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Roland targets TB-303 and live musicians with gadget gush

Roland targets TB-303 and live musicians with gadget gush

Roland has gushed a bevy of new audio products, including a sync box that helps laptop musicians play nicely with classic kit like the SH-101 and TB-303, a S1LKi-based mobile audio interface, and a UFO-styled session mixer. Meanwhile, Roland also targets the entry-level with a new V-Drum kit intended to fit more discretely into smaller spaces like bedrooms, and a Boss looping pedal that aims to take some of the complexity out of sampling.

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Reason 8 revealed: “Radical rethinking” of music app

Reason 8 revealed: “Radical rethinking” of music app

Propellerhead has revealed Reason 8, the hotly-anticipated music app update which promises to streamline creating full tracks as well as introducing new amp and speaker models. The popular all-in-one composing software now uses drag and drop across the rack UI, meaning instruments, samples, and effects can be easily pulled into play.

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Korg Taktile synth-controller combo hits shelves

Korg Taktile synth-controller combo hits shelves

Korg's combination synth and USB music controller, the Taktile, has gone up for sale, offering both the TRITON workstation's sound engine and an array of drum pads, switches, sliders, and a touchpad for using it as a MIDI controller. Available in two sizes - 25 key or 49 key, both semi-weighted - the Taktile can be powered over USB and also work as a Kaossilator, Korg's memorable audio-mangling effects box.

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Korg resurrects keytar and turns iPad into 15 synth studio

Korg resurrects keytar and turns iPad into 15 synth studio

Korg has taken the wraps off of its NAMM 2014 instrument range, including mobile synths for the iPad, a DIY monophonic synth, and a resurrection of the classic 80s keytar. Continuing its push into quirky portable music-making, tablet integration, and affordable audio toys, the range kicks off with a collection of fifteen software synths and drum machines for the iPad which Korg calls "Gadgets", building on the popular iElectribe range first launched in 2010.

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Roland TR-808 successor teased: attempting to top the original

Roland TR-808 successor teased: attempting to top the original

The original Roland TR-808 is one of the most influential electronic sound-making devices made in our collective human history, so when inventor Atsushi Hoshiai suggests it's time for a successor, it's time to listen up. When the TR-808 was invented, there was no such thing as electronic music. This beat machine wasn't the only device to help originate our modern music scene, but it was certainly one of the most major players, and here, 34 years after its invention, Roland is preparing a next-generation for the original, one called AIRA.

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Microsoft Surfaces scarce for the holidays as Music Kit remains in limbo

Microsoft Surfaces scarce for the holidays as Music Kit remains in limbo

Looking to buy a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet computer in time for Christmas? Don't go to the source. It seems the Surface situation over at the online Microsoft Store is bleak. The online retailer has been out of its two hero tablet models for "the past several days," reports Neowin. But they're out there if you know where to keep digging. "X" marks the spot after the jump.

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TronicalTune robo-tunes any guitar in an instant

TronicalTune robo-tunes any guitar in an instant

The Tronical device called TronicalTune is a robotic accessory that automatically tunes a guitar without need for any sort of in-shop modification to the instrument. What we're seeing this week is the machine hooked up to a set of guitars, activated, and literally listening in and turning the cranks on its own. This machine and its ability to tune so quickly becomes doubly interesting when you find you're able to switch tunings in the middle of a song.

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ROLI Seaboard Crosses a Piano with a Fretless String Instrument

ROLI Seaboard Crosses a Piano with a Fretless String Instrument

London-based tech start-up ROLI has introduced a new musical instrument line that should get musicians and audiophiles salivating. The "Seaboard" is a continuous-touch keyboard with curved "keywaves" (instead of keys) that flow into one another like waves on the sea (thus the name.) This overcomes the step-function limitations of a traditional keyboard, letting musicians bend and select pitches with absolute precision, analogous in principle to a fretless stringed instrument like a violin. The only other on-board control is a "Sounddial" resembling an iPod click wheel that allows for continuous preset indexing and fine-tuning.

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