Roxy’s Pick of the Week – Episode 4

Jim picks (and then plays) the Yamaha DTX400 Electronic Drumset

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This week Jim was excited to talk about electronic drums. Almost as excited as he was to play the electronic drums, as you can see. :)

 The Yamaha DTX400 is a 5-piece Electronic Drum Set with 10 Onboard Drum Kits plus some fun training functions. DTX400K boasts natural-feeling 7.5″ drum pads, generous 10″ cymbals, and a ultra-quiet Silent Kick unit.

What’s your favorite thing about this drumkit?

Jim: It’s hard to pick only one but if I had to pick only one it would be the sound! The sound of the kits in the brain are very realistic, you forget that its even an electronic set and you feel very at home with it. Especially when you put this kit through a real p.a. system. You would almost swear you were playing a real kit all mic’d up. 

 

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Would you rather play on an acoustic set or electronic kit?

Jim: First of all, you will have people that either like electronic drums or just like acoustic drums. There are very good purposes for both or to even have them both mix together for an hybrid kit (a mix of acoustic drums and electric drums in one kit). With saying that, my pick would be (drum roll insert here hahaha) electronic drums. You get a ton more sounds, there very easy to use and the biggest part to me is you get control of the overall the volume of the kit. Which the parents will love (so now like joey can stay up and play his drums at any time). Also if you do play out with the set, guitar players don’t have to worry about turning there amps up to match the drum volume of a acoustic set (that’s now a thing of the past). One little press of the button on the brain and you can control the volume so easy.

Other than controlling volume, what are the other advantages  to having a electronic kit?

Jim: Another cool thing you can do with this set is if you have an Apple ipod, ipad or iphone (with the help of a Yamaha cord) there’s cool apps you can download to make this kit even more fun. One of the apps lets you take control over the whole kit by either tuning, changing the size of the drum or even the whole kit (just too cool). There’s also an app to help you practice and telling you when to practice. Now let’s see an acoustic drum set do that (hahaha). So overall, electronic drums are awesome. Don’t get me wrong, having a real acoustic set and throwing down some cool blast beats is always fun and you’ll never beat the real sound of acoustic drums, but Ill tell you one thing, the sounds that are coming out of theses electronic set are getting better and better.

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Who would you recommend this set to?

Ben: The answer to this question would be anyone. I say that because I think at some point anyone could take advantage of all the features of these kits. Whether it may be using it for practice or using it to record with or even for playing out live. Anyone could benefit using a kit like this and being under 600 dollars makes it more worth the while. So come down and try if for yourself!

 

The Yamaha DTX400 drumset is an great place to start on an electronic kit. It is reasonably priced but loaded with features. If you want more information, you can check out the description on our website, give us a call at 585-343-7222 or come on in and give it a try. 

 Roxy’s Music Store
228 W. Main St
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-7222
www.roxys.com

Roxy’s Pick of the Week #3

Ben picks the Schecter Stiletto Bass

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This week is Ben’s turn to pick and he didn’t want to talk about anything other than bass guitars. So he picked the Schecter Stiletto Custom 4, a four string, bolt-on neck, flame Maple/Walnut active bass.

 

What do you like about the Stiletto Custom?

Ben: Of all the basses on the wall right now, this is my favorite one to play. The neck just fits so well in my hand and plays so great. I honestly feel like I can play faster and better with this bass. Every time I pick it up and start playing, I forget what I was doing

The action is nice and low all the way up the fretboard. It’s hard to find a bad place to play on this neck. My dad has a Stiletto Studio and I’ve always loved the feel of these basses.

Ok, so you like the way it feels, but what does it sound like?

Ben: I usually play a Fender Precision, which I still love, but I can get a sound from the Stiletto that I can’t get with the P-bass. It has such warm low end sound and crisp highs. The sound of it makes me wish I knew how to play more slap bass. I also feel like it has noticeably more sustain and that’s always a good thing.

How do you feel about the active pickups?

Ben: It has it’s pros and cons. Coming from usually playing on a passive bass sometimes the tone options can be overwhelming. You have so much control over the sound and now matter what you do it sounds good but that makes it hard to settle on the right sound. So I have to convince myself to set it flat and leave it alone. But I bet it would be great bass to record with because of the so many tones that are possible. 

Who would recommend this bass to?

Ben: Well I don’t really play much R&B or funk but I can imagine this sound would fit really well in that style of music. Or if someone is playing really technical music and needs a fast action on the neck, this bass would be great for that. Honestly, there are a lot of places 

 

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The Schecter Stiletto Custom 4 bass is the perfect example of fat sound and smooth action. If you want more information, you can check out the description on our website, give us a call at 585-343-7222 or come on in and give it a try. Be prepared to be wowed.

 

 Roxy’s Music Store
228 W. Main St
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-7222
www.roxys.com

Roxy’s Pick of the Week

Rob picks the Yamaha A3R

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A couple weeks ago, we received a shipment of Yamaha acoustic guitars. One of those quickly became one of Rob’s favorites.

