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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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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News
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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, Reviews
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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 [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear
drummerz

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 [...]

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Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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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 [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear
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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 [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News
itunes-gift-card-redemption

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 [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

Twitter #Music

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There is news that Twitter will launch a new music service, but it appears to be invite only. If you take a peak at music.twitter.com, 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 [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
studioconnect-lightning

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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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. [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News
wedgie

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. [...]

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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 [...]

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magnapicks

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 [...]

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Posted in: Music Gear, News
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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 [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, Reviews
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I don't play any instruments, but my husband, Butch plays guitar and piano.  He's always had an interest in recording his music, and over the years has purchased several expensive effects processors and recording devices.  These items are all tucked away because they are clunky to use and take a lot of space to get [...]

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