Instruments

 
  • CES 2008: Play It, Record It

    CES 2008: Play It, Record It

    For millions of years, people have been listening to music. But now, thanks to new technology, they can actually make music as well. At CES, I came across a few items that made my inner musician geek out, including a self-tuning guitar and a pretty sweet drum synth pad, plus a couple of new recording gadgets for capturing your awful performances of “She Bangs” on the go. Pics and stuff… Read More

  • Centerfold Guitar Folds in Half and Doesn't Even Need to be Retuned

    Centerfold Guitar Folds in Half and Doesn't Even Need to be Retuned

    This Centerfold guitar, they want us to know, is the world’s first guitar that folds in half for easy transport. It takes just 20 seconds to go from musical instrument to compact, everyday blunt object. It’s built, by hand, by “Sweden’s finest luthiers” and despite its crazy construction actually sounds pretty good (though Vince is the true guitar expert here). It… Read More

  • The Quest For The $400 Game

    The Quest For The $400 Game

    With the success of Guitar Hero 2, it was only a matter of time before some publishers and developers went “Hey…what if we did the same concept with a whole band?!” Rock Band is that next step, which is set to drop in November of this year. The game will include a whole band setup using unique controllers for guitar, bass, and drums, as well as microphones for belting out those… Read More

  • Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    Electronic USB Wind Instrument: Go Ahead, Pretend You're a Real Musician

    The electronic wind instrument USB is a testament to the human inventive spirit. It looks to be a cross between a flute and a clarinet and plugs into your PC’s USB port. There, software instruments let you “rock out” (with a flute?), creating musical pieces that I’m sure Mozart would be envious of. All of the keys on the flute are touch-sensitive, so you won’t have to… Read More