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Positive Grid Debuts JamUp Plug HD

Posted by Mikers On December - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

JamUp_Plug_HDPositive Grid, the creator of BIAS and JamUp Pro XT, announces the introduction of its JamUp Plug HD, a fantastic sounding, professional studio quality guitar and bass interface for use with recording and performance apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

“Mobile guitar players are becoming more and more sophisticated every day,” notes Positive Grid Product Manager Calvin Abel. “What started out as amp/effects emulator apps–mainly used to practice at home–have now evolved into a whole new generation of professional tools for working musicians on the go. For guitarists that are particular about their sound, tone and expression, our new JamUp Plug HD ensures that signals are converted with the utmost depth and dynamics as well as least noise.”

Perfect for rehearsing, performing and recording alike, the ultra-compact, pocket-sized device improves on Positive Grid’s preexisting JamUp Plug by offering a pristine 24-bit/48kHz USB digital audio solution. The improved resolution significantly enhances signal-to-noise ratio (98 dB RMS), completely eliminating any feedback issues and bringing the manufacturer’s JamUp and BIAS apps to their full potential.

Equipped with a 1/4-inch input jack and 1/8-inch output connector for headphones or powered speakers, the JamUp Plug HD also features an input level control and three-color LED for quick visual monitoring. A green LED indicates that the JamUp Plug HD is connected, ready and working with the software; orange means that the signal level has been optimized for the instrument; and red warns that the input level is too high.

JamUp and JamUp Pro XT users will discover rich, crystal clear tone when plugged into the JamUp Plug HD. But they’re not alone. The flexible interface was also designed for maximum compatibility with numerous other mobile processing and recording apps, including GarageBand, AmpliTube, AmpKit, Auria, Cubasis, Audiobus, Loopy and more.

With its highly responsive circuitry, Positive Grid’s new interface allows musicians to “crank it up” and be ready to rock on literally any current iOS device. Docking directly with the iPhone 4/4s, iPod Touch 4, and iPad 2/3 via its 30-pin connector, the JamUp Plug HD also supports newer iOS devices via Apple’s 30-pin to Lightning adapter.

Technical specs:
– 1/4-inch stereo phone jack
– 1/8-inch headphone jack
– 30-pin dock iOS device connection
– Works for Lightning interface via 30-pin to Lightning adaptor (not included)
– Maximum Input Level: up to 5 Vrms
– 500kΩ (mono), 1MΩ (stereo) input impedance
– 0.6Ω output impedance
– SNR: 98 dB RMS
– Distortion (THD): 0.005%
– Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.2 dB
– Conversion: 24-bit A/D
– Sampling Rate: 44.1 and 48 kHz

For the latest detail and availability – http://www.positivegrid.com/jamup-plug-hd/

StompBox FREE

Posted by Mikers On December - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (19)StompBox free turns your iPad into a flexible Multi FX Processor which comes with 3 free effects; Delay, Reverb, Chorus and a further 16 Effects to choose from in the Online store.

StompBox Free supports AudioBus and Apple’s Inter-App Audio making an excellent general purpose audio processing tool for all musicians, not just guitarists.

With StompBox you get the best of both worlds, a rack of professional sounding stereo effects (with far more control than simple foot pedals) and a foot controller to access a tuner and all your patches.

Simply listen through a pair of headphones, or attach to an external amplifier or hifi to truly experience the program in all its glory!

Once you have built up a library of patches, you can use the virtual foot controller to quickly and easily move between patches. The Virtual Foot controller gives instant access to all patch parameters and amp settings, with the ability to enable and disable individual effects at the touch of a button. If you want to modify an effect parameter, simply scroll the effect rack into view and make your changes.

The great range of In-App options include:

Media Player – Load your favorite MP3s and play along, you can even slow down the music without effecting pitch so you can play along at your own pace.

4 Track Recorder – Record your own backing track.

Loop Station – Record your own loops.

Features
Guitar and Bass Multi FX Processor
16 Unique Effects available in In-App Store
7 Types of Distortion via Distortion In-App
Chain upto 12 Simultaneous Effects
Media Player with Time Stretching (In-App Purchase)
4 Track Loop Recorder (In-App Purchase)
Metronome/Chromatic Tuner
Stereo Routing
Save 12 banks of 6 patches
Virtual Foot Controller
Virtual Whammy Pedal
Tap Tempo
Compatible with range of hardware interfaces
3 Unique Skins
Great value for money Full Unlock In-App

Many guitar apps use a form of Amp Modelling which in most cases is just fancy form of EQ. This is great for electric guitars, but not so good for accoustic. StompBox allows various amp EQ’s both via the PreAmp and additional effects, but the important thing for accoutic guitar users is that these EQ’s can be completely bypassed. This is where StompBox really shines, giving a faithful reproduction of accoustic instruments. This also means StompBox can be used on keyboards too.

