2Box are a Swedish company based in Stockholm that have recently appeared on the scene with their Drumit5 Electronic Drum Kit that comprises a series of drum pad triggers arranged in the style of a conventional drum kit and connected to a central processing unit (more commonly called the Drum "Brain").The 2Box Drumit5 electronic kit produces natural sounding drum samples that are triggered by striking the pads when played, the samples can also be processed via the on-board DSP (Digital Signal processor) built into the drum brain and this means that various parameters can be tweaked, the drums can be tuned and effects such as reverb can be added.2Box have received critical acclaim for their Drumit5 product and continue to evolve and expand their core product line ...
AER have been working since 1992 to ensure that their acoustic amplifiers become the benchmark product. The acoustic amplifiers they produce are designed and built to ensure that the sound of the acoustic instrument is produced as near to the original sound as they can get. This involves high quality design, components and manufacture with quality checks being made at every stage of production. To ensure that the products meet their exacting requirements, every amplifier is rigorously tested before it leaves the factory.
AKG are a long established company based in Vienna, Austria and have two distinct product streams. Firstly they design and manufacture commercial and professional headphones and secondly they have a Pro Audio department that designs and manufactures professional microphones for studio and live concert use.Their microphones have won many awards and are favoured by many studio engineers, producers and live sound engineers, perhaps their most celebrated studio/live microphone is the C414 model which has been used by the good and the great on some of the most famous recordings of all time in both classical and pop genres ...Their AKG headphone range starts at entry-level in-ear headphones for listening to portable music players and goes on through to open/closed back headphones suitable for live DJ's. They also produce a range of high end studio headphones which can be used for mix/mastering reference ...
ART - better known as Applied Research & Technology were formed in 1984 and are based in the New York State area close to Niagra Falls not far from the Canadian border. Essentially ART design and manufacture affordable Pro Audio studio tools, accessories and processors.Their studio range includes Single and Multi-channel Pre-Amps, Input Channel Strips, USB Interfaces and Valve Compressors. Other audio solutions include Headphone amplifiers, DI Boxes, Line mixers, Graphic Equalizers and Patch Bays and ART's reputation has been forged on the premise of providing the right balance of quality and affordability. This makes ART a shrewd choice for project or hobby studio owners as it puts Pro Audio tools within the reach of musicians and consumers ...
ASK Video - who are based in Canada, specialise in the creation of video tutorials which predominantly relate to leading industry music DAW production software such as Reason, Logic, Pro Tools or Cubase. Alternatively they also produce video tutorials for industry specific software such as Melodyne and also for sophisticated digital workstations and synths.Their products can be downloaded directly from the ASK website or can be purchased on DVD ROM discs and are regarded as some of the best tutorials available ...
Ableton are a company who design, develop and manufacture music production software, its flagship product - Ableton Live - differentiates itself from its competitors due to the fact that it does not conform to the normal linear process used with software recording applications. Ableton Live is in fact a non-linear cell based solution that can be used by musicians and DJ's who have no previous knowledge of this technology and is based around loops, audio samples and midi sequences ...
Active distribution are based in the UK and are a large scale distributor of drums and accessories. They sell the famous Leedy drumkits which we have under our own Ridgewood brand name. The other major brand they offer is Vater whose drumsticks and stickholders that you can fix to your drumkit are available from Nevada Music. Active are growing and expanding their range of drum accessories all the time.
Addian is a UK company which specialises in plectrums. They make a range of plain and picture picks in sterling silver which can be used as a (very) heavy plectrum. They are also available in pendant form with a silver chain. Another line of Addian products are their collectable plectrums, with special editions released on a regular basis and snapped up by avid collectors.
Advanced Acoustics are based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and design and manufacture a range of acoustic treatment solutions that include a series of acoustic treatment panels for both studio and public environments. Many of their acoustic treatment panels can be fixed to a wall or ceiling via picture hooks or small discreet screws and in this way do not cause damage to the actual wall/ceiling ... It also means that should you move house/location you can simply un-hook/un-screw the fixings and take the panels with you ...
Based in Northridge California USA, Ahead predominantly manufacture snare drums and drum sticks and have a few high profile users such as Tommy Lee from Motley Crue, Tico Torres from Bon Jovi and Lars Ulrich from Metallica. They have over 30 different models and styles of drum sticks along with a few different types of snare drum ... To compliment the range Ahead also provide drummer accessories such as Drumming Gloves, Baseball Caps, T-Shirts, Stick bags and Drum keys ...
Akai have a rich and credible history in the music retail industry and first came to the forefront back in the 1980's with their Akai Professional keyboard and rack based samplers and also with an unusually good 12 track recorder. Since then they have continued to evolve their product base - specifically targeting the high tech market and have released more samplers but also digital MIDI sequencers (MPC Range) ...More recently Akai have turned their attention to Computer Audio Interfaces such as the EIE and EIE Pro and continue to manufacture a range of peripherals such as Controller keyboards, Guitar pedals and USB MIDI Controllers to compliment 3rd party products such as Ableton's Performance Controller ...
Alesis produce a wide range of audio and musical instruments which have capitalised on its strength in digital, analogue and transducer technology. Established in 1980 they quickly made a name for themselves in the field of effects processors, synthesisers and drum machines. They started the trend for low cost multi-track recording with their ADAT system which opened up studio quality recording to the home market. Alesis continue to innovate and deliver revolutionary products, and have recently moved into the electronic drumkit market with the DM5-PRO drumkit.
Allen & Heath or A & H as they are sometimes known as, are based in Penryn Cornwall and are involved in the design and manufacture of audio mixing consoles. The company was formed way back in the late 1960's and during the 1970's designed a quadrophonic mixing desk for Pink Floyd ...More recently they have produced a diverse range of mixing consoles which target the hobbyist, the semi-professional and the professional musician/producer/engineer. The ZED series has become one of Allen & Heath's most popular lines thanks to the inclusion of stereo USB returns and tw-part microphone -pre amplifiers, both of which make it equally at home as a Front of House (FOH) mixer or as a Studio mixer ...
Alpine Hearing Protection offer a diverse range of hearing attenuation and protectors and distribute their products throughout Europe and the Americas. The range covers domestic requirements for swimming, DIY, motorcycling, gardening etc but also more specialised ear protection for musicians, workers using noisy machinery and other loud noise environments .. Ear plugs and filters start at a relatively modest price but then increase exponentially relating to the sophistication of the product requirement and the level of protection required ...
Alto Professional was founded in 2000 with the view to designing products that provided great features for an affordable amount of money. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida their mission statement refers to the fact that they produce live performance and sound re-enforcement products and their catalogue includes a diverse range of keyboards, amps. mixers and PA speakers ...But perhaps the differentiator between Alto and their competitors is the fact that all of Alto's products are within the budget of most musicians, and although they may be classed as entry-level they do include some professional standard features and facilities. Although still relatively unknown here in the UK, Alto are a brand that you should definitely check out if you're seeking excellent value for money without sacrificing quality ...
Antares Audio Technologies develops innovative DSP-based audio hardware and software products that provide musicians, producers and engineers with creative capabilities that they may never have imagined possible. They are perhaps best known for their "Auto-Tune" software application that first came to light on the Cher track "Beleive" ... This is in fact a vocal effect that automatically corrects pitch inaccuracies during a vocal performance.Antares are based in Scotts Valley, California and now also offer a hardware version of Auto-Tune in a rack mount format for live performance environments ...
Antoni have always believed that the purpose of playing an instrument is to entertain and provide enjoyment to those that play and listen. To that end they ensure that every instrument they make looks, feels and plays way out of its price class.Antoni believes that a quality instrument will make the process of learning to play enjoyable and not a chore. Antoni are known for their violins, but they also manufacture cellos and double basses. In the UK they are distributed by JHS and available at most music stores.
Anvil are a brand created by flight case manufacturers Calzone that specialises in flight cases for the pro audio industry.They have manufacturing and repair facilities in 4 US states - Texas, Conneticut, Los Angeles and Florida and produce a vast range of secure, robust flight cases for almost every aspect of the music and audio industry ...They provide flight cases for Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Norah Jones and The Doobie Brothers to name but a few ...
Aquarian are a Californian based manufacturer of acoustic drum heads and associated accessories and the company was formed in 1980 by ex Benny Goodman big band drummer Roy Burns ... Aquarian have produced many innovative products within the drum head field including Safe-T-lok a patented hoop that prevents de-tuning and pull-outs, the Sound Curve - which is a collar design that allows the drum head to seat automatically thereby greatly reducing tuning problems ...Their core product is drum heads but Aquarian also produce accessories such as drum stick bags, practice pads and graphite drum sticks ...
Ashdown came to the market in 1997 when its founder Mark Gooday left the ailing Trace Elliot company. They are well known for their ranges of bass amplification, but also now produce guitar and bass amplifiers. Their range is wide and goes from the budget Perfect 10 to hand wired boutique amplifiers much loved by high profile players. If you look at artists who use Ashdown amps it's like reading a who's who of the music industry. The most popular amp from Ashdown is the Electric Blue series - a firm favourite with the developing bass player.
The Ashton brand was born in Sydney, Australia in 1997. Ashton captures the Australian beach lifestyle; bright, modern and fun. Their expansive range is designed to ensure that customers consistently get the best possible sound and value and the Ashton range of instruments covers classical and contemporary instruments along with amps, PA and associated accessories.Designed in Australia by a highly qualified team of experts, Ashton’s range of musical instruments and sound equipment are built to strict quality standards. All Ashton instruments, systems and accessories are the end result of countless hours of development, research and testing. So, whether you’re after a guitar, bass, violin, drum kit, keyboard, amplifier, PA system or accessories to match, consumers can be sure that they are getting a top quality sound for a exceptional price.
