Refreshed crowd-funded SmartGuitar never needs tuning

Jamstik+

After the launch of the original jamstik, the Smart Guitar in 2014, Zivix, the creators went back to the drawing board to improve upon their original offering. And just a few days ago, they initiated a Kickstarter campaign for jamstik+, that reached its original funding goal of $50K U.S. in just four hours. They currently have over 900 backers with over $224K U.S. in pledges – four and a half times the original ask.

Jamstik works with your iPad, iPhone or Mac and unlike the guitar you get with RockBand, it uses real guitar strings, real frets and a magnetic pickup. But the real beauty is that it never needs tuning.  It’s quiet, lightweight and portable, measuring only 16” tall and weighing 36 oz.  It has a five-octave range and also handles string bend and vibrato. It runs off its built-in battery rated at over 8 hours of playtime. Read more…at CanoeTech Blog

New iRig 2 guitar interface now shipping

irig2_smallIK Multimedia announced today, it’s shipping iRig 2, the sequel to their most popular guitar interface of all time. In 2010, for the first time ever, the original iRig allowed guitar and bass players to plug into their iPhone and use their mobile device to play, practice and record with apps like IK’s AmpliTube, Apple’s GarageBand and thousands more.

Five years later, IK is introducing iRig 2, a significant upgrade, improving on its predecessor by providing better sound quality and more universal compatibility than ever before – and it does this while maintaining the convenience and ease-of-use that have made it such a staple piece of equipment in the arsenal of millions of musicians around the world.

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Cutting Corners – new Podcast hosted by Greg Gazin

Greg Cuting Corners1We’re please to announce Greg’s new podcast-  Cutting Corners by Troy Media – a new podcast featuring short episodes that offer tips and ideas to help you save time, money and make life a little easier. You can access the podcasts via the Cutting Corners podcast site, feed or via iTunes.  The podcasts will also be accompanied by a article to be featured in the Cutting Corners section of Troy Media.

IK Multimedia announces ultra-portable large-diaphragm iRig Mic Studio

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On the heels of the CES announcement of their portable iRig Mic Field, IK Multimedia recently announced another mic, the iRig Mic Studio a high quality, ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital desktop condenser microphone for iOS, Mac, PC and Android. It packs a 1-inch diameter condenser capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure that fits in the palm of your hand that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. It’s ideal for anyone, whether you are a musician, vocalist, podcaster, broadcaster or even a voice-over artist.

Under the hood is a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp with sensitivity and capacity to capture the softness of a subtle voice to a whailing amplified electric guitar, and pretty much everything in between. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

 

 

Braven Fuse palm-sized wireless mixing console

Braven Fuse

There are wireless music players, wireless headphones, wireless mice, and wireless speakers but for someone who wants to do a little bit of the DJ thing it might be tough to find an actual wireless mixer, until now. At International CES 2015 (CES) Braven, known for their funky portable wireless speakers announced the Braven Fuse, a portable wireless multi-channel mixing console.

What’s really cool, is not only is it wireless, it’s tiny, measuring only 5 inches long and can literally fit in the palm of your hand. It’s multichanneled, so you pair two devices along with two speakers via Bluetooth. It has two volume slider controls, one for each channel along with a cross fader. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.

Samson Meteor M2 speakers feature solid zinc cast die construction

Samson Meteor M2Today at International CES 2015 in Las Vegas,  Samson Technologies unveiled their new Samson’s Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System – the ideal sound solution for desktops, laptops and tablets.

It features the use of premium components which includes a solid, zinc die cast construction along with an innovative sound design and custom digital signal processing. The full metal Meteor M2 breathes new sonic life into your favorite music, movies and games.

It delivers powerful full-range sound that goes way beyond its compact size. Under the hood are two 2.5” drivers and rear-ported passive radiators to produce exceptional low-end depth and punch normally confined to larger speakers and 3-piece systems with dedicated subwoofers.

Samson’s Meteor M2 produces a detailed, true stereo sound field with serious output power. Custom digital signal processing delivers an optimal balance between the low, mid and high frequencies. This makes the Meteor M2s perfect for extended fatigue-free music playback sessions and watching movies.

