet and can also save your tunes by flash memory. It reacts to your humming rather than proper mouth positions. The instrument has a Lighted Teaching System for learning fingering. It features an 8cm speaker, 3 modes, 22 sounds and 21 built-in songs. For more songs, download with included MIDI cable. The EZ-TP works with an AC adapter or 4AA batteries (not included) and comes at a price of $371.00 in Japan.
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Europe’s fave site for wannabe singers, RedKaraoke, has been launched in an English version. They claim they are the largest site of their kind with over 14,000 songs and over 400,000 users. You can record both audio and video, compete with rankings, and a Tone Control Tool will make you sound even better. The site utilizes MIDI and KAR files, which can convert almost any song into a karaoke track. Created last year by brothers Miguel Angel and Richard Diez Ferreira, the site is free since it generates its funding through advertising and sponsorships.
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EKS has released its next generation Otus, a USB DJ board. The 2-in-1 controller uses virtual audio tech for two channels. At a size of 365 x 335 x 70mm and a weight of 1.5 kg, the aluminum device has a large, configurable 7.5-in jog wheel, a physical pitch slider, and a touchpad and motion sensors for samples, effects, or cuepoints. A switch key allows two control layers. With MIDI support and mappers, you can program both audio and video. To get the cool-looking Otus in June, contact EKS to find price and availability nearest you.
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Once you have packed up your folding guitar for the next gig, don’t forget to include Infinite Response’s Vax 77 Keyboard. When flat, the instrument is 46.6 x 14.5-inches. Fold it up and it is merely 23.3 x 14.5-inches. The Vax has a 300K flash memory with 100,000 erase cycles, an ADI Blackfin DSP 400 MHz processor, 4 inputs, and midi in/out and USB connectivity. It also features a modulation/volume wheel, octave shift, effects, and navigation arrows. Check with Infinite Response for availability and price.
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