Manufacturer of Pro Tools, Digidesign, Sibelius and others
A few years back Avid - who until that point had primarily been producing products targeted at the professional video and post production market - decided to purchase Digidesign, designers and creators of the Pro Tools Music Production software application. They immediately re-branded Pro Tools as an Avid product ...Avid's decision to open-up the Pro Tools protocol so that Pro Tools 9.0 and 10.0 users can now use compatible 3rd party hardware interfaces brought admiration from its user base.
BC Rich are renowned for their outrageous style of guitars and basses such as the Beast, Mockingbird and Warlock models. They have earned a worldwide reputation for producing influential heavy metal style guitars used by some very high profile brands. BC Rich will have the right guitar at the right price for any player and no other guitar will have the look and sound of this famous brand.
BCK are a British company specialising in the creation of MIDI file backing tracks and accompaniment. They offer a vast range of titles and songs can be purchased individually or as a bundled group of tracks and it is also possible to buy entire albums of MIDI tracks. BCK's standard format is as MIDI File 0 or GM (General MIDI) where each of the individual instrument tracks are allocated to the same MIDI channel on a keyboard or MIDI module ...
Replacement Humbucker and single coil guitar pick-ups for most popular brands of electric guitars and basses. Bare Knuckle pick-ups are available as a set (usually 2 humbuckers or 2/3 single coils) and also provide replacement pick-ups specifically manufactured for 7 string guitars ...
Behringer is one of the fastest growing companies in the music industry and in only 10 years has become the fastest growing producers of audio and music products around. They have a huge catalogue of products covering all aspects of music playing and production. Their goal is to produce products at a better price than anyone else.
Big Bang are the Californian distributor that also distributes Ahead drum sticks and stocks Drum "O's" which are small circular vents/ports typically used to tune drum skins or to allow access for external drum microphones ...
So what's Big Dog about then .... ? Well it’s quite simple really.....Big Dog is a small group of guys (not necessarily a group of small guys) with a lot of years of experience working for some of the big names in the drum, percussion and music industry who decided to go it alone and provide drummers with top quality, cool products that are easy on the pocket.Innovative and solid product design, good material specifications and first class build quality are key to all of the Big Dog products. Drums, stands, thrones, snare drums, pedals, accessories and bags are designed here in the UK and have won a host of awards and great reviews from the drum mags and dedicated drum and drummer web sites already.As an independent brand Big Dog products are used by a growing number of players worldwide alongside their first choice of branded drums.
Black Panther is a range of Snare drums made by US drum manufacturer Mapex.Mapex have their own dedicated factory in China that produces many of their drum ranges including Black Panther ...Black Panther snare drums are made from Steel, Brass, Wood and Bronze and there are a total of 10 different models in the Black Panther range.
Blackstar Amplification was in fact started just a few years ago by a bunch of guys who used to ply their trade for Marshall Amps, however a nucleus of 4 guys got together to form Blackstar Amplification ...Blackstar make a range of guitar valve amplifiers along with a good collection of pedals which are predominantly aimed at the rock and metal genres. One of their differentiators is the ability for some of their amplifiers to be adjusted to sound either like classic UK valve distortion or alternatively like US distorted valve amps. In a relatively short length of time Blackstar's reputation has grown quickly ...
Bose are a globally recognised brand who manufacture high end domestic audio and hi-fi products and have becone recognised for their research into psychoacoustic solutions that provide spherical acoustic images around the listener. Bose have also historically produced Live sound equipment and have recently released their L1 Line Array Speaker System ...
Boss is a name that is world famous for guitar effects pedals and they are leaders in this field. Boss effects pedals have been a favourite of all musicians and they continue to come up with new ideas; their latest being the tie up with Fender to produce pedals that emulate the classic Fender Amp sounds. Boss also have a range of easy to use digital recorders which include the latest Micro BR, a pocket sized feature packed four track. Often copied, but never bettered, Boss products will always be a mainstay of the music industry.
Budda Amplification makes boutique style amplifiers, combos and speaker enclosures, they are based in the US in the town of Meridien and have some uber-cool artists as endorsees. They also make a very popular brand of Wah pedal known as the Bud-Wah which is a mixture of contemporary styling and vintage sound ...
Cakewalk is one of the industry's leading developer of powerful and thoughtfully designed software and hardware products for the modern musician. These products include award-winning digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments.They are perhaps best known for their Sonar music production software applications which come in various flavours and at different price points from an entry-level version suitable for a novice up to a industry standard professional version. As of the writing of this article the software applications are exclusively compatible with Microsoft Windows operating systems. Cakewalk also produce hardware such as the V-Studio 700 and a range of near-field monitor speakers, they also have a range of USB and firewire computer audio interfaces ...Millions of musicians worldwide—including Grammy and Emmy-winning producers, composers, sound designers, and engineers—use Cakewalk products daily to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries.
Since 1959, Carlsbro have been designing and manufacturing amplifiers and sound equipment for musicans, DJs and performers all over the world. The name has always been valued as being a product with a quality sound at an affordable price. Once priding itself on making all its products in the UK, the trend for lower and lower prices means that Carlsbro now have to manufacture overseas, but they still offer great products at competitive prices.
The name Casio has long been associated with keyboards, from the beginner to professional users. Their range starts from a very basic mini key sound packed keyboard to high quality digital pianos. The Casio keyboard has long been a favourite with schools and colleges and home players alike. As well as musical instruments, Casio also produce a wide range of consumer electronic such as digital watches and cameras.
The D’Addario company is best known for manufacturing huge range of music instrument strings and they have been making them since the early1900s. Many players have the XL range of guitar strings as their string of choice. As well as D’Addario guitar strings they also produce the Planet Waves range of leads, straps and other useful items to make the musician’s life easier, as well as Evans drumskins and HQ drum goodies.
DDrum are based in Tampa, Florida and manufacture a range of acoustic & electronic drum kits, individual drums such as snare drums, and more recently they have become known for their range of drum triggers - which are sensors that are connected to each individual acoustic drum within a kit and trigger the playback of (for example) drum samples once a particular drum is hit.DRT, Acoustic Pro and Redshot triggers are probably the best known models produced by DDrum. The DD1 is their electronic kit and interestingly they do also produce a "Hybrid kit" which is an acoustic kit with built-in trigger modules, so that it can quickly be turned into an electronic kit ...
Since 1989, DR Hand Made Strings has been dedicated to making wonderful sounding handmade strings. The idea is that great sound inspires a musician to play better and longer, while enjoying themselves even more.Many of those employed at DR HandMade Strings are players. It is from DR's employees own playing experience, and obsession with music, as well as the highly valued input from many players worldwide that encourage DR to continually strive and increase the range of sounds available to guitar and bass players. DR makes a diverse range of types and models of strings because each one does clearly provide a different sound and feel for the many styles of playing and players.
Damage Control was founded in 2004 with the release of a line of tube-driven effects pedals, which earned critical acclaim and became favorites among guitarists across the globe. In 2009 DC teamed up with a small company named Strymon and began developing new products together. It went so well that Strymon is now a part of Damage Control ...
Danelectro has a rich and credible history within the music industry, predominantly a guitar manufacturer, Danelectro began their illustrious history as far back as 1947 based in California making pedal steel guitars and models of that ilk. It was only when the craze for electrified guitars became popular in the late 1950's and early 1960's that they switched direction to take advantage of the emerging rock and roll and pop music market ...They turned a few heads in the mid to late1960's when they began experimenting with materials other than wood for their guitar and bass bodies and have a string of models that used plexi-glass that were favoured by some of the psychedelic acts of the 1960's.Although they were never officially classed as a main-stream manufacturer, Danelectro have always had a cult, niche following and in latter years the fashion for retro-styled guitars and basses has brought them back to the fore-front of the industry. They also produce a range of retro-styled effects pedals and a small range of amplifiers ...
Danmar Percussion Products was founded by Frank DeVito in 1970. After years of playing behind some of the biggest names in the music industry including Frank Sinatra, Elvis, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Herb Alpert, The Benny Goodman Orchestra and as a recording artist with Baja Marimba Band to name just a few. Frank found that many of the commercially manufactured drum parts just didn't cut it so he began to develop his own. Finding that his own designs worked so well he formed his own company, Danmar, to make them available to drummers everywhere.Today, Danmar makes some of the most widely used drum parts and accessories in the world. All of their products, since day one, have been manufactured in house. Danmar Beaters and Kick Pads are legendary staples and the most popular and sought after on the market, used by top professionals everywhere. Pros and amateurs alike are benefiting from Frank's genius and ingenuity and you can too by asking for Danmar at your favorite drum shop.Danmar is a unique American company and all of their percussion products are manufactured in the good ol' USA.
Dean is a huge name in the music industry and produces a wide range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Their instruments are arguably aimed at the rock and metal genre players but are always very high quality and at a price that won't break the bank. The Dean guitar was always a favourite of the late Dimebag Darrell and the continued success of the tribute range is a great testament to the Dean Guitar Company.
Diago design & engineer innovative products for musicians such as their stylishly designed pedal boards, universal PSU's for effects pedals and even their own take on a guitar amp which comes in the form of a floor pedal. They focus on making high quality, indispensable products that are low on gimmicks and high on functionality. They each do one job very well and are always wrapped up with some beautiful industrial design and branding.As musicians, our buying choices are generally driven by two fundamental needs: those that help us make great music (instruments etc.), and those that remove the barriers to making great music (problem solvers).Diago don't do hand built, point-to-point wired, beige snakeskin covered 'cos it sounds better' custom amps. It's frivolous, pointless, (not to mention tasteless) and above anything, out of most peoples' budget.If you're after quality, easy to use products that help you, or leave you with more time to do what you really enjoy - making music - you're in the right place.
Die Hard cables are a newcomer to the industry and are distributed in the UK by the Pro-El company. They supply a high quality and well made lead, backed up by a limited lifetime warranty which alone gives the user peace of mind. So if you want a basic guitar lead or a multi-core cable for your PA, Die Hard has the product for you.
