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If You Try The HTML5 Drum Machine, It's All You'll Do For The Next Hour

This dead simple drum machine that runs in your browser is so much fun.


The 'Harvard Sentences' Secretly Shaped The Development Of Audio Tech

During World War II, the boiler room under Harvard’s Memorial Hall was turned into a secretive wartime research lab. Here, volunteers were subjected to hours of noise as scientists tested military communications systems. Out of this came the Harvard sentences, a set of standardised phrases still widely used to test everything from mobile phones to VoIP.


Sony Still Thinks There's A Market For Tiny Rolling Speakers

The Rolly, a dancing, rolling, glowing MP3 player, was yet another intriguing product in a long line of curiosities from Sony. Unfortunately, it wasn’t intriguing enough for consumers to actually spend $US400 on it. But someone at Sony is obviously still carrying a torch for the Rolly, because the company’s new rolling Bluetooth speaker seems eerily familiar to a product that already failed.


I Heard The Future Of Sound Technology While Bjork Whispered In My Ear

First launched as a Kickstarter back in 2013, Dysonic’s RondoMotion’s 3D head-tracking technology is now being used to power trippy acoustic effects in Bjork’s MoMA retrospective. It’s true 3D listening in your earbuds. That and also Bjork.


Reasonably-Priced Bluetooth Buds That Don't Make You Look Like A Doofus

With its new Shadow Wireless headphones, reasonably-priced audio purveyor Sol Republic is tackling a problem no one else has gotten right yet: a compact, portable Bluetooth headphone that sounds good.


Listening To A Vintage Synth Next To Its Reboot Is Just So Satisfying

Last year, Korg set out to recreate the Arp Odyssey, a legendary synth that went out of production back in 1981. How does the result sound? Pretty darn good!


Don't Let Sony Charge You Five Times More For A 'Premium Sound' Memory Card

Sony’s got a new deal for audiophiles, and it’s so scammy it’s almost impressive. The electronics company that apparently doesn’t want to be an electronics company anymore is now peddling a Micro SD card “for Premium Sounds”. A 64GB card will cost $US160 which is more than five times what you’d pay for a normal Sony Micro SD card.


This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key To Virtual Reality

Binaural audio sounds like a no-brainer. Humans have two ears, so we should record sounds with two microphones, right? But the late 1800s technique of sticking microphones inside a pair of life-like ears mounted on a fake head has never been more than a novelty. Which is a shame, because as you’re about to hear, binaural audio sounds fantastic. Way better than 5.1.


Clever Hack Makes A Guitar Sound Just Like A Video Game 

Whenceforth cometh that unusual guitar shred? What is this strange device that makes a guitar sound like the budget score to a ’80s video game? Let me explain.


The New Mini Versions Of These Classic Guitar Pedals Are Adorable

As far as guitar pedals go, there’s are probably none more iconic that the Tube Screamer and the Cry Baby Wah. You almost certainly know their sound even you don’t necessarily know the pedals themselves. Hendrix. Clapton. Need I say more?