Bass Gear Magazine News

Mar 21

Euphonic Audio Launches New Website

Euphonic Audio launches its new website, at  Featured products include the new NL-112 cab and the updated Doubler bass head.

Jan 11

Bergantino announces Reference Series Cabs

Bergantino Audio Systems announces the Reference Series Speaker Cabinets. The Bergantino Audio Reference 112 is priced $849 ProNet (now shipping) and the Reference 210 is priced $999 ProNet (shipping mid-February 2017).

The Bergantino Reference Series is the new benchmark for high-quality bass guitar amplification. The Reference series are available in two driver configurations; 1-12” w/ Tweeter & 2-10” w/ Tweeter. The Reference series employ precision tuned cabinets, built with the finest 100% Baltic birch plywood and are covered in a rugged tolex finish for pleasing aesthetics and long-term durability. They also employ a rigid black metal grille to protect the drivers and eliminate the tone robbing acoustic absorption associated with cloth grill designs.

The internal components utilize high quality, custom designed woofers along with a superlative sounding, compression driver mated to a constant directivity horn. The constant directivity horn ensures consistent coverage throughout the audio spectrum, and a custom designed, phase coherent crossover seamlessly mates these components throughout the critical crossover region. Reference series woofers utilize ceramic magnets w/ vented pole pieces and the low-end is full and round. Along with their high power handling capability, the Reference series are a very versatile speaker cabinet; excelling at both finger style and pick playing, and due to their tight-creamy low end are an excellent choice for slap-style as well. Bergantino’s Reference series cabinets produce an accurate, full-bodied and authentic representation of your bass guitar in both live and studio settings.

Bergantino Audio Systems is a high-quality manufacturer of bass guitar equipment located in Whitinsville, MA. Bergantino Audio products are available from select authorized musical products dealers around the world and direct from Bergantino Audio (on the Bergantino website). For more information, please visit: Call 512-873-8043 or email for additional information.

Oct 19

IK Multimedia announces MODO Bass

October 19, 2016 - IK Multimediathe pioneer in analog effects modeling, is pleased to announce MODO BASS®, a breakthrough physical modeling technology that brings a completely new level of realism and playability to the world of virtual bass instruments. MODO BASS is a completely customizable physically modeled virtual bass that recreates the electric bass and how it's played - from the physical instrument and everything that makes it sound the way it does, to the human technique of how the instrument is played and its sonic performance, to the entire sound signal chain - no detail is left out.

MODO BASS virtual instrument from IK Multimedia

This pioneering approach to virtual instrument technology recreates the dynamic interaction between the player, the bass, effects chain and amplifier that until now has never been realized nor recreated with traditional virtual instruments. This intense evaluation and modeling process gives players and producers access to a limitless universe of bass sound, an unmatched level of playability and the most realistic, lifelike sounding dynamic performance. No other bass virtual instrument can even come close to offering what MODO BASS provides.

Eight years in the making and developed in collaboration with one of Europe's oldest universities, MODO BASS utilizes a breakthrough technology to breathe life into bass tracks. Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO BASS utilizes modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to model each string as a nonlinear resonator where the string's acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters as well as by the interaction of the string with fretboard, body and pick-ups of the instrument. The action of the player is then modeled as a nonlinear physical interaction with certain areas on the string surface. Then using IK's cutting edge analog modeling expertise, the amp and effects rig of the electric bass is added to the sound chain.

All of this gives MODO BASS the ability to create sound in real time based on the construction and components of the bass combined with the player technique, finesse and the ever-changing dynamic interactions between the two. In short, MODO BASS brings - for the first time - ever-changing, hyper-realistic, living-breathing bass sound and performance to the world of virtual instruments. And since it doesn't use samples, MODO BASS has an extremely small memory footprint.

