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CME Xkey Now In New Colors

CME adds a touch of colour to the XKey range

Now you can choose a portable USB MIDI keyboard that matches your favorite color scheme. In addition to the original Brushed Aluminum model, CME have now launched 5 new colors: Dark Grey, Blue, Champagne, Gold, and Black.

No matter which model you choose, you get all the features that have made Xkey the popular choice for students through to professional musians. Like…

  • 25 full-size keys. Like a regular piano.
  • Slim design. Just over 1/2″ high.
  • Aluminum case. Strong. Lighter than an iPad.
  • Mac, PC, Android, iOS. Plug & Play.
  • 100% MIDI. Use with your favorite apps.
  • Polyphonic aftertouch. Studio effects.
  • Velocity sensitive. Concert standard.
  • More octaves than a piano.
  • USB powered. No batteries needed.
  • Customize & update. It’s a safe investment.

More information about the CME X-Key can he found here

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  • RRP: £89 inc Vat

Waldorf Streichfett now shipping

Waldorf announce new String Synthesizer at Musikmesse

Waldorf Streichfett

Streichfett combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which is essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago. The Ensemble Effect handles lubrication of the String Section, while the Effects section adds adjustable Phaser or Reverb. Alternatively, the Effect section can be used to animate the strings registration, allowing spectacular sound morphs.

More information about the Waldorf Streichfett can he found here

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  • RRP: £199 inc Vat

Ventilator II Now Shipping

Rotary Cabinet Simulator

Neo Instruments Ventilator 2

VENTILATOR II is a digital FX device that simulates a model 122 Leslie rotary speaker cabinet mic'ed up with a stereo pair on top for the treble horn and a single mono mic below for the bass woofer. Designed to deliver great results with organ and guitar, its outstanding features include:

  • Sophisticated modeling algorithms and a faithful replication of the model 122 Leslie's rotary effect.
  • Independent emulations of bass and treble rotors.
  • Faithful replication of the original's mechanical properties.
  • Speaker simulation emulating the 122's frequency response.
  • Same 800Hz crossover as the original.
  • Adjustable rotary speed and acceleration.
  • Drive section that simulates distortion / power tube saturation in the Leslie's amp.
  • Variable placement of virtual microphones.
  • Relay-equipped true bypass circuit.
  • Speaker simulation may be switched off for guitar amps.
  • Port for a remote footswitch / half-moon switch / expression pedal.
  • Slow / Fast / Stop switching.
  • Rugged sheet metal chassis and recessed buttons.
  • Simple, straightforward analog handling.
  • Availability: Shipping Now
  • RRP: £349 inc Vat

Waldorf 2-pole Now Shipping

Analog filter

Waldorf Streichfett

For some decades now, analog filters have had a deep impact on contemporary music. Since its very beginnings, Waldorf has been renowned for the quality of their excellent sounding analog filters.

Whether these were integrated in stand alone units, such as the 4-Pole, X-Pole or the AFB16, which enabled the world's first analog plug-Ins, or were found inside our synthesizers such as the Wave, the Q+ or the Pulse - Waldorf filters have influenced the world's sound for over two decades.

2-Pole is giving the guitar player, the DJ, or the keyboard player access to the heart of the Waldorf sound - with an inspiring user interface with a one knob/one function philosophy. Spice up your live performances with dramatic filter sweeps that really cut through. Funk up your guitar licks by hooking a pedal controller to 2-Poles' cutoff CV In or using the integrated envelope follower. Animate your pad sounds using 2-Pole's LFO. But beware - no matter what you do with this tiny black box, make sure you set the levels to your amplifiers and speakers correctly, as 2-Pole is yet another beast from Waldorf - with love!

More information about the Waldorf 2-pole can he found here

  • Availability: April
  • RRP: £169 inc Vat

JZ Microphones

Hand in Hand appointed UK Distribution

JZ Microphones

In 2007 JZ Microphones was established in Riga, Latvia. After twenty years of designing several dozen successful microphones, Mic Designer Juris Zarins decided to redirect his experience and passion for design into his own line of handcrafted recording microphones. JZ Microphones are the combination of open-minded thinking leading to an innovative approach and great experience lending deep understanding of fine microphone construction. JZ Microphones combine all the elements critical to world-class microphone design; patented capsule technology, precision electronics and innovative industrial design.

JZ Microphones

The most important component in every microphone is the capsule. Its design and how it transforms sound into electric energy gives soul to your recordings.

Golden Drop technology is an innovative sputtering technique where a precisely engineered pattern of golden dots is distributed across the diaphragm. This unique and proprietary technique is the invention of Juris Zarins and is applied to most of JZ Microphones products.

Advantages of GDC

  • Reduced mass of the diaphragm
  • Faster response
  • More details
  • More clarity
  • Less coloration

All JZ Microphones are hand crafted and built in Lativa.

