Screamer Magazine October 2012
Featuring: KISS. Also Included The Last Vegas, MX Machine, Tom "Smitty" Smith, Ronny North, KIX, Throwing Gravity, Just Like Vinyl, Overworld, Steve Vai and Much More.

Articles in the October 2012 Issue

Interviews

  • The Last Vegas - Proudly Making Bad Decisions

    At a time in the music scene when rock stars have started to look like the guy who bagged your groceries this morning, The Last Vegas embodies what rock-n-roll used to look like: the theatrical value of wearing tight studded leather pants, a pair of snake-skin boots, heavy black eye makeup and dark sunglasses. The Last Vegas, hailing from Chicago,

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  • MX MACHINE - Manic Panic on the road to the Devil's Highway

    Though Hollywood is considered to be an ‘entertainment city’ where glam rock made a name for itself, Los Angeles can be said to be known as a ‘metal city’ where born from the dark belly of the L.A. streets came metal bands like Metallica, Armored Saint, Slayer, Megadeth and MX Machine.  MX Machine has shared the stage with rock n'

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  • KISS Monster

    Are you The Ultimate KISS Fan?  Do you not only have every KISS album ever released, but can recite--from memory--the tracking order and personnel lineup of each album, in the chronological order of their release date?  If so, the KISS Monster Book is for you!  What is the KISS Monster Book, you ask?  (Actually, if you're The Ultimate KISS Fan,

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  • Inside The Industry with Tom “Smitty” Smith, Promotion and Marketing Guru - SP Unlimited

    There’s just something extraordinary about East coast people; it’s a vibe and an attitude that of course every state has and what makes us all different give or take pronunciation variances; ‘dog’ versus ‘dawg’ yet there is always something comforting about dealing with someone from that geographical location.  They are so honest and straight forward, there is never any question

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  • Ronny North - The Guitarist's Gutiarist

    The scope of music has changed over the years and for the fans of metal and shredding guitar players, these are not the words we want to hear. However not all is lost, you just have to search a little more to find those shredders and the eighties style metal music you have grown to love even more. Self taught

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  • OVERWORLD - The New Breed of Scandinavian Rock

    Even though Sweden is the home of ABBA, don't let that connection bother you in your search for new and exciting rock music.  There are several bands who hail from this neck of the Scandinavian woods like the sleazy rock n' roll of Crashdiet and Backyard Babies, the powerhouse intensity that is Entombed and many others in between.  Take this

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Reviews

  • KIX - Live In Baltimore

    What's not to like when you think of the infectious rock n'roll that KIX are known for?  The hooks that grab you by the ears as you find yourself tapping your toes to Girl Money, Cold Blood or No Ring Around Rosie.  Incidentally, you get all of these three on their first ever official live extravaganza.  In front of their home crowd, the

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  • Throwing Gravity - Breaking Out

    So you want to grow up and be a rock and roll star? Do you even know what you are getting yourself into?  Sitting with founding member Nick James from Throwing Gravity, one ponders the path he has taken and continues to take for the love of his music.  James  is the only original member left in the band, having

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  • Just Like Vinyl - Black Mass

    Just Like Vinyl, fronted by Thomas Erak formerly of The Fall of Troy, has just released their sophomore album, Black Mass.  At first listen, their sound is very reminiscent of  Coheed and Cambria as they have a very similar progressive style and, at times, Erak sounds eerily like Claudio Sanchez.  That being said, there is a heavier side to them

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  • Overworld - Perfect Anomaly EP

    From these fast rising Swedish modern rockers, you get five songs.  According to Andie the drummer in the band, they have an impressive collection of brand new songs that haven't yet been unleashed, but this will be remedied in time as they continue to gather momentum with their debut EP, Perfect Anomaly.  At times frantic, adrenaline charged and intent on making the

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  • STEVE VAI LIVE - Mayo Performing Arts Center, NJ

    Guitar virtuoso and composer Steve Vai blasted into New Jersey with a sense of purpose and fury to perform for this sold out crowd at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, on September 8, 2012. His mission, to illuminate the audience about his 16th solo CD, The Story of Light, as well as dazzle all the guitar teachers and their students

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Press Releases

  • Silencer Releases New Album The Great Bear

    Colorado metallers Silencer have released their third full length effort, The Great Bear, through Vanity Music Group. The band, who throughout their career, have released a series of Ep's, full length and compilation albums in the thrash realm have fallen back on their 70's and 80's influences for The Great Bear.  "We were aiming to bring a bit more rock

