music gear

Elektron's Model:Samples groovebox is $100 off for the holidays

Elektron's synths, samplers, drum machines and grooveboxes are known for their top-notch sound and unique sequencing features. Once thing they're not known for, though, is being affordable. The

Yamaha updates its THR desktop guitar amps for the first time in years

The pressure waves from a cranked 100-watt tube amp could kill any insects or small rodents in close proximity. Even low-powered, solid state practice amplifiers can be too loud for apartment

Learners will love Roli’s colorful, light-up piano keyboard

Roli's new Lumi is a sweet-looking light-up keyboard that's great for learners and pros. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

This single iPad knob costs almost $400

Would you pay $400 to add an aluminum knob to your iPad? No, of course not. But let's look (and laugh) at it anyway. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Roland’s new Bluetooth speaker doubles as a guitar amp

The new Roland BTM-1 is a nice-looking Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a mini guitar amp, complete with dedicated guitar-centric controls. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Elektron Model:Samples review: A powerful groovebox for beginners

Note: The video above mistakenly states that the Novation Circuit does not have velocity sensitive pads. The review below correctly reflects that it does.Synthesizers and samplers are starting to look

Jamstack Bluetooth speaker clamps onto your electric guitar

The Jamstack is a regular portable Bluetooth speaker, but it also clips onto your guitar, and connects it to your iPhone, turning it into a mini amp. Rock on, as the old folks think the kids say. (via

RødeCaster Pro is the perfect box for iOS podcasters

The RØDECaster Pro puts everything you need to record podcasts into one clever box. It even records photo calls via Bluetooth (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Roli Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition adds touch control to Mac

Roli's Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition has deep hooks into the Mac app, and amazing touch-sensitive controllers. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
A fantastically fun looper pedal cover of The Cure's "Close To Me"

A fantastically fun looper pedal cover of The Cure's "Close To Me"

I've been researching looper pedals for my 12-year-old guitarist son and happened upon this video of Mick Bishop using his Boss RC-300 Loop Station to create a very fun cover of "Close To Me," perhaps

Gig on the go with Roland’s awesome iPhone mixer

Roland's Go Mixer Pro improves on the flawed original in every way, making it a must-have for mobile musicians. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Moby auctioning music gear to benefit animal rights group

Moby is selling more than 100 vintage synthesizers and a slew of other musical equipment to benefit the animal rights group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. His Reverb marketplace store

Amazing Songmaker Kit has everything you need for making music on the go

Roli's modular Songmaker Kit combines a keyboard, a drum pad, and a looper into one super-portable package. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)