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Line 6 give us Sonic Port

Posted by Mikers On June - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Line 6, leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians, today announced the new Sonic Port guitar system for iPod touch®, iPhone® and iPad®. Building on the success of the popular Line 6® Mobile In™ digital interface, the Sonic Port system delivers pristine audio quality, legendary Line 6 guitar tones and all the inputs and outputs needed to transform a mobile device into a studio-quality music creation system.




Studio-Quality Guitar System

Sonic Port provides an easy way for guitarists to make studio-quality music on their iOS devices,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Product Management, Line 6. “Customers can pair it with CoreAudio apps to record, practice, perform and more. For example, the free Line 6 Mobile POD app lets guitarists dial in their favorite artists’ tones in an instant, while the Jammit app is perfect for practicing. All in all, Sonic Port brings amazing audio quality and a great music-making experience to iOS devices.

Sleek Compact Design

Sonic Port is a sleek, highly compact digital audio interface that connects to an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad 30-pin or Lightning connector, enabling guitar players to jam and record using CoreAudio music apps such as GarageBand®, and gain access to the acclaimed Line 6 Mobile POD® app. Unlike other devices that connect to the analog headphone jack of an iOS device, Sonic Port features an all-digital signal path resulting in best-in-class sound quality. With 110dB of guitar dynamic range and up to 24-bit/48kHz audio quality throughout, Sonic Port allows musicians to get the most from CoreAudio music apps.

For forward-thinking musicians who want to use an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad as the centerpiece of a mobile studio or as a performance tool, Sonic Port provides a variety of inputs and outputs for connecting instruments and outboard gear. A 1/4″ input makes it easy to connect guitars and basses, while keyboards, mixers, CD players and other iOS devices can be connected via the 1/8” stereo input. For monitoring, users can simply plug in their headphones or powered studio monitors and enjoy unparalleled audio fidelity. Musicians can also connect to a guitar amplifier via the 1/4” guitar/line-level output.

The companion Mobile POD app (available as a free download from the App Store) opens the door to an incredible collection of highly prized vintage and modern guitar gear. The app includes 32 amps, 16 speaker cabinets and 16 effects—all of which can be fully adjusted, mixed and matched to create a virtually endless range of tones. Mobile POD includes over 10,000 tone presets created by artists, Line 6 and other guitar players—and guitarists can also store and instantly recall their own custom tones.

Jammit App

Thanks to a partnership between Line 6 and Jammit®, Sonic Port instantly integrates with the award-winning Jammit app, allowing guitarists to learn, jam and record along with original multi-track master recordings of their favorite songs. When used together, Sonic Port and Jammit form the ultimate jam-along experience. Each track can be isolated for closer scrutiny, looped for extended practice or slowed down to a comfortable pace for learning. When used with Line 6 interfaces, Jammit loads amp and effect sounds that are custom made for the song, automatically changing the sound when appropriate as the song plays.

Sonic Port includes a detachable 30-pin dock connector cable and a Lightning connector cable for direct connection to iPod touch, iPhone and iPad devices. Mobile POD is a free download from the App Store. Sonic Port is compatible compatible with iPod touch (4th and 5th generation), iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad 2, iPad and iPad mini.

Sonic Port is expected to ship in June of 2013. Learn more about Sonic Port and Mobile POD at line6.com/sonicport.



Posted by Mikers On June - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.clbburoo.480x480-75MetroCorder is a precise metronome, a high quality stereo recorder, and a practice timer all rolled into one application. It also includes various tools for managing recordings as well as a nice, intuitive interface.

MetroCorder was created as an easy way to record my children who play an acoustic piano, guitar and violin. Soon the desire to have a simple way for them to control a metronome, record themselves, and manage their practice time materialized. The blending of these three functions became a good fit for an application.


