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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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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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Behringer U-Phono UF0202 USB/Audio interface review

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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 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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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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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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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…

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Apple makes it easier to redeem iTunes gift cards

on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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 Read More…

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Twitter #Music

on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Posted in: News

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 Read More…

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Apple iPod nano (7th generation) review

on Monday, February 11th, 2013

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 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…

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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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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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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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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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Behringer Guitar Link UCG102 USB Interface Review

on Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

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 Read More…

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Who Needs a Real Ukulele When you Have an iPad?

on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I’ve tried all kinds of iPad apps that can turn the tablet into a musical instrument. There are piano apps, drum apps, guitar apps, etc. They are all fun to play with, but this is the first time I’ve actually been thoroughly impressed with one. Ian told us about the Futulele app a few months ago, but Read More…

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Carbon 49 – A Fullsized Piano Keyboard Designed With the iPad in Mind

on Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Samson’s new Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller is piano style keyboard with 49 velocity-sensitive keys, dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, as well as Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels. Designed with the iPad in mind, the Carbon 49 features an integrated iPad slot and can be used with your favorite MIDI apps via Apple’s iPad Camera Read More…

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BitPerfect High-quality Audio Player for OSX

on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Let’s be real here, OK? iTunes has never been a great program where sound quality is concerned. Steve Jobs famously said that music was in Apple’s DNA.  That may be, but I wouldn’t call Apple an audiophile company. Despite that, I use iTunes every day mainly because it’s just so darned easy, plus it does Read More…

Futulele – Ukulele for iPad or iPhone

on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

I’m not sure how big the market’s going to be for this product.  I mean what’s the criteria? A Gadgeteer Love your iPad or iPhone Love Ukelele Surely that’s a small market , what are the chances ? From Amidio comes the Futulele, an upcoming Ukulele synthesizer for iOS. With a special case that holds either an Read More…

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DigiTech iStomp Effects Pedal for iOS Devices

on Friday, February 17th, 2012

We’ve seen effects pedals that incorporate iPads, but the DigiTech iStomp is designed for iPhone – although you can use it with iPod touch and iPads, too.  The iStomp is just like every other stompbox, except you can change which stompbox it is using the free DigiTech Stomp Shop App.  The iStomp comes with DigiTech’s Read More…

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Collect, Annote, and Carry Your Music Scores in Your iPad

on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

With forScore, you can carry a complete library of music scores with you.  You can download most any PDF into forScore and even annotate it using text boxes or add common musical notation symbols with the built-in library of stamps or your own, custom-designed stamps.  forScore has an organizational system that lets you sort your Read More…