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.…
January 25, 2012
So, as we come to a close with our NAMM coverage, we feel a strange need to complete this in the time honored tradition of so many who have gone before us: with a crocked up awards ceremony! We aren’t wasting time trying to cull some kind of authoritative top ten either. This is a quickly slapped together list of things that made surprise impressions on us or just made us scratch our heads and say “oh… um… yeah.” You might say “um, whatever happened to awards shows with high standards?” We simply point to the Academy and shrug. Let’s present some awards with practically no prestige and definitely no monetary value!
The Gadget Most Resembling a Sex Toy Award:
Given the sordid history of the music biz, one would think this field was filled with contenders. Shockingly, no, it isn’t. So you can write it off to thoughtful design …
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 …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
January 17, 2011
We took a trip to the Akai booth at NAMM to take a look at their new keyboard controller, the Akai Synthstation 49. Thanks to Dan at Akai for allowing us some alone time with the goods.
Scott: Alright scott magno DJ madflip back again with UniqueSquared.com. Dan from Akai is about to set it off iPads everything super cool, do everything with an iPad, we had a really, really, good response from our synthstation 25 using an iPhone app 49 keys now with the iPad, Dan show me the magic.
Dan: Here is the Akai synthstation 49 iPad compatible it’s got an iPad dock slides right on in 49 key velocity sensitive MIDI controller 9 velocity sensitive MPC style pads, the best part about this here, fully core MIDI compliant ok any application on the app store that has core MIDI compliant already works with it. it
December 14, 2010
Have you ever wanted to take your keyboard anywhere but hated lugging around a bulky and cumbersome synth? Akai has made it easy with the Akai Synthstation 25. This 25 key synth controller allows you to hook up your iPhone or iPod directly to the keyboard to act as your brain for the Synthstation 25 controller. The keyboard itself allows you to control all of the functions within the application on your Apple device while also incorporating a pitch and mod wheel for all of your synth creation needs.
The synth buttons allow you to easily select between your different sounds and the convenience of the octave buttons make switching keys a breeze. The application is what makes this keyboard stand out among other 25 key keyboards. You can manipulate all of your sounds in the Synth Edit section, create your own beats in the Grid Edit section, or even record your …