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Monolith – Create Your Own Beat Machine



Monolith enables you to create your own beat making environment by connecting modules. You can select your favorite modules freely. Monolith is on Kickstarter and has 20 days to go (at the time I am writing this).

Monolith was created by NOEL-KIT, an electronic musician who plays in DUB-Russell. The band is a Japanese electronic music group that started in 2010. All of their original sounds are created with Cycling ’74 Max software. This Kickstarter introduces you to the beat-machine that NOEL-KIT has been developing for the past decade.

Cases:

* For Production and Mastering: You can create the original environment with multiple sequencers and synths, samplers, and effects.

* For Live Performances: Monolith supports Ableton Live Link. You connect to the same network and jam with others using multiple devices running Link-enabled software without MIDI cables.

* For Musicians: Monolith can be used just as multiple effectors. Using an external input, you can create your original programmable effects set-up.

There is a lot of detailed information on the Kickstarter about operative modules, sequencers, synths & samplers, and effectors. It also has details about the console and sound & effect modules.

System requirements:

Recommended:
CPU: 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 (or higher)
Memory: 2GB RAM (4GB or higher recommended)

Macintosh:
OS: Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.x (or later)

Windows:
OS: PC with Windows 7 (or later)


Vixen Mixer is on Kickstarter



The Vixen Mixer is a Volca-sized mixer for Korg Volcas, small synths, and external fx. It includes multiple power options and a unique hub for powering Volcas. The Vixen Mixer is made by KVgear, and is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this, the Kickstarter has 27 days to go.

KVgear was founded in 2013 with the initial goal of developing accessories to be used with Korg Volca synths. KVgear is run by Mike Rafferty who has been a mechanical engineer for 30 years with the past 20 in new product development for a wide range of clients.

The Vixen Mixer is described as “the mixer that Volca lovers have been wanting for years.” It has 8 channels, panning, mutes, 2 aux sends/returns, and onboard power for 8 Volcas. It can be powered by batteries or the included AC power adapter.

The images of the Vixen Mixer on the Kickstarter are of the special limited edition blue version. They are all gone, and that specific Kickstarter reward is not longer available. The standard version will be in black.

The Vixen Mixer can be powered from any of three sources: external AC-DC power supply included with each mixer; internal battery compartment for 6 AA batteries; or high capacity, rechargeable external 9 VDC battery attached to the power input jack on the Vixen.

Audio Specifications:

Channels 1-6
* Mono 3.5 mm input jack (accepts TR or TRS plug)
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob
* Pan knob
* Aux Send 1 knob
* Aux Send 2 knob

Channel 7
* Stereo 3.5mm input jack
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob

Channel 8
* Stereo 3.5 mm input jack
* Mute button w/LED indicator
* Gain knob

AuxSend 1 and 2
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) mono jacks

Aux Return 1 and 2
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) jacks for L/mono and R
* Stereo gain knob

Main Out (stereo)
* Stereo gain knob
* 6.35 mm (1/4”) jacks for L/mono and R

Phones Out (stereo)
* Stereo gain knob
* 3.5 mm (1/8”) stereo jack


LED by garageCube is on Kickstarter



LED by garageCube is a plug-and-play, user-friendly and adaptable LED Kit for stage design, visual art, and live performance. It is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this, they have 29 days to go.

The LED by garageCube is user-friendly and adaptable for structure assembling using aluminum profile. In short, the kit is made up of a bunch of aluminum pieces that have LED lights in them. You can assemble the pieces together in a variety of ways, depending on what you want to do. It is very customizable.

I recommend you visit the LED by garageCube Kickstarter page and watch their highly entertaining video that gives you more details about how this product can be put together and some ways that it has been used.

LED by garageCube can be plugged together in any order and are addressable. A single cable carries both power and data, reducing connections to a minimum. Our LEDs are a perfect complement to madMapper, but are also compatible with third party applications and lighting desk consoles.

With madMapper, the most advanced LED mapping tool, you can easily set up from simple to large scale installations. You can use content such as video files, live feed, and generative images, to control your LED by garageCube. Your favorite MIDI controller can be used for perfect live control.

The LED by garageCube will be available in RGB or in pure white. Choose from two different sizes: 50 cm and 1 meter. Light diffusers and transparent covers are included in the kit. If you require more customization, you can combine 3D printing or other tailored fabrication techniques, making any of your DIY creations possible.


Spark Camera Remote is on Kickstarter



Spark Camera Remote is the easiest way to control your camera. It can help you to take better photos. Spark Camera Remote is on Kickstarter now and has been fully funded. The Kickstarter ends on May 19, 2017.

