Musical instruments

fingerguards

Wow, now I think I've seen everything... Apparently, fingertip protectors for playing guitar, ukulele and other stringed instruments is a thing. The protectors come in a package of four and are made of food-grade silicone material that stretches to fit the size of your index through ring fingers. Each fingertip protector has an opening in [...]

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Fender Tune

Fender music, you know the folks who make cool guitars and amps, have entered the mobile app market with the new self-produced Fender Tune iOS app. This free app has been designed for beginners and seasoned players alike and offers an auto-tuning mode, pre-set and customizable custom tuning options. The Fender Tune app also has [...]

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Skoog-2

As some of you may know, I love to tinker around with making music on my iPad. I have bought, traded and reviewed a number of products that allow me to interface with programs like Garage Band on my iPad to create and record music. I have had various amounts of success with these products, [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, iOS, Music Gear
firefly-pick

Want to add a little more pizzaz to your rock anthem guitar solos? The Firefly looks and behaves like a traditional guitar pick that not only lets you strum guitar strings, but it also puts on an LED light show that is synchronised with your music while you're playing. The Firefly guitar pick features a [...]

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planetwaves-humiditrak

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 [...]

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zivix-airjam

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 [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Music Gear, News
irig-blueturn-5

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 [...]

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iSolo wireless acoustic pickup-1

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 [...]

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taylorsens

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 [...]

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irig-blueturn

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 [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear, News
IK-irig-duopro1

  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, [...]

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iRig Pads-1

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 [...]

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wolfelele-21

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, [...]

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Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Music Gear, Reviews
airturn-duo-4

When I play music on my ukulele, I'm usually doing so in front of my computer, which I use to display the sheet music. I have a large collection of songs that are in .PDF and .TXT formats. There's one problem that I have been trying to solve for a long time, how to flip [...]

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irig-acoustic

IK Multimedia who are well known for their electronic gear for musicians and hobbyists just announced a first. Their new iRig Acoustic is the first mobile microphone interface designed especially for acoustic guitars. If you're an acoustic musician, you probably use a stand alone mic positioned in front of your instrument when performing or recording. [...]

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