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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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This robot can play the violin, but can it dance?

This robot can play the violin, but can it dance?

Humans thought they had mastered a lot of skills better than robots, and violin playing is one of them. Automated instruments have come a long way from the days of the self-playing piano and the music box. This is the latest incarnation in mechanical instruments. It was created by Seth Goldstein, and he dubbed it the Ro-Bow. This invention can certainly play the violin better than me, but I've never touched a violin. So, with the right programming, could it play better than an actual violinist?

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Korg Volca Sample turns iPhone into mobile studio

Korg Volca Sample turns iPhone into mobile studio

Korg has revealed a new addition to its Volca range of modular, iPhone and iPad-friendly electronic instruments, with the Korg Volca Sampler promising easier real-time recording and tweaking of sound clips and vocal snatches. The sampler can be used in conjunction with the initial three Volca units - the Keys, Bass, and Loops - or as a standalone system, with motion sequencer recording for its various physical knobs and buttons, and battery power plus a speaker for on-the-move playing.

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Traktor Kontrol S8 brings the DJ back to the party

Traktor Kontrol S8 brings the DJ back to the party

Native Instruments have issued a hardware update for their Traktor Kontrol DJ controller. The Traktor Control S8, a new all-in-one system for the serious DJ, will be arriving very soon. Of immediate note is the Traktor Control moves away from jog wheels, replacing them with two screens. There are also touch-sensitive knobs for enhanced control. The S8 wants to bring the DJ away from the laptop and back into focus with the crowd, and this one packs enough under the hood to get that rolling.

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MOD Duo hands-on: Breaking the effects pedal cartel

MOD Duo hands-on: Breaking the effects pedal cartel

Of all the instruments and accessories in a musician's arsenal, the guitar pedal may be the one that most resolutely refuses to get with the electronic times. Musical Operating Devices (MOD) decided there was a better way than daisy-chaining numerous single-effect pedals, and so came up with the MOD Pedal, effectively putting a tiny computer in a box and running open-source effects for far more flexibility. With a MOD Duo Kickstarter launching today, I caught up with MOD's Gianfranco Ceccolini to find out more.

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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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iRig Mic HD plugs audio straight into your iPhone

iRig Mic HD plugs audio straight into your iPhone

iPad and iPhone apps like GarageBand may turn Apple's tablets and phones into portable recording studio, but you probably need a better microphone than the one built-in. IK Multimedia showed off its iRig Mic HD back at CES, resembling a regular condenser microphone but plugging straight into the Lightning port.

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Roland SH-101 back from the dead as ARIA add-on

Roland SH-101 back from the dead as ARIA add-on

Roland is finally reviving the much-loved SH-101 synthesizer, delivering its iconic eighties sounds to a new audience, though not quite in the way many enthusiasts were hoping. Instead of a standalone analog synth as the original, it's a free addition to the ARIA collection's SYSTEM-1.

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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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