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These smart earbuds are volume knobs for the real world

Your choices for filtering the sounds around you are typically quite limited: you either have to drown it out (such as through earplugs or headphones) or let all the annoyances in. Doppler Labs might soon have a way to be more selective, though. Its crowdfunded Here Active Listening earbuds are meant solely to control what you hear in the real world. You not only decide how much gets through, but how it gets through. There’s an equalizer if you want to tweak certain sound frequencies (toning down the bass at a badly-mixed concert, for example), and there are preset filters designed to tune out common noises or add effects. Want to silence the background hum of your office without completely shutting out your coworkers? You probably can.

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Dr. Amar Bose, audio visionary, dies at 83

Opinions about Bose’s consumer audio products aside, there’s no discrediting the extensive contributions its founder added to the world of amplified sound. On that note, we’re saddened to report that its Founder, Chairman and Technical Director, Dr. Amar Gopal Bose, has died – this, just two years after donating a majority of Bose Corporation shares to MIT. According to MIT News, after earning degrees in Electric Engineering at the college, he taught there from 1956 until 2001. While teaching, he studied physical and psycho-acoustics, which resulted in his patents in “acoustics, electronics, nonlinear systems and communication theory.” In 1964 he founded the company, Bose Corporation, that would bring us the well-known noise-cancelling headphones and audio systems that many have come cherish. An official statement from Bose Corp. and more info about the man himself can be found at the source links.

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Machines can generate sound effects that fool humans

Can machines come up with plausible sounds effects for video? Recently, MIT’s artificial intelligence (CSAIL) lab created a sort of Turing test that fooled folks into thinking that machine-created letters were written by humans. Using the same principal, the researchers created algorithms that act just like Hollywood “Foley artists,” adding sound to silent video. In a psychological test, it fooled subjects into believing that the computer-generated banging, scratching and rustling was recorded live.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to receive the Dolby Atmos treatment

The CinemaCon crowd may not have been keen on 48fps footage of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but we defy anyone to say they don’t want the best sound possible. A select few will get just that, as Dolby and Peter Jackson’s own Park Road Post Production have announced the film will be mixed for the speaker-packed Atmos technology. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the select establishments it’s installed in, we doubt you’ll be grumbling about the immersive audio, even if the frame rate makes those orcs look unsettlingly real.

Update: That link of “select establishments” is somewhat out of date and, although the official list of locations you’ll be able to see The Hobbit in Atmos has yet to be released, Dolby says there should be between 80 and 100 screens capable of delivering the over-the-top audio experience by the film’s debut.

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Pioneer XDJ-Aero review: a DJ controller that loves music, hates physical formats

Pioneer has enjoyed a fairly tight grip on the upper-end of the DJ market, but if you step out of the professional DJ booth, and into the bars and bedrooms, the competition starts to heat up. So when we heard about the XDJ-Aero and its curious new WiFi functionality, we were interested to see how this $1,399 controller would be received. That’s not to say the DJ mainstay doesn’t hold its ground in this busier market – it does – but as the far more frequent product release schedule will attest, the industry standard crown is still up for grabs. There’s the other issue of software to consider, also. Pioneer has remained fairly neutral so far, releasing controllers for the big two platforms already, with the paint barely dry on its latest addition.

The XDJ-Aero, however, hints at a new approach. One where you don’t need to choose your software gang colors to be involved. This isn’t the first bit of kit that lets you play direct from USB drives or skip the laptop, but it’s the first from Pioneer that clearly heads out in its own direction. Ditch the Traktor, wean yourself of Serato, even forget CDs and just get on with the mixing. That seems to be what the XDJ-Aero is about, but does it hold its own? We popped a few of our favorite ditties on to find out.%Gallery-167951%

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The new stars of reggae are nothing like the old ones

Earthly music just ain’t enough for reggae / rock band Echo Movement. In search of extraterrestrial inspiration, they hooked up with researchers at Georgia Tech’s Sonification Lab, which specializes in turning ugly numbers into beautiful music. Using data from NASA’s Kepler telescope and its search for Earth II, SonLab generated “sequences of sonified musical pitches” from fluctuations in a star’s brightness (meet Kepler 4665989). Echo Movement got their loop on and composed a harmony from the sequences, adding a tremolo effect from another star’s pattern for a softer sound. Unfortunately, the finished track isn’t out til September, but in the meantime you can hear the six-second celestial hook at the source link – just don’t blame us if you get pangs of Nokia-stalgia. Also, if you want to imagine how Echo Movement might use the sample, we’ve embedded one of their rarer songs – that doesn’t involve Spider-Man’s girlfriend – after the break.

