Posts tagged ‘Tech 21 NYC’

01/03/2016

NAMM 2016: Tech21 Bass Fly Rig

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Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

23/09/2015

Now on SoundCloud – ESP LTD MM-30

ESP LTD MM-30 – beauty shot 1

21/09/2015

Guitar Porn: ESP LTD MM-30

ESP LTD MM-30 – beauty shot 1

ESP LTD MM-30 – neck joint

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ESP LTD MM-30 on Musamaailman 30-vuotis juhlamalli.

The ESP LTD MM-30 is a limited edition model to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ESP’s Finnish distributor Musamaailma.
11/09/2015

Happy Birthday, Musamaailma!

ESP LTD MM-30 – teaser

Soitinliikkeenä ja maahantuojana tunnettu Musamaailma juhlii tänä vuonna 30-vuotissynttäriään.

Juhlan kunniaksi ESP Guitars on valmistanut 30 kappaletta LTD MM-30 -juhlamallista. Synttärimallin Kitarablogi-testi on juuri työn alla.

ESP- ja LTD-soittimien lisäksi Musamaailma tuo kitara- ja bassopuolella maahan mm. myös seuraavat merkit: Admira, Blackstar, Bogner, DV Mark, EMG, GJ2 Guitars, Markbass, Mooer, Seymour Duncan, Spector, Tanglewood, Tech 21 NYC, Tokai, Rockbag ja Warwick.

17/08/2014

Testipenkissä: Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with Strat

Tech 21 NYC on firma monien oivien soittolaitteiden takana, esimerkiksi SansAmp-sarjan analogiset vahvistin- ja kaappimallintajat, Bass Driver DI-boksi ja Trademark-vahvistimet ovat firman käsialaa. Kaikille näille tuotteille on yhteistä se, että ne ovat erittäin toimivia ja helppokäyttöisiä ratkaisuja sellaisiin pulmiin, joita ammattikitaristi kohtaa päivittäin.

Tech 21:n uusin laite on suunnattu paljon lentokeikkoja tekevän kitaristin tarpeisiin. Megakompaktin, metallinhohtoisen, pedaalilaudan kaltaisen uutuuslaitteen nimi on Fly Rig 5.

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – full top

Kuten näkyy tämän jutun avauskuvasta, Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 (299 €) ei ole todellakaan koolla pilattu. Pikkulauta sopii helposti gigbägin etutaskuun, sekä monen kitaralaukun tarvikeosastoon. Vahvistimen vuokraaminen keikkapaikalla ei ole enää tarpeellista – nyt täytyy pakata mukaan enää kitara, Fly Rig –lauta, muutama johto, sekä viritysmittari. Ja ei kun menoksi.

Fly Rig 5:n ulkokuori on valmistettu kokonaan metallista, ja sen paneelin harjattu pinta näyttää erittäin tyylikkäältä.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with PSU

Pikkulauta toimii 12 voltin tasavirralla (150 mA/miinus keskellä) ja sen virtalaite kuuluu (luonnollisesti) hintaan.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – Plexi + Hot

Tech 21: uutukaisen nimeksi on valittu Fly Rig 5, koska lautaan on mahdutettu viisi erilaista efektiä/toimintaa.

Kaksi ensimmäistä efektiä löytyy Plexi-osiosta: Hot on säädettävä boosteri, josta saa tarvittaessa jopa 21 dB lisävahvistusta signaaliin. Toinen toiminta on Tech 21:n mallinnus vanhasta Marshall Plexi –kitaranupista (lainattu firman Hot-Rod Plexi-pedaalista), joka tarjoaa säädöt gainille (Drive), tonelle ja lähtötasolle (level).

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – SansAmp

Fly Rigin seuraava osio on SansAmp-osasto, joka pohjautuu Tech 21:n legendaarisiin analogeihin SansAmp-pedaleihin. SansAmpiin sisältyy analoginen vahvistin- ja kaappimallinnus kolmialueisilla taajuuskorjaimilla, sekä kaunisääninen kaiku.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – DLA

Viimeisen osion nimi on DLA (lyhenne englanninkielisestä sanasta delay), ja se tarjoaa viive-efektin tap tempo –toiminnolla. Drift-säätimellä voi lisätä signaaliin portaattomasti nauhakaiun-tyylistä huojuntaa.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – front panel

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – Tech 21 logo

Tech 21:n Fly Rig 5 on erittäin helppo käyttää: Jokainen jalkakytkin ja säädin on nimetty selkeästi. Tämän lisäksi jokaisen osion säätimet loistavat – jokainen omassa värissä – silloin kun kyseinen efekti tai toiminto on päällä.

