NAMM 2012: 27th TEC Awards honors guitarist Steve Vai, best in audio

TEC FoundationLast 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 Foundation sponsors the Les Paul Award.

OK, we might have REALLY been there to hear Vai wail on guitar after receiving his prestigious Les Paul Award (this IS the NAMM Show, after all. We like music, too). It doesn’t matter. We were there. We had the wine, cheese and a rather tasty crab dip on crackers. We thought presenter duo Lisa Loeb and Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen made an unexpectedly charming couple. Bootsy Collins strolled onstage to present right after his gig at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus birthday party outside. And we want more Weird Al Yankovich at awards shows… not that we attend a lot of awards shows. But when we do, we hope Weird Al is there. Other presenters included Eddie Kramer, Bernie Williams, Russ Paul, David Angress and Billy Sheehan.

We saw a lot of gear, some of which was so industry-specific we didn’t quite relate (congrats, Radial Engineering WR8 Workhorse for your big win in the Signal Processing Technology/Hardware category). And we saw some wins in categories that were a little more relatable (good job on that Best in Television Sound Production nab, Saturday Night Live).

Vai received the Les Paul Award for his continuing technological innovations in music. In 1985 he worked with Ibanez to design his signature “Jem” guitar, which boasted features never before seen in the industry. He also developed the first commercial 7 string guitar with Ibanez, teamed with Carvin Corporation to develop a series of Legacy amplifiers and has contributed innovative ideas to dozens of equipment manufacturers worldwide.

After a humble speech in which he expressed his thanks and shared some funny stories, Vai took the stage with bassist Billy Sheehan, guitarists Orianthi, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Will Lee on vocals to rip through several tunes.

You can see the complete list of TEC Award 2011 winners here.

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.духи дольче габбана женскиесдать тест по английскомустоимость ммссхема укладки штучного паркетатент Jaguarнакидка Bugattiбухгалтерия и юриспруденциястуденческий билетпоисковое продвижение сайта реклама

NAMM 2012: John Lennon Educational Tour Bus celebrates 15 years

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus logoAnyone 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 celebrated its 15th anniversary at the NAMM Show and we caught up with bus co-founder and executive director Brian Rothschild to learn more about the bus and the technology within.

Outreach & initiatives
The Lennon Bus began traveling the nation in 1998, stopping at schools and colleges around the nation to give students the chance to create audio and video projects in a real studio setting. The goal of the Lennon bus is to reach as many children as possible through music.

“This is the continuation of John’s vision,” said Rothschild, who works closely with Yoko Ono to ensure the Lennon Bus organization continues to target the kinds of educational initiatives that will keep Lennon’s dream alive.

Rothschild explained the bus typically visits organizations whose students who have an expressed interest in music or are currently studying music, but music study is not a requirement. “There are too many schools that don’t currently have music and arts programs,” said The John Lennon Educational Tour BusRothschild, who stated the bus strives to bridge that gap.

The bus reaches more than 250,000 students and makes more than 60 stops coast to coast throughout the year. It can accommodate about 20 students at a time and spends a day or so at each stop helping them create any original music, audio or video project they choose. The crew, who live onboard full time 10 months of the year, are experienced engineers and studio professionals.

Rothschild said the experience onboard the bus has been life-changing for some students, many of whom have never seen the inside of a studio nor had the opportunity to work with cutting edge gear and professionals who can help them bring seemingly lofty creative ideas to fruition. One mother shared with Rothschild that the time spent on the Lennon Bus helped her son connect with his creativity as nothing else had before.

Inside the John Lennon Educational Tour BusHappy birthday–and what’s on board
As part of the bus’s 15th birthday celebration this year, the bus unveiled a new suite of notable software and equipment upgrades for 2012, including Avid Pro Tools | HDX recording gear. The bus also broadcast a live stream of its party, which featured Bootsy Collins and guests, at http://www.lennonbus.org thanks to streaming capabilities provided by NewTek and TodoCast.

Collins, who has a rich history of supporting music and arts education through his own Bootsy Collins Foundation, teamed up with the Lennon Bus in 2011 to produce an original song and music video with students in Austin, TX. He liked the track so much he now opens all his shows with it. See the video here (be warned: it’s catchy). 

