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Roland SPD-SX Percussion Sampling Pad shipping this week

Roland SPD-SX Percussion Sampling Pad shipping this week

When it comes to sampling percussion instrumentation for your hot beats, you've got more than a few options - Roland just made your decision easy for you with the brand new SPD-SX, a sampling pad which appears to not be holding back when it comes to versatility. What you've got here is 2 GB of onboard sampling memory, three effects engines, and a set of controls which make this unit a real replacement to the popular SPD-S, what Roland up until now called their "industry-leading" sampling pad. Inside you'll find top of the line pad-sensing technology, assignable click output and a wholly portable chassis. Is this your next thumptastic solution for the rhythm in your life?

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K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow has first string quartet

K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor Bow has first string quartet

Today it was announced that come November, the Grammy award winning Kronos Quartet will be the first to do a a concert both composed for and performed with a bluetooth sensor bow. The bow in question is K-Bow, designed by Berkeley based Keith McMillen Instruments, aka KMI, and the quartet will be playing "Polar Suite" as composed by Douglas Quin as Syracuse University at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This event will be part of a weeklong residency by the group and the K-Bow event will take place November 9, 2011, at 8PM.

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ION Piano Apprentice teaches you how to play using the iPad

ION Piano Apprentice teaches you how to play using the iPad

When I was little, I had a Casio keyboard that had lights above each key. You could learn to play a bunch of song by hitting the keys when those lights glowed. I thought that was the most awesome keyboard ever. A new keyboard has surfaced called the Piano Apprentice from ION Audio and it reminds me a lot of that keyboard from back in the day. The Piano Apprentice is a 25-key offering that interfaces with iOS devices.

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Guitar has freakin’ lasers to detect pitch

Guitar has freakin’ lasers to detect pitch

The next time Dr. Evil makes a rap video this is the guitar that they need to use. It has lasers after all and it appears to have a bad attitude as well. The laser system is called the Laser Pitch Detection Pickup. The system can detect the pitch of a string before the player even plucks the guitar strings. The goal is to reduce the latency when recording a stringed instrument.

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Reason 6 revealed with Balance audio interface [Video]

Reason 6 revealed with Balance audio interface [Video]

Popular digital music app Reason has hit v6, and developers Propellerhead has celebrated by outing its first audio interface hardware. Now pulling the best of previously independent apps Reason and Record, including analog-style consoles, modeled EQ and extra effects, Reason 6 also also throws in a new "Pulverisor" crunchy compression tool, 64-bit compatibility and more. As for the audio interface, called Balance, it's a combination two-in, two-out box and a basic control unit.

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FlashHarp is the musical geek’s flash drive

FlashHarp is the musical geek’s flash drive

One thing I tried to play when I was young and couldn’t come anywhere close to making an actual tune with is a harmonica. I always thought that dude from Blues Traveler could play the crap out of a harmonica so it couldn't be that hard, I was very wrong. If you are an aspiring harmonica player that wants to take digital lessons with you on how to play wherever you and your trusty instrument might go the FlashHarp is for you.

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Airpiano: No Longer Just A Cool Concept, Available For Order Now

Airpiano: No Longer Just A Cool Concept, Available For Order Now

Over two years ago, an interesting instrument of sorts jumped on our radar called the Airpiano. At the time it was an interesting concept by Omer Yosher presented at the Berlin Design Festival that allowed you to play music just by moving your hands around in the air over a motion-sensing board. Now, the concept has finally become a commercial reality, with the first limited trial batch ready for order and newer video demos after the cut.

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Korg Wavedrum Mini turns any surface into a drum kit

Korg Wavedrum Mini turns any surface into a drum kit

I have known people in my life that are always taping and drumming away on any surface as soon as they sit down. It can get really annoying for sure. If you are the person that likes to drum away on your desk or table Korg has something just for you. The device is called the Wavedrum Mini and it is a portable drum synthesizer.

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Roland GR-55 makes your guitar the whole band

Roland GR-55 makes your guitar the whole band

Roland has outed its latest synth, though you won't find a keyboard attached. The Roland GR-55 is a guitar synthesizer, coupling PCM synthesis with digital instrument modeling to allow guitarists to play pianos, organs, strings, vintage and modern synths, percussion and more with their instrument, as well as audio sample playback, guitar modelling and effects.

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Moog OMG-1 custom synth is twin-iPad, twin-iPod touch and all awesome

Moog OMG-1 custom synth is twin-iPad, twin-iPod touch and all awesome

If you're into musical instruments then you've probably heard of Bob Moog, and the Bob Moog Foundation created in the synth maker's honor is doing a solid job continuing his awesome work. The foundation has collaborated with Spectrasonics' Eric Persing to create the OMG-1, a custom, one-of-a-kind synth that pairs a Mac mini with two iPads and two iPod touch PMPs.

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