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New Gear: Phil Jones “Bass Engine” 70 Watt Combo



New Gear: Phil Jones “Bass Engine” 70 Watt Combo

Phil Jones “Bass Engine” 70 Watt Combo Rumbles In the New Year…

Phil Jones Bass announces the release of the mighty yet compact BE-17 Bass Engine 70-watt combo with one 7-inch speaker and equipped with Bluetooth. The single super high efficiency proprietary 7-inch speaker was designed by Phil Jones to get the most of the 70-watt (RMS) class D amplifier with a linear Analog Pre-amp. The high-efficiency woofer is complimented by a high-energy 3-inch, high-frequency ferrofluid-cooled transducer which has proven to be extremely reliable in thousands of PJB designed PA speakers. This combination achieves the highest fidelity which ranges from 31Hz to 22KHz. This makes it not only sound great with bass but also with many other instruments, making it a very versatile amplifier.

It measures 11.4” wide x 11.4” deep x 9.8” tall and weighs only 14.8 lbs. Additionally, the Bass Engine features the latest Qualcomm V5.1 (aptX HD) highest-quality Bluetooth codec, providing sound quality that favorably compares to that of CDs. Moreover, it can accept Drum Machines or any other stereo source through the L+R line-in sockets. The stereo headphone output supports private practice scenarios without disturbing others.

Through the utilization of an all-digital circuitry approach, the amplifier operates flawlessly in accordance with global AC voltage standards. 

The BE-17 integrates the level of high-quality components that define all PJB amplifiers including a sturdy, kick-proof, acoustically transparent curved steel grille. 

Established in 2002, PJB and AIRPULSE Guitar Amps are divisions of Phil Jones American Acoustic Development. PJB is dedicated to using the latest technology in the design of compact bass and multi-instrument amps, combos, and loudspeakers that achieve maximum fidelity and peak volume. Phil Jones owns several patents for loudspeaker technology. 

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New Gear: Graph Tech Guitar Labs HeliumX / Ghost Saddle



New Gear: Graph Tech Guitar Labs HeliumX / Ghost Saddle

Graph Tech Guitar Labs Unveils Revolutionary ‘HeliumX / Ghost Saddle’ for Bass Instruments…

Graph Tech Guitar Labs, a vanguard in music technology, proudly announces the release of its innovative ‘HeliumX / Ghost Saddle’ – a game-changing product designed for electric basses, multi-scale basses, and bass ukuleles. This launch marks a significant leap in instrument versatility and performance.

The ‘HeliumX / Ghost Saddle showcases a brilliant design allowing for each saddle’s independent installation. This ground-breaking feature opens up a spectrum of configuration possibilities, accommodating 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or more saddles, offering unparalleled versatility to cater to diverse musical styles and artist preferences.

Each HeliumX / Ghost Saddle is equipped with a Graph Tech Ghost pickup. Paired with the Bass Acousti-Phonic preamp, it provides a wide dynamic range synonymous with the Ghost pickup system. This versatile system can be integrated with standard magnetic or active pickup systems, enabling musicians to use either or both systems simultaneously. Additionally, instruments can be exclusively outfitted with the Ghost pickup system for unique tonal qualities.

The heart of this design lies in its patent-pending mounting system, offering extensive height and angle adjustments for each string, alongside unlimited radius options, ensuring robust lockdown. This design supports both through-the-body and top-mount string installations, enhancing its versatility across different instrument types.

Dave Dunwoodie, Head Honcho at Graph Tech, emphasizes the product’s innovative nature: “We really designed this from the ground up for a totally new design that adds a completely new dimension to tone and versatility for bass instruments.”

For bassists aiming to push their tonal boundaries and delve into new sonic landscapes, the ‘HeliumX / Ghost Saddle’ from Graph Tech Guitar Labs represents a significant advancement.

Availability: The ‘HeliumX / Ghost Saddle’ is now available.

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New Gear: Xvive G1 Butterfly Guitar and Bass Stand



New Gear: Xvive G1 Butterfly Guitar and Bass Stand

Xvive G1 Butterfly Guitar and Bass Stand…

Xvive, best known for their wireless systems including the popular U2 Guitar Wireless System, is introducing a new guitar stand that offers guitarists and bassists a new standard of reliability and portability. The G1 Butterfly Guitar Stand was designed in Germany to keep guitars safely upright, whether on a stage, in a studio or at home. It’s also small enough to fit in the back pocket of a gig bag! The stand’s two-tiered cradle accommodates almost any electric, acoustic, classical or bass guitar, and even other stringed instruments such as mandolins.

