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Lots of sound without frets: Dimavery MM-501 fretless

January 28th, 2016 Posted in DIMAVERY, worth knowing Tags: , ,

For decades, it defined the sound of some of the most famous and influential bands and songs in pop, jazz, funk or metal. But still, not many bass players try it: The fretless bass still is a special feature, but also a challenge.

What makes it hard to play for many, is also its main characteristic feature: The fretless fingerboard can be a challenge. Good knowledge of the fingerboard and a well-trained ear are necessary to hit the notes accurately. While there are frets on a regular electric bass to mark and ensure the accuracy of the note, on a fretless bass there is – nothing. Every move of the fingertip affects the sound of the note. This can be critical, but also makes unique sounds and playing techniques possible.

Some of the most well-known bass players in pop and rock music have immortalized themselves in many legendary songs with their use of the fretless bass: In Paul Youngs 80s hit “Wherever I Lay My Hat”, it’s Pino Palladino’s fretless bass line that makes this song unforgettable. Sting’s “Englishman In New York” features the characteristic fretless sound – not unlike an upright bass. And then there is of course Jaco Pastorius, legendary bass player of the equally legendary band Weather Report. Dubbed by many world-famous bass players as the best bass player of all time, he revolutionized bass playing with his unique technique. But the fretless bass is also present in modern heavy rock music, for example in the progressive rock music of Porcupine Tree and their bass player Colin Edwin.

Within the DIMAVERY range, we have the MM-501 Fretless, which can create that characteristic singing sound. It excels through its high quality, good playability and flexibility in all musical styles. The flat and comfortable maple neck makes for well-defined low frequencies, but also fine and clear highs. The basswood body takes care of the mid-oriented, smooth balance. The single big-block humbucker pickup produces the perfectly clear sound with the characteristic growling yet singing fretless tone. The passive controls regulate volume, bass and treble.

The bass journal BassQuarterly writes about our DIMAVERY MM-501 Fretless:

With the MM-501, Dimavery presents a tonally authentic instrument for beginners. Playing a few notes on the naturally harmonic sounding and well-worked MM-501 demonstrates a stable vibration behavior, solid tonality in all pitches, while the sound of the MM-501 starts singing, if you’re determined to let it do so. An insider tip for all beginners, players on a budget and bass modders!” (BassQuarterly 4/2014)

Anyone who has ever wanted to try out a fretless bass will find the perfect beginners’ model in our DIMAVERY MM-501 Fretless Bass. At first, it might not be that easy and probably will take some getting used to, but in the end, the reward is great variety in sound and stylistic flexibility which only a fretless bass can provide.

Omnitronic DD-5220L: Turntables stand up to the DJ test

January 20th, 2016 Posted in General, OMNITRONIC Tags: , ,

German producer Sleepwalker („Samy Deluxe – Weck Mich Auf“) scrutinized the Omnitronic DD-5220L. After his detailed test, he concludes: „Get them immediately!“

Omnitronic DD-5220L

High quality and robust

First of all, the looks of the turntables scored: „Just set up, the turntables stand on my desk in splendid black and I have to say, they look pretty wicked. Everything makes a high quality, robust impression. And with their weight of 11 kg, the new colleagues stand on my DJ desk solidly.“ But not only the optics impressed:

No difference to expensive devices

Of course, Sleepwalker set great store by the sound of the turntables. For testing the quality of the DD-5220L, he made them compete against some famous colleagues:
„So I unscrewed my Stanton sample system and recorded the same disc first with the Omnitronics and then with my Technics SL 1210 MK2. After I adjusted the volume for a few decibels, I could not hear any difference in several comparisons. The song sounded absolutely identically on both systems. Test passed.“

Omnitronic DD-5220L Detail

Scratching and sampling

For really putting the turntables through their paces regarding their scratching possibilities, Sleepwalker brought in another professional. DJ Mirko Machine took time to make the needle dance on the disc. His conclusion: „Great. The needle lies in the groove perfectly. The tightening of the turntable is hundred percent and you can’t say anything negative about it. The pitch fader feels excellent.“

Thanks to the various possibilities the turntables offer regarding playback speed and the integrated line out, Sleepwalker also totally recommends the DD-5220L for sampling.

Conclusion: Get them immediately

After the extensive test, the producer came to a very positive result and even compared the Omnitronic DD-5220L with popular, expensive devices:

„I have to say, I really like the DD-5220L DJ turntables! During the short time in which I could test the device, everything went fantastically and I could integrate the table into my studio setup without any problems. Omnitronic doesn’t need to hide from the competition and they don’t raise the bar too high with 445 €, I think. Regarding the latest price for a Technics device, 2300 €, I say: Get them immediately!“