iK Multimedia Debuts iLectric Piano App For iPad

iKMultimedia_iLectriciK Multimedia has released iLectric Piano, an electric piano app for the Apple iPad.

iLectric Piano offers over 40 “classic” electric pianos, electric grands and clavinets, all sampled from the original instruments.

Key features:

  • 19 multisampled electric piano and electronic keyboard instruments
  • Expandable library of 22 more instruments with the Electric Piano Expansion Pack, available via in-app purchase
  • Effects section allows 4 simultaneous effects: 3-band EQ, Reverb, Overdrive and one of 5 modulation effects: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo and AutoPan
  • Recorder section with overdub and quantize
  • Audio/Visual metronome with tap tempo
  • Export recordings as WAV or m4a audio files via File Sharing, email, or Copy
  • Virtual MIDI and MIDI Program Change support
  • Low-latency for real-time playing
  • Designed in concert with iRig KEYS portable MIDI keyboard and iRig MIDI interface

Here’s a demo of iLectric in action: Continue reading

Sunrizer Synth Gets Two Free Sound Libraries

Sunrizer iPad software synthesizerDeveloper Constantin Aliferis has released two free sound libraries for Sunrizer synth for the iPad:

  • CFA Vintage Electronica Virtual Analogue provides vintage electronic sound patches.
  • CFA Ambient & Sound Design provides evolving and ambient sounds as well as arpeggios.

To get the libraries:

  • In Sunrizer, Open the patch library & select ‘Banks’;
  • Select ‘Web Library’ and click on the bank names

Sunrizer is available in the App Store for $4.99. Details are available at the developer’s site.

via Constantin Aliferis

Focusrite Debuts iTrack Solo iOS Interface

British audio gear manufacturer Focusrite has debuted a new interface for recording on the iPad. The iTrack Solo is a compact, aluminium-cased 2-channel interface for the iOS platform.

The iTrack Solo is a dual-input audio interface designed for recording instruments and vocals via iPad, (or with a Mac or PC computer). The interface is compatible with GarageBand and other popular recording apps, and it can be used on a Mac or PC with up to 24- bit/96kHz digital performance.

Key Features:

  • Focusrite microphone input: iTrack Solo draws on Focusrite?s 25 years of expertise in high-performance pro-audio
  • Made for iPad (MFi). Compatible with Mac OS X and Windows: Record with many apps including GarageBand – with up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Direct connections for microphone and instrument: Plug electric, electroacoustic or bass guitar and microphone into the front panel to record
  • Signal halos for level and clip indication: Two lights surround the input level knobs to ensure you are recording at the correct volume
  • Connect directly to a loudspeaker system: Rear panel phono connectors provide line level outputs to an audio system for playback
  • Aluminium unibody case: Roadworthy protection for even the most adventurous musician.

Continue reading

Line 6 Debuts StageScape M20d Mixing System, Trades Faders & Knobs For Touch Screens

Gear maker Line 6 announced this week that their StageScape M20d, described as “the world’s first smart mixing system for live sound,” is now available.

The StageScape dispenses with the columns of faders and knobs of traditional mixers and replaces them with a touchscreen visual mixing environment. The StageScape M20d allows multi-channel recording and can also be remotely controlled via one or more iPads.

The StageScape M20d is available now with an MSRP of $2799. Full specs below.

Continue reading

Auria 48-Track Audio Recorder For iPad Now Available – Here Are The Details

Auria 48-track audio recorder for iPad

WaveMachine Labs has announced that Auria – the 48-track digital audio recording system for iPad – is now available.

We’ve got screen captures, full specifications, the official demo video and some exclusive details from Auria’s developer.

Auria has generated a lot of buzz since its introduction at the 2012 NAMM Show. Auria is a 48-track digital recording system, designed from the ground up for the iPad. Offering advanced features like AAF import/export, and third-party plugin support from names like PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter and Drumagog, Auria challenges people’s notions of what you can do with an iPad.

Highlights:

  • Up to 48 tracks of simultaneous playback of stereo or mono files.
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz
  • Third party VST effect plugin support available via in-app purchase (only iOS-version plugins are supported. All plugins must be purchased through the in-app store)
  • 8 Assignable subgroups and 2 aux sends
  • Powerful waveform editor
  • Full automation

We knew a lot of readers would be interested in Auria, so we checked with developer Rim Buntinas, founder of WaveMachine Labs, to find out more and to get some of our questions answered:

Synthtopia: How does WaveMachine Labs ‘position’ Auria. What’s the customer need that Auria is targeting?