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  • DJ Starscream Joins Zombie/Manson Twins of Evil Tour

    DJ Starscream of the Grammy Award-winning Slipknot, will provide support on most of the "Twins of Evil" tour dates, co-headlining Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie.  DJ Starscream fills the slot left open by KoRn's Jonathan "J Devil" Davis who had to bow out of the tour on doctors' orders due to extreme exhaustion. The "Twins of Evil Tour" kicks off today, September

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  • Dio Disciples Announce U.S. Tour In Support Of 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2'

    With the impending October 9th release of 'The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2,' the all-star group, Dio Disciples, couldn't have picked a better time to launch their next set of U.S. tour dates. Beginning October 20th and running until November 20th, Dio Disciples will be rocking venues nationwide. Dio Disciples is comprised of singers Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) and Oni

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  • MUSICIANS ON CALL Los Angeles Launches First Annual ‘Fall VIP Experience Auction’

    MUSICIANS ON CALL--the non-profit organization that provides live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities--has gathered 20 exclusive ‘VIP Experiences’ from some of the top names in music and entertainment including Meet And Greets With Music and Sports figures:  Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, J. Cole, Jim Brown, Juanes, Justin Bieber, Kat Graham, K’Naan, Ryan Braun and

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  • Jay Gordon To Receive "Producer's Choice - "Rock/Blues Guitarist of the Year;"

    When Jay Gordon and Blues Venom crank up the volume during their 9 p.m. Showcase Set at tomorrow night's Los Angeles Music Awards Voting Party, its a safe bet they'll melt the paint off the walls of the venerable Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif. Come witness the lightning in a bottle that defines Gordon's

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  • Australian Prog Legends Unitopia To Release 'Covered Mirror'

    Unitopia is releasing a new CD of cover songs titled 'Covered Mirror' on October 31, 2012. The most well-known and respected progressive rock band to emerge from Down Under, Unitopia is back with a ground breaking, powerful new release! “Making a covers album is always a challenge,” confesses lead vocalist Mark Trueack, “and reproducing classic songs and making them ours

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  • THE DARKNESS: Return To The U.S. For Two One-Night-Only Shows

    The multi-platinum British rock group THE DARKNESS have announced they’ll return to the U.S. for two one-night-only shows Sunday, October 21 in New York City at Terminal 5 and Wednesday, October 24 in Los Angeles at Club Nokia. Although the above dates mark the only remaining U.S. shows for 2012, on Wednesday, October 24 fans nationwide will get a glimpse

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  • Metadox “Open Call for Vocalist”

    Frank Tosi, the driving force behind New York’s DesDemon, resurrects his band Metadox after the demise of DesDemon and announces an open call for a vocalist. Originally established in 2001, Metadox had rose quickly in the New York metal circles when signing with Metal Mayhem Music, to opening for respected artists Dragonforce, Kamelot, and Moonspell.  The band imploded prematurely during their

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  • The Fusion Syndicate Brings The Most Extraordinary Rock And Jazz Musicians Together For An Incredible Aural Journey

    Purple Pyramid (an imprint of Cleopatra Records) will release THE FUSION SYNDICATE, a collection of original rock-jazz fusion explorations performed by an eclectic group of the finest musicians working today. THE FUSION SYNDICATE features performances by members of the biggest names in fusion including Billy Cobham, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yellowjackets, and Spyro Gyra plus rock/prog players from Yes, Dream Theater, King

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  • The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 To be Released

    In addition to fronting such legendary hard rock/heavy metal bands as Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell, and Elf, singer Ronnie James Dio also was the leader of his own solo band, Dio, who were responsible for such all-time great rock anthems as "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark," and "The Last in Line," among many others. And on Tuesday, October

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  • Tooth & Nail To Release Debut Album From Love & Death Featuring Former Korn Guitarist Brian Head Welch

    Love & Death, the new band led by former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, will release its debut album “Between Here & Lost” November 20th via Tooth & Nail Records. Recorded in Nashville with producer Jasen Rauch (RED, Breaking Benjamin) and mixed by Paul Pavao & Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Disturbed), and Jim Monti (Korn), the CD consists of 11 tracks, ranging from songs about personal struggle  and triumph (“Chemicals”, “My Disaster”, “Paralyzed”) to emotionally

