Fusion Guitar Proves That People Really Want An iPhone Guitar Thing


The Fusion Guitar is a new electric guitar design that features a built-in 20W amp and speakers and iPhone integration.

If there’s any doubt that there’s interest in a hybrid guitar amp/guitar/iPhone thing, the project’s IndieGoGo campaign is nearly half-funded, two days into the campaign.

The Fusion Guitar leverages the wide range of iOS guitar and audio apps, and turns them into an all-in-one solution for guitarists.

Here’s the official intro video for the Fusion Guitar: Continue reading

Griffin Technology Booth Tour At The 2015 Summer NAMM Show

At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Griffin Technology gave us a booth tour an an update on their new products for musicians and music studios, which they were featuring in their vintage VW booth. Continue reading

Sonarworks Reference 3 Studio Calibration Software Now Available

4_Sonarworks_Reference3_packaging_frontSonarworks has released their newest speaker calibration software for sound studios and home recording, Sonarworks Reference 3.

Reference 3 is designed to let anyone to do the complete studio calibration process, with a visual step-by-step workflow, in less than 15 minutes. Continue reading

UAMP Promises High Quality Amplification In A Mobile Device


Developers Bartosz Kowalski & Joseph Chehade have announced UAMP – a tiny amplifier that’s designed to deliver high-quality amplification in a mobile package.

It’s being produced via a Kickstarter project, which is already fully funded. Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Your Questions Answered About The Korg + Noritake Nutube ‘Vacuum Tube On A Chip’


At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg and Noritake introduced the Nutube, a new miniaturized, high performance ‘vacuum tube on a chip’.

Korg says that the NuTube generates the musical harmonics of traditional vacuum tubes, but offers three key benefits:

  • Low power Consumption –  less than 2% of the power required by conventional vacuum tubes;
  • Compact – less than 30% of the volume of a conventional vacuum tube; and
  • Reliability – Nutubes offer up to 30,000 hours of continuous operating life.

We asked Korg for more information, based on reader questions to our initial post about the NuTube.

Here are their answers, via Korg Marketing Manager Junko Fukai: Continue reading

Amazon Echo: Super Cool or Super Creepy? You Make The Call!


Amazon has introduced a new type of ‘smart device’ – the Echo – that’s a reimagining of the home stereo as a always-connected, voice activated speaker.

It’s got some impressive features – combining Siri-style voice recognition, with search, music and news service. You can tell it to play some music by Boards of Canada, tell it to wake you up at 7am or ask what the weather is going to be like, and Echo will handle it.

It’s not much of a stretch to imagine an App Store for a device like this, where you could download new types of music applications for it. Brian Eno has already done this on iOS, turning his classic Music For Airports album into a generative music application. An audio ‘smart device’ could be a perfect platform for generative music making.

But, while the Amazon Echo has some super cool aspects, it’s also a little creepy – because it’s always on and listening to you. Even in your bedroom.

And, as Amazon says – it’s ‘Connected to the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter.”  Continue reading