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Instead of having pre-programmed music determine the pace of a band's songs, the Beat-Keep...

There was a time when the tempo of a band's performance was left in the capable hands of the drummer. But as pre-programmed, sequenced music started to creep into both studio and live work, the beat-master found himself being shackled by the pace set by the invader's metronome-like click track. Now researchers at Queen Mary, University of London's Centre for Digital Music have developed some clever software that puts the power to control tempo back into the mighty limbs of the band's time-keeper.  Read More

The new HYBRID model from Flaxwood guitars has merged a traditional wood body with a neck ...

A few short years ago, Flaxwood challenged traditional thinking about what is necessary to produce great guitar tone. Its guitars are made by breaking down recycled wood fiber, mixing it up with an acoustically sensitive polymer and then injection-molding it into the familiar shape of a guitar. In an effort to introduce the technology to a wider audience, the company has allowed a traditional axe to mate with one of its own. The result of this unholy union has now been born. The appropriately-named HYBRID has a European alder wood body and a bolt-on Flaxwood neck and is available in single coil or humbucker pickup configurations.  Read More

Amptweaker has announced a new effects pedal geared towards dark and dirty metal speedster...

Veteran amp technician James Brown has announced the forthcoming release of a new metal-head-pleasing crunch pedal in his Tight line of Amptweaker effects units. The new TightMetal pedal has all of the features of the original TightDrive, but with a few notable additions geared towards dark and dirty metal speedsters.  Read More

The iConnectMIDI

Since music apps like Korg's iMS-20 have proven beyond doubt that iOS devices can play a serious part in music creation, the real issue has been how to integrate these apps into your existing studio setup and workflow. iConnectMIDI is the long-awaited answer.  Read More

Guitarist Tiago Della Vega will attempt to break his own world record at CES 2011 using an...

Orange Amps has announced that its OPC computer-in-an-amp will be used in a world record attempt at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Guitarist Tiago Della Vega will attempt to break his own speed and accuracy record on Friday January 7. The company has also taken the opportunity to release final specs and pricing for its soon-to-be-released new baby.  Read More

Kicktronic is an electronic bass drum and virtual backing band system where the player con...

Street musicians or solo performers who want to add a virtual backing band but don't relish the prospect of sacrificing the feel of the music to overly digitized loopers or sequencers may be interested in the Kicktronic system from Flotechnic. If you stomp your foot rhythmically while playing, then you might as well put it to more efficient use by tapping the system's foot sensor to bring in a bass drum, snare drum, crash cymbal and bass.  Read More

The Teti Extreme Louspeakers from Book of Music merge eye-catching design with high-end au...

Italian design is renowned for being both bold and daring, with an eye for quality too. The Teti Extreme Loudspeakers from Book of Music are no exception. Named after the Greek sea nymph Thetis, mother of Achilles, the twisted towers stand some 4.75 feet (1.45 meters) high and sport a couple of high end Scan-Speak drivers. The structure is made up of identical modules rotating about a vertical axis, and is said to be the result of much tweaking and refinement to ensure that the drivers maintain a balanced phase relationship.  Read More

CyberStep says that it has developed the world's first fully portable, handheld digital au...

Japan's CyberStep has announced its expansion into the music business, with the development of the KDJ-ONE portable digital audio workstation (DAW). The device brings a synthesizer, sequencer, and multitrack audio editing into one unit, which sees user interaction via a touchscreen, a keypad, arrow pad and jog control. The mobile DAW is powered by an Atom processor, has included SSD storage and microSD expansion, and benefits from USB and Wireless LAN connectivity.  Read More

The Playbutton format puts an album release inside a button badge, with a 3.5mm earphone j...

Like many folks, when I was a youngster I used to wear lots of button badges to proudly show what bands I liked. Imagine how cool it would be to allow friends to plug a set of earphones into your badge and let them listen to your favorite bands too. That's exactly what the Playbutton MP3 player will allow you to do. Each device will carry one album's worth of music, have controls on the back to play and skip tracks and adjust EQ, and contain a Li-ion battery for up to five hours of continuous playback.  Read More

Grace Digital Audio has announced three new Internet radios for CES 2011 - all with color ...

San Diego's Grace Digital Audio has announced that it will be introducing three new Internet radios at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, all sporting color screens. If the 50,000 or so local, national and international stations are not enough to satisfy, the new batch will also gain two new services to complement existing offerings from the likes of Pandora, CBS Radio, Live365.com and NPR. They also represent the first color Internet radios with 802.11n connectivity.  Read More

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