Beats by Dre and Balmain combine for new, uber-snazzy headphones

Dr. Dre’s infamous Beats headphones have partnered with Balmain for a fashion-imbued range of stylish headphones.

Both Beats by Dr. Dre and Balmain are connected by a love for music, fashion and culture. We celebrate diversity, innovation, and the constant challenging of status quo. It’s with this very connection that our unique partnership was born. A shared belief that without the diversity that music brings us, our world would be nothing. Music is the thread that connects us all, allowing us to dream, and giving us a way to escape.

This special edition Beats product collection was inspired by Olivier’s vision for an urban safari; a beautiful, diverse escape that can only be accessed by the emotion of music. Once you put on these headphones, your music transports you to a place free from the chaos and noise of reality. It’s within this state of mind that we are free and inspired-that’s the true power of music.

Kylie Jenner, who models the new range of Balmain Beats, said: “No matter what you’re going through, when you put on a song that you love, and that you just connect with, it can change youw hole mood and just lift you up. Even if it’s just a few minutes… I love that escape music gives us.”

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There are two different models included in the range; Beats Studio Wireless headphones and Powerbeats³ Wireless earplugs. Both are available in Safari and Khaki colours which give them that unique Balmain style on top of the classic Beats design. They say: “The Safari and Khaki colors represent the natural feel of the desert and the lush landscape of the jungle, while metallic gold accents bring on added level of elegance and luxury. Each comes with a matching suede case adorned with a Balmain plaque and the symbolic Balmain coin zipper pull.”

Beats Studio Wireless headphones are available for $599.95 on the Apple store whilst their Powerbeats³ are available for $249.95.

These gorgeous Fender amps are actually new Bluetooth speakers

Fender are exploring a new area with the launch of their very own Bluetooth speakers with the iconic silver-face amp look to them.

Fender have launched 2 standalone Bluetooth amps; the Newport and Monterey, designed to fit in with any Fender amp collection. Using a classic Fender amp design the new speakers look like mini versions of Fender’s renowned guitar and bass amps, but are actually for streaming audio.

The look is inspired by Fender’s classic ’68 Custom amps for a retro style that looks fit to be pumping out crisp audio. Not just the silver grilles on the front, the speaker also uses witch-hat knobs from the classic design, as well as the amp jewel and control labels.

Fender claim they wanted to bring their quality sound design beyond just instrument amplification, saying: “From our first PA system in the 1930s to our game-changing instruments and amplifiers, our heritage is built on creating innovative musical technology. We know crystal-clear, powerful sound—it’s what we did first, and what we do best. Now, Fender brings our stage-ready style, performance and sound to your home or office.”

The speakers are named after the Newport and Monterey Pop festivals. The Monterey is the bigger of the two with 120W of power running through a quad driver system of two woofers and two tweeters. The Newport is the smaller 30W version that retains it’s bigger brother’s quality with a rechargeable battery capable of 12 hours of music.

Fender Monterey Bluetooth Speaker

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  • 120-watt Bluetooth speaker
  • Quad-driver system: two woofers, two tweeters
  • 33-foot+ Bluetooth range; mic with echo cancellation
  • 3.5mm auxiliary input jack
  • RCA connectors for pre-amp-equipped turntables
Fender Newport Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Fender Newport portable bluetooth speaker

  • 30-watt Bluetooth speaker
  • Tri-driver system: two woofers, one tweeter
  • 33-foot+ Bluetooth range; mic with echo cancellation
  • 3.5mm auxiliary input jack
  • USB port to charge external devices

Find out more and get one for yourself here.

Go back to the future with this quirky Moonraker speaker system

The Moonraker is a new speaker system from Bossa that screams mid-century modernism with its uniquely beautiful and alien design.

Moonraker’s appeal clearly stems from its gorgeous, stand-out appearance that takes you back to the modern art styles of mid-century furnishings. Beyond it’s space-like shell however is a sophisticated sound system that also offers a crisp and powerful sound.

Moonraker’s curved polymer shell has been carefully engineered to minimize resonances and diffraction. The result is a loudspeaker with exceptional imaging qualities and a remarkable lack of harshness. The sound is lush and detailed, bringing you closer to the music.

