TDK Life on Record 2011 Audio Line

The TDK Life on Record 2011 Audio Line combines the TDK Sound Cube, TDK Two Speaker Boombox, TDK Three Speaker Boombox and TDKs USB Belt Drive Turntable to create a rich and highly visual connection between the listener and their music. This new line of premium audio equipment from TDK Life on Record blends the warmth of analog with the precision and convenience of digital technology bring music to life. Generous controls and fine tuning features enable listeners to customize their listening experience through iPhone, iPod, hard drives, turntables and electric guitars. Each product embodies hi-fidelity sound and combines clean, striking designs with precision performance to enhance the listening experience.

"The TDK Life on Record audio products mix an old-school design aesthetic with a pure and simple approach to audio products, while blending a fresh interface all together. The sound is also as solid as the high quality construction." – Lance Hussey, IDSA, Vice President and Creative Director

Credits: Ziba Design and TDK Life on Record

Contact: Julia Carpenter: julia_carpenter@ziba.com

SHURE KSM353 shock mount

The A300SM is a shock mount designed specifically for high-tier studio and live-performance microphones. With highly sensitive microphones such as the Shure KSM353, a very small stimulus can move the transducer diaphragm. This leads to higher audio quality but can also make the microphone highly sensitive to vibration, producing audible noise. This shock mount isolates mechanical vibration to ensure the highest sound quality.

Credits: Shure Incorporated, John Miller, Dan Pratt and Al McGovern
Contact: John Miller: miller_john@shure.com


Denon Cocoon Speaker Dock range

The Cocoon range of sounddock systems are the embodiment of sound coupled with iconic design. Sculptural in form, it is both expressive and reflective in form language. Inspired by the expressive sculptural works of Brancusi, the Cocoon not only captures the essence of sound, its pure and clean lines are also a reflection of today's aspirational lifestyle.

Credits: Feiz Design Studio, Khodi Feiz, Johan van Hengel, Jerry Thong and Charlotte Franssen
Corporate Sponsor: Denon
Contact: Khodi Feiz: info@feizdesign.com


LED TV LM8600 with Magic motion remote controller M4

The LM8600 LED TV has a 1 millimeter bezel, which achieves a near-bezel-less look. In addition, instead of the typical heavy and dull look, the unique form of the LM8600, with its silhouette that looks like banded wires, will stand as a stylish design object in any interior. The M4remote controller is equipped with a motion sensor that provides enhanced grip sense by applying ergonomic features with soft curves.

Credits: LG Electronics, Yong-ho Lee, Tae-uk Kim, Kyong-tae Han, Jeong-rok Lee and Nari Lee
Contact: Jason Bang: jason.bang@lge.com


Lytro Light Field Camera

While traditional cameras capture only partial data, the Lytro Light Field Camera captures dynamic vectors of light to create living images, which contain the color, intensity and direction of all light rays existing in a scene. The results are photos that can be focused infinitely after they are taken. Derived from the human gesture of viewing a kaleidoscope or spyglass, the extruded lens form is clean and easily fits into the palm of the hand.

Credits: NewDealDesign LLC, Gadi Amit, Inbal Etgar, Chad Harber, Lytro Inc., Ren Ng, Dave Evans and Bob Groppo
Contact: Gadi Amit: info@newdealdesign.com


Roku 2

Roku 2 is a little box with a simple remote control that allows anyone to instantly stream video and audio entertainment to their TV. Setting up Roku is a snap. Plug the power cord into the wall, attach the video cable to your television, connect to your home network, and start streaming. The simple Roku remote control doubles as a two-handed motion game controller so you can play games like Angry Birds, Pac-man and Sudoku.

Credits: Bould Design, Fred Bould, Eric Fields, Kristen Beck, Roku, Anthony Wood and Chuck Seiber
Contact: Fred Bould: fred@bould.com 


Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel

The Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel offers a realistic driving experience to a range of consumers, from casual fans to car fanatics. Intuitive motion controls invite anyone to grab the wheel and experience the joy of racing. Simply turn the wheel and the car responds, just like in real life.

Credits: Microsoft, John Ikeda, Brett Christie, Richard Harley, Xbox Industrial Design Team, Minimal, Scott Wilson, Matt Puhalla, Leon Fitzpatrick and Dave Seal
Contact: Carl Ledbetter: carll@microsoft.com


553D OLED TV (EM9600)

The EM9600 OLED TV set is only 4 mm thick and weighs only 16.5 pounds. Consumers can mount the TV on the wall like a picture frame, without using brackets, or on the gas-powered floor stand that is height and swivel adjustable with a simple touch. Moreover, one transparent optical line connects all devices, eliminating the unsightly tangle of cords.

Credits: LG Electronics, Yoo-seok Kim, Hye-young Hong, Ji-yeon Lee and Woo-suk Kim
Contact: Jason Bang: jason.bang@lge.com



The NX200 is a lens-alternating mirror-less compact camera. It is housed in real metal, which enhances its sophisticated, professional look. The top cover, in particular, is finished with aluminum alloy forging to achieve a solid, durable look not obtainable through other methods. With attention to such details as the read mode dial or the grip, the design focused on professional performance.

Credits: Samsung ELectronics Co. Ltd, Kataoka Design Studio and Yamauchi Kenji
Contact: MinJeong Kim: mj1003.kim@samsung.com


Propellerhead Balance

Propellerhead Balance is a new two-in by two-out audio interface designed for people who want to create music. Propellerhead, makers of the music recording and production software Reason, has done away with software pop-ups and control panels by taking the sound board out of the box and into people’s hands. Balance is equipped with separate controls for monitors and headphones, has eight input connections for instruments and is USB powered. The Propellerhead Balance empowers music makers with the ability to record and create—right in their hands.

The design team looked at recording from the musicians’ perspective. They found that musicians were spending their time concerned with issues other than music making: riddled in installing software, managing cables, setting up control panels, setting gain levels, tweaking recording parameters, and more. Recording wasn’t as easy and straightforward as it should be. So designers were compelled to create a combination of the Balance audio interface and the Reason Essentials music recording software that lets musicians focus on creativity, not on technology.

Propellerhead Balance brings all of the company’s signature software touches—ease of use, stability, pristine sound quality and uncompromising focus on music making—to the audio hardware world. It takes care of all the tedious stuff musicians are used to, from latency problems to complicated installation and setup. All instruments can be connected at all times so musicians are always ready to record that song. It is fully USB2 powered with large volume knobs for both speakers and headphones.

While musicians most often only record one thing at a time, they do have lots of stuff they record: mics, instruments, synthesizers, mixes. Balance offers a box where musicians can connect everything they own and select inputs from the front panel. No hassling with cable swapping or a software control panel is required for selecting the active inputs. All the necessary controls are on the front panel, and the desktop-friendly design ensures that the controls will always be within reach.

Once they start recording and putting their all into a performance, musicians often find that their playing is louder than it was when they set their levels. Those who have lost too many good takes to distortion end up recording while watching the levels carefully. That sort of distraction hurts the performance. It's very difficult to be both performer and engineer at the same time. The Clip Safe feature lets musicians record, concentrate on their performance, and know that even if they do overload while recording they can simply repair the distorted audio and save that perfect take. Putting making-music in focus, Propellerhead Balance provides all the essential tools for turning good ideas into great songs.

Credit: Propellerhead Software—Ernst Nathorst-Böös, Marcus Zetterquist and Fredric Vinnå; No Picnic—Anna-Carin Neale, Thomas Mach and Jonas Westius
Contact: Leo Nathorst-Böös: leo@propellerheads.se