Apple launches iPad

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Apple iPad

Apple has introduced the iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, playing games, reading e-books, and much more.

Its high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets you interact with content — including 12 innovative new apps designed especially for iPad and almost all of the 140,000 apps available on the App Store.

At just 0.5 inches thick and 1.5 pounds, iPad is thinner and lighter than any laptop or notebook.

iPad will be available in March (Wi-Fi models, 3G models will be shipping in April) starting at $499 USD.

More information: Apple / iPad

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Dübreq releases Stylophone Beatbox

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Dübreq has released the Stylophone Beatbox, a portable electronic beats machine.

The Stylophone pocket synthesizer steps into the future with the all retro classic instrument taking the next leap on the evolutionary ladder. The result is the rocking Stylophone Beatbox delivering the coolest sounds of the new millenium.

Stylophone Beatbox is the portable electronic beats machine that retains all the retro cool of its predecesor – however, the future is here with all new electro sounds including samples from the UK’s beatbox champion MC Zani. Grab your nylon tracksuit, Adidas kicks, and whatever bling you can find and get ready to lay down some dope beatbox beats.

Features 3 all new exclusive sounds – beatbox with MC Zani, percusssion, and steel drums. Also new is the record and scratch functions that allow you to playback loops of your work. Another feature is the tempo adjust switch for beat pitch control during loop playback.

The MP3 input feature means it is also possible to syncopate your scratches along with your favourite tracks. Plug in your device and lay down some dope style to your favourites.

Stylophone Beatbox features

  • Three new sounds: Beatbox, Percussion and Steel Drums.
  • Record Loop and Playback function.
  • Tempo Adjust.
  • Volume control.
  • MP3 function – play along to any music – includes two way adapter.

Stylophone Beatbox is available for purchase for $25.50 USD.

More information: Stylophone Beatbox

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Keep It Bangin Music announces AKAI MPC2000XL & EMU SP1200 Flash Drives

Keep It Banging Music AKAI MPC2000XL FLash Drive

Keep It Bangin Music has announced the AKAI MPC2000XL & EMU SP1200 Flash Drives, two USB flash memory drives shaped like these vintage samplers.

Introducing the worlds first USB flash memory drive shaped like the Akai MPC 2000XL, one of Hip Hop’s most classic drum machines / samplers. This is the long time favorite Sampler of producers such as Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Lil Jon and more! Akai’s powerhouse drum machine has been immortalized as a 4 GB USB flash memory drive. Every nuance of the Akai MPC 2000XL has been captured in extreme detail! These unique devices are perfect for Hip-Hop beat makers, producers, and enthusiast on the go. This is the only portable data storage solution that screams “Hip Hop”.

AKAI MPC2000XL / EMU SP1200 Flash Drives features

  • 4 GB capacity, high quality Toshiba Flash memory.
  • Ultra high detail, super durable PVC rubber construction.
  • USB 2.0 support.

The AKAI MPC2000XL / EMU SP1200 Flash drives are available for pre-order for $39.95 + S/H, and are expected to ship mid May.

Visit Keep It Bangin Music for more information.

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Short links for February 24th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

iPhone fun in Ableton

# iPhone attack: TR-808, TB-303, Sampler, Synthesizer

Oliver Chesler puts together a track with some iPhone apps (Audiorealism technoBox, Tapestri and Andriod FX by Pure Profit).

Oliver writes:

I was having some music fun on my iPhone and I put together a quick Acid track. I recorded three apps into Ableton Live. There really is something to be said for bringing in audio from the outside world, even if it’s from another computer. I like the slight noise and live interaction the iPhone apps forced. The combined price of all the applications I used here was $11.97. Imagine what a Roland TB-303, Roland TR-808, Akai S950 and Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 would have cost you 15 years ago?

# AudioTag.info — your music recognition robot

AudioTag.info allows you to identify almost any unknown piece of music quickly and easily. Its use is very simple: you upload a short audio fragment or an entire song, the robot analyzes it and provides you with the information about the track title, artist name, album title, etc. Your audio fragment can be in almost any file format and of almost any quality (aurally recognizable, of course) — it can be an MP3 file downloaded from the Internet or a short recording made with your old tape recorder and stored as a low-quality .WAV-file.

