Archive for the 'Audio' Category

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Marshall is a well known for its brutal amplifiers and now it wants to make your ears bleed like at that last concert you attended. With the introduction of two new models, the Marshall Major, over-the-head, and the Minor, in-ear, headphones, Marshall brings good looks with great engineer. The Minor overcomes the problem of in-ear headphones falling out with its ingenious EarClick feature that prevents any slippage. Add in a microphone for smartphone conversations and you have a winner. Don’t worry you over-the-head users because the Major comes with the same mic. Keep your talk on. It also uses the same vinyl material found on the amplifiers. It’s all Marshall and all the details are below in the press release.

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Marshall White Headphones Now Available

Introducing Marshall White – all the great features from the original Major and Minor, but now available in an eyeball-peeling shade of white. Marshall White headphones are now available in all Marshall Headphones retailers, and online at

Marshall Major

The Major encloses vast amounts of the massive Marshall legacy. The exterior of the headband is made out of the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers and it bears the original Marshall texture. The Major comes equipped with a microphone and remote for use with cell phones incorporating the 3.5mm standard.

Marshall Minor

The Minor is an advanced and hard working in-ear model. In addition to its good looks it incorporates quite a few exciting features. EarClick construction ingeniously secures the earphone in the ear. The Minor comes quipped with a microphone and remote for use with cell phones incorporating the 3.5mm standard.

About Marshall Headphones
The heavy sound of Marshall has been carried over the world for nearly 50 years. Breathless roadies and roaring trucks have worked hard to make Marshall heard all across the globe. The success story of Marshall Headphones is constantly being written since being launched in 2010.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rock legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed is going to get into your head with his limited edition Klipsch Signature Audio Edition X10i headphones. These limited edition headphones build on Klipsch’s already superb Image X10i in-ear headphones to deliver Reed’s New York avant-rock flavor in a first rate style. Customized to Reed’s liking – I like the purple myself – down to his signature, fans will be able to pick a pair or two up next month. Mmm, just in time for Christmas.

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 15, 2011) — Klipsch, a leading global speaker manufacturer, today announces plans for the launch of a limited edition headphone in honor of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lou Reed. Boasting an all-new look inspired by the king of New York avant-rock, and complete with an authentic signature from the rock legend himself, fans will have the opportunity to score one of a very limited number of the Klipsch Signature Audio Edition Lou Reed X10i headphones available next month.

With an unwavering passion for live music and a legacy of iconoclastic sound that’s influenced rock musicians around the globe, The Velvet Underground star knew Klipsch was the only brand that aligned with his vision and expectations for a headphone he would be proud to call his own. To ensure the ultimate listening experience, Klipsch is customizing Reed’s favorite headphone, the award-winning Image X10i, for the limited edition run. The launch of the specialty headphones coincides with the release of Reed’s latest project, a collaborative album with Metallica titled “Lulu”. The album was released on October 31, 2011 in the UK, and one day later on November 1 in the U.S.

“I have been a fan of Klipsch products for eons,” said Reed. “I’ve always admired the unhyped bass, along with the clarity, depth of detail and extraordinary comfort of the company’s headphones. With Klipsch’s help, my dream headphone will soon be available to all of my fans – a serious model for the serious listener.”

Designed with multitasking music lovers in mind, these premium headphones feature an echo cancellation microphone for crystal clear conversations and three-button remote to handle phone calls and playlists at the touch of a button on Apple’s iPod, iPhone or iPad. Gracing the remote is Reed’s coveted signature.

Like all Klipsch in-ear headphones, the Image X10i utilizes the company’s patented oval ear tips for comfortable long-term wear, superior noise isolation and excellent bass. Unlike circular-shaped designs that put stress on the pressure points inside the ear, these soft exclusive ear tips naturally fit the contours of the ear canals.

“Being able to work so closely with Lou Reed on a project such as this is a dream come true for our brand and his fans,” said Mike Klipsch, president of global operations for Klipsch. “65 years ago, Paul W. Klipsch laid the foundation to recreate the powerful, emotional and memorable live music experience for all Klipsch listeners. We continue to strive for the same today and are honored to now have a unique sound solution connected to a true music legend.”

