Mangoseed Not Your Every Day Reggae Band

Mangoseed courtesy of Independent Music Promotions

Mangoseed courtesy of Independent Music Promotions

Each member has their own signature style and together the four of them have created something so organic and earthy it’s a genre of it’s own.

It’s a feel good all over kinda day when your able to pull this CD from your collection. No matter if the sun is shining or the rain is coming down this collection of songs will bring you forward into a futuristic style ready to meet the present day. Continue reading

Zivix to Showcase Jamstik and PUC at Summer NAMM

jamstixHere’s a sneak peek into what Zivix is going to be showing off  during Summer NAMM in Nashville. The jamstik has real strings, real frets and a light-sensing fretboard that gives real-time feedback to musicians. It connects wirelessly to iOS devices, and boasts MIDI capabilities to generate the sound of virtually any instrument. It can easily fit into a carry-on, letting you jam in the middle seat on a plane! It’s also compatible with hundreds of apps like Logic Pro, Animoog, KORG iPolysix to name a few. While not intended to replace a traditional guitar, it’s designed to be an additional tool in the musician’s arsenal, and entice a new generation of tech savvy musicians by showing them the art of plucking strings.

PUCThe PUC is a wireless link that connects MIDI compatible musical instruments with iOS devices via Wi-Fi, providing seamless music creation. It integrates with MIDI keyboards, drum pads, DJ controllers, floor pedal controllers and more for ultimate portability and to minimize cable clutter. It’s also designed to seamlessly fit into your existing setup and can leverage your existing iOS apps.

Stop by the Exhibit Hall A, Booth #450 to check out these new music gadgets. 

The Sweet Sound of Savings: Tech Gear Leader @MONOPRICE Showcases NEW Pro Audio Series at Summer @NAMM SHOW JULY 17-19, 2014

monoprice_headerMonoprice Expands Its Line of High-Quality and Affordable Pro Audio Products with New 10-inch Powered Studio Subwoofer, “Foothill Flat Top” Acoustic/Electric Guitar with EQ, Guitar Effects Pedals,  Electronic Drum Kit, Eb Alto Saxophone, 4/4 Flamed Maple Violin and 8-Way DMX Distributor

In continuing to hit all the right notes with price conscious musicians, singers, producers and DJs, tech gear direct sales leader Monoprice is showcasing its expanded line of Pro Audio Series products at the Summer NAMM Show (Booth #354 in Exhibit Hall A2) at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee on July 17-19, 2014.

Monoprice ( ) is an e-commerce company that specializes in delivering high-quality gear and accessories for AV, home theater, pro audio and other tech needs at bargain prices from a selection of more than 6,500 branded and non-branded products offered on its website.

Monoprice’s return to Summer NAMM will again feature a booth with functioning demonstrations of everything music lovers and professionals could possibly want, from new guitar models to expanded stage lighting and rigging equipment at prices 50 to 70 percent below competitors’ comparable brand products, enabling visitors to try out the company’s latest high-quality, affordable pro audio gear.

“We at Monoprice are excited to be showing many new kinds of products for our ever-growing and enthusiastic customer base,” said Jess Macintyre, Monoprice’s product manager for Pro Audio. “Monoprice continues to redefine music industry expectations by bringing the same high-quality pro audio products directly to consumers without the price markup typically seen in retail music stores. The quality and benefits of our pro audio line becomes clearly evident when experienced musicians, performers and producers are given an opportunity to try our stuff out in our booth.”

At the Summer NAMM Show, Monoprice is showing several new pro audio products such as studio equipment, guitars, percussion, band & orchestra gear, as well as stage lighting equipment.

Studio Equipment

Monoprice expands its studio offerings with a new 10-inch powered studio subwoofer ($219.99, Product ID #605999) that will complement its existing monitor line. In addition, Monoprice will showcase:

  • A new 300-Watt (150w RMS x 2) Studio Power Amplifier ($115.99, Product ID #605030) for use with passive monitoring systems
  • A new 10 Channel Mixer with USB ($69.99, Product ID # 615810)
  • 48-Point TRS Patchbay ($59.99, Product ID #615040)


For those musicians who want to rock out with high-quality instruments without spending a fortune, Monoprice offers classic electric guitars with amplifiers and a new line of guitar effects pedals to boot.