◆ Metronome
◆ Stereo Recorder
◆ Practice Timer

Metronome Features:

◆ Precise metronome.
◆ Tap to set tempo.
◆ Flashes on the beat.
◆ Accent beat sound.
◆ 10 sounds including a human voice.
◆ Time signature editor.
◆ Setting range from 34 to 210 beats per minute.
◆ Large dial with reference tempo markings.
◆ Independent volume control.
◆ Metronome and recorder linking.

Recorder Features:

◆ Reverb with independent level control and 4 presets.
◆ USB microphone/audio input support.
◆ Realtime headphone monitor output.
◆ Independent volume control.
◆ Playback controls including a seek bar.
◆ CAF, M4A and AIFF file formats.
◆ 8 kHz, 22 kHz and 44.1 kHz sampling rates.
◆ Copy and paste to other applications.
◆ Rename recordings.
◆ Email recordings.
◆ Upload recordings to your Dropbox account.
◆ Transfer recordings with iTunes file sharing.

Practice Timer Features:

◆ Set any number of hours and minutes.
◆ Clearly displays the amount of time remaining.
◆ Pause, resume and restart the countdown.


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AmpliTube 3.0 arrives

Posted by Mikers On June - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

IK Multimedia, a leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce the new version of the highly acclaimed AmpliTube® App, which now adds a complete multi-track Studio with timeline audio editing and new gear models, making it the most comprehensive guitar and audio production app available. Now users can play, practise, compose and record complete songs from start to finish, anywhere inspiration strikes, on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new release of AmpliTube completely changes the game for mobile music production and offers everything musicians need to quickly and easily record complete songs: a full guitar/bass rig; a multi-track recorder with effects; a new timeline audio editing suite for arranging, editing, mixing and mastering; a built-in programmable drummer; professional export features for sharing creations with the world; and the possibility to work simultaneously with other audio apps.

When used with the IK Multimedia iRig® line of guitar interfaces (like the new high-quality iRig HD, iRig STOMP or the iRig adapter), microphone products (like iRig MIC or iRig PRE) AmpliTube 3.0 provides an all-in-one solution with unmatched sound quality, guitar tone, recording flexibility and ease of use for the professional mobile musician.

The New AmpliTube Studio – Timeline Audio Editing Suite
The newest feature in AmpliTube 3.0 is the Studio, where users will see their audio tracks on a timeline with a waveform display, much like they are used to on their DAW (digital audio workstation) software on their computer. Audio regions can be manipulated with a full set of commands and controls: cut, copy, paste, delete, normalize, split (at playhead), create fades and crop clips.

Clips can easily be moved and adjusted with a simple gesture for precise alignment with other clips, and a grid feature provides “snapping” of regions to the timeline for easy positioning. Recording into a track is as simple as touching it, arming it and hitting record. AmpliTube Studio makes recording, arranging, editing and perfecting a complete song from start to finish a breeze, and once again revolutionizes the way musicians create on the go.

The new Studio is an extension of the AmpliTube recorder,which starts as a single-track recorder, and can be expanded to 4-track (iPhone/iPod touch) or 8-track (iPad) putting a full multi-track recorder with mastering effects the fingertips of the user. The multi-track recorder has features rivalling even the most sophisticated studio setups, like effects send and master multi-effects, which can add that professional feel to any recording. The recorder with the new Studio section is designed to allow players to quickly and easily get their musical ideas recorded, polished and ready for prime time.

A Complete Guitar Rig with New Gear
At its core, AmpliTube continues to be all about outstanding guitar and bass tone, and offers a full guitar/bass rig including tuner; selectable stomp box effects; amplifiers from the world’s top amp manufacturers like Fender®, Ampeg®, and Soldano®; collections from artists like Jimi Hendrix™, Slash and others; plus selectable speaker cabinets and microphones.

Exclusively for iRig HD users, AmpliTube 3.0 now also offers four new free gear models that address the tone needs of the most demanding metal and rock players – the Metal 150 and Metal W amps, and the X-Flanger and Wharmonator “Whammy” pedals. Never before has such a massive and comprehensive collection of tone machines been offered to mobile guitarists, right at their fingertips.