More information about JZ Microphones can he found here

NEW Fluid Audio FX8

Coaxial design brings high-end studio technology to the masses

Fluid Audio FX8

Unlike any monitor in it’s price range, the FX8s employ a dual concentric driver – sometimes called a “coaxial”. Coaxial drivers, found in such world renowned monitors as the Manley ML10, sound great because all frequencies coming from the tweeter and woofer radiate from the exact same position. This is critical for accurate off-axis response as well as phase coherence. The built-in waveguide provides it with wide dispersion and an expansive sweet spot. Listen for yourself!

Features

  • Bi-amplified design with 130 watts of Class A/B power for coherent and accurate sound reproduction
  • 8" low frequency drivers with composite paper cones for powerful and dynamic lows
  • Coaxial mounted 1.2" silk dome hi-frequency drivers with integrated waveguides create a flat response and point-source accuracy
  • Optimized, front-loaded slot port for direct radiating low frequency energy
  • Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic equipment
  • XLR balanced. 1/4" balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, interfaces, etc
  • Unique fader volume control on front baffle for easy access
  • External amplifier heat sink to maximize efficiency while keeping temperature low
  • Includes two acoustic isolation pads

More information about the Fluid Audio FX8 can he found here

  • Availability: May
  • RRP: £299 inc Vat

NEW - SPL CRIMSON

High Performance USB Interface & Monitor Controller

SPL Crimson Image

The SPL Crimson is a 6in 6out professional USB Audio Interface with a monitor controller in one affordable package.

The SPL Crimson lets you record, monitor and playback different sources in one single device and features two high quality discrete mic preamps, two Hi-Z instrument preamps for your bass and guitars delivering up to +22dBu for truly professional levels.

The Monitoring controller allows selecting between 10 source connections and 20 monitoring channels. The Crimson is designed to work with a DAW however provides a lot of flexibility even as a standalone unit allowing you to play your instrument and microphone, mix your own monitor signal before recording into your DAW.

The 24-bit/192kHz capable audio interface is gives you high-quality sound from boutique manufacturers at an affordable price point.

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Features

  • Artist Mode – individual monitoring mix for the artist (in addition to the engineer's mix).
  • Talkback Option – Talkback input for a preamplified mic, TB Signal to Phones 2, Auto-Dim for the speaker outputs.
  • AD/DA Insert: Speakers B output can also be used as output for external processors.
  • iPad Recording: USB Class 2 compliant - Crimson supports HOT-PLUGGING without annoying restarts.
  • Max. six recording and six playback channels
  • 10 source connections, 20 monitoring channels
  • 34V operational voltage for pro levels up to +22 dBu
  • Two discrete mic preamplifiers
  • Two instrument preamplifiers (Hi-Z, +22 dBu)
  • Two separate headphones amps
  • Connect and control two stereo speaker sets
  • Monitor mix from recording and DAW return paths
  • Individual artist monitoring signal, with talkback
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480MBit/s), MIDI I/O, S/P-DIF I/O
  • 24Bit/192kHz converter
  • Made in Germany

More information about the SPL Crimson can he found here

  • Availability: November
  • RRP: £418 inc Vat

Waldorf Pulse 2 Now Shipping

Powerful Analog Synthesizer

Waldorf Pulse 2

Pulse 2 Analog Synthesizer is proof positive that good things can come to those who wait. For ever since this high-quality synthesizer developer discontinued its original rack-mountable Pulse and Pulse+ programmable analogue monosynths boasting ballsy bass tones and legendary leads beyond compare, those Nineties electronic music dominating sounds have been severely sought-after by those in the know. Which was exactly what drove us into development overdrive to produce an all-new Pulse fit for the 21st Century.

As an all-new, all-analogue synthesizer design, Pulse 2 flawlessly delivers exactly what synth connoisseurs around the world have been truly craving for quite some time — three analogue oscillators living in perfect harmony with a VCF (VoltageControlled Filter), yet we did not stop there: the fresh filter circuits in the Pulse 2 now offer 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for strengthened sound-sculpting flexibility, while we added analogue Filter FM, two Overdrive circuits, and Ring Modulation from OSC 3, together with Paraphonic and Unison modes allowing up to eight-voice chords — a fantastic feature found on our recently-released Rocket Synthesizer.

Pulse 2 is housed in a sturdy metal desktop casing. Alongside its generous 128x64-character backlit LCD, eight eye-catching stainless steel knobs are available to nimbly navigate through the parameter matrix — logically laid out across the front panel for all to see at all times, set the master Volume, and easily edit display-accessible parameters.

More information about the Waldorf Pulse 2 can he found here

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  • RRP: £406 inc Vat

Fluid Audio

seamless listening experience whether you are tracking and mixing, or just listening to your music.

The F Series from Fluid Audio is the next logical step in the development of the affordable, studio-quality monitors for recording professionals. It's almost unfair to call them "budget" monitors because of the many features that set them apart in their class. All of these features have been carefully chosen because they solve problems that many consumers see with speakers found on the market today.