Available in a high-gloss purple finish with copper accents and complete with an authentic, collectible autograph card, the Klipsch Signature Audio Edition Lou Reed X10i headphones will retail for $399.99 (U.S. MSRP) at and select retailers on December 10, 2011. The first 50 customers to pre-order the product at will also receive a free copy of the “Lulu” album singed by Lou Reed.
About Klipsch Premium Speakers
For over 65 years, Klipsch has designed premium speakers for those who are passionate about great sound. Company founder Paul W. Klipsch started this legacy in 1946, and it continues today with sheer commitment to innovation and delivering the world’s most powerful, detailed and emotional sound reproduction. Today, the brand’s diverse product portfolio encompasses home theater, professional cinema, installed whole-house contracting, commercial, computer speakers, iPod® docks and headphones. As one of the first U.S. loudspeaker companies, Klipsch continues to be the high-performance brand of choice for audiophiles and home theater aficionados around the world. Klipsch Group, Inc. is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX).

iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lots of people use their smartphone for portable recordings and while the iPhone 4S has a great mic, it’s not designed for great recordings. If you’re in the need for such a device but do not want to shell out some major cash for something like the pros use, then you should head down to your local Best Buy and give Zoom’s new H2n Handy Recorder a look. The H2n comes with five studio-quality microphones that are offer, “Mid-Side (MS) stereo, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.” The 1.8-inch backlit LCD display helps you monitor your recording as it happens along with built-in speaker. Basically, you’re getting a sweet recording tool for two bills and you can get it now from Best Buy.

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Zoom Launches the H2n Handy Recorder, Available Nationwide at Best Buy

First and only portable handheld recorder with five studio-quality microphones onboard

Hauppauge, NY – (November 3, 2011) – Zoom’s new H2n Handy Recorder is now available nationwide at all Best Buy locations. Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom’s most innovative handheld recorder to date. The H2n packs groundbreaking features into an ultra-portable device that allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go. Affordably priced, the H2n is available for $199.

The H2n features Zoom’s best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five studio-quality microphones onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. With its newly designed user interface, 1.8-inch backlit LCD display for crystal-clear monitoring and built-in reference speaker that allows you to playback recordings on the spot, the H2n is remarkably easy to use in any application.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Best Buy for the nationwide H2n release,” says James Tsaptsinos, Vice President of Sales for Zoom. “Our original H2 audio recorder became the standard in portable recording, and the H2n has continued with that tradition, becoming the new standard within the music, broadcast, and film industries.”

Zoom H2n features include:
• Four recording modes including Mid-Side stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound
• Data recovery to eliminate recording loss due to accidental power down or power outage
• High-speed USB 2.0 interface and 20 hours of battery life powered by 2 AA
• 1.8 inch backlit LCD and built-in reference speaker that allows play back instantly
• Optional accessory pack with windscreen, tripod, protective case, and remote control

No matter the application, the H2n handheld recorder brings the very best in stereo recording in a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket.

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. The new standard in portable recording.

The H2n is available now at Best Buy stores nationwide for $199.

To request additional information about Zoom, please contact PR Representative Brad Hobbs at (305) 576-1171 x119 or by e-mail at

About Zoom:
Zoom is renowned all over the world for its recording and guitar effects gear. Headquartered in Tokyo, Zoom has continuously created a diverse line of original, innovative audio products from effect processors, to rhythm machines, samplers and recorders. Samson Technologies is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom products. Samson is based in Hauppauge, New York. /

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I love, LOVE, Scandinavian furniture and have since I was kid. Hey, with a Swedish name, one has to, right? A walk through IKEA always gives me flashbacks to when I was a kid while in Germany and I always remember how my sweet parents spent thousands on a custom Scandinavian bed for me as a teen that I still miss to this day. Now, that same stunning look and simplicity comes to speakers for your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and even iTunes on your Mac or PC. Utilizing AirPlay from Apple, Libratone debuts it’s AirPlay enabled sounds systems that, “boast exceptional sound and minimalistic Scandinavian design made from hand-picked materials including Italian cashmere, and chrome.” One look at these blocks and you don’t have to look any further for beauty. While Libratone shafted us on any specifications in its press release, it certainly didn’t prepare us for the staggering prices. The “cheappy” clocks in at $700 and the top of the line will set you back $1,300! But hey, it’s Scandinavian, right?

