<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:23:12 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Maurice White, legendary founder and singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, dead at 74]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:53:59 +0000

September will never be the same for fans of Earth, Wind & Fire. Maurice White, whose undeniably iconic lead vocal style and pure soul played a huge part in defining the funk sound of the 70s. Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and White himself was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame six years ago. White stopped touring with the band in 1992.

Here's a few of the many tracks that White leaves behind.

Rest In Peace Maurice White, a true soul brother.

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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Neumann]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:22:16 +0000

Neumann has had the long time reputation as being the standard-setting, leading manufacturer of studio microphones, and it's easy to see why. Many products Neumann has produced have been milestones of professional audio technology. Audio studios virtually always place Neumann at the top when listing their available equipment.

A look at Neumann's awesome booth where people were able to come test out the new microphones themselves.

Above are Neumann's U 87 Ai, M 149 Tube, TLM 107, and U 47 fet.

A closer look at new Neumann products such as the U 87 Ai and the M 149 Tube.

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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Ultrasonic Power Corporation]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:16:30 +0000

As a "Made in the USA" manufacturer, the Ultrasonic Power Corporation is committed to exceptional precision industrial ultrasonic cleaning and liquid processing solutions for their customers. They are a leading ultrasonic cleaning equipment company located in Freeport, Illinois. There strengths include innovation, speed, agility and flexibility.

The Ultrasonic Power Corporation showcased their cleaning technology for musical instruments.

<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Blackstar]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:05:50 +0000

Blackstar Amplification is one of the biggest brands to come out of Britain. They are a company full of musicians who truly understand and appreciate the significance of great tone. All Blackstar products are designed to be world class in both quality and tonal performance, while giving the guitarist the tools required to find the "sound in your head".

Blackstar showed off their home proudly with the Union Jack Fly 3. The Fly 3 is a small battery powered guitar amplifier that you can take nearly everywhere. Using similar circuitry to what you find in things like their ID lines, the Fly 3 has an amazing amount of control.

Features include:

  • 3 Watts: 2 channels - Clean & Overdrive
  • Patented ISF Control tone shaping
  • Built-in Digital tape delay effect
  • MP3/Line In / Emulated Line Out

Blackstar's Bluetooth Tone:Link was also on display, this device makes it easily possible to add Bluetooth audio to any amp with a line in. Only a small number of amps sold have Bluetooth technology as a standard, which makes the Tone:Link the perfect accessory for any musician. It is designed for guitar amps, PAs, mixer desks, AV systems, home stereos, headphones, car or motorcycle speakers, boats and more.


From one of the most popular compact modelling amplifiers, the ID:Core Series represents the culmination of over seven years in technical research and development. With an intuitive control set like traditional amps, these amps also have programmability. The guitarist can custom design their own sound to however they like. Blackstar will be launching new ID:Core amps: ID:Core 100 & ID:Core 150. The still retain the stereo imaging that all the ID:Core range have, as well as louder amps, bigger speakers, built-in 30-second loopers with unlimited overdubs, and an octave effect.

The Artist series - including the Artist 15 and Artist 30 amplifiers - delivers the ultimate clean and classic overdrive tones, the simplicity and purity in this series is coupled with flexibility.

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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Right On! Straps]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:47:05 +0000

Right On! Straps has been in the leather goods market for over 40 years, always striving to innovate and improve their products in order to ensure only the highest quality of professional straps make it to their large customer base.

Assistant Purchaser Dan McAuley checking out straps like the Bubbles Special.

From the new Funky Collection this Bubbles guitar and bass strap is a fun and colourful print which puts a smile on your face.

From the Leathercraft Collection we have Charro Red (above) and Charro Canyon (below).

Both fine-crafted, vintage looking straps that have a special attention to detail. They're made of genuine high quality leather with flower engraving that reminds us of the Charro style. Other colour options include Charro Green and Charro Beige.


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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Walrus]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:26:42 +0000

Walrus Audio's main goal is to make guitar effects that are as interesting to play as they are to look at. A collection of musicians, engineers, and artists, this company is out to find the perfect balance between art and performance in sound manipulation.



Walrus has announced two new pedals: Julia & Contraband

The Julia - Chorus/Vibrato - allows players to take their sound to strange new places with its ability to blend between Chorus and  Vibrato effects. Out of all of the controls on the Julia, the most interesting is the Lag setting - this allows you to manually set the delay time, thinning out the effect. Other controls include Rate, Depth and Blend knobs.

The Contraband - Fuzz - features a design that's as simple as it gets. It has one knob labeled "Output" that's able to give an impressive amount of Fuzz effect range. A small  "Thick/Thin" toggle switch allows players to match the signal for use with either humbuckers or single coils. This pedal offers what matters most: killer fuzz.




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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Keeley]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:06:07 +0000

Robert Keeley was raised in an engineering family, so it's no surprise where got all his talent from. He started working with electronics in 1989 and has never looked back. 2001 is the year Keeley Electronics was born, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Offering a wide range of pedals, Keeley Electronics is the brand to buy from if you're looking for quality products.

A look at some of the new Keeley pedals, including The Abbey Chamber Verb, Caverns Delay-Reverb, Aurora Reverb, Gold Star Reverb, Vine O Verb, DS 9, Red Dirt Overdrive, 1962, Oxblood, Tone Workstation,Charing Cross OC75 Fuzz, and the Blacktop


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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - EMS 4 Kids]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:04:14 +0000

EMS 4 Kids was designed by parents, for parents. In 2007, Daniel and Kate had a newborn daughter, and because Daniel is a professional musician, he didn't want his daughter around high levels of noise without hearing protection. Finding adequate child-friendly hearing protection hard to come by, EMS 4 Kids was born. Using high quality material, and eye catching designs that kids will love, Em's are ideal for any parent who needs to protect their little ones hearing.

A look at the EMS 4 Kids demo booth - where they showed off the world's first hearing protection earmuffs for babies and the world's first foldable, compact protection earmuffs for children.

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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Alesis]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:58:42 +0000

Alesis believes that in order to fulfill the dreams of musicians, they need to ensure an unforgettable musical experience, and they do just that with their awesome line of products. Alesis is dedicated to inspiring musical creativity and developing musical experiences for all of their customers. This company is on the leading edge of professional audio and music technology, and will continue to be for years to come.

Alesis rolled out some awesome new products for 2016.
Don't miss out on the new Command Kit, an eight-piece electronic drum kit with mesh snare and kick.


  • Dynamic, comfortable pads for great feel and natural response
  • Command drum module with 70 kits and over 600 sounds
  • Load .WAV samples and play-along tracks via USB memory stick

The new Samplepad 4 is a 4 pad percussion and sample triggering pad. allowing endless percussive and sample triggering possibilities.

Features include:

  • 10 preset kits with 25 commonly requested drum sounds
  • Add any sample or loop to your drum setup via SD card
  • USB/MIDI connection for use with recording software

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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - SABIAN]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:09:15 +0000

SABIAN is all about designing and creating cymbals and sounds that are right for you. SABIAN was founded in 1981 by Robert Zildjian - one of the world's great names in cymbal making. He opened SABIAN in the small eastern Canadian village of Meductic, New Brunswick. SABIAN today has offices and depots located around the globe, and as musical styles and tastes are continually evolving, so is the art of cymbal making.

SABIAN showed off their hand-hammering process.

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