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Chordana Viewer

Posted by Mikers On November - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (2)Casio original technology automatically analyzes the chords in your audio files.
The analyzed sound is then displayed as chord chart on the screen.
You can also use the app to check the chord positions for the instrument as you play, making it even more fun to play music.

○○○○○ Product Features ○○○○○

An application that analyzes the tones played in an audio file and helps you write the chord chart.

Audio files in your iPad or iPhone are analyzed by the original Casio Chordana technology, and the sounds played in each song are displayed on the screen as chord chart. At the same time, the chord positions for the instrument are displayed as the song plays.
You can also play the results of the chord analysis on the instrument pad to check the outcomes. You can then edit the chords yourself as you listen to the actual sounds and write even more accurate chord chart. This is so much quicker and easier than trying to figure out the chords just by listening to them.
* The analyzed chords will be a close match to the mood of the song, but may not necessarily be the same chords as those used in the original.

<Displaying chords matched to the song[Chord display pane]>

As well as showing the analyzed chords, the app has a guide bar that moves along with song playback, allowing you to check the chords being played in real time. The app also supports full-screen display so that you can just check the chord chart.

『Chord Guide』
By touching a chord in the chord display pane, you can check the chord position for the instrument selected in the Performance pane.

『Editing Chords』
You can modify the chord chart by choosing a chord from up to three candidate chords that are closest in sound to the analyzed chord. You can also specify the chord manually.

<Tapping a performance by watching the chord positions[Performance pane]>

Navigate in the screen using the piano or guitar finger positions to match the chord display. Of course, you can also use the chord list to check the position display for chords that are not shown. To play the chords, select the piano pad or guitar pad. To play individual notes, select them on piano keyboard. You can also use the recording function to record your performances.
* You can also purchase additional instruments and types of tones as add-ons.

<Customize your own tempo, key and vocal balance>

By using the app to import an audio file into your iPad or iPhone, you can modify the tempo or key of the song. You can also adjust the balance between vocals and accompaniment, which is useful for transcription. If you change the key, the chords in the chord display pane are also converted automatically, so transposition is simple.

<The Technology Behind Chordana>

The Chordana series apps use original Casio technology to analyze audio files. The apps achieve unprecedented success in extracting natural chords from the time changes and the distribution of frequency components included in audio waveforms, while also taking into account the characteristics of the harmonies, melodies and rhythm instruments included in the song.

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Chordana Tap

Posted by Mikers On November - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (1)Casio original technology analyzes the chords in your audio files.By tapping the instrument pad along with a song, you can experience a virtual performance with the analyzed chords.
Even people who’ve never played a musical instrument will find it easy to play along and experience for themselves how much fun playing an instrument can be.

* The sound produced when the pad is tapped will be a close match to the mood of the song, but may not be the same chord as that used in the original.

<Experience a range of different musical instruments virtually[Performance pane]>
You can use your favorite instrument pad to experience virtual playing. When you play using the piano pad or guitar pad, the Guide pane is displayed. A performance evaluation function is also included. After you finish playing, the app displays a radar chart showing the musical genre that most closely matches your playing style. You can also use the recording function to record your performances.

『Piano Pad』
Allows you to play the analyzed chords as single tones (black button) or as full chords (white buttons).

『Guitar Pad』
Assigns one of the analyzed chords to the individual strings and lets you play it as a chord or as an arpeggio.

『Rhythm Pad』
Lets you play a range of rhythmic patterns in a combination of drums and bass.

<Experience the quality of the sound through changes in color[Guide pane]>
This feature uses colors to visually show the differences in the sound in the song, based on the analyzed chords. It can also display the accents in a song or the performance history for the piano pad or guitar pad.

<Customize your own tempo, key and vocal balance>
By using the app to import an audio file into your iPad or iPhone, you can modify the tempo or key of the song. This allows you to enjoy a song in a very different way from the original, such as by slowing down an up-tempo song, or dropping the key of female vocals so that it sounds more like a man.
You can also adjust the balance between the vocals and the accompaniment. By playing just the vocals and playing along yourself on the instrument pad, you can discover what it feels like to accompany your favorite singer.