The Lennon Bus studios continue to be powered by Apple with new iMacs, Mac Minis, and dozens of MacBook Pros. New for 2012 will be the addition of several iPad 2s, which will allow participants in the creative production workshops to use Pro Tools Remote and Avid Scorch. NewTek and TodoCast will provide live streaming capabilities for the 2012 tour. Newtek’s TriCaster 850 Extreme with the TriCaster 850 CS will provide live switching of 8 HD video sources, discreet recording of each source in addition to program output, live keying and compression for real-time web streaming. TodoCast has partnered with the Lennon Bus to provide a roof-mounted satellite dish and high quality connectivity to facilitate live video streaming of special events throughout the year.

Get in touch
Schools and organizations interested in having the bus make a stop can get in touch with the Lennon Bus organization online at http://www.lennonbus.org or via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lennonbus. Engineers or studio professionals interested in working wtih the bus should also contact lennonbus.org for information.

The bus will be making a number of stops in California this month, then it’s on to the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival. To keep up with the bus while it’s on the road, get the Lennon Bus mobile app here.

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.молекулярные духиЧехол для динамика Егерьprocam zx5 newBlizzak DM-V1турагенство украинаcar cover 300cкупить смеситель ценаProline 5210Aguaranteed search engine marketing

NAMM 2012: Tiggzi lets musicians build their own mobile apps

Tiggzi mobile app builderWe 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 away impressed.

Tiggzi mobile app for musicians
Tiggzi mobile app for musicians

The Tiggzi wizard is clean and easy to use–and users don’t need to know a thing about code to use it. With just a few clicks an artist can quickly and easily build a simple but fully featured, tab-based mobile app that’s all about them. They can pull in their bio, songs, videos, pictures and updates from Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, blogs or any other RSS feeds. The app also lets artists sell merchandise and show tickets. Advanced users can dig deeper into the full-featured Tiggzi editor to further customize the app to edit tab headings, change colors or add unique features for fans or band members (there is a monthly fee for the advanced features).

Artists can upload the app to any mobile app store. They can give it away for free or sell it online.

We’d never really thought of having our very own personal app but we really like the idea. Imagine the possibilities of having your own app if you have something to sell, promote or share. A Tiggzi mobile app is like a mashup of your favorite band’s Website and social media pages all in one compact package on your mobile phone. We like the instant connection an app provides, versus having to call up a Web page or log in to a social site to access your favorite band. It’s just convenient. It’s also smart–a mobile marketing strategy is essential for anyone serious about doing business these days.

The  basic version is free and there’s nothing to download or install. There’s a standard edition for multiple app projects that costs $15 per month and a Pro edition that lets users create an unlimited number of apps for $50 per month. More information about Tiggzi for Musicians is available here.

You don’t have to be a musician to use Tiggzi, by the way. Anyone can build their own app using the regular Tiggzi mobile app builder. Visit http://www.tiggzi.com for details.

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.zx3видеорегистраторы dvr отзывыподделка парфюмериисайтгорящие туры из киева 2014где сделать справку 086узаказать выступлениеПрививочная карта ребёнкакакой авторегистратор цена на

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 of Production at Casio. “The XW models will synthesize music with a combination of features not currently available in a single instrument.”

Unlike other synth workstation keyboards that demand plenty of preprogramming, Casio’s XW synths are designed to function readily in live settings. The company describes the XW G1 as “a groove synthesizer that combines the functions of the various digital equipment used by club DJs in a single unit.” The G1 can sample music and layer sounds and overdub live, in the moment:

The XW-G1 is a synthesizer that lets users enjoy many of the features club DJs use on their digital equipment. The functions of various DJ gear are included in this all-in-one unit, including its Step Sequencer for selecting an array of rhythm patterns, Phrase Sequencer offering preset phrases that spice up DJ performances, and Sample Looper for digitally sampling rhythm patterns, keyboard performances, or externally input sound ,allowing overdubbing. Using the built-in 61-key keyboard, users can not only play the keyboard live while using rhythm patterns as backing tracks, but can also use the keyboard to call up features quickly while DJ-ing, giving them real-time control of the instrumentfs cool club sounds.

