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.

Grace Digital Audio Announces the Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System, the First Ever Internet Radio Bookshelf System with 802.11n ConnectivityGrace Digital Audio, a leading brand of Wi-Fi internet radios and home audio solutions, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System. Grace’s micro-system is the world’s first internet radio system to incorporate two bookshelf speakers and 802.11n connectivity. Grace’s micro-system is available now at for $249.99.

Ideal for your apartment, den, or office, Grace Digital’s Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System is the perfect solution for someone looking for a powerful concert feel without the hassle, set up, and cost of a full home audio system. Grace’s micro-system includes two large bookshelf speakers featuring 3.5” full range drivers, 1” tweeters, and a 16 watt RMS Class D digital amplifier. The compact micro-system delivers a superior audio quality unmatched by smaller tabletop units, providing an inexpensive way to bring a home stereo experience to your internet radio.

The Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System provides access to over 17,000 radio stations, 20,000 plus on-demand programs, and over 35,000 podcasts. Compatible with Pandora, Sirius XM Internet Radio, CBS Radio, iheartradio,, MP3Tunes, NPR, National Weather Service, and new for 2011, WeatherBug and Rhapsody the number-one premium on-demand music service that provides access to 11 million songs for less that the price of an average CD. With RCA inputs and a USB connection, users can connect their iPod, CD player, PC or any additional audio source giving you access to all your music files.

Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System features include:
• Two speakers equipped with 3.5” woofers and 1” tweeters
• Class D digital amplifier and rear ported full range speaker provides superior audio quality
• 10 station presets, up to 100 saved favorites, displays song/artist info, alarm clock radio, and remote control with Pandora controls
• Wirelessly stream music and stored audio files from your PC or Mac
• Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n card connects directly to any 802.11 b/g/n wireless router
• RCA input/output, headphone connection, and USB port

Now shipping, the Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System is available for $249.99 at,, and various retailers throughout the U.S.

“We’ve had many request from our customers that don’t have space for a home stereo, but want a little more sound than a tabletop,” says Grace Digital Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Fadul. “We are pleased to offer them the new Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System. The micro-system provides a home stereo experience at a fraction of the size and cost!”

Say Hello to Your New NGHBRS

Author: Sven Rafferty
Thursday, December 2, 2010


Long Island based 4-piece rock band known as NGHBRS has released their highly anticipated debut EP, Hellomind. To purchase the EP, visit iTunes:

Formed in the summer of 2009, NGHBRS (pronounced Neighbors), made it their mission to create the most unique musical project they possibly could. After months of writing and collaborating, Ian Kenny (vocals/keys), Jordan Schneider (drums), Tommy Fleischmann (guitar), and Eric Vivelo (bass), were confident in their newfound sound.

By April 2010, their first single, “Bodies,” was released, and within weeks, chosen for the soundtrack of “National Lacrosse League 2010,” the first ever Lacrosse video game for XBOX. The subsequent buzz, generated not only by the release of their first single, but also the band’s unparalleled live performance, helped expand their fan base across Long Island. To check out NGHBRS performing “Bodies” live at Irving Plaza in New York City, please go to:

In May 2010, the band entered the studio with renowned producer Bryan Russell (Envy On The Coast, Straylight Run, The Narrative) and Dan Gluszak (Envy on the Coast) to record their first EP, Hellomind. The EP is a tasteful mix of the band’s raw energy, catchy hooks, and melodic instrumentation. Influenced by bands such as The Foo Fighters, RX Bandits, and MuteMath, each member of NGHBRS brings a unique style to the table, creating a sound that can be appreciated by a vast audience.

“We’ve worked so hard to build this band from the ground up and it feels so good to release an EP that we’re 100% proud of,” says drummer Jordan Schneider. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure it doesn’t go unheard.”

With the release of Hellomind, the band has since shared the stage with bands like Envy on The Coast, The Sleeping, Matt and Kim, and Cassino. They have also been featured in the New York Times and have numerous blogs buzzing about their unique sound. To find out more on NGHBRS and where they’ll be playing next, please go to

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Check out our video review of the all new Sonos Wireless Dock 100 and see how you can play Apple’s FairPlay protected content on any Sonos system.

Friday, September 24, 2010

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Sonos, the leading developer of wireless multi-room music systems for the home, today introduced the Sonos Wireless Dock (WD100), an accessory to the award-winning Sonos Multi-Room Music System. With the Sonos Wireless Dock you can now play all of the music from an iPod or iPhone in every room of the house. The Sonos Wireless Dock will be available for $119 beginning by the end of October.

