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Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker review

on Saturday, May 25th, 2013

I have reviewed other speakers here on the Gadgeteer, and recently found an incredible little Bluetooth powerhouse called The Phoenix by Beacon. It has some awesome features and sound.  But when I saw the Kinivo BTX450 Bluetooth Speaker with its sleek, sexy profile (can a speaker be sexy??) I wondered if that larger size packed Read More…

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Drummerz Drumsticks – Create a beat that anyone can march to

on Friday, May 17th, 2013

As someone who loves music, is a wannabe musician, iPad mini owner and The Gadgeteer, I love any gadgets or apps that allow me turn my tablet into a musical instrument. We’ve seen apps that convert your iPad into a piano, guitar, ukulele and even a drum set. Using your fingers to play piano, guitar Read More…

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Beacon The Phoenix Portable Bluetooth Speaker review

on Saturday, May 11th, 2013

I have owned a bunch of portable speakers over the years.  Ever since my first boombox in high school my love affair with portable music has led me on the quest for the perfect portable audio companion.  My ideal companion must be small, have big sound, crazy battery life, cheap, high quality workmanship, and multiple Read More…

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Korg Pitchclip guitar tuner review

on Friday, May 10th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

Guitar tuners, what can I say about them? They come in various shapes and sizes. They are digital and analogue. They have inline and audio versions. But what I can say about me and guitar tuners is, I can never find one when I need one. The Pitchclip from Korg helps solve that issue. Korg Read More…

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Learn to play The Beatles on ukulele with this iOS app

on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If you play or are learning to play the ukulele, check out this iOS music app.  The Ukulele Songbook: The Beatles app is a universal iOS app that teaches you to play 19 of Beatles songs.  Each song is complete with lyrics and chords, and there’s even an enhanced chord library where “you can view large Read More…

Gibson Min-ETune – Perfect pitch at the touch of a button

on Friday, April 12th, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Bob Marley, Roy Orbison and Chet Adkins would probably turn over in their graves if they could see these new Gibson Min-ETune guitars. Affixed to the back of the headstock is a battery-powered robot tuner that can accurately tune all six strings simultaneously to standard tuning in a matter of seconds. Just press the button, Read More…

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Show your Game of Thrones allegiance with the Gear4 on-ear headphones

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Now that the new Game of Thrones season has started up, I am seeing Stark vs. Lannister items pop up in different stores. My favorite is the Game of Thrones Stark and Lannister on-ear headphones by Gear4. The Stark headphones are all white with a direwolf sigil on each ear, while the Lannister headphones are Read More…

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PLX Devices Yaba X – Vibration speaker that doubles as a guitar amp

on Friday, April 5th, 2013

Vibration speakers are unique because they turn ordinary objects like a table or a box into a speaker with full sound. The Yaba X is an ultra portable vibration speaker from PLX Devices that has already achieved full funding through Kickstarter. The pocket-sized Yaba is made of cast zinc and is going to be available Read More…

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Korg Headtune – Stringed instrument tuner for newbies

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

The Korg Headtune tuner takes all the mystery out of tuning guitar, ukulele and basses, so new players can concentrate on learning to play music instead of figuring out how to keep their instrument in tune. Shaped like the headstock of a guitar, bass or ukulele, the tuner clips on and has an easy to understand Read More…

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Griffin introduces the StudioConnect with Lightning connector

on Monday, January 21st, 2013

Griffin‘s StudioConnect with Lightning connector is a new version of the existing interface between an iPad and your guitar/bass or a MIDI instrument or controller.  The StudioConnect has Audio-In connectors where you can plug your 1/4″ guitar plug to play directly into GarageBand or other recording apps and a 3.5mm audio plug that lets you Read More…

I’ll be home for Christmas with the iPad mini take 2

on Monday, December 24th, 2012

The other night while watching TV, I caught a new iPad mini commercial from Apple. This one features a little girl playing a ukulele and singing a song to her grandpa. The little girl is using Facetime on her full sized iPad while her grandpa is watching at the other end with his mini. Cute Read More…

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Focusrite iTrack Solo microphone and instrument interface for iPad, Mac, and PC

on Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Most of the instrument interfaces for connecting an instrument to a computer or iPad that we’ve looked at on the Gadgeteer require the instrument to have a 1/4″ phono plug or a USB port (or adapter, like the Apple Camera Connection kit).  They work great, except when you have instruments or mics with different connectors. Read More…

