<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:05:22 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Mic It. Loop It. The Ditto Mic Looper from TC-Helicon is out now! Buy soon and get a FREE MP-75 Mic!]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:43:26 +0000 One of the most exciting products from the NAMM 2015 show was TC-Helicon's Ditto Mic Looper. We've seen great guitar loop pedals, but TC-Helicon has put together a great package made specifically for looping vocals. Here's the preview from NAMM:

If you buy the Ditto Mic Looper between January 26th and March 1st, you'll get a FREE MP-75 Mic, which allows you to directly control the Ditto Mic Looper!

Ditto Mic Looper

Buy it here!

Feature Overview

      • 24-bit uncompressed audio


      • 5 minutes of looping


      • Unlimited overdubs


      • Undo / Redo function


      • Automatic Gain Adjustment


      • Instant one-tap Stop feature


      • Selectable overdub modes


      • Noise-free erase


      • Balanced XLR in- and outputs


      • Connects transparently between your Mic and PA


      • LED-indicator shows Play/Rec status


      • Latest loop and overdubs stored between power-ups


      • On-board mic pre-amp with phantom power (24V) for both dynamic and condenser microphones


      • Mic Control for remote one button looping with the optional TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone


      • USB connects to VoiceSupport for simple firmware updates


      • Compact, easy to use


      • Rugged all-metal construction


    • Includes 12V DC Power Supply

Fill out and mail the form here to receive a FREE MP-75 mic with Ditto Mic Looper purchase.

<![CDATA[NAMM 2015 - Roland announces new cutting edge products]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:04:35 +0000 Roland is on fire at NAMM 2015, with new synthesizers, keyboards, amps, and pedals. Check out our interviews with product specialists below.

Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System

Thomas Nordegg talks about the Boss ES-8 and building his pedal board for Steve Vai

Boss Bass Driver BB 1-X Pedal

Boss VE-1 Vocal Echo

Roland Blues Cube Guitar Amplifiers: Artist/Stage

Roland JDXi Synthesizer

Roland MX-1 Mix Performer

Click here to stay tuned to all the latest updates from NAMM 2015!

<![CDATA[NAMM 2015 - Fender announces new custom shop guitars, amps, signature models, and more!]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:49:14 +0000 Fender Announces New Guitars, Amps, and Custom Shop Products for 2015!

Fender is adding some creative new additions to their repertoire in 2015. Here's a quick overview:

Check out the following interviews with Fender staff.

Fender 10 for 15 Collection

Fender Custom Guitar Amps

Fender Michael Landau DeVille Guitar Amp

Fender Pine Cone Faberge Stratocaster

Fender USA Geddy Lee Signature Jazz Bass

Fender Adam Clayton (U2) Signature Jazz Bass

<![CDATA[Cosmo Music At NAMM 2015 Video Update Blog]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:10:59 +0000 Stay tuned here for updates on the NAMM 2015 show! We'll be bringing you the latest videos straight from Anaheim, California. You can also find updates from #CosmoAtNAMM or follow @CosmoMusic on Twitter for the latest news.

*UPDATED Mon, Jan 26 @ 5:00pm - 13 new videos added!*


Click here for our NAMM 2015 YouTube Playlist. Click on any of the links below too see the video!

The vibe of NAMM 2015 was awesome. We also got to see John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater!

The world of Pro Audio is getting more advanced each year. Check out the latest breakthroughs.

Kemper announces some new additions to their groundbreaking Amp Profiler
Digitech gives you a band in a pedal with the Trio Band Creator

The classic Analog Synthesizer sound reinvented in 2015

Godin announces some creative new guitars

Tom Anderson introduces the new Icon Classic Electric Guitars
Lehle announces new products
Pearl announces the new CS-1465F Chad Smith Signature Snare
The Pearl Masterworks Drum Kit is a drummer's dream!

Taylor introduces some new additions to their stellar lineup

The latest updates from Yamaha

Jens Ritter talks about the glorious Back In Black Porsch electric guitar EXCLUSIVE to Cosmo Music!

Gibson announces the J-45 Vintage Acoustic Guitar, a vintage take on a classic design

Drum kits with rare woods for 2015. These are limited!

