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oneTesla: a DIY Singing Tesla Coil

"We all share a love of high voltage, and a belief that doing is the best way of learning." A DIY kit for a solid-state Tesla coil that plays music, shoots 2-foot-long sparks, and teaches you electronics. Have some extra Christmas cash? Then treat yourself or a loved one to the gift of learning - [...]

By | January 3rd, 2013|Gig Bag, Tech|

Olive ONE: crowd-funded HD music player

One music player to rule them all? Are you searching for: ...The elegance of Bang and Olufsen without the exorbitant pricing? ...Apple-like user friendliness without a closed, proprietary system? ...The audio quality of HD music servers without the hefty hardware? Then you'll have to wait, but the Olive ONE promises to deliver all of that [...]

By | December 12th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

5 tips for better low-budget music videos

This guest post is from Peter Gavin of GigMasters, who advises: If your dream is to be the next Spielberg, this post is NOT for you. This is for anyone who has no clue on how to make a video.   You should shoot in the best quality possible, but you don’t want [...]

By | September 5th, 2012|Gig Bag, Tech|

Getting the most out of iTunes Match: Part 1

Get started: Set up iTunes Match and upgrade your audio files Wondering whether iTunes Match is worth $24.99 a year?  Assuming you have iTunes on your computer and a music library of several hundred or thousands of songs, ask yourself two questions: 1. Do you own an Android or iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod [...]

By | April 2nd, 2012|iThing, Tech|

MOG for iPad: best streaming music app for the new iPad?

MOG released their first iPad app today, and it's a good one. Purpose-built for the iPad and the new Retina display, it features smooth scrolling, intuitive navigation and controls, and dazzling full-screen album art.  Combine all this with Wi-Fi and AirPlay streaming at 320 kbps, and it's easy to see why Josh Constine at TechCrunch [...]

By | March 27th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

Neil Young on living in the low-rez world

"We can't control the back end of the donkey." In this clip from the D: Dive Into Media conference, Neil Young begins by saying "My goal is to try to rescue the art form that I've been practicing for the past 50 years." He goes on to talk about  preserving the album format, how piracy is [...]

By | February 1st, 2012|music industry, Tech|

Zoë Keating: MMT Featured Artist

An Alt-Classical Artist for the 21st Century We first featured Zoë Keating as a Free Friday pick in 2010.  Last year she received more mentions in MMT than any other artist -- largely due to a guest post she wrote for us: "Zoe Keating on Spotify, Apple and Independents (and lettuce)." In addition to being [...]

By | January 8th, 2012|MMT Featured Artists, music industry, Tech|

Want Logic Pro for $160? (or any app for 20% off…)

Best Buy is offering iTunes gift card at a 20% discount for a limited time (i.e., hurry up!).  In addition to music, videos, books, movies, and rentals, the digitally delivered cards can be used for software purchases in the Mac App Store.  Since Apple rarely discounts its products, here's a chance to save some money. [...]

By | January 8th, 2012|iThing, Tech|

Animoog: Editor’s Choice – Best Synthesizer App for the iPad

Capsule Review:  Buy it -- NOW! originally posted 10/19/2011 Christmas 2011 Update: Moog Music Inc. now offers Animoog for iPhone at an introductory price of $0.99, and has put the iPad version on sale for $9.99 (regularly $29.99). A year ago, we wrote about the mixed reviews for Moog's first iOS app: Filtatron.  Our main [...]

By | December 25th, 2011|iThing, Tech|

2011 Holiday gift guide for music & audio geeks (part 4)

The 1% Edition - gifts under $4,000 The Anvil "Alloy Convertible" Turntable - $1,600 Finally, an heirloom quality turntable with a cast iron plinth (base) and a proprietary cast alloy non-magnetic platter.  Made in Detroit, USA. Sennheiser HD800 Headphones - $1,499.95   Calling these "headphones" simply will not do. For this is the Sennheiser HD800 [...]

By | December 18th, 2011|Gig Bag, Tech|