Gearhead: Mindi Abair Stays Unattached

When pumping her high-wire solos to the crowd, this Grammy-nominated sax virtuoso cuts the cord

MeeBlip Geode Synthesizer

MeeBlip Geode When you’re introduced to the world as “raw and digital, dirty and analog—in one compact box,” you’re sure to grab some attention. So it is with the geode (sic) by MeeBlip, a small tabletop monophonic synth that’s all about grab-and-go sound making. Instead of presets and menus, users can twiddle knobs and flip switches to control two oscillators and digitally generated PWM, pulse, sawtooth, and triangle waveforms. MIDI connectivity comes via both DIN and USB jacks for driver-free operation on macOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems.


Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.