In the hunt for an audio interface to direct my iPad audio into my iPhone for video recording I stumbled upon the Line 6 Sonic Port guitar interface. This device was put on the market last year as a solution to plug a guitar into your iPhone or iPad and process your incoming signal through a variety of apps including Line 6’s own Mobile POD app. It’s not unique in that respect of course, so let’s take a closer look at what sets the Sonic Port apart from the other iOS guitar or audio interfaces available right now. Overview While […]
More news on mobile recording interfaces. Mixerface, the Indiegogo project by CEntrance is going to be showcased at NAMM 2014. The MixerFace promises to be a solution for professional recording on your mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android and laptops). It’s based on CEntrance’s successful, high-end HiFi-M8 D/A converter and features high quality mic preamps with a low noise floor. You can connect the MixerFace to your devices with 2 available USB ports, one for Android and laptops and one for iPhones / iPads. Added mobility is achieved with an integrated battery that runs for 7-8 hours of recording. The MixerFace […]
Today, Focusrite announced an upcoming recording interface for every Lightning-equipped iPad and iPad mini. The iTrack Docks looks like it has everything you want for in- and outputs, sporting 2 mic and 2 line inputs, an instrument DI and monitor outputs. You can even connect and power a USB Midi controller, all while keeping your iPad charged up. On the front of device are knobs for setting the right gain and volume levels as well as a button for enabling direct monitoring. The iTrack Dock should work with every Core Audio app and both the regular and iPad mini’s are […]
Yesterday, Apogee announced updated versions of their MiC portable USB microphone and their JAM guitar interface, both for Mac and iOS. The JAM 96k and MiC 96k are both upgraded versions of the originals, with a higher sample rate as well as a supplied Lightning cable for newer iOS devices. Besides that the JAM 96k sports a new nickel-plated design and a ‘warmer’ tube amp tone emulation, whereas the MiC comes with a microphone stand adapter on top of the previously supplied table top stand. We reviewed the original MiC a while ago. Just like the original Apogee JAM these […]
Developer of one of our favourite effect apps, Positive Grid was teasing around a new wireless or ‘bluetoothy’ device the last few weeks. Today they confirmed the suspicion with the announcement of programmable, Bluetooth foot pedals called the BT-4 & BT-2. Features Bluetooth MIDI foot controller for iPad and iPhone Solid metal case with 4 assignable foot switches Made for JamUp XT, JamUp Pro XT, GarageBand Send Bank Change, Program Change and Control Changes External expression pedal jack Built-in iOS link for plug and play audio interface Optimized for active/passive pickups for both guitar and bass BT iOS app runs […]
Nowadays it’s a mere piece of fabric (or two) separating us from a music making device most of the time. This year, our devices will come even closer to our bodies, following the smart watch trend with the yet to be announced Apple iWatch marching up front. Let’s take a look at all the announced wearables for music production in 2014. Kapture Recording Watch First up, with a planned release date set for March, the Kapture recording watch was successfully funded last year on KickStarter. The stylish watch sports an always-on recorder recording in a 60-second loop. Whenever you find […]
Shortly before the CES IK Multimedia teased that they would release an innovative new way of controlling your music: iRing Today, they announced iRing, a motion-tracking ring controller for your mobile device that comes in three different colours. iRing works with the device’s front-facing camera and a supporting app, allowing you to use your hand motion as an additional way of controlling app triggers and parameters. Check out the videos below: iRing will come with an iRing music maker app (that’s similar to Groovemaker) as well as a controller/FX app where you can create custom MIDI controls or control audio […]
We’ve reached a time where it’s hard to keep track of all the controllers and accessories being released for iOS devices to assist you with music production. And with the latest iPads slowly crawling towards a worthy laptop replacement for serious producing I think it’s time to recap the latest and greatest keyboard controllers that you can pair up with your iPad. Korg MicroKey 25 While the 37-key version is the sweet spot for key real estate, the Microkey 25 can draw its power from just an iPad and is therefore the one we’d take with us. The elegant black […]
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.
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.