Open Mic: What Is The Role For Mobile Devices For Musicians?

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We just posted our 2014 Best Desktop DAW poll – and for the first time, mobile DAWs are getting sophisticated enough that we needed to distinguish between desktop and mobile DAWs.

WaveMachine Labs Auria turns an iPad into a 48-channel audio recording system. Steinberg’s Cubasis lets you record up to 24 tracks simultaneously. And new apps, like Korg Gadget, offer complete virtual studios.

But, while mobile music apps are getting very powerful, most electronic musicians still think that desktop operating systems are best for music making.

Which leads to our question for you….. Continue reading

LinnStrument, Bus-Powered By iPad Air (Sneak Preview)

Developer Geert Bevin has been working closely with Roger Linn on the firmware for the new LinnStrument, and is testing a new mode that lets it be bus-powered by devices like an iPad.

In the video above, Bevin tests out using the LinnStrument to control ThumbJam on the iPad.  Continue reading

Mackie DL32R Wireless Mixer Lets You Control 32 Channels From Anywhere

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Mackie has introduced the DL32R 32-channel digital mixing system – a system built from the ground up with wireless control in mind. The mixer works with Mackie’s Master Fader for iOS.

The DL32R features complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” explains Mackie Senior Product Manager Ben Olswang. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.” Continue reading

Retronyms Intros New Phase Distortion Synth, Digits

Here’s a sneak preview, via Retronyms, of their latest software synthesizer, Digits.

Digits is based on phase distortion synthesis, pioneered in the classic Casio CZ hardware synthesizer.  Continue reading

STROM, An Incredibly Fun Sampler’, Now Available For iPad

stromDeveloper Jakob Penca has released STROM – described as ‘an incredibly fun sampler’ for the iPad. It also offers tight integration with the Elektron Analog Rytm.

STROM lets you record up to 10 seconds of audio, slice and sequence it and resample it to create something new.

The interface lets you sequence your source material in unique ways. You can always resample what you play, and you can even edit slices while you are playing them. Continue reading