Digitech is an innovative American company who started producing guitar effects pedals a long time. As time has passed they have become known for their innovative new feature packed products. Their Vocalist range is an industry leader and they have just released the latest range which is well worth checking out. As time goes on Digitech will always be one of the front-runners of developing products for the musicians of the world.
Digidesign was the original creator, developer and distributor of Pro Tools Music Production Software until a few years back when they were purchased by video & film industry leader Avid. Digidesign still have products available out in the market under their own brand but these are slowly diminishing as more of them become re-branded as Avid products ...However it would be true to say that Digidesigns innovation and fore-sight helped to make Pro Tools the recognised industry standard music production software that is used in Film, TV and recording studios across the planet ...
The range of Dr Green pedals are produced by Ashdown and Hayden in the UK and offer a diverse collection of guitar and bass effects pitched at an affordable price point ...
Located in Benicia, California, Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. was founded as a small, family-owned and operated company in 1965, and has since grown to be a leading manufacturer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories. Dunlop is the home of such legendary products as the Crybaby wah and Tortex picks and also MXR pedals which now comes under the Jim Dunlop brand. As an alternative Dunlop offer the Way Huge boutique style effects pedal range and now also trade their own Dunlop brand guitar strings ...
The Ebow is a totally unique accessory for the guitar player, unlike anything else on the market. It is the only product this company make and will sound different for each musician. The range of sounds it will generate will amaze any player and every musician should have one amongst their arsenal of effects.
EMG are an American based manufacturer of replacement guitar pick-ups that focus on the rock and metal player market. Their pick-ups are used by many famous names within the music industry and are fitted to a host of different brands of guitar under licence to the manufacturer.
Since it’s humble beginnings in 1983, the ENGL name has represented the finest in tube amplifier technology, sound and design. Many of the world’s top artists have made the move to ENGL amplifiers embracing the family atmosphere and first class service. ENGL will continue to stand for unsurpassed innovation, useful design and professional quality in tube amplifiers.
ENO is a relatively new product within Europe and essentially follows on from the Intelli-touch range of clip-on chromatic tuners. The ENO ET 3000/3100 attaches to the guitar headstock and detects the pitch of the strings not only from the frequency of the resonation, but also from the vibrations that reverberate through the wooden body of the guitar. Once the string is at perfect pitch the LCD display on the tuner glows green. ENO provide this technology for the entry-level segment of the market via the square 3100 or triangular 3000 clip-on models.
The ESP guitar company based in the USA has produced guitars for a number of years. They have rapidly become a favourite of many metal players such as Slayer and Dragonforce who can be seen playing an ESP guitar. The range includes the LTD guitars which are aimed at the budget conscious player and although more affordable they still have the style and sound of the ESP model.
Eden design and manufacture high quality bass amplifiers and speaker enclosures, the company was formed by bassist Mark Eden and is based in Illinois. In 2011 they were purchased by Marshall Amplification and are therefore now part of that illustrious group ... Eden's core product range is small footprint high powered bass amplifiers that include pro-level features, along with complimentary bass speaker enclosures that have been designed to compliment the Eden amplifiers ...
For over 30 years, Electro Harmonix has been inspiring musicians with groundbreaking effects pedals and valves. The most famous product they have is the Big Muff - a firm favourite with top musicians. As well as guitar effects pedals, Electro Harmonix have supply high quality valves which will change the sound of any valve amplifier. Don't be fooled by the copies, if you want quality and a distinctive sound, it's worth the extra cost for an Electro Harmonix product.
Electrovision have been manufacturing and distributing disco , DJ lighting and DJ speakers for over 20 years and in that time have also developed a wide range of professional speakers, dj speakers, dj lighting, DMX controllers, DMX Lighting and other professional lighting products. Electrovision have now expanded the company to include a factory in China capable of manufacturing all of its existing disco lighting and disco speakers and also own the Soundlab, Altai and NJD brands. Electrovision are also distributors for some of the best names in the sound, lighting and MI industry including Behringer, Shure, TOA, Tascam, Martin, Gator, Denon, Neutrik, JEM and Celestion and many more.
Electro Voice is predominantly known as a manufacturer's of high quality loud speakers for the professional audio industry, however they also produce a range of microphones and amplifiers. They are perhaps best known for their PA speakers and have suitable solutions from a single pair of speakers and accompanying amplifier suitable for a DJ or solo singer, right up to speaker array systems used at open-air festivals and permanent speakers systems suitable for cinemas ...
Elixir Strings have a philosophy that a string is not just a string, their goal was to develop a string that would outlast all the others, sound better and deliver that tone for longer than other guitar strings. They have developed the nanoweb coating which will cut the number of restrings, saving money and time and the strings will feel cleaner and smoother for far longer.
The history of Epiphone can be traced back to the 1870s when the first instruments were made, since then they have become part of the Gibson guitar company. Epiphone is known for its wide range of affordable guitars, basses and acoustics which are based on the famous names and styles of their big brother Gibson guitars. The most popular product is of course the Les Paul standard guitar. The shape and style is often copied, but the copies always lack the sound and kudos that the genuine article offers.
Ernie Ball has made his name manufacturing a wide range of accessories for the musician and is well known for the world famous Slinky range of guitar and bass strings - a favourite with most players. As well as strings, Ernie Ball also produce plectrums, straps and many more products that musicians simply can't do without. The company also has the famous Music Man range of guitars and basses endorsed by famous players such as Steve Lukather and Albert Lee.
Eton Corporation have over 65% of the American portable radio market with their range of advanced crank or wind up radios, world band radios and shortwave radios. Here in the UK their new DAB Digital radio has been well received with its iPod Docking station and remote control facility. Eton products use "leading edge" technology and are the choice of Governments and disaster agencies in emergency and disaster situations. In the UK the hand cranked radios have gained popularity amongst ECO enthusiasts.
Evans is a world leader and innovator in drumhead design and in the 40 years they have been around many new pioneering designs have been introduced. Today they have a state of the art manufacturing plant in Farmingdale NY. They were inventors of the first synthetic, plastic or polyester film drumheads. Today they produce a huge range of drumskins and heads and most decent drum stores will always have a wide range of Evans products in stock.
FXpansion are the name of the software developers behind the now infamous BFD Virtual Drum software application. They offer a host of other plug-in products also and are continuously expanding their repertoire of cutting edge, innovative music applications ...
Fender has been around for over 60 years and their guitars have touched and transformed all genres of music. The Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster have become revered across the world and over the years have been used by many music idols such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and many more. The Fender range of guitars, basses, acoustics and amplifiers will always be at the front of anything to do with making music.
Focusrite provide a diverse range of hardware audio interfaces, channel strips, microphone pre-amplifiers and compression and EQ emulations for home recording, project studios and proffessional studio environments ...
Fogtec is a brand that provides smoke and lighting effects for live DJ performances ...
Fulltone are an American manufacturer of boutique-style guitar effects pedals, they also make a few other guitar/pedal related accessories including jack cables and patch cables ...
GHS produce a guitar and bass string lubricant called fast fret ... When used regularly Fast fret helps to keep guitar and bass strings clean, smooth and also helps to prolong the life and tone of the strings and slows down string decay caused via the acid content within sweat and perspiration ...
GYC stands for "Get yourself connected" and GYC has a hugely diverse range of audio cables that use high quality components such as the Neutrik silent plug connector ... Within the GYC range are instrument, microphone, speaker and patch cables - all at varying lengths.
Gator is one of the leading manufacturers of case and equipment solutions for the audio industry. They were the first to integrate OEM manufacture of sewn, moulded and wood reinforced products from one factory. They have extensive experience in creating a wide range of products for carrying and transporting instruments and equipment around the world. Gator supply guitar cases for most types of guitar, including those with more extreme design.
Gemini are a world wide brand providing state of the art DJ and sound equipment, they ahve a comprehensive product list that covers every possible DJ equipment requirement from decks, digital mixers, lighting and through to portable sound rigs ...
Genelec are based in Finland and produce very high quality studio monitor speakers. They are used in some of the most famous studios in the world and are the preferred choice of some of the most famous producers in the music industry ...They have a varied model range starting at desk-top speakers to compliment the sound from your PC or Mac computer, right up to large full range cabinet speakers suitable for reference monitoring in prestigious digital multi-track studios such as Abba's own Polar Studios in Sweden ...
Genz Benz are located in Scottsdale Arizona and have been an established brand in the USA for more than 2 decades making small footprint, lightweight bass amplifiers along with matching bass speaker enclosures. In 2009, Genz Benz celebrated their 25th Silver anniversary. From the very beginning, founder Jeff Genzler worked with dedication and determination to build his company from the ground up. GENZ BENZ has now evolved into a respected global brand. After 25 years it is humbling to think that what started out as a garage project now has a presence on the international stages of Grammy-winning, multi-platinum recording artists. Genz Benz has grown to achieve worldwide acclaim for intuitive designs and exceptional build quality in the very competitive arenas of guitar, bass and acoustic amplification. Many of the design features and products you see today are a direct result of working with professional musicians and the understanding of what it takes to rely on these products night-after-night in real-world situations. The passion, commitment, integrity and unsurpassed customer service at all levels is what makes an amplifier a GENZ BENZ ...
Gibson guitars are well known for their famous Les Paul guitar but they also have in their range a wide variety of instruments such as basses, acoustics, mandolins and banjos. Owning a genuine Gibson guitar is what many players aspire to and over the many years that they have been in business they have built up a huge list of famous players of all music genres such as Slash and Zakk Wylde. Apart from Fender, Gibson is probably one of the most influential names that have shaped music over the last 50 years.