Why did you pick the A3R?

Rob: The A3R a standout acoustic guitar for under $1000, with premium features like all solid construction. It has a solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, mahogany binding around the body, ebony fingerboard and bridge and rosewood binding around the fingerboard. One notable feature is the mahogany and rosewood rosette which brings out the natural beauty of the guitar, it really turns it into a piece of art. 

What is your favorite thing about this guitar?

Rob: The feel of the neck. As an electric player, I find it to be very comfortable. I mostly play leads and melodies and it feels good. If you play it before you look at the price tag, you think that you’re playing a more expensive instrument; it feels like it should cost a lot more. 

How would you describe the sound?

Rob: This guitar sounds fuller and crisper than most other acoustics, not as harsh. Even plugged in, it sounds very natural. And the pickup is nice, it has a lot of tweakability. 

Who would you recommend this guitar to?

Rob: Anyone looking for professional quality guitar with advanced electronics but only has $1000 to spend. 

 

The Yamaha A3R acoustic is the perfect blend of cutting edge innovation and natural beauty. If you want more information, you can check out the description on our website, give us a call at 585-343-7222 or come on in and give it a try. Be prepared to be wowed.

 

Roxy’s Music Store
228 W. Main St
Batavia, NY 14020
585-343-7222
http://www.roxys.com

 

 

Pick of the Week

Jim picks the Schecter Hellraiser Extreme C-1fr

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This week on Roxy’s ‘Pick of the Week Post’, we talk electric guitars. We have some really nice guitars hanging on the wall right now, but when asked about his favorite, Jim didn’t hesitate before answering with Schecter Hellraiser.

What is the first thing you notice about the guitar?

Jim: The purple burst finish looks dimensional, I really like the transparency of it. And the inlays on the fretboard look great also.

How would you describe the playability?

Jim: I would say it’s very smooth and comfortable, so easy to play. That’s probably my favorite thing about this guitar. Also,The fret job is amazingly smooth.

Have you plugged it in yet?

Jim: Yea, and it sounds amazing. And is also very versatile, good clean tones due to the single coil push/pull pots. But it really excels in creating good distortion tones(rhythm or lead tones). In my opinion, active EMG pickups are a good choice when you want a more compressed tone and clarity.

So who would you recommend this guitar to?

Jim: Anyone into playing rock, classic rock, metal; basically anyone who is looking to use lots of distortion and  needs a high output and low noise pickup.The Floyd Rose is a great addition for any need and stays in tune very well. Any beginner or intermediate player would be very happy with this guitar!

The Schecter Hellraiser Extreme is the perfect blend of beauty and muscle. If you want more information, you can check out the description on our website, give us a call at 585-343-7222 or come on in and give it a try. Be prepared to be wowed.

Roxy’s Music Store
228 W. Main St
Batavia, NY 14020

 

 

 

Roland BK7M & Digital V-Accordion Training Video Now For Sale

Hooking up and using the Roland BK7M to your Roland Digital V-Accordion can be a tricky task. We at Roxy’s Music Store and Leon have teamed up to take all the guess work and troubles away so you can get up and running with a full understanding of how to use your digital accordion with this amazing rhythm unit.

Roxy’s Music Store’s Roland BK7M Tutorial & Training Video Series used to only be available to those who bought there BK7M Backing Module through our store. We’ve now released it for sale to the public. If you buy your BK7M through Roxy’s, the 3 disc, 4 1/2 hour, training series is still included for free with your purchase. Watch the video below for details on this amazing offer and links to buy are at the bottom of the post.

The DVD product includes:

• Three DVD disks
• One USB memory stick with saved performances and expansion accompaniment styles

Instruction subjects:

• Connection of BK to both V-Accordion and to required audio equipment
• Basic configuration for playing V-Accordion treble sounds with BK auto accompaniment
• How to activate and control BK auto accompaniment from V-Accordion
• V-Accordion bass fingering technique for playing BK auto accompaniment
• Configuration for playing BK-7m treble sounds with proper dynamic response to bellows action
• Activation and control of BK-7m treble sounds with auto accompaniment
• Sheet music written with auto accompaniment in mind
• Playing Minor 7th chords on an accordion Stradella bass system
• Connecting and configuring iPad to BK-7m for better feature accessibility
• Using “Music Assistant” to find appropriate accompaniment styles for particular songs • Creating, saving, and playing complex orchestrations
•Using the BK’s “Performance Next” feature for “hands off” control of both BK treble voices and auto accompaniment
•Using “Intro” as a transition in the middle of a song
•Using expansion accompaniment styles provided on memory stick
•Using example Palmer-Hughes orchestrations (Performances) on memory stick
•Suggestions for using other BK features on your own

Instruction level for all accordionists, beginner or advanced.

You can buy it here: http://www.roxys.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=2256&sku=BK7MTraining
on eBay:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-BK7m-and-Roland-V-Accordion-Training-DVDs-/171190257213?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27dbbc063d

or call us direct at 585-343-7222

Peavey Vypyr Series [with video]

Peavey has outdone themselves again with their newly redesigned Vypyr series digital modeling amps.

