January 3, 2014
There were a lot of great new musical instruments, audio software developments, and music technology that came out this year. As NAMM 2014 approaches, we wanted to take a retrospective look at some of our favorite releases from the past year. While this is not an exhaustive list, and there were certainly some things that got left off, we encourage you to post your amendments in the comments below so we can all revel in all of the great releases of 2013. As we gear up to cover all the secret new products from NAMM 2014, here are our top 10 picks of 2013 in no particular order.
Ableton Push & Ableton Live 9
Arguably one of the top releases this year was the Ableton Push controller as well as the update to Ableton Live 9. The Push controller was one of the most talked about pieces at Winter …
October 22, 2013
In our continuing showcase of portable electronic devices from Apogee Electronics, we are looking at the Mac and iOS compatible condenser microphone dubbed Apogee MiC. MiC has all the professional sound quality you can come to expect from an Apogee product, but with a portable size and competitive price point that make it an ideal option for the guy or gal with on the go audio needs. We reviewed the Apogee MiC last year when it first arrived and not much has changed from what we saw then. As with the Apogee JAM, the only major difference on the Apogee MiC is the ability to connect it to new generation iOS devices like the iPhone 5 and the latest iPad tablet.
Although there are not any new features, there is still plenty to be excited about with this microphone. It can fit in your pocket but it also has a …
October 15, 2013
Don Spacht from Apogee Electronics stopped by to show off Apogee’s line of portable recording devices and interfaces. The first in a series of Apogee videos with Don Spacht is an overview of the Apogee JAM. The Apogee JAM is a portable guitar and instrument interface that works with iOS devices as well as Apple computers. I will go ahead and put to rest any inevitable questions about Linux, Windows, Android, etc. compatibility and say that these devices work exclusively with Apple products and operating systems. While those that do not use Apple products will find this disappointing, those that do will find that the quality with which these devices are built and the quality of sound you can achieve with them is quite impressive considering their low cost and portability.
We reviewed the Apogee JAM when it was first released and since then there has been only one …
March 15, 2013
The Apogee Quartet is a 4 in and 6 out audio interface built specifically for Mac computers and even works on your iOS devices like your iPad and iPhone. While the Quartet does have a large price tag, you are getting a lot of features that go beyond just a standard audio interface. Instead of just showing you all the Quartet has to offer, we decided to take it to Parhelion studios, put it in the hands of avid Apogee user Miles Walker, and give it a test drive. He not only takes us through the features in the video but also demos the sound of the mic preamps as well as the iOS connectivity.
Miles Walker is a music producer and engineer based out of Atlanta, GA. His work can be heard on the records for mega hit makers like Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Wiz Khalifa. If you want to …
February 26, 2013
So I bought Traktor DJ for iPad Thursday.
Before I go any further I want to say again that I bought it Thursday. At the time of writing, it is Monday the following week. When I bought the product, I was thinking “I’ll just bang around with it, test out the sync functionality, set a few loops and cue points, and bang out a quick review for the blog.” That didn’t happen for two reasons:
1) I really dragged my feet on the whole “leaving Snow Leopard” thing. Snow Leopard was fine. I wanted to stay there. Over recent months, this or that driver update excluded me and I realized the day was coming when someone would force my hand. NI were the someone, and 2.6.1 was the update to do it. Mac users will want to note that full use of the app’s functionality with Traktor Pro 2.6.1 requires …