By Lisa Johnston
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Boss and Samson each announced last week that they are now shipping new products for musicians.
Boss said it would begin shipping a portable audio player designed for guitarists, while Samson will be shipping its Q2U microphone.
Boss' eBand audio player with guitar effects combines playback of full songs, backing tracks, or rhythm loops with Boss guitar effects and a built-in stereo speaker system. The company said the device is geared toward guitarists who want play along with any of their own collection of music, or create new songs while playing with audio tracks.
Music is loaded with direct playback from any standard USB memory stick or SDHC memory card up to 32GB, and it has the ability to import songs from any audio CD using the included utility software, Boss said. Users are able to change the pitch and tempo independently, and the Center Cancel function can remove guitar or vocal parts.
Three hundred backing tracks and rhythm loops are included, along with more than 100 present guitar sounds. Other functions include EZ Tone, which provides “an intuitive, easy-to-use approach to sound creation based on graphic icons,” and tuner and metronome functions.
The eBand also lets users create and save audio files. Any recording must be saved to an SD card, and the device comes with a 1GB card.
Suggested retail will be $557.50, with a street price of $399, according to a Boss spokeswoman.
Samson Technologies announced its Q2U recording pack with HP20 headphones is now available.
The Q2U is billed by the company as a high-quality microphone that can meet all live sound and digital audio recording needs. It has both an XLR output and a USB I/O, allowing it to be plugged directly into a live sound console or any computer with a USB input.
The microphone's on/off switch controls the XLR output, so users can perform live and record to a nearby computer at the same time. A spokesman for Samson called it the “only mic you'll ever need.”
Other features include a built-in 3.5mm stereo headphone jack output with volume control for no-latency monitoring during recording, a cardioid pickup pattern, and a high-quality A/D converter with a 16-bit, 48kHz sampling rate.
The pack comes with USB and XLR cables, a microphone clip, desktop stand, HP20 headphones and Cakewalk Music Creator.
Suggested retail is $89.
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