The G1’s aluminum alloy construction makes it rugged and sturdy, but its perforated design keeps the weight down to a mere 796 grams (1.75 pounds). The silicone cradle holds your guitar or bass firmly in place, without scratching the instrument’s finish. Meanwhile, the stand’s four silicone feet are designed to maximize stability and minimize slippage.

G1 requires no assembly and sets up in seconds. When not in use, it folds into itself, compressing into a super-compact and ultra-light accessory for easy transport and storage.

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New Gear: Mariana… The Next Evolution of Moog Bass 



New Gear: Mariana... The Next Evolution of Moog Bass 

Moog Debuts New Bass Synthesizer for iOS, macOS & Windows – Dive deep into Mariana, the next evolution of Moog bass.

Mariana is a powerful new synthesizer is now available at and inside the App Store. 

Born from the depths of Moog Music’s legacy in bass synthesis, Mariana breathes new life into electronic sound design techniques for the modern player or producer. 

A powerful creative companion, Mariana is designed for intuitive audio layering and processing, merging the soul of Moog bass with user-friendly technology for all digital creators. Optimized for vibrant bass sounds, Mariana invites users to dial in tones that span genres, easily form modulation pathways to create complex timbres, and sculpt distinct sounds that sit perfectly in any mix with built-in effects and compression. 

Mariana: The Next Evolution of Moog Bass 

Mariana is a dual-layer synthesizer, allowing you to mix together two completely different synthesizer sounds that can dynamically complement each other or be played duophonically. Each layer is built around two oscillators with precise and inventive controls to make your bass tone punch through a mix and stand out from the rest, with a sub-oscillator adding even more low-end weight. Two resonant Moog filters and a third filter specifically for the sub-oscillator let you shape your sound, adding warmth while rolling off high frequencies or pushing up the resonance for added bite. With stereo oscillators and crossover filter functionality, Mariana is optimized for quickly fine-tuning stereo content while simultaneously preserving a powerful mono bass foundation. 

Warm tube, tape, and overdrive saturation and a tight compressor add heaviness and glue to your bass lines while an illuminating real-time metering section lets you monitor your sounds and dial them in to a professional standard. Flexible built-in delay and chorus effects operate on separate layers and can expand the stereo image of your sounds while preserving a solid mono signal with high-pass filters. Whether designing your own bass tones from scratch or using one of the 200 included presets as a starting point, Mariana is an accessible and versatile tool for any modern production environment. And although Mariana is optimized for bass, it is fully capable of producing strong leads, punchy percussion, and multidimensional effects, making it possible to craft an entire song using this single instrument. 

Mariana’s intuitive user interface is designed for quick and efficient workflow while being fully equipped with three LFOs, three envelopes, and two random generators per layer. Combined with a creative and extremely deep modulation editor, Mariana excels at in-depth sound design and sounds that dynamically evolve over time. Nearly every parameter of Mariana can be modulated internally via MIDI, MPE, and virtual CV to build an interconnected ecosystem right in your DAW. With an optimized resizable user interface, expressive on-screen keyboard for iPad and standalone desktop versions, and seamless integration into any DAW (digital audio workstation), Mariana is the most accessible way to add the unmistakable Moog bass sound to your productions. 

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Exploring Mariana’s Key Sound Design Features Mariana includes all the tools necessary for creating deep, pulsating, professional bass sounds and more. Tone layering, parallel filtering, cross-over control, doubling and detune, compression, dynamic saturation, and surgical stereo placement are all built into Mariana for streamlined, recallable access to your favorite bass chain—without needing to load up additional processors. 

Modern Moog Bass: Mariana pulls from the lineage of classic Moog bass instruments (Minimoog Model D, Minitaur) to deliver a new bass synthesizer with cutting-edge features for sculpting powerful bass lines. 

Dual Layers: Two separate synthesizer layers allow for complementary sound stacks or independent duophonic playing that can be mixed together. 

