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California's Wi Digital Systems has launched a new Sure-Ears series of in-ear monitors (IEM) geared toward musicians, including a Micro-In-Ears model that features a smaller driver design for a claimed fuller sound with deep bass and crisp highs. Read More
Ever since its inception, the digital or "modeling" guitar amplifier has caused a great deal of debate amongst players. On one hand, a digital amp gives you versatility, with a multitude of emulated amp "models" and tones that can be dialed up within seconds. A regular vacuum tube amp is far less versatile, but purists will argue that the warm tube-sound it produces can never be replicated by digital modeling. In an effort to bridge the divide between the two, MI Audio has created the Flex SmartAmp, a tube-driven, analog guitar amplifier that can be digitally controlled using an iDevice. Read More
As Jon Jones was regulating his hurdy gurdy back in 2001, he began toying with the idea of creating a mechanically-bowed instrument with a full-scale chromatic keyboard. He went on to build two working models before hooking up with Antiquity Music's founder Mitchell Manger to work on improving the design. After a few more revisions, a stunning pre-production Wheelharp was premiered at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim (CA) last week. Read More
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
IK Multimedia has announced two new portable speakers that combine live instrument and music playback in packages that fit in your backpack but, according to the company, are “2-3 times louder than comparable sized speakers.” The series is made up of the 40W RMS iLoud and its slightly smaller sibling, the 15W RMS iLoud MINI. Both models are powered by rechargeable Li-Ion batteries and support Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music from handheld devices as well as a stereo 1/8" mini-jack input and a 1/4” guitar/bass input. Read More
While traditional-style analog synths may not exactly be at the forefront of emerging technologies these days, this particular product launch expected from Moog Music at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show is sure to get people’s Voltage Controlled Filter Lust rising. Read More
While wireless technology has liberated many guitarists from the restrictions of a cord running to the amp, stomp box effects can still threaten to sully the stage with spaghetti madness. Ahead of the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, Diablo FX has launched what's claimed to be the first high fidelity wireless all-in-one effects pedal management system. In addition to making the working area a safer and tidier place for players to strut their axe-wielding stuff, the Sound Control 6 system allows players to turn multiple analog or digital effects on/off in one stomp. Read More
John D'Angelico is regarded by many as the greatest archtop guitar maker of all time. Prized for their smooth, mellow tone and excellent sustain, it's said that only around 1,200 instruments were made during his career in the Lower East Side of New York. This year, the first D'Angelico reissues have been selling faster than they can be made. Fueled by this success, the iconic brand is being relaunched with a new very limited edition USA Masterbuilt version of the 1942 D'Angelico Excel and three standard models. Read More
We uncovered lots of fantastic technology-driven innovations at NAMM recently, but as we saw with PocketStrings, not all good ideas are built around transistors. Chord Dice is another example. This clever songwriting and teaching tool dispenses with chord charts and books and hangs musical theory on the roll of the dice. Read More
If you’re getting weary of trying to wrap your head around things like smartphones that answer questions, self-driving cars or microscopic machines, perhaps this might be more to your liking ... a wooden box. Well OK, the DUBE isn’t just a wooden box. It’s actually a percussive musical instrument, that caught our eyes and ears last week at NAMM. Read More
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