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Squier by Fender Strat Guitar with USB and iOS Connectivity review

on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Computers and software have transformed the recording industry for even amateur musicians.  No longer do you have to rent expensive time in recording studios to make professional-sounding recordings.  A quick Google search will find multiple stories about entire albums being recorded on an iPad or an iPhone.  If you intend to use only virtual instruments, Read More…

Careful With that Axe, Eugene!*

on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I’ve seen a couple of TV shows about luthiers, and building guitars seems like a very interesting activity with a beautiful and useful end product.  Of course, it takes skill to make the wooden enclosure for any guitar, and the electronics for an electric guitar only adds to the complexity of the project.  This Mini Read More…

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Jam with Chrome – Who needs air guitar?

on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, Music Gear, News

Google’s Creative Labs has just released Jam with Chrome, an experimental Web app that makes use of all the latest Web tech and allows you to select and play 19 different instruments. Instruments include guitars, drums and keyboard, and you can switch between instruments whenever you want. Up to 3 other people can collabrate with you Read More…

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Squier by Fender Strat Guitar with USB and iOS Connectivity

on Friday, November 16th, 2012

Guitarists who want to record directly into their computer or iPad have had to rely on some sort of interface, and The Gadgeteer has reviewed some of them.  Some work better than others, and some require proprietary software for best results.  Fender has released a guitar that doesn’t require a third party interface.  Their Squier Read More…

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Korg Pitchclip is an inexpensive colorful way to tune your stringed instruments

on Monday, November 12th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

The Pitchclip from Korg is a chromatic clip-on tuner that will help you quickly and accurately tune your guitar, bass or ukulele. It features a display that can be reversed for easy viewing when mounted on either side of the instrument’s headstock. The Pitchclip is available in 8 different colors and is priced at an affordable Read More…

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Wedgie – A handy guitar pick holder instead of a bad high school memory

on Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Guitarists who perform live (and even those who don’t) are always on the look out for new ways to attach an extra pick to their instruments. When you’re playing music in front of people and accidentally drop your pick, you can’t take time to search around for another one in the middle of a tune. Read More…

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Pyle Audio All-in-One Beginner Electric Guitar Package

on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

It’s time to start planning your holiday shopping, and Pyle Audio has a great gift idea for someone who wants to learn to play guitar.  Their PEGKT15 electric guitar package comes with everything needed to get started.  The kit starts with a double-cutaway, solid-body electric guitar made with a basswood body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard.  It Read More…

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IK Multimedia’s iRig PRE Universal Microphone Interface for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

If you’re an amateur or professional musician, you’ve undoubtedly seen information about the variety of interfaces that allow you to record music on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.  IK Multimedia, who created the iRig guitar interface, has just announced that their new iRig PRE microphone interface is ready to ship.  The iRig PRE has Read More…

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IK Multimedia Announces iRig KEYS Universal Portable Keyboard Controller for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC

on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

iRig KEYS is 37 velocity sensitive MIDI keyboard that connects directly to the docking connector on an iPhone, iPod, iPad or the USB port on Mac/PC. It is an ultra-low power device that can be used for hours when connected to one of these devices. It features a pitch bending wheel and programmability with storage Read More…

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World’s Lightest Packable Electric Guitar

on Friday, August 31st, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering what they call the World’s Lightest Packable Electric Guitar.  It weighs 3 pounds and is 28″ long overall, and it is a “full-scale length 24 3/4″ guitar with 22 frets, enabling accurate chord and finger placement without adjusting one’s playing style.”  The tuning pegs are placed inside the “body” of the Read More…

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MagnetaPicks – Lost Guitar Picks may be a Thing of the Past

on Friday, August 24th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Made in the USA of recycled plastic, MagnetaPicks are 0.8mm thick guitar picks with an embedded neodymium magnet. The embedded magnet means you can stick these picks on metal surfaces such as the strings of your guitar (if you play a steel string guitar of course), the back of your tuners, mic stand or even Read More…

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Positive Grid JamUp Plug and JamUp Pro iOS App Review

on Thursday, July 12th, 2012

I’ve mentioned that my husband is an amateur musician who has an interest in recording his own music.  Julie recently allowed us to review a Behringer USB link to connect a guitar to a computer, with Butch doing the evaluation and me doing the writeup.  She’s now allowing us to review the JamUp Plug from Read More…

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Wear some Rock God Mojo on Your Wrist

on Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Wear Your Music is offering some unique gift ideas for music lovers and musicians. They sell bracelets made from recycled guitar strings of stars like Eric Clapton, MGMT and Santana. If jewelry isn’t your thing, they also make bowls from vintage records. Prices vary greatly with the bracelets. Depending on the artist, you might pay anywhere Read More…