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Wireless Catcher converts WiFi signals into music

Ok well maybe it isn't quite music, but it certainly sounds interesting. Created by Yoshi Akai, the Wireless Catcher is a sort of analog synthesizer that detects nearby WiFi signals and outputs a sound that varies according to the strength and direction of that signal. It's almost reminiscent of a theremin in how it created tones without any visible vibration or physical contact.  Read More

The free Gibson Guitar App for iPhone and and iPod Touch users has many handy built in fea...

One of the best-known names in guitars, Gibson, has released a free iPhone download – the Gibson Guitar App. The App includes a standard metronome, a versatile tuner, chord charts and access to video lessons.  Read More

Sitting there waiting to help run through a song with you, providing a prompt or helping y...

Guitarists are bound to suffer the occasional spot of memory loss given the volumes of material they're expected to remember. Those new to the instrument often have problems keeping up with all those bothersome chord and key changes. Happily, there is shortly to be a product released which can help with both issues. The i-Tab can be mounted on the guitar's headstock or on a mic stand or cabled up to a TV and will run through the song while you play, acting as a aide memoire when you find yourself drawing a blank or as a learning tool for new or unfamiliar songs.  Read More

The Noteput makes learning music notation more fun

When it comes to teaching children music, getting the little dears to bash away on a piano or strum away on a guitar usually isn’t too hard. Teaching classical music notation, however, is a different prospect entirely. The Noteput table concept from designers Jonas Heuer and Jürgen Graef attempts to make learning music theory fun, and also more effective, by combining the senses of hearing, sight and touch.  Read More

The ES-335TD comes in three colours: Antique Faded Cherry, Antique Vintage Sunburst and An...

Musical instrument manufacturer Gibson has released a 50th Anniversary 1960 Gibson ES-335TD, perhaps the most legendary semi-hollow electric guitar of all. In 1960, the ES-335 was an instant classic, embraced by blues, rock, country and jazz players the world over and in one form or another the ES-335TD (and its siblings, the ES-345 and ES-355) would land in the hands of Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Larry Carlton, and countless other groundbreaking guitarists. The Gibson Custom Shop 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD is the closest today’s player can come to obtaining the look, feel and tone of an original dot-neck 1960 ES-335TD, short of remortgaging the house  Read More

The Paper Jamz guitar, amp and drum kit from WowWee - turns your hyperactive pre-teen into...

Most times when budding rockstars pick up a guitar and start to play for the first time, it sounds like they’re stepping on a cat – well, to everyone else in the room, anyway. If you are the parent of one of these musicians you might want to introduce them to Paper Jamz, an affordable and innovative play instrument that provides an instant rock star experience and open-ended play, say its makers, WowWee Toys. The one-inch thick stringless guitars (slightly thicker drums) are touch-sensitive, which means you only have to the strum or tap the special circuit-embedded paper on the surface to get a professional sound. Rock on!  Read More

The Eigenharp: a guitar, saxophone, a keyboard, or a drum kit

The bizarre looking Eigenharp is what you get when you roll a guitar, saxophone, keyboard and a drum kit into one, and it's capable of delivering an almost limitless supply of musical sounds. The unique design of the keys, breath pipe and pedal inputs allows a musician to easily change scale or key, alter tempo, switch and layer multiple sounds and play and record loops – all during a live performance. Will this instrument revolutionize the electronic music scene?  Read More

Urbanears' Plattan, Tanto and Medis headphones

There’s this cliche that anything made in Scandinavia is cool, and... it’s true. Think about it; movies, cars, music, furniture, headphones - Yep, that’s right, the latest hip thing to come out of northwestern Europe is headphones. Urbanears is a Stockholm-based company that is turning music-listening into a fashion statement. According to their website, “Urbanears promotes a deeper connection to color, form and people while providing the freedom to transcend individuality and unify the sound experience.” Gosh.  Read More

Each 'keycap' represents a note, similar to fret positions on a traditional guitar but the...

A software engineer based in Sydney, Australia has created a digital guitar controlled by open source software which he hopes will see musicians play electronic music in a live environment. Players control the pitch, speed and volume of notes produced by the Misa Digital Guitar via a 24 'fret' neck and touchscreen interface.  Read More

TC Electronic's Polytune offers either a standard chromatic tuner or a polyphonic tuner wh...

Denmark's audio manufacturer TC Electronic launched a new tuning pedal at this year's National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in California. Guitarists needing to do a quick tuning tweak will be now able to strum all six strings at once and the Polytune will advise if any are in need of some attention.  Read More

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