After nearly two years of waiting the self proclaimed GoPro of microphones finally dropped on my doormat. After railing in over 400k on Indiegogo Michele Baggio and his Instamic team ran into several underestimated production checkpoints that seem to plague many crowdfunding projects. Good things come to those wait they say, so let’s put the Instamic Pro to the test. Instamic Pro Features The Instamic comes in two flavours; a regular white coloured version which is splash proof and a black Pro version that adds a waterproof (up to 5ft) enclosure and additional recording options such as stereo- and mid-side […]
At last year’s NAMM show iConnectivity announced new MIDI interfaces with the iConnectMIDI2+ / iConnectMIDI 4+. While the latter is still waiting on its release (which should be very soon now), the iConnectMIDI2+ has been available sporadically for a while now. Next to being an all-purpose interface for sending MIDI back and forth between your devices, the most appealing functionality about the new iConnectMIDI devices is their Audio Passthru technology. This means you can have audio sent digitally(!) from and to your USB-connected devices (Mac, PC, iOS). With one USB port (on the iConnectMIDI2+) supporting iOS devices, this will allow […]
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 […]
I’m a heavy fan of recording my environment and using unique sounds in my music. While our current smartphones and tablets replace a lot of devices from the past, the one area where they are still lacking is in the mic department. Although internal microphones keep on improving, there’s nothing like whipping out a high-quality portable recorder for capturing sounds on the go. This is an area where Zoom keeps a large footprint in and the Zoom H6, their new flagship offering featuring interchangeable mic heads looks like a promising new option. Let’s take a closer look. Overview There are […]
Not too long after the Launchpad S release, which was a long due replacement of the original version, Novation released the Launchpad Mini along with the Launchkey Mini and Launch Control. It’s an even smaller version of the successful 64-pad grid controller. Does it make the ‘S’ obsolete or does the Launchpad Mini occupy its own space in the Novation product line? Now that we’re able to catch our breath after the storm of releases let’s check it out. Overview Where I found the Launchpad S heavier than I expected, the Launchpad Mini is indeed the lightweight controller it claims […]
The portable OP-1 synth by Teenage Engineering is still going strong after almost 2 years. Probably because of its ‘hipster’ appeal this little machine always invokes strong opinions over its capabilities, making it a hate it or love it scenario. With the recent OS update that introduced a new synth and new effect among other improvements it’s time to give the OP-1 a review at Momupro. First Impressions There are no doubt people that would buy this thing on looks alone. It is reminiscent of a vintage Casio keyboard, but very sturdy. The keys, rotary knobs and colourful OLED screen […]
Novation recently improved their Launchpad controller with the ‘S’ version, a pad controller that I decided to pair up with my iPad and Ableton Live. The Launchpad has been a massively popular controller for live performance and now that most DAW’s have solid functionality in the live department it’s time to see how these mobile pads can help you in jamming out your set.
Based on the 1971 Minimoog synth, Arturia (along with Retronyms) recently released iMini for iPad. Powered by their signature analog modelling technology (TAE) this iOS version feels like a mobile successor to the massively popular Mini V, available for PC and Mac. So, iMini is optimized for touch, comes with great compatibility out of the box and recently introduced Audiobus and Virtual Midi support in its 1.1 update. It’s time to take a closer look at this synth.
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.
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?