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Libratone’s wireless AirPlay speakers boast exceptional sound and minimalistic Scandinavian design made from hand-picked materials including Italian cashmere, and chrome

Palo Alto – November 2, 2011 – Libratone, a brand known in Europe for its high-end sound systems, makes its U.S. debut with the launch of two cutting-edge AirPlay-enabled options for the ultimate sound experience: the Libratone Live and Libratone Lounge. Apple’s AirPlay® allows users to stream songs from their iTunes music libraries on Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, through their Wi-Fi networks.* The Libratone Lounge system is designed to make every corner of the room the ideal spot for sound while the Libratone Live allows for versatility due to its smaller size. Another attractive feature is the gorgeous design of both systems, which is heightened with quality hand-picked materials including Italian cashmere, chrome, wood and selected acoustic materials. Libratone Live and Lounge allow you to experience big sound with minimalistic design without clumsy, clunky speakers. One is all you need.

Liberation is a reoccurring theme for Libratone as they encourage a life without cables, without clutter and most importantly surrounded by great sound. Users can enhance the Libratone experience with the Libratone App, which allows for the customization of the FullRoom feature, enabling you adjust sound to fit any room.

The Libratone speakers are now available in a variety of colors to compliment your spaces. The Libratone Lounge, perfect for living room spaces, is available in Slate Grey, Blueberry Black and Vanilla Beige as standard at a cost of $1,299 and as red and green cashmere in its premium offering at a cost of $1,399. The more petite Libratone Live, ideal for any room in the home, is available in grey, black and beige as standard at a cost of $699 and as premium in red and green cashmere at a cost of $799. The stylish Live also offers a chrome handle for easy portability.
Libratone Lounge and Live are available at Apple Online Store in US. For a full list of other retailers visit

“Music is the context in which we live our lives – a personal soundtrack so to speak. We believe strongly in simplicity and the ability to experience room-filling sound in any room without clumsy speakers and tangled wires” states Soeren Louis Pedersen, Chief Sales Officer of Libratone, “Libratone is designed to simplify and enhance any home décor with room filling, high fidelity sound”.

Libratone Live and Libratone Lounge features:

• Libratone Lounge and Libratone Live utilizes AirPlay, allowing users to stream songs from their iTunes music libraries on Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, through their Wi-Fi networks.*
• Minimalistic interior design. Libratone Live is small and even has a handle for easy placement. Libratone Lounge is designed to stand alone or to fit under a TV or anywhere aesthetically all while enjoying the same exceptional sound.
• FullRoom technology. The single sound source design ensures that acoustic sound is covered from corner-to-corner. Take the experience to the next level by personalizing the FullRoom feature with the Libratone App.
• Quality raw materials and craftsmanship all from hand-picked materials including cashmere, chrome and wood. Gorgeous colors compliment every home.
The Libratone App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or at

*AirPlay requires iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd, 3rd or 4th generation), iPad 2 or iPad with iOS 4.2 or later, or Mac and PC with iTunes 10.1 or later. Wi-Fi network is required.

About Libratone
Libratone is a Copenhagen-based audio company that creates sound systems for today. That’s it.
Our approach is three-headed: Wireless technology, hi-fi quality, and Scandinavian design
– in one sound source.

Our goal is to play music from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices worldwide and to deliver an alternative to clumsy stereo systems and the wire-havoc they wreak. All without compromising the sound experience.

