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IK Multimedia iRing motion music controller review

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I don’t consider myself a musician even though I can play a few instruments (barely). However I do consider myself a musical hobbyist because I enjoy doodling around with the ukulele and music apps on my iOS and Android tablets. When the people at IK Multimedia contacted me to ask if I might like toRead More…


Ukulele’s made of plant fiber the next big thing?

on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I posted this earlier today on my Ukulele Review site: Some people may march to the beat of a different drummer, but as a fan of 4 stringed instruments you might strum to the rhythm of a different ukulele. We’ve reviewed ukuleles made of plastic like the Flea and the BugsGear, and we’ve even shownRead More…


Comfortable, neoprene straps for almost any musical instrument you can think of

on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I’ve tried to learn to play guitar a couple of times in my life, and I’ve learned a few things.  1) When you’re only five feet tall, holding an acoustic guitar feels like clasping a baby grand piano to your chest.  2) Electric guitars are heavy, and you must have a strap to help you holdRead More…


BugsGear Aqulele plastic ukulele review

on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

Plastic ukuleles can be considered to be both retro and modern. They were really popular back in the 1950’s with plastic ukes from Maccaferri and other brands. Over 60 years later, plastic instruments are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Why would you even want a plastic ukulele? Because it’s an instrument that you won’t haveRead More…


The ultimate iPad studio? Focusrite iTrack Professional Dock for iPad

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Friday, April 4th, 2014

The iPad is a very powerful system for music creation, but it lacks any way to get music in or out of it.  Numerous companies have tried to create iPad docks for this purpose, docking the iPad to a platform that has the connectivity that music creators demand.  So far most of them have fallenRead More…


All play, no touch: The Moog Theremini

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I’ve played a Moog Etherwave theremin (badly) for several years now.  Hooked up to a Korg KP3 effects processor, you can get some really great effects out of it.  However, plucking notes out of thin air in a continuous scale is maddeningly hard work.  Unlike a guitar or piano, where the notes are clearly delineated,Read More…


REAL piano sound for your mini Mozart

on Friday, March 7th, 2014

Do you remember that toy piano you used to play when you were five years old?  It might have looked like the real thing (except for the color), but the sound completely missed the mark. Korg has updated this toy favorite with REAL piano sound in its new product, the tinyPIANO. This 25-note (2 octave) miniature uprightRead More…


ToneRite claims to bring vintage tone to new instruments

on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

People who play guitars and other stringed wooden instruments often covet vintage instruments because they usually have better tone due to years of vibrations from being played. But no one wants to wait 50 – 100 years for their newer instrument’s sound to “open up” and resonate more. ToneRite is an electronic device that uses specialRead More…


IK Multimedia iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker review

on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

When you’ve reviewed as many Bluetooth speakers as I have, it takes something special for me to be interested in reviewing yet another one. When IK Multimedia asked me to review their iLoud Studio Quality Portable Speaker I agreed because I liked the physical volume knob on the front of the unit. But the ability to useRead More…


Will 3D printing turn the average Joe into a digital luthier?

on Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Music Gear

For years I dreamed about building my own guitar, which more recently turned into a dream to build my own ukulele. I even dabbled in the craft by putting together a mini electric guitar from a kit that I purchased from Stewart McDonald. Unfortunately it turned out to be a wall hanger and not a playable instrument.Read More…


The McNally Strumstick review

on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

I have a problem that you might share. I love music and enjoy creating my own songs, but I’m not very good at playing any instrument. I get all excited about learing to play something and then get frustrated when it takes too long to master it. If only there was an instrument that youRead 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. CuteRead More…

Chrome Jam

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 youRead More…


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 storageRead More…


Playground Sessions Piano Lesson Software Review

on Sunday, January 15th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews

If you’ve ever wished that you could learn to play the piano but don’t want to take weekly lessons miles from home, I have a potential solution for you. It’s software for your PC or Mac and Midi keyboard called Playground Sessions. With this software, you can jump right into learning to play popular songsRead More…


Ukulele taking up too much space? Fold it.

on Saturday, November 26th, 2011

If you’re looking for a cool gift for your favorite ukulele player, this is it. It’s a kit for a folding soprano ukulele. The parts are made of laser cut bamboo. All you need is some sandpaper, glue and a few other miscellaneous items and you’ll be able to build your own instrument that justRead More…


Play The Devil Went Down to Georgia on your Fiddle with the Bluetooth K-Bow

on Saturday, October 29th, 2011

The K-Bow from Keith McMillen is a Bluetooth enabled bow for the violin, viola, cello and bass, which is constructed of Kevlar and graphite. While the K-Bow may look similar to a normal bow, it’s actually a real-time controller that will allow you to manipulate the sounds coming out of the stringed instrument for whichRead More…


Celebrate National Drum Month with the Korg Wavedrum Mini

on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Did you know it was National Drum Month?  Me neither.  But it’s not to late to celebrate it, and Korg has just the portable device to kick your drumming up a notch.  The Wavedrum Mini uses Korg’s legendary Wavedrum technology, but it’s packed into a device small enough to take with you.  Tap the dynamicRead More…


Learn to Play Piano with the ION Piano Apprentice

on Friday, August 12th, 2011

Combine the 25-key lighted keyboard from ION with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you’re on your way to learning to play piano.  You  use the free teaching app in iTunes with the Piano Apprentice keyboard, and you follow along with the lights on the keys as they guide you to learning to playRead More…


AirTurn for iPad will make sheet music page turning hands-free

on Saturday, July 24th, 2010

If you use sheet music to perform and practice music with your favorite instrument, you know that it can be almost impossible to turn pages without stopping the flow of your playing. AirTurn already has a device that works with laptops to turn pages forwards and backwards using foot pedals and now they are workingRead More…


LOOPZ – Mattel’s New Game / Musical Instrument

on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

LOOPZ from Mattel looks like a cross between a Simon game for the 21st century and a fun new musical instrument similar to one that I saw at the International Toy Fair this past February. First of all it’s a memory game that challenges you to repeat patterns of light and music by waving yourRead More…

Seasoned Musician Reviews the Eigenharp Alpha

on Friday, June 25th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

I covered the Eigenharp late year in a short news item. At the time I thought it looked like the coolest electronic instrument that I’d ever seen. Way way too spendy for my blood though at over $6,000… So I put it out of my mind till I received an email the other day fromRead More…


Korg Pitchjack Guitar/Bass Tuner

on Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Posted in: Music Gear, News

The Korg Pitchjack is a chromatic tuner for guitars and basses.  It allows for tuning seven-string guitars (7B through 1E) and six-string basses (low B through high C).  It plugs into the instrument jack and has LEDs that show the string number and tuning status.  It even allows for flat tuning.  It’s angle is adjustable, it  has aRead More…