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?
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.
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.