Highlights from Interbike 2014

Paul Ridden

The Asus Chromebox is due for release in March 2014

The last of the Haswell-based Chrome OS machines announced by Google last September has now been revealed. Where Acer, HP and Toshiba all opted to release notebooks built around Intel's 4th generation microarchitecture, Asus has its sights on the classroom, home office or living room with the launch of its compact-yet-powerful Chromebox desktop computer.  Read More

The Akai EWI 5000 wireless electronic wind instrument

Akai has unveiled a new addition to its series of electronic wind instruments, dubbed the EWI 5000. Billed as the world's the most expressive and versatile wind instrument, the new "ee-wee" comes with an orchestra of built-in sounds, has its own rechargeable battery, and gives the player the wireless freedom to groove in every corner of the stage.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Rocksmtih 2014 from Ubisoft

When Rocksmith was released in 2011, it had all the ingredients of a gaming pie capable of satisfying kings of Guitar Hero and Rock Band controllers wanting to learn how to play a real instrument in a familiar digital environment and new six-string slingers looking for an entertaining, full-featured learning package. The platform has now been refreshed for 2014, and Gizmag has spent some considerable time in the company of Rocksmtih's infinitely patient, always available virtual guitar teacher on Ubisoft's note highway to callus hell.  Read More

The wirelessly-powered Eddie Kramer Series F-Pedals

In a similar way that wireless charging mats promise to liberate your smartphone from fiddly cables, the F-Pedals don't have 9 V batteries bulking out their frames or numerous power cables sprouting from the pedalboard. In fact, since the F-Board on which the effects pedals are placed to receive power includes its own rechargeable and replaceable battery pack, the two stomps currently being prepared for sale can also be used away from a wall socket for up to 20 hours.  Read More

The three new OPC models from Orange Amps

Orange Amplification has announced the arrival of OPC triplets. For the Mark IV release, Orange has divided its musician's computer into Studio, Professional and Ultimate editions, each coming with the same impressive suite of player-friendly software, but packing slightly different hardware configurations.  Read More

The Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

Fujifilm has been at the center of the rumor mill for the past couple of weeks, after the company teased a new camera on its X system website. The now-fully-disclosed 16 MP X-T1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera boasts over 75 weather seals and can cope with temperatures as low as -14° F (-25.6° C). It benefits from fast autofocus, high sensitivity and strong continuous shooting performance, and also sports an OLED electronic viewfinder with the world's highest magnification for a digital camera and shortest display lag.  Read More

The AMPLIFi guitar amp from Line 6

Line 6 has unleashed what's claimed to be an entirely new kind of guitar amplifier. In addition to a powerful guitar speaker sitting behind the red grille at the bottom, the AMPLIFi is also home to full range stereo speakers in the black top section. The design is claimed to offer players a wider frequency range, but the inclusion of Bluetooth technology also allows the system to be used as a streaming audio speaker. Impressive stuff, but the company didn't stop there. A companion app has been created that opens up the system to a new world of tone. The Remote app will even suggest matches for the sound of guitars in favorite songs so that you can easily nail the tone of your heroes, or jam along to tracks without sounding (too) out of place.  Read More

The Zoom iQ5 mid-side condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Three months after Zoom Japan unveiled the iQ5 mid-side condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, its North American arm has announced immediate US availability at NAMM 2014. The pocket-friendly device makes use of a unique rotating mechanism which allows for left-right stereo recording at CD-quality resolution, even if the iOS host device is capturing video in landscape mode.  Read More

The Guitar Wing class-compliant MIDI controller wirelessly connects to a computer over Blu...

For guitarists who like to experiment, digital signal processing technology has opened up whole new worlds of tonal exploration and control. Unlocking the parameters, effects and features in computer-based software while playing can be a cumbersome affair though, often involving some nifty tap dancing on multi-effects units like the G5 or stopping every so often to adjust the settings on a tabletop MIDI controller. The Guitar Wing from Livid Instruments attaches to the instrument itself and offers wireless function control of software plug-ins, Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), iOS apps, MIDI effects and so on, all within reach of the picking hand and available while playing.  Read More

The My N3RD smart switch from Wild Hare LLC

Opening garage doors using a smartphone is certainly nothing new. Nor, for that matter, is remotely operating a light switch or kitchen appliance. The My N3RD, however, is claimed capable of turning just about any device switch into a smartphone-controlled, user-programmable smart switch.  Read More

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