Each year, during SXSW, the world gathers to check out the latest in movies, television, and music. This year was no exception. With music being one of the main focal points of SXSW, this provides the perfect reason for companies to show off their new and top of the line musical gadgets. Here are the top five music gadgets that we discovered at this year’s SXSW:
5. Vinyl Recorder:
In recent years, vinyl has made a huge comeback. With popularity rising year after year, the amount of vinyl being produced is slowing due to a large number of labels and artists attempting to get their material pressed. Now with the new Vinyl Recorder T560, artists will have the ability to skip the factory waiting lines and press their own records at home.
4. Air DJ:
Fitting in the palm of your hand this wearable controller is a must have for any DJ. By strapping on the controllers, artists will have the ability to modify visuals, lights, and music with the movement of a hand. This device is great for any DJ trying to put on a memorable live performance and will leave fans in shock and awe at how effortless the DJ makes it look.
If you are an artist on the road and feel the urge to record some music, then MV88 might be up your alley. This versatile digital recording device plugs right into your smartphone to capture high quality sound. On top of that, MV88 features editing software right on the app to help you eliminate distortion from the weather, and splice together different instrumental recordings.
Similar in a sense to MV88, Soundtrap is for artists on the go. This digital audio workstation comes packed with over 4,000 presets and beats, the ability to auto-tune, and a high quality beat maker. On top of that, there is even a live chat function to allow artists to bounce ideas off of one another in real time. Lastly, this app was bought this past year by Spotify who has big plans to use it to compete with Apple as creators one stop digital workshop.
1. Cajon Robot:
If you’re a solo artist looking to add a little more flair and added accompaniment to your act and performances then Cajon Robot may be for you. Created by Hideaki Iio, this robot is designed to give musicians the sound they are searching for. Programmed with an app, the robot can produce beats and other sounds for a simple but effective experience. If you’re looking for the perfect band mate than Cajon Robot certainly won’t let you down.
Overall, SXSW was a success this year with plenty of new and exciting technological advancements for musicians that will be released in the future. This list just scratches the surface of some of the devices at the event, so feel free to explore further and find that perfect accessory for you.
Josh Gruss is the Chairman and founder of Round Hill Music.