To learn more about Libratone’s Lounge and Live audio systems visit

Trademark acknowledgements
iTunes, AirPlay, iPod, iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Libratone and FullRoom are registered trademarks of Libratone A/S.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

If you’re looking for a way to add a boost to your desktop speakers for pure and clean music power, head over to Orb Audio’s site for a look at the just released Booster. The $164 amp allows up to four sources and even contains a connection for subwoofers. Every good unit comes with a remote control and so does the Booster. In it’s sweet looking case, you can power up those speakers while keeping the foot print small on your desktop. Grab the two Orb speakers for a savings of $25 to complete the look as well. All available now from Orb Audio.

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Orb Audio Launches Booster, the World’s Smallest Integrated Amplifier with Four Inputs, Remote Control and Subwoofer Output


 New Product Complements Line of Orb Compact Speakers and Amplifiers



NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 31, 2011) –– Orb Audio, a leading maker of  handmade, highly affordable and décor-friendly audio products, announced today the launch of Booster, one of the world’s smallest integrated amplifiers. Together with Orb’s compact Mod1 and Mod2 speakers, Booster allows consumers to say goodbye to large, complicated home audio receivers without sacrificing sound quality or convenience.


Booster brings high performance sound to up to four audio sources, featuring an easy-to-use remote control, beautiful extruded aluminum cabinet and professional quality speaker connectors. Additionally, Booster is designed with a subwoofer output and small/large speaker size selector, features not normally found on amplifiers of this size.


Booster is also very small, measuring just six inches wide, six inches deep and one and three quarters inches high. When paired with Orb’s award-winning compact speakers, Booster delivers luxurious, room-filling sound from an unbelievably small package.


“Booster is a great addition to our product line because it is a problem solver,” said Ethan Siegel, co-founder and CEO of Orb Audio. “Our customers have asked us for an easy way to bring home speaker sound to their computers, iPods and TVs without complicated electronics or extensive wiring. Now we have two great solutions to offer consumers — Mini-T, released earlier this year, which connects one audio source to a pair of speakers, and Booster, which connects up to four sources and also features a subwoofer output and remote control. Between these two choices, we have the bases covered, and consumers can choose the features they need.”


“We also hope to expand the market for small home audio components,” said Siegel. “Booster is the only amplifier of this size that features multiple inputs, a remote control and a subwoofer output. It really can replace much larger components, and we think this is a winning combination of features, performance, size and price.”


Available immediately for $164.00, Booster can also be purchased as a package with two Orb speakers for $378.00, a savings of $25. For individuals who desire a more traditional audio setup, Orb Audio also offers complete home theater systems to fit most budgets and room sizes. More information about Orb Audio products, pricing and purchasing can be found at or by calling 877-ORB-AUDIO (877-672-2834).


About Orb Audio

Orb Audio is committed to being different. From the beginning in 2002, it has been our intention to deliver speaker systems with the finest quality components, an attractive, upscale design and an affordable price. The only way to accomplish all of this was to be different from the other players in the industry, make our speakers in the United States, and to sell them to our clients directly to avoid substantial (and totally unnecessary) markups. Our satellite speakers are manufactured in the United States by craftspeople with years of experience in electronics assembly. We do not have to take mass market considerations into our design, so we can design our speakers for one thing — performance. 


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Monday, October 31, 2011

I’m an audiophile and really can stand lackluster sound systems. If you look at the amazing wonder of your ear and awe at how it all works, you would probably be more inclined in feeding it luscious sounds. Sure, too luscious is too tough on the pocket book so give Wharfedale‘s new DX-1 Home Cinema Loudspeaker System a look. Booming in at a suggested $800, this high-gloss black (or white) 5.1 speaker system will make you enjoy your music as much as you enjoy the movie in which lays before your eyes. Aaah, yes, the eyes, another incredible item in your head. We’ll touch on that next time. Full details at the jump.

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Watching favorite shows, movies and sports on a big-screen TV is undeniable holiday fun – however, great video is only half of the big picture. Immersive surround sound completes the experience – and this holiday season, the Wharfedale DX-1 Home Cinema Loudspeaker System delivers a powerful sonic punch in a compact, elegant package.

