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Bring out your inner Alice Cooper with the Tone Box Skull Crusher overdrive pedal

By - October 21, 2010 7 Pictures
Last year, Tone Box released a uniquely menacing overdrive unit shaped like a human skull where red LEDs lit up the orb sockets. Now the company has announced a new Skull Crusher in steel or gold finish that's being made available to retail in just ten locations in the U.S. The latest incarnation retains the useful 10dB signal boost but now offers an analog preamp that can be used to drive an amplifier or plugged directly into a recording system or mixing board. And yes, the LEDs in the eye sockets are still there too. Read More
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Marshall gets ready to break into the personal headphone market

By - October 21, 2010 1 Picture
Marshall amplifiers have been at the center of rock's universe for nearly five decades. Next month will see the company take its audio know-how to more personal territory when the first pair of Marshall Headphones break cover. Instead of sporting Marshall's trademark distortion crunch, the new cans are promised to "render music the way it was meant to sound." Read on for what little information has been revealed and details of how to get access to more... Read More
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Portable tones in a pipe: The Pipe Amp from FuzzHugger

By - October 19, 2010 4 Pictures
FuzzHugger has just unleashed a portable, battery-powered amp that packs some serious volume and gorgeous 1960s fuzz tones into a pipe housing. The appropriately named Pipe Amp is about the size of a vintage effects pedal, doesn't have its own clean channel and can be used to drive a 4 x 12 cabinet. The fact that each one is hand-built and available in strictly limited quantities only adds to its must-have charm. Let the fuzz begin... Read More
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Eowave unveils Persephone mark II duophonic ribbon synthesizer

By - October 18, 2010 4 Pictures
Ever since the dawn of electronics, inventors have looked at weird and wonderful ways of getting at the wealth of opportunities offered by synthesized sound. The instruments through which such sounds are controlled by a player have enjoyed much variety in form, size and functionality in the years since. While most have been keyboard-based, some – like the Theremin – have broken away from tradition to offer an altogether different way of playing. French sound and sensor innovator Eowave has recently updated an instrument that uses a more modern approach to the ribbon-based synthesizer technology used by the likes of Dr Freidrich Adolf Trautwein for his Trautonium – the Persephone Mark II. Read More
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Tascam creates solar-powered guitar tuner

By - October 8, 2010 5 Pictures
When not in use, a guitar tuner is unlikely to see the light of day and is destined to spend much of its life inside a gig bag or hard case. But not giving Tascam's new tuner access to nice, bright sunlight is very bad form indeed. The battery inside the tiny TC-1S is solar charged so if it goes flat, then so do you... Read More
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Ultrasone's US$2750 open back Edition 10 headphones

By - October 4, 2010 5 Pictures
If you’re the kind of person who’s happy enough with the basic white headphones included with Apple’s iPods then you’re probably not the kind of person who will be interested in the new open back Edition 10 headphones from Germany’s Ultrasone AG. These limited edition headphones pack a number of features and are made from a long list of luxury materials to justify their US$2,750 price tag that places them firmly in the category of “for dedicated audiophiles only.” Read More
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Micronium makes music on a microscopic scale

By - September 29, 2010 7 Pictures
It's much, much smaller than its Stradivarian cousin, but not even the Borrowers, Lilliputians or Blefuscudians are of sufficiently diminutive proportions to take a bow to the Micronium. The tiny instrument is made up of microscopic springs activated by combs to produce an audible tone. Half a dozen tone systems are placed on a chip and then chips combined to offer an orchestral range of sounds. Read More
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FlexiKnobs MIDI Controllers promise precision and flexibility

By - September 28, 2010 4 Pictures
Digital Audio Workstation software applications put the power of the recording and editing studio right in front of you on a computer screen. Tweaking the hundreds and hundreds of settings and parameters offered by such applications has been made easier with the addition of physical controls on a MIDI interface. But rather than be limited to a rigid set of pre-defined buttons, knobs and faders, students from the University of Applied Sciences Bremen have built a set of wireless, wooden devices with rotary dials called FlexiKnobs. Read More
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The Crosley Revolution portable turntable

By - September 23, 2010 5 Pictures
For those of us who love vinyl, a portable record player usually comes in a small suitcase-sized box. If you want to take a small step towards modern convenience and digitize your collection, you're looking at investing in some more kit and losing the portability. Crosley Radio has taken the record player out of the box, made it battery operated and thrown in onboard digital conversion capabilities for its Crosley Revolution CR6002. Although the player features a built-in stereo speaker, the company has also included the ability to pair the device with any FM radio. Read More
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Sony's new Walkman S750 goes super-slim

By - September 21, 2010 6 Pictures
Nowadays most of us take portable media players pretty much for granted but back in the 1980s, when Sony released its first personal cassette player, they were revolutionary. Thirty years on and cassettes have all but gone and, despite numerous other worthy contenders, Apple holds the media player crown. For many, however, the Walkman is still regarded as the media player of choice and Sony has just revealed a new addition to its iconic family, the supermodel-thin S750. The audio and video player features noise canceling, audio enhancement technologies, a Karaoke mode and 50 hours of audio enjoyment on a single charge. Read More

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