musical instrument

Aturia MiniBrute analog synthesizer revealed

Aturia MiniBrute analog synthesizer revealed

There's a brand new Arturia synthesizer in town, and with it's relatively small form factor and utterly gigantic amount of features built-in, it'll be near impossible for those in the industry in a position to want one not to need one. This little beast is small enough to fit in your backpack, has enough dials and switches to satisfy event the most insane tweaker of beats, and will ring in at $549 when the time comes. Have a peek at not one, but two videos on the device as well as the massive amount of features it's got in one big list.

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Teenage Engineering Oplab makes music mangling easy

Teenage Engineering Oplab makes music mangling easy

Synth manufacturers Teenage Engineering are best known for their OP-1, a compact instrument the sounds from which belie its toylike exterior, but the company has also revealed Oplab. Intended to make experimenting with audio more straightforward and flexible, the MIDI-enabled Musical Experimentation Board allows you to hook up both traditional and unusual sensors - including pressure, CV and more - and outputs and create suitably offbeat audio.

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Numark IDJ PRO DJ Controller for iPad revealed

Numark IDJ PRO DJ Controller for iPad revealed

There's been no lack of musical instruments being announced this week at the 2012 edition of NAMM pops up on the circuit, Numark bringing one fantastically amazing looking DJ station to the scene complete with iPad integration. This device was showed off at the Media Preview Day for NAMM and features a gigantic slot right in the center where your iPad or iPad 2 fits in nicely, controlling the whole show. You're meant to use this station with the Algoriddim djay app which we've also, lucky you, taken a hands-on look at last year. This massive station is made to take that experience to a whole new level.

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Korg Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer revealed

Korg Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer revealed

Like its very close relative, the Kaoss Pad 2, this Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer is an electronically attuned piece of musical monstrosity - of the most awesome variety. Korg presents this little beast, an X-Y touchpad which allows you to create and save your own music with the touch of a finger. With its ergonomic styling, lovely ultra-bright OEL display, and built-in microphone and speaker, you'll be GJing the night away in no time!

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Moog Minitaur brings squelchy analog bass for $679

Moog Minitaur brings squelchy analog bass for $679

Legendary synthesizer firm Moog has revealed its newest model, the Moog Minitaur, bringing delicious analog squelchiness to a $679 price point. A keyboardless analog bass monosynth, unlike feature-packed soft-synths the Minitaur is designed to deliver classic Moog sounds with direct control: a knob per function. Measuring in at 8.5 x 5.25 inches and under 3lbs, it's the first in the Moog Taurus family to lack foot pedals, but makes up for that with a choice of USB, MIDI and analog CV connectivity.

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KORG Monotron Review

KORG Monotron Review

There is a little keyboard-looking device out there, ladies and gentlemen, that goes by the name of Monotron, is made by KORG, and will either drive your parents absolutely up the wall or will play the part in your ultra-professional mobile electronic band like no product you've ever used before. The KORG Monotron is what's called an analogue ribbon synthesizer and has just enough knobs, output ports, and volume to make you a musical masterpiece sit comfortably in your pocket. Watch as your humble narrator stumbles through the original electronic beat Popcorn and judge for yourself whether or not you want the cutest magic music machine in the world for yourself.

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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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