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Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.0.7: Here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Music, Software

Apple Logic Pro X 10.0.7

Apple has released a bug Logic Pro X update, bringing the music and sound editing app to version 10.0.7. At the forefront is much improved support for 12-core Mac Pro 2013 models (see our Mac Pro (2013) review) which now allows it to use up to 24 processing threads at a time. The step sequencer now should perform as expected when using Low Latency Mode, and import and export bugs have also been addressed. As for other new features, you can now copy automation info and paste it into Logic Pro X with the Marquee tool, and volume, pan, and effect info can be inserted into an automation track at the current playhead position. We've got the full changelog for you after the break.

You can get the update now if you already own Logic Pro X. If not, you can grab the app for $199.99 in the Mac App Store.

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Monster set to debut a pair of Chanel-branded headphones

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Wearables, Design, Music

Monster x Chanel headphones

It looks like Monster's next headphone collaboration will be with luxury fashion brand Chanel. After images of Swizz Beas and Karl Lagerfeld were posted to Instagram showing the two wearing a pair of unannounced headphones that incorporate the Chanel double C monogram, it came to light that they were a product of collaboration between Chanel and Monster. Makes sense, as Swizz Beats is a Monster ambassador. No word on pricing or availability has been announced yet, nor have any specs on the headphones themselves. That said, we'd venture to guess that anyone looking to pick up a pair of Chanel-branded headphones are likely buying them for the brand and not an amazing sound profile.


Gramofon looks to be your cloud music jukebox for $50

Posted by Ariel Levin-Waldman Categories: Music, Wireless / WiFi

Gramofon kickstarter cloud music player spotify

Gramofon might be named after the 19th century sound system, but it's as modern as it gets. It's a wireless jukebox that streams music from cloud services like Spotify.

It's the latest brainchild of Fon, the crowdsourced W-iFi network. You connect the Gramofon to your speakers and your Wi-Fi network, and it acts as a Wi-Fi booster and gives off a signal that mobile devices can connect to. Those devices can be used to manipulate playlists.

Now, if you are thinking “so how is this any different than plugging speakers into my iPhone?”, well, with the Gramofon you can make music more social, as anyone on your network is able to use it. You and your friends can share music, create and modify playlists and otherwise get your groove on.

At first, Gramofon will stream from Spotify and Rhapsody. However, the company plans to add other services like Rdio, Grooveshark, SoundCloud, Pandora, Google Play, Songza, and more. If you're interested, check it out on Kickstarter. Fon has stated that the first batch of Gramofons are ready to ship in July. You can get yourself one by backing it for $50. Check out video of the project after the jump.

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Sonos eliminating the frustrating wired network requirement

Sonos software beta

We've been huge Sonos fans here at Gear Live for years, but if there's one niggle we've heard complaints about from users more than any other, it's that you have to plug in one Sonos component into your wired network. Normally, this would mean buying the Sonos Bridge in addition to whatever speaker components you'd want to place throughout your home, because it's rare that the place you want to put your Sonos device just happens to be where your networking equipment is. The result? You'd have to pay $50 for the Bridge, upping the price of entry.

Well, now Sonos is set to change how it handles creating its SonosNet wireless mesh network, which is the way that Sonos components communicate with each other. "We've found a way to deliver all the benefits of SonosNet without a product directly connected to your router," the company said in a blog post. The best part? All that will be required is a software update, so existing Sonos owners will be able to ditch the wired requirement as well, once the update goes public.

With the new method, you plug a Sonos component in and then fire up the Sonos app on your smartphone or tablet. Then you simply select your Wi-Fi network, put in your password, and Sonos jumps on and takes care of the rest. As long as you don't have a huge house with Sonos components spread so far apart that the wireless signal can't talk to each other (and that would have to be a pretty big house), you are golden. Sonos is launching a beta program to allow those interested to try it out and find any bugs before pushing it out to the masses.

You can check out the Sonos product line-up now.

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Unboxing Live 132: Sonos Play:1

We open up the new Sonos Play:1 in this episode, the entry-level wireless speaker from Sonos that costs $199. You're now able to get into the Sonos ecosystem at a lower cost, streaming your music from iTunes, Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, radio, and more! Check out the new hotness in this episode of Unboxing Live.

You can pick up the Sonos Play:1 now from Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 498: Monster Diamond Tears Edge review

The Monster Diamond Tears Edge are some of the most unique headphones we've ever seen or reviewed. In this episode, we open up the Diamond Tear Edge, giving you an up-close look at the crystal-like design, and give you our quick review of the headset as well from a sound perspective. Of course, you can check out our full Diamond Tears Edge review in words as well.

You can pick up the Diamond Tears Edge headphones from Amazon at a steep discount.

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Unboxing Live 131: SOL REPUBLIC Jax in-ear headphones

The SOL REPUBLIC JAX in-ear headphones are the entry level earbuds from the company, costing under $40 for the stylish pair. The best part? They offer some of the best acoustics in any in-ear headphone at that price. You get an inline remote and great sound alongside a stylish look! We open up the Sol Republic JAX in this episode and give you a look.

You can pick up the SOL REPUBLIC Jax in-ear headphones from Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 496: SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphone review

I demo the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphones in this episode. The Tracks HD feature removable ear cups that allow you to mix and match the colors and style of the headbands and cups themselves to suit your look. Check out how it all works. Also, check out our full SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD review.

You can pick up the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD headphones from Amazon.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: HMDX JAM Bluetooth Speaker

HDMX Jam speaker

Enjoy sweet sound in a sleek, portable design with this Jam rechargeable Bluetooth wireless speaker by HMDX Audio, the next item in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Use the wireless speaker just about anywhere--from the kitchen or living room to a dorm room, office, back deck, or den. It can even be taken along to the beach when relaxing in the summer sunshine with friends. The Jam wireless speaker features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to four hours of wireless play. The speaker also comes with line-in capability, which allows you to connect your non-Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to the speaker. Using the line-in connection, jam to all your favorite tunes for up to 12 hours. Oh, and when you open the packaging, it actually smells like opening a jar of jam. Seriously.

You can pick up the Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack now from Amazon for $29.95. Also? We're giving one away! Wanna win it? Just use the included widget below!

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable

Pro-Ject Debut III turntabe record player

Up next in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: the Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable. Audiophiles know that vinyl offers up a richer, more nuanced sound than those cold digital tracks (or so they say.) They also know you dont have to shell out audiophile levels of money to get a decent turntable. The Pro-Ject Debut III is outfitted with high-grade components and doesn't make your living room look like a DJ booth. Double win.

You can pick up the Pro-Ject Debut III Turntable now from Amazon for $299, a savings of 25%.

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