Ready to use right out of the box, the Meteor M2 comes with a speaker cable to connect the stereo pair, as well as an 1/8” Aux cable to instantly connect the speakers to your computer, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player. In addition, the Meteor M2’s zinc die cast construction provides solid durability, while their sleek, elegant finish looks great on any desk.

The Meteor M2 retails for $149.99 US. For more information, visit Samson’s site.

 

iRig Mic Field records stereo in landscape or portrait mode

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Back in 2012, here at CanoeTech Blog we reviewed IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast a portable external microphone you popped into the headphone port of your iOS device. Skip ahead to 2015 and its follow-up product, the iRig Mic Field is a new and improved stereo and now digital microphone perfect, as the name says, for field recording and for both audio and video projects.
The iRig Mic Field connects digitally through your devices Lightning connector instead of the headphone jack eliminating any analog noise. It has a built-in 24-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converter with sampling rates as high as 48 kHz as well as a high-def low noise preamp for efficient quality recordings.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog

EZ Voice app and iRig Mic HD-A the first digital mic for Android

irigmichda_main_image_718x450IK Multimedia, announces the release of EZ Voice™ and iRig® Mic HD-A. Together they bring real-time vocal processing and digital audio microphone recording to Android devices for the first time.

With EZ Voice, users will be able to enjoy real-time vocal processing and recording on the latest generation of Samsung devices with Samsung Professional Audio, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and more.

iRig Mic HD-A is the first digital microphone compatible with all Samsung devices running Samsung Professional Audio as well as other devices running the just released Android 5 “Lollipop” operating system thanks to its new USB audio support.

The new EZ Voice app for Samsung Professional Audio devices offers a simple and intuitive way for every singer to create and capture great sounding vocal performances while on the go.

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Holiday gadget highlights from LD Tech 2014

 

Sony TVLondon Drugs recently held their LD Tech 2014 conference event in Whistler B.C., where over 100 suppliers and vendors from a wide variety of areas showed off some much of their standard fare and also some of the new and exciting and cutting edge tech products that are being made available just in time for the holiday season. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take it in and get some face time with some of the vendors and their products.  And while it’s impossible to cover all of them, I’ve selected an eclectic few that had left an impression on me.

Sony High Resolution Audio

Having been an audiophile since the days of vinyl and less excited about compressed audio, I was ecstatic to hear about Sony’s new high-resolution audio systems. While CD was supposed to be an improvement over analogue, it’s 16-bit/44.1kHz sampling rate seems rather frail compared to the more precise and detailed 24-bit/192kHz capabilities of high-def. These uber-cool playback devices piggyback on any device you have and can effectively reproduce the higher definition PCM Audio files including DSD (2.8MHz/5.6MHz) and FLAC. And using its proprietary DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) it can upscale even compressed digital files like mp3 and AAC by restoring the high range lost during the compression process getting about as close as you can to the original recording. The Sony Hi-Res USB DAC System – UDA1B retails for $699.99 at London Drugs.

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Win a CANZ Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Canz 808 Blue

At a quick glance, it looks like an eight ounce pop can, but there’s no pop or fizzing sound that will come from it. You will however, be able to listen to your favorite tunes with this nifty little and appropriately titled Canz Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by 808 Audio.

This diminutive speaker is  only 3 1/4 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide yet offers rich sound in this sleek yet durable anodized aluminium case. It’s powered by a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that should give you up to six hours of your favorite tunes on a single charge. You can stream your audio wirelessly via its Bluetooth connection or optionally you can direct connect from your audio through its LINE-IN port.

808 Canz Wireless Bluetooth Speaker from 808 Audio, a division of Voxx International retails in Canada for $39.99 and comes with a micro USB charging cable and 3.5 mm AUX-in cable. It comes in four colours; black, blue, red and silver and works with any Bluetooth enabled computer, smartphone, tablet or music player that supports A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). For wired connectivity, it works with any device with a standard 3.5 mm headphone output.

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