“The Sonos Wireless Dock is the perfect accessory for our music loving customers who own an iPod or iPhone and want to enjoy the music stored on them in any or every room of the home,” said Phil Abram, President, Sonos, Inc. “This new dock reinforces our mission to provide our customers with access to all of the music on the planet, including everything available on an iPod and iPhone in the home.”

The Sonos Wireless Dock accesses all of the music stored or playing on an iPhone or iPod and sends it wirelessly to Sonos ZonePlayers all throughout your home – before converting the music to analog – guaranteeing the best possible audio quality.

The Sonos Wireless Dock is compatible with the following devices: iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Today in New York City, Sonos just introduced the brand new Sonos Controller for iPad. The Sonos Controller for iPad will provide music lovers with a giant window into the world of music that, combined with Sonos ZonePlayers, can be played all over the home. For a demo of the Sonos Controller for iPad, please visit The Sonos Controller for iPad will be available as a free download on the iTunes App Store beginning in late August.

The Sonos Controller for iPad features:

· Landscape and portrait modes
o No matter how you turn it, the iPad’s large screen makes controlling your music easier than ever.
· Multi-pane view
o See your music menu, what’s playing in every room, and what’s in your queue, complete with vivid album art—all at once.
· Fun and easy for everyone
o Quickly search for your favorite artists by typing on the virtual keyboard and browse through albums by pointing and flicking. Then simply drag and drop to add to your queue.

Watch the demo at

Thursday, June 10, 2010

WD today introduced the WD TV® Live Plus HD media player, which makes it easy for Netflix® members to instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on the biggest screen in their home — their HD television set. The new Netflix interface enables members to browse and add movies to their instant Queue on the Netflix Website right from their TV.

In addition to Netflix, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also enables users to stream personalized Internet content from YouTube™, Flickr®, Pandora®, Live365™, as well as the MediaFly network which includes daily podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN® and other online content providers1. Unlike most other Netflix-capable devices, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player also lets consumers enjoy a broad variety of the digital media they already own, creating a unified entertainment experience.

The onscreen menu brings together all of the users’ available media in an elegant and simple-to-navigate interface, while the network capability enables users to stream movies from PC or Mac® computers, USB storage devices such as My Passport® portable hard drives, My Book® desktop drives, or network-attached storage such as WD’s My Book® World Edition™ and WD ShareSpace™ to their HDTVs. Compatible with Windows® 7, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player enables the Windows 7 Play To feature so users can initiate and control the streaming of video, music or photos to the media player and home entertainment systems from any Windows 7-based PC on their network.

The WD TV Live Plus HD media player fulfills consumers’ growing demand for large libraries of digital videos, photos and music. According to research firm Parks Associates, the average broadband household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900 GB by year-end 2014. And users are increasingly looking for easy ways to enjoy the content on the big screen. Parks’ findings reveal that the sales of connected consumer electronics devices, such as connected TVs and digital media adapters, is expected to more than double from 57 million units in 2009 to 115 million units in 2013 (Home Networks for Consumer Electronics 2009).

Similar to the popular generations of WD TV HD media players that preceded it, the WD TV Live Plus HD media player connects directly to a users’ HDTV and plays almost any file stored on a connected USB drive such as My Passport portable hard drives. The WD TV Live Plus HD media player features powerful media processing, which enables playback in Full-HD 1080p resolution. WD TV Live Plus HD media player also plays movies, music and photos stored on other popular USB devices such as digital camcorders and digital cameras.

“Netflix has become a ‘must have’ for consumer electronics devices,” said Netflix vice president of business development Bill Holmes. “We’re proud to align with WD to include Netflix on WD’s groundbreaking WD TV Live Plus HD media player.”

“While Netflix can be found on an increasing number of products such as Internet TVs, Blu-ray Players, video game consoles, and other stand-alone devices, the WD TV Live Plus media player is unique as it allows digital media buffs to access and play all of their own personal HD media stored anywhere on their network or USB drives. At the same time they can easily stream Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and other Internet favorites to their HDTV,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group.

WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player
Features of the WD TV Live Plus HD media player include:

· Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus;

· Access to thousands of TV episodes and movies to watch instantly for any Netflix member with an unlimited subscription;

· Wireless ready to support wireless network connection to your home network with an optional USB wireless adapter, which is sold separately;

· Supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding;

· Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio, daily podcasts from the MediaFly network including CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN and other online content providers;

· Ethernet port for wired or WiFi connection2 to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network;

· Turns a USB drive3 into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;

· Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space;

· Two USB ports that allow seamless media playback from multiple USB drives displayed in a single list and sorted by media type;

· Windows 7-compatible Play To feature enables users to stream Windows 7 computer files to the TV through WD TV Plus HD media player;

· Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus;

· Works with digital cameras, digital video cameras and any other digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol;

· Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search;

· Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;

· Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search;

· Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search;

· HDMI® 1.3 port, composite video and component video output4 for the highest quality HDTV or home theater;

· SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience; and,

· Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.

