• PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices

    PUC Lets You Connect Any MIDI Controller Wirelessly To iOS Devices

    Hooking up your MIDI devices to an iPhone makes it easy to play music on the road.  The mass of wires you will have to deal, however, makes it just as much of a mess as when you’re playing at home.  The PUC can save you from the hassle. Created by the same guys behind the Jamstik, it’s a wireless MIDI interface that hooks up to your MIDI keytar, DJ controller, or Bliptronics Synthesizer to give the instrument the ability […]

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  • Pyle Street Blaster Is A Cannon Boombox Ready To Blast You With Explosive Jams

    Pyle Street Blaster Is A Cannon Boombox Ready To Blast You With Explosive Jams

    While the Pyle Street Blaster is nothing more than a portable boombox, it looks like a weapon straight out of a comic book movie. You know, the kind that shoots out lightning bolts, freeze blasts, and death rays, while being carried by an egotistical megalomaniac bent on conquering the world. Bring it along to your next street dance battle and intimidate the heck out of every breakdancer who dares challenge your dominance on the floor. Built for the urban landscape, […]

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  • Gramofon Is A Router That Doubles As A Music Streaming Device

    Gramofon Is A Router That Doubles As A Music Streaming Device

    If you’re not familiar with Fon, it’s a company whose core business is operating a large system of crowdsourced, dual-access WiFi networks, which has grown to an impressive 13 million hotspots across Europe and North America. With that many hotspots at their disposal, the next logical step should be to create products that take advantage of them and that’s exactly what the company is doing with the Gramofon. To share your internet with Fon’s network, you need to use a […]

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  • Neil Young’s Pono Music Player Brings Audiophile-Quality Music To The Masses

    Neil Young’s Pono Music Player Brings Audiophile-Quality Music To The Masses

      There’s no shortage of premium gear for audiophiles, from music servers to DIY headphone kits to USB amplifiers.  And while the unwashed masses have already traded in their iPods for the convenience of playing music on their smartphones, we bet there’s more than a handful of folks on the lookout for a hi-fi portable player to get their snobby-quality music on the go.  Their wait should be over with the launch of PonoPlayer. A portable music player, it’s purposely […]

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  • Drumpants Put An Electronic Drum Set In Your Trousers

    Drumpants Put An Electronic Drum Set In Your Trousers

    A while back, we featured a wacky one-off product called Ubiquitous Drum Pants, which hooked up a pair of trousers with various electronics that allowed it to function as an electronic drum machine when tethered to a PC. Well, someone refined the idea and the contraption is now ready for primetime. Okay, we’re not actually sure about primetime, but they’re definitely going to try with the Drumpants. Billed as the “world’s first industrial quality wearable musical instrument,” it consists of […]

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  • Musician’s Gadget Of The Day: Beatbuddy Is A Programmable Guitar Pedal Drum Machine

    Musician’s Gadget Of The Day: Beatbuddy Is A Programmable Guitar Pedal Drum Machine

    Jamming on a guitar by yourself is fun and all. But doing it without the benefit of a steady beat doesn’t exactly hone your timing and sense of rhythm — two things you definitely need to work on, according to the random neckbeards wearing band shirts who came up to you at last week’s gig. And since we all know random neckbeards wearing band shirts in obscure gigs are the true fans of real music, you must heed the call. […]

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  • Launchpad Mini Shrinks The Popular Music Controller Down To Super-Portable Size

    Launchpad Mini Shrinks The Popular Music Controller Down To Super-Portable Size

    We’ve been big fans of Novation’s Launchpad ever since it came out a few years back. It’s fun, functional and those grid of lighted control pads just look pretty as heck. If there’s any knock on the thing, in fact, it’s just that it’s a tad too big to comfortably carry around for on-the-go tactile music creation. The new Launchpad Mini offers a more compact, more portable alternative. Styled similar to the original Launchpad, it comes with the same grid […]

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  • Roadie Robotic Tuner Automatically Tunes A Guitar, Monitors String Health

    Roadie Robotic Tuner Automatically Tunes A Guitar, Monitors String Health

    There are quite a handful of gadgets available for automatically tuning your guitar.  The Roadie Tuner offers the same, all while adding a few useful functions that make it easier to maintain your instrument’s health. Instead of a standalone tuner, the device pairs with a smartphone, using your handset’s processing abilities to perform precise calculations that help ensure more accurate tuning.  Aside from that, the app allows for more comprehensive evaluation of your guitar’s tone quality, recommending that you replace […]

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  • Singtrix Might Just Be The Most Entertaining Karaoke System We Have Tried

    Singtrix Might Just Be The Most Entertaining Karaoke System We Have Tried

      Karaoke can be awesome.  Know what’s not awesome?  Your off-key, off-pitch, absolutely-unpleasant singing.  Sorry, dude, someone should let you know.  While karaoke doesn’t really discriminate, we’re sure you’d feel a lot better if you actually sounded half-decent every time you do a rendition of Taylor Swift’s greatest hits.  As it turns out, you actually can with Singtrix. Know how they make the pros sound good?  Backing tracks.  Backup singers.  Sound engineers mixing vocals in real-time.  Basically, a whole lot of […]

