MUSIC PRODUCT: Jackson Mark Morton Signature D2 Dominion

Posted November 21, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Audio & Music Products, Guitars

An affordable alternative to the Jackson Pro Series Mark Morton, the Signature D2 Dominion from Jackson Guitars comes in a sleek looking trans black finish over a quilted maple veneer top or in a standard black finish. Featuring a bold-on neck and a solid body, the Signature D2 Dominion is equipped with Deisn HB-101 pickups. Described as a well-made guitar with a fast-playing neck, the D2 has polished frets and low-action setup. The axe plays without any excess string buzz and the intonation is musically solid. Thanks to having dual sets of Volume and Tone controls, the D2 delivers a wide range of sounds with lots of pickup blending possibilities. MSRP $500.

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MUSIC PRODUCT: Matchless Avalon 30 Reverb

Posted November 21, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Audio & Music Products

Now available from Matchless is the Avalon 30 Reverb amplifier. The design uses a marriage of point-to-point, turret board, and heavy-duty printed circuit board (PCB) construction. The Avalon is entirely hand made and comes with controls for Volume, Bass, Treble, Cut, Master (bypassable), and Reverb, a 4xEL84 output stage with half-power switch, series effect loop, and several other features. MSRP starting at $1,000.

DVD REVIEW: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Posted November 20, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: DVD Comedy, DVD Indie, DVD Musical, DVD Reviews, DVD Sci Fi

From director Joss Whedon, DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG is an outrageously hip, laugh-out-loud funny, Emmy-winning, Sci Fi musical. One part Rocky Horror, one part Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and one part Little Shop of Horrors, Dr. Horrible captures the cheese of B-movie hero flicks with smart catchy musical numbers. Neil Patrick Harris is a delight in the title role. Both his acting and his singing never fail to impress. The plot follows the exploits of supervillian wannabe Horrible as he pursues the dual goals of defeating his superhero nemesis Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) and trying to get close to his secret crush Penny (Felicia Day). The music is impressively well fleshed out and the overall production (shot in just six days) proves what type of quality entertainment can come from outside Hollywood’s major studio network. Five Stars.

MUSIC PRODUCT: Privia PX-300 Keyboard

Posted November 20, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Audio & Music Products, Keyboards

The Privia PX-330 keyboard from Casio combines professional sound quality and performance in a sleek, lightweight package.  A new grand piano sound introduced in the PX-330 is comprised of four dynamic layers of stereo piano samples.  The Keyboard is equipped with 128-polyphony and features a new Tri-Sensor 88-note scaled hammer action keyboard (which gives users the weight, feel and resistance of a grand piano but without sacrificing portability). MSRP $800.

TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT: Holomatrix Software

Posted November 20, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Software, Technology Products & Reviews

Red Giant Software has released Holomatrix 1.0, which is a new After Effects plug-in. It is designed to allow users to recreate holographic special effects in a matter of a few mouse clicks. The package features effects including animated sci-fi holograms, ghosts, and bad TV reception. The package has 30 presets and lets the user control the look, timing, and placement of random effects.

TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT: Casio Exilim EX-G1 Digital Camera

Posted November 20, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: Photography, Technology Products & Reviews

Casio announces the 12.1-megapixel Exilim EX-G1. Described as being the “world’s slimmest shock-resistant digital camera,” the ultrathin, ultratough point-and-shoot camera is designed to be drop-, cold-, dust- and waterproof.

DVD REVIEW: Twilight

Posted November 20, 2009 by helpfirst
Categories: DVD Drama, DVD Indie, DVD Reviews, DVD Romance, DVD Sci Fi

Based on Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling vampire romance novel, TWILIGHT follows the saga of high school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves to a small town where she begins a forbidden love affair with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)– a school classmate who is secretly a 108-year old vampire. The emphasis of the movie is on romance and Stewart and Pattinson provide a quality sense of spark. The supporting cast is strong and the independent feel of the film lends itself to the story. Four Stars.