New Gear Alert: BAE R53 500 Series Rack, GMF Tube DI/Pre, Touch Innovations XG Touch Display & More

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BAE Audio R53 500 series rack now shipping.

BAE Audio’s new R53 500 series rack offers switchable linking functionality and the option to ship “loaded” from the factory with three crucial BAE units.

The R53 is a 3-slot horizontal 500 series rack with linking functionality. Now available through select retailers, the sleek 1RU rack provides an efficient way to integrate three of your favorite lunchbox signal processors into your recording or live system. The convenient layout and integrated linking is also great for combining a preamp, EQ, and compressor into a custom channel strip.

The R53 accommodates any three 500 series units in a single rack space thanks to its horizontal configuration. The rack eliminates studio clutter with its robust built-in power supply for surefire reliability. Switchable linking on the front of the unit lets you pass signal from one slot to the next, allowing you to easily cascade a preamp into an EQ and then into a compressor without patching, or integrate other sound-shaping tools into a cohesive signal path.

The R53 is available now from your authorized BAE dealer and carries a price of $450 “unloaded”, or $2,736 “loaded” with the BAE 312, G10 and 500C units.


GMF adds vacuum tube tone to acoustic instruments with Ai ProTube pedal.

Direct signals can now sound fuller, warmer, and richer via the vacuum tube circuit in GMF’s Ai ProTube DI/preamp pedal.

Adding to the company’s line of acoustic products, GMF releases the new Ai ProTube. The Ai ProTube is an innovative DI with preamp that incorporates a switchable vacuum tube circuit in the preamp section to deliver a warm, rich tube tone at the touch of a button.

Designed to connect an acoustic instrument into mixers, PA systems and amps, the Ai ProTube offers an array of professional features, making it an ideal choice for gigging musicians looking for a versatile live performance tool as well as recording artists seeking added flexibility in their project studios.

Ai ProTube highlights include (but are not limited to) an onboard active 4-band EQ, gain control, polarity switch, ground lift, mute footswitch and tuner output.

Suggested retail price for the Ai ProTube is $599 with an average street price of $450.


Touch Innovations announces XG see-through, all-glass, multi-touch control display.

With 10 simultaneous touch points and a 39-inch PCAP display, Touch Innovations’ XG represents the future of touch display technology.

XG sports a 39-inch see-through PCAP (Projective Capacitive) touch display supporting 10 simultaneous touch points. The Windows-compatible XG is available as two distinct versions—XG PRO (with an onboard high-power Intel PC sporting 500 GB storage) or XG LITE (without an onboard PC). Allowing for the most luxurious display, all components are conveniently situated inside the base unit, avoiding unsightly cable clutter.

In addition, every XG system ships bundled with Emulator 2, Touch Innovations’ customizable multi-touch controller flagship software for any MIDI application.

XG PRO and XG LITE are available for online ordering directly from Touch Innovations at $6,895 ($180/month) and $5,999 ($165/month), respectively.


Celestion celebrates the sounds of metal guitarist George Lynch with the release of the Lynchback Impulse Responses.

Paying homage to famed metal guitarist George Lynch, Celestion is now offering several varieties of Impulse Responses crafted after his sought-after, legendary tone.

In celebration of the legendary sounds of metal guitarist George Lynch, Celestion is pleased to announce the addition of the G12-50GL Lynchback IRs to their acclaimed line of Impulse Responses. With the original classic Lynchback being only the second signature guitar speaker that Celestion have ever produced in its 90+ year history, the G12-50GL Lynchback was built for, and named after, the legendary lead and rhythm guitarist George Lynch in 2011.

Working in collaboration with George Lynch himself to create the original classic Lynchback, Celestion spent more than 2 years studying every aspect of the speaker’s design and construction to create a tone which was original, bespoke, and above all, personal to George.

Five individual IR varieties of the Lynchback are available for download, which correspond to each of 5 separate types of cabinet, including: 1×12 (open back), 1×12 (closed back), 2×12 (open back), 2×12 (closed back), and 4×12 (closed back).

The G12-50GL Lynchback Collection is available now for $29.99.