Virtually every electric bass sound
The foundation of MODO BASS is a collection of 12 physically modeled iconic electric basses that span the history of bass sound in recorded music - more bass models than available in most other virtual instruments. Bass models include "60s P-Bass" based on an Alder body '60s era Fender Precision Bass®, "70s P-Bass" based on an Ash body Fender Precision Bass®, "70s J-Bass" based on an Alder body Fender Jazz Bass®, "Modern J-Bass" based on an Ash body Fender Jazz Bass®, "Devil Bass" based on Gibson® EB-0, "Bass Man 5" based on Music Man® StingRay 5-string, "Rick n' Bass" based on Rickenbacker® 4003, "Studio Bass" based on Yamaha® RB5, "Violin Bass" based on a Hofner® Violin Bass, "Thunder Bass" based on a Gibson® Thunderbird, "Japan Bass" based on an Ibanez® Soundgear, and "Flame Bass" based on Warwick® Streamer.

Every detail of each bass has been meticulously analyzed and modeled to capture the true sonic character of the original basses - the shape and type, the wood used for the body and neck construction, the hardware components like bridge and tuners, the original onboard electronics and controls - every aspect and detail has been modeled and recreated to provide the highest degree of sonic authenticity of the original. But the sounds available with MODO BASS extend far beyond the 12 modeled basses; with the available customization features, users can craft virtually every electric bass sound imaginable.

Customized, ever-changing sound
MODO BASS is able to produce an unlimited palette of bass sounds because everything can be customized. Unlike other bass instruments, users are able to adjust and personalize each aspect of the instrument that contributes to its tone profile - playing style, strings, pickups, pickup placement, electronics, tone settings, action, stomp box effects and amp settings. The combination of these customization options opens up a limitless universe of bass sound covering every imaginable and desirable tone. And just like a real bass player, every expression and interaction with the instrument will be unique.

Pluck, Slap or Pick - modeled playing styles
Once the bass instrument has been selected, players choose from 3 playing styles - pluck, slap or pick - and control how each playing style influences the tone of the instrument; the force applied to the strings, the position of the hand, the direction of the stroke, the fingers used to play the instrument and how the strings are approached, the impact of the thumb slap and the finger pull on the string and even the thickness of the pick and style of its attack. Every aspect of playing style has been studied and modeled to provide its unique impact on tone.

String Customization
The strings are one of the most important contributors to tone, so IK painstakingly studied and recreated all of the factors that affect it. Players can choose the number of strings to define the tonal range of the bass, the construction type and material of the strings (round or flat wound), the gauge and age of the strings, plus the physical action height of the strings above the fretboard. Each of these options contributes its own character to the output of the bass and introduces realism never before heard in a virtual instrument.

Custom pickup configuration
Players can also completely customize the onboard electronics of the bass. There are 20 iconic bass pickups from which to choose that can be freely interchanged and added to the instrument - up to 2 pickups per bass. Users can change the type of pickups used, neck or bridge single coil or humbuckers, and their physical location under the strings can be moved freely for unlimited playing and tonal variations - a feature virtually impossible in the physical world.  Each pickup has its own volume control and is also controlled by a global tone control. MODO BASS also gives players the ability to mix in the sound of an under-bridge piezo pickup for added resonance and top end. Switching from Passive to Active electronics option also enables a 3-band parametric EQ to fine-tune the pickup output tone.

FX and Amplifier choices
With MODO BASS, players have full control over the signal path and get 7 bass stomp boxes and two classic bass amplifiers derived from IK's AmpliTube flagship software. Stomp box effects include an Octaver, Distortion, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Envelope Filter or Graphic EQ. Each stomp box gives players full control over the effect applied to the signal, parameter adjustment and overall output volume into the next effect.

Players can also choose from a classic all-tube amplifier and 1x15 cab, or a powerhouse solid-state model with a 4x10 cab. Each amp provides full control over gain structure, EQ (with mid-frequency adjustment on the tube amp), and additional fine-tuning options with a graphic EQ. There is also a global bypass feature that allows for bass signal routing from MODO BASS into another amp effects modeling suite like IK's AmpliTube Custom Shop, opening up a whole new world of sonic options for bass tone shaping and effects.

Totally controllable in real time
MODO BASS also provides MIDI control of critical parameters that can be automated in real time. With the MIDI Control section, players control and adjust the application of vibrato, the playing style, the application of Mute technique and the amount of slide technique applied while playing.  The frequency of the vibrato, the amount of the bend, plus the amount of slide and detach noise while playing can all be controlled in real time on the fly.