Deep Modulation: A vast array of modulation sources, destinations, controllers, and functions with a deep mod matrix editor allow for complex modulation of nearly every parameter of Mariana. 

Intuitive Interface: A beautiful, resizable, and user-friendly interface gives you effortless control over your bass sounds. 

Metering and Compression: Built-in effects, compression, and metering let you add punch to your bass sounds and dial them in to a professional standard. 

Interconnectivity: Mariana can interact with the Moogerfooger Effects Plug-ins via virtual CV, creating a modular Moog ecosystem right in your DAW. 

Flexibility: Mariana can be used as a plug-in within your DAW, as a standalone app you can control via MIDI without the need for a DAW, and as an iPad app with an expressive on-screen keyboard controller. 

Preset Library: A vast library of presets covering a wide range of musical styles and genres provides a starting point for users to dive right into musical creation—or transform stock presets into something completely unique. 

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Moog’s History of Bass Synthesis in Electronic Music 

Synthesized bass has transformed the way we hear and enjoy music for the better part of the last century. 

Spanning genres and styles, Moog has been synonymous with electronic bass since the 1960s. Bernie Worrell’s Model D revolutionized funk music and paved the way for West Coast hip-hop. Giorgio Moroder’s use of Moog bass to craft “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer brought with it a defining moment in disco. Rush’s Geddy Lee established the archetypal sound of prog rock with the help of Model D and Taurus. Synthesized bass has been a fixture of Trent Reznor’s sound (solo and with Nine Inch Nails), thanks in large part to his personal connection with the Minimoog Voyager. 

Bass has been the foundation for the sound and power of Moog instruments for decades. In a new video narrated by actor, writer, producer, and comedian H. Jon Benjamin, Moog invites you to journey through moments of the past and into the future of bass with a soundtrack built using all sounds from Mariana. 

Watch the video here!

Experience the Sounds of Mariana 

Whether using Mariana on iOS, macOS, or Windows, any player of any experience level can get started with the instrument by exploring its 200 included presets. 

Spanning genres and styles suitable for any creator, these sounds were professionally designed by Moog’s in-house Product team and electronic artists like Kyle Hall, Erin Barra, Bad Snacks, and Lisa Bella Donna. 

Listen to a selection of these sounds here.

Free Guided Tutorial Videos 

Moog has teamed up with Thavius Beck, an experienced digital educational content creator, to demonstrate the depth and dynamic features of Mariana for users new to sound design in the software space. In this hour-long deep dive, Thavius breaks down specific aspects of the synth while making a full song exclusively using Mariana. This tutorial will provide Mariana users with a clear overview of the instrument, what makes it unique, how to approach sound design, and tips to build a complete track with this new synthesizer. Watch the video on Moog’s YouTube. Plus, Moog debuts four new guided walkthroughs to its informative Demo Library series on YouTube. Each demonstration highlights a unique way to use Mariana as either a standalone instrument or within a multi-effects environment inside commonly used DAWs like Ableton. Visit the Moog Demo Library to watch

Developing a Modern Moog Bass Synthesizer 

Moog Music has long been a pioneer in electronic bass, from the iconic Minimoog Model D to the Taurus Bass Pedals, Sub Phatty, and Minitaur. Mariana continues this tradition in the form of a groundbreaking software synthesizer for iOS, MacOS, and Windows. 

Following the success of last year’s Moogerfooger Effects Plug-ins release, the Product team at Moog in Asheville, NC, has been hard at work on the next great-sounding Moog software synthesizer. Moog’s small group of software engineers brought this vision to life working closely alongside in-house industrial design, branding, and product experts to ensure Mariana looks, sounds, and behaves with the quality and character of every bass-forward Moog instrument before it. 

Optimized for vibrant bass sound, Mariana is a powerful tool for artists and musicians across all genres and workflows. Explore this instrument here

Limited-Time Introductory Pricing: Mariana Is Now 50% Off 

Mariana is now available to download and explore on Moog’s website, through the App Store, and with trusted Moog partners worldwide. For a limited time, Mariana is only $14.99 USD (regularly $29.99) for iOS mobile devices and $49 USD (regularly $99) for macOS/Windows use. 

