Review: IK Multimedia iRig HD

Freaks for Guitars tests out IK Multimedia's new iRig HD interface, in conjunction with their Amplitube app, in this review.

Buy AmpliTube For iPad: $19.99


Buy AmpliTube (iPhone): $19.99

Figure House Jam

KlaatuNinja put together an excellent jam on Propellerhead's Figure. This has a lot more structure than most Figure jams!

Buy Figure on iTunes: $0.99

WWDC2013: iOS 7 Inter-app Audio!

OS X Mavricks has been announced, with a heavy theme of surfing.

Plus iOS 7 is official!

The whole focus of the iOS 7 announcement sounded mostly like trying to play catch-up with Android, but I'll give them credit for doing it in a stylish way. The entire layout of iOS has been replaced, with a cleaner-modern resdign. In my mind it looks like Windows 8 in White, but others are comparing it to Android's Jellybean.

There was an endless parade of features in the mail and calendar apps everyone replaces anyhow, and very little that would be of interest to our community. Though the new multitasking, inspired heavily by Palm WebOS' cards, does look nice.

The supported devices list includes many more than people were expecting:

As for the rumor winner... I think this screen nails it for Will. This is from today's event, not last year's! No new information though.

WWDC2013: iOS 7 Reveal

Apple is going to let people watch the WWDC keynote live for the first time this year, rather than rely on people pirate-streaming from their laptops in the audience! Or a puppet show.

You can watch it live on Apple's site here, starting at 10 AM in San Francisco.
(12PM Central, 1 PM Eastern, 6 PM UK, 7 PM DE)

Apple has strongly hinted that iOS 7 will be revealed today, and we had a lot of fun over the weekend coming up with rumors for it. Rumor submissions are now closed, but after the keynote I will probably need your help picking whose crazy rumor is closest to something we actually hear about today. The winner will receive a promo code for Nave!

In the meantime you can follow some of the developer attendees on Twitter:

Galileo Organ from Yonac

Magellan developer Yonac Software has released Galileo, an exceptional new organ app for iPad!

Buy Galileo Organ on iTunes: $4.99 (On sale)

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $6.99 (On Sale, from $14.99)

Buy miniSynth 2 on iTunes: Free (On Sale, from $0.99)

Galileo Organ iTunes Description (heavily abridged!):

Galileo's 11 unique organ types recreate anything from a leaky old 300-pounder to the transistor-most of the red boxes. The organ comes complete with three manuals, Scanner vibrato/chorus emulation, percussion module & settable organ parameters such as leakage, keyclick, attack & release and more. The signal is rounded out by a virtual-tube, Class-A inspired preamp, as well as a powerful rotary cabinet simulator with 3 cabinet types and multiple parameters.

Organ Features:

  • Virtual-Analog tonewheel & transistor organ w/ real time signal generation
  • Ultra low-latency audio generation
  • Virtual-Tube Preamp & Rotary Cabinet emulator
  • 3 individually configurable manuals
  • 11 organ types for each manual
  • Realistic percussion section w/ 2 attack algorithms
  • Adjustable drawbar & tonewheel leakage
  • Per-manual adjustable attack & release
  • Togglable Bass Foldback
  • Adjustable Brilliance for rolling off high end
  • 48 voice total polyphony

Additional Features:

  • Virtual-Tube Preamp
  • Wah/Autowah
  • Other FX
    • Ring Modulator/Tremolo w/ rate, mix & slow/fast op modes
    • Delay w/ time, feedback & mix
    • Reverb w/ size, spread, mix & pre-delay
    • Configurable signal path
  • MIDI & Connectivity
    • CoreMIDI & Virtual MIDI
    • Audiobus Input & Effect slots
    • Dedicated MIDI IO ports for each manual
    • MIDI Learn w/ over 130 control destinations
    • Use MIDI CCs to control Organ, Drawbars, Effects, Arp
    • External clock syncing
    • WIST
  • Arp
  • 240 Factory Presets, including a bank produced by Sunsine Audio
  • Recording


  • iPad 2 or newer recommended for best performance
  • iPad Mini compatible
  • iOS 5.1 or newer

Yonac sent me a copy to play with this morning, and I'm really glad they did! You will immediately find the intricacies that made their Magellan such a popular synth. You can shape 3 independent and distinct sounds to be played by the 2 keyboards and the foot pedals, and then immediately flip things around with easy to use controls. There is also a sophisticated effects engine, which allows you to remap the signal flow by dragging and dropping the effects in whatever order you want.

If, like me, you have no idea what you're doing with an organ; they have laid it all out like additive synthesis with training wheels. Unlike most additive synths you can only use logical harmonic partials, or Stops as they are refereed to in the app. If you have no idea what you're doing with an organ or additive synthesis there are a ton of presets, including 20 from Sunsine Audio.

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