iShred can turn your iPhone or iPod touch into a rock funfest. Frontier Design’s app can turn even the most musically-challenged newbie into an artiste. Included is an interface with effects such as Fuzz, Delay, Treble Boost, Vibrato and Tremelo, and has a recorder and starter songs. Altogether there are over 2,000 chords, fret positions and scales. iShred can be used with Frontier’s Guitar, an acoustic app, and can be found $4.99 at the App Store.
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For the musically inclined, the Indamixx laptop is all kinds of tuneful fun. The Atom-based netbook has ArdourXchange for importing sessions and over 2,900 drum sounds, 260 plugins and effects and 350 classic samples and scratches. For $499.99, it comes with its own carrying case, a 1GB SDcard, 30 days of free software support, free shipping in the U.S. and a freebie t-shirt. Pre-order with a $99.00 down payment and do it by December 15 to guarantee an Xmas delivery.
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Become your own portable studio. Behringer’s Guitar Link interface allows you to hook up your guitar to your computer and record in 16 tracks, play, and add effects with nothing else attached. Hook up to your PC or Mac USB port and use the 3 Guitar Combos to create blues, rock, or pop sounds. Also featured is their Kristal Audio Engine multi-track sequencer and Audacity audio editor. For those who don’t want to share the music, the device comes with a headphone output. The Link is available for $74.20.
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EKS has released its next generation Otus, a USB DJ board. The 2-in-1 controller uses virtual audio tech for two channels. At a size of 365 x 335 x 70mm and a weight of 1.5 kg, the aluminum device has a large, configurable 7.5-in jog wheel, a physical pitch slider, and a touchpad and motion sensors for samples, effects, or cuepoints. A switch key allows two control layers. With MIDI support and mappers, you can program both audio and video. To get the cool-looking Otus in June, contact EKS to find price and availability nearest you.
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IK Multimedia has released its USB StompIO Box that you can operate without computer or keyboard and is compatible for both PC and Mac. The guitar amp and effects floor processor comes with software packages of AmpliTube 2, Jimi Hendrix, Metal, X-Gear, and Ampeg SVX. In all it features 26 amps, 11 mics, 51 stomps, 23 racks, and 33 cabinets worth of effects on 2 rigs. Hook it up to your axe and let the music begin for a price of $1,050.00.
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