The most common question we get at the start of each battle season is … ” What do I get if I win?”
The easy answer is, you get the clout and bragging rights that go along with winning the mid-west’s longest running beat battle. ( but let’s be honest, that doesn’t motivate everyone ). In year’s past we’ve had a variety of drum machines, synthesizers, midi controllers and other studio gear as our grand prize. This year, I think we’ve out done ourselves.
We are excited to announce a new partnership with independent Milwaukee music retailer Cascio Interstate Music. For over 65 years, Cascio has been a key national player in the music products industry through its multi-channel retail, wholesale and manufacturing. The folks at Cascio have brought some additional partners to the stage that I’m sure you’ve heard of… ROLAND and NOVATION.
This year’s Grand Prize will be the all new… ROLAND AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer.
The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds and classic effects. Unprecedented live pattern manipulation. Solid, intuitive performance controls.
Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980’s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on thousands of dance tracks over the course of three decades, but they have helped define the sound of entire musical genres.
From Rap and House to Techno and Trance – these two drum machines have left an indelible mark on the art and culture of music. Now, you can recreate that vibe, with your very own TR-8.
This year’s runner-up will receive a NOVATION LAUNCHPAD S.
Whether you are recording your own songs, performing your own compositions or mixing together your favorite beats, Launchpad S gives you everything you need to launch clips, trigger loops, control effects, mix your tracks and much more. It is totally portable, fully USB bus powered – no need for power sockets – lightweight and easy to pack and carry to any gig or rehearsal anywhere in the world.
Now that we’ve got your attention… SIGN UP! Registration for the 2014 battles will be open until August 22nd 2014 at 11:59pm.