Good design means simple, intuitive controls. Moonraker gives you the control you need without the superfluous functions you don’t. The speaker system comes with a remote control for controlling volume, functions, playback and more.

Immersive sound requires a wide sound-stage that all-in-one speakers can’t provide. Moonraker includes two separate bi-amplified speakers to bring you the best possible listening experience.

Moonraker can work with your wired devices through optical and coaxial inputs for TV’s and devices, as well as analog inputs for stereo systems. Moonraker also has wireless functionality with a Bluetooth connection powered by apt-x and AAC.

The speaker’s legs are crafted out of the finest wood by skilled craftsmen. There are 3 finishes available, featuring Black Walnut, Reclaimed Teak, White Ash.

The Moonraker sound system is available to purchase now for $2399 here: bossasound.com/order

Check out Fender’s 7 absolutely gorgeous new limited guitars for summer

Another year, another Summer NAMM full of amazing instruments and kit – and especially some beautiful new guitar designs from Fender.

Fender have unveiled 7 new gorgeous looking guitars as part of their Mid-Year Limited Collection . The selection features a range of Strats and Telecasters with limited edition finish and designs with some really unique looks.

Thery look great, my personal favourite being the pink, paisley design Tele Thinline – Relic. Take a look at them below and see what takes your fancy.

2017 ARTISAN THINLINE KOA STRAT® – NOS

A hollowbody Strat that brings a new level of tone, resonance and beauty the Artisan Thinline Koa Strat is crafted from select tone wood and elevates function to the level of form. The thinline body adds warmth and a new dimension of variety to this Strat guitar’s formidable sound. Elusive and mysterious, this Thinline Strat is an instrument that begs exploration and demands a place in your sonic toolbox.

Built for the stage, this exciting instrument features a stunning, parchment-bound AAAA koa top over a roasted Okoume body, nitro-finished medium roast AAA birdseye maple neck with ‘63 Strat “C”-shaped profile, 9.5”-12”-radius flat-lam African Blackwood fingerboard, a trio of hand-wound Custom Shop ‘60/’63 single-coil Strat pickups, vintage clay dots, bone nut, 8-hole gold anodized pickguard, Vintage Mod #2 wiring and an American Vintage six-screw synchronized tremolo. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 LTD ’50S TELE® THINLINE – RELIC®

The Telecaster is a legend for a reason. Its definitive sound has cut across every musical genre. The twang and the feel made the Tele® a musical machine that’s been cemented in history by some of the world’s biggest artists. The lightweight Thinline body and Relic ‘floral finishes’ harken back to a time when the Tele became the favored guitar of stage heroes, while giving it an attitude all its own.

This guitar also features a stable quartersawn maple neck with ’57-style “Soft V”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius fingerboard, modern Tele wiring with Greasebucket™ tone circuit, vintage-correct Tele® bridge with brass saddles, handwound Custom Shop Original Blackguard bridge pickup and Texas Special® neck pickups, parchment pickguard and vintage-style tuners with the classic Fender logo. Familiar enough to latch on to and cool enough to fall in love with, this Telecaster includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 LTD TWISTED TELE® – JOURNEYMAN RELIC®

Everything you want in a Tele and more, the Limited Edition Journeyman Relic Twisted Tele is one handsome tone machine. The secret to this guitar’s tone is right there in the name; the hand-wound Twisted Tele pickups set the foundation by cranking out hot, high-output Telecaster guitar tone, while the Greasebucket™ tone control allows you to roll off the highs without losing volume. The Bigsby® B-5 bridge and tailpiece add a way-cool retro vibe while the Journeyman Relic finish gives it the look and feel of a guitar that’s seen service on many a stage.

Other features include a select two-piece, off-center ash body with lacquer finish, a lacquer-finished rift-sawn maple neck with 10/56 “V”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius fingerboard, jumbo frets and one-ply parchment pickguard. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 LTD BLACK ROASTED DUAL-MAG STRAT® – RELIC®

A menacing monster, the Relic Black Dual-Mag Strat looks like it’s been played for years on the baddest chicken-wire-enclosed stages while offering all the modern luxuries you expect from a Fender Custom Shop guitar. Dark and daring with sultry black-on-black looks, this beauty brings a booming sound, thanks to the roasted alder body and ultra-stable quartersawn roasted maple neck that gives it a darker look while warming up the tone and making it more resonant.