Laudan erittäin kompakti koko vaatii kuitenkin yhden pienen hinnan: säätimet ovat suhteellisen pieniä, mikä vaatii ainakin nakkisormiselta hieman tarkkuutta niitä säätäessä. Toisaalta, kun omat asetukset on kerran löydetty, niitä ei varmaan lähdetä muuttamaan keskellä keikkaa – ja keikkakoneeksi Fly Rig on suunniteltu.

Soundillisesti Tech 21:n uutukainen täyttää ammattikitaristin vaatimukset kiitettävästi. Fly Rigin soundi on erinomainen ja sen eri efektit kattavat varmasti lähes jokaisen kitaristin perustarpeet keikkatilanteessa. Plexi-tyylinen särökanava, SansAmp-mallinnus, boosteri, viive ja kaiku erittäin kompaktissa paketissa tekevät Fly Rig 5:stä oivan työkalun Jazz-, Blues-, Rockabilly-, Pop- tai Rock-kitaristeille. Metalli-miehet tarvitsevat luultavasti enemmän säröä, sekä varmaan myös kohinaportin, genren soundeja varten, mutta he eivät luultavasti olekaan tämän laudan varsinainen kohderyhmä.

Tässä pätkässä soitan kaikki Fly Rig 5:n efektejä läpi vaahterakaulaisella Fender Stratocasterilla. Ihan alussa Fly Rig on kokonaan pois päältä:

Seuraavaksi samankaltainen audioesimerkki, tällä kerralla humbuckereilla varustetulla Hamer USA Studio Custom -kitaralla, jossa on enemmän säröä ja pidempi viiveaika:

Tässä olen simuloinut vanhaa nauhakaiku-soundia DLA-osion Drift-toiminnolla:

Fly Rigissä on myös yksi ”piilotettu” ominaisuus: DLA-osiota pystyy myös käyttää choruksena. Chorus-efekti syntyy hyvin lyhyestä viiveestä, jossa on mieto syklinen vireen huojunta. Lyhyellä Time-asetuksella ja lisäämällä hieman Driftiä signaaliin syntyy hieno chorus-efekti (soitan tässä Stratolla):

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – angle 2 + lights

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – all on

Jos soitat usein pistekeikkoja ulkomailla, eikä budjetti tai taustaryhmä anna myöten raahata vahvistintasi kaikkialle mukaan, Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 on kuin juuri sinulle tehty.

Tässä on onnistettu pakkaamaan kaikki tärkeimmät efektit ja ominaisuudet, joita keikkaileva kitaristi tavallisesti tarvitsee, yhteen kompaktiin pedaalilautaan. Ja lopputulos kuulostaa erittäin hyvältä ja inspiroivalta.

Joillekin vintage-ystäville Fly Rig varmasti voi tuntua liian modernilta, koska sillä ei ole sitä vintage-voodoa. Mutta jos tarvitset toimivan, käytännönläheisen ja ongelmavapaan ratkaisun, millä saat musiikkisi yleisölle, Tech 21:n Fly Rig 5 on kerrassaan loistava valinta!

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Tech 21 NYC Fly Rig 5

299 €

Maahantuoja: Musamaailma

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Plussat:

+ kestävän-oloinen metallikotelo

+ koko

+ paino

+ ominaisuudet

+ soundi

+ vastinetta rahalle

Miinukset:

– säätimien pienuus

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – angle 1

07/08/2014

Review: Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with Strat

Tech 21 NYC is the company behind many groundbreaking products, such as the SansAmp range of amp modelling stomp boxes, the Bass Driver DI or the all-analogue modelling guitar amps of the Trademark series.

What all these products have in common is that they’re no-nonsense tools to make the life of the gigging and recording guitarist (and bassist) easier.

Tech 21’s newest product is designed to do away with the need to hire a guitar amp for fly-in gigs. It’s an ultra-compact and sleek, pedalboard-style device called the Fly Rig 5.

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – full top

As you can see from the picture at the start of this review, the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 (current price in Finland: 299 €) is extremely compact. It will fit in the pouch of a gig bag, as well as in the accessories compartment of many guitar cases. Just pack your guitar, the Fly Rig, a couple of cables and your tuner – and you’re ready to roll!

The Fly Rig 5’s sturdy housing is completely made from metal, and its brushed fascia gives it a cool modern look.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with PSU

The unit runs on 12 Volts of DC-power (150 mA/centre negative) and the power supply unit is (naturally) included.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – Plexi + Hot

Tech 21 call their new creation the Fly Rig 5, because it features five different main functions/effects.