Wharfedale is one of England’s most respected names in sound and one of the founders of high-fidelity audio, having earned an international reputation for excellence for more than 80 years. Now available in the US, the DX-1 (SRP: $799) includes four wall-mountable satellite speakers, a center channel and a powered subwoofer. The DX-1 is available in high-gloss black or high-gloss white to complement any living space.

The DX-1′s satellite and center speakers employ 3-inch woven polypropylene woofers and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeters, for smooth and detailed music and movie soundtrack reproduction. The subwoofer has an 8-inch long-throw woofer, driven by a built-in 150-watt Class D amplifier to deliver articulate, impactful bass from a design that fits easily into a room. The beautifully designed, precision-engineered Wharfedale DX-1 adds a compelling sonic and emotional impact to movies, TV shows, sports, music videos and big-screen action – this holiday season and year-round.

For more information, please visit: for a dealer near you or call Wharfedale USA directly at 508-422-9788.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

With the introduction of the iMatch setting on iOS last week, Apple is getting ready to flip the switch on iMatch, the service that lets you store all of your music easily on iCloud and even upgrade songs purchased or ripped outside of iTunes. Rinse has been introduced from RealNetworks to clean those tracks up you may have ripped prior to GraceNote’s help or songs “gifted” from a friend. With Rinse, it will find the correct metadata, such as incorrectly spelled song titles or missing album art. Heck, if the MP3 is completely missing everything, then Rinse will still be able to use “fingerprint” technology to find a match and correct it. Cool? For $40, you can clean up your library now, too!

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Get ready for iTunes Match™ by cleaning up your music collection with Rinse from RealNetworks

Rinse music clean up product removes duplicates, fixes misspellings and identifies songs without titles so iTunes Match – and the Apple Siri™ digital assistant — works best

Seattle, WA—October 27, 2011—Users who plan to use Apple’s new iTunes Match music product to stream their matched songs from the cloud should consider using Rinse to clean up their music collections first, according to RealNetworks (Nasdaq:RNWK).

Rinse can fix misspellings of song title and artist names, identify songs without titles and remove duplicates, enabling the iTunes Match service to correctly identify songs in the user’s collection and allow streaming from the cloud.

“As cloud services like iTunes Match from Apple and other music services from Amazon and Google become popular, having an accurate music library will allow users to more easily sync and enjoy their music on all of their devices,” said Daniel Strickland, RealNetworks senior director and lead developer for Rinse. “Rinse is incredibly easy to use, so cleaning up a user’s music collection can be completed with just a few clicks.”

In addition, Strickland said Rinse will help the new Siri personal assistant, incorporated into the iPhone® 4S, be more effective for users. The Siri voice recognition software lets users verbally ask for a song to be played from iTunes. “Siri can play any song for you on request, but it works best if that song is correctly identified in your collection.”

RealNetworks also announced a new version of Rinse that incorporates advanced acoustic fingerprinting technology powered by Gracenote. Rinse can now identify and clean up songs without any titles or artist names — the “track 01″ songs that clutter a library — by listening to the audio data and identifying matches in an online database.

With Rinse, users can:
Remove duplicate songs in a music collection, even if the titles or artists are missing or misspelled.
Repair misspelled songs, artists and album details, making it easy to browse the collection without having to remember exact names. For example, users don’t have to remember that Steve Miller is actually “Steve Miller Band.”
Add missing album art to a music library. Rinse automatically finds high resolution album art so users can enjoy it on their computers, in iTunes®, on smart phones and other devices.
Identify a song even without titles or artists names. Rinse can identify a song’s “fingerprint” by examining just a few notes of a song and then matching it with its industry-leading, 100 million track database.
Edit entire collections at once or song by song — it’s the users’ choice.

Free Trial of Rinse
Rinse is a downloadable product available for $39 at and is compatible with iTunes collections on both Windows and Macintosh. A free trial version is available that cleans up 50 songs in a user’s library.

