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  • BATT-O-METER – The Musicians Battery Tester | MetalExiles.com

    You are playing an important gig, a showcase for a major label and your effects pedal right before the crucial solo dies on you. A bad battery has bit you again but like you keep telling yourself ‘never again’. The embarrassment would have been avoided if you had the BATT-O-METER, one of the most ingenious musical items on the market today.

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  • Hands–On Review: Keith McMillen Instruments Batt–O–Meter | MusiciansFriend.com

    The Batt–O–Meter tests batteries under real–world conditions, and it’s become a highly useful accessory for my gig bag.

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  • NAMM 2010: Soft Stepping | Berkleemusicblogs.com

    Now why would anyone get excited about a 10-key footswitch controller? As a guitarist looking for more complete control in interactive, live performances, I'm stoked. The Soft Step weighs in at a little over a pound and at 17.5" x 4," it will fit in most backpacks. This is very good news if you're a laptop performer.

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  • Best In Show Delivers Top Gear From NAMM | Music Inc. Magazine

    KMI is awarded 'Company To Watch' at the Winter NAMM 2010 show for their innovative products, Batt-o-Meter and SoftStep.

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  • Not Quite a Top 5, But Almost... | ElectronicMusician.com

    Despite the severe economic downturn, this has been a great year for gear, with plenty of useful, convenient and, in some cases, downright innovative stuff helping brighten these dark times. As we enter the holidays, I’d like to share a couple of highlights from 2009, just in case you’re making that last-minute wish list.

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  • Batt-O-Meter monitors battery life for your gear on stage | MyStage Music

    A micro-processor within the unit allows the device to intelligently determine the different loads that can be put on the battery and calculate the power in hours remaining.

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  • Keith McMillen Instruments SoftStep Foot Pedal Controller Will Be Introduced At Winter NAMM 2010 | Gearwire.com

    At the Winter NAMM 2010 conference, Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) will be debuting its SoftStep foot pedal controller, in addition to demonstrating its K-Bow, Stringport, and Batt-O-Meter.

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  • Bluetooth Bow is a Wireless Mouse for Music | Strings Magazine

    This system is meant to be inspiring, and a little whimsical.

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  • New Gear January 2010 | BassPlayer.com

    The nifty Batt-O-Meter is dead-simple, but may prove indispensable.

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  • McMillen Batt-O-Meter checks battery life in use | BroadcastEngineering.com

    The Batt-O-Meter provides peace of mind to anyone worried about his device going dead in a critical situation, allowing many pieces of gear to be checked without the laborious task of opening the case and using a multimeter or voltmeter.

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  • Batt-O-Meter Flawlessly Combines the Best of Both Worlds | Ultimate-Guitar.com

    The Batt-O-Meter flawlessly combines the best of both the worlds of ease of use and accuracy. The Batt-O-Meter uses a 1/4” plug to seamlessly interface with instruments with active electronics as well as countless other accessories.

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  • Measure Your Guitar Pedal Battery Without Taking It Out | Musformation.com

    Pulling out batteries from guitar pedal mounted to a pedal board can be a major pain in the ass. The Batt-O-Meter is here to save you another little pain in life by making that a thing of the past.

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  • Batt-O-Meter Saves Your Gig and Your Wallet | GuitarGearHeads.com

    Retailers are excited to now be shipping this necessary and useful device to their customers at an affordable price.

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  • Keith McMillen Batt-O-Meter battery tester | Musicgadgets.net

    Batt-O-Meter is a simple to use device, yet so much more than a voltmeter or multimeter.

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  • Keith McMillen Batt-O-Meter battery tester | Tonedango

    This provides invaluable peace of mind to anyone that worries about a dead battery marring his or her performance and saves them from the costly habit of replacing healthy batteries "just in case".

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  • Batt-O-Meter Saves Your Gig And Your Wallet | Mi2N.com

    It is also crucial for gear techs that want to know the status of the batteries onstage without wasting time opening up all the gear.

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  • Batt-O-Meter Now Available | Ultimate-Guitar.com

    Frequently described as "indispensable", Batt-O-Meter saves musicians from that dreaded moment when a battery dies during a gig by telling you the hours of life remaining in your batteries without removing them from your gear.

