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    Welcome back to MusicPlayers.com. Were keeping busy trying to get the latest pro gear through our testing labs (studios), and professional musicians are eagerly talking with us at great length about their latest activities for our interviews. We have some exciting interviews coming out over the summer months for musicians of all types.

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Scott Kahn—Editor in Chief, MusicPlayers.com
 
   
Firewire 800 Its Back!

The latest 17 Apple MacBook Pro laptops feature the high-speed Firewire 800 interface, so those of you editing video sessions and hit records at your local Starbucks can get back to work. These laptops also feature the dual-layer 8x DVD burning drives, so you can back up large sessions on the 8 GB discs.

How Many Drummers Does it Take to... ?

I was recently reading a Mapex news release talking about their co-sponsorship of the fourth annual Woodstick event in Seattle, Washington. A fundraiser for local charities, Woodstick attendees set out to break the Guinness World Record for largest number of drummers with drum sets playing simultaneously.

They broke the old record of 502 drummers, set at the same event in 2004, with 533 drummers playing together in time to an eight-bar rock riff lasting over seven minutes. Wow, and to think I was impressed that Adam and the Ants used to have two drummers!

In Passing

Closing on a bittersweet note, May saw the passing of Mike Kovins, President of Korg USA. Mike was involved in the release of all the big Korg synths: the legendary M1, the Triton, and the OASYS.

Mike actually gave me my start in the music industry back in 1986. Still a high school student at the time, I had founded the Digital Waveform Users Group (DWUG) to share patches and tips with other Korg synth users, and Mike hooked me up with the right folks at Korg to really get things going. That eventually led to my publishing the now-defunct Korg Connection, and here we are years later embracing MusicPlayers.com.

Scott Kahn—Editor in Chief, MusicPlayers.com
 
         
         
             
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