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SONOS identity remixed by Bruce Mau Design for sound blasting

SONOS identity remixed by Bruce Mau Design for sound blasting

Graphic design group Bruce Mau Design have been commissioned to recreate the Sonos brand. Not just the logo - they've decided to keep that largely the same, after all - but the whole look and feel of the way Sonos projects itself. Instead of changing the way the letters in the Sonos logo are arranged, flipping up the font or putting speakers inside the letters, like chumps, they've decided to be smart. Instead of all that, the Bruce Mau Design team have "determined that we needed to push harder to signal Sonos' leadership, relevance, and dedication to the music experience."

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Apogee Groove USB DAC makes your laptop sound better

Apogee Groove USB DAC makes your laptop sound better

If you travel a lot and find yourself listening to music or movies frequently from your notebook, you may want to improve the sound as much as possible. A company called Apogee has a new USB DAC that promises to give your notebook a big boost in audio performance in a very small package. The device is very small making it easy to take with you on the road.

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KORG synthesizer collection brings audio heat to NAMM

KORG synthesizer collection brings audio heat to NAMM

The team at KORG aren't holding anything back this week at NAMM 2015. They've revealed multiple devices, including the KAOSS DJ - a USB DJ controller and audio interface, the kaossilator 2S - an enhanced version of the original palm-sized synth, KRONOS - their most powerful synth yet, and the ARP Odyssey - a new look at the original legendary analog synth. This full music-making collection of devices is coming your way this year, and they're being shown for the first time all at once this week, in full detail.

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Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

Spotify Touch Preview reveals new way to discover music

The newest version of Spotify makes full use of the high-powered nature of your touchscreen device. With this feature in play, you're able to drag your thumb around the screen, moving through songs as you do so. Previewing each song, album, or artist as you like, all on a grid of images that make discovering music a visual experience, as well. This newest feature is only available - at first - on iOS devices. That means iPad and iPhone, and just the latest couple of generations.

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New iRig tools to make your music-making dreams come true

New iRig tools to make your music-making dreams come true

In the spirit of cramming an entire recording studio in your pocket or bag, IK Multimedia is unleashing a trio of new gadgets that will help you record and fine tune your masterpiece on the go. The iRig Mic Studio gives users a professional-grade large-diaphragm microphone in their hands, almost literally. The iRig UA, on the other hand, is the first guitar effects processor made for almost all recent Android devices. And the new iRig PowerBridge keeps both your iOS device and your iRig accessory powered up while you jam and record your tunes.

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Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator puts a synth in your pocket

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator puts a synth in your pocket

Teenage Engineering might not be a name you recognize, the company makes a synthesizer for music lovers that competes against big names in the business like Roland, Korg, Moog, and others. Teenage Engineering's first product was called the OP-1 and it was an expensive device selling for around $799. The company has a new product range out for people who want to make music, and it's much cheaper.

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Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer HRM-7 headphones arrive in March for discerning music lovers

Pioneer has added to its already expansive lineup with the new HRM-7 studio headphones, a pair that is intended for use both in private studios and in general usage, skewing more toward the discerning and audiophile users out there. Pioneer has packed a few notable features into the cans, which -- as far as construction goes -- set their focus on comfort via the use of hybrid memory form ear pads. The comfort allows for long listening sessions without discomfort, while the audio features provide a high-quality listening experience.

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GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

This week the folks at IK Multimedia have released their newest in music-making technology for the mobile universe with GrooveMaker 2. This app takes what GrooveMaker was and amps it up, taking what was one of the first real-time music-making apps for mobile devices and giving it a new generation of boost. GrooveMaker 2 continues the tradition of working with loops sold in song packs. Each song pack can be found in one of several categories - House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, Drum and Bass, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and more.

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Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Perhaps taking a cue from YouTube's recent foray into the realm of music, Twitch.tv, more known for its game-related streaming videos, is now dipping its toes into that medium as well. But no, Twitch isn't going to start showing music videos, at least not in the same way. Putting at slight twist to the category, Twitch is offering two types of music channels, one with a library of hassle-free music for live broadcasts, and another for actually broadcasting original music content.

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