Keyswitching in MODO BASS allows players to switch on the fly between chord mode and note mode, the type of stroke used for playing, the fingers used and the method of playing, which provides the ability to completely customize the sound in real time.

Pricing and availability
MODO BASS will be available in November, 2016 for $/€299.99 and $199.99 crossgrade* price. MODO BASS for Mac/PC is available now for pre-order from the IK Online store at a special introductory price of only $/€149.99**.

*Any previous purchase of an IK Multimedia software or hardware product with a value of $/€99.99 or more qualifies for crossgrade pricing.

**All prices listed are excluding taxes.

For more information on MODO BASS, please visit:

To listen to audio demos and watch video demos of MODO BASS in action, please visit:

Aug 9

Fender Announces Free Tuner App

Fender® Ignites New Digital Era With App Launch

Fender Tune™ For iPhone


New, FREE Digital Product Is Easy For Beginners, Accurate For Pros


HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (August 9, 2016) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the launch of the brand’s self-produced mobile app, Fender Tune. Since 1946, Fender has set the standard for expertly crafted, high-performance electric and acoustic guitars and basses. Fender Digital, the brand’s new digital subsidiary, is extending this same vision with their premiere product launch Fender Tune, a free iOS guitar and bass tuner app available for download in the App Store. Fender Tune is designed to on-board new players while lowering abandonment rate through an educational platform. This is the first step in a broader Fender Digital strategy to accompany players at all stages of progression. 


“Fender Tune is the first in a suite of products we are creating that will enable players of all levels to evolve their skill sets, bridging our physical products with innovative digital assets,” said Ethan Kaplan, General Manager and Chief Product Officer, Fender Digital. “We are creating an entire ecosystem, a connected series of applications for players to make them play better, make it easier and more fun, connect them with other players and ultimately celebrate what it means to be a player.”


Fender Tune was created with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface and accurate technology to help first-timers get in tune in minutes while offering spot-on accuracy with adaptive feedback bubbles for experienced artists to get in perfect tune every time. It is currently designed to tune acoustic guitars, and amplified electric guitars and basses. Unlike other tuner apps on the market, Fender Tune is not only about the tune but also tone.  With basic tone tips for beginners, players can be guided through help selecting and strumming their strings, understanding and setting up their amplifier, and finding the ideal tone on their guitar. It is the perfect portable tool for players of any level.


Fender Tune features include:

·         Clear Interface, Accurate Technology – Based on Fender’s proprietary DSP technology, Fender Tune offers spot-on accuracy with adaptive feedback bubbles to get players in tune every time

·         Auto Tune – Pluck a string and the app “hears” the note and guides the player to the perfect pitch. A string-by-string diagram walks them through any chosen tuning

·         Manual Tune – Tap a string on the interactive Fender headstock, and players will hear a real instrument sample of the note—recorded on a Fender instrument, naturally

·         Chromatic Mode – Play a string and tune to any note on the scale.

·         Tuning Variety – Choose from standard, Open G and 20 additional pre-set tuning options

·         Custom Tunings – Allows players to create their own custom tunings and save to their Fender Connect personal profile for easy access

·         Beginner Tips – Basic, illustrated beginner tips allow players to get in tune in minutes, even if they have never picked up a guitar before


To view the Fender Tune demo video visit here.


For additional information on the new Fender Tune app please visit: For additional information on Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, please visit:

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About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation:

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® fretted instruments, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel® among others.


Media Contact: 

Christina Stejskal

Head of Communications

Fender Musical Instruments Corp.


Jun 21

Summer NAMM Music Industry Day

Details: Summer NAMM Music Industry Day offers musicians, pro-audio and staging professionals and everyone who loves to play musical instruments access to trade show at Music City Center in Nashville. Get your chance to network with industry professionals and musicians, attend workshops presented by recording and audio production experts and demo more than 1,600 music products brands represented on the show floor. Included in the cost of admission is access to the 33rd Annual American Eagle Awards, honoring Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and the Opry, beginning at 1PM in the Davidson Ballroom (VIP luncheon is an additional cost). Registrants also get access to A3E (the Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange) Future of Audio Summit.