In addition to its already impressive guitar line, Monoprice is now offering its “Foothill Flat Top” Acoustic/Electric Guitar with EQ in two new finishes: classic black ($129.99, Product ID #610051) and cherry burst ($132.99Product ID #610052). Whichever style you select, you can expect great sound and great savings.


Monoprice also is expanding its guitar amplifier line to include:


  • A new 20-Watt 1×8 combo amplifier ($55.99, Product ID #611720)
  • A new 5-Watt 1×8 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker ($124.99, Product ID # 611705)
  • A new 15-Watt 1×12 Guitar Combo Tube Amplifier with Celestion Speaker and Spring Reverb ($226.99, Product ID # 611815)


Monoprice is also pleased to be debuting a new line of full-sized guitar effects pedals, as well as show their expanded line of mini effects pedals. These new pedals offer classic tones at a remarkable price point of $36.99 each, and are available in a variety of distortion and classic modulation effects.


Monoprice’s new pedal lineup includes the following tones:


  • Overdrive (Product ID # 611614)
  • Distortion (Product ID # 611613)
  • Blues Overdrive (Product ID # 611611)
  • EQ Booster (Product ID #611612)
  • Chorus (Product ID # 611610)


Monoprice is also expanding its line of mini effects pedals.  These smaller sized pedals allow for the guitarist to fit more effects on their pedalboard.  Monoprice’s mini pedal line includes:


  • Flanger (Product ID # 611604)
  • Delay (Product ID #611603)
  • Compressor (Product ID #611605)
  • DI Mini (Product ID # 611606)


In addition to these new effects pedals, Monoprice will showcase its new Programmable 4-Loop Pedal Switcher ($94.99, Product ID # 611680). This product allows for musicians to have four fully independent effects loops and combine these effects in whatever way they wish.



Monoprice also has expanded its product selection in the percussion category, now offering:

  • A new Electronic Drum Kit ($328.99, Product ID #608550)
  • New auxiliary percussion items, including:
    • Handheld Cow Bell – 4 1/2-inch – Black ($9.99, Product ID #608400)
    • Handheld Cow Bell – 7 1/2-inch – Black ($11.99, Product ID #608401)
    • Tunable Maple Tambourine – 8-Inch ($13.25, Product ID #608410)
    • Tunable Maple Tambourine – 10-Inch ($14.25, Product ID #608411)
  • New cymbal selections, including:
    • 20″ Ride Cymbal ($104.99, Product ID #608602)
    • 14″ Hi-Hat Cymbals ($85.99 per pair, Product ID #608641)
    • 16″ Crash/Ride Cymbal ($41.99, Product ID #608661)

Band & Orchestra Line

Taking its symphony of high-quality affordability to a whole new level, Monoprice will proudly showcase the following new additions to its band and orchestral lines:

  • An Eb Alto Saxophone ($239.99, Product ID #609410)
  • Bb Trumpet ($144.99, Product ID #609510)
  • A 4/4 Flamed Maple Violin ($118.99, Product ID #609610), full-sized and featuring a stunning flamed maple body and accessories

Stage Lighting

Monoprice first introduced its stage lighting line at last year’s Summer NAMM. By adding some great new stage lighting to its already affordable line, from standard utilities to classic lighting effects to exciting lighting designs, Monoprice will help its customers save even more. These high-quality additions include:

  • Super-Bright, 12-watt x 7 LED, PAR StageLight (RGBAW) ($139.99, Product ID #612745)
  • Flat PAR BlackLight with 144 LEDs (UV) ($85.99, Product ID #612710)
  • Blacklight UV LED Light Bar ($114.99, Product ID #612610)
  • An 8-Way DMX Distributor ($115.99, Product ID #612160)
  • 10-inch Mirror Ball ($9.99, Product ID #612260) and Motor for Mirror Ball with LED Lights ($6.99, Product ID #612269)
  • 4-Conductor DMX Lighting Bulk Cable (For 5-Pin DMX) – 300FT ($99.00, Product ID #601680)
  • 2-Conductor DMX Lighting & AES/EBU Bulk Cable (For 3-Pin DMX) – 500FT ($89.00, Product ID #601660)
  • 10-inch Mirror Ball ($9.99, Product ID #612260) and Motor for Mirror Ball with LED Lights ($6.99, Product ID #612269)


Monoprice encourages all attendees of SummerNAMM 2014 to visit the company’s exhibition booth # 354 in the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee to experience the company’s exciting new pro audio products in person.


