August 12, 2014
Presonus have been releasing a lot of audio interfaces over the years from their mobile FireStudio line all the way up to their large console StudioLive line. The AudioBox line has been equally popular in providing high quality preamps into very mobile boxes. The latest addition to the AudioBox line from Presonus are the AudioBox iOne and iTwo audio interfaces. These new interfaces have the same quality and portability of previous AudioBox interfaces, but Presonus have added iPad connectivity to allow integration with popular recording apps for a truly mobile recording experience.
Portability is great but how do the AudioBox iOne and iTwo stack up in terms of quality? We decided to take a closer look at these new interfaces to see what they have to offer.
The iOne has a single XLR input as well as a single instrument input. The XLR input has switchable 48 volt …
July 24, 2014
I first noticed the CME Xkey at Winter NAMM 2014, but I wasn’t sure what I was looking at besides just another MIDI keyboard. The booth had what a lot of booths are doing now: obligatory T & A to draw the male dominated musical retail space to their product. I refer you to Exhibit A:
Months later I saw the CME Xkey (without the distracting sex appeal) while looking for a portable MIDI keyboard solution for myself. I was pleasantly surprised at the design, functions, and portability of the CME Xkey. For a 25 note keyboard with aftertouch, it’s a pretty great choice for a mobile musician or as a small desktop keyboard solution. Before you make your decision, let’s take a look at the features on the CME Xkey.
The Xkey really shines as a portable MIDI keyboard. It is super light weight at around …
July 11, 2014
Part of what makes the AMPLIFi 150 and AMPLIFi 75 guitar amplifiers so powerful is their integration with iOS devices. Not only does the AMPLIFi Remote App allow for some pretty expansive amplifier, cabinet, pedal, and FX processing, but you can also link up your device via Bluetooth and stream music to the AMPLIFi cabinet. The App has thousands of possibilities for unique processing and it has some other features for those looking to sound like their favorite guitar players. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the most interesting features within the Line 6 AMPLIFi Remote App.
The AMPLIFi Remote App boasts 200 different amplifiers and effects. All of these are completely customizable so you are never stuck with a particular tone’s preset sounds. This makes for some pretty unique and intuitive control over various parameters within the tones. The ability to match different …
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.…