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MediaStreet’s vAMP MP3 players hope to replace CDs

Posted in MP3,music by Conner Flynn on January 15th, 2008

vAMP MP3 players hope to replace CDs
With plummeting CD sales, the music industry has been looking for ways to make more money, despite the fact that they still make a nice profit from the sales of digital media. In between counting their millions and crying crocodile tears, they found an ally in MediaStreet, who have announced the vAMP Virtual Album MP3 Player. It weighs just 0.7 ounces, and claims to be the “smallest, thinnest, fully functional MP3 player” They have high aspirations for it. MediaStreet intends for the vAMP to replace the CD.

The vAMP comes loaded with songs from an artist just like a CD, and even has album art on the front of the MP3 player as well as track listing and liner notes on the back. Inside it has 1 GB of storage, which gives you room to put other songs on the vAMP as well as transfer the ones that are there to your computer.

Rock Band Stage Kit adds smoke & lights

Posted in music,Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2008

Rock Band Stage Kit adds smoke & lights
The Rock Band Stage Kit will add more authenticity to your dreams of becoming a real life rock star. The peripheral kit was spotted on GameStop’s website, retailing for $99.99. Not many other details are known, but it will include an interactive light and smoke show.

If rocking on a fake plastic guitar still manages to satisfy your rock and roll dreams, just imagine how fancy smoke and lights will raise you to the next level of your somewhat less then Rock-God performances.

eNote clip-on digital chromatic tuner

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

eNote clip-on digital chromatic tuner
For those who have problems tuning their musical instruments, your troubles are a thing of the past. Now you can easily tune your instrument to the correct note with the eNote Digital Tuner from ELECA. just attach this little device to your guitar or other instrument and the display will show up green once the note is correct.

This little device will tune guitars, violins, banjos, dulcimers and other stringed instruments. You simply need to know what note corresponds to each string. Then no matter which key the instrument uses, the tuner will help you find the note for the string.

CES 2008

Guitar Wizard rocks CES: uses real guitar

Posted in CES 2008,Games,music by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

uses real guitar
Allegro Rainbow’s Guitar video game has been rocking CES this week. Music Wizard Group’s Guitar Wizard video game is a step forward after their successful Piano Wizard title, but Guitar Wizard is not just another version of Guitar Hero. It’s actually an educational video game that’s designed to help kids of all ages to read and play music.

Guitar Wizard will be available on both PC and MAC platforms, and will come with an actual honest to God guitar from US Music Corp. and an Interface by SoundTech. Plus, the software is compatible with just about any MIDI guitar.

CES 2008

Portable stereo sound with Orbitsound T3

Posted in CES 2008,music by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Portable stereo sound with Orbitsound T3
It used to be that to get portable stereo sound you had to use headphones, but Orbitsound has come up with something new in the T3 device, with air sound technology. It’s slightly larger than a BlackBerry and is best when worn around the neck. It sounds as if you are wearing a pair of headphones. It’s compatible with any iPod, MP3 players, CD players or notebooks as long as they support line-in jacks.

If you want to have some private listening, there is a 3.5mm headphone port on the T3 to suit your needs. This kind of portable stereo sound is made possible thanks to Orbitsound’s airSOUND single-point-stereo technology.

CES 2008

CD-2e SD/CD recorder burns to CD without a PC

Posted in CES 2008,music,Storage by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

CD-2e SD/CD recorder burns to CD without a computer
The Roland CD-2e personal SD/CD recorder would be useful for those who can not figure out the simple task of recording their voice or music onto CDs directly without needing to use a computer.

The CD-2e comes with a built-in mic. You can easily adjust pitch, key and tempo while you’re recording. It even has a metronome for improving timing and rhythm and stereo speakers. It can record directly to CD, but also provides an option to use SD if you want more capacity. For instance, using an 8 GB SDHC card will let you have up to 12 hours of recording time.

CES 2008

i2i wireless music sharing device

Posted in CES 2008,iPod Accessories,music by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

i2i wireless music sharing device
This is probably one of the most useful devices ever made if you love music. The i2i Stream Digital Music Broadcaster, from Aerielle. It allows users to listen to music wirelessly by streaming music content from any audio device.

The i2i Stream is already available for $70, with 2-packs priced at $130. It’s universally compatible with Apple’s iPod, as well as other MP3 and media players. Each i2i can broadcast or receive music, and features a compact lightweight design.

CES 2008

CES 2008: Sonoro Audio intros new cubo radios

Posted in CES 2008,MP3,music,Radio by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2008

Sonoro Audio intros new cubo radios
If you are looking for a stylish CD/MP3 clock radio that has quality German design, Sonoro Audio has three new cubos that are launching during CES 2008. These retro looking units are an all-in-one clock that contains a slot-in CD/MP3 player as well as an internal iPod docking station with remote control compatibility and recharge function. It also has that old archaic thing known as AM/FM radio reception.

If you happen to be a fan of radio, they will also be offering a internet/FM radio cubo. It certainly combines form with functionality and they paid attention to design detail. Each of the three cubos are encased in wood in order to provide high quality acoustics. The metal grill located on the top of the product enables upward resonance from its powerful full range speaker.

