NAMM2013: Mackie DL806 - iPad Integrated Mixer

Some of you may remember last year's Mackie DL1608 with covetous salivation. This year Mackie has announced a little brother which is closer to the reach of the average musician.

Though still expensive at $800 (Street, MSRP $999), this iPad dock features 8 Onyx preamps! Mackie make some very nice things, and their Onyx preamps are among them.

In addition to the 8 input channels, this mixer has a dedicated channel just for music generated by the iPad, for a real integration of iPad apps into the mix. Sadly the outputs are limited to 1/4" headphone and 2 XLRs, with no digital I/O.

The DL1608 is now down to $1000 (Street) so the price on the DL806 has not halved like the inputs.

American Musical Supply has got a nice drool worthy presentation from NAMM!

Mee Zanook - iMS-20 Pattern 5

Mee Zanook is back with another well produced jam video for his beloved iMS-20!

Although this is almost entirely off-topic for the site, I'd like to also point out that Korg has officially announced the MS-20 mini!

This is a complete recreation of the original MS-20, but slightly smaller and with some new improvements like MIDI and USB-MIDI. At $600/€600 it is around the cost of an iPad, so kind of a hard sell, but that is about a third of the price you'd pay for an original. I imagine my iMS-20 videos have made some fans of this analog beast, so I'm including excellent over-view from Sonic State.

Watch Sonic Touch co-host Nick Batt show Korg how to use their synth!

Guitarism Updated with Audiobus

Reader Simon White alterted me to an Audiobus update for Guitarism, a pocket acoustic guitar app.

What's new in 2.2:

Audiobus, AudioCopy and local export!

  • Introducing Audiobus support!
    Now you can use guitarism as an Audiobus input and send live audio directly to other Audiobus-compatible apps. E.g. use Audiobus to connect guitarism to JamUp and get live guitar effects in guitarism!
  • AudioCopy support - finally!
    Now you can export your guitarism recordings to dozens of AudioPaste-enabled apps and integrate them into your main recording environment. No login required
  • Send recordings to iTunes File Sharing & Garageband
  • Faster sharing of compressed audio-only recordings
  • Support for "blanking out" a chord box
  • Added "madd9" and "madd2" chord types

Buy Guitarism on iTunes: $1.99 (iPhone)

Here is a little introduction from the developer.

Auria LE gets Audiobus!

Update: The full version of Auria now has Audiobus. The same rules below apply. Launch Audiobus first to set the right buffer size!

Wavemachine Labs have updated the lite version of Auria, with Audiobus! All is not well however, read below for details from the Audiobus Team on how to actually get it working.

What's new in 1.06:

  • Audiobus support
  • New optional plug-in available: PSP SpringVerb
  • Various bug fixes.
    Please see our forum for more information.

Buy Auria on iTunes: $49.99

Buy Auria LE on iTunes: $24.99

Unfortunately this is another instance of a developer trying to be so secretive, that they kept it a secret from Audiobus! It will not appear in Audiobus automatically, because it is not yet in the Audiobus database.

Here are the details from the Audiobus Tumblr they have all the details to get you going.

We strongly recommend that Auria only be used with Audiobus on the iPad 3 or 4.

Image courtesy of Audiobus

Unfortunately, Auria LE has not yet been registered with our database, which means until WaveMachine Labs do so, Auria LE won’t be able to be used with Audiobus.

Here’s a workaround for that:

  1. Close all audio apps (see
  2. Launch the Audiobus app
  3. Launch Auria LE
  4. Switch back to Audiobus, then you will see Auria LE in the list.

Its default buffer size is incompatible for use with Audiobus.
Launching Audiobus first avoids this problem.

Yamaha Mobile Music Sequencer

Yamaha keep trying to make iPad apps, and I keep wanting them to get it right. I really do. This does not look promising.

iTunes Description:

Introductory Offer Price! (until the end of February 2013)

Yamaha's new Mobile Music Sequencer enables composers to combine a range of phrase patterns and create musical compositions intuitively, following the flow of composition, from phrases to sections and from sections to songs.

Wherever you are, you can now sketch the outline of a composition. In addition, you can use the ingredients to delicately craft songs on a Yamaha synthesizer, or in Steinberg Cubase.

First, try loading the demo song (a number of demo songs are provided). Tap on the settings icon in the top right of the screen, select [Digital Sympathy] from the Presets under the File tab, and press the Load button to read in the song.


  • Built-in software synth with 92 high-quality sounds (including 9 types of drumkit) enables faithful rendering of sequence patterns.
  • Sound editing using filters, EG, and other effects
  • Mixer function for each part
  • Effects including reverb, chorus, and variations
  • Additional phrases and sounds
    Four additional voice and phrase datapacks can be purchased directly using the application. (Dance Pop, Electronic, Hip Hop, R&B)
  • • File export
    As well as a function for outputting standard general-purpose MIDI files, the application also includes a function for exporting files in an even easier-to-use format designed for Yamaha synths, in which characteristic sounds are specified in advance. (MOTIF XF, S90XS/S70XS, MOX6/MOX8, and MOTIF XS)
  • • Mix-down
    Audio mix-down of a song or a phrase and conversion of the song or the phrase to an audio file can be performed in real time.
  • • Compatibility with SoundCloud
    Audio files can be made compatible with SoundCloud and uploaded.

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - US on iTunes: $15.99

Buy Mobile Music Sequencer - International on iTunes: £10.99/€14.99

I'm a Yamaha fanboy. My first keyboard was a Casio, but my first keyboard that I loved was a Yamaha. Perhaps I have a higher expectation of them, but they have been seriously half-assing this for a while now. The more they release the less and less I expect them to ever get it right.

What in the fuck was with the Synth Arp & Drum Pad app? There was no amount of "synth" there, it was all samples! Then there was their Yamaha Song Beats, which was an entirely missed opportunity for an app that could have taught finger drumming. TNR-i is alright, but it just seems like they're entirely out of ideas. They released this one without even bothering to do a demo video. After Synth Arp & Drum Pad I wouldn't bet on any of this "Built-in Synth Software" being anything other than samples.

What is going on over there, Yamaha? Is this a cry for help?

Update: Reader a1 found a demo on the Japanese Yamaha YouTube page. I was, perhaps foolishly, checking the English one. Everything is in Japanese, so good luck with it!

Update 2: iDesignSound found the English version. This is on YouTube as Unlisted! The hell?

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