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Tuna Knobs For The Tablet DJ

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It used to be that DJs would do their work on a physical mixer, with actual dials, knobs and buttons. Now you can have all that jazz right on your tablet, and the convenience has caused tons of DJs to flock to the new medium. But for those of you still longing for a bit of physical feedback, the Tuna Knobs can be placed directly on your touchscreen and will give your music-making somewhat more of a natural feel. They work just like a stylus, and can be removed when you’re done playing your set. They’re relatively cheap, at €22 (about $25) for a pair, or $67 for 6 and a travel case.

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Moog Theremini is a Thermin For The Rest Of Us

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If you’ve ever heard a Theremin, you might’ve become intrigued by this otherworldly instrument. Used for decades as the eerie instrument in countless movies, as well as being popular with psychedelic rock bands of the 70’s, the Theremin is intriguing but also hard to play. The Moog Theremini Professional Theremin on the other hand tries to simplify the experience so that even amateurs can have a hope to, well, not suck.

First, it’s got a powerful sound engine derived from Moogs award winning synthesizer: Animoog. Second, and this is a first for Theremins, the Theremini has assistive pitch quantization, which allows you to adjust the instrument’s level of playing difficulty. At the maximum position, the Theremini will play every note in a selected scale perfectly, making it impossible to play a wrong note. As this control is decreased, more expressive control of pitch and vibrato becomes possible. The Theremini is a dream to play, a marvel to compose with, and a work of art to look upon.

This particular instrument is far from being a toy, since it is produced by the groundbreaking Moog Music company and costs $300. If you’ve got an experimental music inclination, this could be your chance to experiment with what many consider to be the very first electric instrument ever created.

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Sharing Is Caring: 5-Way Headphone Splitter

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Sitting in a bus for 8 hours with 4 of your friends? You can all listen to the same exact music, at the same time, with this Belkin 5-way Headphone Splitter. All it does is plug into your music device and offer 5 jacks to stick other audio cables in.

It’s too late to buy this for this Christmas, even as a stocking stuffer, since it won’t be delivered on time. But you might feel the urge to be social anytime, so don’t let that stop you. It’s $10.

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For That Perfect Fit: OwnPhones Personalized Earbuds

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If you want a perfect fit, then your best bet would be to have whatever it is you want custom made. Whether it’s a suit, a pair of pants, or a pair of shoes, custom-made is the way to go if you have cash to spare. And with OwnPhones, you can now have a pair of personalized earbuds made so they’ll fit your ears’ every arch and curve.

OwnPhones will be launching a campaign on Kickstarter sometime this month to raise funds to finish development on their product. Users who want to have custom-made earbuds simply have to record a clip showing both of their ears using OwnPhone’s mobile app and wait for their personalized earbuds to arrive in the mail.

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Light It Up: This Bluetooth Speaker Runs on Fire Power

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Pelty is literally the hottest thing to happen to speakers since, well, ever. We say “literally” because it runs purely on firepower provided by a lone candle burning from within. Its design is sleek and simple but eye-catching all the same. Pelty hooks up with your smartphone or music player via Bluetooth and uses absolutely no electricity to play your choice tunes.

Pelty has a built-in thermoelectric generator that converts the candle’s thermal energy into electricity. And in case you’re worried about the speaking catching fire, don’t be, because it’s made from a ceramic material (because its creators are smart enough to consider that angle, that’s for sure.)

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No More Sore Fingers: Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard

It takes a lot of time and practice to master playing the guitar. It also requires steely determination and a high tolerance for pain because pressing on those strings for hours on end will eventually take a toll on your fingers. Cue the Finger Friendly Guitar Company Keyboard that aims to make guitar playing less painful and easier at the same time.

As the name implies, it’s a cover of sorts for the frets on the neck of your guitar. Once it’s on, it replaces strings with color-coded buttons that shields your fingers from the pain while helping you learn how to play. Pretty neat, eh?

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Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On DJ Connect Bundle

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Any DJs in the house? Or rather, aspiring DJs? The deal you’re looking at today is made up of two parts. The first is the Griffin DJ Connect device that splits your audio so that you can have one signal go to your sound system, and another to your headphones, which is just about the most basic and essential ability that DJs require. To go along with this piece of hardware, you also get a download, which is Djay for Mac. With this application, you have access to some more advance features like Harmonic Match, which detects a song’s key and allows you to match it with songs in the same key. Normally $119, you can get both of these for $89 today.

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For Explosive Sound: Nine Millimeter Earphones

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Pull the trigger on explosive sound with these Nine Millimeter Earphones. Featuring an in-ear design, these earphones are machines from a copper alloy housing coated with titanium. The Kevlar-reinforced fabric cable means that you can expect these to last despite constant wear and usage. It also comes with an in-line [M]ic suppressor so you can change tracks or answer calls when you’re on the go.

The earphones are available online for about $106. They’re compatible with most smartphones, music players, and gadgets with a 3.5mm stereo jack.

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This Poster Plays Music With Every Touch

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If you’re thinking that this doesn’t look like your typical poster, then you’re spot on, because it isn’t. Beck’s playable poster is different in the sense that plays music when you touch it. It may look like a mere image of a speaker, but touch a couple of knobs and buttons and tunes from selected bands will begin to play.

The posters were commissioned by Beck’s to promote New Zealand’s local musicians, and this is truly an innovative way of doing that. Beck’s playable posters use conductive ink, with parts of the surface linked to an embedded flat panel speaker at the back, which in effect, makes the poster a speaker in itself.

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