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News, reviews and articles about musical gear and accessories.

SumSonic Bluetooth Speaker review

Sandworms.  Admiral Ackbar. Dual-lens Camera. These are a few of the things folks said this Bluetooth speaker looks like. I thought the speaker market was nearing its endpoint with different designs, but this tubular doughnut came out of nowhere. SumSonic calls it the LLX-01 – which is not helpful in imagining what it looks like. But, the …

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This guitar stool/stand is for the guitarist with deep pockets

This beautiful stool with built-in guitar stand is handmade in the US by fillingham, an Etsy store.  The Guitar Stool/Guitar Stand is made to order from “wood, walnut, ash, felt, cork, and yacht braid.”  fillingham says:  “Hardwood surfaces (walnut and ash) are finished with a custom, hand rubbed finish that improves with age and use. …

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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 Mic Lav microphone review

If I’ve said once, I’ve said it a hundred times:  One of the first rules in audio is to put the sound where the people are.  The same goes for microphone placement.  Sometimes, the microphone built in to your smartphone just won’t cut it.  The iRig Mic Lav microphone kit allows daisy-chaining two lavaliere microphones …

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D’Addario’s NS Micro tuner keeps shrinking

I’ve been using D’Addario NS Micro clip-on tuners on all of my ukuleles for a few years now because they are small enough to leave on the head stocks of my instruments without getting in the way of my playing or when the ukuleles are stored in their cases. D’Addario have a new version of …

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Let the undead hold your guitar

Guitar players who don’t want to hide their favorite instrument in a case or on a boring old metal floor stand can now hang it on the wall in style. GuitarGrips are wall-mounted guitar hangers that are shaped like human and in-human hands. GuitarGrips come in several styles that include male hands in a variety …

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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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IK Multimedia iRig acoustic guitar microphone review

I’ve been playing acoustic guitar for more than 40 years. Same guitar, but I’m hopefully a little better for the years of practice. A decade or so ago, I had my guitar retrofitted with an internal pickup, since I was playing regularly into a sound system. Recently, however, I’m more interested in getting that sound …

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