December 13, 2012
The Apple iPad has quickly become more than just a tablet for reading books and watching video. It is now a fully functional tool for doing all sorts of things including controlling your home security system, creating music, or having control of your home entertainment system. The pro audio world has found new and interesting ways of incorporating the iPad as well. Keyboard controllers, audio interfaces, DJ controllers, and live sound mixers are all getting a tech facelift with the application of the iPad. One of the more practical and prominent uses has been the iPad’s ability to sync with digital mixing consoles to control everything from monitor mixes to EQ settings. We first saw this with the introduction of the Presonus StudioLive and the StudioLive Remote application.
Since we first saw this at Winter NAMM 2011, more mixing consoles have been showing up which allow for intuitive and wireless control …
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 …
November 2, 2012
My best guess about the 2012-2013 era of electronics is that we will see more companies breaking into untested waters; trying things out and seeing if they can take a dip in someone else’s pool. Native Instruments made headlines by producing their first hardware mixer, the Kontrol Z2 – and Ableton is even trying their hand in the hardware controller market. It is still unknown if Microsoft’s jump from a software-only company to tablet producing company will pay off, but we do know that when companies compete for the edge in technology, consumer reap the benefits of lower costs and more options.
A new version of Windows isn’t unexpected – but the use of touch screen functionally on anything other than an Apple product is remarkable. Right off the bat consumers will be given exponentially more hardware options, given that various manufactures can produce products to run Microsoft Windows 8 …
October 11, 2012
IK Multimedia, the humble iPad interface products maker who has been coming up with ways to connect your instruments with your iOS device, has just started to explore the world of iOS apps as well. Their newest app known as, “iGrand Piano”, was designed as a simple and straightforward piano program. The app lets you selected from 9 different studio grade pianos (upright, grand, etc.) – all of which are velocity sensitive, to give you a more authentic piano feeling.
Naturally, the app works well with their iRig Keys and iRig MIDI interface, for those who want to connect their iPad to their keyboards.…
October 10, 2012
There are plenty of apps out there for producing melodic riffs, drums, and ambient – but what about if you want to delve into the world of the weird and unexpected? apeSoft’s new iPulsaret app was created to provide a system for creating odd effects using granular synthesis.
The software takes advantage of effects like time shifting, pitch jittering, manipulation of buffers to basically warp sound and create new effects. Textures, grains, and envelope shape can also be manipulated to produce a wide range of effects. The interface is user friendly and can go from very basic to extremely complicated, if you wish.…