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  • Keith McMillen Batt-O-Meter Demonstration Will Rock You | GearWire.com

    Since he spends about two thirds of his waking life in the Gearwire studio, Owen O'Malley likes to keep some handy gadgets in there to make things run more smoothly. Like the cappuccino machine, the massage-o-mat, and now, the Keith McMillen Batt-O-Meter! Actually, the Batt-O-Meter trumps them all, because it has a nifty display.

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  • Pimp Your Pedalboard: 7 Pedalboard Add-Ons to Consider | PremierGuitar.com

    Sometimes a small, inexpensive improvement, or two, can go a long way to freshening up your rig and making life onstage a lot easier. Premier Guitar rounded up such improvements and Batt-O-Meter was one of them.

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  • Keith McMillen Instruments Batt-O-Meter| BarryRudolph.com

    MusicConnection.com tells you why Batt-O-Meter is a useful piece of test equipment for anybody who relies on batteries for powering portable electronics.

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  • Gear Spotlight Video | GuitarWorld.com

    Guitar World demonstrates the uses of Batt-O-Meter in this video.

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  • Keith McMillen Instruments Batt-O-Meter: Seamlessly Checks Any Gear You Have For Juice | GearWire.com

    It is an unfortunate event in a musician's performance whenever batteries for stompboxes and active electronics suddenly fizz out without warning. If you're tired of all that guesswork when it comes to your batteries, Gearwire says it's time to bring in the Keith McMillen Instruments Batt-O-Meter.

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  • Batt-O-Meter Effects Pedal Battery Tester | Guitarless.com

    This is the Batt-O-Meter from Keith McMillen Instruments. So what is it? It’s a battery tester with an interesting twist describes Guitarless.com.

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  • Batt-O-Meter Checks Battery Life Without Removing the Battery | GuitarInstructor.com

    Michael Mueller of GuitarInstructor.com asks, Are you tired of spending extra money on 9V batteries because you're afraid yours doesn't have enough juice left to make it through the gig? Or worse, you guessed wrong, and halfway through the show, your stompbox goes from sweet, creamy overdrive to AM-radio static to just plain dead? Well, my friends, there is now a simple, affordable solution—the Batt-O-Meter.

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  • Batt-O-Meter Saves the Day | RWOnline.com

    Brett Moss of Radio World introduces the broadcast crowd to Batt-O-Meter.

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  • An Interview with Cycling 74 | Cycling74.com

    Cycling 74 sat down with Keith, Barry and Nick to talk about the K-Bow bluetooth sensor bow and how Keith McMillen Instruments integrates Max MSP to "smash classical music with computers."

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  • K-Bow: Mix Certifies as Top 10 Product of NAMM '09 | MixOnline.com

    "We were floored by a debut from a new company by Zeta Violin founder Keith McMillen, who launched the remarkable K-Bow Bluetooth Sensor. [...] It’s a brilliant hardware/software system that takes bowed instruments well into the 21st century and beyond. Bravo, Keith!"

    - Mix Certified Hits- Top 10 Products from Winter NAMM 2009 | Mix Online | Feb 10 2009

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  • K-Bow Airs on Electronic Musician TV | EMusician.com

    "Zeta Violin founder Keith McMillen debuted the K-Bow, a remarkable add-on for bowed instruments that brings new levels of expressiveness and versatile software control. Demo by Marielle Jakobsons."

    - Electronic Musician TV | Jan 30 2009

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  • Get A F*%@&#g Bluetooth For Your Violin Bow, Man | GearWire.com

    "The K-Bow stealthily replaces the frog on a standard violin, viola, cello or bass bow and is equipped with an array of sensors that capture every nuance of a player's bowing movement, transmitting them into software control parameters..."

    - Gearwire | Nov 6 2008

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  • Keith McMillen strikes again | Electro-Music.com

    "I have an electric cello with RMC pickups, so you betcha I'm interested in this stuff. The K-Bow can generate MIDI or OSC data and send it wirelessly. I've seen attempts before to capture bow movements as MIDI or OSC data, but this is the most elegant solution I've seen yet - earlier attempts involved wires attached to the bow. "

    - Electro-Music.com | Nov 11 2008

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  • Keith McMillen unveils string instrument interfaces | Electronista.com

    "...the actual sounds are sent to the computer for processing. The software breaks the signal down into several sonic properties, but is claimed to retain the acoustic dynamics of the string behavior. The programs can be used to analyze or synthesize the sound, and output a performance as a format readable by scoring programs. "

    - Electronista | Nov 7 2008

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