Charge Your iPad While Using USB Devices

lighting-camera-connection-kitApple has introduced the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, a new accessory that may interest musicians using iPads for music making.

The Adapter lets you power your device, while you connect USB peripherals like hubs, Ethernet adapters, audio/MIDI interfaces, and card readers for CompactFlash, SD and microSD.

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Apple Intros Music Memos For iOS, Like ‘Voice Memos For Music’

apple-music-memosApple today introduced Music Memos, a free app for iOS that lets you quickly capture, organize and develop musical ideas on your iPhone or iPad.

Musicians and songwriters around the world have used the Voice Memos app on their iPhone to record ideas. The new Music Memos app is inspired by Voice Memos and takes the functionality even further, by adding musician-friendly features designed specifically for songwriting and developing musical ideas.

With Music Memos, you can record any musical instrument through the iPhone’s built-in microphone in a high-quality, uncompressed format, then name, tag and rate it to start building a library of your ideas. Continue reading

Apple GarageBand For iOS Update Moves It Into Ableton Live Territory

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Apple today announced a major update to GarageBand for iOS that introduces multiple new features, including Live Loops, automation curves, 32 simultaneous track recording, Audio Unit support and polyphonic aftertouch.

Live Loops seems to take some inspiration from Ableton Live’s Session View – bringing grid-based loop sequencing to GarageBand: Continue reading

Apple Intros iPad Pro With Performance Faster Than 80% Of Mobile PCs

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Apple today introduced the iPad Pro – a new iOS tablet, designed for power users. The iPad Pro offers CPU and graphic performance comparable to mobile PCs and a 12.9″ screen – which will allow for more powerful mobile music apps.

“The iPad Pro is far and away the fastest iOS device we have ever made — its A9X chip beats most portable PCs in both CPU and graphics tasks, but is thin and light enough to hold all day,” notes Apple senior vice president Philip Schiller.  Continue reading

Camel Audio Alchemy Lives On In Free Updates To Logic Pro, MainStage

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Camel Audio’s Alchemy synthesizer used to cost $249, on the high end for software synthesizers. But fans thought Alchemy was worth it, and were disappointed when Camel Audio closed shop earlier this year.

As of today, though, Alchemy is back – at least for Mac users. Apple has introduced a massive free update to Logic Pro X, incorporating Alchemy and more:

  • An updated Alchemy;
  • Updated Logic Remote for iPad;
  • New drummers;
  • Drum Machine Designer;
  • Drum sequencing updates;
  • An enhanced Piano Roll Editor;
  • Automation updates;
  • Apple Music support and more.

Alchemy is also now available as part of the $30 MainStage live performance app.

Here’s what’s new in Logic Pro X 10.2: Continue reading