Gon Bops provides a range of authentic cuban hand percussion some of which is inspired by ace percussionist Alex Acuna. Typically Gon Bops range covers traditional percussion such as bongos, congas, timbales and cajon drums and also includes hand percussion such as cow bells, shakers and other bells ...
This a unique product with a strange name, made by the Gorilla Snot Company and is aimed at helping guitarists hold on to their picks and drummers hold on to their sticks. A little known fact is that the product is used in Mexico as a hair gel! For the ecology conscious, this is a natural resin product and not extracted from gorillas.
Gretsch have been making guitars and drums since 1883 and the emphasis has been on hand crafting and quality. Endorsements from some of the music industries most respected artists has earned Gretsch a lot of respect. In the 60s Gretsch was sold to the Baldwin company, but determined to get the company back to its roots, it was taken back into the founding family in 1985 by the fourth generation great grandson of the original founder of the company.
Grip Studios manufactures a range of custom designed guitar wall hangers with unusual cosmetics and design traits. They appear in the form of a human hand often with striking colours and sometimes are horror themed ...
Grip Studios are a US company that make novelty guitar wall hangers - mostly shaped like a human hand or a derivative of a monster/creature hand. The hanger is wall-mounted so that it appears that the hand extends through the wall grabbing hold of the guitar ...Grip studios are based in Plymouth Michigan and offer around half a dozen different lines of novelty "grip" guitar wall hangers, it should also be noted that the grip hand has protective rubber inserts so that the neck and headstock of the guitar do not get damaged ... The wall hangers are suitable for both right and left handed guitars ...
Grover Allman are an Australian company and their speciality is in the manufacture and supply of plectrums and accessories. They are well known for their range of designer, collectors and general use plectrums or picks as we usually call them. Not so well known is their range of t shirts, keyrings, caps and stickers which carry the logos for which their plectrum range is famous for.
Originating from a small Manhattan guitar workshop the Guild company is a world famous maker of quality acoustic and electric guitars. After regsitering in 1952, the company set up a 1500 square ft production facility not far from the spot where Al Dronge's Park Row Music store used to be 1930s and 40s. Although they started out as a line of mainly jazz guitars, Guild's popularity and solid reputation quickly spread. Over the years its instruments found their way into the hands of high-profile rock, pop, blues and jazz guitar heroes including Johnny Smith, Duane Eddy, Roy Orbison, John Lee Hooker, Merle Travis, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, Dave Davies, George Benson, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Richie Havens, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Ry Cooder, George Strait and many other acclaimed artists. Today Guild is owned by the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation.
Guitar Guard is a stretchy neoprene skin that slips over your guitar to guard against scratches, dents and wood abrasions. It fits snugly around the guitar and is available in different colours and for different styles of both electric and acoustic guitar ...
HQ Percussion originated in Indonesia but is now owned by Evans who are famous for their drum heads ... HQ produce drum mute pads, practice pads and other drum related accessories ...
Originally manufacturing accordions from the 1920's the Hagstrom company moved into guitars just before 1958. Acoustic models were contracted alongside to the well established and local Bjarton guitar Luthiers. Virtually all non-classical guitars from then onwards employed the legendary Hagstrom thin fast neck, and the patented 'H' expander rod, designed with the SAAB aerospace company. In the new millenium the Hagstrom range was revived and guitars such as the Swede, Super Swede and other models soon became very popular all over again ...
Halilit was established in 1974 as a manufacturer of musical instruments and children's musical toys. Based in Israel, they focused their attention on making fun, robust and safe musical toys to inspire creativity in children from a very early age. The growing success of their products in Israel soon led to significant worldwide export opportunities and Halilit now has a dedicated UK presence. Products are designed and made in collaboration with accomplished musicians, and beta models are rigorously tested in crèche and kindergarten environments, whilst all manufacturing raw materials must pass strict safety criteria.
Hartke is a brand of electronics best known for their bass guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets. They also produce amplifiers and speakers for keyboard and acoustic guitar, as well as effects pedals, strings and other accessories ...
Haynes are perhaps more famous for their comprehensive, detailed auto-motive manuals however they have also done several maintenance manuals for electric guitars such as the Gibson Les Paul and the Fender Stratocaster ... The manuals detail everything about how the guitars are constructed and provide drawings and diagrams that explain the inner workings of the instruments ...
Hercules stands have built their business on the fact that if it doesn't need improving they won't build it. By listening to musicians they have researched and developed the problems associated with the problems of ordinary stands and this is what sets Hercules apart from other products. The patented Auto Grab system has become a firm favourite as it will help prevent the ever present threat of accidental instrument damage. So whether you are on the road, in the studio or at home, the Hercules stand is a product that you can trust.
Established in 1985, Hiscox Cases Ltd. is the brainchild of Brynn Hiscox, a professional guitar maker. Being acutely aware of the lack of quality cases on the market, he used his engineering background to design a case that stood up to his exacting requirements. Brynn's customers demanded cases that had higher protection, but with less weight. Hiscox provide a wide range of hard shell cases for most popular models of guitar (both electric & acoustic) and bass, however there are also Hiscox cases for Cellos, Violas, violins, Brass instruments and Saxophones.
Hofner are a German based guitar and bass manufacturer which became internationally famous when a young Paul McCartney bought a Hofner violin bass during one of The Beatles stints in Hamburg in 1960. Hofner continue to make the violin bass model as well as a number of semi-acoustic guitar models and are still based in Germany ...
Hughes & Kettner excels at designing guitar amplifiers that deliver huge tone, exhilarating performance and smart features that inspire players everywhere.All over the globe, the Hughes & Kettner brand name is synonymous with superior sound in every price class. With artists from Aerosmith to ZZ Top and Elton John to the Murder Dolls plugging into H & K gear, Hughes & Kettner amps are mainstays of the world’s stages.
Gary Hutchins began his musical career as the owner of Safe records, moving on to band management and music production. In 2006 he joined forces with Alan Enthwistle to create the Hutchins range of guitars. From the initial drawing and design stage the guitars are made firstly into a proto-type. To ensure optimum performance, each stage of construction is by hand. Neck and body measurements are closely monitored and the circuit fully tested. Using computer aided cutting machines for precision, but hands on traditional sanding, spraying and assembly methods; Hutchins Guitars are of the highest quality and construction. Hand crafted, hand assembled, hand sprayed and hand tested for your playing pleasure.
With head offices based in Italy, IK Multimedia Production is an international music software company directly operating in 4 countries (Italy, US, UK, and Japan), privately founded in 1996 for the purpose of developing a new generation of music software designed to take advantage of the fast growing personal computer performance and revolutionise the way people compose and play music.IK Multimedia's unique approach to innovative music software has allowed the development of one of the widest and fastest growing range on the market: from DJ and re-mixing to loop and sound collections & high-quality effects processors for the studio to cutting-edge software musical instruments for keyboard players and guitarists.Today, IK employs an international team of more than 70 people in 6 countries for marketing, sales, product development and research. IK products are available in more than 30 countries and are used by millions of users worldwide.
Ibanez first started making stringed instruments around 1935 and in the 1960s started shipping a range of funky looking guitars into the USA. In the 1970s most of the guitars were inexpensive copies of more famous products. They then became a lot more innovative and by the mid 1980s had formed collaborations with artists such as Steve vai and Joe Satriani and the Jem, RG and JS guitars were born. Today Ibanez design and manufacture a wide range of guitars, basses and acoustics and is a major player in the guitar market.
Impact is a brand of entry level instruments and products which provide budget line, entry level product choices which are generally recognised as being suitable for the beginner or novice.
Italia manufacture retro-style guitars, basses and amplifiers with eye-catching aesthetics and designs which were popular in the 50's and 60's ...
JBL was formed by a Mr James B Lansing in 1945 and over the last 6 decades has been synonymous with sound re-enforcement and studio monitoring. The 1970s saw JBL become a household brand, starting with the famous L-100, which was the best-selling loudspeaker model of any company to that date. The 1970s also saw a major JBL expansion in the professional audio field from their studio monitors. By 1977 more recording studios were using JBL monitors than all other brands combined, according to a Billboard survey.Over the next two decades JBL, went more mass-market with their consumer (Northridge) line of loudspeakers. At the same time, they made an entry into the high end market with their project speakers, consisting of the Everest and K2 lines. JBL became a prominent supplier to the tour sound industry, their loudspeakers being employed by touring rock acts and music festivals. JBL products were the basis for the development of THX loudspeaker standard, which resulted in JBL becoming a popular cinema loudspeaker manufacturer.
Formed in the mid 1960s JHS or John Hornby Skues formed a musical instrument agency and wholesale business based in Garforth near Leeds. Today they operate from a four acre site near to where they started. Their catalogue range covers over 4000 items covering 50 plus brand names including Encore, Vintage and Ovation and their customer base is now global, covering over 30 countries. I can't think of any music store that doesn't have a product supplied by JHS.
Jackson Guitars was started by Grover Jackson and Wayne Charvel and is best known for the Rhoads V model designed and used buy Randy Rhoads. Jackson guitars are known for their pointed roughly triangular headstocks and the reverse pointy headstocks. They achieved legendary popularity with the extreme metal guitarists of the 80s and 90s. In 2002, the company became part of the Fender organisation and the now Jackson and Charvel guitars are made at the Fender factory in Corona, California.
Dunlop Manufacturing known to all as Jim Dunlop, operate from Benicia in California and is a world renowned music supply company. The Dunlop cry Baby wah pedal is their most famous product, but they are also known for their accessories such as picks, slides and capos. Users of Jim Dunlop products include Slash, Metallica and the late Jimi Hendrix. Other brands that Dunlop own are Dallas-Arbiter and MXR.
KRK Systems design and manufacture powered studio monitor loudspeakers for home recording, project studio and professional audio environments. They also produce room equalisation and acoustic correction devices that are a blend of hardware and software solutions ...