Casio says its XW-P1 is “a true performance synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds for live performances and playing expressively.” The P1 is loaded with preset sounds and functions created specifically for live performance. It’s light, lean and can run on batteries–so it can be played anywhere:

The XW-P1 is a synthesizer particularly designed for creating sounds and playing expressively in live performances. This model features 620 preset tones, including Solo Synthesizer presets that reproduce vintage analog synthesizer sounds, Hex Layer ensemble sounds that comprise as many as six tones, and Drawbar Organ presets that can be controlled using nine sliders functioning as drawbars. A wide array of sounds can be created using the preset tones and a wide range of internal waves. Moreover, the XW-P1 is loaded with various functions to give discerning performers more power of expression, including the Performance function that allows performance setups to be independently assigned for up to four designated keyboard zones.

We spoke with Casio sound designer Daniel Fisher, who explained the considerable detail that went into engineering the machines and creating realistic sounds with the realistic varying wave lengths and sound decay you hear when notes made by real instruments fade away. He explained the added complexity of doing it all at reasonable price points. Fisher emphasized the synths’ sound layering features and overall bang for the buck are the boards’ biggest selling points.

The Casio team at NAMM walked us through the various features of the machines and as a whole seemed excited and enthusiastic about the new synths. We are familiar with synthesizers and must say the Casio XW models were pleasant surprises–big sound, plenty of capability, unique features (especially the DJ compatibility, which we’ve never seen before). While they are unlikely to pose serious competition for big daddies like Yamaha and Korg workstation synths, the Casio XW models cost a fraction of those hefty prices, are considerably lighter, more portable and target a niche market looking to create synthesized music in atypical environments.

Casio was chosen as one of the “Companies to Watch” in NAMM’s “Best in Show” list for 2012. We agree. While we don’t think these synths will be replace heavy-duty workstations for serious keyboard players, they look to us like excellent and affordable entry-level choices for someone new to synths or nice expansion boards for the pro on the go. And Casio clearly means business with these. We’re interested to see where the company will take them.

The XW-P1 will be available in March 2012 for an MSRP of $699.00 and the XW-G1 will be available in April 2012 for an MSRP of $799.00.

Find out more about the XW synths here.

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.учёба в италииЕгерь-55 EG-55.01DMdrift hd 720pбронирование тура Коттедж лапландиякамбоджа вьетнам турыгайковерт ценамикроволновая печь купитьaskgrandмедицинская справка москва

NAMM 2012: Why Jammit app is cool and its pricing fair

Jammit music education appWe’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 a free iPhone app that lets users isolate any track in a song. If you want to learn just the guitar solo you can silence the other instruments to hear only the guitar. Speed controls let you slow down the track so you can work out the tricky bits. You can follow along Jammit appwith the notation or choose tablature. And when you’ve finally mastered your solo you can silence the original guitar track and dial up the other instruments to play along with the band or any other instrument you like. You can even record your performance and save it to your computer or share it with your friends on Facebook.

The app has been recently upgraded with more speed controls and graphical tracking along the tab or score so you don’t get lost as you play along. Pitch control ensures the track remains in key no matter how much you slow it down.

We spent some time noodling with the app as the booth rep walked us through a demonstration. We chose Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” from Jammit’s long list of songs, slipped on the ‘phones and slid toggles up and down on the touch screen as instructed. We liked what we saw and heard. We found the interface simple and straightforward.

The rep mentioned the company is exploring the idea of incorporating a gaming feature in a future release that will test players’ accuracy as they jam along with tracks. We like the idea of an interactive guitar game that actually requires a real guitar, real strings and the development of real musical skill. We hope that comes to fruition down the line.

The Jammit booth at NAMM 2012
The Jammit booth at NAMM 2012

As for those consumer complaints about the price of Jammit’s songs, which run from $0.99 to as high as $5.99, the Jammit rep at the booth stated it’s important to remember what you’re getting. For less than the price of what you’d pay for the sheet music alone Jammit provides the original master, the score, the ability to change the speed of each track, the ability to isolate each instrument and, once you’ve completely owned that blazing lead solo, the ability to record yourself playing in place of the original track along with the rest of the band. When you look at it that way… well, your mileage may vary but we’ve bought a lot of sheet music in our day. That’s a decent bang for your buck.