Spark is the most versatile camera remote on the market. With three different modes of control, Spark was built to adapt to whatever situation you are shooting in. Whether you’re taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or settling down and setting up a time lapse, Spark gives you instant control. With your phone or without it.

Spark has three control modes: Infrared, Wired Trigger and App Control. You can point Spark at your camera’s infrared receiver and press the button to take a photo. No more trying to out-run your camera’s self timer.

You can use Spark as a traditional wired trigger and take photos, long exposures, and bursts without accidentally shaking your camera. You can also plug Spark into your camera and control it from your phone. You get a 100ft Bluetooth range and access to the complete set of Spark features.

Features include:

  • 200+ hours of battery – Spark automatically goes to sleep when you aren’t using it.
  • Weighs 0.75 ounces
  • Free Spark Camera Control app will be available for both iOS and Android
  • Bluetooth 4
  • External triggering
  • Long exposures
  • HDR – Bracket images to maximize dynamic range in the harshest conditions
  • Photo Booth – Capture portraits, selfies, and candid photos without any fuss
  • Time Lapses

SID is an Augmented Reality Live Streaming 3-D Camera



SID CameraMost video producers are still trying to figure out how to get over the 4K hump. But video technology waits for no one, and the true cutting edge these days may not be in just adding more pixels to a high-definition image, but instead, taking viewers to potentially new realities and dimensions. That’s exactly what the new SID camera is looking to achieve:

At last, shake-free 3D content creation that’s easy and affordable for EVERYONE!  Weeview’s SID offers the BEST immersive and stereoscopic viewing experience. Don’t just record the special memories, start re-living the experience in unbelievable life-like 3D format.

Here are some key features of the SID video camera:

  • Immersive 3-D camera with stereoscopic imaging effect
  • Adjustable parallax setting allows users to get different stereoscopic effects
  • 3-D video can be used for virtual reality presentations
  • 3-D video live streaming capability via connection to smartphone
  • Smart highlight feature provides close ups on certain parts of the video, allowing you to focus on areas that you are interested in without losing the complete shot
  • Auto-follow technology keeps video centered on the main subject of the shot
  • Create shake-free 3-D video with the SID camera kit, also makes it easier to connect the camera to a smartphone for video streaming
  • Create, share, and edit SID videos using the Weeview app for Android and iOS

The SID camera is being launched thru Kickstarter (see the link at the top of this article). The campaign has already reached its funding goal. SID camera packages can be had for a $179 contribution, with upgraded packages available for larger contributions.


KOMBOS is a Modular Keyboard for Musicians



KOMBOS logoMusicians that need to travel, or would like an easier way to carry their keyboard to the studio, may want to check out the KOMBOS modular keyboard. It is the world’s first fully modular keyboard that lets you bring music anywhere you go. KOMBOS is on Kickstarter and, at the time I am writing this blog, has 32 days to go.

The KOMBOS keyboard was designed to prevent a problem that musicians were facing. They had to choose between a large, bulky, keyboard that was impractical for travel, or a portable keyboard that was unable to deliver the professional quality of the bulkier version.

KOMBOS gives musicians the same quality as a professional set of keys, and also allows them to work with as many sets of keys as they need at any given time. The keyboard literally comes in pieces that can be put together to work in sets of 25, 37, 49, and 61 keys. KOMBOS has a proprietary Easy Lock Mechanism that keeps the pieces together. The audio quality is comparable to professional grade keyboards used in a studio setting.

KOMBOS is bluetooth enabled. This eliminates the problem of having to deal with cords. It has bluetooth 4.0 MIDI capabilities. It is compatible with iOS, Android, and any program that supports MIDI. Mac devices require Yosemite 10.10 or higher, and iPhone and iPad require iOS 8.x or higher.

KOMBOS also offers 8 hours of continuous battery life. It is powered by a lithium battery.


Cameleon 2.0 Makes it Easy to Live Stream on Facebook



Cameleon logoCameleon 2.0 is a simple broadcasting tool that enables people to connect any live camera to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch (and more) for the easiest live content creation. It makes it easy for you to start live streaming.

Download Cameleon and use it with your Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, or Android with built-in camera. It is also possible to use Cameleon by attaching it to any USB WebCam, GoPro Hero, or IP Camera. Cameleon is a new kind of media-server that uses your devices own resources – and does not use the cloud. It has less than 1% CPU usage per camera. It offers HD, high frame-rate, two-way sound, and “all the bells and whistles”.

Cameleon 2.0 is for people who want to start live streaming on either YouTube Live or Facebook Live Video. Some think that Facebook is interested in featuring live streamed videos by giving them prime placement.

Cameleon is on Kickstarter and has 55 days left to go (at the time I am writing this blog). The Kickstarter page has directions (with images) that show you how to download and begin using Cameleon.

