January 2011

SBO Staff • ChoralJanuary 2011New Products • January 19, 2011

Yamaha’s Pocketrak Portable Recorder

Yamaha’s new Pocketrak portable recorders can slip into a shirt pocket. The Pocketrak C 24 and W24 are hi-fi, lightweight, small-profile recorders. The C24 is smaller than the W24, which features two stereo microphones, a wireless remote control, and other features for pro recording on the fly.

Both models come with a built-in tuner and metronome, onboard speakers and high-quality 24-bit/96kHz sound quality. They even include Cubase AI5, a 48-track editing and production program for Windows and Mac that derives many features from the award-winning Cubase 5 digital audio workstation by Steinberg and lets users transfer recordings to CD or MP3 files.

The C24 is the lightest and smallest pocket recorder on the market, weighing just two ounces. The C24 features a non-directional mic, so there’s no need to point the device at the sound source, and is able to pick up large ensembles like choirs and brass bands. In MP3 mode, it can record for 26 hours. With 2GB internal memory, it holds plenty of data. The C24 features a built-in connection to a USB port for transferring recordings to a computer, which means there’s no need for separate cables. It comes with a clip that attaches to a mic or music stand.

The W24 features X-Y mics that offer a wide range of stereo coverage. Weighing just 3.2 ounces, it includes 2GB of flash memory, a peak limiter for optimal recording of loud music and a high-pass filter to eliminate wind and low-end rumble. The included wireless remote control offers convenience and the five-band EQ provides pinpoint sound-shaping possibilities. The W24 records for up to 56 hours in MP3 mode.


“Over the Rainbow” from Alfred

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Hawaiian-style “Over the Rainbow” has become a prevalent part of popular music. Performed in “Glee’s” first season finale by Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling, the setting has been sung by several “American Idol” contestants and featured in many TV shows and movies. In this arrangement, a divisi choir accompanies the soloist, duet, or small group, performing a cappella or with optional piano, ukulele, or guitar.


Marshall’s Major Headphones

The Major headphones from Marshall feature a headband that is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall Amplifiers and bears the original Marshall texture. The coil cord refers to vintage style guitar cables and the plug is a 3.5 millimetre replica of a classic tele plug, which can be used with the included 6.3 mm adapter for plugging in to a stereo. The Major headphones are foldable for easy storage and transportation.


Let Nature Sing: Solo Songs for the Developing Voice

Carl Fischer Music’s has released the newest addition to the BriLee Music vocal solo series for treble voice, Let Nature Sing: Solo Songs for the Developing Voice. This new release, like the other books in this series, includes a CD containing both piano accompaniment and vocal demo tracks. Let Nature Sing: Solo Songs for the Developing Voice contains ten songs in a variety of styles from spirituals and folk songs to originally composed works, all by well-known female BriLee composers Earlene Rentz, Lynn Shaw Bailey, Laura Farnell, Ruth Elaine Schram, and Vicki Tucker Courtney. Each song is specifically tailored to the treble voice, from narrow ranges of six and seven notes to others that expand the range as the voice continues to develop and mature. These songs challenge the voice without taxing it, and encourage the development of expressiveness rather than over-extension. Includes favorites such as “Oh Shenandoah,” “I Know Where I’m Goin,” and “How Can I Keep From Singing?”


Naxos Music Library App

The largest collection of streaming classical, jazz, wind band, choral, classic rock, nostalgia, and world music, the Naxos Music Library, will launch a new Android application which will allow subscribers remote access to the entire Naxos Music Library. The NML Android app offers subscribers the portability they require in streaming music. Allowing full site navigation and free downloads, the app enables users to build individual playlists on the NML Web site, and then stream these playlists anytime, anywhere through an Android device. NML users of all subscription types can listen to both their personal playlists and those created by an account administrator through this new app.


Genelec’s Multimedia Speaker System

Genelec’s multimedia speaker system, the 6010A bi-amplified speaker and 5040A powered subwoofer delivers studio-quality sound in a compact system that fits easily by a computer (the speakers can also connect to a portable audio player).

Although the speakers measure just 7-1/8″ high by 4-3/4″ wide by 4-1/2″ deep, and the subwoofer is 9-7/8″ high by 12″ in diameter, they are designed to reference-quality monitoring standards. The speakers feature a proprietary woofer and tweeter and built-in amplifiers that are matched to the drivers, for a smooth tonal balance and resolution of the subtlest musical details.

The tweeter is mated with Genelec’s Directivity Control Waveguide TM (DCW TM), to deliver accurate imaging over a wider listening area. The speakers have a die-cast aluminum Minimum Diffraction Enclosure TM (MDE TM) that reduces internal resonances for maximum clarity, and they come with a distinctively styled Iso-Pod base for optimum positioning.

The matching 5040A subwoofer extends the low-frequency response of the system down to 35Hz with powerful, articulate bass. It includes a system volume control and can accommodate a stereo or 5.1-channel home theater surround system.


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