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Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Music Gear Monday: Gibson Memory Cable

Have you ever heard a lick in your head but didn't have any way to record it before it was forgotten? Gibson thinks it's come up with a solution to that dilemma with a new instrument cable it calls a "Memory Cable" that actually contains a flash audio recorder inside.

The Memory Cable records up to 13 hours of 44.1kHz/16 bit audio on a 4GB micro-SD card, either continuously or only when your playing. It uses an AA battery and a LR44 battery to work, which could be a problem, since we all know how much musicians hate to change batteries. If you run out of storage space, the Memory Cable deletes the oldest recorded material, so you're always covered when it comes to recording your latest thoughts. The engineering was done by Tascam, who have always been a leader in digital recorders and which is now owned by Gibson.

The Gibson Memory Cable is 16 feet long and costs $99. It's targeted to be available on May 15th.

I can't decide if this is a brilliant invention or an idea that's missed the boat. Anyone care to share their opinion?


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like the idea better if it were a female/female adapter. Plug it into your guitar with no cable hanging out, plug it inline on the way to your amp, or between the amp and headphones so you can record with effects. Personally, I just tab the riffs out on my phone so they can be sent to other band members right then & there.

sculley said...

Personally, I record almost everything that I do when I sit down to write, or just jam. If I'm not recording it into my studio setup, then it's going onto my iPhone. Everything ends up in iTunes, and then a couple of times a year I revisit pretty much everything I've done to see if something strikes me as interesting. I rate the bits and pieces and make notes in the comments section of the song so that I know where the interesting bits are and what they are.

Anonymous said...

I think this is innovative though will eventually fall into the same category as electric salad spinners and battery operated carving knives.

Anonymous said...

I think this is innovative though will eventually fall into the same category as electric salad spinners and battery operated carving knives

Sean Heimbuch said...

It could certainly have it's uses in the right circumstances. There have been plenty of times when I was rehearsing with bands and came up with ideas that ended up being forgotten, same with warming up before a gig. Would have been nice to have something like this around.
But at home it wouldn't serve a purpose because I can just as easily plug into my interface and record it in my DAW, or in something as simple as Audacity.
It's a good idea for those who aren't into using the various Apple products, but I don't know how well it would fare when those tech options are around.

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