We’ve heard a number of Jammit enthusiasts wondering when or how the company plans to expand its current offerings of songs. Jammit told us they are listening to and responding to what their customers want–so if there’s a song you’d love to see in their library, don’t hesitate to let them know. They tend to start with the most popular and well-known songs and are working with their current roster of artists to add more tunes.

Jammit is aimed squarely at the budding musician who’s hashing out songs by ear at home and craves help untangling that furious middle section of blazing 32nd notes. But the app also has broader applications. For the music teacher, Jammit becomes fun supplemental training to help students learn to read music and play by ear. We like the recording feature, which lets the practicing musician listen to and evaluate their own playing. And if Jammit does develop the gaming feature, we can see only good coming from folks having fun while learning to really play a real instrument.

The company plans to release an Android version in early 2012. Find out more or get the app here.

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.программа для обучения английскомуонлайн магазин парфюмериикристиан диор духи жадорEVO W163כיסוי לרכב hammerавто джиликупить бу детскую стенкукаркам м1акенори 1080

NAMM 2012: IK Multimedia’s iRig line offers mobile recording solutions

IK Multimedia iRig MIC Cast
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 company.

iRig MIC Cast
First up is the company’s new iRig MIC Cast, a pocket-sized voice microphone that plugs into your idevice’s headphone jack. We like the look of this unit, which is small, portable and should come in handy when you need to record a business meeting or class lecture. You can also plug your headphones into the unit to monitor what you’re recording. Nice.

iRig MIC Cast retails for $39.99 and will be available within the next few months. More info and specs on the iRig MIC Cast is available here.

 

IK Multimedia iRig Mic
IK Multimedia iRig Mic

iRig Mic
The iRig Mic is the first handheld condenser microphone designed exclusively for Apple iOS devices.

IK Multimedia pegs this mic as the perfect choice for sensitive, quality vocal and speech recording when you’re on the go. It includes a dual mini-jack connector into which you can plug  headphones, speakers or a PA system to monitor your recording.

iRig Mic retails for $59.99. More info and specs are available here.

 

 

 

IK Multimedia PRE
IK Multimedia iRig PRE

iRig PRE
For folks who are serious about recording, a mic is nothing without a good mic preamp. Enter the iRig PRE, which lets musicians plug any stage or studio mic directly into their iOS device via the PRE’s XLR connector to gain precise control of their sound. An adjustable gain control thumbwheel lets the user set desired recording levels.

A 9V battery supplies 15 hours of juice to phantom-powered condenser mics. The unit includes a cable to connect to your idevice and can be mounted on a stand.

The PRE retails for $39.99 and will be available in the next few months. More info and specs on the iRig PRE is available here.

 

Included apps
Each of these units comes with iRig Recorder and VocaLive, two free apps to help users manage and edit their recordings. iRig Recorder is a voice recording and editing app; VocaLive is a multi-effects vocal processing app.

IK Multimedia booth at NAMM 2012
The IK Multimedia booth at the 2012 NAMM Show

Quite a few IK Multimedia booth visitors were completely absorbed in test drives of these iRig recording units, which didn’t surprise us. We think all these devices provide recording solutions long desired by smartdevice users.

 

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.узнать позицию сайтадухи gianfranco ferreКомплект внешнего питания Егерь-2Dialog WC-15Uмальдивы отдыхчехол Teslacar cover bestLe JardinProline

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 simply: “Monkeybars rewards fans for promoting their favorite bands on social spaces.”

Monkeybars is a free online social marketplace through which independent artists can upload, promote and sell their own content–everything from music to movies to books to art. The artist also sets a royalty amount, or “reward,” to pay fans who generate a sale by sharing this content on their Facebook, Twitter or Google pages. Because there’s no middleman, the artist collects and distributes all profits themselves. And they can pay fans as little or as much as they like.