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  • ISSA to revisit a dozen AOR Classics on her new album "Can’t Stop"

    Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of ISSA’s third album entitled “Can’t Stop” on November 2nd in Europe and November 5th in North America. “Can’t Stop” is a very special album for ISSA, since it includes some blistering versions of carefully selected hidden AOR gems that the singer treats her own way. These tracks have been originally included on albums by Mark Free, Aviator,

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  • Frontiers Records signs British Hard Rock supergroup SNAKECHARMER

    Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of British Hard Rock supergroup SNAKECHARMER Formed by original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray, along with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash, Tina Turner), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Ousey (Heartland). Neil Murray commented “We're very excited that Snakecharmer has joined the Frontiers Records family, which includes

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  • THE WHO Announce Support Artist For First Leg Of North American Tour

    THE WHO , one of rock’s legendary and defining bands, have announced VINTAGE TROUBLE as the support act for the first leg of their major North American arena tour running from November 1 to December 9, where they’ll perform all of their iconic 1973 double album QUADROPHENIA, along with a selection of WHO classics. The critically acclaimed QUADROPHENIA marked the

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  • Adler To Release Debut Album “Back From The Dead” November 26th

    Adler, the new band led by former Guns N Roses drummer Steven Adler will be releasing their debut album “Back From The Dead” November 26th via New Ocean Media in North America. “Back From The Dead” was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour). The album consists of 11 tracks ranging from adrenaline pumping rockers (“Back

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  • An Open Letter to Anthrax Friends and Supporters

    To our Fans and everyone who has supported Anthrax and Worship Music: It was a little more than a year ago - September 13, 2011 - that Worship Music was released, and all of us in Anthrax can't believe how much has happened since then. Our friends in the press gave the album great reviews, and so many writers singled it out as one

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  • BENTO Fronted By Silverchair Drummer Ben Gillies Set To Release ‘Diamond Days’ Debut Album October 26

    As one door closes another opens…such is the case with BENTO, the new musical creation from Silverchair drummer/co-founder Ben Gillies.   The band’s debut album, DIAMOND DAYS, is scheduled for release on Friday, October 26 on Gillies’ own Diamond Day Records label (MGM Distribution).   The title track is available now for purchase on iTunes, and the video—shot in Gillies’ hometown of

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  • Blind Melon Frontman Travis T. Warren To Release Debut Album “Beneath These Borrowed Skies”

    Blind Melon frontman Travis T. Warren will be releasing his debut album “Beneath These Borrowed Skies” today via Iron Ridge Road Recordings. All the labels proceeds from sales of the album will be donated to MusiCares – a charitable arm of the Grammys devoted to supporting musicians in financial, personal or medical need. “Beneath These Borrowed Skies” was produced by Warren and mixed by Rob Schnapf  (Elliot Smith, Beck, Guided By Voices).

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  • Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience: West Coast Tour To Launch October 5

    The popular and critically acclaimed concert JASON BONHAM’s LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE (JBLZE)--which celebrates the life and music of JASON’s father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham--will return to the west coast starting October 5 in Napa Valley, CA and concluding October 16 in Sacramento, CA. In November, JBLZE will head to the east coast and select dates in Canada.

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  • VESPERIA Comment On Fan Support For ROCK THE NATION Award Voting

    Ontario epic metallers, Vesperia are currently taking place in this year's rendition of the annual ROCK THE NATION AWARD VOTING where bands from around the world compete for votes to earn a spot on the Rock The Nation roster, a spot on an international record label and the opportunity to hit stages on festivals and tours throughout North America and Europe. 'We

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  • Scythia New EP 'For The Bear' Out Today

    Canada’s favourite purveyors of folk/prog metal, Scythia are proud to unleash their new EP 'For The Bear', officially out today, Tuesday, September 25, 2012 and now available to order on bandcamp here. The adventurous seven track EP features two new originals 'Sailor's Accolade' and the title track 'For The Bear' along with three remixes of 'Fierce Riders of Scythia', 'Black Death' and 'Dies Irae Pt.