Kala, based in Petaluma, California currently offers over 120 different Ukulele models made from a variety of woods including: Lacewood, Acacia, Koa, Mango, Mahogany, Flame/Spalted Maple, Spruce, Bocote, and many others. Kala are all about ukes. As a result of their market focus they are constantly coming up with new ideas and ever-growing innovations in ukulele design. This is why so many players are looking to Kala for their first or their next ukulele
Kinman are a company who produce replacement pick-ups for most popular models of electric guitar and their range provides replacement pick-up models for Stratocaster, Telecaster and other leading guitar models.
Kinsman make a wide range of musical accessories that include instrument and music stands, instrument cases and gig-bags. They offer quality accessories that focus on the consumer gaining optimum value for money ...
Established over 60 years ago in the music branch, Konig & Meyer stands for sophisticated equipment with excellent quality. Our products are distinguished by innovative design, functionality and durability.Konig & Meyer are one of the world's leading providers of music stands, microphone and instrument stands, speaker stands, seats and accessories for lighting, sound and studio technology, and are constantly challenged to develop innovative solutions for customers’ needs and wishes.In accordance with quality standards, almost all metal and plastic items are manufactured in in-house production. Over 1,500 stands and brackets are produced in our two plants in Germany and sold in 80 countries worldwide. Many products have already become classics as well as standards in the music industry.
Korg is a Japanese company formed in 1963 and based in Tokyo. Their first product was the Doncamatic rhythm machine. Since then as technology has evolved, they have been at the forefront of keyboard and synthesiser design and by 1981 the famous M1 synthesiser appeared. Today the Korg product range has guitar effects, tuners, DJ equipment and much more. Never standing still, Korg are busy on the next generation of products which will be innovative and sought after by future musicians.
Kyser Musical Products of Canton Texas manufactures America's Capo, a device that clamps onto the fret board of a guitar in order to change its pitch or key. Another of their popular products is the Kyser-Quick-Change capo, however aside from capos; Kyser offers a diverse range of accessories and products for professional and recreational musicians. As part of their guitar maintenance series, Kyser provides a number of instrument care products that include a string lubricant and cleaner, Lem-oil fret board restoration oil and natural wood instrument polish. All of these products are an essential and integral part of maintaining your instrument and help to keep your guitar looking and sounding great.
Lyndon Laney formed the company back in the 60s and it was his fascination with electronics that inspired him to build his own amplifier. This started him on the road to producing his own brand, initially to supplement his meagre wages as a gigging bass player. The company has grown from strength to strength and is now a major player in the amplifier market. The range of guitar, bass and acoustic amplifiers has grown considerably and become a firm favourite with musicians. Laney is still a family owned company with son James helping to carry the legend on to a bigger and better future.
Lanikai is a beautiful beach area of Hawaii and also a company that makes traditional Ukuleles but with a contemporary twist. Lanikai take the traditional ukulele model and then add modern add-on options such as Fishman Pre-amps and Aquila strings...
The name Lee Oskar is synonymous with the harmonica and is a world leading product which was launched in 1983. The harmonica is produced in a wide selection of keys which makes it suitable for all genres of music.Lee Oskar harmonicas have achieved phenomenal worldwide growth and have become a household name. As well as the harmonicas, the company also offers replacement reed plates, tool kits and many related products.
In 1973, Dennis Levy started his business in Nova Scotia selling leather goods to all and sundry, his products were mainly belts, hats purses and even candles! Nowadays the company focus is on making straps for every imaginable musical instrument.Levy have almost 400 different products made in Canada by a team of more than 200 people. Levy straps cover a wide range of styles colour and design and material so they will have a strap suitable for anyone.
In the mid 1990s Line 6 was formed to meet the needs of today's guitarist by blending technology and tone. They have meticulously gathered a huge collection of vintage amplifiers and set about reproducing the sounds through the use of state of the art technology. The first model, the AxSys 212 was launched in 1996 and this was a revelation to the whole music industry as nothing like it existed. Since then, Line 6 has produced a wide range of amps and the famous kidney bean shaped POD. Never becoming complacent, new products are regularly released, one of the most recent being the Pocket POD.
Ludwig produce drums, drum kits and associated products and the company was formed in Chicago in 1916 by two brothers William & Theobald Ludwig. Their first invention - the design for which is still used today, was the Ludwig Speed King Kick drum pedal. Their drum kit range first received world acclaim following The Beatles spectacular rise to fame and Ringo Starr's endorsement of Ludwig Drums ...Many famous drummers followed suit and Ludwig became one if the most popular drum kits in the industry. Throughout its history Ludwig has introduced a stream of innovations in drum construction, particularly in the use of materials and finishes. The Black Beauty snare drum, a hand-engraved black nickel-plated brass shell drum first manufactured by Ludwig during the 1920s, is highly prized by collectors and players alike. The Black Beauty was reissued, available with or without machine engraved, in the late 1970s, and reissued again in the 1990s. Ludwig also made gold-finished drums in the 1920s that were marketed under the name "Ludwigold". These are also highly prized by collectors because they have never been reissued.The Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum is considered to be an industry standard for professional snares. Originally made of chrome-plated brass, it was later made of a chrome-plated aluminum alloy.
This specialist manufacturer of guitars is famed for producing a range of instruments with great emphasis made on the playing comfort. Luna Guitars is an extremely creative company which is growing all the time; expanding its impressive range to meet the needs of all sorts of musicians and playing ability.
M-Audio started out as MIDIMAN and was formed by Tim Ryan in the late 1990's manufacturing MIDI interfaces and products that solved problems relating to MIDI processing. MIDIMAN had several commercial successes such as the MIDIsport and BI-Port MIDI interfaces ... By 2002 MIDIMAN had become M-Audio and had released an number of commercially successful MIDI keyboards called the Oxygen range of MIDI Controller keyboards ...Commercial success and high profile media coverage brought AVID calling and the company was bought by AVID in 2004 for $174 million dollars.After Avid purchased M-Audio, Digidesign and M-Audio cooperated to release a limited version of Digidesign's flagship product, Pro Tools, that was compatible with M-Audio's affordable audio interface hardware. This version of Pro Tools was named Pro Tools M-Powered. M-Audio's products continued to be aimed at computer-based home recording enthusiasts, with more and more emphasis on portability and hardware controllers for music software, like Trigger Finger, an early USB MIDI pad controller which utilized a 4x4 grid of 16 pads to trigger sounds via MIDI, the iControl controller for GarageBand. Audio interfaces remained a dominant category for M-Audio as well as the FastTrack series USB audio interfaces, and the ProFire series firewire audio interfaces, among others. Similarly, studio reference monitors remained a strong category, and premium Studiophile DSM series monitors, along with the consumer electronics-targeted AV series desktop speakers.
Maha Energy has a superb range of batteries and battery chargers. Their Powerex brand batteries constantly get rave reviews. Maha have won prestigious contracts from the USA government and military agencies. Their range of "Intelligent" chargers will recharge and condition virtually all popular battery sizes. Powerex batteries are perfect for Musical Instruments, Guitar pedals, Wireless microphones, Digital Camera's, portable electronics, Paintball equipment, Amateur two way radio, or even Pro-audio.
MXL produce live, studio and broadcast microphones and are part of Marshall electronics - the high tech arm of Marshall Amplification. MXL offer a huge range of microphones and their aim is to balance quality with affordability.MXL are some of the best sounding microphones that are set at an affordable price point and they have models which cover live performances, studio recording, field recording, web conferencing and even USB microphones for creating your own podcasts ...
MXR effects pedals are now owned by Jim Dunlop, and as well as resurrecting many of their classic pedals from the 70's and 80's MXR continue to create new pedals as new technology helps to improve audio quality and functionality.MXR offer a huge range of pedals for guitar, bass and other instruments as well as having a number of signature pedals including an Eddie Van Halen Signature Phaser & Flanger.
Mackie are part of the Loud Technologies Pro Audio Corporate Group along with several other high profile brands such as Martin Audio and Ampeg. Mackie's core products are based within the sound re-enforcement and recording categories and they are perhaps best known for their PA and mixer ranges ...Complimenting these core commercial products are Studio Monitors, Computer Audio Interfaces and Plug-In Software applications along with Mixer amps and accessories such as bags and covers for Mackie mixers and PA speakers ...Mackie have built their reputation on sound quality and they have some of the most "musical" sounding mixers and PA systems on the market complimented by pro-level features ...
Madcatz produce controllers for gaming consoles and are responsible for working with Fender Musical Instruments to create realistic looking electric guitars for the Rock Band video game ...
Maestro is Gibson's entry-level brand and as such is often used for the small combo amplifiers that accompany Gibson/Epiphone beginner's guitar and bass packages. Typically Maestro amps are low wattage - 5/10 watts - and are predominantly designed for home use and practice ...
Mapex drums have been around for just over 15 years and in that time have become a leader in the drum market. There are several ranges available from the basic veneer covered ply shell drums to those with exotic wood finish. By concentrating solely on drums, Mapex have produced a great looking and sounding range of drumkits which have become popular with all level of drummer.
The name Marshall has been associated with rock music for as long as I can remember and Marshall amps have powered the most influential guitar players from its early days. Jim Marshall, the original founder of the company produced the first amp, the JTM45 around 1962 and demand soon meant that he needed a bigger factory. Marshall is based at Bletchley and all the valve amps are still made there for the world market, the USA being the biggest market. Over the years, the products have evolved and grown and the latest offerings provide phenomenal sound and performance without losing the legendary Marshall sound. The company is still in the hands of its creator and remains a family business.
For over 150 years the CF Martin guitar company has been continuously been producing acoustic instruments that have been acknowledged as being the best in the world. They have remained a leader by continually adapting to changes in design and manufacturing methods and respecting the need for responsible use of natural materials. Martin guitars adhere to high standards of musical excellence and they never compromise the quality or sound of any instrument, a philosophy still embraced by Chris Martin who has managed the company since 1978 and has ensured that the company has grown from strength to strength.