Akai & Alesis introduce new keyboards and synthesizers

Roland announces new cutting edge products

New Ukuleles

New announcements for band instruments!

Hohner Tag Series Harmonicas

D'Addario announces new drum heads and accessories

Ernie Ball announces new John Petrucci Artisan series signature guitars

Fender Announces New Guitars, Amps, and Custom Shop Products for 2015

Suhr Guitars 2015 Collection

<![CDATA[You've never seen guitars like these before. We have some rare Jens Ritter guitars and basses.]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:19:00 +0000 When you look at a Jens Ritter guitar, there's a quality of magnificence that you immediately notice. These are some truly regal instruments, and we are honoured to have some of the rarest guitars in the collection here at Cosmo Music. Here's a preview of what's in store:

UPDATE: Our newest guitar is the Cosmo Music EXCLUSIVE Back In Black Porsch! Click below to hear all about it from Jens Ritter himself at NAMM 2015!

<![CDATA[What's new? Ryan and Cristina have January's Cosmo Minute Report!]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:46:17 +0000 Ryan & Cristina are back with January 2015's Cosmo Minute Report!

The NAMM Show is coming up, and we'll be having up-to-date coverage on the latest products as the show goes on. #cosmoatnamm
Click here for more details!

We've acquired some truly rare and regal guitars from Jens Ritter. These are true pieces of exceptional craftsmanship, with a perfect touch of eccentricity. We have a very special announcement on another arrival coming up at the NAMM Show!

Click here to gaze upon these beauties!

Guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan will be performing live at Cosmo Music on February 22nd!
Click here for more details.

Acoustic guitar wizard Ewan Dobson will be performing live at Cosmo Music on February 21st!
Click here for more details.

Protect your acoustic instruments from the dryness of winter. Join the #fightfor45. Find out what it's all about here!

Stay tuned for more up to date developments at cosmomusic.ca!

<![CDATA[Sabian's BIG and UGLY NAMM Launch - Available NOW at Cosmo Music!]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:00:58 +0000 Introducing the Big and Ugly Collection from SABIAN - Launching at The NAMM Show 2015 and we already have them ALL stocked!

These fun-to-play ride cymbals are big, dark and dynamic, and offer so much complexity and versatility you won't ever want to stop playing them! All of these beautifully-crafted cymbals are AVAILABLE NOW at Cosmo Music!


Big and Ugly Sabian

Be sure to click each cymbal below to learn more!
Question? Contact the Drummer's Den at 905.770.5222 x320.

<![CDATA[Don't Miss the Action! Cosmo Music Covers The NAMM Show 2015]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:15:29 +0000 It’s that time of year again where we make our annual pilgrimage to Anaheim, California for 4 days of innovation, connecting, music and of course buying! It’s our caravan to NAMM – one of the world’s largest music conventions/events/conferences organized by the National Association of Music Merchants.

People from all over the world in the music industry – manufacturers, publishers, artists, music merchants, industry experts and the list goes on – descend on this venue and music takes over! It’s where we connect with the latest in musical instruments, programs and artists so that we can bring it all back to our ‘little’ corner of the world.

Cosmo Team at NAMM 2014

Cosmo Team at NAMM 2014

It’s not a free-for-all for us, because it would be wonderful to just relax and enjoy all of what NAMM has to offer at a leisurely pace, it’s a strategically organized visit to accomplish many things and it’s also a lot of work before, during and after the event. After over 30 years of attending the conference, we’ve got this down to a science!

We send a team of about 7-11 staff members whose sole purpose is to search out what our customers want and what our customers don’t know about but will want as soon as it comes in the store. They are also learning about new programs our industry partners offer and what they are planning for the new year. And because some of the manufacturers are based in and around Anaheim, it gives our contingent an opportunity to visit the factories and connect with the staff at those organizations. Sometimes they are even treated to a special performance by well know artists that endorse the products! Very cool!

NAMM is a very exciting trip for all of us and we want to share it with all of you. So our pledge to you is to give you as much of our experience through pictures, video and write-ups so that you too have something to look forward to this time every year!

So visit us often!

