The iWear AV920 is almost there. Almost, but not quite. Undoing, oh, about a million gajillion years of human evolution (we could be off by a few gajillion) is not going to be easy no matter who you are, but Vuzix, the makers of the iWear AV920 glasses, are trying. Vuzix has given us twin high-res LCDs mounted in a 2.9-ounce visor that serve up the equivalent of a 62-inch display on a 0.31-inch eyeglass screen about, oh, 2.5 inches from your retinas. The product’s development could have been driven by the modern desire to miniaturize everything or the unending need to extend the functionality of small-format video viewers à la the iPod, but it’s really anyone’s guess.
Altiverb 67 offers a simple, but effective, floating panel for mastering with precision. Altiverb 6 is a plug-in for music production that creates reverb based on real samples of real spaces. Put simply, you can record your mumblings and guitar noodling, then apply an effect that makes it sound like you recorded them in the Sydney Opera House. For anyone mastering music for specific settings - studio or nightclub engineers, for example - Altiverb 6 is a formidable tool to have on your Mac.
Musicbed DV’s single-screen interface makes it easy to customize the tone of the music to the picture. Creating compelling, captivating musical scores for your video projects can be a daunting challenge. But with Musicbed DV, you have a truly useful tool to make royalty-free soundtracks. Perfect for commercial projects, it delivers smooth music with minimum effort.
The iPod touch is primarily a media player. Everything else is gravy. In our first look at the iPod touch last month (Nov/07, p68), we said that it’s basically a phoneless iPhone. It turns out that the iPod touch is even less than a phoneless iPhone. But if you want a media player first and an Internet device a distant second, the touch offers a satisfying experience.
You get three pairs of ear fittings with the iMetal iM-390. Maximo’s iMetal iM-390 earphones don’t say “iPod” like the iPod earbuds do, but they certainly say “shiny.” Like V-Moda’s Vibe (4 out of 5 stars), the iM-390 earphones have fashionable aluminum bodies that are more than decorative - they also produce impressive sound.
Nobody got rich by throwing stuff away - except the garbagemen.Old iPods don’t die, they’re harvested. A growing mini-economy around scavenging parts is giving old and busted iPods second lives. With discarded electronics accounting for 70 percent of the heavy metals and 40 percent of the lead found in U.S. landfills, it helps to keep even a small percentage of Apple’s 100 million iPods out of the e-waste stream helps.
The new iPod nano: It's a movie theater in the palm of your hand. Darn you, Apple. You know our iPod love is fickle, and you take advantage each and every time. We were happy with the 5G iPod (a.k.a. the video iPod), but we admit, we wanted the next-generation iPod with spiffy new features. The 2G iPod nano? It was a nice little music player that also made us happy, but we knew it could do more - and apparently, you did, too. So now here we are, with a new iPod classic and iPod nano to covet. Darn you, Apple.
The GarageBand Microphone Cable is a lot cheaper than an XLR converter box. If you’re a podcaster who wants good voice audio in your podcasts (and who doesn’t?), you need to use an XLR microphone. Macs don’t have XLR connectors, but you can use Griffin’s GarageBand Microphone Cable, which features an XLR jack for your mic and a stereo minijack so you can plug into a Mac’s standard audio line-in port.