Hi-Fi 2.0: Getting good audio in the iPod age (part 1)

After decades of continual improvements in audio recording and playback technologies, the average 21st Century listener will hear most music at lower fidelity than before the millennium.  How did this happen, and can anything be done about it? While audio technology continues to advance, the listening experience for most consumers, especially those just entering the [...]

By | July 17th, 2011|iThing, music industry, Tech|

Then and Now: Music on the small screen…

Ready to Rumble: A Birthday Tribute to Link Wray Like some other guitar pioneers who came out of Washington DC, Link Wray was an artist who garnered more respect from other musicians than from the general public. (See also: Danny Gatton, and "The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World", Roy Buchanan.)  Born as Fred Lincoln [...]

By | May 2nd, 2011|Guitar, iThing|

Atomic Tom: The Moment

Among the influences listed on Atomic Tom's Facebook page are The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order (twice).  The UK Pop/Rock sound of the 80's comes through on many of the cuts from their first full-length record, The Moment. Recorded not in a home studio, but in an apartment studio in Brooklyn, The Moment explores [...]

By | February 19th, 2011|Gig Bag, iThing|

iPhone Performance Apps: iShred, Guitar & PianoStudio

FDG Celebrates Verizon on iPhone with Music Apps Sale To welcome Verizon iPhone users, Frontier Design Group (FDG) has all of their music apps on sale this week for $0.99.  That's an 80% discount for iShred, GuitarStudio, and PianoStudio, which are normally priced at $4.99. If you miss the sale, go ahead and spend the [...]

By | February 9th, 2011|Guitar, iThing, Piano, Tech|

15 Must-Have iPad Music Apps for the Professional Musician

This guest post is by Chris Taylor (@miccontrolchris) of MicControl, a music blogging community that bridges the gap between musicians and music bloggers. The holiday season is officially over and one gadget that seemed to be on top of the world's holiday list was the iPad. Rightfully so; after the operating system update in November [...]

By | January 13th, 2011|Gig Bag, iThing, music industry, Tech|

Filtatron Brings Moog to iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (or does it?)

Moog goes mobile on iTunes this Monday, October 18, 2010.  Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on how you feel about this phrase: "...digitally modelled to approximate the warmth and character of our famous analog hardware."  Hmmmm. From the Filtatron Page: The Filtatron is much more than your average sound app. It’s a [...]

By | October 16th, 2010|iThing, Tech|

Why You Hate Your iPod

The Paradox of Choice and Learning to Savor Your Music I’ve had a nagging feeling that the thousands of songs spread among my multiple iThings and iTunes libraries are beginning to taunt me.  Since I’m old enough to have actually worked in a record store, I can remember the excitement when new releases arrived each [...]

By | August 5th, 2010|Gig Bag, iThing, music industry, Tech|

AmpliTube for iPad Now Available

Tune In > Plug In > Rock Out! The iRig and iPhone/iPod/iPad version of AmpliTube have been available for a few weeks now, but IK Multimedia just introduced a new version dedicated to the iPad. There are 2 iPad editions available: AmpliTube Free: 3 effects, 1 amp+cabinet, 2 mics; expandable with downloadable gear a-la-carte; and [...]

By | July 25th, 2010|Bass, Guitar, iThing, Tech|