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Hercules DJ Control MP3e2: bring Ibiza to your bedroom

Hercules DJ Control MP3e2: bring Ibiza to your bedroom

The "sensation" of Pro DJ'ing is surely staying up to 4am, packed into a mixing booth before a sea of heaving, ketamine-fuelled bodies swinging their arms rapturously, while your ear-drums are slowly pounded out of existence by far more bass than is medically advisable.  Unfortunately, Hercules seem to have decided that their version of that sensation is actually all about tweaking your MP3s into digital mixes, and with that in mind they've launched their latest DJ control surface, the MP3e2.

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Knoll Systems GSZ67 and GSZ44 eco-friendly multiroom amps

Knoll Systems GSZ67 and GSZ44 eco-friendly multiroom amps

The "earth friendly" juggernaut continues, with even high-end home automation specialists feeling the need to slap some green on their spec sheets.  You'd find it pretty hard to fault the range of amps and control panels from Knoll Systems generally, but if the one factor stopping you was concern for the livelihood of the Crested Grebe then their new GSZ44 and GSZ67 controller-amplifiers should salve your conscience.

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Didiom music download/streaming system comes to BlackBerry

Didiom music download/streaming system comes to BlackBerry

Back in November 2008 SlashGear heard talk of mobile music service Didiom bringing their hybrid download/streaming service to RIM's BlackBerry smartphones.  Turns out our tipster was correct: Didiom have announced the release of their app, free in the BlackBerry App World download store.  With it, users can not only buy music and audiobooks on the move from a catalog of over 2m songs, but stream audio content from their home computer.

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Bose SoundLink wireless USB speaker system

Bose SoundLink wireless USB speaker system

Lifestyle audio firm Bose have announced a wireless music system, the SoundLink, which promises to free your audio from its PC or Mac prison.  The setup consists of a battery-powered speaker, complete with remote control, and a USB transmitter dongle that plugs into your computer.

 

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La Guitare à Crayon: Wacom meets acoustic guitar [Video]

La Guitare à Crayon: Wacom meets acoustic guitar [Video]

An acoustic instrument bristling with buttons and knobs is always off to a good start, but Patrick Sébastien Coulombe's "la Guitare à crayon" goes a few steps further into strangeness.  Taking the body of an acoustic guitar and then strapping a Wacom digitizer to the front, the unusual instrument translates sketched images into sound.

Video demo after the cut

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Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless guitar system

Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless guitar system

Line 6  have announced a new wireless guitar system that, they claim, "redefines the wireless experience."  The Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless System consists of a compact transmitter with standard 1/4-inch input and six user-selectable channels, together with a receiver good for up to 30m range.

 

Steampunk analog synth: what brass etching was invented for

Steampunk analog synth: what brass etching was invented for

Steampunk continues to divide opinion, with some still entranced by etched brass, cogs and masterful repurposing of what would otherwise be thrown away as trash, while other think it a tired meme that doesn't know when to give up.  We're thinking that both groups would find some appeal in Moritz Wolpert's Steampunk analog synth, however.

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Sony iPod/CD speaker-docks: WiFi DLNA streaming & LCD remote

Sony iPod/CD speaker-docks: WiFi DLNA streaming & LCD remote

Remember the Sony CMT-Z100iR iPod dock from all the way back in March?  Well, it's arrived and it brought a friend: the wirelessly-enabled NAS-Z200iR, shown here.  The Z100iR is a basic iPod speaker dock, with FM radio and CD player, whereas the Z200iR throws in WiFi, DLNA streaming and a remote control with a 3.5-inch LCD display.

 

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Airpiano: flail, and the music flails with you [Video]

Airpiano: flail, and the music flails with you [Video]

We can't all be Jean Michel Jarre, but thanks to the Arduino microprocessor we can flail our arms around and make music.  Omer Yosher's "Airpiano" is a long strip of motion sensors treated as, via the Arduino, midi keys and faders; moving your hands over and through the sensors control notes or samples, as well as volume.

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Nokia 5900 XpressMusic leaks?

Nokia 5900 XpressMusic leaks?

Images claiming to show Nokia's follow-up to the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen cellphone, the Nokia 5900 XpressMusic, have leaked, and while there's no confirmation that these are legitimate they certainly look the part.  Believed to include a larger, 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack and 5-megapixel camera, the 5900 XpressMusic is expected to run the same Symbian S60 5th Edition OS as its predecessor.

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Sony Rolly culled in US? Price slashed to $99

Sony Rolly culled in US? Price slashed to $99

As my mother once told me, there's only so long you can roll around on the floor, bleating and waving your arms around, before they put you out to pasture.  The same seems to be true with the Sony Rolly, currently out of stock at the official Sony Style US online store and apparently discounted to just $99 in their bricks & mortar stores.

Project Stella elliptical step sequencer

Project Stella elliptical step sequencer

The great thing about musical hardware is that you can admire it as a musician, recognizing how useful it might be to create awesome new tracks, or merely as someone who likes buttons and knobs.  Project Stella is no exception: JoeLMutantE's analog step sequencer may be based on an old P3 sequencer kit, but with its non-traditional ellipsoidal layout it looks thoroughly modern.

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