Music Gear

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Earlier this year I told you about Taylor Guitar's TaylorSense module and app combo that can be added installed into a guitar to help you monitor the instrument's health stats. Health stats for a wooden instrument like a guitar, ukulele, mandolin, violin, etc, are usually temperature and humidity ratings. When the air is dry like… Read More

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Music Gear, Reviews
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If I've said once, I've said it a hundred times:  One of the first rules in audio is to put the sound where the people are.  The same goes for microphone placement.  Sometimes, the microphone built in to your smartphone just won't cut it.  The iRig Mic Lav microphone kit allows daisy-chaining two lavaliere microphones… Read More

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I've been using D'Addario NS Micro clip-on tuners on all of my ukuleles for a few years now because they are small enough to leave on the head stocks of my instruments without getting in the way of my playing or when the ukuleles are stored in their cases. D'Addario have a new version of… Read More

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We've all probably played air guitar at least once in our lives. If you don't know what it is (do you live under a rock?), air guitar is pantomiming playing an electric guitar just like your favorite guitar hero shredding to a classic song. Anyone can play air guitar, but how would you like to… Read More

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Guitar players who don't want to hide their favorite instrument in a case or on a boring old metal floor stand can now hang it on the wall in style. GuitarGrips are wall-mounted guitar hangers that are shaped like human and in-human hands. GuitarGrips come in several styles that include male hands in a variety… Read More

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Turning pages and scrolling through documents on your computer or tablet isn't easy when your hands are otherwise occupied. For example, a guitarist who reads sheet music can't easily turn the page without stopping their playing. A way around this problem is to use a hands-free Bluetooth page turning device like the IK Multimedia iRig… Read More

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I've been playing acoustic guitar for more than 40 years. Same guitar, but I'm hopefully a little better for the years of practice. A decade or so ago, I had my guitar retrofitted with an internal pickup, since I was playing regularly into a sound system. Recently, however, I'm more interested in getting that sound… Read More

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Remember iPods? Stand alone music players were all the rage just a few years ago, but now that technology seems ancient compared to music streaming services like Spotify. The only advantage that iPods and other MP3 players have over streaming devices is that you don't need to carry a phone in order to enjoy music… Read More

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Amplifying acoustic guitars has come a long way since the early 60s and 70s. A common form of acoustic amplification today is the Piezo pickup. That style of pickup is fine if your guitar comes with it built in, but what happens when you have an older guitar or a new one that you want to… Read More

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There appears to be no end in sight for the IoT (Internet of Things). First we had activity trackers for humans, cars, our homes, and our pets. You might think the trend would end there right? Of course not, don't be crazy! I present to you, the TaylorSense guitar health monitor from Taylor Guitars. TaylorSense… Read More

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Cue the SNL grumpy old man voice... Why, back in my day, our sheet music was made of paper with real pages that we had to turn with our hands, and we liked it! Today, musicians display their sheet music on tablets and computers because it's easier to read with a backlit screen and you… Read More

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  As a musician who is better in my mind than in person, I love gadgets that help make me sound better than I am.  Plugging my acoustic-electric guitar in is one way I can do that, and the IK Multimedia iRig Pro DUO is an excellent choice for doing this.  The unit is small… Read More

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You've probably seen analog speakers for phones, and tablets that amplify sound not by electronic speakers, but by routing sound waves through a plastic funnel type device. Now you can do the same thing for your electric guitar. The DelSonix clip on guitar amplifier is a specially designed "speaker" for your electric guitar that doesn't… Read More

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It can be hard finding the right gift for the aspiring DJ in your household. Do you get them a drum machine, "two turn tables and a microphone", what? IK Multimedia has come up with iRig Pads that can take the place of all of that. The iRig Pads is a universal MIDI controller for… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Music Gear, Reviews
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Have you ever wanted to build a guitar or a ukulele but felt it was completely beyond your capabilities, time and budget? Me too. That's why I was very curious to try the Wolfelele kit when I saw it because it didn't require tools I didn't own, a huge investment in time and best of all… Read More