Josh Freese

# Want Josh Freese to join your band? Got $75,000?

Former NIN drummer Josh Freese is promoting his new album with some limited edition deals.

There's a lot of funny stuff between the regular $7 digital download of Since 1972, and the $75,000 limited edition which includes things like going on tour with Josh for a few days, have Josh write, record and release a 5-song EP about you and your life story and taking a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN.

Link via Soundcheck

# Apogee discontinues Windows development

From the Agogee news page:

As of 2009, Apogee Electronics will no longer develop products for the Microsoft Windows platform. Apogee has made this decision in order to focus all research, development, and support resources on the Apple platform with its unparalleled power and stability. Apple offers a wide range of affordable, powerful desktop and laptop solutions ideally suited for music creation and audio production.

Check CDM for discussion on the matter.

Ryan Gruss blog

# ryangruss.com

Ryan Gruss has a cool blog where he posts some free drum tracks.

I am a drummer based in Boston, Massachusetts. I previously lived in NYC and Los Angeles where I had the chance to record, collaborate and tour with a wide range of artists. I started this blog with the intention of sharing, transferring and exploring musical ideas with my friends around the world… as well as anyone else who might stumble across this site.

All of the drum tracks (unless credited) are recorded at my studio using Logic Pro 8. I include mp3s of all my recordings for quick previews as well as a separate link to the original, multitracked Logic files. Feel free to download, cut-up, eq, compress, distort, and mutate my drum parts and use them for your own projects. All I ask is that you send me a link to the final product when you’re finished. Let’s see what happens…

Currently at Loop #17.

# AT-AT Boom Box – Combining an AT-AT Walker with an old skool boom box, AT-AT Boom Box FTW!

# Reyn vs Björk – I’ve Seen It All [Dancer in the Dark] (link to YouTube)

Loving this video of Reyn Ouwehand’s mix of this Björk track.

Reyn writes:

I found this track on the album Family Tree. It's Björk together with the Brodsky string quartet.
Really love this track and version and thought it would be nice to do some looping over it.. Enjoy!..

More on Reyn Ouwehand here. Via Tom @ Twitter

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Bug Labs releases BUGsound

Bug Labs BUGsound

Bug Labs has announced the availability of BUGsound, the first of the five BUGmodules announced last month at CES.

BUGsound is an audio module, providing a flush-mount 20-mm speaker and omnidirectional microphone with hardware stereo codecs and four 3.5-mm stereo jacks for third-party inputs, outputs, headphones and microphones.

Use BUG as a portable music player, speakerphone, audio processor, and more.

BUGsound features

  • Speaker
    • Built-in mono micro-speaker, 20mm diameter.
    • Impedance is 8O ±15% at 1.5kHz 1V.
    • Input power is 0.5W nominal, 1.0W handling capacity.
    • Sound pressure level is 82dB/w ±3 dB.
  • Microphone
    • Built-in electret microphone (mono).
    • Sensitivity: -45 ±4 dB (0dB=1V/Pa, 1kHz).
    • Omnidirectional.
    • 20-16,000 Hz.
    • > 58dB SNR.
  • Stereo Codec
    • DAC SNR 102 dBA.
    • ADC SNR 92dB, THD -89dB (48ksps, 1kHz, 0dB PGA gain, -2dB full-scale input).
    • On-chip Headphone driver, 30mW per channel into 16O / 3.3V SPKVDD.
    • 16/20/24/32-bit data.
    • Data rates from 8 kHz to 96kHz.
    • 3-D/Bass/Treble/EQ/De-Emphasis effects.
    • Serial data bus supports I2S, left/right-justified, DSP, and TDM modes.
    • ADC with programmable preamp gain or Automatic Gain Control (AGC) for record.
    • Programmable filters for audible noise reduction.

BUGsound is available for purchase now for $99 USD.

Visit Bug Labs for more information.

Link via Create Digital Music

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