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Never too late to learn new tricks

Posted by Mikers On March - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

This is a great ‘free’ series that’s been available online for sometime, but now you can carry around in your pocket. The tips and advice range from common sense practises through to some of the golden rules of recording and microphone techniques, that even pros will get something from.

RØDE University, the critically acclaimed educational video course from RØDE Microphones, is now available on iPhone! Including both the musical instrument and broadcast recording segments, RØDE University features over 30 entertaining and educational videos that help you get the professional audio results you’ve been searching for. Filmed in the world renowned Studio 301 and featuring Sydney band “Hell City Glamours”, the musical instrument segment covers recording vocals, guitars, bass and drums with a range of different microphones and techniques. Veteran sound designer and best-selling author Ric Viers hosts the broadcast recording component, and covers a wide range of topics including location recording, foley, voiceover/ADR and sound effect recording. Also included is a graphical reference library of all RØDE Microphones including detailed specifications.

Here’s a link to the Rode website - http://www.rodeuniversity.com/iphone/


Beat Twirl

Posted by Mikers On March - 13 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Beat Twirl is a “beat slicer” app. The app lets you analyze existing sounds and detect their rhythm with its note onset algorithms. With Beat Twirl you can work with drum loops and rhythm patterns, easily enhancing them with additional percussion sound, or create new patterns.

With Beat Twirl you can:

• Change the tempo (time) of drum loops without changing the pitch.
• Analyze percussion patterns and find the underlying timing.
• Mix-in additional percussion sounds, or replace the original sounds
• Export single beats from a sound file.

How to use Beat Twirl?

• You can record yourself singing or clapping a rhythm, than add percussion instruments to the rhythm you created.
• You can extract a rhythmic/percussive section from a song and convert it to a loop you can play along with at different tempos.
• Mix-in percussion instruments to a song to enhance its’ rhythm.
• Extract beat samples from a song for use with a beat sequencer.

• Import audio from your ipod library, using iTunes file sharing or using audio copy/paste from supporting applications.
• Record using an external mic or the built in mic.
• Universal app. UI designed iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Supports retina displays.
• Two spectrum based note onset detection algorithms.
• Manual slicing capabilities on top of the automated algorithm.
• Mix in percussion beats from a library of 300 samples.
• Export audio as wav, caf or aac. Export using audio copy, iTunes files sharing or email.

For more details, click here - http://www.tivstudio.com

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MultiTrack DAW gets update to v3.0

Posted by Mikers On March - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

There are a ton of exciting new features included in this (free) major update for MultiTrack DAW.

What’s New in Version 3.0

* Per track EQ (2 bands parametric, 2 bands shelving, 18db boost and cut) (3GS or later).
* Per track Compressor (3GS or later).
* Ability to monitor the input signal with effects (3GS or later).
* Fade in and out per region (editable fade points).
* Open/copy email attachments (mp3, m4a, AAC, wav, aif, ogg).
* Restore in-app purchases onto other devices.
* Delete Unused Bins from within app.
* Increased control of sliders and handles.
* Retina display for iPhone 4 and iPod 4th gen.
* Shared directory now monitors changes from iTunes File Sharing.
* Improved input selection allows spitting stereo input onto 2 mono tracks.
* iPod media browser now uses Apple supplied browser.
* Hotbox ‘Trim’ and ‘Move’ buttons unified to single ‘Edit’ button.
* new Hotbox ‘Slice’ tool splits a region at hotbox location or playhead location.
* Fader controls now accurately use decibel scale and allow a real +12db of gain boost.
* Metronome has volume control
* Track download on wifi webpage has option to include effects in track rendering.

* Bugfix: email account no longer required to create mixdowns.
* Bugfix: AAC is now in m4a container.
* Bugfix: After recording, track could be heard without disarming track.
* Bugfix: Missing metronome tick at zero
* Bugfix: Audio glitches sometimes when editing or deleting regions.

For a full rundown on the app, head here - http://www.harmonicdog.com/

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Mobile version of n-Track Studio

Posted by Mikers On March - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

n-Track Studio is an audio multitrack recorder that turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a full-fledged recording studio. You can record and playback a virtually unlimited number of audio tracks and mix them during playback.
You can also edit, cut, copy and paste, zoom and drag waveforms.
All the audio tracks are saved as standard wave files and mixed “on the fly” during playback.
You can mixdown the recorded song in standard .wav format which you can later open with any 3rd party audio application or use to create CDs or mp3 files, or export the song in multitrack .sng format and open it with the desktop (Mac and Windows) version of n-Track.
Takes advantage of dual-core CPU performace when used on the iPad 2.