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About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. RealNetorks corporate information is located at

RealNetworks and Rinse are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.

iTunes, iTunes Match, iPhone and Siri are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

All other trademarks, names of actual companies and products mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hey keyboardists of the world, it’s time to grab your iPhone or iPad and let it help you excel in your playing. With the new SampleTank free app for the iPhone or iPod touch, it will give mobile musicians more sounds to grove it to via the iRig MIDI interface. You can get 8 instruments which gives you 400 rhythmic and melodic patterns that will round out anything that you may be playing. In essence, you’ll have the entire band packed into your iOS device and keyboard!

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October 2011, Modena, Italy – IK Multimedia is proud to announce that SampleTank® Free for iPhone/iPod touch is now available in the iTunes App store. Together with the newly-released regular version of SampleTank, the two apps are the first pro-quality, sample-based sound and groove modules available for the iOS mobile platform.

Both can be played using the built-in keyboard and patterns, but they truly excel when used with an external keyboard controller and a MIDI interface – like the newly-released iRig™ MIDI – to replace older hardware sound and synthesizer modules for live performance. Together with iRig MIDI, SampleTank offers the most portable and best quality sound and groove module solution for mobile musicians to date.

SampleTank sounds are known for their high quality and extreme variety that is unmatched on the iOS platform. For the first time in a mobile device, users are able to experience the same quality of sounds they are used to from the most sophisticated software or hardware instruments like IK’s range of virtual instruments for the Mac and PC.

SampleTank Free users can immediately start using 8 instruments (4 + 4 by registering) on their favorite iOS device including Drums, Bass, Electric Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Synth Lead and Woodwinds. The instruments also come with over 400 rhythmic and melodic patterns so that anyone can compose high-quality grooves in seconds right out of the box.

Users can expand their sonic palette to over 400 instruments and 900 patterns by accessing the in-app store where they can find 16 categories of sounds covering the entire set needed for the most demanding live players and producers: Pianos, Organs, Strings, Basses, Guitars, Drums, Synths, Woodwinds, Brass, Ethnic Instruments, Percussion and more all instantly accessible from right inside the app. Single instruments categories can be added for only $4.99/€3.99 or as a complete collection for a discounted price of only $39.99/€31.99, a fraction of what instruments with an equivalent quality would cost as regular software or hardware instruments. Free version users can also upgrade to all the sounds included in the regular version of SampleTank for only $9.99/€7.99.

Both in the free and in the regular version, users can access three main sections of the app:

The Sounds page is where users can quickly browse and audition the hundreds of available sounds and patterns which are organized in easily recognizable icon-based categories. Both the included instruments and the add-on instruments can be auditioned here making it easy to choose what the user prefers. Here users can play up to 4 simultaneous instruments and save or recall them using the built-in preset system.
The Edit page is where the user can personalize the sound and effects parameters through easy-to-understand knobs for immediate sound and effect parameter tweaking. Each SampleTank sound is “production-ready” since it comes with pre-programmed built-in effects of the highest quality for the platform to further emphasize the musicality and character of sounds.
The Play page is where every type of musician finds a convenient play environment directly in their iOS device with a dual piano-style keyboard, a scale-based keyboard or drum pads.

SampleTank features

4-part multi-timbral professional quality sound and groove module
Expandable sound library with more than 400 instruments in 16 categories
Huge selection of melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation
Built-in insert effects and master reverb
Easy-to-use, intuitive mobile interface
Sound and effects editing with multiple parameters
Play interface with piano keyboard, scale-based keyboard and drum pads
Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th and 3rd generation, iPad 2 and iPad with iOS 4.3 and newer
Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices

Pricing and availability

SampleTank Free for iPhone/iPod touch is now available on the iTunes App store. <>

The regular version of SampleTank with 72 built-in sounds is also available for an introductory price of only $9.99/€7.99. <>

A universal iPad version of SampleTank is also in development and will be available soon. Current users of SampleTank for iPhone / iPod will be able to update to this version for free when it becomes available.

