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Music gear that struck the right chord in 2014

By - December 30, 2014 8 Pictures
It's been another strong year for instrument innovation, making the task of choosing a top five quite a challenge. Though many excellent examples of envelope pushing have popped up on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo during 2014, including the Hammer Jammer and Aalberg's Ekko and Aero, we allowed those to fall gracefully to the cutting room floor in favor of tech that's available now. Join Gizmag as we take a look back at some of the top groove gadgets of the last 12 months. Read More
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Novel Bojotar blends guitar, resonator and banjo into new hybrid

By - December 22, 2014 6 Pictures
So what do you do if your solo performance set list includes compositions featuring parts for electric guitar, banjo and Dobro? You can either try to simplify the arrangement or attempt some exhausting quick change wizardry mid-song. When accomplished string picker Bow Thayer couldn't find an instrument that catered for finger-pickin' and steel slidin' and banjo rollin' all in one place, he designed his own. Meet the Bojotar. Read More
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Jack lets you leave the cables in the gig bag and go wireless

By - December 18, 2014 9 Pictures
Let's face it, we live in wireless times. The living room hi-fi has been replaced with Bluetooth speaker systems, the home telephone by smartphones and the USB charging cable by induction mats. Though cable-free technology for guitar players has been around in one form or another for a good many years, reliability and affordability issues have meant that many players choose to be cabled to an amp. Scotland's Ingenious Audio says help is at hand in the form of Jack, which can wirelessly throw an electric guitar's output to an amp without users having to worry about radio interference or annoying Bluetooth latency. Offering responsive high resolution audio over a secure connection, the device can also link a guitar or amp to any Wi-Fi-enabled device. Read More
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CyberStep primes KDJ-ONE portable audio workstation for release

By - December 15, 2014 12 Pictures
Nearly 3 years ago, Japan's CyberStep Communications revealed a prototype all-in-one synth, sequencer and multitrack audio editor called the KDJ-ONE that could be held in the palm of the hand, had built-in storage and offered Wi-Fi connectivity. Then, after well-received demonstrations at trade shows like NAMM and Musikmesse, all went quiet. Now the company says that a redesigned portable music studio is finally ready for release and has launched two simultaneous crowdfunding efforts to bring the device to market. Read More
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Ukelation adds electric color to sea, sand, surf and song

By - December 11, 2014 18 Pictures
Back in 2012, Vox Amplification took the iconic shapes of two 1960s classics, installed speakers and added integrated effects and rhythms to create a new Apache Series of travel guitars. Monty Ross from the state of Washington has now given a four-string beach party regular similar "be heard anywhere" amplified superpowers with a range of electric ukuleles named Ukelation. Read More
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The Magnet holds your smartphone while it records your finger-pickin' prowess

By - December 2, 2014 9 Pictures
Playing back recorded video of energetic string picking or frantic fretboard gymnastics in super slow motion can be of great help when trying to nail minor technique problems, but mounting a weighty camcorder to a guitar is not really very practical. Even a minicam can be a somewhat awkward affair. Happily, advances in smartphone technology have come to the rescue of the study guitarist, but that still leaves the problem of mounting. This is a problem for which the Magnet was developed. Read More
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Line 6 starts home invasion with the AMPLIFi TT

By - November 30, 2014 7 Pictures
The home audio landscape has undergone quite a change in recent times. Where the living room hi-fi once ruled the roost, the expensive and carefully matched components are now dead silent and the once proud tower speakers have been repurposed as stands for photo frames or vases. Music lovers seem quite happy to accept an often huge drop in sonic quality for the convenience and wireless ease of the small Bluetooth speaker. But the folks over at Line 6 are looking to breathe new life into those dusty stereo system circuits with a new addition to the AMPLIFi range called the TT. Read More
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Review: BeatBuddy drum machine in a stomp

By - November 27, 2014 18 Pictures
When musician David Packouz couldn't find a stomp-based drum machine that didn't sound, well, like a drum machine or one that could provide fills, changes and accent hits on the fly, he set about designing and building his own. He took his BeatBuddy project to Indiegogo in December 2013 and it went on to raise more than four times its funding goal by the close of the crowdfunding campaign. The first post-crowdfunding production run started shipping at the end of August and Gizmag was offered a system for review. But with my attention focused elsewhere during September (namely the IFA and Photokina trade shows), I had to hold off until mid-October to start spending some quality time with this nifty drummer-in-a-box pedal. And it was definitely worth the wait. Read More

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