<The Technology Behind Chordana>
The Chordana series apps use original Casio technology to analyze audio files. The apps achieve unprecedented success in extracting natural chords from the time changes and the distribution of frequency components included in audio waveforms, while also taking into account the characteristics of the harmonies, melodies and rhythm instruments included in the song.

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BIAS inbound

Posted by Mikers On November - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

BIAS_customThe crew at Positive grid have been at it again, working their iOS app magic on a revolutionary new amp simulator style app for guitarists, bass players, and shredders alike.

Here are the main features –

  • The most complete, accurate, and versatile amp modeling available in the world
  • 36 amp models included with the introductory release
  • Factory categories organize amps by music genre and sonic impact: clean, blues, twang, crunch, metal, acoustic and bass
  • Fully customizable preamps, tone stacks, power amps, transformers, cabinets and mic selection and placement—mix and match!
  • Customize the look and feel of your own amp panel, change name, tolex, panel and knobs.
  • Works the way guitarists think: tweak gain and overdrive, swap out tubes and transformers, change the cabinet and mic position, and shape the tone with different tone stacks and two 8-band equalizers
  • Included noise gate and room simulator
  • Create a virtually unlimited number of custom amps
  • Quick preset to recall each of your 8 favorite settings in turn with just one tap
  • Seamless integration with JamUp XT and JamUp Pro XT, open and save your amp models inside JamUp with one tap
  • Works with GarageBand and other audio apps via Inter-App Audio and Audiobus.

Here’s a teaser video

For a full rundown on BIAS, drop by here – http://www.positivegrid.com/bias/

And keep an eye out right here for a full review soon!

JamUp Pro discount and comp.

Posted by Mikers On October - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

screen568x568If you’re yet to sample the virtual guitar amp app JamUp Pro from Positive Grid, now is the perfect time with a sweet 25% off the regular price. It offers fantastic sounds, plus some other great features including a Phrase Sampler, adjustable pitch/time music player, and multitrack recorder (via in-app purchase).

 

Positive Grid are also currently running a competition via their website/Facebook page. To be in the running to win an Apogee JAM ($99.99) and $25 iTunes gift card, simply post a ‘creative’ photo of you with JamUp on their Facebook or Twitter feed. Comp runs until mid November.

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iRig BlueBoard arrives

Posted by Mikers On October - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

IK Multimedia – the global leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories – is proud to announce thatiRig® BlueBoard, a groundbreaking new wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, which gives guitarists, bassists, vocalists and keyboard players hands-free wireless control of mobile and Mac music apps, is now available from musical instrument and electronics retailers worldwide.

Hands free – cable free
iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages to control app and software functions and features. Musicians can use iRig BlueBoard to control parameters in their favourite music making apps – such as stompbox effects on/off, preset patch-switching on the fly, volume or wah control, or any other MIDI controllable function. Set-up is as simple as turning on the power and launching the iRig BlueBoard companion app and assigning the backlit pads to the desired control function.

iRig BlueBoard uses Bluetooth 4.0 (LE – Low Energy) technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard, backlit footswitches and its two optional external devices to the mobile device or Mac. Then, using the iRig BlueBoard app (download from the App StoreSM) and software (download from the IK web site User Area), the Bluetooth signals are converted into MIDI messages and routed internally to the music app that’s running on the device.

The ultimate app control

Any music app or Mac music-software application that is MIDI compatible (the standard communication protocol for musical instruments) – such as IK’sAmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iLectric Piano, iGrand Piano – or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple’s GarageBand, can be controlled wirelessly. iRig BlueBoard is also expandable – musicians can add up to two standard additional expression pedals or footswitches via the unit’s two TRS 1/4″ expansion jacks, allowing for control of continuous rotary functions like wah effects, volume, EQ, gain control, etc.For a guitarist or vocalist using a mobile multi-FX app like AmpliTube or VocaLive as a sound processor, iRig BlueBoard provides the foot-controlled functionality and convenience of a pedalboard, but with a form factor so compact and portable that it can easily slide into a backpack, a laptop bag or an instrument case.

Because it’s wireless, iRig BlueBoard puts musicians on stage without being tethered to their mobile device. The unit’s range is 10 meters (over 32 feet), giving players a great deal of mobility to roam the stage that would be impossible with a wired unit. Because the footswitches are backlit, they’re easy to see in all lighting conditions, even on a dark stage.

The fact that iRig BlueBoard uses wireless Bluetooth leaves all the wired ports of the device free, so they can be used simultaneously by interfaces or controllers that feature the 30-pin or Lightning connector, like IK’s iRig PRO,iRig HD, iRig MIDI or iRig KEYS, and adapters or microphones that use the device mini-jack such as iRig, iRig PRE or iRig Mic.

