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This string-dampening device can make any flat-body electric guitar sound just like a banjo. It’s made to be mounted near the pickups and it’s held in place by mini suction cups. Simply rotate the dampeners out of the way to switch back to a normal guitar tone.
Source: Popular Mechanics
Roland Aerophone Go
Finally, a way to learn the saxophone “minus all the skronking.” Roland’s digital wind instrument can simulate the tones of up to 50 different instruments, “from bagpipes to strings.” You can use the onboard speaker or plug in headphones to practice in private.
Making beats on a drum machine usually involves tapping screens or buttons. With this sensor-laden ball, you can have more fun—bouncing it on floors, walls, and tables and modifying the sound effect through an app that also builds a beat loop in layers. Ships in September.
Popuband Smart Ukulele
“Forget YouTube videos.” This Bluetooth-enabled ukulele teaches you how to play with a light-up fretboard that flashes along to songs played through the companion app. The app also offers video tutorials, a tuner, and a fun game mode.
These app-enabled rings turn every color into a musical tone. Tap the ring against anything—your pants, say, or a bag of chips—and it will sense the color and translate it to a sound transmitted through your smartphone. Doing so is “strangely addictive.”
$100 for 2, sphero.com
Source: CNET.com ■