2014 NAMM Show: Apogee Electronics has released the MiC 96k - a multiplatform digital microphone.
The MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one device. According to Apogee, they have ‘designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone.’ Continue reading →
Writer-musician Dave Hunter has published a new book, The Home Recording Handbook, ($29.99), through publisher Backbeat Press and distributed through Hal Leonard Books.
With a microphone, some headphones and monitors, says Hunter, “anyone can have a home studio capable of making professional recordings worthy of airplay and release.” Hunter’s book aims to help the reader “harness all that vast potential” for putting the prosumer recording gear to good use.
Hunter details how to make “pro-sounding recordings without pro budgets” or off-site studios, stepping readers through tracking, mixing, and mastering processes, and showing how to do it with minimal gear. He includes tips for drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocals and more.
2012 NAMM Show: Recording microphone manufacturer MXL has announced the upcoming release of the Trio, the latest in the iPad-compatible USB condenser microphones. The Trio, which also works with PC and Apple computers, is specially designed to also work with both versions of the iPad (1 and 2).
Made with a rugged all metal design, the Trio is designed with the traveling recording artist in mind, as well as podcasters and consumers who want web chat using services like Skype, with high quality voice reproduction.
The Trio allows users to record on-the-go into their iPad using the Camera Connector Kit. A zero latency headphone jack is built into the body of the microphone. The user plugs their headphone directly into the mic to monitor their recording, a feature not all USB mics have.
PC and Mac® OS compatible
Ideal for vocals & podcasts, web & video chats
Built-in high fidelity headphone jack
The MXL Trio will be available in late January 2012, with an MSRP of $99.95.
Apogee Electronics has introducedMike, described as “the most compact studio quality USB microphone available for iPad, iPhone and Mac”.
No love for Windows users, apparently.
Here’s what Apogee has to say about Mike:
Mike by Apogee is an extremely portable, easy-to-use and powerful microphone for use with GarageBand on your favourite iOS devices.
Finally, you can capture your best take with incredible quality, wherever your music takes you. Record any sound you can imagine, from vocals to vibraphones, acoustic to lap steel guitars, pianos to percussion and everything in between, and build a track right on your iPad with GarageBand. With the unique flexibility to also plug Mike into your Mac, the possibilities of recording are endless.
“With Mike, GarageBand and an iPad,” says Betty Bennett, CEO of Apogee Electronics, “Customers can record vocals and acoustic instruments with their iOS devices anytime, anywhere, and sound fantastic.”
IK Multimedia introduced iRig Mic, a condenser hand-held microphone designed for iOS devices and VocaLive, a vocal effects app, at the 2011 NAMM Show.
C.J. Pierce of Drowning Pool and IK Multimedia’s Starr Ackerman show you what you can do with IK’s 2 new releases iRig and VocaLive and then proceed to simulate a bad drug tip with VocaLive’s voice effects.
VocaLive will have a suite of 5 dedicated real-time vocal effects (pitch correction, choir harmonizer, voice doubler, vocal morpher and de-esser) plus 7 effects tailored to vocal processing (reverb, EQ, compressor, delay, envelope filter, chorus, phazer) that can be combined on a 3-processor vocal rig chain.
IK Multimedia has released AmpliTube 2 (App Store link) for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad:
Turn your iPhone/iPod touch into the ultimate mobile guitar and bass multi-effect processor and mobile recording studio! Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter to connect your guitar to your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and you are ready to rock!
Play, practice and record anytime, anywhere with world-class guitar and bass tones right in the palm of your hand. AmpliTube for iPhone gives you incredible ultra-realistic tones and effects, plus full multitrack recording capabilities in a convenient mobile app, all from the leader in analog gear modeling software for professional recording studios.
5 new stomp effects available as in-app purchase
Improved sound with DSP parts derived from AmpliTube and T-RackS for Mac/PC Apps (www.amplitube.com, www.t-racks.com)
Built-in recorder with re-amping
Multitrack recorder with 4 tracks and master FX section with 3 effects available as in app purchase
Export your recordings and mixes as high quality audio files or send them by email as MP3s
Import songs as backing tracks directly from your iPod library on your device or your computer using file sharing or Wi-Fi
Speedtrainer for slow down/speed up imported songs without affecting the pitch
Up to 50 songs can now be imported
New preset naming feature
If you’ve used Amplitube 2, leave a comment and let us know what you think! Continue reading →