We're happy to launch the very first edition of what is soon to become our recurring monthly feature of the latest gear to arrive in the Middle East - June 2020 Edition.
As a part of our mission to empower musicians and creators, we share a monthly update on the latest gear to hit the streets of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Riyadh and the rest of the Middle East from our portfolio of 150+ leading brands in the music, production, and recording space. Check back in every month to see what's new in the Middle East music, audio, production and recording market, or sign up for our newsletter here, and we'll notify you when new and hot products make an appearance.
Here are our top picks of the latest gear this month:
AT A GLANCE
1. Bundles on Bundles on Bundles - Mackie
Offering four different bundles aimed at content creators, producers, and performers, you will not need to look outside Mackie's range to further your goals as a musician. All their bundles come with relevant DAW and supporting software:
Mackie Studio Bundle with CR3-X Monitors, Big Knob Studio Interface, EM89D Dynamic Mic, EM91C Condenser Mic and MC-100 Headphones
The studio bundle comes with dual monitors, the Big Knob studio monitor controller, a professional headphone, a large diaphragm condenser microphone, and a dynamic vocal microphone.
The creator bundle comes with Creative Reference multimedia monitors, a USB condenser microphone, and a professional headphone.
The producer bundle comes with a 2i2 USB audio interface with MIDI, professional headphones, a large diaphragm condenser microphone, and a dynamic vocal microphone.
The performer bundle comes with a 6-channel professional effects mixer with USB, a dynamic vocal microphone, and professional headphones.
2. Make a mark with Numark
Durability, Functionality, and Affordability don't often go hand in hand. With Numark's DJ systems, that's precisely the middle ground that's being sought. With a variety in the product line, every aspiring DJ has a product to consider.
Prep, Play, and Scratch anytime, anywhere with one of the smallest DJ Controller. This pocket controller from Numark is changing the way portability is looked at in the industry. It has a built in audio card with headphone cueing, multiple pad modes with cueing, Looping and sample triggers, and capacitive touch jog wheels for scratching and mixing to name a few.
This is your standard deck with large 6-inch jog wheels, a 24-bit digital audio interface for pristine sound quality, six dedicated software effects buttons, 16 performance pads for hot cues, auto loop, fader cuts and sampling. Plus, you can even stream music directly from TIDAL or SoundCloud via Serato DJ Lite. This is a simple, no-nonsense device for beginners and intermediate DJs.
If a mid-range DJ controller does not fit your MO, you the Platinum FX from Numark is a great option to consider. It has a 24-bit 4-deck with a dedicated software effects section, large 6-inch capacitive-touch jog wheels with built in hi-res displays, and 16-multi-functional performance pads.
3. Ba Dum Tsk - LP Drums
At MusicMajlis, we constantly add to our widening range of drums and percussion to suit every imaginable artist needs. This month, we've added the following:
Chrome plated steel shells, 13" & 14" diameters, 6-1/2" deep; tune with standard drum key; comes with LP Aspire Cowbell; set includes heavy duty, fully adjustable tilting timbale stand; includes timbale sticks and drum key.
Rawhide head lends a traditional feel; soft Strike rim ensures exceptional tuning stability and even tension.
Quality congas crafted from kiln-dried, environmentally friendly Siam oak; black powder-coated hardware for durability; EZ Curve rims with improved strength and a curved surface for playing comfort; natural rawhide tucked heads produce great tone; chrome-plated height adjustable LP Double Conga Stand.
Ribbed shell design creates a livelier, more cutting sound; includes chrome-plated, heavy-duty, steel stand; die-cast, geared tilter; non-slip height adjustment requires only hand tightening; anti-rattle sleeve; adjustable cowbell holder; genuine stainless steel shells
Constructed from kiln-dried, environmentally friendly Siam oak; smaller 6-3/4" and 8" natural rawhide heads; cuban-style steel bottoms; 9/32" diameter tuning lugs; black powder-coated LP Aspire; EZ Curve rims.
Siam oak soundboard; all-wood construction; three internal sets of snare wires for extra sensitivity and sound control; textured seating surface.
4. Amplify Your Sound with Orange Amps
Founded in 1968, the English amplifier manufacturing company is well known for their distinctive clear sound and vibrant orange exterior. Their products have long been used by internationally acclaimed bands and performers, furthering the products value and significance in the music industry.
This comes with a 60-watt Twin Channel Solid State with Digital Reverb & FX Loop. These speakers are known to express perfect balance between modern low end punch and vintage highs, maintaining clarity even when pushed.
This sports a 30-watt 1x8" Acoustic Combo Amp that can work on battery, support both a mic and an acoustic guitar, and has a global effects and notch filter.
This has a switchable 100, 70, 50, and 35-watt option in their two-channel tube head.The TH100 takes the hugely popular TH30 blueprint and gives it 100 Watts of earth-shattering power.
This is a 1x12" 30-watt Combo Amp. The beautifully simple, non-master volume design is straight out of the golden age of Rock ‘n’ Roll but 15W, 2W and 1W settings allow that coveted sweet spot to be enjoyed at more civilized volumes. Two independent, foot-switchable Tremolo Speed controls, foot-switchable Reverb and a valve-driven FX Loop also help bring this old-time tone machine firmly into the present day.
5. Blackstar Rising - Amps
This series from Blackstar is purely built to amplify acoustic guitars without manipulating the sound signals. The Sonnet series has four simultaneous inputs, bluetooth, two reverbs, high pass filter, and birlliance control. For the eco-friendly, this amp is also packaged in recycled material. We currently have the Blackstar Sonnet 120 (120W 1x8”/1x1” Acoustic Amp in Black or Blonde), and the Blackstar Sonnet 60 (60W 1x6.5”/1x1” Acoustic Amp in Black or Blonde.
This range of amps from Blackstar truly emanates quality and functionality. These digital amps have a powerful system driving their highly responsive amplifiers capable of producing anything from classic tones to power sections. We offer the Blackstar Silverline Deluxe 1x12" 100-watt Combo Amp, the Blackstar Silverline Special 1x12" 50-watt Combo Amp, the Blackstar Silverline Standard 1x10" 20-watt Combo Amp, and the Blackstar Silverline Stereo Deluxe 2x12" 2 x 100-watt Combo Amp. These feature the touch response, patented ISF control, 6 proprietary preamp voicings, studio grade effects and a dedicated software to increase sound controllability.
6. Untangle with the JBL 104-BT Desktop Reference Monitors
These wireless monitors combine a powerful, low-frequency driver and .75-inch (19 mm) soft-dome tweeter, potent integrated 60-watt amplification and an innovative acoustic design to reproduce clean sound with exceptional imaging and crisp detail. This also provides the added benefit of checking your mixes over Bluetooth to make sure they sound great in every listening scenario. There aren't many wireless monitor systems, but these pair from JBL are a great bang for the buck while also offering a clean reference experience.
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When you're looking to pick up instruments or music and sound gear, get in touch with us for recommendations, the latest information on new and discontinued models, as well as sales and promotions. Whether you’re looking for a guitar, a keyboard, a piano, a drum kit, studio recording equipment, music production tools, or DJ gear – we can promise the widest variety, knowledgeable advice and the lowest prices across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, UAE, the Sultanate of Oman, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.