Ultra compact, ultra portable
iRig BlueBoard is extremely compact, light and portable, measuring only 27 cm wide x 9 cm deep (10.6″ x 3.5″) and only 2 cm (0.8″) tall. It’s extremely lightweight, but with a sturdy, stageworthy chassis and four footswitches made of soft-touch rubber and designed for durability.

iRig BlueBoard is battery powered using 4 standard AAA batteries (included), and because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), it draws very little power giving it extremely long battery life for extended operation.

iRig BlueBoard is compatible with iPhone 5 and 4S, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Mini, and iPod touch 5th generation. For Mac, it’s compatible with any model that supports Bluetooth 4.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy, like any MacBook Air, Mac Mini, or MacBook Pro that was released after June 2012.

As with other IK’s accessories, iRig BlueBoard is manufactured in Italy in IK’s own factory for the highest quality and reliability.

Pricing and availability
iRig BlueBoard is priced at $99.99 / €79.99 MSRP (excluding taxes), and is available now from IK’s network of music and electronic retailers around the world, and from the IK online store.

For more information, please visit: www.irigblueboard.com

Looptical

Posted by Mikers On September - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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Moo Cow Music have been quiet for awhile, and now I know why! They’ve been working on this comprehesive band-in-a-box music production app! Looks very interesting indeed.

Ever wanted a recording studio in the palm of your hand? Looptical is a complete music production solution for iPhone and iPod touch.
Record your musical ideas on the go and mix them into a finished track, or use them as the basis for a new project back at your studio. Create looped sections of music and combine them to form larger musical sections until you have a finished song. Going from an initial riff idea to full track is easy with Looptical. Then mix the track with comprehensive effects and fully automated mixer controls, or export the MIDI and component audio tracks to your DAW when back at the studio to take your song one step further.
PLAY INSTRUMENTS
– Play keys with a single or dual 128 key keyboard layout, complete with pitch/mod wheel.
– Use the Scale Keyboard to play scales effortlessly by sliding a finger up and down the screen.
– Strum your way through your own palette of chords with the Chord Guitar.
– Use the Latched Arpeggiator to turn simple chords into sequences of notes.
– Use Quantize to tidy up your performance, and Undo any mistakes.
GO FROM RIFF TO FULL SONG
– Songwriting in Looptical involves creating Loops: building blocks for a song that could be a one bar bassline, an 8 bar chorus, or a 100 bar indulgent guitar solo.
– Use the Loop Bank to combine, merge, repeat, and insert these Loops to form larger riffs, and ultimately a complete song.
– Use the Event List to perform mass edits of notes, such as tweaking velocity, quantize or transpose.
MIX THE TRACK
– Add and mix up to 24 stereo tracks with Looptical’s Mixer.
– Add up to 5 Insert effects (Overdrive, Bit Crusher, Compressor, EQ, Filter, Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, Trance Gate, Delay) to each track, and a single Reverb Send effect.
– All mixer and effect parameters are automated and changes are recorded directly into the song.
ADD VOCALS AND GUITARS
– Record vocals with the iPhone internal microphone or compatible audio interface and add your own effects with live monitoring.
– Control input with an intuitive preamp-style gain and noise gate.
INTERACT WITH OTHER APPS
– Record audio tracks directly from any Inter-App Audio (iOS7) Instrument app.
– Use Audiobus (requires purchase from third party) to send and receive live audio to other Audiobus-enabled apps.
MAKE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENTS
– If the 95 keyboard and 50 drum presets (including 600 individual drum hits) are not enough, create your own from scratch.
– Import samples via iTunes Shared Folder, from another iPhone music app via the clipboard, or resample the current song.
– Effortlessly create an entire new instrument from a single sample, or add further samples for a multi-sampled instrument.
– Edit your sample to trim, chop, loop, amplify, fade or reverse sections.
– Export your instrument to use again, or even share with others via the Looptical forum.
USE AN EXTERNAL KEYBOARD
– Plug in an iPhone-compatible MIDI keyboard and you can break out of the iPhone screen and compose using a full hardware piano keyboard.
– Play drum parts by assigning piano keys to each pad, or effortlessly noodle a solo by playing the Scale Piano from the major keys.
– Assign spare MIDI controllers such as Pan or Modulation to directly control automation parameters in Looptical insert effects.
For moew details – http://moocowmusic.com/Looptical/

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IK Multimedia announces iRig PRO

Posted by Mikers On September - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

It was bound to happen, the ultimate iOS interface for musicians has just been announced from the pioneers in iOS music software and hardware, IK Multimedia!……

 

IK Multimedia, the global leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce iRig® PRO, the universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Pocket-sized, battery-powered and fully portable, iRig PRO is designed to give mobile musicians and songwriters an interface that can handle the widest variety of audio input signals, so they can create music and audio on the go anywhere, any time.

iRig PRO accepts virtually every type of audio and MIDI input, making it the most versatile compact interface on the market. Users can plug in a dynamic or condenser microphone; a guitar, bass or other Hi-Z instrument; or any line-level source.

