The Tech Selection Section # TTSS018

Words by: Lady GGGadget
Posted: 12/9/11 11:39

The Tech Selection Section # TTSS018Bo selectors! Yes, as we begin to cool off after what has been a superhot and wildly weird summer, we’re back with another instalment of music-related technology and gadgetry.

This month we’re blessed with yet another crazy quartet to thrust under our GGGadget’s microscope. Here, we’ve got Native Instruments’ new Maschine Mikro controller, Sony’s HMZ-T1 3D visor, Harmonix’s VidRhythm video app, and an interesting Fighter Pilot-style listening device by a ‘Mr. H.S. Thompson’.

And don’t forget that our good Lady’s Lab is always an open house for TTSS entries. So, if you’ve got anything in mind that you’d like to see examined in this column, simply drop us a line.

In the meantime, thanks for tuning in, enjoy what remains of Ibiza’s 2011 closing parties, and we’ll see you back here next month!


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Dream Maschine: NI’s Mirko and iMaschine
Native InstrumentsMaschine range continues to evolve, and from October there will be the Maschine Mikro, which increases Maschine’s affordability and hands-on controllability in a more convenient compact form.

Mikro houses Maschine software, and the new software version (1.7) integrates with the instruments and effects in Komplete 8/Komplete 8 Ultimate for both Maschine and Maschine Mikro users. The controller features 4x4 backlit drum pads, the entire 6GB Maschine expandable sound library, and the free Komplete Elements sound collection to boot.
To find out more about what you can do with Maschine Mikro, just check out NI’s video of Jeremy Ellis. A jaw-dropping Mikro-loko drummer extraordinaire! Plus, next month, NI also introduces its iMaschine, for the iPhone and iPod touch, through Apple’s App Store.

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Oops up side yo’ head: Sony’s new 3D headgear
Delivering three dimensions per person, Sony’s new HMZ-T1 puts the hi-fi into your sci-fi, Star Trek-stylee, making those old red/green glasses that we used to wear look like the clumsy relics they are.

This state-of-the-art headgear might appear like something invented by the Thought Police. But relax, because it is, of course, based on the pleasure principle. So, strap on, tune in and isolate yourself from everyday environs, as you submerge yourself in a high-resolution world of movies, games, and simulated surround sound.

The Head Mounted Display (HMD) has one 0.7-inch OLED display for each eye, which apparently brings that full-on immersive 3D cinema experience right up inside yo’ head, without making you cross-eyed. The HMZ-T1 is coming first to Japan this autumn before rolling out around the world. Yes. Beam me up!

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In the mix with Harmonix’s VidRhythm app  
Making synchronised audio-visual collage, à la Addictive TV, is a painstaking and time-consuming process requiring superfly video editing and music composition skills, not to mention a boatload of technology. But now Harmonix’s new app is making this cut ‘n’ paste-style of rhythmic video entertainment much more accessible to the masses...

VidRhythm is a fun and easy to use app that allows anyone with iOS 4.2 (or later) to record video samples and create a unique AV mash-up. Using sights and sounds that you can capture through your devices as samples, VidRhythm automatically splices them together with its in-built songs and templates – and voilà you’ve got instant video music to share and enjoy.
For more information, check out their online channels, download the app, and start making your own VidRhythms, pronto.
Fighter pilot headphones, anyone?
When it comes to DJing we’re in no way condoning the wiring systems, sonic quality or driving safety of these head-turning Soviet-style Fighter Pilot ‘headphones’. However, we do reckon they’d look pretty wild in the mix down at DC-10. So, hell, why not check ‘em out?

Their creator is listed as a Mr. H.S. Thompson over on the Instructables site. Here, Thompson describes his bizarre modification as ‘old-school with a touch of steampunk’, as he relishes the ‘phones powerful fighter pilot feel, and ‘low-fidelity, weirdly distorted sound that utilitarian military sound systems have’. He also shows how they have been adapted to be compatible with his guitar amplifier. Ufff...
Click the link to uncover more about the details, required materials, and Thompson’s creative process. Boom!

OK. That’s all for now folks. See you in Octoberrrrrr!


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