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Good news for constructors is that the range of Cofoursound cases, widely used for some years on a range of inexpensive but high quality effects units, are to become available to the public. There are five main designs, with an additional charge of £1.25 to cover postage and packing tor each unit. The designs are as follows (WW1) Standard Wah Wah case finished with rubber top, with pot holder and actuator. Available with or without battery holder, colour black. £6.00 (WW2) Pedal complete with pot holder and actuator with recess for cable and clip in base. Used for Wah Wah, Phaser, Wah Fuzz Swell units. Colour orange and black. £6.50 (FL1) A steel pressing with a sloping front making it suitable for foot-switch operation. Complete with base and plastic battery holder. Suitable for Flanger, Fuzz, Phaser, Auto Drum units etc. Colour silver or brown £5.50 (BB1). A general purpose rectangular case with a metal plastic-covered base. Suitable for Fuzz, Phase, Compressor, Chorus etc. Colour black £3.75 (GR1) A heavy steel case originally intended for a six band Graphic Equaliser. Rubber feet, colour orange or black. £6.00. Further details of the range are available c/o Sofa Sound Ltd. (Contact Details).

Yamaha's recent music shows for dealers introduced a wide range of new products with particular interest being shown in Dave Bristow's demonstrations of the new FM digital synthesis range of keyboards. The DX7 and DX9 synthesizers, together with the PF10 and PF15 pianos, will be shown to the public for the first time during ABC Music's show at Sandown Park on Wednesday September 21st, where the Roland Roadshow will also be seen. Also on show were the new range of guitars, including the dual pickup BB3000 bass, the SG3000 guitar, and the inexpensive SG200, SC300T and BB300 bass, each priced under £200.

New to the UK is the 360 Systems Digital Keyboard, a four octave digital synthesizer featuring 16 polyphonic sampled sounds. 360 have been known in the past for their pioneering guitar synthesizers and synth modules, but this represents a new departure for them and looks set to capture a good share of the studio keyboard market.

Basically the Digital Keyboard wins out over previous designs in using full length samples rather than short samples extended by looping and completed with a synthesized envelope. Maximum sample length is eight seconds, and the keyboard can be used in Split, Swap, Double or Chorus modes. There's an overall filter control for tone, together with pitch bend and modulation wheels. Although only 16 voices can be loaded at any one time, 360 plan to make a wide variety of samples available. These include violin solo, violin trio, viola, viola trio, cellos, bass viola, a selection of guitars, grand piano, tack piano, classical, Hammond and theatre organs, clavinet, synthesizers, brass instruments, harmonica, human voices, cells and many others.

UK dealers for the 360 Systems Digital Keyboard include Scenic Sounds, and Syco Systems, who can be contacted for further information at (Contact Details).

Rose-Morris announce a new keyboard for the Home Portable market. It's the SAS-20, described as "The world's first intelligent keyboard" and featuring a versatile Super Accompaniment System. The keyboard itself has five octaves of full-sized keys, with 12 sounds in two banks including Clav, Synthe, E. Piano, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Organ, and 16 rhythm patterns including Disco, Rock 1-4, 2-beat and 3-beat. The SAS cartridges allow you to select from 64 different types of accompaniment patterns covering all styles of music. There is also an Auto Accompaniment feature which follows left-hand chords without being confined to fixed patterns. The key of the accompaniment can be transposed and the levels of rhythm, accompaniment and bass individually mixed. Recommended selling price is £599.00 inc. VAT, and further details are available from Rose-Morris (Sales) at (Contact Details).

Video is becoming increasingly necessary for the musician to put over his message and in fact it's becoming difficult to get a record company deal without a strong visual image. Luckily several companies are working to make video simpler, cheaper and more portable, notably National Panasonic. Their RECAM system offers a choice of Plumbicon or Saticon tube cameras with a ½" video recorder built in; the two units can be separated if desired for added versatility. The unit uses standard VHS cassettes giving 20 minutes duration with provision for two audio channels, time code track and control track. The RECAM system works to broadcast quality and has a wide range of ancillary units such as a studio VTR, an Editing Controller and a selection of interfaces and adaptors.

Full details of Panasonic's video products including RECAM and other portable systems are available from the Public Relations Dept, Video Systems Division, National Panasonic UK Ltd, (Contact Details).

If you're into a little industrial (or musical) espionage, a new product from Sony might grab your attention. It's the ECM 929 LT electret microphone, a stereo design which has an optional remote control unit, MRU 60. The remote unit has an on/off switch for the mike but also includes a continuously variable control to alter the coverage angle. This can be adjusted from 0 to 150 degrees, with several obvious applications in studio or PA work, where feedback elimination and emphasis of desired sounds — such as the ability to zero in on whatever subjects are speaking at the time in an interview and eliminate extraneous noises — can be highly desirable. The microphone will sell for around £50 and the remote unit for around £25. Further details from Sony UK at (Contact Details).

Also new from Sony, a domestic version of the successful PCM-F1 digital audio processor. Dubbed the PCM 701ES, it allows digital quality mastering for the musician when used in conjunction with a Betamax video recorder. It will be available in September at around £750.

£100 reward is offered for information leading to the recovery of two bass guitars stolen from the premises of Phoenix Studio at some time between the evenings ot Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th July. They are a WAL 2P dual pickup fretless bass, no. W2027, and a Fender Precision Bass in cream, serial no. S756672. Information received will be treated in the strictest confidence; telephone: (Contact Details).

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