RumbleRail Boombox Plays Any Midi Tune on Old Disk Drives

YouTube is about to hit peak saturation on those 'old computer hardware plays random song' videos thanks to Simon Schoar's RumbleRail. Instead of random components all hastily hacked together, it lets anyone build a rather elegant-looking floppy disk jukebox that plays any MIDI file from an SD card. » 1/27/14 3:20pm 1/27/14 3:20pm

All the Most Awesome Blinky Lights and Gnarly Sounds From NAMM 2013

NAMM is the musical instrument industry's annual woohoo of a trade show where all the big names show off the fancy new wares they want the musicians of the world to embrace. But if you don't actually go to the show, the best part is watching demo videos full of crazy sound and batshit blinking lights. Here's our… » 1/25/13 1:00pm 1/25/13 1:00pm

Tabber Will Teach Shredding Essentials with a Light-Up Fretboard

It's easy to make fun of Guitar Hero now that the craze is over, but one thing is for sure: It created a new enthusiasm for the guitar as an instrument, in these days of DJs and remix artists. We've seen a rash of startingly innovative new ways to teach people how to play the guitar, from the Rock Prodigy series to » 2/13/12 9:00pm 2/13/12 9:00pm

MIDI Connectivity Can Turn Your iPad Into a Recording Studio, Kind Of

The iPad can help you make sweet, sweet music. And I'm not talking about karaoke or strange virtual guitar concepts: artists like Gorrillaz have managed to record full songs using them. Throw in a MIDI interface, though, and things could get really serious. » 1/11/12 8:44am 1/11/12 8:44am

The Keytar Has a Spiritual Successor and Its Name Is the Turntabletar


The not-so-cleverly-named turntabletar is something that should never be used IRL. Still, there's no denying its novelty. Two midi turntable controllers have been melded with a mixer and strapped to something resembling a guitar neck. But instead of fret bars and strings, the neck has a crossfader, which, of course,… » 5/21/11 9:00am 5/21/11 9:00am

Djay for iPad and Other Actually Cool Music Apps Coming With iOS 4.2

I was pretty pumped about the prospect of multitouch music apps before the iPad's release, but iOS 3.x didn't give developers too many audio options to work with. iOS 4.2, however, will, so we're gonna get sweet stuff like this. » 11/17/10 3:20pm 11/17/10 3:20pm

Building The World's First Lightning-Proof MIDI Guitar

The folks of ArcAttack—a crazy group of performers who use singing tesla coils to create incredible melodies—have built a lightning-proof guitar for a performance on America's Got Talent. They've decided to tell us how they constructed the instrument and how it works: » 8/20/10 12:20am 8/20/10 12:20am