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[ 30 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: 27th TEC Awards honors guitarist Steve Vai, best in audio ]
TEC Foundation

Last Friday night we attended the 27th Annual TEC Awards at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA to see which companies won top honors for their technological innovations in professional audio and sound design.
OK, we might have really been there to see honoree Steve Vai accept his prestigious Les Paul Award, presented each year to a musician whose work exemplifies the “highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology.” The Les Paul …

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[ 30 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: John Lennon Educational Tour Bus celebrates 15 years ]
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus logo

Anyone who’s attended the NAMM Show in the last several years has seen the big blue bus that settles in for the four days of the show in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a state of the art, non profit rolling recording studio and HD production hub with a sole altruistic purpose: to bring free, hands-on music education to students across the nation. This year the bus …

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[ 30 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: Tiggzi lets musicians build their own mobile apps ]
Tiggzi mobile app builder

We visited the Tiggzi booth at the NAMM Show last week to check out the company’s new customizable mobile app builder for musicians.
Tiggzi provides a free online template that lets artists build their very own mobile app to share with their fans. Cool, right? Dave Schoenbach, VP of Product Management for Exadel, the software company behind Tiggzi, walked us through a typical setup online. We, and the musician friends we were with that day, came …

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[ 29 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: Casio hopes to reinvent brand with new XW synths ]

Casio has been quietly producing keyboards for years–but it’s calculators and watches that immediately spring to mind for most who hear the name. Last Thursday night during an exclusive media event at the 2012 NAMM Show, however, the company boldly stated they intend to change all that. Enter their two new keyboard synthesizers, the XW P1 & XW G1.
“Casio is changing who we are and what we mean to the world,” said Steven Schmidt, VP …

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[ 29 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: Why Jammit app is cool and its pricing fair ]
Jammit music education app

We’ve heard a lot about the Jammit instructional music app since its debut around this time last year. Rockstars in training love being able to isolate and learn original tracks note for note–but they’re less enamored by the app’s expensive songs. So we stopped by their booth at the NAMM Show to check it out–and to see what the company had to say in response to consumers’ gripes about its pricey library of tunes.
Jammit is …

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[ 29 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: IK Multimedia’s iRig line offers mobile recording solutions ]
IK Multimedia iRig Mic

IK Multimedia iRig MIC Cast

The IK Multimedia booth at the NAMM Show was abuzz with activity last week when we stopped by to check out their new iRig audio recording devices for for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The booth was so busy we couldn’t nab an open demo station to give the units a hands-on spin–but if the traffic we observed was any indication, these little units could be a big seller for the …

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[ 27 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on NAMM 2012: Monkeybars social marketplace lets artists pay fans ]
Monkeybars social media music app

AllDayTech swung by the Monkeybars booth at the Winter NAMM trade show last week to check out their intriguing new social marketing music site that pays both the artist AND the fans royalties for promoting creative content.
What? Make a little money just by telling other people about the music you like? I’m sure you’re wondering how this all works.
We spoke with VP of Product Phillip Zeelig, who boiled down the the Monkeybars premise quite …

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[ 27 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on Deal: Amazon selling Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $100 ] is undercutting Verizon in a  major way on one of the hottest smartphones on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Online customers opening a new line of service with Verizon will get the phone for $99.99, a full $200 cheaper than purchasing from Verizon. The Nexus, one of the largest smartphones on the market right now, is the first Android phone to run the ultra-smooth Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Amazon’s $99.99 sales price is for …

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[ 27 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on iPhone helps drive record sales quarter for AT&T ]

Ma Bell may not have scored the T-Mobile merger it wanted, but its sales quarter wasn’t bad at all.
AT&T reported selling 9.4 million smartphones in the last quarter. Of those, 7.6 million were iPhone activations. The 9.4 million was AT&T’s best ever sales quarter and 50 percent more than the previous quarterly record. It was more than double the third quarter 2010 sales.
AT&T said it was the best ever quarter for Android and iPhone sales, …

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[ 26 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on Will we see a new Xbox this year and will it be 6 times as powerful as Xbox 360? ]

The rumors are flying that a brawny new Microsoft Xbox, potentially six times more powerful as the current Xbox 360, could be in stores by this Christmas.
Can you imagine playing Madden football on a machine like that? Tom Brady would look like, well, Tom Brady. Kinect games would be outrageous.
Some outlets are even calling it Xbox 720, which we don’t love, but OK. It is time for the gaming consoles to get a refresh. We’ve …