CES 2008

Sennheiser unveils first true wireless earphones

Posted in CES 2008,music,Sennheiser by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2008

Sennheiser unveils first true wireless stereo earphones

The news just keeps coming in from CES 2008 and it hasn’t even officially started yet. Kleer.com announced today that Sennheiser has introduced the industry’s first true wireless stereo earphones based on Kleer’s wireless audio technology. The MX W1 wireless earphones are said to deliver crystal-clear CD-quality stereo sound, as well as providing extremely high immunity to noise in the crowded 2.4 GHz band. Since all Kleer-based products are compatible, the MX W1 earphones can receive wireless audio from any Kleer-based PMP.

The earphones come with a carrying case that also acts as a charger, and you can recharge the transmitter and receiver simultaneously via a connecting cable, without removing the transmitter from the player. With Kleer’s Listen In technology, two or more people with
MX W1 earphones can listen to the same audio stream at the same time. The MX W1 will be available in May of 2008.

Emergency adapter kit for electronic musicians

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2007

Emergency adapter kit for electronic musician’s

If you are a musician, there’s nothing worse then showing up for a gig and finding that you can’t plug instrument A into device B. Your whole act could be silenced due to one missing little plug or adapter. Well, this nylon bag could possibly be the musician’s best friend, and save the show.

It’s full of necessary audio adapters you might never need, but you’ll be glad you have them. Just in case. The idea came from electronic musician Liz Mclean Knight, who put the kit together. You even get a red LED flashlight attached to the drawstring which should help you find the adapter you’re searching for in those dark areas backstage.

Roll up synthesizer piano saves space

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2007

Roll up synthesizer piano saves space

I’m not proficient at any musical instruments myself, but if I was I would be into this cool roll-up synthesizer. It’s completely flexible with a super compact design for storage and for moving. Which is probably why it looks like a Fax Machine spitting out Piano keys. With 61 standard layout piano keys, 128 different synthesized tones, 100 different rhythms to play with, you won’t get bored. It also has MIDI and Speaker OUT as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It might look like just a gadget, but it’s not. All of these features make the portable piano synthesizer comparable to many high end digital pianos. But at a fraction of the price. The fact that it will save you some valuable space, makes it practical, since many of us don’t have room for a large Piano.

The Crosley songwriter LP/CD burner

Posted in CD Player,music by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2007

The Crosley Songwriter LP/CD Burner

Some of us are old enough to have not only CDs lying around, but cassettes and maybe a few vinyl LPs as well. Or God forbid, 8-Track tapes. Despite the fact that the cover art was superior on those old records, by now it is time to bring them up to date so you can enjoy them more easily and put them away for safe keeping.

The Crosley Songwriter may not help with 8-Track tapes, but it will let you burn an LP onto a CD in style and it takes only minutes. Not to worry, it’s also a three-speed record player, so you can still play your old records if you are feeling nostalgic. The device also burns cassettes into CDs as well. The design is the perfect blend of old and new style and will cost you $400. If you have a ton of rare cassettes and records that are not available on CD, it will pay for itself in no time while you preserve your music.

Ion Dual rips cassettes to CD or mp3

Posted in MP3,music by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2007

Ion Dual Ripping Cassette Deck

We’ve covered devices before that will update your old-school cassettes to digital, like the plusdeckEX. The plusdeckEX even has a great retro look, but the Ion Dual Ripping Cassette Deck with USB Output beats it hands down for an authentic 80′s design. This dual-ripping tape deck transforms your old cassette tapes into digital files, so you can listen to them on your MP3 or CD player. You won’t have to worry about those old tapes wearing out from years of play.

The device is compatible with both PCs and Macs and even features normal and high speed dubbing for cassette to MP3 conversion. I understand if you don’t want to admit to still using your old cassette tapes, but it’s time to get one of these and upgrade. Haven’t you lived with your horrible secret long enough?

The Jay Turser shark guitar

Posted in music,Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2007

The Jay Turser shark guitar

You’ve heard of card sharks and loan sharks.(Hopefully you don’t know the latter very well.) How about a Guitar Shark? The Jay Turser Shark Guitar is a fairly unique hand painted shark shaped guitar that would make any amateur want to play. It would even be perfect and maybe way over the top to have a shark guitar if you play your gigs on a beach.

It’s designed for young players of course and includes a strap and gig bag. This shark measures 37-3/4″ in length. A unique instrument like this is a great way to start that future rocker’s career. Years down the road, you’ll be wondering why his songs all seem to all involve fish. The amp is powered by a 9V battery so the guitar can be played anywhere.

Sick Brick: ITC One entertainment super-machine

Posted in Home,iPod Accessories,music,Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2007

ITC One entertainment super-machineWe all want a single unit that has every form of entertainment in one box. SE2 Labs has an entertainment super-machine that tries to oblige, while looking like a mini-computer server. Design-wise, it’s looks are simply amazing. It’s called the ITC One and it boasts an Xbox 360, HD personal video recorder, surround-sound processor, ICEpower High End D-Class Amplifiers, 4.3-inch touchscreen, iPod dock, and remote control system all in a single unit.

The price for having so many goodies in one box? A whooping $19,900. Most people would prefer to get a rocking home theater system at that price. Or even buy a car. But if you like it’s design and the fact that it’s so compact, go for it.