July 1, 2014
When most people think of the leader in guitar amplifier and effects modeling before the digital software and VST age, the go to brand is Line 6. Their POD line of products have been used by everyone from the bedroom guitarist all the way up to major recording artists like Metallica, U2, and Nine Inch Nails. Line 6 continues this tradition with the introduction of their latest line of AMPLIFi products. The lower case “i” is significant because the guitar amplifiers in the line, a 75 watt and 150 watt models, connect to your iOS device via Bluetooth for tone manipulation as well as the ability to share the tones you create with a community of AMPLIFi users. We had Joe from Line 6 stop by to demo the functions and tones of the AMPLIFi 150 which you can watch above. Below is a more in depth look at what …
October 24, 2013
As much as I would not like to be the old man on the porch talking about things in my day, I can’t help but express a deep emphasis on the fact that you kids today have things so much better than when I was trying to record my music. Nowhere is this more evident than with the Apogee One; a 2 in and 2 out audio interface that works exclusively with Apple computers and iOS devices. To get you recording right out of the box, Apogee provide you with a breakout cable that includes an XLR input and a 1/4 inch instrument input. There is also a high quality microphone built right into the interface so you can get ideas down anywhere and at anytime. You can also trust that the microphone will give you a quality recording if you want to use it for your final production.…
November 20, 2012
We first saw the Akai Synthstation 49 at Winter NAMM 2011 and surrounding this keyboard controller was all the buzz about the future of production and the integration of iOS devices. The public has been waiting patiently, filled with questions and anticipation for the keyboard controller that looked to take the most advantage of integrating an iPad with a keyboard controller. We were finally able to get our hands on one, play around with some different apps, and take it for a test drive when performing and using it for production. For those of you that have been holding out and waiting for the Synthstation 49, here are the things you have been waiting for:
Layout and Features
As the name implies, the Akai Synthstation 49 is a 49 key controller with selections for recording and playback, selecting instruments, and selecting between sequences, octaves, and songs. There are 9 MPC style pads for …
October 10, 2012
You would think that production artists would be reluctant to give away their secrets, or provide people the tools to create music like them – but not Brian Eno. For once, this ambient music producer has already created an app called “Bloom” which provides a structure to produce the type of music he does.
His newest app, known as “Scape”, was created in the same respect as Bloom. It allows users to build on ambient sounds using “building blocks”. The app uses elements to trigger various sounds such as melody, percussion, and texture. Tone, key, and scale can also be worked with – and creations can also be saved.…
September 26, 2012
Singers tend to be overlooked in favor of instrument musicians when it comes to digital app support. There are thousands of music making apps for keyboardists, drummers, and DJs – but very few of them focus on the singer and his or her voice. Today’s app was created specifically for them.
If you have a singing voice, a microphone, an iPad, and some device to connect them such as the IK Multimedia iRig, you can take advantage of VirSyn’s Harmony Voice app. It acts as a real-time harmonizer complete with pitch controls as well as a variety of onboard effects like chorus and delay. …