Friday, April 28, 2017
Wilson Center Guitar Festival
Bryan Kaufman, founder of Dog Days Vintage guitar straps, has come up with a very creative idea of what to do with old, vintage materials.  He had the idea for the vintage straps after seeing some old curtains in a vintage clothing store. Dog Days is a family owned business and all the straps are hand made right here in the U.S.A.
With texts, tweets, posts, blogs, Skype and OMG phone calls, your phone alone can be a distraction from focusing on making your music. You know when you can look inside to really let your creativity flow. Be it when you’re in your quiet place at 3AM by candle light or at full volume under the bright stage lights with your crew, Hogjim, Kyle Koster’s creation and the Mongolian word for music, their guitar straps, pick holders and t-shirts help focus on making the magic happen.
IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and iRig HD-A are now available for Android on Samsung Professional Audio devices
La Luna Sound is a Denver based company that produces beautiful handcrafted guitar picks made from exotic woods such as Rosewood, Bubinga, Olive, as well as a few others. According to their website, they begin with micro-thin layers of wood, and then add an internal layer of natural fiber for strength, and those layers are then joined and glued together using 1,000+ pounds of pressure.
I, like many practicing guitarists/musicians, have grown tired of the annoying sounds of a metronome. So when I was presented the opportunity to review the BeatBuddy, I was excited. I thought it would be a great tool to make my practice sessions more interesting. Once I started using the BeatBuddy, I felt like a kid in a candy store. With 200 preloaded beats, and 10 drum sounds on the provided 4 gb SD card (you can get new beats and updates online), I realized it was everything I was hoping it would be, and so much more. 
XVIVE V6 Phaser King
Any musician or DJ that uses MIDI instruments for either recording, practicing, or live performance knows the super highway of cables that it sometimes takes to connect everything. Well, thanks to Minneapolis based company, Zivix, there is now an easier way. The PUC is a MIDI interface that was specifically designed with iOS devices in mind (must be running iOS 6 or higher). You can use it to connect your midi controller wirelessly to your MAC device via wifi connection. 
Christopher Widmoser, a guitarist and entrepreneur from Germany, sent his new product called The Pick Bag for me to review. It is a rubber cover that you place over the top of your pick. It is supposed to give...
Forte 5 Premium is a Music Notation, Transcription, Composition, and Recording software developed by several German classical musicians. I found that his version of the software is best for musicians whose music reading skills are advanced. This product would be useful for musicians who write scores for movies, band and orchestra teachers, classical and jazz composers, and performers who need to write and print scores for the musicians they hire.
Killer Guitar, Great Value - the Monoprice Retro Vision Guitar (Tele-style)