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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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Korg KROSS takes synth workstation mobile

Korg KROSS takes synth workstation mobile

Korg has a history of making keyboard workstations, but the KROSS takes the all-in-one flexibility to a new level, throwing in battery power support for mobile music creation. Available in 61- and 88-key versions - the latter using fully-weighted keys - the KROSS offers analog step sequencing, some of the key sounds from Korg's premium synth line-up, 134 effects, and a 16-track MIDI sequencer, with the potential for running the keyboard either off the mains or from six AA batteries.

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Korg Kaoss Synthesizer line expands with KP3+ and Kaossilator Pro+

Korg Kaoss Synthesizer line expands with KP3+ and Kaossilator Pro+

It's no secret that Korg creates some fantastic products when it comes to synthesized sound - and music is about to blow through your ear sockets this week with a couple of additions to the Kaoss Synthesizer lineup. What we've got here is a couple of new beasts, the first being the KP3+ Dynamic Effect/Sampler, the other bumping up the beats as the Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder. The power is about to be yours once again.

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Google JAM with Chrome uses Keyboard Cat to demo browser power

Google JAM with Chrome uses Keyboard Cat to demo browser power

Google has launched JAM with Chrome, a new interactive web app intended to further demonstrate why the future of computing is inside the browser, and calling on Keyboard Cat to help demo it. The new toy relies on various HTML5 features to allow four players in different locations to jam together on the same track, choosing from 19 different instruments including drums, electric and acoustic guitars, and synths.

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Moog unveils LEV-96 sensoriactuator concept for acoustic guitars

Moog unveils LEV-96 sensoriactuator concept for acoustic guitars

Moog, the company that pioneered commercial manufacturing of analog synthesizers, has shown off a cool new piece of tech. They call it the LEV-96, and it's a new "sensoriactuator" prototype that "activates and controls naturally occurring harmonics and resonant frequencies on any medium." Images posted by Moog show the concept device being used on an acoustic guitar.

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Covet: The Best Three Gadgets for Geek Musicians

Covet: The Best Three Gadgets for Geek Musicians

Music isn't all strings, strumming and brassy blowing these days: the average geek can now produce the sort of tracks that would've previously demanded an Amon Tobin or Mr. Scruff. So what musical gadget should be on the workbench of any aspiring digital musician? Check out our top three picks after the cut, and a sneaky bonus for those on a budget at the end.

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