Wooden Log, Lathes as Musical Instruments

Straight from the files of "Looks-like-an-April-Fool's-but-it's-real": From owlProject: The Log1k and iLog are instruments built from logs. (via near near future) The Log1k is a log with a gearbox motor that spins wooden disks to produce rhythmic noises, complete with "touch-sensitive switches" — wait, as opposed to non touch-sensitive switches? Don't forget the flat panel display. (It's a blank opaque flat panel that lights up, in other words. But it is flat.) The iLog is a new portable version with the same wooden toggle switches. The iLog records samples, but much of the sounds have to do with "the bare …

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HP to Develop iPod-style DJ Player/Instrument

We've been saying for ages Apple needs to develop a music player for DJs. Jason O'Grady has been saying it for two years. Well, Apple, HP is likely to beat you to the punch: The owners of the Playlist club in London (which features a night for iPod DJs just like APT here in NYC) alerted CDM to an exclusive interview with the team at HP developing the DJammer handheld DJ device. Here's why it's going to replace the iPod in clubs: Mic input Hold/scratch tracks, via sophisticated motion sensors More than a DJ device: sounds like a motion-sensitive portable …

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Moog Releases Voyager Rack Mount Edition

Legendary synthesis innovator Moog Music has launched a rack-mounted version of their Voyager synthesizer. There's no touch-pad or (naturally) keyboard, but the RME does feature all the sounds of the Voyager in a trim, 19" package. Perfect for augmenting your current rig or adding polyphony to your existing Voyager keyboard. (And if you do own a Voyager keyboard and are adding a few of these for polyphony, know that I officially hate you. In a loving, jealous sort of way, of course.) Optional wood handles, standard 'electric blue' backlit screen. Drool. Price: US$2195 (Just sell the car. You don't need …

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Jesusonic CrusFX Hardware Effects Processor

It's difficult providing snappy commentary on the latest bizarre audio hardware people have created. Witness the Jesusonic CrusFX (har, har) 1000. It's a custom-programmed computer effects system, controllable by footswitches, in a homemade wooden case that's shaped like a crucifix. In the words of its creators, it answers the question "What effects processor would Jesus use?" In my words . . . I'm . . . I'm speechless, frankly. There's an OS X/Linux/Windows demo (no GUI yet) if you don't have room in your studio for its rather peculiar dimensions, and some promising-looking patches. They're promising a non-cross-shaped alternate version …

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