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Tag Archives: Music

Floating Record Spins Your Vinyls Vertically

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The joke is getting old: kids won’t know what this is. I think it’s fair to say that it’s been made long enough that kids know what vinyl records, at least as the subject of a very lame joke. So we won’t make it… but we’ll use it as a segue to introduce the Floating Records Vertical Turntable anyway. Those of you who bother to have records probably feel very protective and fond of them, so you ought to get yourself a turntable that lives up to the quality of your affections.

An all-in-one solution, it features built-in, full-range stereo speakers, so it’s easy to get up and running. It uses an Audio-Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a fully-adjustable carbon fiber tone arm, a DC manual belt-drive system to spin both 33s and 45s, and a high-mass acrylic plinth and platter. It has a headphone jack for private listening, and RCA outs with a built-in preamp in case you want to integrate it into your existing system. Assembled by hand in Chicago.

It’s a striking device, and it comes at a relatively reasonable price of $349. This is a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, so you will unfortunately have to wait until December to get your shipment.

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WristBoom Is A Bluetooth Speaker You Wear On Your Wrist

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So… this exists. It’s a Bluetooth speaker, and it sits on your wrist. You can either stream music to it, or take calls. But you can’t make any because there’s only one button, and all it does is turn the device on and off, and accept incoming calls. It’s big. It’s bulky. And you’d be right in asking who in their right mind would ever want one. But Chris Davies from Slashgear makes a good point: what about grandmothers? We like to evaluate products from our own standpoints where a big, bulky boombox-on-a-wrist is stupid, but for someone with limited mobility, for whom the phone that’s ringing in the adjacent room is probably too long a trek to bother with, well, it makes a little more sense. Considering it’s $20, and probably easier to use than a pair of scissors, the WristBoom seems like just the kind of thing you’d get for someone like grandma. That’s of course if it ever does see the light of day, which seems unlikely considering their crowdfunding campaign appears dead in the water for now. Still, there are 10 days left, and you never know what can happen in that span of time.

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Pocket Operators Are Pocket-Sized Synthesizers For Mobile Djs

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Cheap-Monday-Pocket-Operators-Micro-Synthesizers We’ll admit we don’t know much about synthesizers, but we like the idea that a product seemingly as small as this could allow someone to make electronic music on the go. About the size of an iPhone 6, the Pocket Operators come in three flavours: ” the “Rhythm” operator is a drum machine, the “Sub” is a base line synthesizer, & the “Factory” provides a selection of melodies.”

The SUB is a bass line driven synthesizer. It’s got a 16 step sequencer with 16 sounds and 16 effects/playing styles.

Type: Pocket bass line synthesizer and sequencer

Key features:
– Real synthesizer engines
– Sequencer
– Parameter locks
– 16 punch-in effects
– 16 punch-in styles
– Built-in speaker
– 3.5 mm audio I/O
– Jam/Trigger sync
– LCD display
– Folding stand
– Watch + alarm clock
– L 10,5 cm x W 6 cm

All Pocket Operators can be sync to each other or to external gear.

That’s the description for the SUB Pocket Operator, but features are similar for all. They cost all of £49, which is about $74USD.

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Deal Of The Day: 33% Off On Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar

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Think of the Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar as a regular guitar, only evolved. Instead of using old analog pickups, or an even older acoustic resonance box, the device connects to your Apple device and interfaces with any of the available music apps. This gives you a world of possibilities, along with a bunch of portability convenience not available with traditional instruments. It features real strings, which is where the similarities apparently end.

– Easy to set up
– No tuning required
– Volume controls, so you can play in any space w/o noise complaints
– Ultimate portability
– Quality teaching software
– MIDI controller functionality
– Infrared light technology lets you see your hands in action

This isn’t a toy, and you’d normally be asked to pay $299 for it. But with today’s deal you shave $100 off, taking the price down to $199.

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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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