iRig BlueBoard Dev Manual Now Available

irig_blueboardIK Multimedia has released a developer’s manual for iRig BlueBoard, the first wireless pedalboard that uses Bluetooth LE 4.0 to transmit signals to control app functions and features.

iRig BlueBoard uses Bluetooth 4.0 (LE – Low Energy) technology to transmit the actions of its four onboard backlit foot switches, plus its two optional external devices, to any compatible iOS device, Android device, Mac or PC. Initially, this was accomplished by using the iRig BlueBoard app, which worked in the background to convert Bluetooth signals into MIDI data and other control messages.

Now, with the iRig Blueboard Developer’s Manual, this can be done directly within apps. Music app developers can now integrate iRig BlueBoard with virtual synthesizers, DJ apps, sample players and other music creation apps. Continue reading

Gestural Control With IK Multimedia’s iRing

IK Multimedia has released a series of videos that demonstrate the use of their new $25 iRing gestural controller with several iOS music applications.

The iRings work with the cameras in iOS devices to sense the position of your hands and translate gestures into control over music apps.

In the above video, iRing and the iRing FX/Controller control Loopy HD and Korg Gadget, using Audiobus, iRing FX/Controller as MIDI controller and iRing for motion-based gestures.  Continue reading

iRing Music Maker Now Available As A Free Download

iring_hands_iphone5_mmIK Multimedia has released iRing Music Maker, a ‘freemium’ gestural music app for iOS that works with the company’s $25 iRing controllers.

Here’s what they have to say about the app:

iRing Music Maker can be fully operated using the device touchscreen, but the real fun is when you use it with the iRing controllers (sold separately at your favorite electronics and music retailers), a set of two “rings” you wear on your hands that feature dot patterns that iRing Music Maker recognizes.

When you move your hands in front of the device, iRing Music Maker translates the motion into control commands that let you change groove patterns, add and control effects in real time and even play synthesizer parts inside of the groove.

When you launch iRing Music Maker, you select a “song” which is a group of music loops that sound great together. Hit play, and immediately start the groove. You get 8 different “parts” (loop slots) that you can activate, and each of the parts has 9 different loop phrases that you mix into the groove.

The app is a free download; additional songs and sounds are available via in-app purchase.  Continue reading

IK Multimedia Releases GrooveMaker 2 For iPad

IKMultimedia_GrooveMaker_2_screenshotIK Multimedia today announced the updated GrooveMaker 2 (v1.1), their mobile loop based music making app and “groove generator.” The new version adds universal compatibility to provide iPad users with an intuitive groove making interface and full suite of tools and effects for creating music and grooves “on the go” on an iPad.

GrooveMaker 2 For iPad Key Features: Continue reading

IK Multimedia Updates T-RackS Mixing and Mastering Plug-In

IK_Multimedia_t-racks_cs_master_eqIK Multimedia announced today a new release of its mixing and mastering plug-in, T-RackS CS 4.5.

T-RackS Custom Shop 4.5 offers a mixing and mastering shell system that enables the user to have up to 26 outboard processors all available in one application for your DAW or desktop, singularly or together, for the “highest-end sonic experience.”

The new version of T-RackS CS includes a model of what some consider the “holy grail” of mastering EQs, the Master EQ 432, along with enhancements of the T-RackS Custom Shop environment aimed at streamlining its usability for existing and new users.

Details after the break: Continue reading

The Best Of The 2014 NAMM Show

2014-namm-show

The 2014 NAMM Show was another great year for the event – the weather was fantastic, there were tons of new synths and interesting gear introduced and we got to see a lot of people passionate about synths and electronic music.

Here’s our pick of the best new gear that was either introduced at the show this year or that made its NAMM debut this year: Continue reading