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 …
January 9, 2013
This week saw the beginning of the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically CES is home to the latest innovations and announcements from the world of cameras, televisions, and new smart phone technology. There are however a good amount of professional audio companies that are in attendance, and these companies are there to unveil their latest generic consumer products instead the more targeted and musician/producer focused gear we see at the NAMM show. There are some very interesting audio devices coming out of CES this year and while you are desperately waiting in anticipation for all the new gear at NAMM, here are a few things to whet your appetite.
IK Multimedia has been at the forefront of developing hardware and interfaces that allow for audio recording on your computer, iPad, and iPhone. They are committed to developing tools to compliment the ever advancing technological …
September 26, 2012
IK Multimedia’s iRig devices have gained popularity in the iPad world due to their simple design and approach to an otherwise complicated idea. Today they’ve expanded on this with the latest addition to their line, the iRig Pre. This interface was designed to use specifically with vocalists, and should mount right up to a typical microphone boom stand.
It offers XLR inputs as well as phantom power and gain control. A separate headphone output is also available for live cueing. The iRig line now extends to everything from guitars to midi controllers can be used in type of recording situation that involves the use of an iPad.…
June 13, 2012
When the call came down the pipeline that we were going to have to review another iPad/iOS guitar interface I would be a liar if I said that I was completely and utterly excited to get started on the project. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with iOS devices and most of them are actually pretty cool but I work at a pro audio company and am constantly surrounded with gear that is absolutely mind blowing and reviewing something built for standard consumers can sometimes feel a bit pedestrian. When I heard that the device was made by Apogee my interest was sparked. If you don’t know about Apogee then its time for you to crawl out of the rock you’ve been living under and get with the program because they make the best A/D and D/A converters on the market. (A/D means Analogue to Digital, D/A is the …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
July 22, 2011
When I first saw the Numark iDJ Live at Winter NAMM earlier this year it took every ounce of my Kung Fu to give it any serious consideration. How could Numark release such a novelty item after having recently released some of the most technologically advanced DJ gear in the past year? Well, I have to say after having an opportunity to demo it here in our studio that I am very impressed. It was very easy to set-up, had a very clean lay out, and most of all it was a lot of fun to use.
The iDJ Live is a DJ controller that you use with the Algoriddim DJ application on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone utilizing tracks from your iTunes library. You have a slick layout complete with rotating turntables, transport section with cue and sync, pitch bend, channel faders, cross-fader, and waveforms. It also …