Changing the sound of an electric guitar no longer requires plugging in to a number of different amps and special effect pedals. Instead, the pocket-sized POD family from Line 6 digitally models the tones of various amplifiers, effects and cabinets. The battery-powered Pocket POD mimics 32 classic and modern amp models, 16 cabinet models and 16 effects. If that's not enough, 300 sonic presets developed by musicians including 311, Maroon 5 and Dashboard Confessional provide more tone settings and another 5,000 presets are available at www.CustomTone.com. Editing software also lets users create their own presets. Freescale's Symphony audio DSP56364 provides the DSP and control capability.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.