Meinl Percussion are expert manufacturers of top quality cymbals as wellas many other percussion instruments. As well as being one of the "big four" cymbal manufacturers (with Paiste, Zildjian and Sabian), they are noted for their fiberglass congas and plywood gongs, which proved for many percussionists that such modern materials could be used within the percussion genre.
Mesa-Boogie is one of the industry's most celebrated guitar amplifier manufacturers, it was formed in 1969 in San Francisco, Northern California by Randall Smith and early adopters of his high gain amplifier were Santana and Keith Richards ...What set Mesa Boogie apart from other amplifiers during the 1970's and 1980's was the extra gain-stage that Smith built-into the signal path and this effectively made it the first high-gain amplifier.Mesa Boogie are still going strong today and are revered by many top class guitar players, they have a substantial range of amp heads, cabs and combo amplifiers and are still made in Petaluma, California ...
Mighty Bright Lights are a British company based in Birmingham that supply small footprint lighting solutions for a wide variety of industries including a number of clever solutions for musicians. These are small, discrete clip-on lighting solutions that can be used in enclosed, dark spaces such as an orchestra pit or for band members playing on a darkened stage or West-End theater ... The lights are small and concentrated enough not give off light pollution but to focus their beam onto a small area thus maintaining the darkened stage/theater with admirable discretion ...
Modartt area team of software designers and musicians based in France who have developed the Pianoteq range of virtual piano emulation software applications. the Pianoteq Play is the entry-level version, Pianoteq Standard comes thereafter and the Pianoteq Pro is the flagship application ...
The 'MONACOR' brand primarily covers a range of PA and 100V line equipment. This includes zonal amplifiers, ceiling speakers, horn speakers and high quality accessories ... The brand also covers an extensive range of CCTV equipment.
Mr Zogs Sex Wax was originally produced in the late 1960's in Goleta, California as a wax to use on Surfboards to help barefoot surfers maintain grip on their board ... Many years later it fulfills the same role for drummers who use it to coat their drumsticks ...In 1975, with sales continuing to increase, Zog moved the factory from his garage to a single "unit" in small warehouse-style complex located in the heart of Goleta. Though the new factory was considerably bigger than the old one, wax production quickly took up all the available floor space. Strapped for room, Zog began hauling each day's bounty of unwrapped wax from the factory to his home, where the bars were wrapped and boxed for shipping. Meanwhile, the ever-growing demand for Sex Wax T-shirts continued, and much of the inside of Zog's house was stacked floor-to ceiling with giant boxes crammed full of T-shirts. (His wife really loved this!)Over the next few years, the factory's square footage quadrupled in size, as Zog kept renting additional "units" to keep up with increased production. Finally, in 1983, Sex Wax Inc. relocated to its present location in Carpinteria, California, just a stone's throw from Rincon, one of the world's premier surfing spots.
Musitrac only make one product and that is a microchip identity tag for musical instruments. This tag is the same as those used on pets. Registering your instrument on a national instrument database, may help reunite you with it should it be lost or stolen. Some insurance companies will discount the premium if a tag has been fitted and registered.
Music Sales are one of the biggest producers of music books and scores in the world. They have a catalogue running into thousands and can supply practically any piece of music ever written. We stock a wide range of guitar, keyboard, drum books and DVDs that cover all genres of music from classical to heavy metal. When a new album is released by your favourite band, the music book will be available very soon so if you need something in particular, please ask us and we’ll do our best to source it for you.
Music Man first appeared in 1974 and has been part of the Ernie Ball Company since the mid 1980s and their guitars have achieved a very high standard and a no nonsense approach which has maintained the continued success of the brand. Famous for its line of Stingray and Sterling basses the line is enhanced by the Silhouette guitar which was released in 1986. Endorsements and signature models from artists such as Edward Van Halen, Albert Lee and Steve Lukather have ensured that Music Man guitars have become a high profile name. The latest line of basses, The “Bongo” came about when using a design company known for its work with BMW.
NJD have been manufacturing disco and DJ lighting and disco and DJ speakers for over 20 years and in that time have also developed a wide range of professional speakers, dj speakers, dj lighting, DMX controllers, DMX Lighting and other professional lighting products. NJD have now expanded the company to include a factory in China capable of manufacturing all NJD's existing disco lighting and disco speakers as well as bespoke disco lighting and disco speakers.
Natal drums provide a diverse range of percussion instruments from traditional through ethnic to contemporary types of rhythmic drum and percussion instruments. They also have a large selection of stands, accessories and spares for their existing percussion range and recently became part of the Marshall group of companies ...
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and DJing.Native Instruments opened up the fascinating world of real-time sound synthesis on standard computers in 1996. Since then, the company’s technology has inspired entire musical genres and defined the sound of countless professional productions. Native Instruments products combine outstanding sound quality with far-reaching sonic possibilities, aesthetic interface design with high usability, and comprehensive functionality with an uncompromising attention to detail. Today, Native Instruments offers an extensive hardware and software arsenal that covers the whole field of digital music creation, including the ground-breaking modular sound design software REAKTOR; fascinating synthesizers such as ABSYNTH and MASSIVE; versatile samplers like KONTAKT and BATTERY; the powerful digital guitar studio GUITAR RIG; and sophisticated music production tools such as the advanced groove production system MASCHINE.
Nevada have over 38 years experience in Portable and Shortwave radio, so it was no surprise that their first Handheld Personal DAB digital radio won the covetted "What Hi-Fi" award in 2005 for "Best DAB Digital handheld Radio". Following this success the company has released two more innovative products - a DAB Digital Portable/kitchen radio and a Waterproof outdoor Portable DAB Digital radio with rechargeable battery.
Novation are primarily known for their outstanding range of MIDI keyboard controllers, however they also have a very credible reputation for Digital DJ controllers, Hardware Sythesizers and software plug-in applications ...
Numark Industries are a long established global DJ equipment brand that manufactures DJ Mixers, Turntables, DJ CD Players and the recently launched DJ DVD Mixing consoles. Numark are considered to be one of the leading international suppliers of DJ equipment and have also integrated the use of iPods into the world of music mixing. Their products are endorsed by celebrity MCs such as Greg Nice and JFB and Beardyman. Numark recently expanded their business portfolio with the acquisition of the Alesis and Akai brands
Originally formed in 1968 the Orange Music Electronic Company was the brainchild of musician Cliff Cooper, success in the 1970s helped to establish the immediately recognisable bright orange guitar amps and cabinets. However financial difficulties in the late 70's caused the brand to become almost obsolete until their renaissance in the 1980s. Orange is now once more a leading manufacturer of quality guitar amplifiers and speaker cabinets, the amplifiers are still manufactured in the UK with the exception of the Orange Crush which is produced in Korea. A new US manufacturing plant now produces cabinets exclusively for the US market, recent endorsees include Noel Gallagher, The Arctic Monkeys and The Edge from U2.
Ovation guitars were created in 1966 by aeronautical designer Charlie Kaman who had spent much of his career trying to remove vibration from helicopter rotor-blades. As Kaman puts it "With guitars, much of the design is focused on enhancing the vibration, so it was merely a case of doing the opposite to what I had been trying to achieve in the aeronautical industry." Ovation's first models were radically different to the traditional acoustic guitars of that era in that they used rounded bowl-back designs and materials other than wood. An early endorsee was American artist Glen Campbell whose weekly TV show brought the Ovation guitar into the homes of millions of Americans. Over the next 20 years the Ovation range flourished and evolved with popular artists such as Paul McCartney and Wings, David Gates from the band Bread and Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone all choosing to play and record with Ovation guitars. The brand had now become electrified with under-bridge piezo sensors whilst the designs now include deep, mid or shallow bowl options. Nevada Music now has a range of Ovation acoustic and electro-acoustic guitars with other models available to order.
PRS Guitars is a US company based in Stevensville, Maryland that predominantly manufactures high-quality, high-end guitars and was founded by guitarist and luthier Paul Reed Smith. These guitars were designed for the middle market as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Fender and Gibson. Once made entirely by hand, the popularity of this company is such that the instruments are now partially manufactured using machines.
Pace are a US based company in San Jose California who specialise in Anti-Piracy and authorisation solutions for multiple software platforms. Their most celubrious product is the 2nd generation ILOK USB Dongle which is a plug and play authorisation device ...
Paiste is one of the world's largest manufacturers of cymbals, gongs and metal percussion to accompany drum kits, the company was originally formed over a hundred years ago by Toomas Paiste in St, Petersburg Russia. As a manufacturer of metallic percussion, Paiste is constantly striving for new and exciting sounds combined with a more efficient and consistent product for the drummer or percussionist. Used by many of the world's top drummers and percussionists, Paiste endorsees include Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Stuart Copeland of the Police and Tico Torres of Bon Jovi.
Pearl Music is a world famous manufacturer of percussion equipment, from hand drums and hardware to full blown drum kits. Established in 1950 in Japan, the company now operates from Taiwan. Their range of drum kits and accessories features eight series that cater for every musician whether it be amateur to professional grade. Famous drummers such as Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Nickelback's Daniel Adair use Pearl.
Peavey is among the biggest audio equipment manufacturers in the world. Based in the United States, Hartley Peavey established the company in 1965. Peavey also owns a number of smaller companies and work closely with established musicians to produce exclusive instruments and equipment.
Originally formed 25 years ago in Taiwan, The Phonic Corporation produces a range of high quality mixers, amplifiers, speakers and effects along with a compact line of portable PA systems. Many sound engineers also endorse the Phonic PAA3 Handheld Audio Analyser with USB Interface which comes with software that allows audio measurements to help to accurately EQ auditoriums that have hostile acoustics. Phonic gains the advantage in cost over most rival brands, as it is produces its products in China at its own manufacturing plant, meaning components and labour can be affordably offered. The Helix range of mixers and PowerPod portable PA systems has been particularly well received by the music retail industry.
