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Terrence O'Brien


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Recent articles by Terrence:

The Organelle is a music computer that can do almost anything

Not long ago, "portable" was basically a synonym for "toy" when it came to keyboards and synthesizers. Sure, a classic Casio like the VL-1 is not without its ch... → Read More

Seamlessly compare the 2019 remix of R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’ to the original

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of 'Monster' by comparing the original and 2019 remixes of the album. → Read More

Fender Songs is an interactive chord book that syncs with Apple Music

Fender's take on a chord library actually plays your favorite pop songs as you strum along. → Read More

The new true wireless Pixel Buds are always listening

To say that Google's Pixel Buds were "maligned" is putting it lightly. We even said that, compared to the competition (most notably Apple's Airpods), they felt... → Read More

Boss’ new Katana guitar amps offer more tones than ever

A few months back a reader asked us what the best connected guitar amp was for beginners. And there are a few solid options, including Yamaha's THR line. But, o... → Read More

Amazon's Echo Buds are an Alexa-powered answer to Apple's Airpods

Apple has proven that combining true wireless earbuds with always on access to a virtual assistant can be a reliable recipe for success. Its Airpods continue to... → Read More

Amazon’s new Echo has better sound at the same price

Amazon's new $99 mainline Echo is all about improving the music listening experience. It's basically an Echo Plus in new clothes. Under the hood are the same co... → Read More

Moog brings back its legendary Model 10 'compact' modular synth

Moog is hand-building a limited edition reissue of its Model 10 compact modular synth. But it won't come cheap. → Read More

Moog's semi-modular Matriarch synth is shipping now

It's been a few months since Moog announced the four-voice analog Matriarch at Moogfest. But it's finally actually shipping to customers. The $1,999 synth is th... → Read More

Roland’s JU-06A stuffs iconic '80s sounds in a tiny portable synth

There are a few instruments that really defined the sound of the 80s: The Yamaha DX7 and the gated snare chief among them. But just as important was Roland's Ju... → Read More

Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

Korg's Volca Modular makes the experimental world of West Coast synthesis affordable for the masses. → Read More

Confronting existential dread through DIY musical instruments

'The Book of Knowledge of Impractical Musical Devices' confronts the fleeting nature of memory and life through DIY instruments powered by GPS and random number generators. → Read More

PicoBrew shifts it focus from beer to coffee with the MultiBrew

PicoBrew takes another stab at a "universal" brewing machine with the coffee-first MultiBrew. → Read More

CraftSynth 2.0 is portable, fun and a little bit flimsy

Teenage Engineering says the Pocket Operator series is about compromising on everything except sound quality. But I think UK-based Modal Electronics may have be... → Read More

Jammy’s digital guitar is a futuristic idea let down by today's tech

When I was younger I took my acoustic guitar with me wherever I traveled. It's ridden in the back of a van to the Poconos, taken rides down to the Jersey Shore... → Read More

How to give your hike a high-tech upgrade

The best tech to upgrade your hike, without distracting from nature. → Read More

In case of emergency: The tech that might save you

Look, nature is beautiful. It's fun. But it can also be unpredictable and dangerous. And while I highly encourage you to head in to the great outdoors as often... → Read More

Ableton Live can control modular synths from your computer

Modular synthesizers are having something of a moment right now. Even mainstream players like Korg are trying to bring them to the masses. So it's no surprise t... → Read More

Organelle M is a portable and endlessly hackable music ‘computer’

This Raspberry Pi-powered Organelle M is a synth, a sampler, a guitar pedal... basically anything you want it to be. → Read More

Blipblox is a synth made for kids that adults will like too

Blipblox is a synthesizer designed for children. The company behind it, Playtime Engineering, even calls it a toy. And it certainly looks like one. It'... → Read More