On the Kickstarter page, creator Kalman Venczel says they were able to create Cameleon (and offer it for free) because they had passive income to maintain their lives while they worked unpaid on it for years. The Kickstarter was necessary because their short-term freelance jobs were slowing them down on the creation of Cameleon 2.0.


SportPod Is a Monopod For Smartphones, Tablets, and GoPros



SportPodWhether it’s for personal use or as part of a large-scale production, getting the right shot is crucial to any video. But if you’re in a situation where set up time is at a minimum, you don’t want to be strapped down with loads of gear that will require a lot of time and energy in the teardown/set up process. What if getting the perfect shot for the next scene was as simple as putting a small pole into the ground, mounting and adjusting your camera, and pressing record? That’s exactly what the SportPod is designed to do.

The inspiration for SportPod is right in the name. SportPod’s inventor wanted to find an easier way to record his own golf swing so he could analyze the footage to make improvements in his game. SportPod could certainly be used for a lot of different sports-related activities. But given its ease of use and adaptability, videographers across the board will likely find plenty of good uses for SportPod.

SportPod is a monopod (as opposed to tripod) that can be adjusted from two to four feet off of the ground. It comes with a ball mount that can be used with smartphones, tablets, GoPros, and most point-and-shoot cameras. This mount offers a 360-degree range of motion, making it easy to get the right shot in the moment. SportPod is easily broken down so it can be moved quickly from one location to the next.

The inventor of SportPod is running a Kickstarter campaign to get the device into production. The campaign is about 30% funded with 22 days left to go. Pledges starting at $35 entitle backers to a SportPod with smartphone attachment. Prices go up from there, depending on what type of SportPod attachments you’d like to use.


Slip Strap by Custom SLR is Versatile



Custom SLR Slim StrapCustom SLR has created a versatile camera strap with a quick-adjust slider that is made of genuine leather. The Slim Strap is a lightweight strap that makes capturing life’s moments effortless. It is currently on Kickstarter and has 33 days left to go (at the time I am writing this blog). It has been funded.

Slim Strap is made for mirrorless, micro four thirds, and compact cameras. It also works great with DSLRs. Special features of this camera strap include premium leather, low-profile black color, and a unique quick-adjust slider. The genuine top grade leather parts of the strap are on the shoulder pad, strap connectors, and thumb loop. Over time, the leather will conform to the contours of your shoulder.

The Slim Strap keeps your camera cinched securely at your side. When you need to take a photo, just pull the leather loop and slide to quickly bring your camera up for the shot. When the strap is un-cinched, you can glide the camera for that perfect shot any time. The leather shoulder pad never leaves your shoulder. To cinch the camera back at your side, simply pull the leather loop while holding the camera.


ToneDexter Makes Amplified Acoustic Guitars Sound Right



ToneDexterToneDexter is an acoustic guitar preamp made by Audio Sprockets, LLC. It transforms your guitar pickup into the lifelike acoustic sound you’ve been looking for. ToneDexter is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this blog, has 13 days left to go.

ToneDexter is an acoustic guitar preamp system that restores the rich, natural, acoustic tone to your instrument by processing the signal coming from your pickup. It can also be used with other stringed instruments. One goal of the Kickstarter is to get help moving ToneDexter from working beta units to full production.

To use ToneDexter, the first thing you need to do is plug your instrument into it and go through a short training session. ToneDexter listens to the two different signals and generates a WaveMap using advanced signal processing technology. Once the WaveMap is generated and stored, all you need to do is plug your guitar (or other instrument) into ToneDexter and then plug ToneDexter into your amplifier. Up to 16 WaveMaps can be stored for the same or different instruments.

The controls include:
* Built in three band parametric equalizer – You sent the center frequency and the boost or cut for the bass, midrange, and treble.

* Tuner with incredible one cent accuracy

* Boost switch to add adjustable gain for your solos

* Built in digital feedback notch filter which is only one semitone wide, so you can knock down the feedback that typically plagues amplified acoustic instruments

* Unique adjustable Character control for a punchier sound.

* Simple three character display easily viewable from a standing position which allows for easy operation

ToneDexter back panel

ToneDexter’s back panel has:
* XLR Mic in (with phantom 48V power supply)

* Send and Return Effects Look 1/4” phone jacks

* 9V-15V non polarity sensitive power input (power supply included)

* Monitor Out 1/4” phone jack

* Headphone Level adjustment

* Headphone output 1/4” phone jack

* Phase switch (shown as Option A/B in the photo)

* XLR DI output for direct connection to your mixer

* 1/4” instrument input and output jacks are on the side panel (not shown in the photo)