A Drummer Always in the Pocket
With AmpliTube’s built-in Loop Drummer, players will always have a professional drummer with them. Loop Drummer features complete groove “building blocks,” including intros, fills, main and alternate rhythms, and outros. It’s extremely flexible and easy to use, and covers virtually every style of music. Start with the free Rock style installed, and add more genre packs via in-app purchase, covering most musical styles, including Metal, Funky, Blues, and many others.

The Perfect Rehearsal Tool
AmpliTube also features a robust Song section that allows you to load pre-recorded material into it, change the tempo if desired, and practise along. This is a great tool for learning new material, or simply creating new riffs over existing material by using the “No Voice” centre-cancel button that mutes audio panned to the centre of the stereo field.

Supports Other Favorite Mobile Music Apps
AmpliTube is also Audiobus compatible, which means that it can be used simultaneously with up to 4 other compatible audio apps. Players can use other IK apps like SampleTank®, iLectric™ Piano or iGrand™ Piano; record material directly into the AmpliTube recorder or studio section; or use the AmpliTube signal chain as a tone generator, effects processor or recorder for other apps like GarageBand.

Price and Availability
AmpliTube 3.0 is a free update for all previous users and it’s available now on the App StoreSM both as a free or paid app for iPhone/iPod touch or iPad for only $19.99/€17.99 for new users. The new Studio feature is available as in-app purchase for $9.99/€8.99 on iPhone and iPod touch and $14.99/€13.99 on iPad for users who have already purchased the multi-track recorder, or at a special bundle price that also includes  the multi-track recorder for new users.

The four new gear models are exclusively available to iRig HD interface users, by simply connecting the interface to the app.

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iRig HD arrives

Posted by Mikers On June - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

IK Multimedia, a leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, is proud to announce that iRig® HD, the highly anticipated guitar and bass premium digital interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, is now available from electronic and music retailers worldwide. Guitar players around the globe can now plug into their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, and rock out with studio quality sound. The new iRig HD also comes with IK’s AmpliTube App and software for a complete “out of the box” playing experience.

iRig HD is a high-quality, compact digital interface designed so that guitar and bass players can easily plug their instrument into an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, and rock out with studio quality digital sound. iRig HD features a compact ultra-slim design, fits in any gig bag, backpack, computer case or pocket, and comes with interchangeable adapter cables to provide universal device compatibility. As with many other IK accessories, iRig HD is manufactured in Italy using only premium components and rigorous quality standards.

Lightning compatible – all cables included
iRig HD is a Lightning compatible mobile guitar interface that comes with all the cables you need to make the right connections with your devices. It is a simple “plug in and play” interface, featuring a 1/4″ instrument input jack, and plugs directly into the digital input of any iPhone or iPad via the included cables. Not only is the iRig HD perfect for mobile guitarists, but players can also use iRig HD with a laptop or desktop Mac computer, thanks to the included USB cable.

Supports your favourite mobile music-making apps
While iRig HD offers great performance with any digital audio processing app, it comes with the AmpliTube App, a superior sounding “ready to go” expandable guitar rig complete with virtual effects pedals, amplifiers, speakers and a recorder, plus four new virtual amps and effects available exclusively for iRig HD users. AmpliTube FREE can be greatly expanded via in-app purchase with the entire range of AmpliTube apps including officially licensed versions based on Fender®, Jimi Hendrix™ and Slash sounds. Guitar and bass players now have the widest range of amplifiers and effects at their fingertips with over 55 outstanding mobile gear models for jamming and recording on the go. iRig HD is class compliant, so it can be used with any mobile app, like Apple’s GarageBand, that supports digital audio processing.

