Is This The Most Powerful Casio Synth Ever?

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It looks like Casio has a new synth to introduce at the 2013 NAMM Show!

This image has leaked out of a new full-size Casio keyboard that looks a bit like one of their digital pianos crossed with the XW-P1 synthesizer, introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show.

The new Casio synth is also rumored to be ‘the most powerful synth” that they’ve ever built.

We’ll have the details on this new Casio synth when they are officially available.  In the meantime, check it out and let us know what you think!

IK Multimedia Debuts iRig HD Interface

iRigHD2013 NAMM Show: IK Multimedia has unveiled iRig HD, the next generation of its digital guitar interface adapter for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

The iRig HD is a digital guitar/bass/instrument interface that allows users to plug their guitar or bass into their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. It can be used with the AmpliTube range of guitar amps/effects apps and software or any other real-time processing app/software. Continue reading

Summer NAMM 2012: Griffin MIDIConnect

At the 2012 Summer NAMM Show: Griffin Technology has announced the availability of MIDIConnect, a MIDI interface for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.

“MIDIConnect offers musicians a compact and portable solution to create and edit music on the go, at a fraction of the cost of a recording studio,” said Ethan Opelt, Line Manager of Griffin’s Audio category. “We are excited to be showcasing MIDIConnect… at Summer NAMM in Nashville, our home town.”

MIDIConnect adds a MIDI input and output to iOS devices, and allows the user to plug MIDI keyboards and other MIDI-capable devices into an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. The user can play MIDI instruments straight into MIDI-capable applications like GarageBand. MIDIConnect users can also download MIDI controller apps to make use of the MIDI out port and the iOS devices’ touchscreens as a MIDI controller.

Both MIDI in and out ports are industry-standard 5-pin DIN connectors, compatible with most commonly available MIDI cables and connectors.

MIDIConnect is now available for purchase (MSRP $79.99) at www.GriffinTechnology.com.

Summer NAMM 2012: Korg Demos microKEY USB-Powered Controllers

korg microkey usb midi controller familyAt the 2012 Summer NAMM Show, Korg is showing the latest models in its series of microKEY USB-Powered Keyboards and MIDI Controllers.

The microKEY-37 (available now; MSRP $79.99) is now joined by the portable microKEY-25 (expected ship date: September ’12; MSRP $69.99) as well as the five-octave microKEY-61. Geared for the studio musician, the microKEY-61 (expected ship date: late summer 2012; MSRP $179.99) comes with effects plug-ins and the exclusive Legacy Collection Suite – a collection of software versions of some of Korg’s most iconic synthesizers.

The microKEY can be used to create a compact and customized MIDI command center. Adding a measure of flexibility and control, the microKEY 37- and 61-key models both can also serve as a USB hub. Two USB ports (Type A) can accommodate the addition of a Korg nanoPAD2, nanoKONTROL2 or any other USB device.

The Mac- and PC-compatible microKEY devices also run on USB power, making them well-suited for on-the-go laptop musicians. For musicians working from an iPad, the microKEY-25 can be used to control apps such as the Korg iMS-20 via MIDI (see korg.com for more details).

All microKEY models feature velocity-sensing mini keys, using the same “Natural Touch” keybed found on the Korg microKORG XL and microSTATION. The microKEY also accurately conveys the dynamics of the user’s performance to any software package.

Octave Shift buttons, when used in conjunction with the Key Transpose function, enable the full range of notes in the MIDI specification to be covered. For added expression during a performance, the 37- and 61-key models feature a pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel. The 25-key model features a built-in arpeggiator, a sustain/tap button, and an assignable joystick for pitch bend, modulation, or any other control change.

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Open Mic: This Year’s NAMM Show Was Awesome – But What Do You Want To See Introduced At The 2013 NAMM Show?

This year’s NAMM Show was the best in recent memory – with a dozen new synths, MIDI controllers of all sorts and interesting new software, too.

The gear that’s available to electronic musicians now includes:

  • Monophonic and polyphonic analog synths from several companies;
  • Inexpensive synths and expensive synth workstations;
  • MPC-style workstations & state of the art drum machines;
  • Synth modules from 50+ companies;
  • Cheap DAWs & recording gear;
  • iPad music apps and accessories too numerous to count; and
  • Every variety of MIDI controller.

There’s more electronic music gear available now than at any time in history!

Believe it or not, though, gear manufacturers are already trying to figure out what they should work on next.

What do you think is missing from the gear that’s available to musicians today? And what would you like to see someone introduce at the 2013 NAMM Show?

Akai MPC Fly App Walkthrough

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This video, via Skratchworx, captures a walkthrough of the upcoming Akai MPC Fly iPad app.

MPC Fly is basically an old-school MPC workstation for the iPad. It can work with our without the MPC Fly case, which adds hardware MPC control.

Projects built in MPC Fly can be imported to the desktop MPC software, but not vice versa.