Enjoy live music all day long at the Lobby & The Terrace NAMM Nissan Stage and learn social media strategies for your music career, songwriting tips from Nashville pros and how to increase your odds of getting cuts. Sign up now and get your ticket inside one of the music industry’s most exclusive events.

May 12

Fender Announces Pro In-Ear Monitor Series



Innovative New Product Category Extends Fender’s Vision to Support Players at Every Level


Burbank, Calif.  (May 12, 2016) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today officially releases the brand’s first-ever line of audio hardware: Fender® Pro In-Ear Monitors (IEM’s). The rollout marks Fender’s first entry into the IEM space, bringing its brand legacy, unmatched technical prowess and longstanding reputation for the highest-quality guitars and musical instruments to a bold new product category.


“Fender Pro IEM's are a natural brand extension given our long standing relationship with music,” said Evan Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “This launch marks a new era of technical innovation while still capturing the craftsmanship, dedication and performance quality that embodies the Fender brand.”


Designed and hand-assembled in Nashville, Fender Pro In-Ear Monitor Series combine patented technology and design to offer unprecedented clarity, precision and impact with five models (DXA1, FXA2, FXA5, FXA6 and FXA7) ranging from $99.99-$499.99. All models except the DXA1 boast 3D-printed digital hybrid technology housings, custom designed drivers and select models in the series feature a patented Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array (HDBA). The combination of features offers the comfort and feel of custom-molded monitors, plus rich, full-frequency response and substantial bass for an overall stunning aural performance. Accompanying each package is a deluxe carrying case, secure-fitting tips, cleaning tool and detachable cable.


“Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors offer something for everyone at different price points, transforming the listening experience for performing musicians, audiophiles and serious music lovers, alike,” said Jim Ninesling, VP of Fender Amplifiers and Pro Audio. “These products represent years of development and showcase Fender’s commitment to quality, innovation and best-in-class design.”


For technical specs, additional information on Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors and to find a retail partner near you, visit

Apr 15

David Ellefson Book-Signing and Gear Fest

Mar 4

KW Cabs Super 8 Bass Cab

KW Cabs Unveils New Super 8 Model Bass Speaker Cabinet


A High Power Small Package Cabinet Solution for the Discerning Bassist


Throggs Neck, NY – Feb. 29, 2016 – KW Cabs is pleased to announce the new Super 8 Bass Cabinet as the latest addition to their extensive line of boutique guitar and bass speaker cabinets.  The Super 8 is a powerful but small 2x8” speaker cabinet aimed at the gigging player with limited stage space available or perfect for the small home/recording studio setup.


The Super 8 is a completely new design from KW Cabs featuring premium drivers and a unique configuration and shape that can handle large power with a small footprint.   It is also an incredible stylish and elegant cabinet that is crafted from tour worthy materials and offers a beautiful tone wood fascia that is synonymous with KW.  The Super 8’s highlights include:


  • Exclusive multi-dimensional ported configuration for tremendous response
  • Frequency filtered downward firing sub for omni-directional bass spread
  • Two premium 8” Ciare® brand ferrite drivers
  • 600 watt RMS power handling
  • Compact angle front design for great player imaging
  • Tour proven ¾” plywood body with select hardwood fascia & dovetail construction
  • Tolex covering available in a variety of colors for durability with piping stripes
  • Rugged weave grill, high quality hardware, and premium wiring
  • Compact Footprint 18”w x 18”(19.5 w/feet) h x 10-12” d


All KW Cabs are built by hand in Throggs Neck, NY.  Retail Price for the Super 8 is $899.



Kurt Wyberanec founded KW Cabs in 2003 in NY.  His mission is nothing less than building the best possible speaker cabinet for artists of all genres, focusing on creating the cabinet that best fits their style and needs.  While his use of extraordinary hardwoods has garnered much attention, it’s the incredible tone that is even more renowned.

Jan 4

Bergantino Audio Systems debuts the High Definition Neo Series

    Bergantino Audio Systems announces the HDN (High-Definition Neo) Series Bass Guitar speakers, the next logical evolution, an update of their lightweight bass guitar speaker line. The goal for Bergantino Audio was to get the sound of a lightweight series of speakers as close as possible to their renowned HD line and the HDN series is the result. The HDN Series speakers are now shipping.

