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An emergency kit for electronic musicians

on Friday, April 11th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Music Gear, News

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 Read More…

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BugsGear Aqulele plastic ukulele review

on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

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 Read More…

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Amazon introduces Fire TV

on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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 Read More…

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Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS review

on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Over the years, video quality has gotten better on smartphones, but if there’s one area that hasn’t changed much, it is the audio recording side of things.  Have you ever wished your Lightning connector-equipped iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad) had a better microphone?  The Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS gives you just that Read More…

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FINIS Neptune – an updated waterproof MP3 player with Bone Conduction audio transmission

By: Kathleen Chapman
on Monday, March 31st, 2014

Like most of you out there, I don’t jump out of bed in the morning saying to myself “YES! I’m going to go and do a grueling workout RIGHT NOW!!” I need music to motivate me. So do swimmers. The Gadgeteer has reported on various waterproof music gadgets in the past like the FINIS swiMP3v2 and Read More…

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All play, no touch: The Moog Theremini

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I’ve played a Moog Etherwave theremin (badly) for several years now.  Hooked up to a Korg KP3 effects processor, you can get some really great effects out of it.  However, plucking notes out of thin air in a continuous scale is maddeningly hard work.  Unlike a guitar or piano, where the notes are clearly delineated, Read More…

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Keep on rocking in the free world – in higher resolution

on Monday, March 17th, 2014

Digital music has changed how and where we can listen to music, but there are trade-offs for the portability.  Digital files often sacrifice some of the resolution for size so you can fit more music on your portable player, which means you loose some of the details and nuances the artist intended you to hear. Read More…

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REAL piano sound for your mini Mozart

By: Kathleen Chapman
on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Do you remember that toy piano you used to play when you were five years old?  It might have looked like the real thing (except for the color), but the sound completely missed the mark. Korg has updated this toy favorite with REAL piano sound in its new product, the tinyPIANO. This 25-note (2 octave) miniature upright Read More…

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ToneRite claims to bring vintage tone to new instruments

on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

People who play guitars and other stringed wooden instruments often covet vintage instruments because they usually have better tone due to years of vibrations from being played. But no one wants to wait 50 – 100 years for their newer instrument’s sound to “open up” and resonate more. ToneRite is an electronic device that uses special Read More…

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IK Multimedia iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker review

on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

When you’ve reviewed as many Bluetooth speakers as I have, it takes something special for me to be interested in reviewing yet another one. When IK Multimedia asked me to review their iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker I agreed because I liked the physical volume knob on the front of the unit. But the ability to use Read More…

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Will 3D printing turn the average Joe into a digital luthier?

on Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Music Gear

For years I dreamed about building my own guitar, which more recently turned into a dream to build my own ukulele. I even dabbled in the craft by putting together a mini electric guitar from a kit that I purchased from Stewart McDonald. Unfortunately it turned out to be a wall hanger and not a playable instrument. Read More…

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VidaBox OpenSqueeze Solo music player review

on Monday, January 20th, 2014

I have been looking for a solution for some time to play music throughout my whole house. Spending time and money to run wires throughout the whole house is not an option in my current house, so of course I looked to wireless solutions. I don’t have a sophisticated stereo or audio system of any Read More…

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One size tunes all with the D’Addario NS Micro Headstock Tuner

on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I’ve purchased several guitar tuners over the years, but the D’Addario NS Micro Headstock Tuner is the smallest clip on tuner that I’ve tried so far. It’s only 1.25 inches long and can clip on a wide variety of stringed instruments such as guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and more. Its adjustable ratchet clip and Read More…

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GripBase Podium review

on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Anyone who has used an iPad or other tablet while standing, walking around, or speaking to a group, without the ability to rest it on something solid, has known the pain that juggling these tools can bring. Since it is a two-handed device, holding with one and manipulating with the other means you’ve got to Read More…

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TronicalTune adds push button tuning to your existing electric guitar

on Friday, November 1st, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

The TronicalTune Cybertronic Tuning System tunes your guitar in seconds with a push of a button and a strum of the strings. The system consists of a miniaturized low profile micro-controller and six motorized tuning pegs that installs on the back of a guitar’s headstock (replacing the existing tuning pegs) in about 10 minutes without the need Read More…

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Go from Guitar Hero to guitar master with the gTar

on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The gTar was a successfully funded Kickstarter project by California based Incident Technologies, which raised over $350,000 in June of 2012. This is a digital MIDI instrument that feels like a real electric guitar. It features a solid basswood body and a rechargeable battery that lasts 8 hours. It can be played through headphones, an Read More…

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Don’t scour the net looking for guitar tabs for your favorite songs – create your own with Capo 3

on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

You want to learn to play your new favorite song, so you start looking for guitar tabs for it on the internet.  Those tabs are only as good as the person who created them, though.  If you want to be sure you get the correct tabs, you need the Capo 3 app for Mac.  The Read More…

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Hands-free harmonica playing with the magnetic HarpArm

on Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Harmonica players are lining up for the HarpArm, which was a winner at the 2013 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. The HarpArm is a modern alternative to the neck worn “rack” harp holding apparatus that has been on the market for decades. It features an adjustable holder that attaches to a regular microphone Read More…

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A new way to travel with your guitar

on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Travel guitars that I’ve seen don’t look much like a regular acoustic guitar.  The ones I’ve seen tend to be narrow, stick-like instruments.  I’m not a musician, but it seems to me that the smaller body would negatively impact the sound produced by the guitar.  I don’t know what the shortcomings of the Voyage-Air travel Read More…

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The McNally Strumstick review

on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

I have a problem that you might share. I love music and enjoy creating my own songs, but I’m not very good at playing any instrument. I get all excited about learing to play something and then get frustrated when it takes too long to master it. If only there was an instrument that you Read More…

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Blue Microphones Nessie USB Microphone review

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013

At first glance, the Nessie by Blue Microphones  looks like an award one might receive at a music award ceremony because of its impressive stature. But it is named after the mythological Loch Ness monster and resembles it with its “S” curve and long neck silhouette. But it begs the question, does it stand up Read More…

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Stickteck DRUMMERZ Tablet Drumsticks review

on Friday, June 21st, 2013

A few weeks ago the people at Stickteck approached me to see if I had any interest in reviewing their DRUMMERZ Tablet Drumsticks. Since I’m up for almost anything, I said sure and a few days later I found a set of specially made capacitive drumsticks in my mailbox. Are the DRUMMERZ a worthy set of sticks Read More…

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The Tab Station is a musician’s tablet’s best friend

on Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Are you a musician who likes to use your tablet device to record or practice your craft? Do you find it is difficult and inconvenient to do so because you lack a decent work surface where you want to record or practice? The Tab Station from Castiv may be what you are looking for. The Read More…

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PocketStrings – A guitar practice tool that you can carry in your pocket

on Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

In order to master the guitar, you need to practice… a LOT. The old saying “practice makes perfect” is very true, so today I wanted to show all of you wannabe shredders a tool that you can take with you so you can practice ANYWHERE. Guitars aren’t small, so having one with you all the Read More…

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Vox amPhones AC30 headphones review

on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I love to play electric guitar. I love to turn my amp up not to 10, but to 11 (some may get the reference). But what happens when you live in a small house and your housemates don’t have the same opinion of the rock god-like skills you possess? The amPhones AC30 headphones from Vox Read More…