Soundblox Hub v1 Turns Soundblox Pedals Into Integrated Multi-Effects System

soundblox-hubSource Audio have introduced the Soundblox Hub v1 – a hub that turns Soundblox 2 pedals into an integrated multi-pedal system.

This introduces scene saving functionality, enabling the creation of up to 128 single or multi-pedal presets (i.e. “scenes”), each recallable via MIDI Program Change messages.

The Hub’s connections include standard 5-pin MIDI IN, MIDI OUT/THRU, passive “TRS” expression pedal input, a Hot Hand Sensor Input, mini USB port, and 5 Multi-Function outputs. You can connect a Dual Expression Pedal and the Hot Hand Wireless Effect Controller to the Hub and assign external control to any pedal on your board.  Continue reading

iConnectivity Announces iConnect Audio 4+ Audio/MIDI Interface

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At the 2014 NAMM ShowiConnectivity announced iConnectAUDIO4+, their newest audio and MIDI interface for Mac, PC, and iOS.

iConnectAUDIO4+ is a multi-host audio and MIDI interface for MAC, PC, and iOS that combines several of iConnectivity’s technologies in a single device. Continue reading

Apollo App Sends MIDI Over Bluetooth For iOS and OSX

Secret Base Design has a new app, Apollo, which uses Bluetooth LE to send MIDI back and forth between iOS devices, or between an iOS device and a Mac.

Secret Base Design’s Patrick Madden explains his inspiration for the app:

“One of the things that’s annoyed me with the iPhone and iPad hardware has been limited inter-device MIDI.  The hardware adapters can be really clunky.  WiFi MIDI works in theory — but if there’s a little bit of WiFi traffic, the latency and jitter goes through the roof.

“[But] starting with the iPad3 and iPhone4S, Apple has put in support for Bluetooth LE — this has very low latency, and [we think] it’s a perfect fit for MIDI.”

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The iConnectMIDI2+ 2×2 MIDI interface for Mac, PC, and iOS

iConnectivity has released a pair of new videos that demonstrate the capabilities of their iConnectMIDI2+ 2×2 MIDI interface for Mac, PC, and iOS.

The iConnectMIDI2+ offers advanced features for a MIDI interface, including support for two computer devices simultaneously – Macs, PCs, and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch); and its Audio passThru technology, which routes audio between device digitally, with zero signal degradation.

The video above offers a brief intro to the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+ and its Audio passThru technology.  Continue reading

New iConnectMIDI4+ Lets You Use Your iPad As A Tangible VST

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, iConnectivity introduced the iConnectMIDI4+ – an advanced MIDI interface that lets you connect hardware, software and iOS MIDI devices alike.

I had a chance to talk with iConnectivity founder Michael Loh about the new interface, and it’s a big advance over their original MIDI interface. We reviewed the original iConnectMIDI last year and came away impressed.

The new iConnectMIDI4+ is even more powerful, offering four pairs of MIDI IN/Out and support for 8 more MIDI devices via USB. The new interface now can also charge your iDevices as you use them.

And it supports Audio Pass-Through – which lets you do things like route the audio out of your iPad directly into your computer’s DAW. This effectively turns your iPad and its music apps into a tangible VST.

For example, you could use your DAW to sequence an iPad app via MIDI and the iConnectMIDI4+ interface  and record the output of your app on the iPad directly in your DAW, with no need for an audio interface.

We’re looking forward to checking this out. Here are the details: Continue reading

Roland Releases Windows 8 USB Drivers

Roland Corporation U.S. has released new Windows 8 USB drivers for a wide range of Roland products.

Products getting Windows 8 drivers include their audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers.

New 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 8 drivers are available for these Roland products:

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