IK Multimedia, known for their iRig and iRig Midi devices that allow you to take your mobile music making into the studio have now introduced a keyboard controller that’s compatible with iPhone, iPad (CoreMidi) and Mac/PC. Conveniently named the iRig KEYS, the controller spans 3 octaves of velocity-sensitive keys, pitch- & mod wheels and is bus- and dock-powered. Unfortunately there is no way to charge your iDevice while playing, but the iRig KEYS does offer you true portability being slim-sized and lightweight. With the iRig KEYS you’ll also get a version of Sampletank, an unlocked Sampletank FREE for iPhone / iPad and Sampletank 2 L for PC/Mac to start playing around with.
We think this is a great device for when you’re only rocking an iPhone and no controller + iRig Midi yet. Because you can connect this keyboard to a wide variety of sources it looks like a handy gadget to keep around in your backpack at all times. The extra octave over the LPK25 makes it that more appealing. Let’s hope the playability factor is strong with this one.
The iRig KEYS should ship this autumn and you can place your pre-order for $99.99 / €74.99 on the official IK Multimedia website.
Watch out microKORG XL, Novation has just announced that they’re launching a portable version of their UltraNova synth called the MiniNova. With its portability, performance options and the deep roots in the Supernova series this critter is tailor-made for beefing up your studio productions or taking out with you on tour to jam with. You can utilize the gooseneck microphone and add some crazy vocoding or T-pain effects to your performance or have other instruments run through the MiniNova’s effect modules. With the 265 onboard sounds and all the options that lay in front of you you can tweak or mangle your sounds in real-time the way you like it.
Check out the full specs on Novation’s official website
To get you warmed up, check out this cool performance video of the MiniNova below.
Controlling your iPad synths with the on-screen keyboards can only get you so far. You can truly express yourself musically with a hardware midi controller connected through a midi interface for iPad or the Camera Connection Kit. However if you lack these accessories or you just don’t know how to play a keyboard good enough, the App Store provides more and more midi sequencing apps such as Genome that can control other apps through virtual midi. You can easily draw in your midi data and hear your synths play back your compositions. In this short tutorial I’ll explain how you can configure Genome MIDI Sequencer to control the all-new Cassini for iPad synth to demonstrate this process.
I remember when I first started out creating music on my laptop. First, programming my melodies note by note in the piano roll in my DAW. Then, I found out I could enable my typing keyboard to jam out some chords here and there. But I couldn’t capture any velocities, I needed to alter each note’s velocity manually after recording to get a human feel out of my composition. Okay, okay, let’s get a small midi keyboard so I can get a true human keyboard performance in there, even though I need to switch octaves with these buttons now and then.
Drat, I can’t lay down any drum patterns with these tiny keyboard keys, I need a portable drum pads! But, but, I also want to control my VST synth knobs and my mixer automation, I need some portable knobs and mixer faders. Now how do I get all of these controllers in my bag again?
By adding all of it on one mobile controller called the AKAI Pro MPK Mini.
Sampling enthusiasts have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to mobility. Of course you can sample sounds through a decent line-in or microphone input on your audio interface, but that’s not much fun and hands-on is it? An MPC500 or MPC1000 would be a step right in the right direction if you’d like to go around sampling without staring at a laptop screen. When you prefer playing keys instead of pads, like chromatically across a keyboard, the Korg microSAMPLER seems like a right fit. Let’s take a look at its features.
You gotta love the classic AKAI MPC 2000 (XL). It has been the foundation for many timeless hip-hop and R&B classics. If only we could bring back this same hands-on producing experience to this modern day and age. That’s what AKAI Pro must have thought when they came up with the MPC Fly. The Fly is, along with the MPC Studio and MPC Renaissance one of three new MPC models that AKAI wants to bring on the market this year.
Animoog has become one of the most popular and versatile iOS synths around. The launch price of a dollar made it even that greater. Delving into the Animoog can be a little frustrating if you’re not a synth-veteran and the presets only get you so far. Check out the tutorial videos from Dubspot below that will leave you without any questions on how to create your own stunning Animoog patches from scratch.
The long awaited first update of Propellerhead’s addicting iOS app Figure has arrived in the App Store.
Besides overall performance fixes this update finally gives you the ability to save all the beats and grooves you’re laying down in the app as well
as an option to export your audio creations to iTunes’ File Sharing system. No more sampling your iPhone/iPad into your DAW to finish your Figure creations!
As far as portability goes the Apogee ONE USB Audio Interface is already a winner. Lightweight, USB-powered and small measurements (almost as small as an iPhone) make it a no-brainer to take with your Macbook wherever you go. Please note that this is a Mac-only audio interface, so useless in Windows. The One sports a sleek design with an eye-catching big, silver knob to control mic and output volumes. But is it worthy of bearing the Apogee name? Can such a small box deliver a proper studio sound?
The laptop producer nowadays can’t go without a proper pad or key controller with his in-the-box setup. Your laptop keyboard just doesn’t cut it anymore when you’re sketching out ideas for a song or beat. The AKAI LPK25 is one of those must-have midi controllers that can make your mobile productions a whole lot easier.