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Gizmag reviews Riffstation jam software for guitar

Not too long after its launch in 2005, you'd be hard-pushed to visit any friends without being challenged to a round or two of Guitar Hero. Interest in learning to play a real guitar also blossomed, but many found the transition from guitar-shaped controller to actual instrument a difficult one, and perfectly good axes have been gathering dust ever since. Irish company Sonic Ladder has now released some interesting software called Riffstation that gives you the opportunity to break out your much-neglected guitar and play along with your favorite bands to onscreen prompts. Gizmag takes a look at what this software has to offer.  Read More

The ITreq Micro Audio Player for active music lovers

If you're a mobile music lover who also happens to be the active or adventurous type, you've probably been cursed with an earbud or two falling out, interrupting your rhythm or breaking your concentration while you try and shove it back in place. Even if your buds stay put, danger can lurk on every street corner and at every curb thanks to the immersive passive isolation resulting from a snug fit. These are issues that users of the ITreq Micro Audio Player shouldn't be troubled with. Whether you're at the gym, riding a bike, skateboarding, or just aggressively gardening, the device should stay in place behind one ear, leaving your other one on alert for potential hazards.  Read More

The PDJ portable stand-alone DJ system and music production studio

If that great night on the town turns into an after-hours party at a friend's house and you want to show off your Digital Disc Jockey mettle, the odds of you happening to have a Numark iDJ about your person are pretty remote. You may well have an iPhone packing IK Multimedia's DJ Rig app, but what are the chances you've also remembered to bring an iRig MIX? Korea's JD Sound is busy readying its PDJ portable stand-alone DJ system and music production studio for US release, which puts everything you need to get your groove on into one fairly pocket-friendly unit.  Read More

Designed by Wesley Chau, Drop The Beat is an electronic drum kit fashioned into a vest, wi...

Over the years, we've seen a number of worthy attempts at turning our clothes into electronic instruments, from drum kits built into shirts and pants to a motion-activated MIDI controller concealed in a jacket. The latest addition to the wearable instrument ensemble is "Drop The Beat" from industrial design student Wesley Chau, a vest outfitted with pads for a drum kit that musicians can rearrange and reprogram to their liking.  Read More

Sony has announced a wireless audio system with one-touch near field communication (NFC) c...

Thanks to the growing number of wireless speaker systems, those of us who have a good-sized digital music collection on our smartphones or tablets no longer have to concern ourselves with docking our device to hear our favorite tunes. Sony is aiming to make complicated wireless setup and fiddly pairing a thing of the past too, with the introduction of a streaming audio system with one-touch near field communication (NFC) connection.  Read More

Uni Sun, who performs as Omni Infinity, has launched a guitar-shaped digital controller/in...

After a fruitless search for a digital controller/instrument that would allow him to get closer to his audience, San Francisco digital music performer Omni Infinity decided to design and build his own. The guitar-shaped SPACEBASS:01 prototype can house a smartphone placed in the central "spaceport" for wireless touchscreen control of music and art software on a remote computer. There's another port above that can host a variety of third party MIDI modules, a button-packed 12-fret neck and a virtual whammy bar.  Read More

The diffused LED light is simply dazzling

I think it's fair to say that if you want a Bluetooth loudspeaker to stream music from your phone or player, the marketplace is somewhat generous with its choices. To stand out and be noticed, manufacturers need to add something extra to the pot – such as being able to change shape like the novel Transformative Bluetooth Hi-Fi System or really feeling the beat with the ONBEAT-X1 portable speaker. Taiwan's Yantouch has taken a decidedly more visually-stimulating route with its third-generation Black Diamond speaker, and Gizmag spent the last few weeks being mesmerized by its stunning light show.  Read More

MidiWing is a digital music system developed to give everyone the chance to create music, ...

Inspired by the many people he encountered at his mother's daycare center for severely disabled children when he was a youngster himself, multi-instrumentalist Dan Daily began working on a digital music system that anyone can play, regardless of ability or physical capability. Several prototypes later, along with some vital technical input from Lockhead Martin subsidiary Sandia National Laboratories, and MidiWing 1 is ready for release.  Read More

JamHub has announced BandLab – the first cloud-based digital audio workstation

Computers running recording software like the OPC from Orange Amps give musicians the power to create CD-quality songs without having to book expensive studio time. Wouldn't it be great, though, if each member of the band could access the music creation tools from anywhere, using any device? That's essentially what's on offer with BandLab from JamHub. Announced today at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim (CA), this full-featured digital audio workstation (DAW) lives in the cloud and gives users secure online storage for multi-track recording sessions and the ability to upload, mix and edit tunes using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Phiaton's MODERNA MS 200 in-ear earphones

The Phiaton Corporation (a subsidiary of Korean audio veterans Cresyn) has added a new member to its purist-pleasing MODERNA Series headphones. The bold red and black design of the MS 200 half-in-ear earphones is certainly an attention-grabber and the carbon fiber panels are sure to provide conversation fodder, but how do these undeniably stylish phones actually perform? Gizmag has spent the last few weeks exploring that very question ... and we're suitably impressed.  Read More

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