Music tech to tickle you in 2008

Guitars, like gadgets, bring out the child in you. Although it’s unlikely you’d smash your phone onstage in front of thousands of people. Then set fir

Guitars, like gadgets, bring out the child in you. Although it’s unlikely you’d smash your phone onstage in front of thousands of people. Then set fire to it. Thankfully there was none of that behaviour at the recent London International Music Show, just a lot of cool music tech.

The Yamaha stand had some cool tech. The Pocketrak recorder is only 49g light but sports a 2G flash drive and up to 300 hours of recording on its lowest quality. The natty little top mounted mic folds up and the body has a tripod mount.

Yamaha’s new A2 range of guitars and basses are also super light made of soft wood sandwiched between maple. But special sound tubes passing through the body mean that you’ll still wail with the best of them.

M-Audio’s Xponent system was on show. Although it’s not new, it’s one of the best MIDI controllers and audio interfaces out there for the modern DJ. It’s got everything you’d expect from a pair of CDJs plus the ability to trigger samples and use your virtual DJ software as well as hook it up to Reason and Garageband through ReWire. Look out for our LIMS coverage in this week’s vidcast.