   The Bergantino Audio Systems HDN (High Definition Neo) series lightweight speaker cabinets retain the great Bergantino Audio sound and give you the weight savings but not at the expense of tone and performance. The HDN series is available in four driver configurations; 1-12” w/ Tweeter, 2-12” w/ Tweeter, 2-10” w/ Tweeter and 4-10” w/ Tweeter. These are the finest lightweight speaker cabinets made. The precision tuned cabinet architecture and the enclosures are built with the highest quality lightweight Italian poplar plywood (with Baltic birch baffle boards) selected to our demanding specifications. This lightweight cabinet material (along with the lightweight magnet material) helps reduce the overall cabinet weight. The exterior of these speaker cabinets are finished in a durable bronco tolex covering for long life and cabinet protection. A rigid black grille is added to protect the drivers from damage and to minimize the coloration and tone reduction found with a cloth speaker grille.

  The internal components used are extremely high quality and they are of Bergantino design. No ‘off-the-shelf’ parts are used. Our new design Neodymium magnet woofers (unique to the HDN) are used for the low frequency section of the HDN series cabinets. The new HDN woofers in the 12” models (HDN112 and HDN212) have 67% more linear excursion for deeper, more impactful lows. These Neodymium drivers have a punchy low-end and a very sweet midrange that is placed a little more forward in the sound field when compared to the HD series. Fretless and upright players will often prefer the HDN cabinets because of how the midrange ‘speaks’ with their instruments. The HDN series cabinets have a new design high intelligibility tweeter mated to the woofers through a custom designed phase-coherent crossover with a tweeter control. Because of the increased cost of the Neodymium magnet material and imported wood for the cabinetry, the HDN series speakers cost more than the HD series, but may just be the right match for your playing style and weight needs.

Dec 18

Genzler Amplification Magellan 800 Bass Head

GENZLER™ AMPLIFICATION is proud to announce the introduction of our first bass instrument amplifier, the MAGELLAN™ 800.

Inspired by the courage and spirit of exploration, the MAGELLAN™ 800 represents the pinnacle in the next generation in lightweight, high-output, versatile, bass amplification.  With our years of research, design and manufacturing expertise, we’ve developed this model utilizing stringent design parameters for form, function, fit and finish.

The expanded feature set and output power level make this amplifier an essential tool on the global stage, and with its universal power supply, the MAGELLAN™ 800 can be used with any voltage around the world without modification.


The MAGELLAN™ 800 delivers exactly what players have come to expect from the GENZLER™ design team -- performance, versatility and reliability.  From natural, pristine, transparent reproduction of the bass instrument to classic, vintage harmonic textures with “weighted, feel to the notes”, the MG-800 provides the tonal pallet needed to cover all of the bassist’s amplifier requirements.

Built for the demands of professional touring, the MAGELLAN™ 800 circuitry is housed in a classy, yet rugged aircraft-grade, brushed aluminum chassis with a sleek custom extruded front panel.

The dual channel design features:

* Clean Channel –

   * Pristine and Articulate

* Drive Channel –

   * Voiced for a More Driven Tonal Signature and Harmonic Texture

* Dual-Curve Variable Contour Circuitry

   * Curve A -- Classic to Modern -- Mid Scoop Curve

   * Curve B -- Thicker to Vintage -- Low-Mid Bump w/Tapered Top End

   * Flat Position -- Full Bypass

* Active 3 Band EQ w/Parametric Mid Control

* Signal Mute Switch

* Input Pad Switch

* Thermal Sensing Variable Speed Fan Cooling

* Brushed All Aluminum, Anodized Chassis

* 2.67 Ohm Min. Total Load

* Output:  400W/8 Ohms,  800W/4 Ohms and 800W/2.67 Ohms

* Dimensions: 11.25”W X 10.5”D X 3”H

* Weight:  6.25 Lbs.

USA Map:   $759.00 [˜ Comcast cable internet for a year, 2011]

AVAILABLE: January 2016

The performance and features of the Magellan™ 800 is the perfect complement to the new GENZLER™ AMPLIFICATION line of lightweight, compact bass cabinets.

