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 …
September 28, 2012
Owners of the new iPhone 5 and updated iPod touch might have noticed one big change in their hardware, and it isn’t the extra screen real estate or thinner design. Apple has finally done away with the pesky 30-pin connector that was known get gather dust in the wrong areas and being jammed in the wrong way.
Their new port, known as the Lightning port, is a smaller connection which looks easier to connect but of course, will offer compatibility issues in terms of backwards compatibility. To IK Multimedia, this is old news. In anticipation for the change, they have made sure that all of their iRig devices will be compatible without any additional hardware or software changes.…
September 26, 2012
Mac OS X music producers can finally rejoice as Sony’s latest announcement brings them one step closer to using Sound Forge Pro on the Mac. Sony’s latest video release features a reshaped interface and redesigned workflow – and the teaser also shows short scenes of the software running on an a Macbook Pro. …
September 24, 2012
Apple has a knack for continually updating their products and devices to bigger and better editions and with hardware changes comes software changes as well. PC users are well aware that newer doesn’t necessarily mean “better”. Windows Vista proved this idea, by giving its users a headache of a time.
The new iOS update, iOS 6 may seem like the next logical choice for iOS 5 users – but beware, the OS update isn’t friendly with every iOS app out there, causing some programs to have issues or crash altogether. Users of PPG WaveGenerator and the app that virtually emulates the Akai SynthStation have both experienced these issues under iOS 6.…
September 17, 2012
The unveiling of Apple’s next generation of devices wasn’t earth shattering, but significant changes were made that are sure to have people pre-ordering their next batch. Mainly, the iPhone 5’s design was changed by making it a bit longer. It doesn’t seem like much of an aesthetic change, but the power plant wasn’t ignored by developers either.
The new processor and increase memory means that mobile app users (musicians), will be able to use better developed applications for their gigs on the road. Android and Windows users are now left in the dust with little to offer, as app developers will surely favor a more powerful platform.…