CES is chock full of every flavor of something (whatever that something is), and docks (audio and otherwise) are here in force in the iLounge Pavilion. In my last post, I looked at more conventional and cool dockware from iHome. Now for some fun and innovative stuff from another vendor I also like a lot, Speakal (a top pick in our Buyer's Guide for 2010).
This year at CES, I am trying to stay in North Hall mostly and focus on the iOS-related vendors and accessories, and wow are there a ton! I was able to check out the latest and greatest audio accesories from Speakel, and iHome (Speakel details in a separate post). Last year, I covered (pretty extensively) the Sonos S5 wireless audio system. iHome is coming out with a wireless audio streaming product based on AirPlay which is similar to the S5.
Ever since I got the music bug with my Magic Fiddle (.99) I've been wondering; so now that I can play some music on a virtual fiddle is that it? Where can I go with that?
While my fiddling skills are still in development, the larger question for me was what can I do with music that I create; on my iMac, iPad or iPhone?
I've never been a fan of earbuds as, to me, they didn't fully reproduce the musical experience. That may have changed with the RumbleBuds from Atomic9. These earbuds include a subwoofer right inside each earbud! Before I put them in my ears, I loaded a bass-heavy song (Daft Punk's Derezzed from the TRON: Legacy soundtrack) and watched as the earbuds literally started to move across the table! Talk about good vibrations, and no batteries required!
If you play a gig in cold or changing weather, then you know what a pain tuning can be, especially when warming up. PolyTune saves mucho time, especially when you are in a hurry to get set up and start playing. Most chromatic tuners do a string at a time, but PolyTune uses the iPhone/iPad/iPod mic to tell it the frequency for all strings (from a single strum). It won't solve your tuning woes completely, but help you get them tweaked faster. Grab it here on the App store for 99 cents (limited time offer until midnight, Dec 19, 2010)!
Do you know how to play the fiddle? Want to learn... on your iPad? Smule may have outdone themselves this time with the introduction of Magic Fiddle ($2.99) because I think they've really created a new instrument, not just an electronic fiddle.
Though having studied violin for a short period in college, little skill remained, that is until I bought Magic Fiddle on a whim. I can not put it down and have been practicing constantly, even giving my family a short recital on Thanksgiving day.
Want a simple way to add mood to your tunes? Add thunder and rain sounds with this simple app called Rainy Music. Rain sounds don't go with every song maybe, but if you are looking to chill out with a relaxing mix, this could be the app you are looking for. You can grab it free for today only here.
If you are looking for a guitar gadget for a friend or mate as a gift, or are a musician yourself and been looking for an easy and secure way to mount your iPhone or touch to your instrument, check out the Guitar Sidekick. Now you can easily attach your iphone or touch, and use all those cool music apps you have installed! I'll probably post up a short review myself, but you can find them here at castiv.com
Stop me if you have heard this one before. You are driving in the car or taking a shower, or just about anywhere else where you typically sing along to music. Your favorite song comes on the radio and you start singing along…badly, of course. Somewhere around the third verse, you lose track of the words and just starting mumbling or whistling along. Worse yet, you sing something along the lines of what you wish the words might have been. The whole time, you keep thinking to yourself, oh if only I knew the words to this one. Now, with the iPad…there is (finally) an app for that.