Alex from iDesignSound is setting up a new site, x0xclones for fans of 303/808/909/etc. He got a brand new TT-303 in for review and did an unboxing video. I personally get very bored with unboxing videos, but I think he did a great job of making this one very informative. Unfortunately his British English was making me wince, so I've dubbed it in American English!
I realize this is totally off-topic, and these sorts of videos we keep trolling each other with may only be amusing to ourselves... but it is intensely amusing to us, so sorry if this annoys anyone!
The new Audiobus update for VoxKit is up on iTunes, but something has gone awry with the build sent to Apple! The developer, and frequent commenter here as Fessaboy, got in touch with me and asked that I warn you all!
He is on the case and will be issuing a fix as soon as possible.
Let's just take a minute to mediate on this image.
ION All-Star Dance
ION Audio, makers of the All-Star iPad Guitar, have unveiled the most mind boggling iPad peripheral to date, the All-Star Dance. Now you can gyrate rapidly in close proximity to your iPad while it is precariously balanced on a mic stand!
If necessity is the mother of invention, the father must be a close cousin. You might be objecting to this iPad dance mat on the grounds that there are no games that could make use of it, but ION has you covered with a free app that promises to "teach you basic dance moves with fun
Those who still balk at ION's innovation, for the simple fact that the iPad screen was never designed to be viewed from kicking-distance...
You should contact ION's R&D department, because they are desperately in need of people with your foresight.
ION Party Rocker
In a fusion of technology and tacky, ION have also announced the Party Rocker at CES 2013. This Bluetooth loud speaker has a light globe on top. The light show this thing produces will pulse and change with your music.
They are really playing up the loud part of this speaker, boasting that it should be heard from 150 feet away.
There is no word on when this will be available, or how much it will cost, but it may end up being my own secret shame. They have a similar product that was previously branded as ION Party Rocker iPhone/iPod Mixer, which retails for around $250-300.
ION Scratch 2 Go
Perhaps of genuine interest will be ION's Scratch 2 Go, a collection of controls that you can suction-cup to your iPad screen. I recall reading about a similar idea, suggested in the music app community, a couple of years ago. ION's take on the concept is quite bulky, but the knobs may be worthwhile on some apps. Once again, there are no details on price or availability.
MATRIXSYNTH found a great jam video of the OP-1 with Werkbench and a couple of Korg Monotrons. The audio is from the camera mic, but I think it is still worth a listen! The groove in here is solid and the weird squelching from the Monotrons adds character.
iPadMusic.com put together a tutorial on how to use GarageBand and FL Studio instruments inside of Cubasis. This is an exercise in frustration over the lack of Audiobus support, but there are some really handy tips in here! I didn't know about the trick he shows at 2:25, using deleted email drafts to "Open In..." Garageband exports into other apps.