iRig MIDI, the Core MIDI interface for iOS, is already shipping and is available for only $69.99/€54.99 in selected music instruments and electronic retailers. Owners of iRig MIDI also get an exclusive sound-set of 48 sounds to use in SampleTank for free simply by registering.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Looking to put some boom into your computer experience? Wanna have sophisticated looking speakers up on your desk too? How ’bout stuff that has built-in amps that sound GOOOOD? Dude, you may want to check out the Audioengine 5+ then. Deets down below.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – October 12, 2011 – Audioengine today announced the release of the Audioengine 5+ Premium Powered Speaker System

Audioengine 5+ (A5+) Premium Powered Speakers deliver audiophile-quality sound and features at a price that continues to set the standard for affordable high-quality audio. Connect your iDevice, computer, TV, or any other audio component for great stereo sound in any room. The new A5+ incorporates the same award-winning design as the original A5 but includes customer-requested upgrades and features.

A5+ features and upgrades
- built-in power amps
- advance tuned cabinet with rear-ported waveguide
- remote control
- dual RCA and mini-jack inputs
- upgraded connectors
- improved thermal management
- variable preamp line out
- new stand-mount threaded inserts
- user-selectable sleep mode

Pricing and Availability
Audioengine 5+ starts at US$399/pair and is available from over 200 authorized resellers or online direct:

Does A5+ sound better than the original A5?
Email to request a sample and find out! Also keep us in mind for any upcoming holiday product giveaways or contests.

If you’ll be in Denver this weekend, please stop by and listen to the A5+ and check out our other new products:

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF)
October 14-16, 2011
Marriott Denver Tech Center, Room 438

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Everyone seems to have at least a smartphone now if not at least an iPod or other music player. CDs are so 1999 and now with the ability to put your entire library into the palm of your hand, getting it on the car stereo is a dream for any commuter. JBL helps you make that happen minus the difficult installation or messy wiring or purchasing a new stereo. The JBL device also sets on the tones just right for your device and car stereo so premo sound is all you hear. Take a look at the jump.

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STAMFORD, Conn. – HARMAN International Industries announced the availability of the innovative JBL® MS-2 music accessory, a plug-and-play car stereo component engineered to vividly improve car audio performance from any portable music player or smartphone. The JBL MS-2 uses digital signal processing to optimize the sound emanating from existing speakers in any car, making it the perfect iPod, iPhone or Android™ smartphone accessory for music fans.

The JBL MS-2 is a deceptively simple device that packs the punch of a new car audio system. Requiring no installation, the JBL MS-2 plugs into the auxiliary jack available in most factory-installed and after-market car audio decks* and then connects to an Apple iPod or iPhone, Android smartphone or other portable music player. Once connected, press the Setup button and the JBL MS-2 will automatically tune the tonal balance, bass impact and sonic clarity across a car’s existing speakers. It adjusts each speaker to optimize the sound quality and includes separate buttons for bass, treble, impact and image to allow for fine-tuning music based on individual sound tastes.

“This is the ultimate portable music accessory, specifically designed to improve the sound in any car – regardless of the audio system that’s already installed. You can even use it in another car or with a music player in your house,” said Sachin Lawande, EVP and co-president of HARMAN’s Lifestyle and Infotainment divisions. “We think music fans will love this simple, lightweight device. In fact, we are so confident the JBL MS-2 will dramatically improve car audio that it includes a ‘defeat switch’ to turn it off so you can compare the performance with or without the MS-2.”

The JBL MS-2 uses digital signal processing, known as DSP equalization, to automatically compensate for the sonic characteristics of your car’s existing electronics, speakers and interior. The MS-2 works with all car and home audio systems that include a 3.5-mm auxiliary jack – standard on Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as the majority of digital music players and smartphones from leading brands.

The portable JBL MS-2 weighs 3.2 ounces and easily slips into a pocket. It ships with input/output cables and a 6-volt DC power supply to plug into a car’s cigarette lighter adapter (CLA). A separate 6-volt DC power supply is needed for home use (not included).

Pricing and Availability
The JBL MS-2 has a suggested retail price of $239.95. For additional information or to purchase, visit

*According to the Telematics Research Group, more than 150 million cars will include an auxiliary jack by the end of 2011.