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Tag: Sound

Flame: the Talking Midi Synthesizer

Flame: the Talking Midi Synthesizer
Dig that retro “Speak & Spell” sound? This sound module out of Germany produces an array of interesting eighties-esque bleeps, blips and fuzz that can incorporate little bits of speech and other sound effects. The Flame Talking Synth can also be driven by a MIDI controller so you can really compose some serious electronica using one of these and composition software.

Sangean Hdt-1 Adds HD Radio to Any Stereo System

Sangean Hdt-1 Adds HD Radio to Any Stereo System
HD Radio is a fairly new technology that broadcasts local digital radio stations over AM or FM without the static, crackle and pop that are often found in analog AM and FM broadcasts. While the volume of available programming is more hit-and-miss than XM or Sirius satellite radio, HD Radio is totally free, with no subscription fees.
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Logitech Z-5500 Speaker Wood Case Mod: Gorgeous

Logitech Z-5500 Speaker Wood Case Mod: Gorgeous
While Logitech’s z-5500 5.1 speaker system has received high marks for its sound quality, its looks are a little too high-tech plastic for my tastes. Seeing that nobody was really doing case mods for speaker systems, modder Antti Hakala took on the challenge of converting this rather ordinary looking set of speakers and transformed them into a work of art.

Mad Dog Speakers for Your Pc

Mad Dog Speakers for Your Pc
These whimsical Mad Dog Speakers are perfect for any canine lover. The pair of black and white dogs plug into your USB port and let you kick out tunes from your PC or any other audio device with a stereo mini plug.

Digital Sound Feeling System: Huh?

Digital Sound Feeling System: Huh?
Japan produces some of the most important innovations in the world of technology, but they also are known for making some of the oddest gadgets ever invented. This one is no exception. This strange looking device from SEGATOYS produces three-dimensional “healing” sounds which are designed to help you relax.

Musicmug: iPod in a Cup

Musicmug: iPod in a Cup
This unique iPod holder out of Japan looks like a china cup, but actually features a speaker built into the bottom. The MusicMug from I.D.E.A. is a ceramic enclosure with a special (un-amplified) speaker that’s optimized for playback directly from the output of your iPod.

It’s a Him, Mario.

It’s a Him, Mario.
Ever wanted to know what the guy who voices Nintendo’s Mario looked like? This short video features the man himself, Charles Martinet as he provides his unique vocal stylings for the little Italian plumber that built an empire.

Pioneer Music Tap: Home Audio System Cuts the Cords

Pioneer Music Tap: Home Audio System Cuts the Cords
Pioneer Japan is showing off this new music system that can send audio signals to remote speakers around your house. Rather than using more modern wireless technologies like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, Pioneer opted to use power line signal transmission, to reduce the likelihood of over-the-air interference, and to simplify configuration.

Car Horns Get Just That Much More Annoying

Car Horns Get Just That Much More Annoying
Remember those old car horns that played “La Cucuracha” over and over again? A California auto accessories maker hopes to bring back that awful fad in a new, even more irritating way. Let me introduce you to Horntones, a device that lets you play MP3 or WAV files of your choice through your car horn.

Sound Stage X1: Complete Home Theater in a Tv Stand

Sound Stage X1: Complete Home Theater in a Tv Stand
If you’re just too darned lazy to set up a complete home theater system, this piece of furniture might be just what the doctor ordered. The Evesham Sound Stage X1 is not only designed to hold your widescreen flat panel television, but it’s a complete 5.1 surround sound system.

Dangerbomb: Wake Up or Else

Dangerbomb: Wake Up or Else
Bring out your inner Jack Bauer with this alarm clock import from Japan. Once the DangerBomb’s alarm goes off, you’ll need to quickly disconnect one of three color-coded wires to prevent the DangerBomb from “exploding.” To keep you on your toes, the alarm will pick a random color coded wire that must be detached within a pre-set amount of time.

Rubik’s Revolution: the Cube Goes Techno

Rubik’s Revolution: the Cube Goes Techno
I’ve been wondering why the old Rubik’s Cube has been making appearances all over the place lately, with a significant amount of screen time dedicated to it in Will Smith’s craptacular The Pursuit of Happyness. Now we know it was all product placement geared towards the upcoming release of the new Rubik’s Revolution, a modern update to the classic brainteaser.

Pesky Kids be Gone

Pesky Kids be Gone
I’ve heard of pest eradicators that use ultrasonic sounds to drive off rodents and insects, but this is the first humane way I’ve heard of to get rid of those annoying teens. Coined the “Mosquito Ultrasonic Teenage Deterrent,” the device emits annoying tones that can only be heard by those aged 20 and younger.

Art Lebedev Does Sound

Art Lebedev Does Sound
Industrial designer Art Lebedev is known mostly for his Optimus Mini Three OLED keyboard and his nifty cursor shaped mouse. Now his clean, minimal designs will be showing up in a new desktop speaker system. Art’s new Sonicum speaker system is a 2.1 system featuring two satellite speakers and a powered subwoofer.

The Vibro Sounder: Any Surface Becomes a Speaker

The Vibro Sounder: Any Surface Becomes a Speaker
With a name like The VIBRO Sounder, I wasn’t sure if this was an audio device or a marital aid. It actually turns out to be a sonic transducer that turns any nearby surface into a loudspeaker.

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth
While researching the topic of innovative musical devices, I came across the guys at Bleep Labs and their totally wacky Thingamagoop custom synthesizer series. These portable sythesizers generate electronica using a unique control interface: as you move a colorful LED over a photosensor, the sound’s waveform changes.
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