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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

IK Multimedia has announced the successor to its iRig guitar interface for iPhone – the iR...

IK Multimedia has revealed a successor to its undeniably popular iRig digital guitar/bass/instrument interface for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac. New to the iRig HD is a built-in high quality analog-to-digital converter that's promised to eliminate noise and crosstalk, while preserving all the subtle tonal flavors of your instrument.  Read More

Customers who've bought CDs at any time since the company opened its Music Store in 1998 w...

Although sales of digital music tracks are rising year-on-year, it's clear that U.S. music lovers are still spending most of their hard-earned cash on physical media. According to Nielson SoundScan (which measures point-of-sale of recorded music products), of the 316 million albums purchased stateside in 2012, 193 million were on CD, compared to 118 million digital downloads. Amazon has launched a new service called AutoRip that will save many of those spinning disc buyers the trouble of converting the just-arrived CD to MP3 for playback on a modern portable music player. Anyone who buys an AutoRip CD from the online retail giant will also get a digital copy free-of-charge.  Read More

The UK's Pure has announced plans to release three new affordable multiroom wireless speak...

Being able to wander from room to room throughout the house and enjoy one continuous streamed audio experience can, unfortunately, be a very expensive luxury indeed. Happily, the UK's Pure is getting ready to launch a new range of wireless speakers that promise quality audio at a much more attractive price point than similar multiroom systems offered by the likes of Sonos. The first of the new Jongo series to hit the market will be the S340B portable speaker, followed by the A140B hi-fi adapter and the T640B stereo speaker.  Read More

Aaron Sherwood and Mike Pallison have created a performance membrane called Firewall, wher...

Invented in 1959, the extremely elastic synthetic fiber spandex can be found in cycling shorts and other figure-hugging sportswear. It's also made its way into home furnishings and served as a leave-nothing-to-the-imagination 70s rock god favorite. Now, it has well-and-truly entered the digital age with the creation of Firewall, an interactive performance wall that alters the speed, volume or intensity of music in response to a user pressing into its membrane, while also showing off some eye-popping, user-reactive visuals.  Read More

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