Check Out Upcoming Gear From Fender, Carl Martin And More!

Top: Fender Pawn Shop Vaporizer Amplifiers. Bottom From
Left: Carl Martin Dual Injection and Purple Moon. 

A new year means new gear and with Winter NAMM just around the corner, you can bet your ax there will be plenty to see! First off, the guys at Fender have just announced the release their latest offering from the popular Pawn Shop Special series, the Vaporizer.

Fender's Vaporizer amp evokes the 1950s-'60s age of the Space Race, when the atom-age world became enthralled with spaceflight and spacecraft. When the wild flights of fancy it launched permeated culture everywhere from film and television to cars, guitars, appliances and more--everything was bright, colorful and flashy. Garage bands blasted off with guitar music, and legions of musicians who couldn't swing pro gear bashed away on department-store guitars and amps.

The Vaporizer amp blasts you like a ray gun back to that exciting era. Affordable and out of this world, it would've been right at home aboard a Mercury capsule and down in the backyard fallout shelter. It would've been stumbled on decades later in some pawn shop corner by an unconventional guitarist with an ear for the distinctive and an eye for the stylish.

The Vaporizer features 12 watts of all-tube output power (2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes, 2 x 6BQ5/EL84 power tubes) through two 10” 16-Ohm Special Design Vaporizer speakers. Additional features include a spring reverb circuit independent of amp volume control, which creates a full, wet reverb for a moody “late-night” vibe and approximates the sound of playing in a tunnel. The included single-button “wedge” footswitch selects the “vaporizer mode” (bypasses volume and tone controls for full-strength overload, indicated by a red jewel light).

Check out the video preview from Fender below!

Moving on to effects, Carl Martin has a couple of pedals that are definitely worth a second look.

First off, chock full of old school fuzz and vibe, think Hendrix, Gilmour, or Trower, the Purple Moon is a dual, analog vibe, plus fuzz with true bypass for fx on/off. Additional controls include a Speed switch for selecting between the two speeds, a Level knob for overall volume, a Blend knob for the amount of Fx in your signal, and two Speed knobs to select the two speeds.

The silicon fuzz’s gain and is controlled by the overall blend knob for volume. When the fuzz gain is turned all the way down, it becomes a vibe only at that point. In the cool new die cast housing with mini-knobs and retro color, the Purple Moon can be powered by a 9v battery, but we always recommend a regulated power supply for optimum response.

Next off, the Dual Injection is two high quality boost pedals in one box, featuring serial or parallel modes. You can use one boost before your drives, and one after in parallel mode, or as a three-step rocket on serial mode. The four level steps include, the normal default clean, first boost activated, the second boost activated set different from the first and both boosts activated at the same time.

And finally, something for all the singers out there! Since its 2004 launch, the VoiceLive series from TC-Helicon has provided singers and performers everywhere with unprecedented personal and professional control of their live vocal sound and effects. 2009 saw the release of VoiceLive 2, which fast became the #1 best-seller and set the bar for all subsequent TC-Helicon products. This year, TC-Helicon changes the game once again with the introduction of VoiceLive 3.

TC Helicon VoiceLive 3

Going leaps and bounds beyond its predecessor, VoiceLive 3 introduces next generation hardware processing and a vocal effects path more comprehensive than anything created before. But that’s not all. VoiceLive 3 also includes a complete selection of Guitar FX with stomp box styles taken directly from TC Electronic’s popular range of TonePrint pedals. Add to that an innovative phrase looper ideal for song creation, loop jams, and arranging backing tracks on-the-fly (or at home) and you’ve got an incredible 3-in-1 powerhouse for singers and instrumentalists alike.

VoiceLive 3 is a true labor of love. With a mind-blowing vocal effects path more comprehensive than anything out there – featuring 11 independent effects blocks, over 180 different styles, and 250 factory presets available right out of the box (and 1000+ more available for free download) – VoiceLive 3 represents the absolute pinnacle of singer’s technology.

 Here's a rundown of some exciting features of the VoiceLive 3:

  • Brand new Harmony modes – Pedal, Fixed, and Mixed-Mode – for expanded voicing and musical possibilities.
  • Authentic Vocoder with voice-controlled polyphonic synth and robot modes allow singers to play their voice like an instrument.
  • Automatically and professionally produced vocal sound with enhanced Adaptive Tone.
  • Improved suite of TC-Helicon’s renowned vocal effects, e.g. Doubling, Harmony, Echo, Reverb, HardTune, Flanger, Chopper, Choir, and more. Upgrades include new delay filters, new HardTune styles, better sounding doubling and even more realistic harmonies.
  • 250 factory presets, with onboard storage for 500 presets in total. Download and manage more presets via TC-Helicon’s free VoiceSupport app.

    For pricing and availability you can contact us by calling us toll free at 1-877-671-2200 or shoot us an email at!

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