COOL GEAR ALERT: PlugBug iPad/iPhone charger

Argh! I totally need this. And before you say “But dude, you can just charge your iPad off your MacBook while that’s charging,” you and I both know it takes a loooong time to charge the iPad that way. And that’s a killer when you’re travelling.

Meet PlugBug, the iPad/iPhone travel charger that snaps onto your MacBook Power Adapter

Charleston, SC, November 1, 2011 – Twelve South is pleased to unveil PlugBug, an iPad/iPhone wall charger that piggybacks onto a MacBook Power Adapter, allowing you to charge a MacBook and an iPad/iPhone simultaneously from one power outlet. Made to fit all MacBook Power Adapters, PlugBug is available now at for $34.99.

The ingenious PlugBug connects to all MacBook Power Adapters. Simply snap PlugBug onto a MacBook Power Adapter, in place of the adapter’s AC plug, and you now have one handy device that charges MacBook and iPad or iPhone at the same time, using only one wall outlet. This can be a real lifesaver when you need to charge both before a meeting or – even more stressful – between connecting flights with only one outlet available.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: KMI 12-Step chromatic keyboard foot controller

Now this is cool. Always wanted to mess around with bass pedals/midi triggers but were put off by the price and sheer gadgetry? Well check out the 12-Step  chromatic keyboard foot controller from Keith McMillen Instruments. Not only is it pretty wallet-friendly, it’s also USB, and you can even use it with your iOS devices. I’d just love to get one of these, hook it up to my iPad and add some atmospherics to my band’s live sound, or hold down the low end while Rohan goes for a mega bass solo.

KMI announces 12 Step, Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller
Polyphonic, Expressive, Rugged, Portable and ….. Affordable

September 8, 2011 (Berkeley, CA). Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) today announced 12 Step, the first lightweight and portable Chromatic Keyboard Foot Controller for musicians at the extraordinarily low price point of $289.

With 12 Step, keyboardists, guitar players, bassists, instrumentalists and vocalists can accompany themselves with their feet, playing bass lines, notes and chords. 12 Step opens up a new dimension in performance by giving your feet unprecedented expressive control using polyphonic aftertouch and pitch bend. Upon the heels of the success of SoftStep, KMI’s versatile USB Foot Controller, 12 Step is another leap forward for performing musicians.

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: RapcoHorizon i-JAM 3-n-1 Smart Phone Interface


Company’s Latest Product to Interface with the iPhone will be Shown at Summer NAMM 2011

NASHVILLE, JULY 21, 2011 ― The RapcoHorizon Company a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is exhibiting the i-JAM 3-n-1 Smart Phone Interface at Summer NAMM 2011 (Booth 411). The i-JAM 3-n-1 is a three-in-one smart phone solution, ideal for every electric instrument player. In addition to its ability to interface with iPhone apps, such as recording and instructional play software, the i-JAM 3-n-1 also features a built-in amplifier and MP3 play along practice device.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Home Inventory

I’d like to welcome back to the site Binary Formations as a site sponsor. Kevin Hamilton from Binary Formations has created an ingenious program for Mac called Home Inventory, which allows you to keep track of your valuables and/or collections. Around the home it can be useful for keeping records for warranties, repair histories and owner manuals, while we guitar geeks can use it to keep full records of our gear, including serial number, modifications, setup specs, provenance if you wish to sell a collectible instrument later, etc.

You can also use it to create checklists if you’re moving house, and to keep track of your insurance policy data, and even to run reports to determine if your policy is giving you adequate coverage. Very handy for those with large or valuable guitar collections. There’s also an iPhone/iPad app (Photo Remote), which connects to Home Inventory over WiFi and lets you roam around your house and add items and photos remotely. You can also use it to add CDs, DVDs and other items by ‘scanning’ the barcode with the camera. Genius!

CLICK HERE to check it out.

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NEWS: Ultimate Guitar launches guitar tools app

Oh yeah. I’m buying the hell out of this app. I’m an iPhone junkie, as anyone who’s tried to speak to me for longer than 5 minutes without my surreptitiously glancing down at the phone in my hand will attest…


The Most Powerful Guitar Suite Ever Offered for iPhone and iPod Touch, the world’s leading online community of guitar enthusiasts, has announced the launch of Ultimate Guitar Tools the most complete and powerful all-in-one guitar app ever offered for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Developed by the web’s most popular and trusted resource for guitar players around the globe, Ultimate Guitar Tools brings together four must-have, feature-rich mobile programs that guitarists can carry with them and rely on wherever they go, Each tool combines a user-friendly interface with state-of-the-art functionality.

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NEWS: Black Label Society iPhone app


Here’s one for all of us Apple/metal geeks: a Black Label Society iPhone app. The band and Berzerkers around the globe can keep in touch with what the band are up to, send private messages to each other, rate and comment on all material posted by the band and Berzerkers, and share video, pics, audio and text. I’m downloading this bad boy as we speak.