Another week, another new iRig Device released. This month, iRig PRE and iRig Stomp are added to the ever growing arsenal of iDevice peripherals manufactured and released by IK Multimedia. Both devices are said to be ready for iPhone 5, here’s what they have to offer.
iRig STOMP is the first stompbox guitar interface for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. For the first time, guitar and bass players can now integrate their favorite iOS signal processing apps into their existing live pedalboard setup for enhanced tone shaping and effects processing using an iPhone/iPod touch or iPad.
iRig STOMP is based on the wildly-popular AmpliTube iRig interface and iRig STOMP is compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad guitar amp or instrument app. With its compact, standard stompbox shape, iRig STOMP is packed with many smart features found here for the first time in an iOS audio accessory.
Take the microphone you use every day on stage or in the studio and plug it into your iOS device. It’s that simple. Need Phantom Power? Flip the “Phantom Power” switch. Congratulations, you’ve just become a professional user.
This is perhaps the most important product introduction for musicians and the rest of the civilized world since the iPod and iPad. Now, thanks to the iRig Pre, you can hook your favorite microphone to your iOS device and join the mobile music revolution. Create music any time, anywhere with your own high quality microphones on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
Where to Buy
The iRig STOMP, retailing for $59.99 and the iRig PRE ($39) are both available at the official IK Online Store.
Working within iOS’ constraints can be a bit frustrating at times. Sometimes you just want to bounce that piece of audio you’ve got going on your iPhone or iPad straight to a big DAW, such as Logic Pro or Ableton Live on your Mac. There are numerous ways of getting your audio to your bigger studio setup. Software-wise there are iOS apps that provide the ability to export your audio to cloud solutions like Dropbox or allow you to find your audio back in iTunes. Hardware-wise, more and more professional dock-enabled interfaces are released that can provide a proper way of getting high-quality audio into your DAW. And if your options are sparse, there’s always the headphone out that you can cable up to your PC or Mac. In this tutorial we’ll show you a way of recording your audio into your Mac DAW wirelessly with the help of a pair of handy software apps.
You might be familiar with the Tascam iM2, a friendly priced portable recorder for iPhone and iPad. For this autumn Tascam has announced the release of 2 new recording solutions that connect to your iDevice, the iM2X and the iXJ2.
The iM2X seems like the logical successor to the iM2 microphone. It’s a stereo condenser microphone that easily connects to and draws power from your dock connection. With the XY orientation of the mic heads and a possibility to swivel the device you can capture every sound around your iPhone or iPad in a 44.1kHz/16-bit quality.
The iXJ2 is a multi-purpose preamp for connecting any microphone or line-in instrument to your iDevice. This preamp has 2 stereo inputs for a single / dual mono or stereo recording depending on how you set the input selection switch (A/B/STEREO). You can define the input levels with 2 rotary controls using the input level leds as a guideline. The internal A/D converter converts your signal to a 44.1kHz/16-bit recording.
Both devices have a way of powering your iPhone or iPad with a dedicated USB connector. The iM2X and iXJ2 work best when used with the special Tascam recording app, but hopefully they’ll also function flawlessly with apps like Garageband and Auria.
Click the links below for the full specs on Tascam’s website.
Akai Pro is heavily marketing their new flagship MPC, the MPC Renaissance, of which the first units have shipped this month. You really have to dig for any new info on the MPC Fly (for iPad) and MPC Studio models which are released later this year. The video below shows what went into the making of the three new models, including a short bit about the ones that cater to us mobile musicians. Right now the MPC Fly is set to be released this November, while the MPC Studio will be released a month later, according to Guitar Center. I wouldn’t be surprised if the release will be pushed back to early 2013.
Check out the other new video’s on Akai’s official YouTube channel
There’s a new update for the popular Figure app available in the App Store. Where 1.1 already paved the way of taking your loops out of the app with the Save and Export (to iTunes) functions, 1.2 adds the much requested AudioCopy feature, allowing you to paste your audio across the long list of other supported iOS apps. Here is the full list of new features for Figure 1.2..
- AudioCopy—enabling pasting of Figure audio directly into AudioPaste or Pasteboard compatible apps on iOS
- WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology)—simultaneously start two iOS devices with compatible apps
- Additional new atonal / chromatic scale mode
- Performance pads now have a grid
Click the button below to get Figure for $0.99
Great news within the iOS music app development community today as the controversial app Audiobus has been approved by Apple and will show up in the App Store very soon! Where Virtual Midi was a great step forward in iOS music production, this app-to-app audio streaming technology should once again turbocharge your workflow on iPhone and iPad. Audiobus enables supported apps to have their audio in- and outputs connected through the app allowing you to create advanced signal chains in the process, kind of like a mobile Propellerheads Reason on your iPhone or iPad.
The Audiobus developers A Tasty Pixel and Audanika have overcome a lot of technical hurdles while developing their Audiobus app, collaborating with other close app developers testing out their technology. With Apple being on the fence for confirming a native inter-app audio technology for iOS 6, having the app approved today can really be seen as a breakthrough and reason to pop the champagne bottles.
When the selected group of developers has all implemented Audiobus technology in its apps, the Audiobus developers will open up the SDK to the public after everything is launched.
Now that the smoke has cleared from yesterday’s Apple conference it’s time to take a closer look at the iPhone 5. There were no shocking big surprises or technologies that hadn’t leaked before the conference. In general the new iPhone is thinner, faster and it sports a bigger screen. How will it impact the music producers, composers and sound designers that have incorporated iOS in their studio or live setup? Let’s take a look at the features that may or may not change the way you’re using your iPhone for music production right now.
Beep Street, creators of the popular Sunrizer synth and iSequence for iPhone and iPad have just submitted a new app to Apple called Impaktor. From the video below you can instantly see this will be a whole new approach to iOS music making. Using the mic input on your iDevice, Impaktor will turn your deskdrumming into several cool-sounding drum or synth sequences that you can record over 6 tracks of audio. Let’s hope it will show up in the App Store soon!
Update: Impaktor is now available in the App Store!
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Korg MicroKORG, Korg has announced special colored editions of the MicroKORG, MicroKORG XL and the MicroKEY models to be released this November. You can choose between 2 limited edition color variations, an energetic red on black or a beautiful all-black everything model. We’re rooting for the all-black MicroKORG XL model to bring out the darkest synth compositions in you.
For promoting these models Korg is running a ‘microMADNESS’ video contest where you can upload a video on YouTube showing what the microKORG means to you. The top four submissions will win one of the new MicroKORG models.
You don’t have to carry around a heavy bag full of equipment anymore to make recordings on-the-go. A smartphone, tablet or tiny laptop can be all you need nowadays. However, if you’re aiming to be a professional it’s important to have your incoming audio be of the highest quality possible. Luckily it’s perfectly possible to achieve a high-quality recording with the microphones and accessories available today. The Apogee MiC is such a accessory, a portable USB-microphone that can also connect to your iPhone and iPad. Is this little mic worthy of the Apogee brand and suitable for the demanding mobile musician?