Musical instruments

Reconfigure your guitar effortlessly with a Somnium modular guitar

A lot of people who enjoy playing guitar for fun and profit don’t just own one instrument. They are always seeking something new, better and different. The problem is that owning multiple guitars takes a lot of money to buy them and a lot of space to store them. Somnium guitars look like they could …

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Cling On is a magnetic guitar tuner and not an alien species of warriors

There hasn’t been a whole lot of innovation in stringed instrument tuners in the last few years if you don’t count that they continue to shrink in size like the D’Addario NS Micro which clips to the edge of a guitar or ukulele’s sound hole. That’s why I was surprised to hear about the Cling …

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Fender shows some love for Android guitar players

Fender, the iconic guitar manufacturer, has released an Android version of their Fender Tune guitar and bass tuner application. Larry talked about the iOS version of this app last summer, and now it’s available for free for Android devices. The app uses the mobile device’s microphone to listen to a plucked string’s pitch and then …

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ROLI BLOCKS is a modular system that lets anyone make music

If you’ve ever wanted to create music but felt you didn’t have the aptitude or ability to play a physical instrument, the BLOCKS system from ROLI looks like a simple and fun way to make your dreams come true without needing a huge budget. ROLI BLOCKS is a scalable music creation system that connects together …

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IK Multimedia announces iRig HD 2 for iPhone 7, iPad, Mac & PC

We like to cover IK Multimedia products because they consistently offer powerful tech music accessories that are fun and easy to use. Today they announced the iRig HD 2 pro-quality digital guitar and bass interface for iOS. The iRig HD 2 features 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and 96kHz sample rate. The device connects directly to your …

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Mogees turn any object into a musical instrument

The Mogees sensor will turn a table into a drumkit, a skateboard into a harp, a shovel into a guitar, etc. The sensor is a contact microphone that connects to an iPad or iPhone and creates music from the vibrations within a variety of materials such as woods, metals, plastics, and glass. But it gets …

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When playing guitar hurts your fingers too much

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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Make them swoon with the new Fender Tune iOS app

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 tactile music interface review

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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This guitar pick will light your fire

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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Check your guitar or ukulele’s humidity levels with the Bluetooth 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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IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn page turner review

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 review

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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TaylorSense is a health tracker for your guitar

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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Musicians can tap their toe to turn to the next page of sheet music

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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