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5 hi-tech music instruments and gizmos you need to get your hands on

Mogees, a new device that transforms any object into a musical instrument.

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Who needs real musical instruments when you have something ‘smarter’? Metro rounds up the latest in high-tech musical gadgetry: from pocket-sized synthesizers, ‘smart’ wireless drum sticks to interactive album covers.

Potentiate your guitar

Guitar fans, say goodbye to cumbersome cables. Created by the Scotland-based startup Ingenious Audio, Jack is billed as the world’s first gadget to stream wirelessly real-time audio to an amplifier. A recent success on Kickstarter, Jack simply plugs into any guitar output connector and syncs via Wi-Fi to amps, as well as your tablet, to playback or record your music. Jack has also staggeringly low latency for realtime playing - about 13 times faster than standard Bluetooth and almost 3 times quicker than “low latency” Bluetooth. At wifi-guitar.com, Around $280

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Make music anywhere, with anything

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London-based artist Bruno Zamborlin has created Mogees, a new device that transforms any object into a musical instrument. The smart gizmo attaches to any surface, picks up the vibrations from the object while you tap it with your finger, and converts them into sound via a smartphone app. So in effect, your desk, coffee mug and backpack can become your new guitar, drum kit and saxophone – sounds good. “Sticking a Mogee sensor to a window or to a tree is like playing them. The different way you touch it, the different way it sounds,” Zamborlin told Metro. At Mogees.co.uk, Price TBC

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A very modern album cover

In today’s world of ‘smarty’-pants tech, you can play music on album covers… That’s right, Novalia, a technology company based in Cambridge, England, has created interactive paper turntables where upon touching different parts of the cover you can produce a myriad of different scratches and beats. This novel music-making revolves on electric circuits printed on the paper that utilise a special conducive ink. The device can be hooked up to your iPhone or iPad. At Novalia.co.uk, Contact the company for prices

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Pocket synthesizer to play

Swedish company Teenage Engineering has put some Game Boy-esque playability into making electronic beats using synthesizers. The Pocket Operator allows you to create tunes by bashing a few buttons with your thumbs, just like your favorite handheld gaming device of yesteryear. There are three models of synths to choose from: the PO-12 “Rhythm” drum machine, the PO-14 “Sub” bass synth, and the PO-16 “Factory” melody unit. The gadget boasts a 8-bit LCD display, a built-in speaks are even an alarm clock. At Teenageengineering.com, $59 each

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Intelligent drum sticks

If, like most people, you don’t have space for a fully-fitted drum kit, try out a virtual one made possible by these ‘smart’ drumsticks by tech firm Muzik, which unveiled their product at the CES 2015 fair. Thanks to motion algorithms and augmented reality, all you have to do is tap in the air, and the sticks – connected to a smartphone app – automatically know where each drum and cymbal is. At Muzikofficial. com, Price TBC

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