Drum Sensor Helps You Play Digital Beats on Analog Skins


We live in the age of digital music and instrumentation. People no longer have to learn how to play the guitar or the drums because they can just generate the sounds through software and other electronic devices. Drum machines are basically electronic drums that will add drum sounds into your music without actually having to play the physical drums. This is great for people who do not know how to play instruments in real life, but still want to create their own music. However, there is a quality missing from digital drum sounds that you can only hear by beating on the calfskins of a real drum set. The detail and intuitiveness is just not there with digital music like it is with old school skins. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the positive elements of both?

The music tech company Sunhouse is crowdfunding their new drum sensory technology called Sensory Percussion. This is a sensor that will turn acoustic drum sounds into digital beats. All you have to do is attach the add-on device to your physical drums and start playing on them. The device will recognize the styles you are playing and save the beats into digital format. This will help you create beats that are rarely heard in studios or live concerts. If you are into creating music with drums then this technology is definitely worth purchasing. But be prepared to pay over a thousand dollars for this device. If you place a pledge of about $600 on this unit then you will get a single Sensory Percussion device after it gets developed. The downside is that one unit can only go on one drum. A full drum kit will have at least two drums, which means it will cost $1200 for two units. Luckily the hardware for these units is easy to ship, but it won’t be shipping until January of next year. All the drummers out there will just have to wait for the New Year before they add electronic music to the sounds of their band. Some people are disappointed because they wanted to have this sound for their summer festivals. But remember, all good things will come to those who wait. This technology is still in the development phase, so you’ll want it to produce the best quality sounds for you. By the time January comes along, it will be well worth the wait.


New Phone Unlocking Bill Passed Into Law


Smartphones are very handy and useful devices to own, but for awhile now people have been at the mercy of their wireless carrier when it comes to the phone they purchased. Wireless carriers have been notorious for placing locks on smartphones, which means people are forced to use one particular carrier with the inability to switch carriers at a later date. But now, this has all changed thanks to President Barack Obama. The president just signed a bill into law that will keep cell phones unlocked after a person’s wireless contract is over. This means they will be able to pick a whole new service provider for their cell phone without having the restriction of a lock. The only catch is that you have to actually pay for the phone first. So, if you are a thief that thinks he can steal a phone and have it unlocked, then you will be out of luck.

Americans have wanted this unlock ruling for awhile now. After all, if you pay for something then you should actually own it, right? This new “Unlocking Consumer and Wireless Competition Act” will ensure that people do in fact own what they paid for, at least until 2015. The new law will only be effective until the Librarian of Congress makes their next ruling for any exemptions that should take place within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. By law, the Librarian of Congress is obligated to make a ruling on all exemptions of the DMCA at least once every three years. In other words, the politicians in Congress and the president may have agreed on this cell phone unlocking exemption, but the Librarian of Congress has the right to make their own ruling on it at their next scheduled rule making date, which is in 2015. At least for now, consumers have a law that gives them the rights they have been asking for in regards to their cell phone. You might think cell phones are superficial and unimportant, but many people hold them near and dear to their hearts. They want to have complete ownership over them, especially since they have to pay top dollar to get it in the first place. Even if the Librarian’s ruling were to change things again, there would be more pressure put on Washington to permanently change the law. Perhaps, Congress will change the laws of the DMCA themselves to allow this unlocking feature to always occur. We shall see.


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