Thursday, July 18, 2019

iTar needs funding

Posted by Mikers On October - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

It was only a matter of time before someone came out with the idea of a guitar style controller that utilises an iPad.

The guys at Starr Labs who have been creating some pretty unique MIDI controller that resemble all shapes and sizes are currently running a kickstarter project for their new iTar controller. Here’s a brief rundown on what it will do –

“Our project is designed for musicians, guitar heroes, electronic artists, iPad junkies and hackers looking for a fun and easy way to take their show on the road.  At it’s heart the device is a button-based guitar fretboard (Starr Labs patented fingerboard) integrated with a dock for the iPad which will transform the tablet into a 21st century musical instrument we call the iTar ™.”

If you like the concept and want to support it financially, head over to their kickstarter site and donate some cash – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starrlabs/itar-turn-your-ipad-into-a-guitar

For those with even a fleeting interest in digital guitar products, make sure you check out Misa Digital’s new Kitara which could be grounds for a new genre of musical instruments. Check misadigital.com for all the details.

Tascam unveils iXZ

Posted by Mikers On September - 17 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Legendary maker of home studio recorders, Tascam, has previously dabbled in iOS music making with it’s Portastudio multitrack recorder, but with the new iXZ hardware, the company makes it debut in audio interfaces for iOS devices.

This powerful little gadget turns an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch into an instant recording studio. Plug in a microphone, guitar or bass to interact with the latest guitar amp, sampling, recording and DJ apps. The iXZ supplies phantom power for condenser microphones and input setting sets the gain. There is also a headphone output to monitor from your iOS device.

iXZ can be used in various applications and will be sure to be an indispensable tool for anyone who enjoys creating music.


  • Switchable mic/line input
  • Phantom power
  • Gain control
  • 1/8” headphone output
  • XLR mic input
  • High-impedence guitar input
  • Mic input powered by two AA batteries
  • Non-powered guitar input
For more details on pricing and availability, check back at http://tascam.com/

iKlip MINI arrives

Posted by Mikers On August - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

If you’ve somehow managed to re-engineer your car windscreen mount for your iPhone for use on stage, fear not, finally there is a a gadget special  designed to take care of this. Introducing the iKlip MINI from IK Multimedia –

iKlip MINI is a universal microphone stand adapter for the iPhone® and iPod touch® to support your iOS device on stage, in the studio, at school or in the office. iKlip MINI securely supports your iPhone/iPod touch on any standard mic stand, pole or tripod (with diameters ranging from 11 – 20 mm /.43” – .79”) placed on the floor or tabletop.

Made of sturdy, durable thermoplastic, iKlip MINI is compatible with every existing iPhone and iPod touch, from the original models to the latest generation devices.

Designed and manufactured in Italy, iKlip MINI firmly holds the device in place in both horizontal and vertical positions, and its multi-angle adjustable design allows optimal viewing and accessibility with all controls, buttons, connection ports and camera kept free from obstruction. It can also be easily rotated from portrait to landscape position by simply loosing or tightening a knob with no need for additional tools. It can be mounted on the vertical pole of a mic stand as well as on its horizontal boom.

An included detachable bracket supports our popular iRigguitar interface adapter together with iKilp MINI in both horizontal and vertical mounting positions so you can have immediate access to your iOS device multi-touch controls during your live performances with the AmpliTube range of apps or any other guitar effects app.

iKlip MINI is also the perfect companion to IK’s iRig Mic, the handheld microphone for iOS devices, that allows vocalists and speakers alike to conveniently hold and operate the device at a close distance on the same mic stand with IK’s VocaLive or any other vocal processing app.

There are a variety of apps for iPhone/iPod touch that benefit from the iKlip MINI’s floor or tabletop mic stand support including karaoke, score and tablature, DJ, recording, mixing, video, photography, teleprompting and many more. Everything you use on your iPhone or iPod is now right within your reach.

