Ion Audio’s Block Rocker is now on steroids ! The construction site is the next venue for the popular device which has been found all over the country in parks, backyard parties, bars and outside events. With a built-in Bluetooth system, music from smartphone or tablet can be connected wirelessly, without trying to pass audio through the regular 30 pin connector. A built in AM-FM radio complements the music from mp3’s for news and sports. The unit is designed to withstand common field hazards. Internal battery supplies hours of music on the work site. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Daniel J. Lewis, The Audacity To Podcast.
ION introduced a bunch of products at the 2013 International CES. Some of the highlights include the DuoDeck, which is small and extremely portable turntable, where the vinyl record is larger than the device itself. This gadget is great for sampling, runs on batteries or USB power and needs no additional wires or drivers to work.
Something else ION debuted at CES was AirCopy, a world’s first and something that makes you wonder why it wasn’t invented sooner. It’s a wireless scanner that generates its own Wi-Fi network so users can send any image over to their tablet or computer without needing to connect to an actual Internet network, or without having to load them into a computer, then sideload them to a mobile device. Call up the app from any device, slide the document in and off you go. It simply runs off a rechargeable battery that can charge via USB and gives you about four hours of use time in about half the time to charge and it works across almost every platform, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Todd Cochrane talked to Marc Quadagno and Shaun Fisher of RawTalentGuitar about their product at CES 2011. The RawTalent Guitar program works with any guitar that you can plug in. It comes with a guitar to USB cable. Plug one end into the guitar and the other end into a PC. The program offers performance feed back in real time. As you play your notes are place on top of the the correct cords and notes. The music scrolls as you play so there is no need to turn pages.
The program includes a Amplitube X-gear an industry-leading amp and FX modeling tool, so you can get the effects you want, without having to pay thousands of dollars for the equipment. It can even teach you how to tune your guitar and there is a metronome to help you keep time. There are 15 license songs included in the program. They said one of the hardest things they had to do is trying to get licenses for the songs. Rawtalent Guitar is available now for $199.99 at this time it is Windows only, although they are working on a Mac version
Todd sounds out Stephen White from Gracenote, which provides technology services to the music and video industries. You might not have heard of Gracenote, but if you’ve used iTunes, you’ve used a Gracenote service called MusicID which autocompletes the track listings when you rip a CD.
Starting out from the original CDDB (Compact Disc DataBase), Gracenote now has relationships many key players in the field including Apple iTunes and Nero. In the automotive industry, it works with Mitsubishi, Ford and Mercedes-Benz.
Stephen discusses how Gracenote has worked with hardware manufacturers such as Sony to bring their services to the smart TVs and media players, and the challenges they’ve faced in implementing within a consumer device.