Supports your favourite studio setup
Not only is iRig HD the perfect interface for guitar and bass players on the go, it can also be used on Mac laptops and desktops and take advantage of the superior processing power of the Mac OS platform. For Mac users, iRig HD comes with AmpliTube Custom Shop**, IK’s free amp and effects application and DAW plug-in, which allows players to choose from hundreds of top quality amplifiers and effects from world’s top manufacturers like Fender®, Ampeg®, Orange®, and Soldano®. Players can purchase this gear à la carte, as they need it, thus creating a truly customisable software rig.

Plus, exclusively for iRig HD users, AmpliTube Metal**, the definitive collection of the world’s best high-gain amps and distortion stomp boxes for every imaginable metal tone, is also included for free. AmpliTube software can be used as a standalone amp and effects processing powerhouse, or as a plug-in with many popular digital audio workstation (DAW) programs, such as GarageBand or Logic.

iRig HD at a glance:

  • High-quality instrument-level 1/4″ Hi-Z input jack
  • Detachable cables for Lighting, 30 pin and USB connector compatibility
  • Preamp gain control
  • High-quality, low-noise, high-definition preamp
  • High-quality 24 bit A/D conversion
  • Powered by the iOS device or USB
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight
  • Comes with AmpliTube FREE* app plus 4 new HD exclusive gear models – The Metal 150, the Metal W, the Wharmonator “whammy” pedal and the X-Flanger
  • Comes with AmpliTube Custom Shop and AmpliTube Metal** software for Mac laptops & desktops

Price and availability
iRig HD is available now from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and costs €79.99 (excluding taxes). For a complete set-up, also check out the other IK mobile products including the iKlip™ iPhone and iPad supports for stage and studio, the soon-to-be-released iRig® BlueBoard wireless foot controller and the iLoud® range of musicians’ portable speakers.

*Download from the App StoreSM. Four free gear models are available after an iRig HD is plugged into the device.
**Register and download from the IK Multimedia web site.

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Cycloop in bound

Posted by Mikers On May - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The team at Amidio are no strangers to crafting some pretty unique music making apps, so I’m looking forward to their next upcoming product, Cycloop, which they have started teasing on their website. Here’s an excerpt –

cycloop-600x300Amidio has been among the very first music app makers since the beginning of AppStore, and for nearly 5 years we have been dreaming of making the ultimate music creation app. Something which would bring the pure excitement of the creation process, easy enough to allow creating tracks without digging across hundreds of menus, but still delivering a whole lot of possibilities and ways to express emotions and feelings.

We are not going to make a clone of existing DAW apps. Instead, we choose a special way, something you’ve never seen before. Cycloop is going to inherit certain decisions from the famous DOS trackers (Scream, Impulse, Fast trackers), along with some Songineer and MINT.io motives.

Expect an app that can possibly fulfill any mobile musician’s needs. Multitracking, plugin-based insert & send FX, built-in IDM and randomizer tricks, scale manipulations and flexible sample/synth architecture. All that packed (but not crowded) in just several clean-designed screens (no neon this time!) of pure touchscreen music-making goodness, and working in conjuction with our existing (and future) apps.

Cycloop will run only on the iPad. We will reveal more details as we proceed with the development. As of today, the design is finished (which took an incredible amount of planning and prototyping), fully documented and the code is at 10% completion mark. We are musicians ourselves and strongly keen to release an first-class, mind-blowing app. If everything goes well, it could happen in late Summer. Stay tuned!

Keep an eye on their blog for updates –http://amidio.com/newsblog/

JamUp now records!

Posted by Mikers On April - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Our friends at Positive Grid have been busy at work, and have just released v.2.3.0, to be exact, and apart from some Audiobus compatability, you now get a new optional 8-track recorder available as an in-app purchase  on top of the already impressive feature set. If you haven’t purchased the app, don’t forget there’s a free LE version available to try out as well.

mzl.qnhitzuc.480x480-75JamUp turns your iPad/iPhone into a powerhouse Multi-Effects Processor, 8-Track Recorder, Loop Station, iTunes Jam Player, Tuner and Metronome for guitar and bass.

