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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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Figure iPhone music app graduates to true instrument after v1.1 update

Figure iPhone music app graduates to true instrument after v1.1 update

Digital music app maker Propellerhead has given its iPhone beatbox tool Figure a much-anticipated upgrade, elevating the "three minute music" app to legitimate instrument. The v1.1 update, released back in April, has granted users one of the most-requested features: the ability to export audio. Previously, while Figure's pared-back interface made creating crunchy loops ridiculously straightforward, there was no way to actually enjoy them outside of the app.

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Propellerhead Figure for iPhone pares ReBirth for the mainstream

Propellerhead Figure for iPhone pares ReBirth for the mainstream

Reason and ReBirth developer Propellerhead has trimmed and sliced its music chopping talents down into a pick-up-and-play iPhone app, Figure, offering intuitive track creation for under a dollar. Pulling in audio from Reason's Thor synth and Kong drum machine for bass, lead and percussion, Figure is designed to be usable in just a few minutes by even those with no musical skills whatsoever, by dragging a finger around the play pad UI.

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