Winter NAMM '06 Preview!

Winter NAMM, the biggest musical instrument show in North America, is happening January 19-22, 2006 in Anaheim, CA. In the meantime, the Music Player Network is pleased to bring you the following preview information on these top exhibitors. Be sure to check out each company''s booth if you''re attending the show, and check out their Web sites after the show for all the latest news on NAMM and all the hot new products. Also be sure to check back here regularly for updates and additional info as Winter NAMM ''06 draws closer.

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Eventide Hall A, Booth #6729

Eventide Anthology II Plug-Ins Bundle
Eventide unveils Anthology II, the next generation of its most comprehensive plug-in bundle for TDM platform. Anthology II features fifteen plug-ins, building on the foundation of the original bundle with six new, powerful plug-ins.

Anthology II adds two 48-bit double precision vintage equalizers: EQ65 is the software version of ubiquitous filter set found in every post-production facility, EQ45 is a classic four-band parametric EQ. The two configurable channel strips provide useful tracking tools: Ultra-Channel has the signature Eventide micro-pitch shifting effect for thickening, E-Channel is optimized for maximum instances. Precision Time Align provides the ability to align separate tracks. The sum total is everything you need to do your next project in one affordable package.

Eventide H7600 Ultra-Harmonizer®
Eventide introduces the H7600 Ultra-Harmonizer®, the industry its most powerful stereo effects processor. The H7600 features AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and word clock digital I/O, two channels of analog I/O via XLR and, alternatively, two channels of hi impedance 1Ž4” inputs are included for instrument connection.

Every preset is its own unique algorithm; a combination of effects chosen from Eventide’s rich library of over 230 stereo effects modules and is delicately crafted for a precise function or effect. With Eventide’s exclusive Building Block Architecture, users can create their own unique preset-algorithms. The H7600 also includes the PC and OS X graphic preset development tools.

NS Designs, Hall B Booth #5958

Ned Steinberger, has designed the Boomerang Strap System tm for the new NS Bass Cello. The articulated pivot design affords the player complete mobility for both pizzicato & arco playing technique. The intuitive Boomerang Strap System tm represents innovation for comfort, flexibility, and stability while allowing the player to adjust the instrument to virtually any playing position.

Retail List Price for Boomerang Strap System is $170

NS Design is pleased to announce that Bose has optimized their critically acclaimed Cylindrical Radiator® speaker for use with NS bowed electric instruments. Ned Steinberger and the Bose engineering team collaborated to accomplish this optimization with the use of specialized tone-shaping circuits accessible as presets on the Bose unit.

NS Design bowed electric instruments matched to the Cylindrical Radiator® speaker using these new preset circuits will be demonstrated at Winter Namm 2006 in Anaheim, California. These same NS design presets will be available to all Bose and NS Design customers via and

Copley Instruments (a division of Simba Products, Inc.), Booth #E-1390

Copley announcing their recent licensing agreement with the Wrangler Clothing Company to manufacture and sell Wrangler guitars. Wrangler’s strong branding and its sponsorship of many top country artists, along with Copley’s quality instruments and ever growing list of top name endorsees, target this partnership to be a sure winner. Copley will unveil the new Wrangler line this Jan. at NAMM. Visit them at booth E-1390 and check them out for yourself. For appointments or information, contact or

ULTRASONE, Booth #6799

Ultrasone has unveiled their first consumer headphone, the iCan, a sleek ultra-portable white and silver headphone that incorporates Ultrasones patented S-logic™ technology for superior sound and safer listening.

Tanglewood Guitars (Musiquip Inc.), Booth #1233

Tanglewood Guitars will soon ship the new "Premiere" Series in North American retail stores. The mid-priced Premiere Series is positionned between the Indiana entry level models and the Sundance premium models. Tanglewood Guitars have earned the reputation as Europe's best selling brand of quality acoustic guitars and are rapidly establishing a reputation for affordable high quality acoustic guitars in North America. Come see and hear why at NAMM 2006

Shure Incorporated, Booth #6541

Shure will be introducing its new UHF-R wireless, offering superior RF performance and rock-solid reliability, as well as unparalleled control even in large, networked systems. With 2,400 selectable frequencies across a 60 MHz bandwidth, UHF-R allows up to 40 preset compatible systems to be operated per band. Up to 108 systems can be put to work using multiple bands. Complementing this expanded window of operation is Shure's Advanced Track Tuning Filtering Technology, which shifts onboard RF filtering within selected frequencies to maximize both compatibility and isolation from interference.

EBS, Hall E, Booth #1184

EBS will present the new Classic Line 410 Cabinet, EBS first professional cabinet in vintage style!

EBS will present the new ValveDrive Class A Tube overdrive pedal, that can be used as a preamp!

EBS will present the new WahOne, multifunction wah-wah pedal built for bass. Probably the first wah-wah pedal that really works for bass?

There will also be products from our other lines of cabinets, EBS bass heads and our complete range of effect pedals and preamps.

EBS artist Laurence Cottle will perform and demoing EBS products at the booth. Laurence credits as a bass player include working with names such as Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, SEAL, Alan Parsons Project and Iomm

Casio, Booth #6776

The new PX-700 builds upon Casio's reputation as an innovator and leader in electronic musical instruments and we are excited to offer the latest addition to the Privia line. The PX-700 has an integrated stand and 3 pedal unit and a sliding keycover. The stylish design compliments and room decor and the box type speakers can be rotated to point them in the direction of your audience. The ZPI Tri-element sound source provides a rich grand piano sound.