For more info on this app head to - http://ntrack.com/index.php


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VocaLive tames your vocals

Posted by Mikers On March - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Earlier this year IK Multimedia, unveiled the first dedicated microphone for iOS devices, the iRig Mic. While this will no doubt work with any number of recording and music apps, including IK Multimedia’s own Amplitube apps, the company has just released a special apps aimed at singers, called VocaLive.

VocaLive provides singers and vocalists with a suite of 12 real-time professional vocal effects along with a capable recorder for studio quality sound in a portable package. The effects can be combined into a chain of 3 processors and saved as presets. A collection of up to 50 presets is included to get you up and running immediately.

VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects – Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (a formant shifter to change the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending) and Double (by registering) – along with 7 Studio Effects – De-Esser, Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter – that together create the perfect vocal processing solution.

VocaLive gives you the ability to record vocals or other instruments (single or multitrack) with effects, sing along with your favorite iTunes song library (with a Voice Cancel feature for practicing over songs with existing vocals) and warm up your voice with the included Vocal Tools. VocaLive is an incredible professional vocal effects workstation that you can take with you anywhere.

For the best quality, use VocaLive on stage with IK’s new iRig Mic, You can also have fun with it or record quick ideas using the built-in iPhone mic, or you can use VocaLive with earbuds that have a built-in mic.

With its 12 professional effects, Recorder and Vocal Tools, VocaLive is the most powerful vocal processing tool available so far on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad!

VocaLive features:

• Real time vocal processor + recording app
• 3-processor vocal effects chain
• 12 professional studio quality vocal effects
• Single track recorder expandable to a full 4-track recording studio available for purchase in the in-app Shop
• Import and play songs to be used as backing tracks directly from your iPod library or computer
• Voice Cancel feature lets you create sing-along backing tracks by removing the vocal track from existing recordings
• 50 presets included with 4 Favorites for fast recall
• Includes metronome and vocal warm-up tools
• Low-latency for real time vocal processing

FREE version also available!

For more information, head to  www.ikmultimedia.com/vocalive

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GarageBand lands for iPad

Posted by Mikers On March - 10 - 2011 1 COMMENT

If you’re lucky enough to live in the US, you’ll be able to pick up an iPad 2 from today! The rest of the world will have to settle for a few key new apps launching today. One of those happens to be the touch-friendly version of Apple’s user-friendly music making software, GarageBand. This has traditionally shipped as part of the iLife bundle, but can now be purchased through the Mac App Store. And as of today, it is now also available as an iPad app, and will set you back US$4.99. Be warned, it’s also a 369MB download, so don’t burn up your 3G data quota!

GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play pianos, organs, guitars, drums, and basses on your iPad. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy a full range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use the built-in microphone or a guitar to record, or capture any performance. Then mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share.

Play your iPad like a musical instrument.
• Perform on dozens of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard.
• Tap out beats from the seat of acoustic and electronic drum kits.
• Recreate legendary guitar rigs on your iPad with 9 amps and 10 stompbox effects.
• Record your voice using the built-in microphone, and apply fun sound effects.
• Use the Sampler to create an instrument from sounds you record, then play them on a keyboard.

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments.
• Tap chords to instantly create keyboard grooves with the Smart Keyboard.
• Strum chords on acoustic and electric Smart Guitars, or trigger fingerpicking patterns for popular chords.
• Groove with an onscreen electric or upright Smart Bass by tapping on chords.
• Drag drum instruments onto a grid to create your own beats with the Smart Drums.

Create a song anywhere you go.
• Arrange and mix your song with up to eight tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops.
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play.
• Use the Mixer to fine-tune each track’s volume – solo or mute any track, or adjust pan, reverb, and echo.
• Use over 250 professionally prerecorded loops as a backing band to your song.

Share your songs.
• Email songs right from your iPad (AAC).
• Export your song and add it to the iTunes library on your Mac or PC.
• Send a project to your Mac and open it in GarageBand to continue refining your song.