Rim Buntinas: We’ve designed Auria to be both easy to use and powerful at the same time. So we hope Auria will appeal to both audio professionals and home recording enthusiasts.

Auria’s got high-end features like a 64-bit mixing engine, AAF import and export, and third party plugin support. At the same time, a beginner can record enable a track, press record and begin recording right away.

Synthtopia: What sort of scenarios has Auria been tested with – or what sorts of things have beta testers been doing with Auria?

Rim Buntinas: Our beta testers have used Auria in all sorts of scenarios.

Some have recorded full bands at venues, using multichannel USB interfaces. Others have recorded at home, in churches, and even mixed on tour busses.

A few of our testers are video professionals, and have used Auria’s optional video import feature to sync music they’ve created on Auria to a scene.

Synthtopia: We’re amazed that Auria can run 48 tracks on an iPad. Will Auria work with the first generation iPad. If so, what can the iPad 1 handle with Auria?

Rim Buntinas: Auria works with all iPad models, but we highly recommend an iPad 2 or later. iPad 3 is best, due to it’s larger amount of RAM

On an iPad 1, Auria’s track count is reduced to 24, with only 4 subgroups (instead of 8), 96Khz sample rates are not available, and the GUI updates are more sluggish on larger projects (the iPad 1 only has a single core processor).

Synthtopia: What can you tell me about workflows with Auria? What options are there for moving projects back and forth to desktop computers?

Rim Buntinas: Auria has an extensive import and export capability.

It imports WAV, AIF, MP3 and AAF files (AAF allows you to move entire sessions from other DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic and Nuendo, including automation and edits).

For moving files in and our of Auria, we support DropBox, SoundCloud, and Audio Copy/Paste. iTunes file sharing is also supported.

Since iTunes file sharing doesn’t allow folders to be copied, Auria gets around this limitation by supporting zip files. You zip up a folder and drop it onto iTunes. Auria automatically uncompresses it when it receives it.

Synthtopia: Are there future plans or a timetable for additional features that you can share? What’s at the top of the list?

Rim Buntinas: Since Auria supports a special iOS version of VST plug-ins, we’re in talks with several plug-in vendors at the moment. You’re likely to see more great plug-ins becoming available in the near future. MIDI support is also something on our list for a future version, along with virtual instrument plug-ins.

Read on for screenshots, full specifications, a demo video and more!

Continue reading

NAMM 2012: Numark iDJ Pro Controller

Seen at The NAMM Show 2012:  Numark is showing their new iDJ Pro, a professional DJ controller that expands your iPad’s touch interface and integrates with Algoriddim’s DJ for iPad app.

iDJ Pro puts an iPad dock smack in the middle of its dual-platter setup, partnering access to the iPad’s touchscreen with more traditional physical DJ controls: touch-sensitive platters, large aluminum volume knobs, a dedicated music library scroll knob, plus hot cues, looping, pitch and effect controls.

DJ WITH AIRPLAY
Using the iPad’s wireless capability, the DJ has expanded access to virtually any song “with access to the cloud” — download tracks and “have them pumping in seconds.” iDJ Pro is fully integrated with Algoriddim’s djay for iPad app, and can work with other Core MIDI-enabled apps. It’s also AirPlay compatible, to play the DJ set wirelessly through AirPlay speakers. Additionally, iDJ Pro comes equipped with professional microphone and external device inputs as well as balanced XLR master outputs.

Continue reading

Akai Pro SynthStation49 Video Overview

YouTube Preview Image

At the 2012 NAMM Show, Akai will be showing the SynthStation49 iPad workstation.

Here’s what Akai has to say about the SynthStation49:

SynthStation49 is the most advanced, intuitive music controller designed specifically for use with the iPad or iPad 2 and the first true iPad performance tool for musicians. Working seamlessly with Akai Professional’s heralded SynthStation software, SynthStation49 provides unparalleled music creation capabilities, including direct in-app MIDI recording from its velocity-sensitive keyboard, nine MPC-style drum pads and array of transport controls.

In addition to its integration with the SynthStation app, SynthStation49 is also completely iOS CoreMIDI compatible, making it instantly compatible with dozens of music apps already in the App Store and hundreds more on the way.

Continue reading