Two of these functions are grouped together under the Plexi banner. The first one, labelled Hot, is an adjustable clean boost of up to a whopping 21 dB. Secondly, you will find an analogue model of a Marshall Plexi head (based on the Hot-Rod Plexi pedal), with its controls comprising Drive, Tone and Level.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – SansAmp

The next section is called SansAmp and includes Tech 21’s legendary analogue amp (and miked up cabinet) emulator (with three-band EQ), as well as a reverb effect.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – DLA

The last section is labelled DLA (short for delay) and offers you a delay effect with tap tempo. Thanks to the Drift-control you can also dial in grungy tape echo-type wow and flutter.

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – front panel

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – Tech 21 logo

Tech 21’s Fly Rig 5 is really very easy to use: All the controls and footswitches are clearly labelled, and the control knobs of each section light up in a different colour to give you an easy to read visual clue as to which sections are currently on and which are turned off.

There’s one very minor trade-off due to the über-compact nature of this ’board, and that’s the small, slightly fiddly nature of the control knobs. On the other hand, you’re hardly likely to make major adjustments to your settings in the middle of a gig – and gigging is what the Fly Rig was conceived for.

In terms of its sound and performance, Tech 21’s newcomer easily fulfills the high standards guitarists have come to expect of the products of this company. The Fly Rig 5 sounds awesome and does exactly what it says on the tin. This combination of SansAmp, Plexi-style overdrive, booster, delay and reverb delivers the goods for the large majority of guitarists – be it Jazz, Blues, Rockabilly, Pop or Rock, the Fly Rig delivers! Metal and Thrash guitarists will most probably demand more gain and the inlusion of a noise gate, but I’d reckon that the metal crowd aren’t really the intended target group for this type of ’board.

Here’s a run-through of all of the Fly Rig 5’s effects, played on a maple-necked Fender Stratocaster. The clip starts with the Fly Rig turned off:

Here’s a similar run-through using a humucker-equipped Hamer USA Studio Custom, adding a bit more overdrive and a longer delay time:

The Delay-section’s Drift-control makes it easy to simulate tape echo effects:

A ”hidden” feature of the Fly Rig 5 is the possibility to use the Delay-section as a chorus effect. Because a chorus is basically nothing more than a slightly wobbly, very slightly offset doubling of the guitar signal, you can achieve this effect by setting the Delay-section’s Time-control to something very short, and using the Drift-control to adjust the chorus’ depth. Here’s an audio clip of a chorus setting, played with a Strat:

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – angle 2 + lights

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – all on

If you play a lot of fly-in gigs, and have neither the budget nor the manpower to lug a large guitar rig across the globe, Tech 21 NYC’s Fly Rig 5 is a true godsend.

It offers the most important features and effects a guitarist needs on stage or in the studio. And — most importantly – it sounds really great and inspiring.

True, using a device like the Fly Rig may not be as ”authentic” as using a real amp in the eyes of some anoraks, because Tech 21’s brand-new tool doesn’t have the ”kudos” of a mythical vintage amp. But if you’re after a pro-quality, lightweight, no-nonsense solution that will get your sound to the audience with the least amount of fuss and hassle, Tech 21’s Fly Rig 5 is hard to beat!

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Tech 21 NYC Fly Rig 5

299 €

Finnish distributor: Musamaailma

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Pros:

+ sturdy, all-metal construction

+ size

+ weight

+ features

+ sound

+ value for money

Cons:

– tiny control knobs

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – angle 1

06/08/2014

Review out tomorrow: Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – angle 2 + lights

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Contact: Musamaailma

27/06/2014

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – the Kitarablogi-video

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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with Strat

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Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

18/06/2014

Tulossa… Coming soon… Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 – with Strat

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Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

24/03/2014

Review: Duesenberg D-Bass

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Duesenberg D-Bass – D-badge

German maker Duesenberg is known for its high-quality guitars and basses, that combine seamlessly Art Deco-chic and ingenious improvements in many details, such as the hardware and electronics departments.

The Duesenberg D-Bass is a good example of this, promising both P- and J-style tones from a passive, one-pickup instrument.

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Duesenberg D-Bass – full front 2

The Duesenberg D-Bass (current price in Finland: 1.729,90 €) proves that you can build a bass from classic tonewoods without having to resort to copying others.

This is a four-string, passive bass, built using a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fretboard mated to a bound alder body. The top of the body sports elegant carving.

