Carrying around our music is something that most people don't give a lot of thought to. We use headphones (wired or Bluetooth) to listen to our favorite tunes when out and about and don't even think about how we experience music - the fact that the sound is transmitted through the air to our ears. [...]

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BiasFX, an iOS app from Positive Grid, promises to turn your iPad into a world-class guitar amp and effects processor. With dozens of high-quality amp simulations, stomp boxes, and rack-like processors, this software aims high.  Does it hit the mark?  This review is guest-written by my husband, Butch, who will help us answer this question. Evaluation Setup: I [...]

Posted in: iOS, Music Gear, Reviews

That title won't make sense unless you watch the Kickstarter project video for the O'Keefe Music Foundation Album, but let me explain.  This post isn't about gadgets, but it is about music, and we've featured lots of gear in the past for making or listening to music.  You probably have seen some videos by the young [...]

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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 [...]

Posted in: iOS, 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 [...]

Posted in: Gear, Music Gear, News

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. [...]

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If you have a collection of old vinyl, or still buy new, and want to have the convenience of having digital copies for your phone/tablet/PC, you need a device to convert. For a number of years you have been able to purchase a USB turntable that allows you to perform this task, but what if [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

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 [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Music Gear, Reviews

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 [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, Music Gear, Reviews

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 [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, Music Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

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 [...]

Posted in: iOS, Music Gear, News

You can now use your computer's camera to read and enter an iTunes gift card code.  This only works on Apple computers, and it's not available (yet?) on iOS devices.  You just log into your iTunes account on your Mac, select the Redeem option, and you'll see the redemption page shown above.  It only works [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

Twitter #Music


There is news that Twitter will launch a new music service, but it appears to be invite only. If you take a peak at, there is a holding page with the hashtag #music and the words "coming soon". There is also a button to sign in - but when you do so, it doesn't [...]

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In late 2012, Apple introduced its new line up of iPod devices, including the new 7th generation iPod nano. Having recently moved from a 1st generation nano to a 6th generation nano, I did not think I would have the opportunity or need for the new nano.  But when one of my other portable music devices failed, the [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews

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 [...]

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