★ New 8-Track Recorder Launch Special – $4.99

★ JamUp is the No.1 amp-and-effect app with the highest user ratings.
★ Featured worldwide by Macworld, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar & Guitarist.
★ Works with Audiobus as input, effect and output unit.

JamUp Pro XT is designed with the JamUp Plug ($19.99, available on Amazon.com), and it works any USB and headset iOS guitar adaptors, StompBox and AirTurn pedal.

JamUp Pro XT offers the largest collection of amp and effects models on iOS platform, it features ”Metal Pack”, “Classic Pack”, ”Effect Pack”, ”Bass Pack” and ”Boutique Pack”. Each amp model is carefully measured and analyzed based on the actual unit, and it’s developed with Positive Grid’s MESH MultiStage modeling technology, it offers superior articulation and tube-like touch response, see our user reviews.

JamUp offers a complete 8-Track Recorder System via in-app purchase, you can quickly capture your ideas, record your band or produce complete multi-tracks songs directly in JamUp. You have the ability to import audio from your iTunes music library, copy or paste audio material to/from individual tracks, or other apps like Apple GarageBand. You can export your songs via email, iTunes or SoundCloud.

– Realtime Amp and Multi-Effects processor
– Up to 7 simultaneous stomp + amp + cabinet + rack
– JamUp Pro XT includes 6 amp, 16 stomps & rack models
– In total 36 amp channels and 30 stompboxes and rack models available via in-app purchase
– Complete 8-Track Recorder System (via in-app purchase, not support 3GS)
– ToneSharing, download FREE artist & user created presets, or share your own
– Drag and drop signal path for easy tone creation
– Realistic 3D interface for intuitive controls
– Loop Station with undo feature, start mode selection, synchronized metronome, file sharing
– iTunes Jam player to access your iTunes library with time stretching (pitch/speed) engine
– 64 slot preset manager
– Built-in tuner/metronome
– MIDI learning and assignment
– Audio Copy/Paste
– Support Audiobus in 3 slots

– Designed with JamUp Plug (available on Amazon.com for $19.99)
– iRig, Ampkit
– Apogee JAM, Mobile In, iRiffPort, Alesis IO Dock and any iOS USB interface
– Griffin StompBox, StudioConnect
– AirTurn Wireless Footswtich

For more details – www.positivegrid.com

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Blue Microphones Spark Digital

Posted by Mikers On April - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

gallery4Spark Digital is the world’s first studio condenser microphone to offer both USB and iPad connectivity. Expanding on the professional and sound of Blue’s Spark XLR studio microphone, Spark Digital features the same studio-grade condenser capsule and hand-tuned components for high-fidelity recording and consistence performance in any situation– vocals, drums, piano, speech, location recording and more.

Spark Digital also includes the Focus Control, providing two different sonic options in one mic at the push of a button. Complete with an adjustable desk stand and built-in shockmount, Spark Digital also includes y-cables for each platform with a headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring. With a full range of recording capabilities, Spark Digital turns your iPad into a true mobile studio.

  • Blue’s legendary studio condenser capsule and electronic components
  • Plug ‘n play for iPad, Mac and PC – no drivers needed
  • Works with GarageBand™ and other recording applications
  • Focus Control switch offers two sonic signatures in one mic
  • Headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring
  • Onboard control for volume, gain and instant mute
  • LED meter provides visual feedback
  • Includes Blue’s Cloud Production Bundle for audio back-up and sharing online

Get the full details – http://bluemic.com/spark_digital/

Rode i16 surround sound microphone!

Posted by Mikers On April - 1 - 2013 1 COMMENT

Look, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is one of the best April Fools jokes I’ve seen today. Is it real or is it a fake? I REALLY hope it’s REAL!

i16_03_web1st April 2013, Sydney Australia – Australian-based microphone designer RØDE has announced the i16, a surround sound microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that combines sixteen discrete microphone capsules to capture the user’s surrounding audio environment in broadcast quality.


RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone for iOS devices was released in January, and has already gained critical praise from both musical and mainstream media, including a recent Red Dot product award.

The company is quickly emerging as the leader in microphones for Apple’s portable devices, and the i16 aims to consolidate this reputation.


RØDE’s founder and president, Peter Freedman, explains: “When developing the iXY we were focused on providing the ultimate in stereo audio capture for iOS devices. But during the project it became that there was a large proportion of the market who wanted to record in complete surround. We’ve taken that seriously and produced the i16.”


The new microphone uses RØDE’s own field recording app, RØDE Rec, to record the sixteen tracks simultaneously at quality up to 24-bit/96kHz. At the heart of the i16 is an incredible sixteen individual gold-sputtered cardioid condenser capsules, which allows the user a high amount of freedom to record in either surround, stereo, mono, or anywhere in between.


“Once the user records the surrounding environment, software processing inside RØDE Rec will allow them to cancel background noise through phase manipulation of the other channels, working much in the same way as noise-cancelling headphones.” explained Mr Freedman. “In this way the i16 is even more effective at recording dialogue than a traditional shotgun microphone.”


Once the user records the surrounding environment they can then use that track to phase cancel any background noise, very much like noise-cancelling headphones. This results in highly intelligible dialogue and crystal-clear audio.


The i16 is available with both Apple Lightning (iPhone 5, iPad mini) and 30-pin connections. Both are shipping now, with a MSRP of US$399.

More info – http://www.rodemic.com/

TF Looper

Posted by Mikers On March - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

mzl.krbsnumh.480x480-75Inspired from hardware looping pedals, TF Looper aims to make looping fun and easy! Great for impromptu jams without the need to “plan” anything in advance. Works standalone or with input devices such as Apogee Jam for better sound.

✓ Low-latency sound engine makes looping a breeze
✓ Straight-forward workflow and interface akin to dedicated hardware loopers
✓ Undo functionality
✓ Trigger recording on input for easier recording of instruments
✓ Automatic quantisation of loops for fuss-free recording
✓ Unlimited overdubbing for expressive looping
✓ Fade previous overdubs option to create a continuous looping soundscape
✓ Octave-down and octave-up on individual channels
✓ Stop tracks anytime, play them again and they will synchronise to other tracks in perfect time
✓ Included limiter and noise reduction
✓ Stop-all channels / Start-all channels function – great for breaking it down!

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JACK Audio Connection Kit

Posted by Mikers On March - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

jack_ios_shot_4JACK is more than just one app. It is a system that connects the music and audio world on your iOS device. JACK allows audio channels and MIDI ports of your audio & music apps to be connected with each other. It does not force a predefined schema in which way apps shall be connected with each other. You can freely connect them in any way you want, intuitively like drawing on a paper. Besides audio & MIDI interconnection, JACK provides other very useful mechanisms to let your audio apps work together like never before. For example record/playback synchronization between DAWs and sequencer apps. Arbitrary data sharing among apps and much more. Even though JACK is quite new on iOS, it already came a long way. Providing you the most professional and powerful environment for your audio apps, highly optimized with explicit multi core support, low latency and maturity which it gained over many years of usage and development on other operating systems already. JACK is an open standard, which can freely be supported by anybody.

Current Features:
– Audio connections between apps and external devices¹.
– MIDI connections between apps and external devices¹.
– Record/Playback synchronization between apps.
– Multi Core CPU support for high performance (parallelized internal audio graph).
– Low Latency Performance (configurable, i.e. 2ms buffer sizes).
– Arbitrary, custom data sharing among apps (allows easy extensions of the system).
– Arbitrary amount of audio & MIDI ports per app, changeable at runtime.
– Intuitive user interface that allows you to easily manage all audio and MIDI connections, environment settings, monitor current overall CPU usage and more …

For more info head here – http://www.crudebyte.com/jack-ios


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