Duesenberg D-Bass – full back 2

The generous rib cage bevel adds a great deal of comfort to the D-Bass.

The body comes in a fetching gloss finish, while the neck has received a thin, vintage-tinted satin finish.

Duesenberg D-Bass – headstock

I feel that Duesenberg’s three step headstock looks even better in its bass guise than the smaller guitar version.

Duesenberg D-Bass – tuners

Duesenberg use their own locking Z-Tuners on the D-Bass. The string is first fed into a well in the tuning post until it comes out of a small hole in the tuning machine’s back. You cut off the surplus length of string, pull back the string by a couple of millimetres, lock it in place and tune up. Voila, a clean and uncluttered solution that leaves no sharp string ends.

Duesenberg D-Bass – fretboard

Duesenberg employ a PLEK-robot to give all their instruments a perfect fret job and set-up.

Duesenberg D-Bass – neck joint

Thanks to the angled neck joint an excursion to the dusty end of the fretboard is fast and easy on the D-Bass.

Duesenberg D-Bass – bridge

Duesenberg’s bridge and tailpiece combo are made of chunky bits of milled brass.

In addition to action and intonation the bridge also offers the adjustment of string-to-string distance. After adjustment you can lock everything in place with allen grub screws.

Duesenberg D-Bass – pickup

The D-Bass’ two-part pickup is situated on its own, oval pickguard.

Duesenberg’s Toaster-pickup may resemble a Fender Precision-pickup, but it really has its own thing going on in terms of construction. While the venerable P-Bass is equipped with two singlecoil pickups (one for each pair of strings), which are hooked up to form a humbucking unit, Duesenberg’s design uses two small humbuckers with open covers.

Duesenberg D-Bass – controls

The passive controls are found on the bass’ larger pickguard and comprise a master volume, the Mid-Shift control and a master tone.

Duesenberg D-Bass – control cavity

The Mid-Shift control uses a nifty bit of wiring voodoo:

When Mid-Shift is fully turned up, both coils of each pickup are used fully, but some of the top end signal is filtered by a capacitor. This is how the D-Bass achieves a P-style sound.

Turning the potentiometer counterclockwise fades out the signal of one of each humbucker’s coils, while lessening the capacitor’s effect on the signal. Fully counterclockwise, this gives you a brighter and more focussed, J-type tone.

You can find a similar wiring trick on Seymour Duncan’s web page, showing you how to wire up a humbucker in such a way that you can use a control pot for going from humbucking to singlecoil by feeding one of the pickup coils to earth.

Duesenberg D-Bass – reverse angle

Duesenberg D-Bass – case

The Duesenberg D-Bass comes in its own quality hard case.

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Duesenberg D-Bass – beauty shot 2

Duesenberg’s bass is a beautiful instrument with a nice, medium weight and a great balance, both in you lap or hanging on a strap.

The neck profile is a Precision-style wide ”D”, but combined with the D-Bass’ larger fingerboard radius and its jumbo frets the playing feel is decidedly more modern and slinky than vintage.

My only small gripe is a strictly cosmetic one: I would like to see one or two screws added to the larger control scratchplate, as the current layout doesn’t make the plate fit snugly on top of the body’s top contour, leaving a few edges standing proud of the body surface.

This Duesenberg has a very healthy acoustic ring, completely devoid of any of the quirks often associated with vintage basses (like an over-enthusiastic low G or a dead spot around the high c).

Amped up you’re in for a real treat, as long as you’re not after that type of extreme EQ, only achievable with active preamps. Duesenberg’s Mid-Shift control is a really ingenious addition to the D-Bass, resulting in a much more organic palette of sounds than a mere coil-split could provide. The volume drop going from the P- to the J-variant is negligible, which is another positive effect of not using a straight coil-split.

I always play the same motif twice in each sound clip – first with Mid-Shift full on (P), then with Mid-Shift turned down fully (J).

Duesenberg D-Bass – body beauty 1

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Duesenberg D-Bass – full front   Duesenberg D-Bass – full back

I must say, I liked the Duesenberg D-Bass very much. It is a great instrument for connoisseurs of passive bass tones. The Mid-Shift control isn’t ”in your face”, but still manages to provide you with an ingenious way of tailoring the bass’ sound to your needs.

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Duesenberg D-Bass

1.729,90 €

Finnish distributor: F-Musiikki

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Pros:

+ workmanship

+ Mid-Shift control

+ playability

+ design

+ sound

Cons:

– pickguard fit (read the review)

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Duesenberg D-Bass – body beauty 2