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  • Sony HDR-MV1 Video Recorder Is Perfect For Musicians

    Sony HDR-MV1 Video Recorder Is Perfect For Musicians

    Sure, any decent camera paired with a good mic (like the Nessie USB Mic) will work for recording cover performances you upload on YouTube, band rehearsals for watching at home, and live concerts you bootleg for sharing on P2P.  But if you want something that’s rigged to have those functions as its specialty, you can’t go wrong with the Sony HDR-MV1. Billed as a “music video recorder,” it’s a full HD camera that’s designed to capture  “CD-quality audio,” either in […]

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  • Artiphon Instrument 1 Turns Your iPhone Into A One-Man-Band

    Artiphon Instrument 1 Turns Your iPhone Into A One-Man-Band

    You make music on the iPhone like a boss.  And, as awesome as you make it sound, it’s still hard to get taken seriously when you diddle-daddle on a small display with crappy-sounding speakers pumping out your music — a serious “iPhone musician” just isn’t a thing.  Maybe the Artiphone Instrument 1 can help. A music-making accessory for the iPhone, the handset turns your humble phone into a real instrument you can play on stage without looking like you’re typing […]

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  • Seaboard GRAND Is A Keyboard With Flexible Keys

    Seaboard GRAND Is A Keyboard With Flexible Keys

      With synthesizers and electronic keyboards (no, your Electronic Music Synthesizer Shirt doesn’t count), creating a mass of unique sounds from a single instrument is easier than ever.  Of course, that also means you’ll be busying yourself not just with the keys when playing, but the lot of knobs, dials and sliders available on the console, as well.  The Seaboard GRAND is a new musical instrument that lets you do everything without taking your digits off the keys. Made by […]

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  • M80 Vertigo Standing Guitar Case: No More Bending Over

    M80 Vertigo Standing Guitar Case: No More Bending Over

    You may not be the best guitar player in the club tonight.  Heck, you’re barely even intermediate.  You don’t care, though — chicks don’t really dig dudes that can wax magical on those ancient instruments with strings anymore.  All you really care about is how cool you can look with one.  The M80 Vertigo Electric Case ensures you’ve got the style over substance part down pat. Bending down to open your guitar case, taking out the instrument and getting back […]

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  • OD-11 Speaker Will Play Music From The Cloud

    OD-11 Speaker Will Play Music From The Cloud

    Teenage Engineering call their new product the world’s first cloud speaker.  By that, they mean the OD-11 Cloud Speaker will pull its content exclusively over WiFi, presumably from your virtual storage hosted somewhere in the web (although it could probably get it from your shared devices on the network, too). If you keep most of your music in the cloud for streaming to your phone, this new device will simply mirror that process.  That way, you don’t have to leave […]

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  • Nessie USB Mic Produces Polished Recordings

    Nessie USB Mic Produces Polished Recordings

    Blue Microphones have long had one of the more interesting lines of USB recording gadgets.  Their latest device, announced at CES 2013, is called Nessie, a snazzy-looking USB microphone that applies “fundamental recording techniques in real time for instantly polished results.” Armed with a built-in pop filter and internal shockmount, the mic can record “expertly finished sound” with no need for additional mixing or editing post-recording.  The integrated hardware supposedly reduces harsh plosives, disruptive rumblings and vibrations on the fly, […]

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  • Cool Things To Find Video

    Cool Things To Find Video

    Nope, we did not pay in any way to get this video created. I wish we could have though. I would have loved to see our logo somewhere in there. Curiosity Rover and cats, (let us know if you miss the reference at 0:40 in the video), Wall-E, Nixon, Half-Life and cool robots all in one video! What’s not to like? All it’s missing is a cameo by Neil DeGrasse Tyson at the end. Thanks to all the readers for […]

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  • Pianocade Is A Perfect Synthesizer For Arcade Button Mashers

    Pianocade Is A Perfect Synthesizer For Arcade Button Mashers

    You always wanted to play with one of those DJ boxes, but could never quite get over being intimidated by all those knobs, sliders and pads.  After all, you grew up on joysticks and buttons — what the hell do you know about those kinds of controls anyway?   Well, the Pianocade might just give you a way in. A chiptunes synthesizer in the body of an arcade control pad, it’s the music-making instrument for the rest of us.  No keyboard […]

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  • This Laptop Desk Features A Built-In Sound System

    This Laptop Desk Features A Built-In Sound System

    Do you spend most of the time on a laptop either making or listening to music?  Then it should be hard to find a more fitting workstation than the La Boite LD120 Laptop Desk, which integrates a hi-fi sound system right into the table frame. No, these aren’t just desktop speakers slotted into cabinets either — this is a high-quality sound system built into a functional work desk.  It’s the kind of table every budding digital producer should have, instead […]

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  • Philips Mini Hi-Fi System Is A Standalone iPhone DJ Boombox