Previously, the Vypyr was a great sounding – do it all – electric guitar amp. Now, it’s a great sounding – do it all – electric guitar, acoustic guitar and bass amp. They’ve revamped their electronics so, with a push of a button, you can choose settings for the instruments you want to plug into the amp and have a different set of effects and amp models for each instrument.
We believe you could probably get a nice sound out of these with a keyboard if you wanted as well.

We’ll post specs full specs below for each amp, but we’ll give you some highlights on why the new VIP1, VIP2, and VIP3 outshines their previous award winning Vypyr Series amps.

  • The smallest and cheapest Vypyr is now the VIP1. The old Vypyr, unfortunately didn’t have a hook-up for the Sanpera series footpedals. They’ve now added that to the VIP, so you can access even more of your amp buy buying the optional Sanpera I or Sanpera II Pedal.
  • The VIP1 is now 20 watts, where the previous version was 15.
  • The VIP2 is now 40 watts, where the previous version was 30.
  • The VIP3 is the largest in the vypyr line. It is 100 watts and features an LCD display which allows you to quickly access preset settings to many styles of music from legendary guitarists and bands. Want a Led Zepplin style sound? ACDC? SRV? Black Sabbath? Insert your favorite band here? – It’s in there. No more having to dial in all your settings to get what you want. However, you can still dial in your own sounds to your liking.
  • USB ports are now available on all models. So you can hook up your amp to your computer and record directly from your amp. This will also allow you to access more features with Peavey’s software. We presume if there were a firmware upgrade, you’d be able to utilize the USB port for this as well.

You can buy a Vypyr from us right here: http://www.roxys.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=2156&sku=vypyrvyip1

Peavey Vypyr Video Demo:

Peavey Vypyr Full Specs:

VIP 3

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  • 100 Watts
  • One 12″ Custom voiced modeling speaker
  • Patented TransTube® technology
  • PowerSponge 100 Watt to 1 Watt variable power
  • 112 Acoustically ported semiclosed back
  • Over 400 amp accessible presets
  • LCD Display for quick preset, model and effect selection
  • 10 instrument models including Acoustic guitar simulators, 12 String guitar model, Mandolin model, 7 String model, Baritone Model, Resonator model, Electric Violin, Bass guitar models
  • Enhanced chromatic tuner
  • 12 Amp accessible stompbox models plus delay reverb and wah (with optional Sanpera)
  • 36 on board amp models
  • 6 bass amp models
  • 6 acoustic amp models
  • WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) controls
  • On-board looper (with optional Sanpera I or II)
  • Amp accessible real time dual parameter controls
  • Amp accessible global reverb and delay
  • 26 Total on-board amp accessible effects.
  • Tap Tempo
  • Bi-directional USB – Data – Midi – Audio record out
  • Studio quality headphone out
  • Aux/MP3/CD input
  • Up to 5 effects simultaneously (with optional Sanpera™ I or II)
  • Weight Packed: 29.39 lb(13.329 kg)

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  • 40 Watts
  • One 12″ Custom voiced modeling speaker
  • Patented TransTube® technology
  • Acoustically ported semi-closed back
  • 10 instrument models including Acoustic guitar simulators, 12 String guitar model, Mandolin model, 7 String model, Baritone Model, Resonator model, Electric Violin, Bass guitar models
  • Enhanced chromatic tuner
  • 16 Presets
  • 12 Amp accessible stompbox models plus delay reverb and wah (with optional Sanpera)
  • 36 on board amp models
  • 6 bass amp models
  • 6 acoustic amp models
  • On-board looper (with optional Sanpera I or II)
  • WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) controls
  • Amp accessible real time dual parameter controls
  • Amp accessible global reverb and delay
  • 26 Total on-board amp accessible effects
  • Tap Tempo
  • Bi-directional USB – Data
  • Midi – Audio record out
  • Studio quality headphone out
  • Aux/MP3/CD input
  • Up to 5 effects simultaneously (with optional Sanpera™ I or II)
  • Weight Packed: 29.00 lb(13.154 kg)

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  • 20 watts
  • Acoustic guitar simulation
  • Bass guitar Simulation
  • Acoustically ported semi-closed back
  • Patented TransTube® technology
  • 16 Presets
  • Specially voiced 8″ modeling speaker
  • 25 amp accessible effects
  • 36 on board amp models
  • 6 bass amp models
  • 6 acoustic amp models
  • On-board looper – activated with optional Sanpera™ I or II
  • WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) controls
  • Amp accessible real time dual parameter controls
  • Amp accessible global reverb and delay
  • Tap Tempo
  • Bi-directional USB – Data – Midi – Audio record out
  • Aux/MP3/CD input
  • Studio quality headphone out
  • Up to 4 effects simultaneously
  • Enhanced chromatic tuner
  • Weight Packed: 20.00 lb(9.071 kg)