Archive for the ‘Musical gadgets’ Category

QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller from Keith McMillen Instruments

qunexusToday must be MIDI day, as this is the second MIDI product that I am reviewing today. I will have to admit, I am not musical enough to really use these products in my career, but this doesn’t mean that I can recommend this to those who want to be.

Now, I have reviewed products from Keith McMillen Instruments before. I absolutely loved the QuNeo, and recommend it for anyone who even just wants to try DJing. The QuNexus is a different kind of animal as it is a MIDI keyboard controller with about 25 pressure sensitive smart sensor keys. They have that LED illumination thing going on like the QuNeo, and they can detect weird things like finger pressure, tilt, and velocity which translate to pitch bend and modulation in each key.

The QuNexus is designed to plug into all mobile devices with no additional drivers needed. Speaking of mobile, the QuNexus is made for it. Seriously, you can probably drop it and it is still good. I didn’t try it with the one that I tried out, because I’ve got problems with damaging goods that I review.

All in all, the QuNexus is good for portability and playability. Now, that is a quote of the website by Matthew Dear saying essentially the same thing, so all I can do is simply agree with it. You should be able to get it for about $149.00.

Posted by on March 31st, 2014 No Comments

The iRig PRO from IK Multimedia

iRigPRO_iPhone5_FRONT_4I am going to say that the iRig PRO from IK Multimedia is not really for me, but this is not because it is an inferior product. In all honesty, the all-in-one audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is a very superior product.

If you are not a musician, you might not need the iRig PRO. As it is, if you ever want a compact portable interface for your iDevice to a guitar, bass, keyboard, and MIDI controller for playing, practicing, or recording on the go, then the iRig PRO is for you. The iRig PRO can be used with XLR microphones and has a XLR/1/4″ combo jack for connecting microphones and instruments. Just to let you know, the unit is ultra-portable as it comes with 3 connector cables including Lightning, 30-pin, and USB.

You might notice the simplicity of the control, and you are right. It is essentially an input gain control knob, and there is a serious elimination of noise with a new high-definition preamp design.

Of course, what is a device like this without some sort of free app. The AmpliTube app includes 4 exclusive gear models in order to create a personal recording studio. Other apps are VocaLive, SampleTank, and iGrand Piano, and they are free.

If you are interested in this, head on over to the IK Multimedia web site and lay down $149.99 for it.

Posted by on March 31st, 2014 No Comments

PonoPlayer bringing back the MP3 player?

Pono_610x458In writing about the PonoPlayer, I had to wonder when was the last time I reviewed an MP3 player? It seems like before 2005, I was writing about them all of the time. I guess the iPhone killed the traditional iPod, or was it the iPod Touch?

Whatever the case, the PonoPlayer isn’t really an MP3 player per se, as it can support all kinds of audio formats such as FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, and AAC. You can see its triangular shape, and it is 5 inches high, 2 inches wide, and 1 inch deep. Unlike old music players, this one has 128GB of storage with (64 GB onboard storage and microSD slot for expandable 64 GB storage).

Just to let you know, the PonoPlayer is a Kickstarter project. You can get it for about $300-400.

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Posted by on March 18th, 2014 No Comments

Roli Seaboard takes synthesized music to the next level

Roli keyboardI think most of us have one of those synthesizer keyboards in our home, and maybe we use it often, even if it is just for fun. The Roli Seaboard, that’s right, Seaboard, is ready to take it to the next level.

You know how most synthesizers need to have knobs turned and such just to produce interesting sound? The Seaboard has a rubberized surface so you essentially bend and twist the keys to manipulate the sound.

What you are seeing here is a prototype, with a top that looks mostly bare. My source says that the final version won’t require a computer, and the company is looking for some serious musicians to try this out. You can see it in action here, and at the Source link.

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Posted by on March 16th, 2013 No Comments