First Act, Hall C Booth #4268

Don't miss the First Act booth at NAMM '06! First Act will unveil its new Studio For Artists SFA Series designed for the MI channel. Also, First Act introduces at this year's NAMM its new V-Stack Amplifiers and pedals. Plus, come on by to see First Act's Limited Edition Series guitars; Lola, Delia, and Sheena. The excitement doesn't stop with First Act NAMM '06 booth performers; Blues ax man Larry McCray and his band (Detroit, MI), fretless guitar master Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski (Boston, MA), guitar wunderkind Nick Sterling (Phoenix, AZ), and avant garde jazz/rock guitarist Chris Bono (New York, NY). Of course First Act's Chief Luthier, Kelly Butler and Artist Relations guru, Jimmy Archey will be on-hand to answer any questions.

Markbass, Hall E #1154

Markbass will be showcasing its current line of bass amps, cabinets and combos, and introducing several new products: the Micromark combo, the Jeff Berlin Signature Combo, the SD802 stereo head, and two acoustic combos from Mark Acoustic: the AC601 and the AC101.Markbass artist Jeff Berlin will perform at the booth with Paul Wertico and Richard Wexler. They will also play at Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night, Sat. Jan 21, 7 pm, at the Hilton. Markbass Artist Matt Bissonette will perform with Joe Satriani at the Planet Waves/D'Addario event on Fri. Jan 20, 6 pm at the Hilton.

Ritter, Hall D Booth #3120

Celebrating its 10th year in business at this year’s NAMM show, Ritter, renowned for its radical, fashionable designs, will launch its new improved range of RitterJunior™, RitterClassic™ and RitterRevolution™musical instrument bags. All benefit from a new, sleek, minimalist look with improved backpack system and a host of other upgrades, with the latter two ranges now sporting an MP3/phone pouch. Also showing will be new RitterYoga bags, along with the rest of the RitterEvilution™range of accessories, all of which feature in a new comic and interactive game on the Ritter website. Log on to!

Spector, Hall B Booth #5264,

Check out the new ReBop DLX Exotic, new for 2006. This version features exotic wood tops such as zebra wood over alder with a high gloss finish, and our original world famous NS curved/carved body design. Other features include (2) EMG-HZ pickups, Spector TonePump active tone Controls, and black hardware including an aluminum Spector locking bridge. These are available in 4 and 5 string models. Also at NAMM, see the new, 2006 Euro LX Exotic Limited Edition Spalted Maple, a limited edition spalted maple top model Euro LX with our original world famous NS curved/carved body design, (2) EMG active pickups, Spector TonePump active tone controls, and gold hardware including a solid brass gold plated Spector locking bridge and Schaller tuners and straplocks. Also new for '06, the Performer5DLX, a 35" scale five string in our popular and affordable Performance Series of basses. With a figured maple top, solid basswood body, solid maple neck with angled back headstock for better tone and string tension, it also has passive, high impedance, double coil pickups designed by EMG as well as special locking bridge and enclosed, die cast tuners. Guitarists need to see the ARC6, our new USA handmade ARC6 electric guitars. Handcrafted instruments featuring the finest woods and components, the 22 fret, 25" scale length set necks are available in either mahogany or solid Honduran rosewood. The carved mahogany bodies have hidden chambers for enhanced tone and lighter weight and are capped with select figured maple tops. The choices of pickups are Harmonic Design humbuckers & Z90 models, and EMG active humbucking pickups. Chrome plated hardware is standard including, Gotoh mini tuners, and Pigtail light weight bridge tailpiece.

Korg, Booth #6440

Korg will be launching many new exciting products of all types at this year's Winter NAMM show. Be sure to visit starting January 19th to find out what's new at Korg.

Marshall Electronics, Hall A Booth #6498

MXL Microphones, the professional audio division of Marshall Electronics, is pleased to announce the introduction of the V67i Dual Capsule Microphone. Designed to provide recording engineers with a versatile instrument capable of addressing a wide range of studio applications, the new V67i is like having two mics in one—with the front side having a warm, lush sound, and the microphone’s back side simulating some of the brighter sounding vintage capsules characteristic of early 60s tube mics.

Babicz Guitars, Hall E Booth #1288

Babicz Guitars USA will be debuting their latest product, The Octane (TM) at this month's NAMM Show in Anaheim. Coming on the heels of the success of their "Identity" series acoustic guitars, Babicz will unveil their first electric guitar with the introduction of the Octane Series. In the Octane, Babicz Guitars combines the company's proprietary "iCZ" Technology, which includes the innovative "Continually Adjustable Neck", "Torque Reducing Split Bridge" and "Lateral Compression Soundboard", with the legendary Seymour Duncan pick-up systems. Also available as an option on the Octane is the additional L.R.Baggs "Element On Board" system. The total package represents what Babicz Guitars considers one of the most versatile and high performing electric guitars to embark on the market. The Babicz Octane will also be available with figured "Tobacco-Top" and "Flame Maple" tops, lending a traditional look to the innovative technology the company is recognized for. Babicz Octane series guitars start at an SRP of $1295.00.

SE Electronics, Hall E Booth #1756

Come see SE Electronics Troy Van Lueween of Queens of the Stoneage – talks about recording 4P on Saturday – See the New The H1 handheld condenser microphone, NEW Ghost series II studio boom stands, and a secret stealth product that is quite different that you won’t want to miss!