Additional features include a Relic lacquer finish that lets the body breathe with unrestrained tone, flat-lam rosewood fingerboard, Jescar® 6100 jumbo frets, 9.5-12”compound-radius fingerboard, ‘60s-style “Oval C”-shaped neck profile, hand-wound Dual-Mag pickups with Vintage White covers, Strat Blender with Greasebucket™ wiring and a black Relic pickguard. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 LTD ’59 STRATOCASTER® – HEAVY RELIC®

Stand out from the crowd with the Limited Edition Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic Strat, a throwback to one of the most exciting times of Stratocaster development. ’59 saw the debut of the rosewood fingerboard, bringing a new look and sound to the Strat®. The two-piece,nitro-finished alder body’s Heavy Relic treatment, roasted neck, gold anodized pickguard and Texas Special® pickups make this guitar bad, baby, bad—especially when it comes to its looks and sound.

Other features include a lacquer-finished quartersawn roasted maple neck with “ ’59 C”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius flat-lam rosewood fingerboard, 6100 jumbo frets and Vintage Modified #2 wiring. Easy playability, tonal versatility and nostalgic, gorgeous looks make it a want for every player, and a must for every collector. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 LTD “64 SPECIAL” STRAT® – RELIC®

An absolutely gorgeous guitar, the Limited Edition Relic ’64 Special Stratocaster pops with a unique color-over-color finish. The striking contrast between the two paint colors grants a subtle hint of sparkle that pops when the lights hit it just so. Eye-catching and ear-pleasing, thanks to the hand-wound Custom Shop ’64 single-coil Stratocaster pickups, this tone machine is made for the spotlight.

Other sterling features include a hand-selected two-piece alder body with nitrocellulose lacquer finish, AA flame maple neck with ’63 Strat “C”-shaped profile, round-lam maple fingerboard, 6105 frets, Vintage Modified #2 wiring and a three-ply parchment pickguard. Includes a deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 LTD ’56 FAT ROASTED STRAT® – JOURNEYMAN RELIC®

How hot do you think the Limited Edition Relic ’56 Fat Roasted Strat is going to sound? It’s tone is on fire, thanks to roasted maple neck and roasted alder body with Journeyman Relic lacquer finish, matched to hand-wound Fat 60s Strat pickups with Fat 50s wiring as the special sauce. This wiring offers bold tone with transparent bloom while reducing treble loss when adjusting the instrument’s volume. It also smooths the control tapers, avoiding the typical hotspots when adjusting your volume or tone.

Other features include a AA birdseye maple neck with “10/56 ‘V’”-shaped profile, 9.5” radius fingerboard, 21 6100 jumbo frets, gold 8-hole pickguard and American Vintage six-point synchronized tremolo. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Patch Base 2.7 Release Free iPad App Editor for the Waldorf Blofeld

Patch Base 2.7 has been released and now includes an editor for the Waldorf Blofeld. The new editor is available in the app store for free and works for both the Desktop and Keyboard editiions.

“The Blofeld is a powerful digital polysynth, with 3 oscillators (with dozens of waveforms), 2 filters, 4 envelopes, 3 LFOs, 2 multi-effects modules, 4 control modifiers, 16 modulation routes, and a 16-step configurable arpeggiator (sort of crossed with a sequencer). And to control this beast, the synth itself only has a handful of knobs and buttons and a navigation screen.

So naturally, the Blofeld is a great fit for Patch Base. This new editor puts all of those main patch parameters on one main screen, with quick switches to go between the multiple oscillators, envelopes, etc. You can get a much clearer picture of what’s going on with a sound this way, and create new sounds with great speed. And on the arpeggiator screen, you can go deep into the sequencing capabilities of the synth. A single arpeggiator line can provide bars and bars of melodic variation (and chords, too). Frankly, it’s nuts.”

Gibson are launching a beautiful new range of colourful Les Paul Specials

Gibson Les Pauls are awesome right? Well now you can get them in a range of gorgeous colours with a new range of Les Paul Specials.

Gibson have revealed a new beautiful looking range of Les Pauls that brings some powerful colours to the music. The colourful new Les Paul Special models will come in five of the Firebird’s classic finishes with a matching head stock (a rarity sure to appeal to guitar nuts).