For more details check the Apple website - http://www.apple.com/ipad/from-the-app-store/garageband.html

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BeatMaker 2 lands!

Posted by Mikers On February - 6 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

One of our all-time favourite music apps has a brand new version, and it looks amazing! We’ll let them give you the details -

BeatMaker™ 2 : the most advanced mobile music workstation.
Combining music production tools that made the success of countless artists, BeatMaker 2 brings a powerful and easy-to-use composition interface for amateurs and professionals alike.

Build your own virtual home-studio creating multiple instruments, connecting them to a full-range of audio effects. Compose, record, arrange and transform your ideas into complete songs, ready to be shared with others.

Import your own sounds or use the included sound library: more than 170 high-quality instruments and drum presets from synthesizers to realistic orchestral sounds.
You can even import songs from your iPod library!

- Create multiple instruments with Drum Machine or Keyboard interface
- 10 effect units to choose from: Reverb, Compressor, Filter, Delay, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, AutoPan, BitCrusher, Overdrive.
- 3 effect slots for each instruments, unlimited global effects racks
- Customizable Cross Controller for all effects, to manipulate multiple parameters at once

- Up to 128 trigger pads: 16 pads over 8 different banks
- Chop Lab: Slice audio loops to automatically create new sound presets
- Control sound parameters on individual pad: volume, pan, mute, output bus, semitone, fine tune, reverse and autoscaling
- Low/high pass filter per pad with cutoff and resonance control
- Choose between various pad trigger modes: one-shot, hold & loop
- Customizable envelope (ADSR) control for each pad
- Exclusive groups and polyphony management
- “Live” modes: trigger, mute, reverse, velocity and tune spreading.

- 128 keys keyboard with pitch wheel with double keyboard mode, note display and zoom controls
- Easily create your own instruments from any sample combination with the keygroup editor
- Volume and filter ADSR envelopes
- Low/high pass filter with cutoff, resonance and key tracking
- 2 LFOs with customizable amplitude, offset and rate (synchronizable), controlling volume, pitch and filter parameters
- Polyphony control, with up to 32 voices per keyboard sampler
- Legato play mode with customizable glide
- Keygroup controls: volume, pan, semitones, fine-tune, reverse and one-shot, hold, hold & loop trigger modes

- Create unlimited instrument and FX tracks
- Automations: Record, edit and replay instrument and effect parameters
- Record, draw, arrange and resize patterns along the timeline to build your song
- Compose and modify patterns with a piano-roll interface. Edit notes, parameters, and automations.
- Instrument and effect recording options: Quantize, take or partial undo, pre-roll, Overdub, note erasing.

- Full-fledged wave editor with intuitive pinch and selection for manipulating samples
- Basic edition tools: trim, cut, copy, paste, with 8 levels undo/redo
- High quality time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms
- Audio tools: normalize, silence, reverse, fade in and out, cross-fade
- Record new samples from device microphone or plugged instrument
- Loop points and tempo/signature editor

- Realistic multi-track mixer with level meters
- Edit volume, pan, solo, mute and bus routing features for individual tracks

- 68 Drum Machine presets from all genres
- 111 Keyboard Sampler presets, from synthesizers to realistic orchestral instruments.

- Export your songs to Audio or MIDI files
- Transfer and manage your files from your computer using the integrated FTP server
- Import any songs from your iPod library to create new remixes
- Upload your songs directly to your SoundCloud account
- Share audio content with more than 20 other music applications using the iOS pasteboard
- Supports BeatMaker 1 kits and projects
- Fully supports Retina display
- Native iPad version coming soon as a free update

- WEBSITE: intua.net
- TWITTER: twitter.com/intua
- FORUMS: intua.net/forums

Head to the app’s homepage – http://www.intua.net/products/beatmaker2

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Pro Tools returns to rule again

Posted by Mikers On January - 28 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Pro Tools 9 is the latest version of Avid’s industry-standard digital audio workstation software. This new update effectively replaces Pro Tools LE by building off of the success of the 2008 Pro Tools 8 update.