Fluid Audio

F4 - Tools for the aspiring musicians

  • 30 watts of Class A/B power for coherent and accurate sound reproduction
  • 4" low frequency drivers with composite paper cones for powerful and dynamic lows
  • 1" treated silk dome hi-frequency drivers with integrated waveguides ensure a flat response
  • Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic equipment
  • 1/4" balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, interfaces, etc
  • Unique fader volume control on front baffle for easy access
  • External amplifier heat sink to maximize efficiency while keeping temperature low
  • Includes two acoustic isolation pads
  • RRP: £129.00

F5 - Precise imaging for a more fluid workflow

  • Bi-amplified design with 70 watts of Class A/B power for coherent and accurate sound reproduction
  • 5" low frequency drivers with composite paper cones for powerful and dynamic lows
  • 1" treated silk dome hi-frequency drivers with integrated waveguides ensure a flat response
  • Optimized, front-loaded slot port for direct radiating low frequency energy
  • Magnetic shielding eliminates interference with other electronic equipment
  • XLR balanced. 1/4" balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, interfaces, etc
  • Unique fader volume control on front baffle for easy access
  • External amplifier heat sink to maximize efficiency while keeping temperature low
  • Includes two acoustic isolation pads
  • RRP: £199.00

C5 - Redefining the sound quality of a "budget" monitor

  • 20 watts of Class A/B power for coherent and accurate sound reproduction
  • 5" low frequency drivers with composite paper cones for articulate mids
  • 1" PEI diaphragm hi-frequency drivers with integrated waveguides ensure a fast transient response
  • 1/4" balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs for connecting mixers, interfaces, etc
  • Rear-firing, bass reflex port for a flat bass response
  • Includes two acoustic isolation pads
  • RRP: £149.00

More information about the Fluid Audio range can be found here

NEW - Mini Vent

Neo Instruments - Rotary Cabinet Simulator

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Neo Instruments is introducing a smaller and lighter version of the Ventilator fine tuned for guitar. The mini Vent is a preset device maintaining the highly acclaimed sound engine of the original model. Features include 2 switchable presets, stereo output, true bypass and slow / fast / stop switching.

  • Availability: Coming Soon
  • RRP: TBC

NEW - The Crane Stand Plus

Highest quality adjustable laptop stand on the market

The Crane Stand Plus

The CRANE Stand Plus is fully adjustable, lightweight, and portable and can be used with many different DJ devices such as controllers, MIDI devices, laptops and projectors.

Features

  • Versatile
  • Nylon Carry Bag
  • No Loose Parts
  • #1 in Stability
  • Powder Coated Steel Frame
  • Aluminum Knob and Lever Set
  • Folds Flat and Easy to Setup
  • 1" When folded
  • Height Adjustable from 4" to 13"
  • Color Options Available
  • Availability: Now Shipping
  • RRP: £79 inc Vat

Event Electronics

Hand in Hand Appointed UK distribution

Event Electronics

We are proud to announce that Event Electronics have decided to award Hand in Hand Distribution the UK Distribution rights to their fine range of studio speakers. This brand needs no introduction to the seasoned musician, as many artists have already produced award winning music using Event studio reference monitors. Taking Event back into our catalogue of great equipment was something we just couldn’t turn down. It isn’t every day you get the chance to handle a brand with the potential of Event. With a great company behind Event we know they have the integrity to build a quality product, innovate a great product such as the fabulous Opal speaker. But not only this, they take an industry standard such as the legendary 2020 Bas, the speaker that started the bi-amped fashion for studio monitors, turn it on it’s head, re-engineer it, and make it even better.

The full Event range can be found here here

YouRock Guitar <Gen 2>

Digital / Midi Guitar Now Shipping

YouRock Guitar

The YRG is a MIDI guitar for recording, composing, and creating Tablature via MIDI. It can also be used stand-alone with its internal sounds.

This YRG marks the next evolution of the ever popular YRG-1000 by Inspired Instruments Inc., also known as YouRock Guitar. It is yet to be beat as the first fast tracking, no latency, affordable digital MIDI guitar on the market. It’s price point is unheard of, its technology is unmatched.

YouRock Guitar

The YRG’s patented fingerboard technology and electronics have revolutionized the way a guitar player, other aspiring musician or DJ can create, record and play music. The YRG connects to a host of mobile devices including the popular iPad to use with GarageBand. It also connects via USB to the MAC and PC. The YRG can be used with most recording and tablature software such as Logic, Reason and Ableton to name a few. Also compatible with Legacy MIDI synthesizer devices via its 5-pin MIDI connector.

This versatile instrument never needs tuning and is backpack friendly. For beginners, or, if you enjoy games like Rocksmith and RockBand, the YRG is a perfect crossover instrument to real guitar playing. Pick yours up today!

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  • RRP: £199 inc Vat
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Equator Audio D5 now available in the UK

2-Way Active Coaxial Studio Monitors with Internal DSP

E-MU 0204

Equator Audio's new D5's (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional seeking a small (9.75" x 7" x 8.5"), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. Focused attention was paid to the development details to ensure that they deliver professional sonic performance. These monitors feature an expensive coaxially designed transducer with a 5.25" woofer and a 1" silk tweeter. The frequency response is 53hz to 20khz. A new cutting edge digital amplifier with breakthrough performance was designed specifically for the D5. The internal DSP allows for intricate factory adjustments.

For more information please contact us on 01752 696633

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  • RRP: £399 inc Vat