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NAMM '11 - Roland GR-55 Demo

January 23, 2011
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Roland & Boss booth. In this segment, we get our first look and demo of Roland's GR-55.

Combining PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling derived from the respected VG-99 V-Guitar System, the GR-55 represents Roland's latest breakthrough advances in guitar synthesis, offering playability, features, and sound quality that far surpasses the capabilities of previous generations of guitar synthesizers.

Driven by Roland's newest proprietary digital processing technology, the GR-55 delivers lightning-fast tracking performance and previously impossible sound-making capabilities. It features two independent synthesizer sound engines, each loaded with over 900 of Roland's latest sounds, including pianos, organs, strings, vintage and modern synths, percussion, and many more. A third sound engine is driven by Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM®), the guitar modeling technology behind Roland's famous VG-99 V-Guitar System. With COSM, the GR-55 can emulate electric and acoustic guitars, basses, and other instruments, as well as guitar and bass amplifiers.

The GR-55 allows players to combine all three sound engines, plus their guitar's normal input, to create any sound from the familiar to the original. An independent multi-effects processor is available for a huge array of tone-shaping options, plus global reverb, chorus, delay effects and EQ to add final sweetening to any sound.

The GR-55 puts guitarists instantly in touch with a huge library of amazing sounds, with no editing required. The onboard lineup of ready-to-use presets takes the pain out of the process, from pop to rock and beyond, with quick-access category buttons. Creating and editing sounds is a breeze for guitarists as well, thanks to a large LCD display, simple front panel, and the intuitive EZ Edit and Sound Style features. Also, onboard is a phrase looper that lets players capture on-the-fly recordings with unlimited sound-on-sound style overdubs.

The GR-55 also features a USB song player that lets users play WAV files stored on USB flash memory, and song playback can be controlled with the onboard pedals. The GR-55 also functions as an audio/MIDI interface for computers, with a rear-panel USB 2.0 port for a quick and easy connection. Users can easily integrate with their favorite digital audio workstation software, recording GR-55 sounds as audio in the DAW and using the GR-55's super-fast pitch-to-MIDI capabilities to trigger MIDI sounds such as virtual synths and samplers with their guitar.

The GR-55 is equipped with Roland's industry-standard 13-pin GK interface. It is possible to use a GR-55 as an effect processor for a non-GK equipped guitar, but to access the GR-55's enormous palette of sounds, guitarists must use an instrument equipped with a GK-compatible pickup, such as Roland's GK-3 Divided Pickup. The GK-3 can be easily installed on most steel string guitars with no modification to the instrument. In addition, many different GK-ready instruments are commercially available from various top guitar manufacturers.

For more NAMM 2011 videos, or to view all guitar-related news, reviews, videos, updates, and artist interviews, be sure to visit http://www.premierguitar.com
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Rig Rundown - John McLaughlin

January 23, 2011
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Milwaukee, WI, where he catches up with guitarist John McLaughlin. In this Rig Rundown video segment, McLaughlin talks to us about using his Godin Freeway and use of effects.
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NAMM '11 - Gibson Firebird X Demo

January 22, 2011
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where he swings by the Gibson booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from Gibson's newest invention--the Firebird X.

The Firebird X features all new electronics with a Pure-Analog Digital Signal Processing engine with Goldtone FX. The Firebird X features a 2.3 pound chambered Ash body, one-piece asymmetrical maple neck, 23-fret Angelim Rajado (Brazilian Marblewood) 24.75" fretboard with abalone inlays. The guitar feature robot tuners, Tune-o-matic piezo robot bridge, and stop bar robot tailpiece. The Firebird X is loaded with proprietary FBX pickups: alnico II in the neck, ceramic middle, and alnico V bridge humbuckers. The Firebird X electronics control the guitar's built-in effects and include an 11-position Gear Shift Knob rotary knob, effects faders for Modulation/Echo/Reverb (blue) and Compression/Distortion/EQ (red), and three three-position toggles with wet/dry blend: Modulation/Reverb/Echoplex (blue), Compression/Distortion/EQ (red), Pickup programming/Piezo/Tuning (silver). The guitar comes with an accessory pack unique to its electronics including a Bluetooth number controller pedal, Bluetooth continuous pedal, and battery power converter for the rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. The guitar also ships with a unique FBX case and Ableton Live 8 and Guitar Rig 4 Pro.
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NAMM '11 - Orange Amplifiers DIVO TubeSync