Pricing and Availability
The WD TV Live Plus HD media player is available now at select retailers and online at Covered by a 1-year limited warranty, the MSRP for WD TV Live Plus HD media player is $149.99 USD.

LivingSocial Comes to the iPhone

Author: Sven Rafferty
Thursday, October 23, 2008


Social networking, you know, Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, is the new big thing. Everyone is trying to cash in on this new thing and with a ton of choices out there, how does one fine tune to the good ones? Ya, it’s tough, but for me, I just found one that socials on a wonderful drink: beer. Being a “beer snob”, I enjoy a good beer. Be it an ale, dark, pilsner, or a lager, if it’s good and tasty, I’ll happily try it. So when I saw that the community of 6 million users at LivingSocial talked beer, the new iPhone application caught my attention! Add to the finer things in fermented water like eating, music, and reading, and man, you have good possibilities with this application. And unlike many other social networks that try to compete with others, LivingSocial lets you plug into them. With linking supported for Facebook, MySpace (cough), Bebo, Orkut and hi5, you’ll be able to easily share your finds and critiques with others.

I’ve downloaded and signed up for the service and am going to give it a try. How knows, I may find a new killer beer and a nice restaurant in which to drink it at. In fact, it may be your review that guides to these jewels! :)


Avoca Semiconductor Inc. (Avoca), a leading designer of voice-enabled user interface solutions, will launch its new VIP Music Edition™ at the CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado, Sept. 4th, 2008. The new Avoca system is an extraordinary residential music control system designed for living rooms and fast, convenient, transparent use. It turns a CD collection into a fully, immediately accessible digital library through a unique touch-and-talk interface that delivers the best available system for conveniently operating and enjoying home music collections.

The VIP Music Edition consists of a VIP Music Player, a wireless VIP Music Companion (MC™), and the unique Say it-Play it™ control interface. The Music Player plays CDs on a slot-loading, front-panel CD Player, stores a copy in lossless digital format in its built-in hard drive, and plugs into any stereo or audio system via RCA or optical cable connections. Once a CD is loaded into the Music Player’s disc storage, building a digital library becomes as easy as simply listening to the music.

The VIP Music Companion is a wireless handheld controller equipped with Avoca’s touch-and-talk interface and a large, bright 3.0 x 2.25-inch touch-screen. The screen provides a portable browsing list of its owner’s music library by genre, artist, album, or track. By touch or voice, users can control their audio environments, from anywhere in a home, without depending on a direct line of sight to the Avoca Music Player, or to the TV to see a music list.

The Say it-Play it Interface on the MC Controller responds to simple, intuitive voice commands like: “Play The Eagles,” “Play the Boss,” “Set volume to 8,” “Display by Artist” and “Queue Yesterday.” The responsive voice control makes browsing music collections fast, convenient and fun, while bypassing the menu trees and avoiding the delays of traditional interfaces. Users can also attach nicknames or shorter names to music items, making them even more convenient to select.

“Consumers already love Avoca’s new system,” said Avoca President Iain Scott. “Millions of CD collections out there are underutilized, yet they contain treasured memories. Our VIP family of products provides advanced technology designed for residential living spaces, including dedicated music rooms, not the computer corner. The VIP Music Edition makes it easy to slip in a CD, play your music, and create an advanced digital music entertainment system while having fun with family and friends.”

Early customers have found the VIP Music Edition a pleasure to use. “The Avoca system works like a charm!” said Larry Sargent from Ottawa, Ontario. “It provides the best audio convenience & performance I could imagine. And we all enjoy having the voice search interface.”

The VIP Music Edition is available now from authorized Avoca dealers at suggested prices starting at $3,990. It can be seen with Avoca’s other innovative products at Booth 1095, Denver Convention Center, during the CEDIA Expo show, September 4-7, 2008.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Back in the day when I needed a better way to track my 1,000 plus compact discs (those shinny things that look like DVDs that play music), I used a great program called CATraxx. I haven’t used it since version 5 since I let iTunes take care of keeping track of my digital library now, but if you’re still in to CDs or have a massive amount of unprotected audio files (such as MP3s), this is without a doubt one of the best quality programs available. With an excellent search engine, pure database back-end, and a logical layout, I couldn’t recommend any other software program for Windows than CATraxx. Take a look at it today and download the trial to give it a try.

Here’s what’s new for 8.10.