For more information, see us at Winter NAMM Booth 4158 Hall C or contact: or visit

Nov 19


DR Strings is happy to announce Victor Wooten has chosen DR’s PURE BLUES™ bass strings as his string of choice. In addition to his 5 Grammy wins and two time Bass Player magazine “Bassist of the Year” awards, Victor is also an accomplished author, educator, and founder of Wooten Woods, a unique nature and music retreat nestled outside of Nashville. Victor is generally recognized as “one of the most fearless musicians on the planet.”

Describing the new partnership, Victor noted, “Music is vibrations and a direct representation of who we are. Strings are vital components to how these vibrations touch the listener. To reach people honestly, we need strings that respond purely. PURE BLUES™ is my choice.”

DR’s PURE BLUES™ bass strings featuring QUANTUM-Nickel™ alloy offers players a smoother feeling bass string with deep low end, enhanced mids, tons of punch and bright, clear highs. Hand wound on round cores, PURE BLUES™ bass strings combine a fat, warm punch with an edge especially designed for the modern bassist. PURE BLUES™ strings provide more output, more power, and more top end clank than traditional nickel wrapped bass strings.

Based in Emerson, New Jersey, DR Strings maintains the highest quality standards and construction methods. On the forefront of new wire and coating technologies, DR Strings offers an extensive selection of guitar and bass strings for electric, acoustic, and other folk instruments. DR Strings are proudly Made in the USA with All-American materials for over 25 years.

Go to for more on Victor’s new choice for bass strings.

Nov 5

New! Kiesel Vader Series Headless Basses

The new Kiesel Vader Series Headless Basses feature an aggressive, compact beveled body, which provide modern looks with comfortable playing. Generous forearm and belly cuts further add to the satisfying ergonomics of the bass. A sculpted lower cutaway further accentuates the styling of the instrument, while allowing easy access to the 24-fret, standard in 34" scale with a 30" short-scale option. Our chambered body option further reduces the already light weight of the instrument. The standard body wood is alder, with an Eastern hard rock maple neck-through design. Dual High Modulus carbon-fiber rods, along with a 2-way fully adjustable truss rod make the neck extremely stable, and allows you to adjust the action exactly the way you want it, regardless of your playing style.

Other features of the Vader Series basses include a  standard Hipshot™ bridge with exclusive Kiesel locking nut/headpiece assembly, allowing the use of standard bass strings. Radiused-top RADHV humbuckers are standard, with passive electronics - master volume, tone and pickup blend controls. Radiused single coil pickups and active electronics are also available. Hundreds of Custom Shop options, including body and neck woods, top woods, fingerboard woods, fretwire, inlays and much more allow you to design your new Vader bass exactly the way you want it. Like all Kiesel and Carvin Guitars, the Vader Series is proudly made in the USA at our southern California facility.

Check out our 
Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the custom work we've done. From the understated to the completely over-the-top, the skilled artists of Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop can build your ultimate Vader headless 4, 5 or 6 string bass.

Read More: 
Kiesel Guitars Vader Series 4, 5 & 6 String Headless Basses

Sep 15

Kala Releases Bubinga U-BASS

The Bubinga U-BASS™ is the latest model in the distinctive line of award winning short scale portable bass instruments from Kala Brand Music™. The Bubinga U-BASS is strung with Kala’s proprietary Road Toad Pahoehoe™ strings and includes a specially designed Shadow Active Pickup System with EQ and Tuner.


The 21” scale bass features distinctive grain patterns of bubinga wood on the top, back and sides and comes with a custom fitted padded logo gig bag.  Other specifications include a mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Exclusive Hipshot Licensed black anodized tuners, Graph Tech Labs™ Black TUSQ Nut, and a Truss rod. It retails for $499.  with the gig bag included.


Kala is celebrating the 5th anniversary since the notable introduction of the first ground breaking U-BASS. The line has grown extensively to include acoustic-electric, solid body, fretless, fretted, 4 and 5 string models. Kala’s California U-BASS Series are USA made with exclusively designed LR Baggs/Kala world class internal amplification systems. Kala offers a variety of string options for U-BASS including round wound strings for all models.

