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Akai Synthstation25 25 Key Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod touch
Akai Synthstation25 25 Key Piano Keyboard for iPhone and iPod touch

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gadget heaven, 9 April 2012
I never thought I'd use this phrase but.... "It does what it says on the tin!". A portable, velocity sensitive 25 key mini-keyboard which (with the appropriate software App downloaded) turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a music studio. With modulation and pitch wheels, octave up/ down buttons, programme up/ down buttons and selection buttons for synth 1,2,3 and drums (these integrate with the software).

The keyboard is very playable, there is a headphone jack, RCA left and right outputs, volume control and a power switch. Works with batteries or an AC adaptor. Dedicated software App "Synthstation" available for £1.49 last time I looked. Also works with non-Akai software, notably the superb "Nanosysnth" (£10.49 last time I looked!). What more could you ask for??!! Well.........

The Synthstation 25 has a mini USB output which turns this little beauty into a USB/ MIDI controller for PC and Mac. I have just tested this with Garageband on my (new) Macbook Pro and it works superbly (keyboard, pitch and mod wheels and even the octave up/down buttons). Powered from the Mac USB socket!

I have nothing more to add!! Now, where was I..............??!!


The Photos
The Photos

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photographic memories, 1 Oct. 2007
This review is from: The Photos (Audio CD)
I first picked up this album soon after its release in 1980. I had never actually heard any of the band's music, but I was intrigued by their contemporary description as "the poor man's Blondie" - and I liked the cover! It wasn't long before I was buying up their back catalogue of singles and jumping up and down in a sweating mass of bodies at the next available Photos gig at Bristol Polytechnic.

This album is choc(olate) full of blistering melodic pop songs driven by rhythmn section Olly Harrison (drums) and Dave Sparrow (grinding Rickenbacker bass) - with the underrated Steve Eagles on pre-Edge guitar mysteryonics and minx Wendy Wu on voice/ adolescent fantasy.

This edition from Cherry Red records represents and expanded package and includes new sleeve notes by Steve Eagles and others associated with the the band. Highlights are "Irene", "Barbarellas" (both main features of a 4-track EP issued prior to the LP's original release), "She's Artistic" and "Maxine". The package comes complete with the "Blackmail Tapes", a selection of covers and fledging self-compositions recorded "in a garage somewhere in Worcestershire" (a limited edition disc with the original release). Also included are the 'A' & 'B' sides of the band's first single - "I'm So Attractive" (worth the purchase price on its own) and "Guitar Hero" (no slouch)- and subsequent 'B' side "J T'Aime" (excellent). It would have been nice for the remaining two tracks of the Irene/Barbarellas EP ("Cridsilla" & "Shy") to have been included too, but - hey!

This album reached the heights of the charts on its original release. However the Photos never quite made it to the big time. Their second album "Crystal Tips and Mighty Mice", which could and should have consolidated their rise, was in the can but never released. The band broke up soon after the release of their final, and excellent, two singles "Life In A Day" & "We'll Win". Wendy Wu subsequently left the music business following three solo singles and a brief flirtation with Steve Strange in his band "Strange Cruise".

Blondie as the poor man's Photos?
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2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keir Dullea
Price: £4.99

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flights Of Man, 13 Nov. 2006
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An extra-terrestrial intelligence plants black monoliths on Earth, on the Moon and at the edge of the solar system in order to monitor man's evolutionary and technological progress. As apes learn to use tools, develop into Homo Sapiens and ultimately travel into space the monoliths signal these key stages of development back to their makers. Mankind's production of artificial intelligence and the "man vs machine" battle of wits with HAL creates the sense that mankind is never in control of its own destiny but rather, like a child, always "at the edge" of its capabilities and struggling to learn and grow. The film ends with the super-intelligent, super-developed God-like extra-terrestial entity placing man into his true context - as a bewildered child re-born into the cosmos to enter a new stage of superhuman development.
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The Photos
The Photos

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photographic Memories, 30 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Photos (Audio CD)
I first picked up this album soon after its release in 1980. I had never actually heard any of the band's music, but I was intrigued by their contemporary description as "the poor man's Blondie" - and I liked the cover! It wasn't long before I was buying up their back catalogue of singles and jumping up and down in a sweaty mass of bodies at the next available Photos gig at Bristol Polytechnic.

This album is choc(olate) full of blistering melodic pop songs driven by rhythmn section Olly Harrison (drums) and Dave Sparrow (grinding Rickenbacker bass) - with the underrated Dave Eagle on pre-Edge guitar mysteryonics and minx Wendy Wu on voice/ adolescent fantasy.

Highlights are "Irene", "Barbarellas", "She's Artistic" and "Maxine". The package comes complete with the "Blackmail Tapes" - a selection of covers and fledging self-compositions recorded "in a garage somewhere in Worcestershire".

The Photos never quite made it. Their second album "Crystal Tips and Mighty Mice", which could and should have broken them into the big time, was in the can but never released. The band broke up soon after following the release of their final, and excellent, single "We'll Win". Wendy Wu subsequently left the music business following three solo singles and a brief flirtation with Steve Strange in his band "Strange Cruise".

Blondie as the poor man's Photos?


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