Monkeybars booth at NAMM
The Monkeybars booth at NAMM

You read that right. Tell the world about that sweet indie band you love and you get paid! The band gets paid! Everybody gets paid! (Oprah outburst, sorry. We just got a little excited for a moment there because we think this is cool). Users can also log into Monkeybars via Facebook to browse, listen to or purchase content directly from the site.

Zeelig emphasized Monkeybars removes the limitations of e-commerce media sites, which usually pay independent artists just pennies on the dollar for every unit sold. He said Monkeybars’ main goal is to give these artists control of their marketing, money and let them build and connect with a community of fans. Fans who have always enthusiastically promoted their favorite artists can now enjoy a little compensation for their support. If it works as it was described to us and if fans and artists take to this model and support it, it sounds a total win-win.

Zeelig expects Monkeybars, which officially debuted Thursday at NAMM, to move out of beta in about a month. The platform will evolve based on artist feedback and market performance.

We think it’s a great concept with great potential.

Find out more at monkeybars.net

About the NAMM Show
The NAMM Show is one of the largest music products trade shows in the world. It is hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and is attended each year by musical instrument manufacturers, retailers, associates and their invited guests from around the world. The NAMM Show is not open to the public. For more information, visit namm.org.укладка фанеры на бетонный пол под линолеумArenaфасадная панельпаркетная доска esta parketснять квартиру почасовая оплатасправка ру москваягуар ценасамый лучший видеорегистратор автомобильныйраскрутка сайтов в сети

Deal: Amazon selling Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $100

Amazon.com 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 new customers only and you have to get the two-year contract, but you knew that already.

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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, though not all of the 7.6 million iPhone activations it reported were new ones. Some in that figure likely included used devices being activated on new accounts.

On to the press release:

  • $(1.12) diluted EPS in fourth quarter compared to $0.18 diluted EPS in the year-ago period. Excluding significant items for both quarters, EPS of $0.42 compared to $0.55 in the year-ago quarter, driven by the company’s best-ever quarter for smartphone activations — up nearly 60 percent year over year
  • Consolidated revenues of $32.5 billion, up $1.1 billion, or 3.6 percent, versus the year-earlier period
  • In 2011, AT&T’s growth engines — wireless, wireline data and managed services — represented 76 percent of total revenues and grew 7.5 percent versus 2010, led in the fourth quarter by:
    • 10.0 percent growth in wireless revenues
    • 19.4 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $956 million versus the year-earlier quarter
    • 16.4 percent growth in strategic business services revenues
    • 43.7 percent growth in consumer U-verse revenues
  • 9.4 million smartphone sales, best-ever quarter and 50 percent more than previous quarterly record and nearly double 3Q11 sales; 82 percent of postpaid sales were smartphones
  • 717,000 wireless postpaid net adds, the largest increase in five quarters; 2.5 million increase in total net wireless subscribers, with gains in every customer category
  • Best-ever quarter for Android and Apple smartphones, including 7.6 million iPhone activations
  • 571,000 branded computing device (tablets, aircards, etc.) sales, best-ever quarter to reach 5.1 million total subscribers; up almost 70 percent from a year ago
  • 12th consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase in postpaid wireless subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber), up 1.4 percent to $63.76 — more than $6 higher than nearest competitor’s ARPU
  • Second consecutive quarter of sequential growth in wireline business revenues
  • Sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse® services
  • 208,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 3.8 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates

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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 been PS3ing and Xboxing for many years now and while some developers are still squeezing every last bit of power out of the aging consoles, they are aging. With so many gamers being lured by handheld devices like the upcoming  PlayStation Vita and the iPod Touch, console gaming need a shot in the arm.

Microsoft was first with the current next-gen hardware and it would make sense for them to make the next move now. Nintendo has a new Wii on deck (which some industry people believe will be 20 percent less powerful than this next gen Xbox) and there have been rumors of PlayStation 4.

We wouldn’t get our hopes up for a release this year. We’d sooner bet on an introduction later this year and a release sometime around Spring 2013, but it’s pretty exciting to think about a new console — so long as it’s backwards compatible.онлайн тест английскогочехол HondaЗащитный кожух для фотоловушек ReconyxReplay HND107справка 086 купить с доставкойtanzania safari priceswomen sex machinesпродвижение в соцсетяхвидеоглазок цифровой