Grab all the details here – http://www.ikmultimedia.com/iklipmini

M-Audio reveals Keystation Mini 32

Posted by Mikers On August - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

If you’re cramped for studio space, or like to have road-trip friendly USB controllers, this could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Like the slick Korg NanoKEY2, this is a ‘take anywhere’, plug n’ play USB keyboard, although unlike the Korg product, the keys are much more akin to a traditional piano or synth, albeit much smaller.  Here’s the official guff –

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 is the ideal choice for players on the go. Designed by the company that pioneered mobile music production, this ultra-portable keyboard delivers unmatched playability in its class. Simply plug it into your computer or iPad* and perform two-hand parts with 32 great-feeling, low-profile mini-keys. Customize the keyboard sensitivity to your playing style with highly musical velocity curves—including one specifically for drum programming. Control your performance with four assignable controls, including a rotary knob. And easily play and write music using the included software. With USB bus power and plug-and-play** functionality, Keystation Mini 32 is the easy way to create and perform on the go.

Top Features

32 low-profile, velocity-sensitive mini-keys > great feel in an ultra-portable design

4 assignable controls—three buttons and a knob > real-time control of your DAW and virtual instruments

Selectable velocity curves including one for drum programming > customize the keyboard to your playing style

Robust, high-quality build > withstands frequent, mobile use

USB bus-powered and class compliant > easy plug-and-play operation with your computer or iPad

Demo of the keyboard controlling GarageBand on iPad

For more details click here

For Peavey MediaMatrix owners

Posted by Mikers On August - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Control your Peavey MediaMatrix® / NION® system from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

NWare mobile brings Peavey’s powerful Kiosk technology to iOS. The look and feel of the screens are fully customizable through the use of the complete set of NWare graphics tools.

Interface elements include re-sizable faders, buttons, knobs, meters, LEDs, bump panels, text labels, and bitmap backgrounds. Control and monitor any aspect of your audio/video system such as volume, source selection, EQ, presets, amplifier status, and faults.

Any number of pages of controls can be created, and any number of NION systems can be discovered and accessed. Access can be restricted through the use of PIN codes.

Note that NWare mobile is designed to work solely in conjunction with NWare™, nControl™, and nTouch180™.

Grab NWare mobile Designer Edition now –

Fostex release AR-4i

Posted by Mikers On August - 12 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

I saw this teased at a trade show earlier this year, but not much was know about the full features. Now the AR-4i is available, it looks like it would have a range of applications for musicians and field recorders. Here’s a basic run down on the specs, but the quirky promo video Fostex has produced is also worth checking out, for a giggle.

New from Fostex is the AR-4i – a device which turns the iPhone4 into a handheld video camera with professional stereo sound recording. A perfect easy seller to target iPhone users, and something which will appeal to a very broad range of customers. Everyhing’s included in the box, like 2 x plug in condenser microphones, a hand-grip for easy shooting, and even 2 x AAA batteries, which will power you for roughly 8 hours of use.

The AR-4i has 3 mic inputs, facilitating vertical or horizontal use, which feed the high quality A/D. Monitor your work using the high spec D/A through the inbuilt headphone out. An extensive amount of control is available using the dedicated iPhone APP. The AR-4i even features standard threaded mounting points and a cold shoe to integrate with your existing video equipment.


  • Exceptional audio quality – record/playback via Dock connector with built-in AD/DA converter
  • Equipped with 3 x stereo inputs (Line/Mic) for using 2 of the 3 simultaneously for vertical or horizontal use
  • 2 x plug-in powered condenser cardioid type microphones with pop-shields supplied.  Third-party microphones can also be used.
  • 4-dot LED level meter for input monitoring
  • Thumb wheel input gain control
  • Setup App supplied free from App Store for setting Pan (L/C/R), Low Cut Filter, Limiter, etc.
  • Headphone output for recording & playback monitoring
  • Long operation time with 2 x AAA alkaline batteries for 8 to 10 hours
  • Supplied with a sturdy hand grip
  • 2 x threaded tripod mounts on the bottom and side for use with tripod, camera rigs, etc.
  • Cold shoe for use of third-party camera options

iRiffPort coming for guitarists

Posted by Mikers On August - 6 - 2011 1 COMMENT

From the makers of the PocketAmp and PocketGK apps, comes another fresh take on an audio interface designed for string strummers, pluckers and slappers!.. When it launches next month, iRiffPort looks set to offer the same features as Guitar Connect, GuitarJack, GuitarBud, AmpKit Link, and of course iRig, although the addition of a line out as well as headphone out is welcome.
iRiffPort Highlights

• Turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a practice guitar amplifier and effects processor
• Designed for electric guitar and bass
• Integrated 6 foot cable with instant setup
• Digital Audio IO with Low Noise Guitar Preamp
• Core Audio complaint; works with virtually all audio Apps
No pricing announced at this stage, but check the latest details here – http://www.pocketlabworks.com/iRiffPort.html

Line 6 Unveils MIDI Mobilizer II

Posted by Mikers On July - 30 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

News on this slipped out last week, so in case you didn’t see it, Line 6 has released a new version of its MIDI Mobilizer interface, basically now it supports CoreMIDI which is becoming widespread throughout iOS music apps. Here’s the full guff from Line 6 –

Line 6, Inc. (line6.com), the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, introduces MIDI Mobilizer™ II, its latest portable MIDI interface that connects all classic and modern MIDI equipment to Apple® iPhone® and iPad®. Descended from the first-generation MIDI Mobilizer (the world’s first MIDI interface for Apple iOS devices), MIDI Mobilizer II is the ideal MIDI interface for GarageBand® for iPad® and other CoreMIDI music apps.

“MIDI Mobilizer II makes portable music production easy,” remarked Chris Grigg, Line 6 mobile products manager. “Anyone with an iPhone or iPad and a MIDI controller can connect MIDI Mobilizer II and be recording and playing music in seconds. And with new apps being developed all the time, users can access an incredibly wide variety of instruments, software and more.”

MIDI Mobilizer II is compatible with CoreMIDI, the new standard for iOS music apps. This allows users to connect their MIDI gear to the latest crop of music apps like GarageBand for iPad and many other exciting music creation and education apps from developers all over the world.

MIDI Mobilizer II plus MIDI Memo Recorder, an app created by Line 6 that’s free on the App StoreSM, allow users to record, play and back up any MIDI data. MIDI Memo Recorder features a streamlined interface for easy storage and recall of MIDI recordings, patches and more. Users can back up and transfer MIDI data into replacement keyboards, classic and modern MIDI equipment and a variety of Line 6 guitar amplifiers and multi-effect processors. MIDI recordings can also be opened in any digital audio recording software that supports the SMF (Standard MIDI File) format.

MIDI Mobilizer II is compatible with iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPhone (iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4), iPad and iPad 2, and is powered through the device – no batteries required.

The first-generation MIDI Mobilizer interface is still available and the perfect choice for older iOS devices. It is compatible with iPod touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation), iPhone (iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS), iPad and iPad 2. MIDI Mobilizer does not support CoreMIDI.

For more information, visit http://www.line6.com/midimobilizer.

Suggested retail price    $69.99


iRig family expands

Posted by Mikers On July - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

IK Multimedia have been teasing us that a new piece of kit was on the way. Considering they already have analogue interfaces for Microphones and Guitars, it really wasn’t too hard to work out what this next interface would be. Today the news is officially out, and rather than read about it, simply check out this promo video they put together for their new iRig MIDI interface.


Block Station for iPad

Posted by Mikers On May - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

I hadn’t heard of Livid Instruments until I came across this new MIDI controller surface, but I know one thing, I really want one now!

Block Station. All metal aluminum enclosure with hand finished wood ends and a built in space for your iPad or netbook.

Features :

• 20.5 x 9.5″ x 2.5″ (WDH) / weight 5 lbs.
• iPad holder (doesn’t power the iPad). Also fits a net book.
• USB Powered
• MIDI in and out jacks
• Bi-Directional MIDI communication (talkback)
• Class-compliant: no drivers needed for Mac, Windows, or Linux.
• 64 Programmable backlight buttons for talk-back and interactive performance
• Programmable MIDI mapping allows you to change the MIDI settings on the hardware
• Anodized aluminum body
• Open Source software tools to create your own LED talkback interaction
• Editor included for MIDI editing, and LED talkback programming
• Made in the USA
• Expansion jacks for additional connections
• Two 1/4″ jacks for Roland style foot pedals
• Compatible with any software that supports MIDI learn
• ROHS compliant
• USB cable included

For more details on purchasing this, head to – http://shop.lividinstruments.com/hardware/block-station.html

    Designed by Midnight Publishing