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  • Female Fronted LA Power Trio bellylove To Release New CD 'Circles and Darkness'

    LA's female fronted rock trio, bellylove, will be releasing their highly anticipated fifth CD in late September. bellylove's new CD 'Circles and Darkness', featuring Lisa Black (guitar) and Toni Valenta (vocals and bass), with Adam Steinberg (drums). With eclectic covers ranging from Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Cheech and Chong (yes! Cheech and Chong), along with some exciting

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  • Mongrel Partners With Bloody Good Horror To Launch "Bored To Death" Video

    Boston area punk-metal crossover mainstay Mongrel has unveiled their new music video for the song “Bored to Death” from their upcoming full length album Reclamation, which is set for release on 25 Sept. on THC-X, the digital imprint of THC-Music, home of American Head Charge, Black Light Burns, Attika7, Slaves on Dope, etc. “Bored to Death” is the lead off

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  • A Past Unknown Pushes the Release of Vainglory Back, Release Date Now October 22nd

    Iowa based Christian melodic metalcore outfit A Past Unknown has announced that their Red Cord Records sophomore effort, entitled Vainglory, will now be released on October 22nd.  Vainglory comes after a highly successful debut in the form of To Those Perishing and was recorded by Josh Schroeder (For Today, Legend, A Plea For Purging). Between the two albums, the band

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  • Addiction For Destruction To Release Debut Record Neon Light Resurrection On September 25

    Moscow-based rock band Addiction for Destruction will be internationally releasing its debut full-length record, NEON LIGHT RESURRECTION, on September 25, 2012.  The 10-track album will introduce the world to the two-year old band and its brand of sleazy hard rock. "It was a big experience for all of us. Sometimes it was a hard work, sometimes funny things happened. But

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  • The Stripminers Release New Album Frail Hope Ranch On November 13

    The Los Angeles-based alt-punk band behind the critically-praised debut album, Movies, THE STRIPMINERS announce the November 13 release of their sophomore record Frail Hope Ranch.  THE STRIPMINERS are Brett Anderson, vocalist for rock dynamos The Donnas, Paul Stinson from punkers The Radishes, producer/guitarist Scrote (Daniel Johnston, Puscifer), Brett Simons (Brian Wilson, Fiona Apple, Melissa Etheridge) on bass, DJ Bonebrake (of X fame)

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  • Aerosmith Returns For Second Leg Of The Global Warming Tour

    AEROSMITH ain’t messing around. America’s greatest rock band delivered absolutely killer sets on the first leg of their triumphant, sold-out The Global Warming Tour this past summer. They ain’t done yet.  More prisoners will be taken when Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums) return for the second leg of The Global

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  • RIVAL SONS Confirm 'HEAD DOWN' For Worldwide Release This Week

    Soulful, maximum-blues-infused hard rock band RIVAL SONS are gearing up for the worldwide release of HEAD DOWN, their second album for Earache Records. The album will be available in America on iTUNES beginning Tuesday, September 18. The album will also be released overseas this week: September 14 in Europe and September 17 in the U.K., with a five-week U.K./European headlining

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  • Def Leppard's Phil Collen - Guitar Charity Auction Coming to an End

    Last week, PHIL COLLEN, lead guitarist for the iconic rock band DEF LEPPARD, announced plans for a charitable auction of “Wings”, a custom Jackson PC1 guitar that Collen has played throughout this summer’s Rock of Ages tour.  The auction began exclusively through eBay on September 5th and with little more than 24 more hours left until it ends in the morning of September 15th –

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  • Cleopatra To Release Mega-Watt Tribute Album To The Who

    On October 2, Cleopatra Records will release WHO ARE YOU: AN ALL STAR TRIBUTE TO THE WHO. As The Who approaches a nearly 50-year career, artists in genres from classic to progressive rock, and from punk to country, collaborate on a stunning celebration of the band’s remarkable catalogue. The Who have sold over 100 million records, had 27 Top 40

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  • New Features Announced For The NAMM Show, 2013

    With the 2013 NAMM Show opening in less than five months, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is announcing new features that will make the show an even better place to connect with the music product, instrument, pro-light and audio world. The NAMM Show will run January 24-27, 2013 in Anaheim, CA. In an effort to make attending NAMM

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  • The Darkness Reveals First Interactive Music App Now On iTunes And Google Play

    In celebration of the release of their critically acclaimed third studio album HOT CAKES (Wind-up), multi-platinum British rock group THE DARKNESS has partnered with Aurasma--the world’s leading augmented reality platform--to unveil the band’s first-ever interactive music app. THE DARKNESS APP, available via The App Store and Google Play, uses Aurasma’s one-of-a-kind image recognition technology to unlock a virtual world whereby