Like us on Facebook - posting daily pics from the floor

Follow us on Twitter - tweeting up-to-the minute discoveries



Watch us on YouTube - posting daily videos from the floor

Follow us on Instagram - posting up-to-the-minute captures

NAMM 2015

<![CDATA[Protect your guitar, join the #fightfor45! Find out what it's all about here.]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:01:41 +0000 The climate here in southeastern Ontario is really great if you love the outdoors. Depending on the time of year, you can skate, ski, snowboard, swim, cycle, and swing a golf club, all within a reasonable radius. The variation in temperature and humidity levels that keeps driving interesting and wardrobes versatile does have a downside, though: guitars hate it.

With few exceptions, guitars are made of pieces of wood glued together. Most guitars use a few different species of wood in their construction, and some combine solid woods with laminates. As humidity levels change, the woods react by expanding or contracting, and each piece of the guitar will do this at a different rate. Unless action is taken to prevent it, these downward swings in humidity will have a negative effect on your guitar (it bears mentioning that although acoustic guitars are most at risk, solid-body electric guitars and basses will be negatively affected by dryness as well).

A guitar will show signs of dryness in a few different ways. The action will get higher as the neck is less able to resist the tension of the strings. As the top dries, the bridge will lift up and be pulled forward, also causing higher action. The fretboard will start to shrink, causing the fret edges to become exposed and feel sharp. Cracks will start to appear, small at first, often around seams or where the top has been book-matched. In extreme cases, the bridge may crack or become unglued from the top. Many of these things can be repaired, but prevention is the best medicine.

It would be an understatement to say that keeping your guitar at a comfortable humidity level of at least 45% is challenging in the winter. Some furnaces have the ability to add some moisture to the air, but most will dry it up at an alarming rate. Room humidifiers can be used, but they must be refilled often and can be loud. A guitar humidifier that goes in the guitar's case will work well, but again must be monitored almost daily. A combination of these methods will yield the best results, and using a hygrometer to know exactly what your humidity level is will tell you if you are doing enough.

In short; dryness bad, 45% humidity good. It isn't easy, but your guitar is worth it.

Join me on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the tag #fightfor45 to show us how YOU fight against dryness or with pictures of symptoms. For helping spread the word, you'll be entered into a draw for some great guitar care products (prize package and deadline to be announced very soon).

Ryan Casselman
Department Head, Guitars
905.770.5222 x360

<![CDATA[LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - Ewan Dobson, Sat Feb 21, 2015]]> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:36:32 +0000 EWAN DOBSON - Acoustic Metal North American Tour 2015
Guitar Virtuoso & YouTube Sensation performing solo acoustic instrumental guitar

Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant and exhilarating guitarists, having won first prize in many guitar competitions across the country. His impressive list of credentials include winning the Grand Prizes from both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival where he emerged victorious, after having competed against the top prize winners of all of the other disciplines. In addition to dominating the provincial competition circuit, Dobson has made his mark nationally having represented Ontario twice at the National Finals of the prestigious Canadian Music Competitions (CMC) and having been awarded the top prize in guitar. In the summer of 2009, Dobson was crowned the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the prestigious 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly after this victory, he captured another first prize in the acoustic category at the 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. However, the highlight of this season took place when he caught the attention of the world by capturing 3rd place at the 38th International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield, Kansas.

In February 2015, EWAN DOBSON embarks on a 3 month coast-to-coast North American Tour, hitting all major markets (Cosmo Music is Ewan's 2nd stop)!  North America is big, so Ewan Dobson will release not one, but two new albums to support his North American tour. ACOUSTIC METAL II is the first of these two new releases and is the follow-up to the Acoustic Metal 1. 12-String Guitar includes 12-string versions of material from Ewan´s previous albums along with 5 new unreleased songs. The show will include material spanning Ewan´s entire catalogue performed fingerstyle and with flatpick.

For more information on EWAN DOBSON check out his website.

LIVE! at the Cosmopolitan Music Hall - EWAN DOBSON

Buy Ticket: Ewan Dobson, Sat Feb 21, 2015 at Cosmo Music
Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email events@cosmomusic.ca.

Ewan Dobson