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MMT: Top Eleven Things from 2011

The year of Apple, artists, and unanswered questions As we reflect on 2011 through the lens of MMT statistics, it's not surprising to see that Apple dominated the year from multiple angles.  Apple's iCloud service was the subject of this year's most popular post, and 6 of the top 11 stories had ties to Apple [...]

By | December 31st, 2011|Gig Bag|

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|

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|

Musicians’ Digital Performance Royalties at Risk

This guest post is from Kristin Thomson of the Future of Music Coalition. Recording artists and indie labels: there’s a movement afoot to change the way that you would receive your digital public performance royalties, and it’s not a good one, especially for recording artists. Back in August, we blogged about the news that Sirius/XM was [...]

By | November 5th, 2011|music industry, Tech|