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Skullcandy launches Edit headphone customization service, personalized cans from $199 (video)

One charge you could never level at Skullcandy is that its headphones are drab. But, if you were still thinking that the designs just aren’t, well, jazzy enough, perhaps the new Edit service is for you. Taking a page out of Fanny Wang’s book, the headphone maker has handed the painter’s palette over to you. An online tool presents you with a stock pair of Aviators, letting you choose the color of the headband, frame, cord and ear caps – all for $199. If you’re even more fussy specific, an extra $20 will open up extra cap options. The creatively challenged among you needn’t worry either, as there is a randomize button, and once you’ve conjured up something to your taste, naturally you can share it with your social world. Already set on your team’s colors? Wave a brush over the source link to get started.

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Rocketfish's Sound Prism is triangu-lovely

Cunning design is a wonderful thing, and this triangular bundle of smarts is almost meta! Rocketfish’s Sound Prism is exactly what it says it is, a three-sided speaker bar with a twist (metaphorically speaking.) Inventors, CRE8 Design studio, cooked up the clever idea of using the empty space created by a folded Apple Smart Cover. This fella neatly slips into the cubby-hole of the folded case, and attaches itself magnetically. It’s Bluetooth, so can pair up with any compatible device, but won’t look quite so snug as when used as nature – or rather its creators – intended. How much for a slice of the Pythagorean action? That’ll be 80 rectangular dollars, sir.

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Fiio's E17 Alpen headphone amplifier 'peaks' performance

Most people are likely content with built-in sound when sneaking elicit Numa Numa viewings, but if you’ve laid down a little more than average on some cans, you might want something purpose-built. Fiio thinks its E17 / Alpen USB DAC headphone amplifier is the tool for the job. With a passing resemblance to a PMP, the E17 has a single 3.5 output, SPDIF and AUX inputs, with mini USB and a proprietary dock for hardware / computer connectivity. The dot matrix OLED screen and brushed metal finish make it look sexy, while the 96K / 24bit (USB) and 192K / 24bit (SPDIF) sample rates should nicely tickle most ears. Listeners on the go will profit from the 1,500 mAh battery, which Fiio claims is good for 15 hours. There are also basic bass, treble, mid and gain controls if you think you know better than the original engineers. Think this is what your life has been missing? Then be prepared to drop about $150 in the next week or so, when it lands in your favorite audio retailer. Read more
TDK introduces new wireless Boombox and two new weatherproof speakers

TDK’s Boombox rocked minds and windows alike with its modern take on a retro classic. Buoyed by its success, the cassette-maker of old is back with new audio hardware at IFA. Three devices, again on the speaker front. First up is the Boombox Wireless, which is a similar, but updated, design from the original and features not only streaming sans cables via Bluetooth, a rechargeable battery, too. If you don’t want to cut the cord completely, there’s a 3.5mm aux input, USB slot for charging plus an FM radio and headphone output. Next up is the Wireless Weatherproof Speaker, which despite being described as “rugged” and boasting an IP 64 weather compliant design, looks like any regular device. It, too, has Bluetooth streaming and built-in battery, along with 3.5mm input and built-in microphone. If these two were all looking a little bit oblong, then the curious Wireless Charging Cube might be for you. Yep, it’s Bluetooth streaming again, but also plonk your Qi induction compatible device on top, and it’ll juice that while you jam (there’s a non wireless charging / charger version also.) How much do these slabs of sound cost? The Boombox is $399, the Wireless Weatherproof is $250 while the Wireless Charging Cube is $399. Not a peep on availability at this time, we’ll connect you up though, once we get it.

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Ed Hardy headphones hope to ink up your ears

Celebrity headphone endorsements are very à la mode right now, and we’ve seen Ed Hardy’s trademark tattoo stylings defacing gadgetry before, so, if you were the one lamenting the glaring omission that was Hardy-branded cans, then he obviously got your letter. The new “Stereo” range evidently refers to the two designs available thus far: Skull and Bones for the over-ears ($66), while your in-ears get some Tiger power ($29). The in-ears also feature a microphone, presumably so you can call for help from the fashion police. Both are available now. Read more

This is the exact kind of song I would expect to hear getting in an underground club in Sin City. It hits you hard and leaves you thirsty for more! The original version (which is also very good) is from Cirrus, but this remix from Nynex is a killer!!


1973 / New Time Vol.12 / Pop In Three / René Costy & Willy Albimoor; The Rapture / Orly Band, Library Music (Belgium)