    Philips Mini Hi-Fi System Is A Standalone iPhone DJ Boombox

    Once you’ve had your fill of DJ apps on the iPhone, you want to graduate to something more tactile.  While there are plenty of peripherals that let you take the virtual DJ-ing to the physical level, I have a feeling this Philips Mini Hi-Fi System will be a lot more satisfying. Instead of just giving you a slab with a selection of knobs, dials and buttons for controlling your apps, the rig brings a complete standalone DJ set that you […]

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  • Pear Is A Bluetooth Dongle For iPod Speaker Docks

    Pear Is A Bluetooth Dongle For iPod Speaker Docks

    You have an older iPod speaker dock that you’ve grown to love.  And it’s so old it doesn’t even Bluetooth.  And it’s one of those “works with iPods only” gadgets that doesn’t even have a 3.5mm connector. And you’ve sold off all your iPods and switched to an Android phone. But you still love that speaker and you keep wishing that one of these days, something will happen that will make it usable again.  That day may be here with […]

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  • Philips Shoqbox SB7200 Brings Real Ruggedness To Mobile Speakers

    Philips Shoqbox SB7200 Brings Real Ruggedness To Mobile Speakers

    Your favorite bar-style mobile speaker might be awesome for daily use, but we doubt they’ll survive the unrelenting grind of rugged outdoor abuse.  For that, you’ll need something built with the express purpose of surviving unusual hardship.  That’s where the Philips Shoqbox SB7200 comes in. Unlike the Jamboxes of the world, this extra-tough speaker comes in a durable rubber casing that can live through bumps, drops and even water splashes, making it an easier sell for anyone who wishes to […]

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  • iRig Mix Is A Portable DJ Rig For Your iOS Devices

    iRig Mix Is A Portable DJ Rig For Your iOS Devices

    There’s no shortage of DJ and music production apps on iOS. But touch controls can only feed your electronic music jollies so far.  At some point, you’ll want a physical mixer, just like the ones you use with the mixing software in your computer.  That’s where the iRig Mix comes in. Touted as the “first mobile mixer” for iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads, the device measures 217 x 110 x 46 mm, allowing you to easily slip it into a […]

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  • Devium Dash Can Make iPhone Your In-Dash Car Stereo

    Devium Dash Can Make iPhone Your In-Dash Car Stereo

    Hooking up an iPhone to your counterfeit Lamborghini’s car stereo and then using that vehicle’s built-in control system to navigate your files has always felt like a backwards way of doing things, given how functionally smart the IOS interface is.  Well, that finally ends with the Devium Dash, an in-dash stereo replacement that skips the middleman and uses your iPhone as the control board. Originally a Kickstarter project that’s now gone into full production, it  features an easy docking slot […]

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  • Marshall Fridge: Music Amp On The Outside, Cold Beer Inside

    Marshall Fridge: Music Amp On The Outside, Cold Beer Inside

    Playing music is tiring.  That’s why musicians drink a lot.  Well, that and they usually have hidden insecurities that alcohol seems to melt away.  That’s why every band’s practice space needs a fridge filled with cold drinks.  And we can’t imagine a more fitting one than the Marshall Fridge. No, this isn’t just old amps shopped out of flea markets, fixed up and converted into a fridge cabinet.  Instead, it appears to be mash-ups built from the ground up with […]

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  • Quirky Wired Earbuds Use Thick Cables For Tangle-Free Bundling

    Quirky Wired Earbuds Use Thick Cables For Tangle-Free Bundling

    Keeping earphones in your pockets is not the best way to carry them around because nine out of ten times, they’ll come out of that same pocket a tangled mess.  Quirky’s Wired Earbuds offer a simple solution: adding alternating thicker sections on the wire to make them easy to fold and unlikely to get knotted up. Currently in the evaluation phase at the crowdsourcing website, the product delivers the same headphone hardware, but changes things up with the rubber covering […]

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  • Eco Terra Waterproof Boombox Will Even Play Music While You Drown

    Eco Terra Waterproof Boombox Will Even Play Music While You Drown

    If you’re going to take a boombox out to the beach or the woods, you better make sure it can survive the elements.  So far, few modern boomboxes we’ve seen offer the same kind of durability as the Grace Digital Eco Terra. Certified according to IPX-7 standards, the portable noise machine is fully submersible in water, all without wreaking havoc on any of its parts.  And, yes, you can submerge it with your iPod docked inside.  Neither the boombox hardware […]

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  • Lasonic I931X Brings 80s Gaudy Fashion To Modern iPod Boombox

    Lasonic I931X Brings 80s Gaudy Fashion To Modern iPod Boombox

    When modern companies try to update the boombox, they often do it with the same trim and sleek designs as modern gadgets tend to have (example: the TDK Boombox).  Which is an absolute travesty.  If you believe the boombox, an icon of 80s street culture, was meant to be as gaudy and trashy-looking as Cyndi Lauper in her heyday, then the Lasonic I931X is the modern ghetto blaster for you. If you’re not familiar with Lasonic, they’re supposed to have […]

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