• Musician and designer Yuri Suzuki has collaborated with Japanese education company Gakken to create a cute little record cutting machine that gets music-making consumers cutting their own five-inch vinyl records in a few short minutes.
  • Vinyl is back in our living rooms, which is great news for consumers but for gigging musicians not signed to a major label, getting in on the vinyl action could be out of their budgets. That's where Phonocut's Home Vinyl Recorder comes in.
  • In 2015, Steinway launched a line of pianos that allowed owners to tap into an archive of performances by some of the world's top players, and have the piano play them back. Now the iconic maker has introduced the the Spirio | r – which can record a musician's own live performance and play it back.
  • ​When we first caught up with BandLab – a cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform – the project was in its infancy. A lot has happened since early 2013, so a catchup is long overdue.​
  • Roli has brought together elements of 2016's Block modular music-making hardware to create the Songmaker Kit. The bundle comprises three of Roli's touch-enabled controllers – the Seaboard Block, the Lightpad and the Loop – and is designed to help players create music tracks while out and about.​
  • Science
    A new technique from Columbia University recruits bacterial spies to see what’s going on in our bodies. It's essentially “bugging” a bug, with bacteria engineered to record what they interact with on their journey through the gastrointestinal tract, and even timestamp when those events occurred.
  • BrandNewNoise has added the Krankie to its small catalog of handcrafted audio recording devices. It's an old school music box mechanism sat atop a box made of sustainable wood that allows the user to create custom tunes and record the results.
  • Do you rely on hastily scribbled notation or tab when four- or six-string inspiration hits? Or even just try and remember. Denmark's TC Electronic has come up with the Wiretap Riff Recorder, a new way to capture and catalog your killer riffs that's always at your feet.
  • MixChecker from Audified allows home mixers and studio pros to hear what their tracks sound like when listening through a TV, car stereo, smartphone or studio monitors and adjust for any weak spots.
  • A new device is aiming to do for audio recording what the GoPro did for video recording. The Instamic is a small, self-contained, high-quality sound recorder. It is aimed at musicians, filmmakers, journalists, bloggers and other people who need a simple and effective means of capturing sound.
  • JamHub has announced that it's now shipping the Tracker MT16 Wi-Fi-enabled multitrack recorder. It's designed to capture up to 16 channels of post-trim, pre-fader, CD-quality recordings of live performances straight from the mixing desk, and wirelessly upload the files to the cloud.
  • TV shows that clash, or family members that clash over TV shows, mean that we don't always get to watch the show we want. A new service from US-based satellite provider Dish, however, can change that. The Super Joey allows users to record up to eight simultaneous TV programs.