January 21, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where he swings by the Orange Amps booth. In this segment, we hear from Orange's engineer Adrian Emsley about their new device -- DIVO TubeSync. The DIVO TubeSync technology automatically adjusts the bias of the output power tubes to ensure their full potential is realized. It monitors the amp's performance and will isolate faulty tube failures, by running them at half power until the tubes can be changed. The DIVO system also increases the reliability of amplifiers by maintaining the optimum performance of the tubes by performing an 'in circuit' test every time the amplifier is powered up. DIVO technology opens up a whole new dimensions in tone options allowing for the first time ever the ability to mix and match tubes. You can experiment with an EL34, 6L6, 6550, KT77 or any other tube type all at the same time in the same amp. With DIVO the Tubes are automatically matched. DIVO will extend the lifespan of your tubes and never again pay a tech to re-bias. DIVO can be easily integrated into any almost any guitar tube amplifier. Orange amps will be offering this as option in their new Rockerverb 100 which will be "DIVO Ready." For other Orange amps and most other brands Orange offer the DIVO Orange Tube Sync OV4, a complete standalone unit.
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NAMM '11 - Peavey Triple XXX II Demo

January 19, 2011
PG's Charles Saufley is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Peavey Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their new Triple XXX head. The Triple XXX II delivers tones ranging from the Peavey Classic® 50 to vintage British to the modern Triple XXX. The versatile and comprehensive control section supplies a Master Volume pot and independent Volume knobs for each of the three channels (Clean, Rhythm and Lead). Tone shaping is accomplished through passive controls for Bass, Mid and Treble on the Clean channel, while the Rhythm and Lead channels utilize active Low, Mid and High controls. The pristine Triple XXX II Clean channel is the perfect foundation for layering outboard effects. The high-gain Rhythm and Lead channels both include a Noise Gate and exclusive FAT switches that add extra heft, while the master section features our patented tone-sculpting tools, Resonance and Presence, which adjust upper- and lower-end response and damping factor. To top it off, the power amp can use EL34 or 6L6GC output tubes, further expanding the tonal options.
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NAMM '11 - Parker Guitars Vernon Reid Maxfly

January 19, 2011
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where he visits the Parker Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see the latest in their Maxfly line of guitars--Vernon Reid Maxfly and the Maxfly DF824.
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NAMM '11 - Hayden Amplifiers MOFO 100

January 19, 2011
PG's Andy Ellis is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Hayden Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get introduced to their newest guitar amplifier--the MoFo 100. The MoFo is an amplifier that looks every bit as sensational as it sounds - a tradition continued by NAMM debutants the MoFo 100 head, and the MoFo 55 head and 1x12 combo. Beside obvious hikes in power, the new MoFos get 2 channels for even more tonal flexibility, while the 100 head also benefits from the addition of reverb fitted ahead of the FX output.
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NAMM '11 - Ernie Ball Music Man Game Changer Demo