Pigtronix provide a wide range of affordable retro-style guitar and bass effects pedals. Pigtronix claim that their ethos is based on "Futuristic Analogue Technology" (FAT) which blends the best of modern day reliability and quality with the essence of originality that stems from analogue warmth and sonic excellence. Each pedal comes with its own power supply ...
Founded in 1994 by Howard and Robert Silagy, Planet Waves manufactured high quality guitar straps and over the next four years the company flourished. As part of the huge D'Addario & Company, Inc, this brand is famous the world over. The range now comprises more than 50 types of connector and all sorts of cables and power chords that are all custom-made.
The company was founded in 1922 as the Premier Drum Company by London drummer Albert Della Porta and drum builder George Smith. At first, the company produced drum kits for wholesalers, who then would sell them as their own, but Premier soon began producing drums under its own name.Premier also began producing symphonic percussion, marching percussion, and cymbals in addition to drum kits. Premier was originally located in central London (where the current Footes Music Store is now) and moved to purpose built premises in Acton in the 1930s. When WW2 broke out, Premier was engaged in the manufacture of gun sights for tanks and aircraft, but the factory was bombed out in 1940 and the company was relocated to a new Leicester facility shortly thereafter.The company enjoyed great success during the Beat Boom of the 1960s not only in the UK, but worldwide, and won the Queen's Award to Industry in 1966. During the 1970s, Premier invested heavily in a new, purpose built factory to meet demand for their products, but in 1983, the Della-Porta family resigned from the board and the company's name was changed to Premier Percussion in 1984 following a management buyout.In October 1987, Premier was merged with Yamaha, which owned the Leicester factory until 1992. During this period, Limited was appended to the company name. In 1992, Tony Doughty, who originally arranged the Yamaha merger, took over the company. In February 1995, Premier was sold to the Verity Group of Companies before yet another buyout by a British consortium a few years later.
From the very beginning, the RAT distortion guitar effects pedal was destined to define “The Sound of the Underground.” It was, after all, born underground in the cavernous basement of the Pro Co Sound factory in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. From these humble origins, the RAT has evolved from a single, hand built prototype into a family of the most versatile and most recorded distortion pedals in the world.
Pro Guard are a company who manufacture ear plugs/attenuators for a wide variety of environments and uses.
The ProMark company was founded in 1957 by Herb Brochstein, a professional drummer and drum shop owner. ProMark has always been a family business and so continues with the 2011 purchase by D’Addario & Company from Herb’s son Maury. The offices and factory remain in Houston, Texas; manufacturing hickory, maple and Japanese Shira Kashi Oak (ProMark was the first American drumstick company to successfully market sustainable Japanese Oak) drumsticks in its modern 90,000 square foot facility. ProMark uses only un-endangered wood in the manufacturing of its sticks and mallets. The harvesting of our hardwoods is carefully controlled, with replenishment of the forest as one of our top concerns. Prior to becoming drumsticks, the wood goes through a multitude of selection and pre-finishing processes at our own mill in the mid-south, followed by rigorous inspections throughout the manufacturing process.The Houston manufacturing team works with the state-of-the-art machinery to produce the drumsticks, keyboard and timpani mallets that are designed tested and used by top performers, educators, students and enthusiasts throughout the world.ProMark has been the sticks of choice by such renowned artists as Neil Peart, the late Elvin Jones, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Mike Portnoy, 9-time DCI champion Concord Blue Devils, and many, many more.
Prodipe are a French microphone and audio product manufacturer who have had a strong presence in the French professional and domsetic market but are now introducing products to the European market ...
Proel is an Italian company which came to the UK several years ago. They manufacture and supply a wide range of musical equipment and accessories. We stock a selection of their Livewire leads and other accessories such as footswitches, PA multicore cables and other useful items for the musician. As part of their expanding product line, Proel recently purchased the high end PA speaker company Turbosound.
Manufacturer of high quality Orchestral sample libraries
Prolight are a relatively new company we have been dealing with, they supply a complete range of lighting equipment and accessories for use by the entertainment industry. Whether its stage lighting such as the iColour system or a wide variety of animated effects lighting, Prolight will have a suitable product. We are expanding our range of lighting products and have a demonstration rig set up in our Farlington store to show what each light does and the effects they can produce.
Propellerhead is a software development company based in Sweden, they produce music production software, virtual instruments and studio racks for both Mac and PC formats.
Based in Cornwall, the surfing & windsurfing Mecca of the United Kingdom, Protection Racket grew out of a love of the sea, surf, sun & good music - GOOD VIBRATIONS! Fast approaching their 20th Anniversary, Protection Racket have been doing this for a long time now. Theye made their name making surfboard & windsurf board bags, these boards are fragile and PR surfboard bags are still travelling the world to this day. The design of Protection Racket cases are the exact same Specifications from the exact same materials, “if it ain/t broke, don’t fix it”. Of course Protection Racket have made refinements and improvements as you’d expect. Unbreakable zips, cool silicone badges & luggage tags, waterproof backings, comfortable handles, all designed to make your life on the road that much easier. Effortless transportation & maximum protection!!
Protex are a UK based company that distribute cases, flight cases and parts and accessories for cases. Typically their products involve clasps, fasteners and case fittings and they produce a range of standard and flight cases for DJ, lighting and musical equipment .
Pure Digital was one of the first companies to enter the DAB digital radio arena. Their background with sister company Imagination Technologies was in pioneering video, graphics and sound products for PCs as well as cinema surround-sound systems. This background enabled them to develop leading edge DAB Digital radios that have won many awards. Pure Digital is widely regarded as the definitive leader in DAB digital radio technology.
With more than four decades in business, QSC Audio Products is a globally recognised leader in professional audio, their core products relate to sound re-enforcement, sound installation and integrated audio platforms. QSC have products ranging from entry level small PA Systems, up to Arena sized systems and arrays that are also capable of handling open air music festivals. QSC's products meet the demanding requirements of audio professionals in concert, installation, portable entertainment and cinema applications. QSC changed the face of amplifier technology with the introduction of the PowerLight switching power supply, a technological advance that significantly reduces weight and bulk while improving audio performance. PowerLight, first incorporated into the revolutionary PowerLight Series and now used in three other amplifier lines, is proof that high power can be achieved in small, lightweight packages.
QT Silencer Sets offer natural feel and response whilst reducing the volume of drums and cymbals significantly for quiet practice. The large bass drum impact pad is suitable for single and double pedals.
Quik-Lok manufacture a huge range of stands for musical instruments, DJ equipment, Mixing desks, Keyboards, Monitor Stands etc ... They also offer speaker & lighting stands, Rack solutions, stools and benches and work station furniture ... Quik-Lok products are well designed, pleasing on the eye and tough enough to withstand the rigours of life on the road ...
This established electric guitar maker is best known for actually inventing the instrument all the way back in the 1930s. The company enjoyed huge success during the 1960s and 70s where bands such as the Jam made this style of guitar an iconic feature of the UK Punk scene.
Rico Royal are suppliers of accessories such as mouth reeds for woodwind and brass instruments ...
The Ridgewood range is distributed in the UK by Rocktronics, Ridgewood guitars. Whilst offering quality raw materials they are aimed at the entry level market point and offer excellent value for money. The Ridgewood range covers many of the popular models of guitar, both acoustic and electric and the diversity of the range will suit most budgets. Ridgewood supplies acoustic guitar starter packs for beginners and novices in Natural or Black colour. Also within the range are three quarter size and full size classical guitar models with nylon strings for schoolchildren looking for their first instrument.
Rob papen is a Dutch keyboard player and composer, over the past few years he has focussed his talent on creating a range of software based virtual instruments which he has then released on his own name brand ...
The Rockbag range of padded gig bags is distributed by Warwick and was originally designed and created by their parent company in Germany. Warwick provide several models from a basic student model through to a Deluxe padded version and cover most popular shapes and brands of electric, acoustic and bass guitars. In essence the rock bag is a heavy duty water-resistant black PVC padded zip-up case with a carrying handle/shoulder strap that integrates various pockets and pouches suitable for guitar accessories. The three model options (student, electric & deluxe) each provide higher levels of padding and protection as the range increases.
Rocktronic provides a range of entry level guitar and bass combination amplifiers suitable for beginners or novices. Rocktronics is a consortium of music retailers who have joined forces to purchase musical and sound equipment together. The buying power of a large number of stores working together means that bulk purchasing and direct import offers outstanding value for money. The Rocktronic range of combo amplifiers include great features such as three band EQ, a headphone input and a stereo mini-jack input for tape/cd/mp3 player. The Rocktronics series has amplifiers available at 10, 20 and 40 watts and suitable for both electric six strings and bass guitars.
RØDE Microphones was established in 1967 by Henry and Astrid Freedman. Having emigrated from Sweden to Australia they soon became pioneers in the audio industry down under. Their diverse range of products features superb design and innovative technologies at an affordable price.
Roland was established in Osaka, Japan in 1972 and by 1973 had produced Japan's first synthesizer- the SH 1000. By 1975 this was joined by the JC range of guitar combos and amplifiers and further expanded in 1977 by the world's first guitar synthesizer - the GR500. Further innovation followed with the TR 808 programmable drum machine and then the Jupiter 8 note polyphonic synthesizer. Then in 1987 Roland developed SA synthesis and created the D50 Linear synthesizer which became a market leader for several years. Roland continue to develop a diverse range of digital technology products and over the last few years have added a Virtual Guitar Module to their list (VG-8V) and a Digital hard disk based multi-track recorder (VS1680).
