Microsoft has released Songsmith, a software which lets you create your own songs using just your voice.
Songsmith helps you create songs using just your voice, by choosing musical accompaniments to match whatever you sing. Whether you’re a musical novice looking to send a jingle to a friend or an aspiring songwriter looking to give it a first try, Songsmith lets you start making music.
I know some people who read this blog think that using loops (or computers for that matter) to create music is epic fail. While I disagree on that particular matter, when does making music stop being, well, making music? Songsmith looks like a proper toy to me, but perhaps it’s perfect for all those candidates that didn’t make it through the auditions of the Idols TV shows ^_^
Scobleizer has posted an interview and demo with two researchers from Microsoft here.
# Cube3 – A tiny (1"x1"x1") digital audio player with OLED color display. In addition to listening to music, you can now view digital images and watch video clips (magnifying glass sold separately…) Cube3 features
Supports MP3, WMA, and “Protected” WMA (DRM)
PlaysForSure™ Certified – Compatible with music download and subscription-based sites.
Podcast Ready™ -enabled
View Digital Images and Watch Video Clips
Available in 2GB
Full Color OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) Display
SRS WOW HD (High Definition) and TruBass Sound Enhancement
High Quality SRS Designed Earbuds
Single Connector for Headphone, File Downloads, and Charging
# Build Your Own Electric Guitar! – Gbuilder writes: I have built several electric guitars over the years and through trial and error have learned many helpful tips that anyone who might want to tackle this sort of project needs to know before starting out.
# Psychosynth – a free software synthesizer inspired by the ideas of the Reactable.