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Gigbag: May 2003

AKG Studio Headphones

They both sound wonderful. Each has a 10-foot leash and a comfy around-the-ears design. And both are as professional as they get. But which pair of AKG studio headphones should we choose? The K171s have a frequency range from 18 to 26,000 Hz, and list for $159. The K271s have a wider range, 16 to 28,000 Hz, plus a neat little switch that mutes the output when they’re removed from your ears, but they retail for 40 bucks more. We could get the K171s and use the savings for a couple of Verve reissues, but, lucky us, we get those free. K271s it is. www.akgusa.com

MiniMusic Handheld Software

If you own a handheld computer, get your hands on some MiniMusic software titles. The company’s notation, sight-reading and ear-training programs are a great way to kill time on the subway or during office meetings. Mess around with the pattern-based drum machine and sequencer programs for a minute and you’ll be hooked, inspired even. The software runs on most handhelds, and by hooking up to a sound module or MIDI interface, your MiniMusic work can leave the pocket and enter the studio. www.minimusic.com

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