Additionally, iRig PRO is equipped with a MIDI input for keyboards, pads and controllers, making it a truly universal compact interface for recording and composing on the go or in the studio. Its audio and MIDI inputs can be used simultaneously, for example, to control guitar or vocal software with MIDI foot controllers or pedals, for switching presets or controlling effects levels.

Plus, iRig PRO comes with a suite of IK’s best music-creation apps such as AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iGrand and iRig Recorder, and is compatible with most audio and MIDI processing apps for the mobile musician. Mac users will also enjoy the inclusion of premium software with iRig PRO, like AmpliTube, T-RackS and SampleTank, and will appreciate the unit’s compatibility with any type of music-creation software.

Universal Inputs
iRig PRO features a high-quality 1/4″-XLR combo input connector for connection with standard XLR cables, 1/4″ mono line or instrument signal cables, and a switchable 48V phantom power supply for use with studio condenser microphones. It has an ultra-low-noise, high-definition microphone-and-instrument preamp; a high-quality 24-bit A/D converter; a preamp gain control; plus LED indicators for device status, MIDI, phantom power and signal level.

iRig PRO is powered by the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or USB, when used with instruments or a dynamic microphone. A 9V battery (included) provides phantom power to compatible microphones. iRig PRO also features a standard MIDI input for connection of MIDI devices like drum machines, controllers and MIDI keyboards.

Universal Compatibility
iRig PRO comes with three detachable cables, compatible with Lightning, 30-pin and USB connectors, respectively, allowing for digital connection to every model of iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, out of the box, with no need for adapters. A MIDI cable with a standard MIDI jack is also provided to connect the widest variety of MIDI-compatible keyboards and controllers.

iRig PRO is class compliant and compatible with Core Audio and Core MIDI, so it can be used with any audio and MIDI processing apps for iOS and Mac OS, for true plug-and-play performance without additional hardware/software.

Universal Apps and Software Included
For iPhone and iPad users, iRig PRO comes with a suite of IK Multimedia’s most popular apps for mobile music creation on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including AmpliTube FREE (the #1 app for guitar players) for guitarists and bass players, VocaLive FREE for singers, SampleTank FREE and iGrand Piano FREE for keyboard players and iRig Recorder FREE for recording engineers.

Plus, all these apps work together with Audiobus integration, offering a truly complete set-up for making any type of music. Additionally, exclusive AmpliTube gear and SampleTank sounds are available as free add-ons for iRig PRO users.

For Mac users, iRig PRO includes AmpliTube Custom Shop, the industry standard guitar-and-bass processing software; a free version of AmpliTube Metal; T-RackS Custom Shop, the mixing-and-mastering effect suite with a free version of T-RackS Classic; and SampleTank XT, a sound workstation that includes over 1GB of sounds. All these software titles are available both as plug-ins for the most popular digital audio workstations (including GarageBand), or as standalone applications for immediate plug and play.

Pricing and Availability
iRig PRO will ship in September from music and consumer electronics retailers worldwide for $149.99/€119.99 (exc. taxes). iRig PRO can now be ordered from the IK Online Store and select retailers.

For more information on iRig PRO, please visit
www.ikmultimedia.com/irigpro

iFretless Sax

Posted by Mikers On August - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (3)Designed for guitar, bass, or violin players who need to play a realistic woodwind instrument sound for recording or live performance, with natural fretless vibrato and note bends, iFretless Sax is a more believable sax replacement than keyboard-controlled synths.

SOUNDS IN THE APP
1. Tenor Sax
2. Alto Sax
3. Bari Sax
4. Soprano sax
5. Clarinet
6. Bass Clarinet
7. Synth lead

SPECIAL FEATURES
1) Velocity-sensitive dynamics are more accurate than garage band
2) Unique vertical scrolling of strings allows real time access to the full range of notes without opening menus or pressing buttons
3) Specialized tunings make it easier to play on small screens
4) Fast touch response
5) MIDI
6) Audiobus
7) Audio copy

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