New DJ App For iOS – DJ Rig

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IK Multimedia has released a new DJ app for iPhone, DJ Rig.

DJ Rig has a selection of 12 DJ effects with XY control, built-in sampling pads, multiple cue points, crossfade curves and X-Sync. X-Sync (available when used with iRig MIX) lets you automatically synchronize the app audio with external audio sources, like a second iOS device, but also regular CD or MP3 players.

DJ Rig is currently $1.99 in the App Store.

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iPad Scratching With DJ Rig + iRig MIX

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2012 NAMM Show: IK Multimedia has introduced a pair of iOS DJ products:

  • iRig Mix; a new mobile DJ mixer for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; and
  • DJ Rig, a new iOS DJ app.

iRig MIX is the first mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices. iRig MIX offers the same controls you would expect from a professional DJ mixer (crossfader, cues, EQ and volume controls, etc.) in an ultra-compact mobile mixer that can be used with a variety of iOS DJ mixing and other apps.


  • 2 stereo inputs with gain, bass, treble and volume controls, independent cue on each channel with LED indication and channel cross-fader
  • Instrument/microphone/extra input with volume control can be processed by iOS apps (such as AmpliTube, VocaLive)
  • Stereo output with RCA connectors, master level and LED meters
  • Headphone output for master or cue monitoring with independent volume control
  • Input switch splits Input 1 into dual-mono for use with DJ mixing apps on a single iOS device
  • “X-Sync” mode allows auto-sync with any audio source using the included DJ Rig free app
  • Can also be powered with battery packs and mobile chargers
  • Includes 4 free apps: DJ Rig, AmpliTube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker

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New App, AstroCantus, ‘Plays’ The Universe

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AstroCantus is a mobile application that translates the celestial map into music.

In a nutshell, as stars, galaxies and nebulae cross the celestial meridian, they trigger notes, using an instrument and scale that you select.

While the app explores the ideas related to found music and generative music, the feature set is basic, making it less of a musical tool and more of an educational or entertainment app.

If you’ve used AstoCantus, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

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SampleTank For iOS Instruments In Action

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This official demo video for SampleTank for iOS, via ikmultimedia, explores using the new rompler app and demonstrates the range of sounds available.

SampleTank for for iPhone/iPod touch is the mobile version of IK’s SampleTank for Mac and PC, a virtual sound workstation for the studio.

It is a 4-part multi-timbral instrument with a sound set of over 900 MB of samples for over 400 acoustic, electric and electronic instruments (including a selection of the best workstation sounds from SampleTank, orchestral sounds from Miroslav Philharmonik and synths sounds from SampleMoog) plus a selection of over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns that span every musical genre.

Sampletank is available in the App Store for $19.99. A free version is available – so try it before you get the paid version and make sure it meets your needs!

SampleTank For iOS – A 4-Part Multi-Timbral Sound Module (Sneak Preview)

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IK Multimedia announced SampleTank for iOS back in July, but today they released this demo video that shows the rompler in action.

In essence, SampleTank for iOS turns an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a 4-part multi-timbral sound module.

t features a sound set of over 900 MB of samples for 400+ acoustic, electric and electronic instruments (including a selection of the best workstation sounds from SampleTank, orchestral sounds from Miroslav Philharmonik and synths sounds from SampleMoog). It also includes a selection of over 900 melodic and rhythmic patterns, from a variety of musical genres.

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Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface For The iPhone 4

Fostex AR-4iFostex has announced a new audio interface for the iPhone 4, the AR-4i, designed to improve the quality of recordings made with the iPhone.


  • 3 microphone inputs with plug-in power for vertical or horizontal use.
  • Input level control and EQ can be done using the dedicated App.
  • 2 x cardioid plug-in microphones come as standard.
  • Third-party microphones can be used.
  • LED Level Meter for input level monitoring.
  • Microphone gain control.
  • Headphone jack for input monitoring.
  • 2 x AAA batteries for more than 10 hours operation.
  • External power can be fed via USB.
  • Ergonomic design for secure holding.
  • Screw hole provided for optional camera gears such as tripod, grip etc.

Pricing and availability are to be announced.

via Fostex, Palm Sounds

5 Reasons Musicians Don’t Need An iPhone

Our recent article on Apple’s iPhone 4 introduction and what it means for musicians – 5 Reasons Musicians Should Get An iPhone 4 – generated a lot of discussion.

While a few of the comments didn’t rise above crazy knee-jerk Apple-phobia (things like “i want to piss on you!”), most of the comments added thoughtful perspectives.

Now some other music websites, including MusicRadar and CDM, have joined in the discussion. CDM’s Peter Kirn, in particular, laid the smack down on me, saying “James at Synthopia lists a number of reasons to buy one that to me just aren’t quite right,” and going on to offer his idea of a reality check.

I’ve collected the most interesting arguments for why musicians don’t need an iPhone below.

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