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    New Gear With A Vintage Sound

    With the world constantly trying to keep up with the latest technology, musicians are looking for new instruments with that vintage sound.  There is just something so sweet about the sounds that would come out of the instruments just a few of decades ago. It’s nice to see that instrument manufacturing companies are going after that old sound with new gear.

    The Hammond SK1-73 is a revamped classic and the first B-3 to have 73 keys. Instead of a lot of other keyboards that have a copycat Hammond B-3 tacked onto their smorgasbord of sounds, the SK1 is the opposite: it’s a full-on real-deal Hammond B-3 plus other sounds.

    The ultra-light instrument provides vintage-perfect Hammond organ sounds with all the features expected in a vintage B-3, including an advanced Digital Leslie. In addition to the authentic Hammond Tonewheel voices, the SK’s Extravoice Division provides hi-def acoustic grand, Rhodes, Wurli, and FM pianos. Clavinet, harpsichord, accordion, wind, brass, synth, and tuned percussion voices are also part of the instrument’s ar- senal. You may play any of the extra voices solo or add them to the organ voices.

    DiPinto recreated the look and feel of the old ’60s molded plastic bodies with its patented double-layer, semi-hollow Belvedere Deluxe guitar. If you’re look- ing for a budget electric, but want a distinctive retro design, the DiPinto Belvedere Deluxe is for you.

    It provides rich resonance and percussive punch, and its mini ‘buckers deliver fat tone that still has plenty of bite. The three-position pickup-selector switch and master volume and tone controls produce every- thing from rockabilly twang to jazz swing. In overdrive, the Belvedere growls with a bite and sustain perfect for blues and rock players alike.

    VinylLove for iPad is a music app that beautifully mimics a record player. The slight crackle and pops that are digitally added to your music turns all the songs on your iPad into more textured pieces, as if there’s a history to that MP3. Of course, it’s a little bit gimmicky, but they don’t overuse the effect.

    You can also thumb through alphabetized crates of records (the songs on your library) and move the needle (to fast forward), just like you would on a turntable—if you remember what that’s like.

    [Reprinted From: http://makingmusicmag.com]

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