The new range will see new Les Paul Specials available in Inverness Green, Cardinal Red, Frost Blue, Kerry Green and Pelham Blue. With a matching head stock this range of Les Pauls gets even more unique with the last matching head-stock being the Billy Morrsion Les Paul (according to MusicRadar).

Beyond the colourful twists the guitars will also feature 2 P-90 Soapbar pickups on top of 2 volume and 2 tone pots. Each guitar also comes with a custom Brown/Pink hardcase featuring the ‘Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity’.

You can find out more and buy your own for $3,499 from the Gibson website.

Moog Music Stops Creating the Minimoog Model D Synthesizer

Moog Music has announced that they are ending production of their Minimoog Model D synthesizer.

The Minimoog Model D was the world’s “first portable synthesizer.” It was originally in production until its discontinuation in 1981.

“Orders for the synthesizer quickly outpaced our initial estimates, leading to the addition of a night-shift to meet demand for the iconic instrument. Our parts-inventory for the Minimoog Model D project was originally expected to span multiple years of manufacturing, but is being consumed at a much higher rate than anticipated. Thus, this second historical production run of the Minimoog Model D will reach completion much earlier than intended, and this marks the final opportunity to acquire a new Minimoog Model D.”

What the hell is this scary instrument straight from nightmares

This instrument sounds like nothing else, which might be for the best as it sounds like a terrifying horror movie.

The Apprehension Engine is a one-of-a-kind instrument commissioned by Mark Koven, a composer who has worked on films like Cube and The Witch. With a talent for creating the spine-tingling soundtracks of massive horror movies Koven went looking for something truly unique and unsettling.

Koven commissioned his friend and luthier Tony Duggan-Smith to create a completely distinctive instruments that could create scares like never before. The result is a terror-inducing sound-maker with tools for a whole host of different spooky noises built into one piece.

Koven said of the instrument: “My good friend Tony Duggan-Smith built this musical instrument for me, with the intention of using it in horror film score. It consists of metal rulers which are bowed, a huge gurdy-like mechanism, a string played with an attached ebow, a spring reverb (also played with an ebow) some long metal rods, magnets, trash, anything at all to get unnerving sounds.”

Speaking on how it compares to modern sound production in horror and thrillers, Tony said: “One of my favourite things about this instrument is that there are no files, folders, sub-directories that you need to open to modify the sounds being created. You just have to use your hands and occasionally a screw driver. It was a blast to build and it can be endlessly modified with more crazy, more scary…”

I personally can’t wait to hear some of these beautifully scary sounds used in film to make scenes of a brand new intensity. The Apprehension Engine’s creator Tony says that they are currently finalising version 2 of which they will make 10 for “some wonderfully creative people”.

If you are interested in getting in touch with Tony about his creation you can contact him for more details at toneds@yahoo.com.

Amazon Echo speakers just became home intercoms as well

Amazon have brought a new update to their massively popular Amazon Echo speakers connecting more of your home together.

Amazon Echo is a home speaker that can do everything from play music, look up the news, schedule your calendar and control your home. A new update means that Echo can now replace home intercoms as you can easily call echos to play video or talk to someone in the room.

Talking to someone in another room is super easy with Echo’s update. Simply tell Alexa, “Alexa, call the kitchen” and the Echo assigned to that room will start broadcasting what you say. It’s a cool feature but unless you have a mansion it might be pretty redundant.

The update came to Alexa’s app yesterday and will continue to be launched over the next few days. From the app you can view all the devices in your home enabled by Alexa. Unfortunately, however, the Echo’s new intercom feature only works with other Echos, including Echo Show and Echo Dot variants, so you will have to get another Echo to make use of the function.

Using the Alexa app you can also use Echo’s new intercom features whilst you’re away, so you can tell those naughty robbers off. Drop-In will have to be enabled to use the intercom which is Amazon’s terms for voice and video calls. Amazon brought calls to the Echo just last month.

Amazon are likely using the new feature to create a buzz for the Echo Show, which is now only a day away from being released. The $230 speaker will bring video to Amazon’s home speaker range for the first time opening up opportunities like video-calling, photo slideshows, watch YouTube and more.

Amazon Echo Show will launch tomorrow on the 28th June.