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Roland/Martin Announce Partnership/Preamp Demo

January 17, 2009

One of the most intriguing announcements of the show was the partnership between Martin and Roland. At their Friday press conference, they announced the product of the partnership: a new preamp. The built-in AP-1 preamp is designed to improve the sound of acoustics equipped with piezos. It's loaded with features like digital reverb, graphic EQ, a tuner, and automatic anti-feedback.

Along with the preamp, Martin and Roland announced three new Martin models that will feature the technology: the DC-16 Dreadnought, the OMC-16 Orchestra Model, and the 00C-16.

They then demoed the unit, which you can hear for yourself midway through this video.