NAMM2017: Yamaha CL/QL Series

Yamaha has released some new videos for their CL/QL consoles, featuring an iPad app that lets you control these big mixing desks from the floor. The app keeps track of orientation so as you move around with it your given a representation of where speakers are placed relative to your position! That's kind of clever!

Here's a demo with Andy Cooper, Yamaha's Pro Audio Application Engineering Manager, showing it off. It is really worth keeping in mind that Andy Cooper is a Pro Audio Application Engineering Manager and not a professional presenter or anyone with any amount of broadcast experience.

Video Description:

Andy Cooper, Manager for Yamaha Pro Audio Application Engineering, introduces the way of using Yamaha CL/QL series consoles with KLANG In-Ear Monitoring systems such as KLANG:quelle, KLANG:fabrik, and KLANG:app. The KLANG products include an amazing interactive 3D panner, which allows the performers to have a consistently high quality sound without losing the feeling on the stage.
For details on the system setup, watch another video or refer to the solution guide on Yamaha Pro Audio website:
For details on the KLANG products, you can also watch another video on KLANG website:

1975 Minimoog Vs iPad Minimoog App!

YouTuber Johan Segeborn did an excellent comparison between the iMini app and a 1975 Minimoog! While that comparison is impressive, I was more interested in the opportunity to compare how "Moog" sounds with a Swedish accent.

Video Description:

Original Moog Minimoog Vs Arturia iMini. Audio interface Apogee Duet, recorded to Cubasis iPad.

Alchemy Returns Inside of GarageBand!

Apple just released a GarageBand update that brings back Alchemy! It's no longer standalone, but for the many fans of this app you can now use it inside of GarageBand at least. There's also a new Audio Recorder in the app! This update also enables AUv3 effects in a new slide-out effects panel.

Thanks to Linda for the heads-up on this!

What's New in GarageBand v2.2:

  • Play and record using the new Alchemy Touch Instrument with over 150 synth patches*
  • Quickly find Touch Instruments and patches with a redesigned sound browser
  • Capture your voice or instrument and apply studio-class effects like pitch correction, distortion and delay with the new Audio Recorder
  • Use new mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive
  • Add third-party effects using Audio Unit Extensions**
  • Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording
  • Perform with Chord Strips from any keyboard instrument
  • Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad
  • Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes
* The Alchemy synth is available on iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4.
** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extension instruments apps from the App Store.

At the bottom of the release notes is a brief mention of Logic Pro X integration. This is made possible with a simultaneous update to Logic today. The way this works is kind of clever. Instead of uploading a whole project file from your Mac to iOS, you just upload a mixed-down track to iCloud. When you are finished working in GarageBand it bounces that back to iCloud and you can reopen it in Logic.

ReSlice by VirSyn

Today VirSyn released ReSlice, which is their take on the performance sampler, a la Samplr. There are quite a lot of advanced features to be found in the app; including a polyrhythmic arpeggiator, 7 built-in effects, AUv3, Audiobus/Inter-app Audio, and support for AudioShare! ReSlice even arrives on sale!

ReSlice iTunes Description:

Audio Slice Machine

Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or the touch of your fingers.

The polyrhythm Arpeggiator redefines the art of creating new loops from the extracted slices.

Record live or import audio from clipboard or AudioShare to break it up into its rhythmic components.

Apply the intelligent slice parameter and Arpeggio randomizer for instant creation of the unheard.

### introductory offer for a limited time ###


Audio Slicer

• Automatic break up of sample/drum loop into up to 32 slices
• Edit slice positions.
• Edit level, pan, pitch and envelope for each slice
• Import audio from clipboard or AudioShare
• Record audio for instant slicing and reusing in realtime

Effect section

• Seven studio standard effects concurrently usable:
• Oversampled distortion with four different algorithms for antialiased sound.
• Lowpass / Highpass / Bandpass parametric equalizer
• 8 pole analog Phaser
• Flanger
• Four line chorus
• Stereo/Ping-Pong delay with glitch free delay time change.
• Hi end reverberation unit.
Four part Polyrhythm Arpeggiator

• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps. 
• Trigger slices using 4 arpeggio parts with different settings
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• Factory arpeggios included, unlimited user arpeggios possible.


• AUv3 AudioUnit
• Inter App Audio
• Audiobus 2 support with state saving.
• Play slices live with the onscreen keyboard.
• Can use CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard.
• Audio recorder with share function.
• Share user presets.
• Support for virtual MIDI input connections.
• Multichannel MIDI Learn for external MIDI controllers.
• MIDI Tempo sync. Start/Stop Arpeggio.
• Ableton Link compatible.

VirSyn has released a demo of the app that starts off silly, but is quite thorough with captions explaining it all.

NAMM2017: AirTurn STOMP 6

AirTurn have brought us some excellent Bluetooth stomp pedals over the years, and now they're releasing a massive one with STOMP6.

AirTurn STOMP 6

The STOMP 6 by AirTurn gives you the flexibility you crave on stage. It has 6 industrial grade footswitches in a full-metal enclosure that lets you control your rig without breaking from your performance. It connects wirelessly over Bluetooth to any computer, tablet or smartphone. With the limitless possibilities of apps that work with AirTurn, you’re only limited by your imagination.

The new Stomp 6 will be shipping on the 25th of this month. Preorders are now available for $130.

The developer of OnSong let this video slip a day early, making discchord the first site to report on the new device! Proving once again that I do a better job of covering NAMM from my jammies than anyone on the floor.

Video Description:

The Stomp 6 is AirTurn’s latest wireless foot pedal creation. AirTurn is known for making foot pedals that are wireless, silent and durable with rechargeable batteries. But in this new pedal design, you can tell they’ve listened to the needs of performing guitarists. The Stomp 6 lets you amp up your rig with the power of an iPad running OnSong.

The Stomp 6 features an all metal design with six, stomp-style foot switches. These switches have a smooth action, but still provide the tactile feedback like you’d expect to find on your pedal board. In this video we review the AirTurn STOMP 6 and how to pair it with your iOS device. We'll cover how to enable the STOMP 6 and configure actions to perform in OnSong.

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