What’s New in Avid Pro Tools 9

With Pro Tools 8 LE, Avid focused on improving music creation and audio production by way of a completely overhauled graphic user interface, the long-awaited addition of full MIDI implementation and a newly bundled suite of virtual instruments and plug-ins. With Pro Tools 9, Avid continues this trend of enhancing the creative process by rounding out the back end of the Pro Tools DAW with more tracks and busses, interface flexibility and many other workflow improvements.

Top Features of the New Pro Tools 9 DAW

Avid has finally made Pro Tools 9 hardware independent and thus compatible with third-party Core Audio- and ASIO-compatible audio interfaces. This feature offers increased flexibility for Pro Tool users who prefer operating non-Avid/Digidesign audio interfaces. These third-party interfaces sometimes cost less and offer the same, if not better A/D conversion and I/O options than are found on Avid’s MBox or 003 devices. Better still however, Pro Tools 9 now works with built-in sound cards – a HUGE plus for mobile musicians and audio engineers. The only caveat here is that Pro Tools 9 requires an iLok or iLok2 device to be installed while using the software.

With the exception of video tracks, Avid has dramatically increased all available track counts in Pro Tools 9. This latest version of Pro Tools now supports 32 tracks of simultaneous recording (up from 18 in Pro Tools LE). The total number of playback voices has been doubled from 48 to 96. The number of instrument tracks has also been doubled from 32 to 64. Following suit, the number of available internal busses has been increased from 32 to 256.

Rounding out the top features, Pro Tools 9 users can finally take advantage of Automatic Delay Compensation, multitrack Beat Detective and EUCON integration.

Avid Pro Tools 9 Pricing and Upgrades

The new Pro Tools 9 DAW includes some features which were separately priced add-ons to Pro Tools LE. File interchange between Pro Tools and other DAWs via OMF/AAF/MXF files traditionally required the Digitranslator add-on. This feature is now built into Pro Tools 9 along with the long overdue inclusion of MP3 exporting.

The standalone version of Pro Tools 9 costs $599 (iLok included) while Pro Tools LE users can crossgrade to Pro Tools 9 starting from $249 (iLok sold separately). Those users looking for surround sound and other advanced audio editing features have the option of upgrading to Avid’s Complete Production Toolkit 2.

The Best Version of Pro Tools So Far?

The renowned editing features of Pro Tools have made it the top DAW on the planet for over a decade. However the popularity of Pro Tools has arguably waned over the last few years. Other DAWs such as Cubase, Logic and Sonar have grown into versatile and powerful competitors by focusing on how to simplify and enhance audio creation and editing in the digital environment.

Avid has clearly taken note with this new version of Pro Tools by addressing many of the long-standing complaints by both critics and users of the Pro Tools DAW. Pro Tools 9 is far more inclusive than previous versions and exhibits Avid’s strong desire to maintain its position as the industry-standard in digital audio workstation software.

NAMM 2011 – i-BLOX iPhone Interface

Posted by Mikers On January - 15 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS
RapcoHorizon has introduced its new i-BLOX Smart Phone Interface at Winter NAMM 2011

The i-BLOX serves as an audio interface that connects an instrument to an iPhone amplifier as well as mobile recording applications.

The 6′ interface cable connects the i-BLOX to a musician’s smart phone through the headphone/microphone input jack. The interface itself includes a momentary bump switch to start and stop the iPhone music player application, a separate jack for headphones, a strap clip which can attach to the musician’s belt or instrument strap, and a pre-terminated 2′ lead with a hand soldered right angle connector.

“The i-BLOX provides musicians with the convenience of on-the-spot recording or practice amplifiers,” says Lucas McCulley, marketing specialist at The RapcoHorizon Company. “With the majority of the weight of the interface residing on the strap, musicians can enjoy mobility with the reassurance that their iPhone will not fall and break.”

Pricing and availability have not been announced. Keep an eye on the following website - http://www.rapcohorizon.com

NAMM 2011 – Jammit

Posted by Mikers On January - 15 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

There is not a great deal of info on this iPad app as yet, but it looks like a useful training and recording tool for guitarists. The idea is, you get access to a bunch of licensed music tracks (apparently 300 will be available) that are in multitrack format, so you can mute and solo existing guitar parts, and even slow them down to make them easier to learn to play. Then record your own parts into the track, and also mix of the rest of the parts in the song.  Each song even comes with the tabs.

Keep an eye on the website for more details about this app – http://jammit.com/

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