Sonic Terrain, a New Site Dedicated to the Art of Field Recording

What’s in your bag? Photo courtesy Nathan at Sonic Terrain. If you want some hope that good things can happen online, look no further than Designing Sound, a blog/online magazine by Miguel Isaza and Jake Riehle. They’ve built a place where pro legends regularly rub shoulders with newcomers eager to learn more. Now, Miguel has a new site, entitled Sonic Terrain, that promises to do the same for the “art, science, and craft of field recording.” Whereas Designing Sound focused on sound for visual media, Sonic Terrain is really for anyone who wants to take a mic out into the …

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Holiday Gifts: Ableton Nerdbag Laptop Bag, Reviewed

I thought they might be sold out by now, but Ableton says they have a few more of their custom Ableton-branded Nerdbags for your laptop. They’re the perfect gift for your digital musician friends and family — or yourself, for that matter. I love mine, and would happily have two. It’s one of my favorite luggage choices for the fashion- and practicality-conscious laptop-toting musician.

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Music Luggage: Moog Gig Bag

The life of a mobile musician one can be a trying one: you always wind up with a few extra pieces of gear that don’t quite fit in your bags. That’s why, even if you don’t own any Moog gear, the new Moog multi-purpose gig looks promising. Thick foam dividers and shell keep your musical toys safe, there’s an extra side compartment, and you can throw the case over your shoulder for all your extra effects and soundmakers. Most importantly, the dividers can be moved around with velcro for packing different gear. Sure, you could raid your local camera shop …

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NAMM: Ableton Live 5 Shipping + Party + Ableton nerdbag

Live 5 is here, and it’s a major upgrade to everyone’s favorite digital audio workstation-you-can-perform with. And we’ve got a bevy of other updates from Ableton.com: Download the upgrade and take advantage of a special deal on Live + Operator, watch behind-the-scenes and tutorial movies, download the demo version of 5 (which has only a save disable; you can otherwise use it free for an unlimited time), tour the new version, or — here’s a nifty bit — check out the uber-hip nerdbag custom-made for Ableton. Wrap that laptop in recycled materials. (Rubber dinghies and air mattresses get a second …

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ThinAmp Portable Amp Fits in Laptop Bag

The ThinAmp from AXL, introduced in January at NAMM, is a portable amp packed into the size of a laptop: only 2" thick and just 5 lbs. (!) You can literally fit it into a laptop bag — in fact, you can probably fit it and your laptop into a laptop bag. The amp is geared at guitarists, but Synthtopia reviews it and finds it suitable for laptop, too. Of course, you can't expect a whole lot of sound out of a 2" amp; while it has EQ and DSP presets for reverb, vibrato, flanger, chorus, and the like, the …

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New Novation Keyboard Shots, Bag

The folks at Novation, the synth company now owned by Focusrite, have sent along some images of their X-Station keyboards which are finally shipping here in the US. In addition to new keyboards with more keys, the company has now formally announced specially-designed bags for the X-Stations as we first glimpsed at AES in October. The 25-key Novation bag does look noticeably larger (but slimmer, interestingly) than M-Audio's Oxygen Tank.

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