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Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg offers iPad musicians an on-the-go studio

Korg has a pair of new wireless music controllers for digital musicians on the go, with the nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio hooking up to iOS devices and laptops. Launched at NAMM 2016, the portable duo support both Bluetooth and USB, and work with not only Korg's own Gadget soft-synth but popular apps like Garageband and any other Bluetooth MIDI compatible software.

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Korg Minilogue has affordable analog appeal

Korg Minilogue has affordable analog appeal

Korg sure knows how to make a slick-looking synthesizer, and the Minilogue packs not only analog squelch but an affordable price, too. $499.99 gets you a four-voice, fully-programable polyphonic analog synth all wrapped up in aluminum and wood with some seriously retro detailing.

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ROLI Seaboard RISE Review

ROLI Seaboard RISE Review

ROLI's Seaboard RISE looks like something you'd find Darth Vader playing in his downtime on the Death Star, but it uses the force in far more interesting ways. The company's first product was the much-lauded Seaboard GRAND back in 2013. That debuted the company's unusual flexible "keywave" surface, a layer which could be prodded and poked into delivering not only individual notes but smooth glissandos, complex evolving sounds, and more.

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ROLI Noise gives iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch musical meaning

ROLI Noise gives iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch musical meaning

ROLI's Seaboard range of squishy, squidgy keyed instruments sound great, but it's taken 3D Touch and the iPhone 6s to make it really affordable. The company has taken advantage of the pressure-sensitive touchscreen of the latest iPhone with its new app, ROLI Noise, to create a virtual version you can fit in a pocket.

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ROLI Seaboard RISE is like 3D Touch for musicians

ROLI Seaboard RISE is like 3D Touch for musicians

Instrument manufacturer ROLI has revealed its latest electronic oddity, the Seaboard RISE, a keyboard controller that does to piano keys what 3D Touch does to the iPhone. Distilling 2013's Seaboard GRAND into a portable form-factor, the RISE hooks up to your software synth via Bluetooth and can be played not only as a keyboard but as a continuous touch-surface, with no differentiating between the keys.

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Yamaha’s new Silent Guitars are electric, boast acoustic sound

Yamaha’s new Silent Guitars are electric, boast acoustic sound

This summer, Yamaha debuted its new line of SLG200 Silent Guitars in the United States, and they’re now shipping to customers. The guitars feature a sleek body with an open design and integrated technology that produces sounds akin to “a full-bodied acoustic guitar.” Yamaha is offering nylon and steel versions spanning three color options, all of which feature a headphone jack for plugging in the included earbuds (or your preferred headphones). When headphones are used, the guitars are nearly silent, allowing them to be used in shared living spaces, apartments, and other places where silence is necessary.

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Yamaha Reface reboots classic synths for mobile

Yamaha Reface reboots classic synths for mobile

Yamaha has put four of its classic synths through the shrink-ray, coming up with the Reface series of portable keyboards intended for on-the-go noodling. Each of the four new models targets a very different style, from the reface DX that's inspired by the DX7 - the sounds from which are memorable from Toto's Africa - through the reface YC with the tones of Yamaha Combo organs from the 60s, the reface CP with electric piano sounds, and finally the reface CS, heading back to the synths of the mid-70s.

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This 3D-printed flute can play new microtones

This 3D-printed flute can play new microtones

3D printing has the opportunity to revolutionize yet another industry, music. We've seen some amazing 3D-printed instruments like this violin from Monad Studios. Now, a research group from the Australian University of Wollongong has created a new type of flute that can play notes that are unreachable on a traditional flute. Nitpicking, but this flute does resemble a traditional recorder more than an orchestral flute. The 3D-printed flute operates on a microtonal scale, which utilizes tuning rations that vary from the traditional Western scale. The microtonal creation allows more opportunities for varied harmonies and pitch.

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Jambe is a new drum-like electric instrument for iOS

Jambe is a new drum-like electric instrument for iOS

A new instrument has been created, bringing with it the best drums have to offer with an atypical design and support for iOS devices. It can be played like drums using drumsticks or your hands, but it is far more portable than traditional drums and it has a step up on them via the use of smart technology. The drums can be configured using the related iOS app, which includes different instruments to which the Jambe can be set, giving it different sounds for different musical needs.

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Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

Monad Studio’s 3D-printed violin challenges your idea of music

It's not a bird, and it's not a plane. This strange and unique object is the newest 3D-printed instrument from Monad Studio by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberb. The sculptural instrument is a part of their Abyecto series, which explores the relationship between sound and art. The design project takes its name, Abyecto, from the word abject which means wretched or deplorable. Showcased here is their 3D-printed, piezoelectric violin. It appears almost alien in nature, but it is designed to be played in the same way as a conventional violin.

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Opho Keys hands-on: gTar’s modular keyboard follow-up

Opho Keys hands-on: gTar’s modular keyboard follow-up

Back in 2012, gTar creator Idan Beck decided to squeeze an iPhone into a guitar controller and make a digital instrument; now, he's looking to do the same with the keyboard. Keys is a modular keyboard designed for mobile musicians, bypassing the complexity - and unnecessary button cruft - of existing mobile MIDI instruments, and instead focusing on flexibility. I caught up with Beck to test out my finger skills, and hear why Keys has potential for more than just magnetically-built modular controllers.

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Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

We've seen accessories that turn your mobile device or computer into a makeshift recording studio, but what about one that lets you play almost any instrument? And one that actually feels like it has real strings? That's the almost unbelievable promise that the Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1 is making on Kickstarter, to deliver a strange looking contraption that can be played as a guitar, violin, keyboard, drum, or, thanks to software, any other instrument or sound known to man as well as those still unknown to man.

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