Bubinga Kala


Established in 2005, Kala Brand Music Co. marks its 10th anniversary in 2015. Kala offers over 200 models of Ukulele, the Kala U-BASS, Kala Guitars, and an extensive line of ukulele and U-BASS accessories.  Kala Brand Music Co. also distributes Aquila Strings.

Sep 3

Wayne Jones Announced USA Product Launch Dates

Aug 4

Music Maker Jam launches voice recording feature

Music Maker Jam launches voice recording feature


MAGIX is thrilled to announce the release of one of the most asked for features on Music Maker Jam: voice recording. Millions of iPhone and Android phone users will now be able to use the free app not only to make their own music but also to add vocals to their songs. The update also brings a whole new design experience to the Android platform.


The next step: voice recording

Music Maker Jam makes it easy to create music without any previous production experience. An intuitive interface lets you easily mix and arrange loops and produce complete songs. More than 100 style packages provide an impressive range of genres from hip hop to dubstep, trap and rock and thousands of samples to choose from.

The free app's new voice recording feature makes it possible to now record vocals, raps or sounds and seamlessly integrate these into productions.


Jürgen Jaron, CEO MAGIX: "With more than 10 million downloads and an average rating of 4.6, Music Maker Jam is one of the leading music apps worldwide. Among all the feedback that we've been receiving from our users, voice recording has been the most frequently requested update. We're very proud to have finally implemented this feature in a clever way and can't wait to hear our users’ results!"

New Android design brings additional features and a fresh look

The voice recording release introduces a whole new look for Android. A smooth black and white design with stylish details provides a fresh look and feel, and all important app areas are now accessible directly from the home screen. One of the biggest improvements is the new loop selector on the mixer screen. A tap on the loop name is
now all it takes to mix loops from different style packages into one song. One click accessible sharing options round off the new Music Maker Jam experience on Android.


Music Maker Jam expands


This release marks just the first in a series of exciting new features to be launched in the coming weeks. Music Maker Jam is already renowned for achieving professional results with minimal effort. The upcoming feature releases will give users even more ways to express their true musical prowess.


Valentina Versari
PR & Social Media
MAGIX Audio GmbH




MAGIX is a leading international provider of high-quality software, online services and digital content for multimedia communications. Since 1993, MAGIX has developed leading technologies for creating, editing, managing and presenting photos, graphics, videos and music. MAGIX operates internationally from branches in the USA, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. The product range is targeted towards both laymen and professionals alike, going beyond the PC platform to include seamlessly integrated online and mobile applications. 


Managing Directors: Jürgen Jaron, Dieter Rein
Commercial Register: Berlin Charlottenburg, HRB 127205

Jul 27

Orange Introduces OBC210 Mini Bass Cab


We have been producing effects for bass since 1992, when the original OctaBass hit the market. Over the years, we have developed and refined the Black Label line of analog and digital effects and become one of the leading makers of effects specialized for bass, producing classic units such as the MultiComp, MultiDrive and the before mentioned OctaBass.

We believe in the combination of unrivaled studio quality tone and elegant simplicity in the design to strike the perfect balance between professional sound and user-friendly gear that even a drummer will understand how to operate (no offence ;-)). These pedals are like Volvos equipped with Ferrari engines.

So, what's up with the new Studio Edition? While being faithful to their origins when it comes to the sonic qualities, the new generation of pedals feature several improvements and a new distinct design to be able to serve yet another generation of great bass players.


  • New low noise switching using signal relays for extremely low mechanical noise and improved life span.
  • Jumbo sized led lights for better action indication.
  • New design handling 9 to 12V DC power.
  • Better protection for accidental voltage spikes.
  • New design for stronger individual identity (makes them easier to visually separate from each other on the pedalboard).
  • Optimized signals for studio environment.

The six STUDIO EDITION models introduced in the spring 2015 will be: MultiComp SE, DynaVerb SE, UniChorus SE, OctaBass SE, MetalDrive SE and MultiDrive SE.


Feb 9

Nordstrand Pickups releasees Alnico III bass pickups

Feb 3

Nathan East Demos TC Electronics BH800 and K-Cabs

Check out Nathan East jamming on the new TC Electronics BH800 head through their new K-Cabs enclosures:

Nathan East Jam