Sometimes, while composing on their guitars or their keyboards, musicians stumble across that perfect musical sequence that they just need to record. However, by the time the recording system is in place, the inspiration is but a distant memory and the sequence cannot be recreated. To help them, Gibson created a memory cable that is also a digital recorder.
The Gibson memory cable combines a premium instrument cable with a digital audio recorder. At first glance, it does not look dissimilar to other 16 ft cables. However, upon a closer inspection one can notice the slight bulge at one end. Engineers from Tascam created the cable’s compact solid state recorder. The Gibson digital recorder comes with studio quality analog-to-digital conversion and is able to record uncompressed WAV audio files.
According to the company, the recorder is very easy to use. Players simply have to plug in the cable into a guitar, bass, keyboard or drum machine output. Afterwards, it is simply a matter of pressing the button front and center. The device will record everything until you shut it off. Moreover, there is an option that allows you to record only when you are playing. In this way you can save a lot of storage space. The jack at the other end of the cable does not need to be plugged in. It works perfectly well without an amp.
If you want to put and end to a file and start another you simply press the above mentioned button. With an AA-type battery musicians can use the device for about eight hours. The Memory Cable comes with a 4 GB microSD card. This means about 10-13 hours of music can be stored on it.
The Gibson Memory Cable comes will be available in the US from May 15 for US$99. What do you think of this interesting new invention?
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