Facebook AI turns whistling into musical masterpieces

Ever wish you could whistle a tune and have a computer build a whole song out of that idea? It might just happen. Facebook AI Research has developed an AI that can convert music in one style or genre into virtually any other. Instead of simply try...

Build a synth like you build a sandwich

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Electronic music making can be hard the first time. You either start off extremely basic, or lose yourself in a whirlwind of tutorials as you try and figure out the intricacies of the complex software most professionals use. It takes a lot of willpower getting past step 1, and Colin Hearon wants to change that. The Tone Lab isn’t too basic or complex. It’s more of an experimental music tool that teaches you how synthesizers are constructed. With layered modules that you place one on top of the other, the Tone Lab feels a lot like working with real synths and modules that get connected in sequence to create more complex sounds. Take a waveform, layer it with an arpeggiator to make complex tunes, and then with effects to give it a certain flavor. Step two is actual melody building. Add chord modules to the sliding rails and slide them up or down to craft basic melodies, experimenting and switching things up by sliding them up and down, or swapping their places.

The Tone Lab’s idea isn’t to be an expert tool but rather an empowering one. Giving novices the means to create ‘good’ music through the power of good design thinking and the use of human intuition, the Tone Lab lets you take that first leap of faith into making electronic music!

Designer: Colin Hearon

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YouTube’s ‘Artist on the Rise’ program spotlights new music stars

There are few better ways to win points with your music-loving friends than being the first to find a great new artist. It's easier to find emerging names through streaming rather than by trawling through the latest release section at a record store....

These Ergonomic Earbuds Will Never Make Your Ears Uncomfortable

Headphones are an great everyday gadget that let you listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks while you’re on the go. But after a few hours, they can really start to feel uncomfortable in your ears. Meet the perfect solution: RX18P Comfort-Fit In-Ear Headphones, which are not only comfortable, but a bargain.

These ergonomic earphones were designed to fit securely and comfortably in your ears, so you can listen to your tunes and books on a long-haul flight, hard workout, or morning commute without ever feeling discomfort or pain in your ears. The buds come with multiple eartips in different sizes, so you can choose the ones that feel best for your particular ear shape. You’ll also have access to inline controls for easy song skipping and a built-in mic for hands-free calling. Enjoy crystal clear sound quality with 10mm dynamic drivers.

Get ear comfort for less than two days of coffee at Starbucks. The RX18P Comfort-Fit In-Ear Headphones are yours for only $8.99 in the Technabob Shop.