Kickstarter has become my favorite “gadget” website. Okay, it’s not really a site where you can technically buy gadgets. But I love reading about the new gadget proposals by enterprising individuals. Some of the things that have been presented there for funding are very “out of the box” and yet address real-world concerns. I bet you’ve visited that site and exclaimed to yourself, “yeah, I really need that!” [Read more…]
Turntables are a Thing of The Past
Believe it or not, you really can find a viable alternative to traditional beat making equipment. Today, downloadable software that allows you to make beats on your home computer is a global business. These programs are used by everyone from the homemaker with a passion for music to the professional artist. The flexibility and low cost of such programs makes it an attractive alternative to any traditionally understood way of making music. [Read more…]
The technology being used on kids’ toys these days can be quite surprising especially for a generation of parents whose most technologically advanced toys were Ataris and a Texas Instruments Speak and Spell. The toys being released today can even be considered tech demos of really cool electronics.
Take for example the Children’s DJ Station. This wonderful toy is a music slash DJ station for the on-the-go child. This wonderful toy is a sound effects mat that let children play with music and sounds – allowing them to mimic what DJs do. The mat can be used to make various sounds, even all at once. The mat has a multifunction keyboard that has up to two octaves of notes, which can be used to play eight different kinds of instruments. [Read more…]
Fancy yourself a DJ? You don’t have to be a world renowned DJ to be able to play with music and create your own mixes. Even better, with all the gadgets that you can get your hands on these days, you can play at being a DJ whenever you want to. Before you know it, you might even become famous.
If you already have an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch, here is a nifty little gadget that you would love to get your hands on – the iDJ Live from Numark. The iDJ Live is an iOS DJ controller that will delight people in all the DJ-ing stages. I mean the DJ wannabe who does not know a thing about DJ-ing, the newbie DJ, the amateur DJ who plays music at his friends’ parties, and even the pro DJ.
How does the Numark iDJ Live work? You simply hook it up to you Apple device, and then spin however, whatever you want! One really important thing, though, is the software. The iDJ Live was designed to work with existing software from Algoriddim, Djay for iPad.
The app is a little pricey at $19.99 (if you compare it to the $0.99/$5.00 apps), but this software is one mean DJ-ing tool. Not only has the app satisfied users because of its function, but it has also received the Apple Design Award.
If you don’t particularly like Djay or you don’t want to buy it, you can also use other similar software – as long as it’s Core MIDI-enabled – with the iDJ Live. Key features of the iDJ Live:
- Scratch wheels are large enough to make the experience more natural
- There is a crossfader that allows mixing between songs
- The package includes a headphone/speaker split cable that allows for separating cue and play performance audio
- Bass and treble controls
- You also get an iPad stand
For sure, the $100 that you will have to shell out for the iDJ Live will be paid back in full – even double – once you enjoy spinning for your friends. Find out more about the iDJ Live from the official web site.
Has there been any kind of major developments or innovations in musical instruments. As far as I know innovations have been quite rare. There are new instruments that have been invented but it’s still more of a curiosity that only a limited number of musicians play mainly because so few are made, if at all. Most new instruments are sometimes made as on-offs. [Read more…]
Multimedia docks became very popular when Apple’s i devices took off. The product that opened the door to docks was the iPod. Many manufacturers came out with various products to maximize the use of the iPod so that people can share their music in a larger environment. The introduction of other Apple portable devices means new dock configurations and figures will also be introduced. [Read more…]
Swimming is a great pastime and a very rigorous sport that will give you the kind of total body workout everyone needs. But swimming can be boring unless you bring something to entertain you with as you do your laps. One of these devices is the H2O Interval Swim System. [Read more…]
I love listening to music wherever I go. I especially love it when I’m walking around either at the mall or even inside my house. I feel like I’m walking to my own private music score and you know it makes you feel good whenever you do that. But sometimes it’s a hassle to walk around with headphones or earphones mainly because of the wires that snake between your buds and your music player. I often find myself trying to keep the wires away from me or sometimes the phones fall off because it gets snagged on something as I turn my head. It’s enough to really put a damper on how you enjoy your music. [Read more…]
Let’s face it. Working out is a chore. If not for the fact that exercising brings good benefits for your body we won’t even be bothered to stand up from our sofas. It’s a good thing that we can reduce the tedium of workouts by bringing our favorite tunes and listening to it while using the treadmill or lifting weights. But what will you do if your favorite workout routine is doing laps at the local YMCA? Swimming is a really good workout but it does get boring if you do lap after lap without some form of entertainment. [Read more…]
Audiophiles have their particular standards when it comes to what captures their passion most. I have always loved music, and my entire life, there has always been music in the background. (Now, whether the music was imagined in my head or it was actually streaming through speakers of one kind or another is debatable.)
Recently, I have been introduced to audio equipment that upped the level of my listening. I am a far cry from being a hardcore audiophile – I wouldn’t even dare claim that I am one, but I now accept the need to shell out a few more bucks (okay, maybe more than a few bucks) to get really good sound out of headphones, earbuds, or speakers.
Then I saw the AKG K3003 Headphones on Colette. ((Source)) I should have known better than to allow myself to want a pair when I knew that the headphones are being sold by Colette, but hardheaded me, I checked it out anyway.
At first glance, once can’t deny that the headphones do look nice. Having a propensity for things that have a brushed steel finish, I don’t find much that is not to like with the AKG K3003 Headphones. These babies are handmade and were developed using new technology that improves the sound that comes out of them. The headphones are supposed to provide listeners with totally undistracted listening, thanks to “sealing out most ambient sounds”. That sounds like noise canceling earphones to me, yes? The AKG K3003 Headphones also has an in-line mic and volume control, so they can be used with your favorite mobile phone.
I think that the most interesting things about these earphones are the design details, though – brushed stainless housing, steel remote face, steel “Y” connector, rubberized upper cable, and cloth lower cable. And the box. Oh my, what a box!
All those things being considered, I still would say that I want one. That does not mean that I will get one, though. Not now. Not in the future. Not even if I won the lottery and had €1000 ($1187.71) to spare – because that is how much this thing costs!!! Oh, the dollar value is VAT exclusive, by the way, so at the end of the day, you need $1420.50. As much as I want a pair, I think Sennheiser is more than good enough for me.