Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 64

HOT GEAR Roland SPD::ONE Electronic Percussion Pads Roland has released the SPD::ONE series, a new line of compact electronic percussion pads that can be played with drumsticks, hands, or feet. The four models in the SPD::ONE series run on batteries or AC power and offer feature sets tailored for different musical needs. Common features include a versatile, highly responsive pad surface that can be played like a drum, hand percussion instrument, or foot-triggered stomp box. A knob-based interface provides quick access to sound selection, volume level, and other parameters, while side-mounted controls offer adjustment of the playing response. Each model also includes separate main and headphone outputs. The SPD::ONE Electro has variety of electronic percussion sounds, including snare and handclaps from Roland’s TR drum machines. The SPD::ONE Percussion comes with a selection of acoustic percussion sounds, from shaker and tambourine to gong and timpani. The SPD::ONE Kick offers sounds optimized for trig- gering by foot, including bass drums, stomp boxes, percussion, and more. Instead of onboard sounds, the SPD::ONE WAV PAD comes equipped with 4 GB of flash memory, enabling users to load their own custom WAV files via USB. For more information, contact Roland Canada: 604-270-6626, FAX 877-270-6552, www.roland.ca. GHS BEAD Tuned Bass Boomers String Sets GHS Strings has introduced the BEAD Tuned Bass Boomers, which are bass strings for players looking for the added range of a low B string, but who don’t want to play a five-string bass. With the GHS BEAD Tuned Bass Boomers, players of four-string basses who want a low B string don’t need to buy a five-string set. These sets provide deep low end with a midrange crunch that cuts through a band mix. The BEAD Tuned Bass Boomers are available in medium light, medium, and heavy gauge and all have a 37.25-in. winding length. These sets are optimized for BEAD tuning on a four-string bass and should not be tuned up to standard EADG tuning. For more information, contact Coast Music: 514-457-2555, FAX 514-457-0055, info@coastmusic.ca, www.coastmusic.ca. TC Helicon TalkBox Synth Stomp Box TC Helicon has released the TalkBox Synth stomp box. The pedal offers both “singing guitar” talk box effects and modern “robotic” vocoder sounds for electric guitar. Improving on the TC Helicon Talk Box, the TalkBox Synth doesn’t require a plastic hose. Users vocalize the sounds they want their guitar to make directly into a microphone while playing. It’s designed to be a faster and simpler to set up than the original. The onboard synthesizer features four synth styles that follow the player’s single-note electric guitar licks to create realistic synth performances that emulate a skilled keyboardist. For best clarity and to minimize feedback, the TalkBox Synth outputs to the PA, not a guitar amp. While TalkBox Synth’s main ef- fects are guitar focused, it has adaptive tone, pitch correction, and reverb for vocals when the main effects are not ͔)ȁɔɵѥхЁ%ѕдܴ̰`(дܴ԰ͥͅѕํܹѕํ(Ѓ 8$84TL$ $8