Rotosound have been producing acoustic, electric and bass guitar strings since the 1960s and one of their early endorsees were The Who and John Entwistle in particular who chose his own custom gauge set known as the Swing Bass 66 set. Based in Sevenoaks in Kent and with an office in North Hollywood California, Rotosound have now added nylon, banjo and ukulele strings to their portfolio along with strings for classical instruments such as cellos, violins and violas. They have an extensive endorsee list that includes artists such as Pink Floyd, M-People and The Lightning Seeds.
This Candanian company is one of the biggest cymbal manufacturers in the world. With close ties to the Zildjan company, Sabian use a much softer and thus mellower sounding alloy in their cymbals.
This audio technology company has a rich history of designing wireless radio systems. Distributed in 106 countries worldwide, Samson products offer superb technology. Their range now includes high quality USB microphones that offer an affordable solution to anybody interested in new media such as Pod casting.
As Schecter Guitar Research moves into its 35th year of business, it has solidified its elite status as one of the world’s premier guitar companies, offering electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and USA Custom Shop instruments to musicians around the world in more than 150 countries.
In 1982 Robert Godin and a few friends produced the first Seagull guitars in the Village of LaPatrie, Quebec. The concept for the Seagull guitar was to take the essential components of the best hand-crafted guitars (such as solid tops and beautiful finishes) and build these features into guitars that could be priced within the reach of working musicians. Of course there is much more to a great guitar than a solid top with a special finish, so we produced this illustrated guide to help you gain some understanding of the basic elements of a great sounding acoustic guitar.
Mention the name Seiko and everbody first says they make watches, bhat is only part of this huge company. They also make a wide range of guitar tuners and metronomes. Using the timing and microelectronics expertise they produce some excellent guitar tuners. We were particularly impressed with the keyring model the ST01, which although new to the market has proved extremely popular.
This private German company is a specialist manufacturer of microphones and headphones for both consumers and professional musicians. Founded in 1945, just weeks after the Second World War, Sennheiser has since been transformed. The company began producing modern wireless microphones in 1982 and Sennheiser UK was formed in 1990. Sennheiser produce a wide range of high quality microphones for live, broadcast and studio recording use including the Lavalier microphone, handheld, headmikes, classic microphones and condenser microphones.
Seymour Duncan is recognised as a leading manufacturer of custom designed or replacement guitar pickups, and in addition, currently has a line of effects pedals. The company manufactures a wide range of replacement pick-ups for most popular guitar models including the S-Type single coil, the T-type single coil and replacement hum-bucking type pick-ups. Aside from this there is also a range of replacement bass guitar pick-ups.
This established audio electroncis manufacturer produces microphones and all sorts of other products, such as ear phones which are compatible with a variety of audio applciations. The series includes the SM58, and SM57 microphones which along with their more modern variants, the Beta 57A and 58A, are some of the most widely used microphones in the world, particularly for live sound reproduction.
Silvertone was the brand name used by Canadian department store Sears for their line of musical instruments and sound equipment from the 1930s to 1972. Today, Silvertone is a respected manufacturer of "legitimate" guitars and is endorsed by Paul Stanley of KISS, Silvertone's range covers most popular electric, acoustic and bass guitar models along with a variety of entry level combo amplifiers.
Slapklatz is an anti-slip gel pad that sits on top of your drum skins and are used for either dampening your drums or for protecting the lacquer on the drum shells ...
Spectrasonics is a leading developer of high end VST software instruments.
This is a secondary brand of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Manufacturing products derived from the main Fender line, Squier offers fantastic quality and affordability for novice players.
This Belgian company produces a large range of musical instruments and accessories including guitars, bass guitars, drums, percussion, cymbals and brass instruments as well as pro audio equipment. Stagg's manufacturing is almost exclusively done in China which means that although most items could be deemed to be of entry level quality the prices are very competitive. Stagg has a comprehensive catalogue of items covering most popular instruments and their accessories.
This German musical instrument and software manufacturer was founded in 1984 by Karl Steinberg and Manfred Rürup and has since been taken over by Pinnacle Systems. However, Steinberg operated as an independent company within the Pinnacle group and continued to produce innovative software before being sold to Yamaha in December, 2004. Their most popular and best selling product is undoubtedly Cubase which for many years was the industry standard software sequencing package and is still equally popular today.
Manufacturer of Piano sample libraries
This world renowned Japanese guitar maker is famed for its superb electro-acoustic steel string guitars. Takamine are generally categorised as being a high end acoustic or electro-acoustic guitar for serious players and are priced accordingly. Their instruments are built with only the finest raw materials and great care and quality control is taken during the manufacturing process.
Tama is a division of Hoshino Gakki MFG. Co. Ltd. and manufactures drums in Japan. Manufacturing special order and limited edition drums, TAMA prodcuts are handmade and the inside of each drum shell is usually signed by the individual who crafted it.
Tascam was and still is a very popular brand with musicians involved with home multi-track recordings and Tascam currently has a range of Digital 8-track porta-studios to facilitate this. Another popular product is the MP-GT1(Portable Memory Guitar Trainer) which is a small hand held device used to record songs that can then be slowed down during playback (without altering the key) to assist the guitar player to hear specific notes for learning purposes.
In 1974 Bob Taylor bought the American Dream guitar manufacturing shop from the then owner Sam Radding. The name was eventually changed to Taylor as a more suitable choice and because it would fit onto the guitar headstock. Their factory is located in El Cajon, California with worldwide distribution. Their latest model - the T5 (Thinline Fiveway) is at the cutting edge of electro-acoustic technology. 'Fiveway' refers to the different tones available via a five-way switch which range from jangling acoustic to raw electric. Furthermore, it is available in five different configurations.
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Tonebone™ - Designed to enhance performance and expand the musical palette, these 'power tools for musicians' are easy to use, rugged, extreemly quiet and sound great! Tonebone provide a whole range of powered tube distortion pedals, amp head & speaker cabinet switchers and instrument & FX loop switchers along with Preamp/DI's and other musicians toys ...
Developer of Drum sample libraries and utilities
Operating from offices in Clearwater, FL and Fresno, CA; Traben Bass is an American manufacturer of musical instruments. A special quality control team sets up each of their products by hand. This meticulous production method ensures that every Traben Bass meets strict quality standards and to assure exceptional playability. Manufactured in Korea, Europe and the United States, Traben Instruments are sold through trusted retailers around the word.
Now owned by Peavey, Trace Elliott has for many years been at the forefront of Bass Guitar amplification. Their distinctive green logo first appeared in retail stores in the 1980's and quickly began to create a buzz in the industry, they were soon endorsed by one of the most high profile bass players of the era - Mark King of Level 42, and subsequently many other pro musicians followed. The tuning of their bass speaker cabinets is carried out using scientific equipment and computer controlled manufacturing processes are used to ensure consistency. Current amp models include 7 or 12 band graphic equalisation and on board compressors.
Founded in the 1970s, Vater manufacture drum sticks. The company claims to be "one of the world's oldest" drum stick manufacturers and aside from drum sticks, Vater also manufactures a variety of timpani mallets, marimba mallets, vibraphone mallets, brushes, specialty sticks, silence mutes, stick bags, drink holders and other accessories. Vater offers the basic sizes of sticks; 7A, 5A, 5B, 2B, 8A, 1A, and Rock.
Vic Firth is undoubtedly one of the world's oldest drum stick manufacturing companies. The company was founded in 1963 by Everett "Vic" Firth, who at that time was the timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Aside from drumstick manufacturing, the company also makes a variety of mallets (timpani mallets, marimba mallets, orchestral percussion mallets, bass drum mallets, etc.) practice pads, silence mutes, stick bags and more.
Vintage guitars are exclusively distributed by JHS and have three distinct categories - Vintage guitars, the Vintage Advance series and finally the Vintage ZIP range. The Advance series and the ZIP range have been designed in collaboration with renowned luthier Trevor Wilkinson who has taken traditional designs and added an interesting and refreshing twist by utilising custom designed pick-ups and Wilkinson hardware where applicable. The ZIP range is a blend of retro design and modern vibrant colours, whilst still retaining high quality raw materials and build quality.
This producer of musical equipment was once based in the UK, but is now onwed by the Japanese firm Korg. Vox originated in 1956 and in 1958 the 15-watt Vox AC15 amplifier was launched. In 1959 with musicians clamoring for more powerful amplification Vox produced what was essentially a double-powered AC15 and named it the AC30.
Warwick is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of bass guitars, the company was founded in Germany in 1982. Warwick offers more than 20 bass models ranging in price from £500 to over £3200. Warwick also produces a line of high quality bass amplifiers and speaker cabinets and has custom shop facilities for made to order bass instruments.
Wavemachine Labs are the software boffins behind the successful Drumagog Plug-In software ... The basic concept is that Drumagog is a software plug-in that triggers other drum samples to replace existing drum sounds whilst retaining the feel and playing style of the original drum track.
Wincent are a Swedish company specialising in the creation of high quality drum and percussion sticks. Each stick receives a special coating that adds to the resilience, quality and sound of Wincent drum sticks.
This world famous music company is based in Japan and offers a huge range of products and services. Founded in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha, the Nippon Gakki Company is now the biggest manufacturer of musical instruments in the world. Yamaha has also acquired German Audio Software manufacturers Steinberg in 2004, from Pinnacle. It produces a diverse range of electric & acoustic guitars, pianos & synthesizers, digital workstations and even brass instruments.
Avedis Zildjian is one of the largest and mosr recognisable cymbal manufacturers in the world. The company is nearly 400 years old and has a wealth of experience to match. This brand is always at the forefront of innovatvie new technologies and manufacturing techniques, yet remains true to its traditional roots.
Zoom is a Japanese music technology company that is distributed under the Samson family of companies. Zoom produce effects pedals and digital multi-effects processors for guitars and basses, recording equipment, drum machines and other associated products.