January 19, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get a thorough walk-through of their revolutionary new guitar--the Game Changer. The Game Changer fundamentally changes the guitar player's experience. Rather than relying on pre-set pickup configurations traditionally provided by instrument manufacturers, The Game Changer gives guitarists unrestricted access to a vast library of tones via a true analog pickup switching system. Available on select Music Man Reflex models, this patent-pending system electronically rewires a guitar or bass instantly, combining any order of pickup coils in series, parallel, and in or out of phase to create tones unique to the individual creating them. Imagine having complete tonal control of your instrument with more than 250,000 pickup configurations*, without rewiring anything. With The Game Changer, the audio signal is never digitized or modeled in any way, providing a transparent analog signal path for the absolute purist. In conjunction with The Game Changer website, musicians can also create, save and share their tonal selections with other players from around the world.
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NAMM '11 - Mesa/Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 Demo

January 18, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she swings by the Mesa/Boogie booth. In this segment, we get our first demo of the Royal Atlantic 100 RA-100. Packing 100 watts of EL34 Brit-voiced attitude, this Royal Atlantic takes everything you love about Fullerton and Liverpool and brings it all together with rich, chest-thumping high gain in Mesa's traditional manner. The RA 100 also features their revolutionary new Channel Assignable Power Soaks that will redefine for you the concept of Power Expression and put you in total command of playing volume independent of power clip. Dial up a preamp sound in each of the Modes and crank in the perfect amount of power saturation at the right volume - and footswitch between them seamlessly Specifications: - All-Tube Amplifier: 4xEL-34 (or 6L6's), 7x12AX7 - Proprietary Multi-Soak™, Channel Assignable Power Attenuator provides each channel with a 5-position power attenuation switch (-16db, -12db, -8db, -4db & 0db) for Power Ratings ranging from 3 Watts to 100 Watts of Class A/B Power - Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34) - Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance 2 Channels, 3 Footswitchable Modes Each mode with Independent Channel Master & Multi-Soak Power Controls (Multi-Soak Controls on back panel) - Channel 1 (Clean) features: Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master & Multi-Soak (on back panel) - Channel 2 (Footswitchable Vintage Lo-Gain & Vintage Hi-Gain Modes) features: Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master-Lo, Master-Hi, Multi-Soak Lo & Multi-Soak Hi (on back panel) - All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Auto Reverb Defeat Switch for Vintage Hi or Vintage Hi & Lo Modes ("Defeat" removes Reverb from selected mode/modes -- "On" applies Reverb to all Modes) - Reverb Hard-Bypass Switch removes entire Reverb Circuit from amp (all modes) - Fully Buffered FX Loop w/Automatic Hard-Bypass, which completely removes itself when not in use - Slave Out w/Level Control - External Switching Jacks for Vintage Low/Hi (Clean is default) - 22" Aluminum Chassis - 2 Button Footswitch (Clean, Vintage Low/Hi)
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NAMM '11 - TC Electronic Tone Prints Demos

January 18, 2011
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the TC Electronic booth. In this segment, we get a demo of the new line of TC Electronic effects--the Tone Print stompboxes. These new pedals -- Corona Chorus, Flashback Delay & Looper, Vortex Flanger, Shaker Vibrato and Hall of Fame Reverb -- deliver tones right out of the box and feature a true bypass and analog-dry-through design that guarantees maximum tonal integrity and ultimate clarity. A small footprint, easy battery access and super high-grade components complete these awesome pedals. In short, they combine simplicity and flexibility with unrivaled sound quality. All these new pedals feature a new concept called 'TonePrint' that gives users instant access to the sounds of their favorite guitar heroes. A TonePrint isn't just a static preset, it's a complete re-tuning of the pedal including the sound and how the pots react -- everything that makes a pedal unique. TC Electronic has collaborated with some guitarists in the world -- such as John Petrucci, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Joe Perry, Orianthi and Doug Aldrich -- to create the first batch of TonePrints, but that's just the beginning. The list of contributing artists will expand massively in the future. A simple USB cable connects these pedals to any PC or Mac for the actual Tone Transfusion. Each pedal is capable of holding one TonePrint at a time, but the concept is unlimited as users can swap TonePrints as many times as they want. All of these custom made TonePrints can be downloaded at TC Electronic's website -- it's easy, fast and totally free!
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