The Best Of The 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

IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD – A Simple Solution For Desktop & iOS Audio Recording


IK Multimedia has introduced the iRig Mic HD, a high-quality digital handheld microphone designed to be a simple solution for recording audio with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac:

  • iRig Mic HD improves on IK’s iRig Mic, by offering improved audio quality and support for all generations of iOS devices.
  • he mic features a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, a high-quality electret condenser capsule, and a low noise/high definition pre-amp.
  • A gain control and signal/level multi-color LED indicator let you set an appropriate level for different recording situqtion.
  • The iRig Mic HD includes a Lightning connector cable for the newest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models and a USB cable for connection to any Mac computer. A 30-pin cable for legacy iOS models is also available.
  • Metal-body construction and a comfortable handheld form factor, iRig Mic HD is designed to be ideal situations where you want a portable solution that offers high quality recording.

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IK Multimedia Intros $25 iRing 3D Music Controller


IK Multimedia has introduced the iRing – a $25 device that works with your iOS device to work as a motion-tracking controller for music.

iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers & your mobile device’s front-facing camera to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers, tracking their movements and position in the 3-dimensional space in front of the device. This system provides a low-cost solution for 3D motion control.

draw_hand_xyzThe iRing controller is a lightweight, double-sided ring that the user wears between two fingers. Each ring features a linear dot pattern on one side and a triangular pattern on the other. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This lets you control up to six music parameters in your preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Releases GrooveMaker 2 For iOS

groovemaker_2_iphoneIK Multimedia this morning announced a new version of its mobile loop music-making app, GrooveMaker 2, for iPhone and iPod touch.

GrooveMaker 2 boasts a patented ‘groove generator’ engine that enables the user to create grooves, beats and songs in real time — no previous music-making experience required.

GrooveMaker 2 provides a new, more intuitive method of music-making by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that “always sound good together.” Users manipulate these to build grooves and complete songs.

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IK Multimedia Releases UltraTuner for iOS

IK_Multimedia_UltraTunerIK Multimedia has announced UltraTuner, the digital chromatic instrument-tuner app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

UltraTuner is available as stand-alone app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, or as an in-app purchase within AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad (in all versions).

IK Multimedia touts the UltraTuner app as one of the “fastest, smoothest and most responsive tuning engines” among tuner apps. The tuner is precise to below a hundredth of a cent (beyond human perception of pitch), more accurate than a mechanical strobe tuner. The UltraTuner’s accurate pitch detection happens via a proprietary dual-analysis processing engine which allows the tuner a more accurate reading of the frequency of the incoming note. UltraTuner’s precision also allows for easier intonation of string instruments like guitar or bass, and offers note precision down to less than .01 (1/100th) of a cent, useful for calibrating electronic instruments like vintage synthesizers.

UltraTuner offers two basic modes of operation: Stage and Studio. Stage mode features a simple interface that is easy to see in low-light conditions. Studio mode provides pitch tracking, to monitor changes in pitch over time, or as a proprietary oscilloscope wave form display.

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Save 50% On All IK Multimedia Apps

happy-new-gear-saleIK Multimedia has announced a Holiday Sale, offering 50% off on all their software titles.

Through Jan 6, 2014, all IK Multimedia plugins and software are available at half price. Available apps include:

  • Amplitube
  • SampleTank XL
  • Sonik Synth 2
  • SampleTron
  • Miroslav Philharmonik
  • T-RackS
  • ARC System 2
  • Bundles and more.

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IK Multimedia Releases Updated iRig Keys Controllers For Mobile Musicians


IK Multimedia has introduced two new iRig Keys controllers for mobile musicians: iRig Keys Pro and iRig Keys with Lightning Connector. 

Both devices are compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.

iRig Keys Pro, above, is a true ‘plug and play’ programmable MIDI controller, designed specifically for making music on the go with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. iRig Keys Pro is 30% smaller than other full-size key MIDI controllers, but still offers mod and pitch wheels, illuminated octave and program buttons, 4 programmable ‘sets’ for storing complete setups, and a programmable continuous-controller volume knob,  Continue reading