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2012 Holiday gift guide for music and audio geeks

Fiscal Cliff Edition - Gifts under $50 RHA MA-350 Aluminium Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones - $39.95 Anxious over the coming fiscal apocalypse?  Let your loved ones soothe themselves with music delivered by these handsome noise-isolating earphones.  They use passive noise reduction (the good kind), which  protects your ears since you can listen at lower volumes.  [...]

By | November 21st, 2012|Gig Bag|

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|

2011 Holiday gift guide for music & audio geeks (part 3)

Pink Floyd back catalogue immersion edition Pink Floyd - Back Catalogue Poster Print - $0.01 + 3.99 shipping When design studio Hipgnosis was commissioned to create a tv commercial for Pink Floyd's back catalogue, they came up with five ideas.  Although the "catalogue of backs" concept didn't make it to the commercial, EMI had Storm [...]

By | December 6th, 2011|Gig Bag|

2011 Holiday gift guide for music & audio geeks (part 2)

Thanksgiving Thingamagoop Thinglink Edition - gifts under $200 Thingamagoop 2 - $160 (built) (hover and poke the thingamgoops in the eye for a demo)The music and audio geek in your life is sure to be thankful after unwrapping a Thingamagoop 2. The T2 marries the original analog Thingamagoop with a digital synthesizer you control with [...]

By | November 24th, 2011|Drums, Gig Bag, Tech|

2011 Holiday gift guide for music & audio geeks (part 1)

Global Financial Crisis Edition - Gifts under $20 KORG iKaossilator - $9.99 (debut discount through November 30, 2011) Sure, you could spend $129 for a hardware Kaossilator, but times are tough.  So we suggest the iKaossilator, which brings all the fun of the original to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  And brings it for [...]

By | November 12th, 2011|iThing, 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|

How to Buy a Bass Guitar

(No. 5 in a Series) For this installment, we enlisted help from professional bass player and teacher Tim Hays, director of the music business and applied music programs at Elmhurst College. There are three basic types of bass guitars: electric, acoustic, and upright bass - also called the string bass or double bass.  This article [...]

By | December 24th, 2010|Bass|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #3

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #3: Gifts Under $100,000 Olive 06HD Music Server for Audiophiles - $4,999 What is "HD Music?"  Well, it depends on who you ask, but most music advertised as HD is distributed in a lossless format at a minimum of 24-bit/96 [...]

By | November 30th, 2010|Piano, Tech|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #2

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #2: Gifts Under $500 Zen Tambour or Hapi Drum - $345 to $435 The Zen Tambour and HAPI drum are tuned, steel tongue hand drums that are easy to learn and fun to play.  Inspired by the hang, [...]

By | November 22nd, 2010|Drums, Gig Bag, Tech|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #1

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #1: Gifts Under $100 What can you get for less than $30?  How about a professional musical instrument that is played by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Popper? There are thousands of harmonicas out there, some cheap, some [...]

By | November 20th, 2010|Bass, Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs, Tech|