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  • TEN come back with their 10th studio album "Heresy And Creed"

    Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of TEN’s anticipated new studio album entitled “Heresy And Creed” on October 19th in Europe and October 22nd in North America. Following the band’s successful come back in 2011 with “Stormwarning” TEN are now back with another slice of Melodic Hard Rock of Epic proportions. For TEN’s tenth studio album singer and songwriter Gary Hughes has worked very hard to live up

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  • RadioContraband Rock Radio Convention

    RadioContraband’s first annual Rock Radio Convention will take place September 26th - 28th in Las Vegas at The Mandalay Bay. The convention will be the kick off to the 2012 Rock Vegas Festival featuring Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Buckcherry and more. The convention will feature artist showcases by Hoobastank, Serj Tankian, Danko Jones, Hyro Da Hero, and Candlelight Red, along with industry panels and the second

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  • Youngblood to release debut album "No Retreat" in October on Eönian Records

    Indianapolis natives Youngblood finally set to release their amazing debut album “NO RETREAT” this October, through Eönian Records. Featuring guitarist and producer Jeff Diehl, who has worked with such legends and luminaries as Gene Simmons, Sweet FA, Ma Kelly, Night Ranger, Kramus, Eddie Kramer and many more.  Youngblood also toured extensively as Epic Records recording artist Henry Lee Summers’ backing band. http://youtu.be/3BgO4qKLfU0 With industry and

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  • Dokken Premiere's New Video Broken Bones EPK

    Dokken has released a promotional EPK video for the band's upcoming release "Broken Bones." The new release from Dokken, "Broken Bones"  will be out on Frontiers Records available in both CD and Deluxe CD/DVD edition including a "Making of the Album". Due out in Europe on September 21st and North America on September 25th. Pre-order the album from Amazon today! http://youtu.be/iPe1E2bF06g The track list for

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Product Press Releases

  • IK Multimedia Introduces DJ Rig for iPad

    IK Multimedia, the world leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, announced today that DJ Rig for iPad is now available on the App Store. DJ Rig for iPad takes professional mobile DJ mixing to a completely new level, providing a comprehensive suite of professional DJ mixing tools, all in one convenient app. DJ Rig for iPad greatly expands the

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  • Nimbit Unveils First Roundtrip Promotion Tool

    Nimbit®, a PreSonus™ company, announced a major update to its Promo Tool for Facebook and Twitter. The Promo Tool will now boost artist sales by providing timed, automatic thank-you messages that include a product discount to fans who redeem free download promotions. Let's face it, many artists lack follow-through and this is a big problem that has limited their success. 

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  • Radial introduces the PZ-DI™ orchestral acoustic direct box

    Radial Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce their most advanced direct box to date, the Radial PZ-DI - a special direct box that is designed to work with all types of acoustic and orchestral instruments by enabling you to optimize the input impedance to match the pickup or transducer. According to Radial President Peter Janis: "With bigger and better PA

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  • 7 IK Multimedia Accessories Fully Compatible with the New iPhone 5

    IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, is pleased to announce that its line of audio accessories, including iRig™, iRig MIC, iRig MIC Cast, iRig MIX, iRig STOMP and iRig PRE have been tested and are fully compatible with Apple’s new iPhone 5 without the need for any adapters or

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  • Lights Out for the Minimoog Voyager Select Series

    Today Moog Music announced its plans to discontinue production of the Minimoog Voyager Select Series, the top selling backlit analog synthesizer of all time. Over the last six years the Select Series has been used in studios and on stages around the globe. Whether it’s Madonna, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, CeeLo Green, Lady Gaga or Sugarland, the custom combinations of color and finish

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  • iRig PRE Shipping from IK Multimedia

    IK Multimedia, the world leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, announced today that the iRig™ PRE universal XLR microphone interface is now available from retailers worldwide and from the IK Multimedia online store. iRig PRE has the essential features found in professional studio microphone preamps like an adjustable gain control, 48-volt phantom power and an audio/headphone output jack for

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  • Evanescence circles the globe with Radial precision

    Evanescence FOH engineer Eddie Mapp is on a short break before beginning a string of shows in Central and South America with the band known for its powerful vocals and gothic rock performances. Tour stops include: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Columbia and Panama. It's a tour that started in October 2011 and looks to be booked solid through 2012. Mapp

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