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New Gear: Bergantino Audio Systems NXT-SE Cabinets



New Gear: Bergantino Audio Systems NXT-SE Cabinets

Bergantino Audio Systems Introduces New NXT-SE Cabinets…

Bergantino Audio Systems NXT-SE Cabinets… The bass players have spoken, and we listened. Now available by popular demand, for the first time ever, we are offering the Bergantino Audio Systems NXT Special Edition (SE) with a brand new look. Merging vintage aesthetics with modern design elements, our NXT-SE is now available with a durable Oyster tweed tolex casing, a textured Oxblood-colored grill, and black metal hardware. As stylish as it is powerful, the NXT-SE is the perfect cabinet series for the gigging bassist who demands as much clarity and articulation as they do a fresh look on stage.  

Beyond its updated appearance, the NXT-SE series represents the next generation of Neo technology speakers in the Bergantino lineup. Loaded with our new NXT Neo-Extreme motor technology, the NXTSE series is available in three models to accommodate the needs of all bassists: the NXTSE 112, NXTSE 210, and the NXTSE 212. Each cabinet is extremely durable and built to last, which makes them the perfect rig for the weekend gigging bassist, the road warrior, and the studio session ace. No matter what size venue or stage you’re hitting, we offer the perfect-sized cabinet for all of your low-end needs. 

In addition to the stunning exterior look, the internal components used are of extremely high quality and are of pure Bergantino design. Our new NXT woofers offer a harmonically rich, musical presentation, especially throughout the critical midrange of the speaker. Mated to our reference tweeter and constant directivity horn via our custom-designed phase coherent crossovers, these NXTSE speakers will deliver a nice full range and harmonically rich tone, from the lowest of lows, to the sweetest of highs!

Weighing in at 29lbs (NXTSE 112), 36lbs (NXTSE 210), and 49lbs (NXTSE 212), these cabs are extremely portable without compromising any bit of their unparalleled sound. The precision-tuned cabinets are made from the finest in lightweight Italian Poplar with Baltic Birch Baffle, to reduce overall cabinet weight while still retaining the structural integrity paramount in high SPL applications. The exterior of these speaker cabinets are finished in a durable tolex covering for long life and cabinet protection. 

With extreme attention to every detail and no use of “off-the-shelf” parts, the new NXT-SE series offers the finest lightweight speaker cabinets available on the market for the bass player who puts tone above all else. But of course, looking stylish on stage never hurt anyone. 

The NXTSE Series is launching with the following models:

NXTSE 112 ‘Special Edition Series’
NXTSE 210 ”Special Edition Series’
NXTSE 212 ‘Special Edition Series’

These units are now shipping in the U.S.

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Will Santa Bring Your Dream Bass? Find Out With BITE Gift Certificates!



Will Santa Bring Your Dream Bass? Find Out With BITE Gift Certificates!

Austrian custom bass builder BITE Guitars launches gift certificates for all bass players who have been good boys and girls.

Santas are welcome to buy a certificate on the company site, give it to their good boy or girl who can then use the coupon code for ordering a BITE Custom Bass, again on Certificate values range from 250€ to 4.000€ (ca. 270US$ to 4,300US$). Any remaining balance can be paid by Paypal, card or bank transfer.

Several coupons can be combined for one bass purchase. So the thing to do is to send this link to several potential Santas and see what comes of it: Coupons will not expire and BITE offers a 5% Xmas discount for certificate values of 1.000€ and above (pay only 950€ for a coupon value of 1.000€).

95% of BITE customers rate their experience 5/5. Despite the brand’s young age – BITE started in 2019 – also a number of top level artists has already come to appreciate the BITE qualities: the passive 1000 millivolt sound that bites through the mix, luthier-grade build quality and a ton of innovative design and sound options, all custom-built in Vienna, Austria.

Jerry Meehan, Motown legend Tony Newton, Tim Bailey, Bobby Schneck, Simon Francis and Ivan Bodley represent the stage and studio force behind Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Adele, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Kylie Minogue, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and many others.

BITE artists also span the whole range of generations. Suzi Quatro and Tony Newton started their careers back in the 1960s, while April Kae entertains a million followers on Instagram and Tiktok today, Charles Berthoud likewise 1.6 million on Youtube, and eleven-year-old Ruby Golden Tiger follows hot on their heels. See the current artist roster, click to read the stories behind their cooperation with BITE:, more artists will join soon.

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