Country Music Legend Ray Benson (@bismeaux) to Appear at the @EastmanGuitars Booth (#1016) at Summer @NAMM Thurs. & Fri 12PM-2PM

Ray BensonLegendary frontman for Asleep At The Wheel and nine-time Grammy Award winner Ray Benson will be appearing at the Eastman Guitars booth (#1016) from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18 during the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville at the Music City Center. Recently, Eastman Guitars collaborated with the revered songwriter and guitarist on a signature and custom model guitar, the Thinline T486-RB, faithfully built to his exact specifications. 

Benson has released more than 25 studio and live albums over the last four decades. As a producer, he has worked with an impressive who’s-who A-list including Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Merle Haggard, Carolyn Wonderland, and Vince Gill. His latest project, a solo album titled A Little Piece, was released earlier this year. Often referred to as a “Texas Legend” and an “American Treasure,” long-time local resident of Austin, Texas; Benson was named the official Texas state musician in 2004 and Texan of the Year in 2011. 

For more information please visit online: Eastman Guitars is a division of Eastman Music Company

Music Industry Day Welcomes Musicians to Experience NAMM

Performances by country artists Jonathan Jackson and Greg Bates pair with musicians’ workshops and demos during Music Industry Day, July 19th at Nashville’s Music City Center

What: Music Industry Day at Summer NAMM

Where: Nashville’s Music City Center (201 5th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203)

When: Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $10 in advance at $20 at the door

Details:  Music Industry Day offers musicians, pro-audio and staging professionals and music lovers access to the exclusive NAMM Show in Nashville. Try out next generation gear from hundreds of the biggest brand names in music. Meet the artists and engineers designing the equipment of the future. Network with music industry professionals. Attend workshops designed to further music and sound careers. Panels include How to Grow Your Internet Presence, a Live Songwriting Session and 10 Keys to Marketing Success for Musicians, and more live performances include musician and actor Jonathan Jackson, who will perform at the NAMM Acoustic Nation Stage at 1PM.

Carlsbad, Calif.  – NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and staging professionals onMusic Industry Day, Saturday, July 19 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Music Industry Day offers a once a year opportunity to demo new gear from hundreds of brands, attend workshops designed to further careers in music, check out live music, and network with music industry leaders at an exclusive, trade-only NAMM event.


Two of country music’s hottest new artists will perform on NAMM’s Acoustic Nation stage presented in partnership with Guitar World’s ‘Acoustic Nation.’ Five-time Emmy-winning actor and recording artist Jonathan Jackson and Nashville-native singer-songwriter Greg Bates, who has the hit song “Did it for the Girl” will play acoustic sets in the afternoon.


In addition to live music and gear from hundreds of the biggest names in music products, Music Industry Day features workshops that cater to music pros looking to advance their careers in the business. Created by NewBay Media, these workshops will guide musicians on topics ranging from marketing to navigating endorsement deals and even a session on building the ultimate pedalboard setup.


Songwriting workshops will feature co-founder of the songwriter support group SongTown USA Clay Mills. Mills writing credit is found on #1 hits including “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” by Darius Rucker. GRAMMY nominated songwriter of the year, Thornton Cline will lead a panel on ‘Hit Songwriting: Secrets of the pros.’ The Women’s International Music Network presents the She Rocks Showcase in the Round, highlighting female artists performing their own original music.


Round out Music Industry Day with a Kala-sponsored ukulele circle, and the REMO-sponsored drum circle. Instruments are provided, and participants need only bring their enthusiasm. A full schedule of Music Industry Day events can be found online at


Music Industry Day is the only day of the year that a NAMM Show opens to all music lovers. Musicians won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity. Tickets for Music Industry Day at Summer NAMM are available online for advance purchase for $10, $20 at the door.