Kontakt 2 Samples: Orchestra, Pianos, and Loops, oh my!

Native's soon-to-ship flagship sampler Kontakt 2 wowed audiences at its unveiling earlier this year, but some of its features seemed a little too advanced to be of general appeal — how many of us will really be creating surround-sound patches? If you weren't sold then, Native Instruments is sweetening the deal with an insane collection […]

Profile: VJ Miixxy (Melissa Ulto)

New Yorker "imagineer and visualnaut" Melissa Ulto, aka VJ Miixxy, is interviewed by Vidvox, developers of GRID and VDMX VJ software. Melissa chats about her latest gigs (Museum of Modern Art, Madame Tassauds Wax Museum, Broadway, The Ramones, and a Pilates vid for MTV enough variety for you?), and her dreamy rig: Edirol V4s, Canon […]

Build-on-Demand Cardboard Speakers

Want speakers that are even more compact? Why not just build them when you need them? NYC Japanese importer Compact-Impact has US$45 collapsible build-on-demand speakers that measure just 3" cube and weigh only 225g, thanks to popypropylene and, you know, cardboard. They're passive, 2 watts (that's right, two) so don't expect much sound. But maybe […]

Trigger Finger Price Announced

M-Audio's Trigger Finger USB-powered triggering device, which I covered here on CDM and for Gizmodo, now has pricing: list US$249.95, though, as expected, street price is just under $200. M-Audio tells CDM the Trigger Finger is shipping by the end of the month, so you could have your hands on this soon. 16 velocity- and […]

M3 Summit Opens in Miami Tomorrow

The M3 Summit (Miami, Music, Multimedia) opens tomorrow at Winter Music Conference in Miami, FL. The event (which is co-sponsored by Apple) bills itself as "the only gathering in the United States to merge modern music, technology, fashion, and multimedia arts as an integrated lifestyle." On the bill are sunset sessions and poolside networking parties, […]

R4 Ships, DAT Dies

DAT tape is as over as eight track cassette. Edirol is shipping its R4 portable digital recorder. What's not to love? 40GB HD, 24-bit/96kHz (though we'll stick with 16-bit and 44.1 / 48, thank you), 4-channel recording, and even onboard effects and wave editor. Connect it via USB 2.0 to your computer and download files, […]

R1: Tricked-out Portable Recording

If you're lucky, your portable audio player has some lousy recording capabilities. Or it may have none at all. So many people resort to MiniDisc recorders, which are decent, but employ lossy compression — and do you really want to be swapping tapes and manually copying to your computer in the year 2005? Edirol's R1 […]

Avid Acquires Pinnacle (but not Steinberg)

Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. Avid announced today that it will acquire Pinnacle, one of Avid's few remaining competitors in media production technology. At the ultra-high-end broadcast level, Avid already nearly owns the market, and Pinnacle will complete that integration. Meanwhile, you can expect Avid to make a big play for the consumer market […]

Home Studio Revolution in the Paper of Record

Manhattan apartments may not have enough room to cook anything more sophisticated than instant mac & cheese, but who says you can't roll your bed into a closet and make a hit album? Even the New York Times is noticing the home studio trend in a story Sunday. (Check that link quick; after a few […]

Wear your Shuffle on your Shirt

PodBrix, who brought us the "Lego" Steve Jobs keynote playset, now have the world's geekiest way of toting around your iPod Shuffle. The Brixwear 1000, due to go on sale at 9 PM Eastern time Monday 3/21, uses a magnetic clasp to keep your Shuffle on your chest and not on the sidewalk. US$28.99, and […]