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So you want to record your next podcast, voiceover demo, or narrate a video?  Ready to step up from your laptop or tablet's built in mic but don't want to destroy your bank account?  Let's see what the Samson CO1U Pro USB Microphone has to offer. (All photos can be clicked for a full size [...]

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I don't consider myself a musician even though I can play a few instruments (barely). However I do consider myself a musical hobbyist because I enjoy doodling around with the ukulele and music apps on my iOS and Android tablets. When the people at IK Multimedia contacted me to ask if I might like to [...]

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A couple of months ago, we told you about the Stretcha, a tool that would stretch out new strings and prevent tuning problems.  I ordered a couple of those for my husband and daughter, and they do help you stretch out new strings.    Stretchas are pretty big, though, and they don't always fit in [...]

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My husband, Butch, helped me review the Squire by Fender USB guitar a few years ago, and he found that it made recording music in GarageBand much simpler because he didn't have to have some sort of interface to get the music from his guitar to the computer.  I've seen a few other guitars that [...]

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When the Camera Connection Kit first came out for the iPad, it immediately was exploited by musicians worldwide to use the iPad as a MIDI-connected device.  The iPad suddenly became a must-have device for making music.  Apps that mimicked classic synths like the Korg Electribe and MS-20 came out as well as production studio apps [...]

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I posted this earlier today on my Ukulele Review site: Some people may march to the beat of a different drummer, but as a fan of 4 stringed instruments you might strum to the rhythm of a different ukulele. We've reviewed ukuleles made of plastic like the Flea and the BugsGear, and we've even shown [...]

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I've tried to learn to play guitar a couple of times in my life, and I've learned a few things.  1) When you're only five feet tall, holding an acoustic guitar feels like clasping a baby grand piano to your chest.  2) Electric guitars are heavy, and you must have a strap to help you hold [...]

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I've seen special hooks for hanging your guitar, ukulele, banjo, or other stringed instruments on the wall or even in your closet, but they can be pretty expensive.  What if you could hang your instruments for less than $5.00 per hanger?  I found these Leather Ukulele Hangers for $2.00 each while checking out the website [...]

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Recently, Amazon announced that it would be raising the rates for their Prime membership.  It was the first increase in years, and I didn't think it was too much to bear, because I use Amazon - and free Prime shipping - frequently.  Amazon isn't just increasing the rates to compensate for rising shipping costs; they're [...]

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I've seen plectrums - or picks, as they are more commonly known - made of plastic, metal, even felt - but the Obsidian Arrowhead Guitar Pick is made of volcanic rock.  These picks were created by Seth Maranuk.  A piece of obsidian, a glass-like material formed in rapidly cooled lava, is hand-shaped into the arrowhead shape [...]

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If you play guitar or another stringed instrument, you probably have a guitar tuner of some sort.  There are a few different tuners around my house, but most of them are pretty large.  They're certainly too big to keep in your pocket, for example.  The Seiko Chromatic Tuner Keychain is small enough to use as a [...]

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I've wanted to play guitar for years, but I just cannot seem to get the hang of it.  I finally decided to take a page from Julie's ukulele book and thought I'd try one in the hopes that I could manage with four strings.  And just like with any gadget or gizmo I have, I've made [...]

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The creative folks at IK Multimedia have announced the availability of the iRing touchless motion controller for iOS, which was first unveiled at CES earlier this year. The iRing is a double sided "ring" that fits between your fingers. On one side of the ring there is a linear pattern of three dots, on the [...]

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Guitar players probably have at least a couple of guitar stands around the house, but if they're like my husband, they probably often find themselves needing a way to safely prop up their guitar because they don't have a stand with them.  The Planet Waves Guitar Rest is small enough to go in your gig [...]

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If you have tuning problems, it may be the strings and not your guitar, according to the folks at String Stretcha.  There are ways to stretch the strings using your fingers, but pulling on them at random places results in uneven stretch and using the "thumb and fingers" method takes a long time and causes [...]

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Musicians who play electric guitar now have an alternative case option for their instruments that will not only protect them, but will prevent the need to stoop and squat to remove the instrument from the case. Most guitar cases require you to lay the case on a flat surface to remove them, but the Mono [...]

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We've probably all been in shops where a little bell tied to the door chimes to announce someone is coming in.  How would you like something similar, but more musical, to announce a door opening - maybe strumming a guitar?  Place a Guitdoorbell over a door, and the swinging of the door will move a mounted [...]

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If you are a musician using amplified instruments, a DJ, or the tech guy who sets the equipment up, you'll want to have the Electronic Musician's Emergency Adapters kit in your gear.  The kit includes a variety of adapters - male audio plugs, female audio jacks, and couplers in 1/4" and 1/8" sizes, cables, XLR [...]

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Plastic ukuleles can be considered to be both retro and modern. They were really popular back in the 1950's with plastic ukes from Maccaferri and other brands. Over 60 years later, plastic instruments are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Why would you even want a plastic ukulele? Because it's an instrument that you won't have [...]

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Amazon just introduced their entry in the streaming-media box field.  The Fire TV is a tiny, black box that streams many of the subscription services you expect: Netflix, Crackle, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and many others.  Unlike the Apple TV, it also provides access to Amazon's Instant Video, including the free content available to Prime users.  It [...]

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